South Hams Lifestyle Dec 2021 - Jan 2022

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At last the Christmas editions are here! With festive fun, gifts and interiors, plus kitchen design advice from Interior Design expert Julia Kendell and an interview with the Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen. Plus, our competition pages return, with staycations, laundry upgrades, festive hampers and a chance to win tickets to see Paloma Faith in concert!

Contents

A Note

from the EDITOR

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The

A Culinary Journey through

Northern

Home Ireland

Hit List of jobs

It’s certainly the challenge of

publishing that you always have your

head in the wrong season - each year,

Christmas begins for us in July, which

is about the same time as I start to

ask my friends and family what they’d

like as a present or if they’re free for a

meal in December - each year I’m met

with the same furrowed brows and

a ‘my god, I haven’t started thinking

about that yet!’

Forward planning aside, it is a rather

lovely, smug feeling to know that I’m

mostly sorted for the festivities - my

only issue being losing said gifts

between July and December 25th. If

your industry doesn’t quite prepare

you in the same way though, we’ve

got a bevy of festive features to help

get you prepped.

Our competition

page returns

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Alongside Christmas features,

we’ve got a lovely interview with

The Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda

Owen - her new book has some of

the most stunning photography and

amazing anecdotes from her life.

We’ve also got a festive gift guide

to get the ideas flowing and some

delicious new ideas for special festive

food from the experts of flavour -

Maldon Sea Salt.

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The Yorkshire Shepherdess

Amanda Owen

Editor Katie Thomson

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Publisher Sally Thomson

Pre-press Manager Kate Norris

Contributors Rebecca Rose, Peter Thomson, Sue Cooke, Matthew Biggs

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Key Account Manager Adrian Hill

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twitter: @SouthHamsLife

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Interior Designer

Julia Kendell

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The news has been all doom and

gloom of late, but I think it’s important

that, toy shortage/turkey drama/fuel

crisis or not, this year’s Christmas is

looking so much brighter than 2020’s,

and there’s so much to be thankful

for. This quote from the legendary Bob

Hope really captured that for me:

“My idea of Christmas, whether

old-fashioned or modern, is very

simple: loving others. Come to

think of it, why do we have to

wait for Christmas to do that?”

We are looking forward to seeing

you again in February - we are

doing away with the New Year, New

You nonsense and instead focusing

on what 2022 can offer you. Until

then, take care, have a very Merry

Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Katie

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COMPETITION

To enter any (or all!) of our competitions, head to

www.minervamagazines.co.uk/competitions.

Find the competition and enter on that post,

using the appropriate keyword.

T&C’s apply and no cash alternatives available. Winners chosen at

random - entries made after closing date will not be accepted.

WIN

A Laundry

Bundle from

Brabantia

worth over

£500

For most of us, laundry is a bit of a chore, so to lighten the load,

we’re giving away a luxury laundry bundle from Brabantia worth

over £500.

The prize includes Brabantia’s new Bo Laundry Bin Hi, which

will blend effortlessly into your decor with its sleek finish and

has two 45L compartments for easy separating your whites

from your colours. When spring comes around again, you

can then hang your washing out on Brabantia’s Rotary Dryer

Lift-o-Matic Advance which can easily be adjusted to your

ideal height. For those grey days, Brabantia’s 23m Drying Rack

Tower is the perfect inside solution. Finally, prep your fresh

laundry for the wardrobe with a Brabantia Ironing Board. ThisXL

model is designed for easy ironing of any outfit!

brabantia.com

Closes 15/01/2022 - Competition keyword ‘BRABANTIA’

Looking for the perfect gift this Christmas? Delight your friends

and family with a selection box of delicious treats. One lucky

reader will win a ‘Decadent Christmas in a Box’ containing the

following:

6kg Free Range Whole Turkey | 4.5kg Unsmoked Ham | 1kg

Side of Smoked Salmon | 1kg Organic Cheddar | 1kg Cropwell

Bishop Stilton | Christmas Pudding | Harrow & Hope Brut

Reserve (750ml bottle) | Classic Cranberry Sauce | Granny’s

Apple Chutney | Artisan Coronation Sauce | British Goose

Fat | Luxury Bread Sauce | Traditional Roast Gravy | Sage &

Onion Stuffing | Pigs In Blankets | 200g Smoked Chicken 200g

Smoked Duck

WIN

Christmas in

a box! Worth

£375

copasturkeys.co.uk

Closes 10/12/2021. Competition keyword

‘TURKEY’

HURRY!

CLOSING SOON!

WIN

2x GOLD

PLUS tickets

to see Paloma

Faith worth

£180

Looking for the perfect excuse to get

away? The outstanding Paloma Faith is

touring the UK in the Summer of 2022

for her “Summer of Optimism” Tour 2022

and we are giving you the chance to win

2 x GOLD PLUS tickets (worth £180) to

see her live at any of the following venues: Parc

Y Scarlets, Llanelli – Saturday 18th June, Central Park,

Plymouth – Saturday 9th July, Darlington Arena – Saturday

16th July, Bitts Park, Carlilse – Saturday 24th July, Slessor

Gardens, Dundee – Sunday 24th July, Leicestershire County

Cricket Club – Sunday 31st July. The winning gold plus

tickets will grant the lucky winners early entry (no queuing!),

premium bar and toilet facilities, and are situated in the Golden

Enclosure, which is the closest area to the stage. If you win,

you can choose from any of the locations above and make a

weekend of it!

lizhobbsgroup.com

Closes 15/01/2022 - Competition keyword ‘PALOMA’

WIN

an overnight

stay and

dinner worth

£299

Win a luxury stay at the Charlecote Pheasant in the historic

Stratford-upon-Avon. Your prize includes an overnight stay in

a Suite with breakfast, bottle fizz in your room and a 3 course

dinner or a 3 course Sunday lunch.

charlecotepheasanthotel.co.uk

Closes 15/01/2022 - Competiton keyword ‘CHARLECOTE’.

Adagio, the European leader in aparthotels is giving one lucky

winner a two-night stay for two at one of their amazing UK

properties in London, Birmingham, Edinburgh or Liverpool. Their

apartments comprise of a kitchen, bedroom and living area

with flat screen smart TV - great for lounging after a busy day of

activities. T&Cs available online.

WIN

A City

Break with

Aparthotel

Adagio!

adagio-city.com

Closes 15/01/2022 - Competition keyword ‘ADAGIO’


LOCAL HERO

We talk to businesses in and around South Hams who

are passionate about what they do...

SUMMERSKILLS

BREWERY

Who are Summerskills Brewery?

Brewing since 1983 from humble

beginnings in Bigbury, then moving

to Plymouth in 1985, we are now the

city’s oldest brewery with a provenance

as distinctive as our award winning

brews. Our symbol honours the coat

of arms of Bigbury landowners and the

badge of HMS Bigbury Bay. Almost four

decades on we’re still humble and still

love brewing great handcrafted real ales.

We source the best local ingredients

including West Country malted barley

and create our beers using a traditional

process steeped in the history of microbrewing.

What types of Beer do you brew?

We brew traditional bitters, golden ales,

amber ales, ruby ales, a stout, a coffee

stout, a porter, an IPA, an old ale called

Indiana’s Bones as well as seasonal and

one-off brews including a green hopped

ale brewed with hops grown here in

Plymstock.

What would you recommend for the

festive period?

We have Turkey’s Delight on draught and

in bottles, Christmouse on draught and a

selection of lower ABV beers and some

dark winter beers such as our Plymouth

Porter.

Do you do beer hampers for

Christmas?

We work with Westcountry Produce

to offer a range of our beers, locally

produced ciders, gin and rum, which

could theoretically be put into a hamper

along with some snacks!

01752 481283

summerskills.co.uk

orders@summerskills.co.uk

COLJAN CAFE, BAR

AND RESTAURANT

Tell us all about Coljan?

Coljan is a community thinking cafe,

wine bar and restaurant. Based in the

ancient stannary town of Ashburton,

Devon, with its long held traditions and

values, Coljan has worked hard over the

last 3 years since opening to establish

itself as a community hub, where people

come together, share and laugh, which

has been especially important during the

recent months and over Covid 19, where

we continued to operate throughout

supporting the community who in turn

supported us.

What have you planned for both

the festive period, and of course

Valentines?

In this business you have to think

ahead. Over the festive period (starting

in December) we plan to be open

daytimes and evenings (see our website

for more details) offering our daily food

and drinks menus but also hosting a

series of Christmas parties for local

businesses and individuals. We are

open on Christmas day, offering a 5

course Christmas lunch and plan to

open New Years Evening for dinner and

then New Years Day for brunch. For

Valentines, because it falls on a Monday

we will be open for 4 nights (Friday

before - Monday) offering a six course

taster menu at a very attractive price

showcasing the best of Coljan food and

drinks.

Where can I view your menu’s?

Coljan publishes “sample” menus online.

Unfortunately due to sourcing locally, we

can’t guarantee the very same dishes

everyday even though we try hard to have

consistency in our menu offering.

However, more frequently, we have to

think on our feet and make small changes

to dishes to use what’s available to us

and continue to support the businesses

we source from throughout the South

West.

coljan.co.uk

01364 654011

11 West Street, Ashburton,

Devon TQ13 7DT

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Kingsbridge Celebrates

Christmas 2021

With the festive season nearly with us, we

speak to Julia Wingate a popular trader

who tells us why Kingsbridge is ready to

celebrate Christmas 2021!

Tell us more about Kingsbridge festive plans this year?

Kingsbridge is full of festive fun this year with all our local

independent shops bursting with unique gifts and presents to

delight everyone on your shopping list. Many of the shops and

businesses are award winners in their own field of expertise,

bookshops, butchers, toy shops and local chefs pride themselves

in serving up wonderful high quality products. The determined

retailers have well stocked shelves that are fun to explore after

the tedium of lockdown and online shopping, you will always find

a friendly welcome and expert advice. So if you are stuck with

what to buy this year come into town and find the perfect present

and magical meals.

What makes Kingsbridge so

unique?

Kingsbridge is the heart and soul

of the South Hams. It has been a

market town for over 800 years and

is full of independent shops that

excel in their field. We only have

a few of the usual chain stores

so shopping here is a delight. You

can always find what you need and

something you didn’t know you

needed too! The retailers have a

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wealth of knowledge on products, services and ideas that you

just cannot access online. Shopping is a social and tactile event

and you just have to venture in store to do this, so get on the bus,

bike or car and visit Kingsbridge today.

How good does it feel to be back planning Christmas in

Kingsbridge?

Christmas in Kingsbridge always gets off to a great start with

‘Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas’ on December 4th this year.

At 10am the Town Crier rings his bell and welcomes Father

Christmas to the town square by the Farmers Market and then

he proceeds up through the town to see all the shops and extra

market stalls that fill the High street. It is a day full of food stalls,

music and gifts galore and Father Christmas stays in town all day

to meet the children in his grotto.

What types of events have you all planned?

This year we have an extra special treat for all, an Ice Rink on the

town square 10am - 8pm Saturday 4th & 10am - 4pm Sunday 5th

December. So Kingsbridge is the place to be that weekend.

How can I find out more about the festive activities?

With so much going on there are a few places to find out more.

hellokingsbridge.co.uk/events or Shop Kingsbridge and Hello

Kingsbridge on Facebook & Instagram

Trading

The

Post

Much More Than Just A Toy Shop

TOP TOYS, BIKES, SURPRISES & MORE ALL IN STORE TODAY!

KINGSBRIDGE

www.thetradingpostshop.co.uk 01548 852923

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Christmas

Gift Vouchers

available

Escape to our Spa and take

some time for yourself.

• Luxury ELEMIS treatments

• OPI manicures and pedicures

• Dedicated relaxation area

• Gift vouchers available

Spa Days

from

Only

£49pp

Torquay

Call 01803 400190

www.tlh.co.uk

We’re social, join us on

#TLHhotels

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Kaloo Lapinoo Rabbit,

£17.99, jojomamanbebe.co.uk

Guide

The gift

Help children

learn to code with

Blockly, Snap!,

JavaScript,

Python and

C++

Artie Max, £110,

amazon.co.uk

Designed by

AndaSeat, who

previously

manufactured

race car seats.

with lumbar

and head

pillows

Leather Gaming

Chair, £369.99,

andaseat.com

GOTS Organic

Cotton

Pyjamas, £26,

polarnopyret.

co.uk

Unisex Mouse

Babygrow Set, £45,

magnetmouse.co.uk

Woodland Nesting

Creatures, £22,

rosaandbo.com

Everhot

Electric Stove

£1,295,

everhot.co.uk

Organic cotton

and amazing

colours and

prints

Nila Nepp Top,

£22 and Kieran

Kneepatch

Joggers,

£28, both

welovefrugi.com

Lindt Bear and

Styorybook Set, £10,

Waitrose

WHEN THEY HAVE EVERYTHING

Aranya Hmong

Cushion, £32,

hauslife.co.uk

Stunning photobooks on high quality

paper with helpful autofill options

Soft, Fabric or Hardcover

Photobooks, from £18.99,

rosemood.co.uk

FOR KIDS

Veloce Coffee Machine, £600,

cuisinart.co.uk

Lattes flat whites and

more! Get those coffee

shop style drinks in a

flash at home with this

bean to cup coffee machine

Master Lock Biometric Padlock - with up to

10 saved fingerprints, £89, masterlock.eu

Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2017, £39,

gusbourne.com

Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer,

£275, cuisinart.co.uk

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A personalised softcover

notebook is a thoughtful gift

Polaar Polar Night

Revitalizing Cream

with Boreal Algae,

£42, polaar.com

Lavender

Eye Pillow

Made from sustainably

harvested natural cork bark

with a non-slip surface

which increases grip with

perspiration

Cork mat and block set, £75,

bullfrogbottles.com

Heatable Lavendar

Eye Pillow, £11.99,

hauslife.co.uk

FOR HER

Softcover Printed Notebook,

£16.99, rosemood.co.uk

Build the perfect bar

cart with Dartington’s

Limelight Mitre champagne

saucer, £55 for set of two or

pair of Margarita glasses,

£20, dartington.co.uk

Luxury Heavyweight

Merino Scarf, £90,

pantherella.com

T3 Curl ID, £189,

t3micro.co.uk

The ultimate curler which

adapts to your hair type

and damage level

Cashmere Sweatshirt

in Emerald, £179,

loopcashmere.co.uk

BeGlow Tia All-In-

One Sonic Skincare

System, £199,

johnlewis.com

Micro Merlin

Japanese

Knife Trio, £99,

souschef.co.uk

FOR HIM

The Micro

Explorer Electric

Scooter, £349.95,

reduced from

£449.95

micro-scooters.

co.uk

18 mile range,

foldable and

ultra light weight

with 15mph

top speed

Andrée Jardin

Sneaker Care

Kit, £33.50,

souschef.co.uk

ONESONIC® BXS-HD1

True Wireless Stereo

Earphones, £57.99,

onesonic.co.uk

Eco Sports

Cloak Long

Sleeve, £119.95,

charliemcleod.co.uk

Perfect if they love outdoor

pursuits or sports

Scrivner For Men 5 Step

Skin Strategy - £127,

janescrivner.com

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Christmas at

Occombe

Farm Shop Thursday late nights & festive

weekends with choirs, mulled wine & cider

Locally grown Christmas trees on sale

Farm Café Christmas treats & specials

See our website or in-farm for more...

GOOD SHOPPING THAT DOES GOOD

@occombefarm

www.occombe.co.uk

Christmas at

Occombe

We’re getting all festive at Occombe, Paignton,

this Christmas! It’s all about celebrating with

the finest food, drink and gifts.

Our new farm shop will be jam packed with the most amazing

seasonal products, our cafe will be offering up delicious seasonal

specials and at the weekends we’re transforming our farmyard

into a festive paradise.

Every Saturday and Sunday throughout December there’ll be

a local choir, locally grown Christmas trees to buy, creamy hot

chocolate, warm mulled wine, cider or apple juice and festive

bakes too! Assured to get you and your family in the festive spirit.

Late night farm-shopping on Thursdays throughout December

will also be accompanied by a local choir and with special festive

food and drink tastings.

Our deli is crammed with cheeses, handmade pies, scotch eggs

and quiches, local olives, little stuffed peppers and other mouthwatering

delicacies, sourced from across the West Country.

Chat to our Deli specialist who’ll help you tailor-make the finest

charcuterie board or pick ‘n’ mix box.

We’ve everything for the perfect dinner party or festive lunch.

Locally grown, seasonal vegetables and fruit, hand-made gravies,

sauces, pickles and chutneys. Premium regional meat, poultry

and fish even hand-made ready meals.

There’s a carefully selected choice of wines, from across the

region (and worldwide), beers, ales and ciders; to pick the perfect

accompaniment with your Christmas lunch. How special would

it be to serve up local bubbles for your pre-dinner drinks! Devon

made chocolates and sweets, home-made pastries, brownies,

puddings, cakes and mince pies of course.

Our collection of gifts, books and toys is unique. The softest

textiles, toys and games, books and handmade ornaments for

the home and garden, and much more.

Whether you’re shopping for treats for the family, a special gift

for a friend or simply looking to indulge yourself, Occombe has

it all wrapped up! Simply buying a coffee, a loaf of locally baked

bread, or a bottle of locally produced wine helps support the

conservation work of Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust; caring

for Torbay’s beautiful green spaces.

Discover more on our website, www.occombe.co.uk

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #occombefarm

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come and 'sea'

what you fancy!

With over 40 Years combined

experience in the Fish Industry...

On site smoking of the Famous ‘Salcombe Smokies’ and proud

holders of 4 Taste Of the West Gold awards and holders of the

coveted 2019/2020 Champion Fish Award.

We also smoke and sell our delicious Salcombe Smoked Salmon,

as well as our Smoked Salmon pate and Smoked Mackerel pate

all made on site, along with an extensive range of home-made

sauces for you to enjoy with your meal.

We stock a huge range of frozen goodies, including squid,

prawns, king prawns, crevettes, fish cakes and more, come and

take a look around and ‘sea’ what you fancy!

01548 852006

@kingsbridgefishmongers

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CATCH OF THE DAY

Fishmongers

With over 40 years combined experience in the

fish industry, we can prepare for you the finest and

freshest available fish to your exact requirements.

As well as superb local fish we offer a large range of

frozen seafood products to compliment any meal.

On site producers and suppliers of the famous

Salcombe Smokies - named Champion Fish at the

Taste of the West Awards.

If that wasn’t enough, our shop

also snatched the Gold status

at the awards!

Also supply restaurants and hotels

and hold the highest award for

hygiene the Council can give.

54 Fore Street, Kingsbridge TQ7 1NY

Telephone 01548 852006

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Amanda Owen

The yorkshire Shepherdess

Tells us about her life in the Dales

Known to millions as The Yorkshire

Shepherdess, Amanda Owen is the

author of five best-selling books about

her life on Ravensea, one of the most

remote farms in the country, where she

lives with her husband Clive and nine

children. She currently stars in Channel

5’s popular TV show Our Yorkshire

Farm and her latest book is Celebrating

the Seasons includes stories, recipes

and photos from the farm and is out now.

I understand that you had had no

previous links to farming, may I ask

how you became so involved in this line

of work?

I grew up in Huddersfield and no one in

my family is from a farming background.

I loved the James Herriot books when I

was a child, and watched the TV series.

Because of James Herriot I loved the idea

of being a vet, probably like most other

children of that era, but was told at school

that I was not academic enough to make

the grades. One day in the school library

I picked up a book called Hill Shepherd.

It was a photographic documentary of

hill farming in Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Reading that book was an epiphany for

me, the pictures of the hill shepherds on

the moors with the sheep made me realise

it was where I wanted to be. It ticked the

box of wanting to work with animals in

the countryside and importantly it also

ticked the rebellion box as it was so the

opposite of my townie life up until then.

Years later after I had married my husband

Clive, we realised that there was actually a

photograph of him in Hill Shepherd!

So it’s a very important book to me.

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How did you learn your crafts? One of

the many things I learnt from your book

was how important it is to get the grass

in - in good time.

I started out as a farm hand, and then

moved on to being a contract shepherd,

working on different farms all over the

country. But really, I learnt everything as I

went along.

Most of my crafts came through natural

progression, learning to ride a horse

by riding it, learning to clip a sheep by

clipping my first one, learning to work a

dog, by taking the dog out with me for the

first time.

You can only learn what to do by doing it,

you have to get practical on the ground

experience. Nothing comes close to

learning how to be a shepherd, other than

actually doing the work of a shepherd and

it’s not just about learning about sheep,

it’s about learning about the land.

With the grass it starts with the sheep.

You’ve got to have your sheep in good

order - we grow hardy stock through the

winter, so it’s absolutely vital that you grow

your crop well, so they have food to eat

throughout the winter.

What would you like to tell our readers

about your life?

I want people to know that Celebrating the

Seasons is a book about going your own

way. It’s not a blueprint for how you should

live your life, it simply says this is what we

do as a family this is how we do it, feel free

to follow the recipes, or do them your own

way. I want people to not let themselves to

be stereotyped, to know that all things are

achievable if you really want to do it. So

many people said you won’t have time to

write

a book,

you won’t

achieve

that. But

I believe

you can do

anything

you just

have to

start doing

it. If you

want to

write a

book,

start

writing. I

got an E

in GCSE English, and this is my

fifth book. Anything is possible.

Celebrating the Seasons with The

Yorkshire Shepherdess by Amanda Owen

is available from Pan Macmillan, £20.


COLJAN Cafe, Wine Bar and Restaurant

@ 11 West Street, Ashburton is one of

the most exciting food venues locally

through its warm, friendly and welcoming

atmosphere it has created a place to enjoy

the pleasures of great food and wine at an

affordable price.

THIS DECEMBER, Coljan will be offering a

selection of sharing inspired tapas menus

from £15 per person and are open over the

Christmas / festive period for food and drink.

IN JANUARY 2022, Coljan will launch

their back to the future menu, re-investing

classics with their modern twist and style

and will be offering 2 courses for £25 per

person or 3 courses for £30 per person.

Visit coljan.co.uk for more details.

FOR VALENTINES, Coljan will offer a 6

course taster menu from £45 per person,

paired with some of the best Natural Wines

from their own wine shop.

COLJAN is a truly community based venture

with a keen eye on ensuring we support the

very best of local business, people and

re-invest back into our communities. info@coljan.co.uk 01364-654-011 coljan.co.uk

Currently reading -

D (A Tale of Two Worlds):

A modern-day Dickensian fable -

Michel Faber

www.harbourbookshop.co.uk/products/d-a-taleof-two-worlds-a-modern-day-dickensian-fablemichel-faber

It all starts on the morning the letter D

disappears from the language.

Come on over and browse our signed

editions, author events, book subscriptions,

competitions and giveaways!

OPENING -

Monday-Friday 9am-4pm Saturday 10am - 4pm

Also posting worldwide

2 Mill Street, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 1ED

01548 857233

www.harbourbookshop.co.uk

uk.bookshop.org/shop/HarbourBookshop

First, it vanishes from her parents’ conversation at

breakfast, then from the road signs outside. Soon the

local dentist and the neighbour’s Dalmatian are missing,

and even the Donkey Derby has been called off. Though

she doesn’t know why, Dhikilo is summoned to the home

of her old history teacher Professor Dodderfield and his

faithful Labrador, Nelly Robinson.

And this is where our story really begins. Set between

England and the wintry land of Liminus, a world

enslaved by the monstrous Gamp and populated by

fearsome, enchanting creatures, D (Tale of Two Worlds)

is a mesmerising tale of friendship and bravery in an

uncertain world. Told with simple beauty and warmth,

its celebration of moral courage and freethinking is a

powerful reminder of our human capacity for strength,

hope and justice.

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Avon Mill

Garden Centre, Café & Shops

Hidden in the beautiful Avon Valley...

Café with outdoor covered area

Christmas Trees • Unique gifts

Decorations • Local Art & Crafts

Loddiswell • Kingsbridge TQ7 4DD

www.avonmill.com 01548 550338

Brewing great handcrafted

real ales since 1983

www.summerskills.co.uk

www.facebook.com/summerskills.brewery I www.instagram.com/summerskillsbrewery

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Dinner is served

Tasty recipes from Amanda Owen

Wild Mushroom Soup with

Wood Sorrel & Hazelnut Pesto

Prep time 10 minutes

Cooking time 35 minutes

Serves 4

2 tbsp Yorkshire rapeseed oil, plus extra for

garnish

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 large clove garlic, crushed or grated

450g wild mushrooms, such as yellow

chanterelle, roughly chopped

50ml Madeira or sweet sherry

850ml hot vegetable stock

3 sprigs fresh thyme

200ml double cream

1 tsp mushroom powder

Salt and black pepper

Pesto

25g chopped toasted hazelnuts

1 small bunch wood sorrel

2 tbsp olive oil

10g Parmesan

Garnish

Handful of wild mushrooms

Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add

the onion and garlic and fry gently for 5

minutes, until softened but not coloured.

Next, add the mushrooms and fry on a

medium heat for 8 minutes, until they are

golden.

Pour the Madeira over the mushrooms and

cook on a high heat for about a minute until

the alcohol evaporates.

Lower the heat and pour in the hot stock,

then add the sprigs of thyme. Bring to the

boil then cover and simmer gently for 20

minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat, blitz with

a hand blender or in a liquidizer until the

soup is smooth. Return the soup to a clean

pan, stir in the cream and sprinkle over the

mushroom powder, then season the soup

and gently reheat over a low heat.

Meanwhile, place the pesto ingredients into

a small food processor and blitz for a few

seconds until combined. Add extra oil if the

pesto is a little thick and season to taste.

For the mushroom garnish, drizzle some

oil in a small frying pan and gently fry the

remaining mushrooms for a couple of

minutes until golden.

To serve, ladle the soup into warm bowls,

scatter over the whole fried mushrooms,

and top with a spoonful of pesto.

Tip

Try serving with homemade spelt bread.

Moroccan Lamb Tagine with

Jewelled Couscous

Prep time 15 minutes

Cooking time 1 hour 15 minutes

Serves 4

Tagine

2 tbsp olive oil

600g lamb shoulder, diced

1 large onion, sliced

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tbsp ground cumin

2 tsp ground coriander

1 tbsp hot smoked paprika

40g tomato purée

400g can cherry tomatoes

1 cinnamon stick

50g dried apricots, chopped

2 large pieces orange peel

285ml lamb stock

1 small bunch coriander, chopped

Jewelled couscous

200g couscous

200ml hot vegetable stock

1 red onion, chopped

100g pomegranate seeds

1 small bunch mint, leaves roughly chopped

1 small bunch coriander, chopped

3 spring onions

20g almonds, toasted

Salt and black pepper

Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/ gas 4.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large

heatproof casserole dish, then add the

lamb and sear and brown on all sides for

about 5 minutes. Remove the lamb from

the casserole dish with a slotted spoon and

set aside.

Return the casserole dish to the heat and

add the remaining oil. When hot, add the

onion and fry gently for approximately 8

minutes until golden. Add the garlic and fry

for a further minute.

Sprinkle over the ground spices and stir

in the tomato purée then fry for a further

minute. Return the meat and any juices

to the pan with the remaining Tagine

ingredients (except the fresh coriander),

bring to the boil then cover with a lid and

transfer to the middle shelf of the oven.

Cook for 1 hour, or until the meat is tender.

Meanwhile, while the Tagine cooks, put the

couscous into a bowl and pour over the

hot vegetable stock. Cover the bowl tightly

with cling film and set aside for 10 minutes

until the couscous has absorbed the liquid.

Season the couscous, then stir through

the remaining ingredients, saving a few

almonds and herbs to garnish.

To serve the Tagine, remove the cinnamon

stick and check seasoning, then sprinkle

over the chopped coriander. Serve in warm

bowls with the jewelled couscous.

Tip

This recipe can also be cooked slowly in a

Tagine over a barbecue.

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SPICED

GINGERBREAD

CHRISTMAS

COOKIES

These sweet festive cookies are

a wonderful treat to gift to friends

and are great fun to make with

children. They are spiced with the

Christmas flavours of cinnamon,

ginger, nutmeg and cloves and

then iced with pretty patterns to

decorate. The cookies should last in

an airtight container for 1 week.

Serves: makes 30 cookies

Prep time: 45 minutes, plus chilling

Cook time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

225g unsalted butter, softened

180g soft light brown sugar

300g molasses

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

700g plain flour

1 tsp Maldon Salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground nutmeg

½ tsp ground ginger

½ tsp ground cloves

500g icing sugar

METHOD:

Using an electric whisk or stand mixer,

start by creaming together the butter

and brown sugar (ensure your butter is

softened to room temperature before

you attempt to do this). Once the mixture

is pale and fluffy add the molasses and

vanilla extract and mix again.

In a separate bowl mix together the

dry ingredients; the plain flour, Maldon

salt, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon,

nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Add the dry

ingredients into the butter mixture in

stages and then mix until it forms a soft

dough. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and

chill in the fridge for an hour.

Preheat the oven to 170C°.

After the dough has chilled, remove it

from the fridge and on a lightly floured

surface roll out the dough until it is

roughly ½ cm thick. Use any cutters you

like to cut out shapes – gingerbread men,

stars, Christmas trees, candy canes –

have fun with it! Place the biscuits onto a

baking sheet lined with parchment paper,

keeping the biscuits a few cm’s apart

(you may need to do this across a couple

of trays). Put the trays into the preheated

oven and bake for 14 – 15 minutes until

the biscuits are slightly darker and baked

through. Remove from the oven and allow

to cool slightly before lifting onto a wire

rack to cool fully.

To make the icing place the 500g icing

sugar into a bowl and add 1 tbsp water,

mix until it forms a paste. Keep adding

a small amount of water at a time till

you reach your desired consistency. You

want the icing to still be thick enough to

pipe and hold its shape. Once you have

the correct consistency, pour the icing

into a piping bag with a small nozzle

attachment and decorate the cooled

biscuits anyway you like.

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BBQ PRAWNS,

LOBSTER AND

CRAYFISH WITH

HERB BUTTER

AND SIRACHA

MAYONNAISE

Lobster, prawns and crayfish are often considered

delicacies for a special occasion, so this BBQ recipe with

smoky siracha mayonnaise and herbed butter is perfect

for a showstopping Christmas feast.

Loved by professional chefs and home cooks the world over,

Maldon Salt has been hand harvested by the same family since

1882. It’s unique pyramid flakes and tactile texture continues

to inspire chefs and cooks to this day. The choice of the

passionate and the adventurous to elevate flavours and create the

extraordinary!

Serves: 6 people

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

2 lobster, sliced in half lengthways

450g king prawns

300g crayfish

150g unsalted butter, softened

1 tsp Maldon salt

Cracked black pepper

10g parsley, finely chopped

10g coriander, finely chopped

2 lemons, halves

100g mayonnaise

1 tbsp siracha

METHOD:

Begin by mixing together the herb butter for your seafood. In a

small bowl mix together the softened butter with Maldon salt,

cracked black pepper, the chopped parsley and coriander. Set

aside.

The perfect way to cook your seafood is on a hot BBQ, however

if you don’t have one then a griddle pan will work too. Make sure

it has reached a medium to high temperate, and start by grilling

your lobster halves. Cook flesh side down on the griddle until

the meat has turned pink and has some lovely charring on it.

The shells will turn orangey pink too, and this is when you know

your lobster are cooked. Do the same with the king prawns and

crayfish, although these will take less time to cook.

While your seafood is cooking, it is also nice to griddle some

lemon to serve alongside. Simply add your lemon halves cut

side down onto the grill and allow them to cook and char for 3

minutes.

Once your seafood is all cooked, pile onto a large serving platter

and using a pastry brush, brush all across the flesh with your

delicious herb butter – letting it melt in. Place your griddled lemon

onto the serving platter too.

In a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise and siracha. Serve

this alongside the platter of BBQ seafood and allow everyone to

tuck in!

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A RICH HISTORY IN

TEIGNMOUTH

Headmaster Lawrence Coen from

Trinity School explains more about the

opportunities available

Trinity School in Teignmouth is building an impressive reputation

for offering students an extraordinary breadth and depth of

opportunities beyond the classroom, which in turn is having a

significant and positive effect on academic results inside the

classroom. After Sixth Form, they are regularly sending pupils to

Russell Groups Universities including Oxbridge, Imperial, UCL,

LSE, Bristol and Warwick. Trinity appears to have found a magic

formula which empowers and inspires individuals.

Recipients of 6 Good School Guide Awards for A-Level

performance, this year saw Trinity School achieve another 100%

pass rate with 98% A* to C and nearly half of those A* or A grade.

Similarly, a 100% GCSE pass rate saw 15% at Grade 9 with half

of all results awarded either 9, 8 or 7.

Within the welcoming and safe environment which Trinity

provides, self-discipline is developed through understanding

individual personalities and learning styles. Participation in the

Combined Cadet Force (CCF), inspirational clubs such as the

Green Car Challenge or Science Buskers and regular regional

and nation recognition for Art. It is no surprise that prior to the

COVID disruption, Trinity won First Place in the Independent

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KITCHEN DESIGN ADVICE

FROM AN EXPERT

We speak to Julia Kendell, interiors and

decorating expert from ITV’s ’60 Minute Makeover’

and ‘Rebuild Our Home’ and spokesperson for The

National Homebuilding & Renovating Show...

THE KITCHEN IS THE UNDISPUTED

HEART OF THE HOME - AS WELL

AS FEEDING EVERYONE, IT’S

BECOME THE SOCIAL HUB, HOME-

SCHOOLING AREA AND MUCH

MORE – HOW DO YOU START YOUR

DESIGN PROCESS WITH CLIENTS?

Yes absolutely, the kitchen has had

to really take the strain in the past 18

months and now more than ever my

clients are eager to find ways to ensure

their new kitchen spaces are flexible

enough to cope with whatever might be

round the corner.

The design process starts with

understanding my client’s functional

needs for the room, both now and as far

into the future as we can determine (after

all, a good quality kitchen should last

20-30 years). My design principles centre

on wellbeing in the home and creating

spaces that fully support the family to

ensure everyone can be organised and in

harmony with one another. This involves

spending time working out the each

individual’s daily movements around

the kitchen, their needs and what they

enjoy doing. If there’s a keen baker in

the household, I will suggest a dedicated

‘baking cabinet’ where everything

you need is in one place, stand-mixer

plugged in ready for use and no excuses

not to achieve ‘Star Baker!’ I believe

good design ensures we can be the best

versions of ourselves and take obstacles

out of the way of our daily successes.

MANY OF US ARE LOOKING TO

SAVE THE COST OF MOVING AND

INSTEAD IMPROVE OUR HOMES –

ARE THERE SIMPLE CHANGES WE

COULD MAKE TO IMPROVE THE

LOOK AND FLOW OF OUR HOMES?

It sounds obvious, but a total de-clutter,

removing as much as possible from a

room to be able to view the room with

‘fresh-eyes’ is a great start to make

meaningful changes. One of the simplest

yet most effective improvements is

to increase the levels of daylight into

the home. Texture, whether fabrics or

carpeting absorbs a huge amount of

daylight and it can be transformational to

swap out curtains for shutters/ blinds and

hard flooring such as engineered wood

to replace carpet. Instantly the rooms will

feel larger and brighter and any increase

in daylight in the home can only improve

your mood and wellbeing.

WHEN DESIGNING A KITCHEN,

WHERE SHOULD YOU SPLURGE

AND WHERE SHOULD YOU SAVE?

Areas that receive the most use should

be prioritised in the overall budget. Most

kitchen units are well constructed these

days so choosing an affordable unit with

a good quality worksurface is a good

option. It’s amazing the difference adding

expensive handles can make to uplifting

an otherwise ‘standard’ kitchen. I caution

my clients to think carefully about their

appliance choices too. It’s very easy to

get excited about the latest gadget, but

with appliances a large proportion of

the overall cost of a kitchen, be realistic

about how useful an appliance will be.

Do you really need an oven with 42

functions?!

WHAT HAVE BEEN THE KEY

LESSONS YOU’VE LEARNT ABOUT

INTERIOR DESIGN IN YOUR

EXPERIENCE IN THE INDUSTRY?

Without doubt, the most important lesson

is to design holistically and to engage

all of the senses. It’s not enough just to

create a pretty, ‘instagrammable’ room.

The way we experience our homes and

workplaces is crucial to our mental

health and performance and shouldn’t be

underestimated. From choosing a colour

palette to reflect your personality and

emotional needs to providing good air

quality, creating a harmonious space that

‘feels’ and functions as good as it looks is

key to good design.

SINCE THE PANDEMIC, HAVE YOU

NOTICED ANY CHANGES IN THE

WAY PEOPLE WANT THEIR HOMES

TO FUNCTION – A MOVE AWAY

FROM FULLY OPEN PLAN FOR

EXAMPLE?

There is still a strong appetite for openplan

living as it provides the space,

light and connection to one another we

all crave. That said, to mitigate some

of the issues with open-plan such as

noise, privacy issues and cooking-smell

transference from the kitchen, ‘brokenplan’

is becoming a useful design tool.

Broken-plan essentially incorporates

vertical divides within the open-plan

space using glazing, open-backed

shelving, or sliding doors to delineate

areas without closing off the visual impact

of the space. This is also a great way to

bring some architectural interest to an

otherwise ‘large box’ that can too often

feel like an airport lounge! I think anyone

with shares in garden offices will have a

good year ahead…

WHAT TRENDS FOR 2022 ARE YOU

EMBRACING THE MOST?

Houzz are reporting a huge increase in

interest in dedicated activity spaces such

as art rooms, home bars, home gyms and

cinema rooms. I am very excited to see

this as it shows that we are choosing to

design our interests and passions into our

homes. It’s refreshing to feel such a sense

of optimism when chatting with clients

and I am working with warmer colour

palettes and being asked to incorporate

planting and natural texture into room

schemes. There seems to be a continued

need to connect with nature after the past

18 months and I’m loving it!

Julia Kendell will be the design expert

at the Farnborough Homebuilding &

Renovating Show, 15-16 January 2022

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THE HOME

hit list

JOBS TO TACKLE THIS AUTUMN

SEASONAL

REFRESH

PROPERTY MOT

Home maintenance is a year-round

endeavour, but these are the top jobs

to get sorted before the worst of the

winter weather sets in:

CHECK ALL DOOR/WINDOW

SEALS FOR DRAUGHTS

Check that existing seals are still

intact and repair any cracks or holes

that have formed. For a quick and

easy solution, fit doors with draught

excluders to keep rooms warm and to

prevent energy wastage.

CHECK YOUR BOILER

Have a boiler service and check the

system is running efficiently. Many

people put off replacing older boilers,

but you will save money in energy with

more efficient models. If you have one,

make sure your external condenser

pipe is well insulated.

CLEAR GUTTERS

Clear gutters and drainpipes of leaf

debris to reduce the chance of leaks.

Also be sure to check drains for

blockages - prevention is better than

fixing it on a cold night!

CHECK THE OUTSIDE

Look over all external masonry,

checking for cracks, gaps around

windows or issues with roof. Make

sure your front door closes snugly (and

make sure your property is secure

whilst you’re at it).

INSULATION

Insulate your pipes (burst pipes cause

huge damage). Make sure your loft

insulation is adequate and look into

cavity wall insulation, which can

save hundreds ££ on energy bills.

If you can, look into upgrading the

efficiency of your windows with triple

or secondary glazing.

Why is it that we save all the

property redecoration for when we

are getting ready to move? How

about giving your rooms some

TLC with a fresh lick of paint and

swapping in some new accessories

to update the palette.

Try switching out cooler grey tones

for warmer neutrals and introducing

more natural materials like linen,

leather and wood - this means you

can use your base furniture pieces,

and just give them a lift with new

decorative items.

DIY panelling is another huge

trend which is helping people give

rooms a completely new look for

less - why not try adding a wall to a

bedroom in a strong contrast colour

for maximum impact?

PRACTICAL

HOME-WORKING

It looks as though working from home,

or at least a hybrid, flexible model is

here to stay. With that in mind, many

of us are choosing to carve out proper

working spaces instead of balancing on

the end of the kitchen table.

Investing in a proper desk and chair

are fundamental - it’s well known that

sitting for long periods on chairs not

specifically designed for desk work can

cause long-lasting pain.

For desks, there are lots of options for

built-in models into wall space or even

stand up desks. If you don’t have the

space for a full office room, you can

still find inventive ways to incorporate a

desk into wardrobe areas or even into

cupboards, meaning the workspace

can be neatly tucked away at the end

of the day and the space can resume

its original purpose. Storage is another

essential element to stop work admin

spilling out into home life.

Finally, take some time to make your

work space look homely - it stops it

from feeling transitory. Hang some

prints, invest in some greenery or buy

some soft furnishings like cushions

or blankets to make it feel like an

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Blue

INTO THE

Emily Baker takes in ultimate luxury

in the inimitable Maldives

I

t’s difficult to write about the Maldives

without descending into clichés - it

is every bit as beautiful as you

imagined, the ocean suites with their

glass floor hatches are equal parts

luxurious and mesmerising, and of course

the combination of sand, sea and allinclusivity

really are a winner - so, I’ll try

and limit myself to only using the word

crystalline a handful of times, but what

can I tell you that you don’t already know?

I think I could start with the journey -

though travelling is my bread and butter,

long haul can test even the most excited

of voyagers. There are a few different

routes to the mainland of Male, but for

those looking to fly in the lap of luxury

(and if you’re heading to the Maldives,

who isn’t) then Qatar Airways is the

best choice - with a short layover in the

ultra-plush Doha airport, it’s enough to

make the journey an event, rather than

a task. Their internationally-celebrated

Qsuite experience is unlike any other

I’ve experienced in the air - your own

private suite with partitioned doors offers

ambient mood lighting, fully lie-flat beds

and generous storage space. You can

open up the space to enjoy meals and a

glass of fizz with your travel party, before

slipping back into ultimate comfort and

privacy. The food is exceptional too -

both on board and in the Doha Business

Class lounge. It’s easy to see why it’s

consistently rated the best in the world.

If you’ve been nervous to travel since the

pandemic, the in-flight team are so highly

professional, you can relax in complete

safety and start your holiday off in the

most wonderful way.

Once in Male, the final leg of the journey

begins - and for us, it was by seaplane.

There is something other-worldly about

seeing this string of atolls from the air for

the first time. The inky-blue sea stretches

out like a vast blanket, punctuated by

bursts of green, framed by the turquoise

necklace of each island’s reef. Even

whilst feeling weary from the long flight, I

pressed myself to the window like a child,

completely mesmerised by the views

below along the 40 minute hop. If you’re

looking for that international-traveller ‘I’ve

made it’ feeling, then arriving by seaplane

has to tick all the boxes.

The welcome on arrival at the spectacular

Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Resort was the

first taste of the the Sun Siyam group’s

trademark hospitality - a gleaming small

army in white uniforms and glowing

smiles awaited, festooning us with flower

garlands and introducing each guest to

their own dedicated villa butler - they

are your go-to whilst on the resort, for

everything from booking restaurant tables

to helping you hitch a ride on one of the

golf buggies that transport guests around

the 52 acre island.

There are a handful of different

accommodation options for guests -

either stays on those quintessential

oceanic villas, decked with their steps

straight into the water, or a series of

beach villas, either with direct access to

the beach or with oceanic views and their

own private infinity pools. Whilst some

of the fixtures and fittings are looking a

little tired in places, the sheer delight of

the location more than makes up for any

shortcomings inside, as does the wealth

of activities, both in the water and out,

available from your doorstep.

This brings me on to my other

assumption - one I think many travellers

make - that the Maldives is a destination

for loved-up couples to fly and flop in

luxury. And whilst there’s definitely scope

for that, I wasn’t overcome by a raft of

couples acting amorously by the pool,

but instead greeted by a huge breadth

of guest profiles - there were, of course,

couples, but also groups of friends on

a girls getaway and families - taking

advantage of the total safety of the

island to let little ones run around freely.

Though, unlike other family-friendly

resorts, the children are seen but not

heard - there’s space for everyone, so

adults can still find their escape. Kids

and adults alike can partake in aquatic

adventures, with guided reef swimming,

“If the term barefoot luxury is

banded about too much, it’s very

much found its true definition here”

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paragliding, and options to learn to dive in the resorts PADI

and DDI Diamond certified diving school.

If the term barefoot luxury is banded about too much,

it’s very much found its true definition here - this is a

place of relaxation, aided by that extra oomph that only

an all-inclusive stay can offer. In all there are 15 venues

for drinking and dining - offering a mixture of worldwide

cuisines. Where the food really shines is in the bevy of

freshly grilled reef fish and Maldivian curries - there are

fine dining options available, but it was the Bamboo

restaurant with its tables in the sand and menus of fresh

salads and Pan-Asian cuisine which really hit the right

notes in the afternoon heat.

Knowing as they do that tourism in these areas have

hugely adverse effects on the local environment, Sun

Siyam as a group continually look for ways to reduce

their footprint. Being an archipelagic state, the Maldives

does rely on a significant array of food imports, but the

group has its own farm island which grows a variety of

produce, limiting the carbon impact. Guests to the resort

can visit too, for a unique farm to plate experience.

I suppose the other big question for everyone tentatively

dipping their toes back into international travel, is, is it

safe? The major advantage of the Maldives is the sheer

space between the islands, meaning that they can isolate

cases as and when they occur. How this landscape will

change as more vaccines are rolled out across the globe

is still unknown, but its clear that each resort is doing their

part. As it currently stands, to change resorts you are still

required to take a PCR test - whilst some might consider

this an unnecessary expense, I think it’s a sensible and

safe practice to make sure you can enjoy your stay fully.

Now, if there is a spa to be found in a resort, you will

generally find me ensconced inside it. Within a humblelooking

bungalow off one of the jungle tracks, lies Iru

Fushi’s - a world-leading spa by French brand Thalgo -

don’t be fooled by initial appearances though - knock on

the heavy black-lacquered doors and you’ll be whisked

into an exotic oasis, where pebble-lined paths snake

through bubbling koi ponds. Massages here are on the

expensive side, but hey, you’re in the Maldives - lean in

to the luxury and enjoy your slice of paradise, it really is

worth it.

I suppose the thing that really sets the tone for any trip,

and indeed the make or break, are the staff within the

resort, and Sun Siyam really do have a spectacularly good

team. Throughout the stay, nothing was too much trouble.

Want a pinch-me romantic dinner on your own stretch

of beach, surrounded by the twinkle of candles? You’ve

got it. In our little quintet of ladies holidaying together, we

mentioned we would like to have a meditation session

on the beach - what we got was a heart shape hand-dug

into the sand, punctuated with tea lights and frangipani

flowers, with yoga mats rolled out and a selection of oils

from the spa to aid relaxation. This beautiful scene was all

the work of our dedicated butlers and could not have been

more special. This attention to detail extends everywhere -

even my own very British sensibilities about having a butler

were eased, as the service they offered was completely

unobtrusive and very intuitive.

There’s not much I can say that you might not already

know, but that shouldn’t be a reason to stop you getting

into the Maldivian groove and discovering it for yourself -

flawless hospitality, great food, a wealth of activities and

the unrelenting joy of the location, I think Sun Siyam could

make even the most cynical resort-snob fall under its spell.

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