Features : House Magazine

Dancing Moose: Just seriously good food


Ok, off the bat spoiler alert: WOW. Dancing Moose take a well-deserved bow [claps ferociously in head]. I suppose you’re wondering what prompted the premature congratulations, well, allow me to explain… Situated in the heart of locally adored Ashley Cross, the Dancing Moose is an integral part of the community hub. Serving brunch, lunch and dinner (among various other unique food specials throughout the week) this is the place to go for round the clock grub. With a new menu on the horizon our team were invited to get sampling, and so sample we did. It was a gorgeous day, the sun was shinning and anticipation was stirring for the food that was to come….

E-save Heating: 21st Century Insulation


For over a decade now we have revered the familiar, accepting fiberglass as the go to insulator for our homes. Whilst old faithful has served us well, it’s time for a modern solution to an age-old heating problem. Introducing ‘E-save Heating’, the South’s pioneering installer of new age ‘Foam Insulation’. We interviewed owner and insulation guru ‘Vince Rice’, to find out more. Who is E-save Heating? Having worked as a national sales manager for one of the largest solar energy companies in the UK, Vince has a lengthy career history in the energy industry. It all started when Vince was making a visit to a client regarding their solar panels, when he stumbled across something…

The Cottonwood Boutique Hotel: Investigating the new “D’hote menu”


Aaah The Cottonwood; House Magazine’s favourite boutique hotel. Having attended the launch of their recent ‘chocolate buffet’, we were thrilled to receive an invite to the unveiling of their new summer menu. No sooner did the email come through, did the team gather their things and make their way over. We sat in their hot pink dining room; the walls adorned with gilded mirrors, grand paintings and velvet fabrics. You could never say that the décor was ordinary, but never the less always eye-catching. As we sat down we were each handed a menu entitled ‘Dinner Table D’hote Menu’. Creating a menu for a hotel is always challenging. With a broad variety of guests always…

Western Design Architects


Miss L. Randolph from Tarrant Keyneston asks… ‘I am buying a listed cottage, it is really run down and the layout isn’t ideal for my family, what can I do to the listed building’? Conservation Architect and Director at Western Design Architects, Phil Easton answers this question. The great majority of listed buildings are Grade II which means although what you do is controlled, it is not as strict as the Grade I and Grade II* listings that apply to more significant historic buildings. It is a good idea to look in the National Heritage List for England to check if your property is listed. This will tell you about the reason for your building’s…

Foam Install: Improving the comfort of your living and working space


• Saving money on energy bills • Increasing value of your property • Increasing EPC rating of your property • Improving living quality • Investing in your property FoamInstall is a relatively new company but has been developed off the back of a long standing construction company. They have a vast knowledge of the building and construction industry, undertaking roof works, loft extensions and dormers. In these projects they have used foam insulation and seen the full benefits it can bring customers. They therefore decided to setup a branch solely focused on bringing this product to customers both domestic and commercial, creating more awareness about how this product can benefit customers in a number of…

Edwards Estate Agents: A strong team for changing times


It is a fragile time for us all, only days after the recent election turmoil and at the beginning of some tricky Brexit negotiations, a lot of us are unsure as to how the housing market is going to look over the coming months/years. We sat down with ‘Grant Edward Brooks’ owner of Dorset born ‘Edwards Estate Agents’ to find out his thoughts on the local area and the market in general. So, we’re now midway through 2017, how has business been for Edwards? Despite some initial concerns regarding Brexit, we have had an incredible start to the year which has continued through to now. The election worries did translate into a subdued market with…

A Spot of Lunch at the Upper Deck


Located in the boundaries of the Christchurch Harbour Hotel is the Upper Deck restaurant. Known to locals as THE place for harbour side dining, I had to investigate the rumours for myself. So, one blissfully sunny afternoon, with my bestie/co-worker Vicky in tow, we headed out on a journey of food discovery. We arrived at the restaurant reception – through the hotel foyer to the back of the main building – where we were welcomed and then shown to our seats. I took time to scan the room as we passed through to the outside seating area. It was lovely; bright, airy with subtle accents of nautical blue. Every table was adorned with precisely positioned…

WHIreland Wealth Management: History. Craftsmanship. Expertise.


We met with Investment Manager (and Head of Office) ‘Craig Allison’, to find out more about WHIreland and their Canford Cliffs branch. Can you tell our readers a little about the company’s heritage? WHIreland is a long established financial services company which was founded by William Henry Ireland. Our roots are firmly based in Manchester and the first railway boom of the 1830s with William Henry joining the Railton family who were a prominent Manchester stockbroking family, at the age of fourteen. John Railton was one of the founding members and first Chairman of the Manchester Stock Exchange in 1836. The firm was family run until the 1970s before Jack Ireland retired. So you see,…

Visjeune: Giving People Their Confidence Back


With the media pumping out flawless beauty’s around the clock, it’s no wonder that the world we live in is so incredibly image conscious. Confidence, especially self-confidence, is fleeting and it’s heartbreaking, but practitioner (and Visjeune clinic owner) ‘Lisa Niemier’ wants to change all that. The Women Who Started It All With 8 years experience in the aesthetics business, Lisa is truly a master of her craft. Lisa began her career in the industry at the beginning of the ‘aesthetic hype’. Having noticed it’s growing popularity, Lisa threw herself at the opportunity and spent time progressing her training to a high standard. If there’s one thing I gleaned from our interview it’s that this is…

Luxury Family Houses By Odyssey Homes


Odyssey Homes has built quite the reputation in and around the Dorset area. Known for their unique approach to property development, the team has once again embarked on an exceptional project, resulting in two stunning luxury family homes. Introducing “Orion and Calypso”; two superb new 4-bedroom homes designed by award winning architect David James. Orion and Calypso are the ultimate combination of functionality and modernity. With wide-open spaces, simple, clean-cut lines and bespoke furnishings – these developments make the perfect choice for the growing modern family. We really are thrilled to welcome these two new additions into our portfolio, further building on a reputation for a standard of finish that can only be described as…