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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…


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….


Salt As Therapy


Salt has always been woven into the fabric of history since as far back as 6050BC. It has played a major role in all aspects of life, religion, early commerce and warfare. Even the word ‘Salary’ derives from the primordial means of using salt as kind of currency. Nowadays it serves as man’s go-to flavour enhancer, gracing the dining tables of homes (and restaurants) around the world. The value of salt has most certainly lessened, not only in a monetary sense, but also in terms of appreciation, but the newly opened Dorset Salt Therapy clinic want to change all that. I visited owners Carmen and Mariana at their clinic in Bournemouth’s Soho-Quarter, ‘The Triangle’, to…


Broadview: Bespoke Shading Solutions


A Family Business It all started in the back room of a hardware store in the late seventies, when David Pratt decided to start selling blinds within his already successful timber business in Broadstone. Whilst incredibly ambitious, David could never have imagined that this extra merchandise would one day transform into a multi-million pound business. What’s so charming about Broadview is that it still remains a family business, even now almost 50 years down the line; with David’s sons Mark and Ian at the helm, the business continues to grow and take-on new and exciting projects. Innovation At Its Finest When I asked ‘Mike Lingham’ (head of sales) what his favourite project to date had…


Poole Maritime Festival 2017


With less than a month to go before Poole Maritime Festival comes to Poole, the plans for the exciting line-up of family entertainment as part of the week long festivities are beginning to take shape. Focusing around the prestigious European Maritime Day, one of the largest maritime events in Europe which will be held at Lighthouse, Poole, on 18 and 19 May 2017, the family entertainment embraces all things maritime. Kick starting the family entertainment on Thursday 18 May and Saturday 20 May, is Valise Noire Storytelling Theatre as they present CARGO, a dynamic new outdoor performance bringing Poole’s maritime heritage of The Great Quay to life. Watch as the ‘Queen Galadriel’ ship sails into…


An afternoon with Churchfield Estate Agents


We met up with the team at Churchfield, to discuss all things property, and exciting developments in the Bournemouth area. Associate Partner ‘Gemma Hayward’ took the time to give us in the inside scoop… 20 Years of Local Knowledge Churchfield’s roots have been firmly planted in the local area for over twenty years. Based in Charminster, their team of friendly sales and lettings experts make it their business to really understand the area that they are dealing with. “Most of us have grown-up, or lived here for a considerable time, so we like to think that we know everything there is to know about Bournemouth,” says Gemma. “There is so much going on in the…


Meet the team at Buzzy Cleaners


We spoke with Joanne Baker-Barratt, the proud owner of Buzzy Cleaners cleaning service that’s taking over the south coast by storm using Eco friendly products. What led you to set up Buzzy Cleaners? I felt there was a gap in the market for eco-friendly cleaners. I have had my business for two years since March 2015. I started alone then built up my now team of eight buzzy cleaners. I am very ambitious and always aim to make people happy. As a single mum with a seven-year-old daughter, I completely sympathize with those who have a lack of free time, so I thought to myself, “how can I help?” Where does the ‘Buzzy Bee’ mascot…


WIN Lego Batman Prizes


©The LEGO Group™ & ©DC Comics. ©2017 Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved This competition is now closed. To celebrate the ‘The Lego batman Movie’, Warner Bros. Pictures and the new ODEON Cinema in Bournemouth’s BH2 Leisure Complex, offer you the chance to win a random draw from a range of Lego Batman prizes including sticker sheets, stationary sets, beanie hats, activity sets, t-shirts and lunch bags. In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure.  But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from…


Custom World, the Space Experts


We sat down with the team at ‘Custom World’ in Ferndown to find out more about their approach to designing, making and fitting quality, bespoke furniture. Crafted With Care Custom World is a local company, manufacturing and fitting furniture since 1982. Every piece of furniture is handcrafted in their workshop situated behind their Ferndown showroom. Their skilled team of craftsmen takes great pride when creating your perfect storage solutions, fixing every last nut, bolt and lever together, by hand. In a world where machines have replaced an enormous proportion of the manufacturing industry, it’s pretty special and furthermore unique, to have your furniture produced piece by piece by an actual human being. Exceeding Expectations Almost…


What Can Odyssey Homes Do For You?


Our neighbourhoods are evolving.  In the midst of a housing crisis the government is encouraging developers to replace once characteristic properties, with two or three indistinguishable new-builds. The result? Unrecognisable neighbourhoods and heartless homes. Property Development does present land and homeowners with an opportunity to make healthy profits, but what if there was a way for you to make money on your own home, without selling it? What if the somewhat tired property you have acquired could be turned into something special? Enter, Odyssey Homes. We caught up with owner and designer ‘Chris Richardson’ to find out more about this pioneering company and their new initiative. We met Chris outside APOLLO; a luxury home that…


Living with Motor Neurone Disease


Danny Fudge-Harman of Key Drummond speaks out about his experience. Note to reader: This was an incredibly heartbreaking piece to write. What I’ve since learnt of those suffering with this cruel disease has opened my eyes to something most of us will never have to think about. Despite this, I think that the most astonishing part of this interview was Danny’s outlook. His ability to remain cool, calm and positive throughout our talk (unlike myself) was a testament to his bravery. By the time our interview concluded, it was evident that I was in the presence of an incredibly selfless man, one hoping to make a difference and leave a lasting legacy. Danny is a…


KikBuild in association with Four Corners


It’s no secret that the average working week is becoming increasingly more difficult. Hours are longer and you’re probably taking work home with you too. Our weekends are now more precious than ever, for that little piece of rest and relaxation. Imagine having a place where you can go and fade your stresses into the background – in your very own home, garden, to be more precise. Four corners are offering state of the art hot tubs, saunas and spas – shipped all the way from Norway, from the best manufacturer in Europe. They will fully set-up and install your chosen model, ready for all year round leisure. As effusively knowledgeable builders by trade, their…


Dream Kitchens & Bathrooms: A Guide to Redesigning Your Kitchen


Are you planning a thorough kitchen makeover?  Let us walk you through the process. Good kitchen design starts early, here are some basic design principles that will help you with the layout. 1. Traffic A house is not an island; it requires frequent contact with the outside world, much of which is accomplished by car. An attached garage closely adjoining the kitchen or a back door opening on the driveway can reduce the burden of carrying groceries in and the trash out. A mud room can reduce kitchen traffic by acting as a staging area for trips into and out of the house. It offers a buffer from cold air, storage space for coats, hats, and…


Ask the Expert: Should I extend my lease?


Judging whether or not a lease extension makes good financial sense is a thorny issue for many flat-owners. Emma Crowley (above left) from Bruce Lance in Poole will help you decide. As most flat owners are aware, a lease is a depreciating asset: the value of the lease decreases in line with the remaining term. The cost of extending the lease can also increase as the time left on the lease diminishes. This leaves many flat-owners facing the question of whether they should bite the bullet and incur the cost of extending their lease, or whether they should leave it for the next owner and hope the short lease doesn’t impact too adversely on the…


Vantage Point Talks: ‘Airbnb’ and utilising it’s full potential


So you’ve heard the hype and you’ve heard the horror stories. You’re tempted by the promise of higher rental income and greater flexibility offered by listing your property on Airbnb, but you don’t know where to start. If only there were a local, tried and trusted company who could answer the big questions you have and advise you on all the aspects of becoming an Airbnb host… Vantage Point is on hand to answer those frequently asked questions. ‘Airbnb’; what’s all the fuss about? Airbnb is the world’s leading marketplace to list, discover and book unique, local accommodation. Accessible online via tablet or smart phone, Airbnb is the easiest platform for people to monetise their…


Superior Fires: A reputation for excellence


We got the chance to visit the experts at Superior Fires to find out more about their line of bespoke focal points. ‘All things fire’ professionals Ben Upham and Michael Athay took the time to tell us more… 30 Years Experience As the current leading online retailer of high-efficiency gas and electric fires, it’s no surprise that Superior Fires have decided to set-up a static showroom, right here in Dorset. Located in Christchurch, their showroom boasts an incredibly wide range of fires; stoves, gas, electric, even LED screens that simulate a roaring blaze. The possibilities are endless. Someone you might not have heard of (but will most certainly know of) is their parent company ‘Focal…


Premier Sports Solutions Talks Hands Free!


The latest clamp down on mobile phone users has been rolled out and rightly so. Well that’s the right thing to say of course and road safety should be paramount for everybody. But realistically, is your mobile phone the most dangerous distraction whilst driving? A question I asked myself while cursing at Siri, in an attempt to abide by the law and ended up shouting “no, I don’t want the French translation for the meaning of life”, when I’d simply asked her to call my wife. So, how many things go on in the cockpit of the car that could also be categorised as dangerous…clean suggestions only please, this is a family magazine. Joking apart,…


Your opportunity to get involved with Poole Maritime Festival


As the countdown to Poole Maritime Festival continues, there are plenty of opportunities for local people and businesses to get involved and play a part in one of the largest events to take place in Poole in recent years. Poole Maritime Festival is an exciting week of activities which takes place from Monday 15 to Sunday 21 May 2017. It includes the prestigious European Maritime Day, one of the largest maritime events in Europe which will be held at Lighthouse, Poole, a programme of events specifically aimed at local businesses plus an exciting line up of family entertainment and activities which everyone can enjoy. Local people and businesses can help make Poole Maritime Festival a…


A Day in the Life of a Search Agent


We caught up with Philippa Sole to find out more about this unique role and why more and more buyers are choosing to engage a search agent. Firstly, what is the difference between a search agent and an estate agent? The big difference is who is working for who. Estate agents are engaged and paid by the seller. When you enter negotiations with an estate agent you must remember that they act for the seller. As a search agent, my fee is paid by the buyer. I work directly, for you, to select your perfect property. How do you successfully combine your roles as a property agent and a search agent? My role as a…


Introducing Odyssey Homes


Property Development – Love it, or Hate it? Opinions vary hugely, especially in and around the Dorset area where demand has soared, with new sites popping up every month. In the midst of a nationwide housing crisis, developers are seeking ways to utilize land and existing properties to maximize its area and investment potential. Pressure in the housing market and tough planning restrictions are forcing some builders to construct homes lacking in character. With an incredible array of unique properties in their portfolio, the team at Odyssey Homes is taking a new approach to property development. Chris Richardson, founder and Director of Odyssey Homes Ltd, has sought an innovative way forward. We wanted to find…


Green Square: Up to £30,000 government incentive up for grabs – interested?


‘Being green’ – a concept not unknown to most of us. In an effort to save our planet, many of us are actively involved in green efforts such as recycling, carpooling and other such steps towards a more environmentally friendly everyday life. All well and good, but did you know you could be doing something of far less effort with greater benefit to mother earth? Introducing ‘Green Square’, the renewable energy experts whom will not only supply and install your home with renewable energy products, but will also enable you to get money back, simply by having said products in your home. I know it all seems too good to be true, but allow me…


TP Sherwood: Paving The Way Since 1988


A driveway is to a house, what an invitation is to an event; an introduction is to a song, or an appetizer to a main course. A driveway, like all of these things, sets the tone for a property and therefore should not be neglected. There is a common disconnection between one’s home and one’s driveway, but there shouldn’t be. After all, what’s the point in having a show home if the path to it is unsightly? Enter: TP Sherwood! We met with ‘Trevor’, owner of family-run business TP Sherwood to find out more about them and their work. Meet; Trevor Sherwood Trevor began his paving career in 1987. Having come from a civil engineering…