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THE<br />

<strong>DOMVS</strong><br />


At Home in Dorset<br />

# 005<br />

<strong>Winter</strong> <strong>2022</strong>

Welcome to <strong>The</strong> <strong>DOMVS</strong> <strong>Almanac</strong><br />

ALMANAC noun [ C ] (also almanack) a handbook, typically seasonal, that includes<br />

information for the year such as important days, weather, traditions, tips and nature.<br />

We are proud to present <strong>issue</strong> five of <strong>The</strong> <strong>DOMVS</strong><br />

<strong>Almanac</strong>, which brings to you our highlights of living<br />

in Dorset. With each new season, we will share with<br />

you the hidden gems of our beautiful county, from our<br />

favourite countryside walks and the best places to go for<br />

the freshest seafood, to one-of-a-kind shops that aren’t<br />

to be missed and inspiring local creatives. Read on to<br />

find out how to make the very best of your home, your<br />

garden and your mind, body and soul.<br />

From the purveyors of the most scrumptiously tasty<br />

treats, to the most talented designers, decorators,<br />

and stylists, we’ve partnered with independent Dorset<br />

businesses who are incredibly passionate about where<br />

we’re from and what we do, and we’re all here to help<br />

you feel at home in Dorset.<br />

To discover more about the beautiful Dorset home<br />

pictured here, read on...

Three bedrooms | Two entertaining spaces | Large cellar | Garage | Grade II Listed | Offers over £550,000<br />

Puddletown, Dorset | Contact Polly Greenway: 01305 757300<br />

Modern village location, 18th century charm<br />

In association with<br />

In association with<br />

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Three bedrooms | Two reception spaces | Paddock and stables | Rural views | Circa 1.1 acres | Offers over £800,000<br />

Frome St Quintin, Dorset | Contact Greg Carter: 01305 757300<br />

Period character, idyllic location<br />

In association with<br />

domvs.co.uk<br />


Michael Blyth - Photographer<br />

Our Partners<br />

Our partners (above) comprise some of the best<br />

producers Dorset has to offer, all independent businesses<br />

founded and located in Dorset, brought together to<br />

promote not only each other, but the glorious lifestyle and<br />

products our unique county has to offer.<br />

We are always looking for exciting and innovative<br />

new partners, so if you fit the bill and would like to be<br />

involved, please get in touch.<br />

On the Cover (and above)<br />

‘Whispering Spirit’ by Simon Gudgeon, on show at<br />

Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington, nr. Dorchester<br />

5<br />

Director<br />

Polly Greenway<br />

<strong>Almanac</strong> Online<br />

Zach Trigg<br />

zach.trigg@domvs.co.uk<br />

domvs.co.uk/almanac<br />

<strong>Almanac</strong> Editorial & Design<br />

Charlie Ryan<br />


Jurassic Coast<br />

Farm Shop<br />

Inside this Season<br />

3, 17, 29 & back cover. Dream homes from <strong>DOMVS</strong><br />

7. Introducing Coral Interiors, Bournemouth<br />

13. Shire Hall host a British Museum Spotlight Loan<br />

15. Enjoy a sweet treat from Rosemary Rogers Catering<br />

19. Travel in style EBIKE Cafe @ Deheers<br />

25. Introducing Brace of Butchers, Poundbury<br />

31. Christmas at Sculpture by the Lakes<br />

35. Glow through winter with Sarah Dale Aesthetics<br />

37. What’s on at <strong>The</strong> Oyster & Fish House<br />

38. Big opportunities at Sunninghill Prep School<br />

23. Feed the family with NEST<br />



Home<br />

Makers<br />

Introducing Coral Interiors, Bournemouth<br />

Since 2014, Coral Interiors has specialised in interiors<br />

for period homes and holiday cottages. One of our<br />

favourite projects has been ‘Furlongs’, a stunning barn<br />

conversion holiday cottage in the beautiful setting of<br />

Abbotsbury, Dorset. <strong>The</strong> client had identified a barn on<br />

their estate which could be converted and extended to<br />

provide a substantial holiday cottage over two floors.<br />

<strong>The</strong> client and their build team created a stunning<br />

building with stacks of charm including original oak<br />

beams and exposed stone walls. We partnered with them<br />

to create a welcoming, harmonious scheme to reflect the<br />

coastal countryside setting.<br />

It’s really important with holiday cottages not to cram<br />

as many beds in as possible. Think about ‘optimising not<br />

maximising’; if you have beds for six people, you need to<br />

be able to comfortably seat six people around the dining<br />

table, and have relaxed seating for that many people in<br />

reception rooms and the garden.<br />

With three reception areas and a vast open-plan kitchen/<br />

dining space, there is room at Furlongs for family<br />

members to do their own thing, whether that be playing<br />

board games, reading, watching TV or relaxing after<br />

dinner.<br />



<strong>The</strong> five bedrooms each have their own personality and<br />

features and can comfortably accommodate ten guests.<br />

With zip-and-link beds, we added flexibility for some<br />

rooms to be configured as luxurious doubles or useful<br />

twins.<br />

We also try to think about multiple generations and the<br />

ages/needs of guests. For example, we use chairs with<br />

high backs and firm seats alongside slouchy corner<br />

sofas where possible. It’s also important to factor in<br />

accessibility early on, with low or no thresholds, wide<br />

doorways, and wet rooms rather than shower cubicles,<br />

especially in ground floor en-suites.<br />

Technology is also key; a decent broadband service is<br />

essential to allow all guests to stay connected or even<br />

be able to work remotely. Large TVs with sound bars,<br />

bluetooth speakers, and USB wall sockets all make the<br />

guests feel welcomed and make their stay as convenient<br />

as possible. And don’t forget an electric car-charging<br />

point on the driveway.<br />

Our key recommendation is to think about your target<br />

market from the outset. Why are they likely to book<br />

your property? Are they likely to be large family groups<br />

with children and grandparents, or is it a cosy cottage<br />

for two? If walking is a key activity, then consider a<br />

boot room and allowing a well-behaved dog or two. Is<br />

a hot tub an option, or a pizza oven, Shepherd’s hut, or<br />

outdoor games room? Always aim for that wow factor, so<br />

you can command a better nightly rate and attract more<br />

bookings.<br />

To find out more about Coral Interiors, visit<br />

coralinteriors.co.uk<br />

With a Visit England Gold 5-star rating, Furlongs<br />

can be booked through Luxury Dorset Cottages at<br />

luxurydorsetcottages.co.uk<br />


Crossings:<br />

Community<br />

& Refuge<br />

Shire Hall, Dorchester hosts a<br />

British Museum Spotlight Loan<br />

A highlight of the year, Shire Hall is delighted to host a<br />

British Museum Spotlight Loan ‘Crossings: Community<br />

and Refuge’. Opened on Friday 2nd December, this<br />

exhibition engages audiences in questions of identity,<br />

belonging and sharing our world.<br />

A Grade I Listed building, Shire Hall was Dorset’s centre<br />

of justice from 1797 until 1955. Now an award-winning<br />

social justice museum, Shire Hall brings over 200 years<br />

of justice and injustice to life.<br />

Shire Hall Museum is the final venue on this UK-wide<br />

tour from the British Museum, the first time the<br />

‘Lampedusa Cross’ has been displayed across the<br />

country. Made from the remnants of a boat carrying<br />

refugees wrecked near the Italian island of Lampedusa,<br />

close to the coast of Tunisia, the cross carries poignant<br />

messages about kindness, community and the<br />

indifference faced by many refugees.<br />

Alongside the cross will be a display of twelve tiny boats<br />

from Syrian-born Issam Kourbaj’s series ‘Dark Water,<br />

Burning World’ (pictured above), made from repurposed<br />

bicycle mudguards tightly packed with burnt matches to<br />

represent the fragile vessels used by refugees to make<br />

their perilous voyages across the Mediterranean.<br />

Jill Cook, Curator at the British Museum, says: “<strong>The</strong><br />

Lampedusa Cross reminds us of all the histories that<br />

are lost and of the thousands of people who are not<br />

otherwise remembered. <strong>The</strong> wood, with its paint<br />

blistered by the sun and smelling of salt, sea, and<br />

suffering, embodies a crisis of our times, as well as hope.<br />

<strong>The</strong> cross invites discussion of the varied reactions to<br />


one of the great tragedies of our time. It is an artefact<br />

shaped by tragedy that symbolises those who have<br />

nothing and desperately seek to share in a better<br />

future. As such, it is touchingly complemented by Issam<br />

Koubaj’s little boats.”<br />

Alongside the objects on loan from the British Museum,<br />

the exhibition features objects kindly loaned by Dorset<br />

History Centre and Portland Museum. From the 1872<br />

wreckage of the Royal Adelaide and the thousands of<br />

people travelling through Blandford from across the<br />

world to penal transportation and forced migration<br />

overseas, the exhibition will explore the journeys people<br />

made and their impact throughout the world.<br />

Nina Corey, Director of Shire Hall Museum, says:<br />

“Throughout history, people have set out on journeys<br />

across our world. Some are made by choice, others in<br />

hope, and there are also journeys people have been<br />

forced to make. In this exhibition, we’re taking a closer<br />

look at the stories behind those journeys.<br />

“Inspired by the incredible objects loaned to us by the<br />

British Museum, we wanted to explore our local history<br />

and the stories of people who travelled through or from<br />

Dorset. We were interested not just in the journeys that<br />

people made, but the reasons and motivation behind<br />

them.”<br />

‘Crossings: Community and Refuge’ is at Shire Hall<br />

Museum from 2nd December <strong>2022</strong> until 26th February<br />

2023. Entry to the exhibition is included with a Museum<br />

ticket. For more information, visit shirehalldorset.org<br />


Crème Brûlée Rosemary’s Way<br />

A fresh twist on a timeless classic from Rosemary Rogers Catering<br />

Serves: four<br />

Equipment:<br />

• 4 x individual ramekins<br />

Ingredients:<br />

• 600ml double cream<br />

• 1 vanilla pod split lengthways<br />

• 6 egg yolks<br />

• 2 dessert spoons caster sugar<br />

• 2-4 tablespoons caster sugar for the crunchy top<br />

1. Chill four individual ramekin dishes in the freezer.<br />

2. Heat together the cream and vanilla pod, whisking to<br />

disperse the seeds into the cream. Remove from the heat<br />

and leave to infuse for 10 minutes.<br />

3. Lightly beat together the egg yolks and sugar. Strain<br />

the cream into the egg mixture and whisk thoroughly.<br />

4. Heat the custard over a very low heat, stirring<br />

constantly. Stop from time to time to see if there is a<br />

tremble from the custard as it begins to heat. When<br />

this happens, beat with a whisk to disperse the heat.<br />

Keep gently heating and whisking until it reaches an<br />

almost jelly-like consistency. Start testing after about<br />

10 minutes by removing from the heat and drawing the<br />

whisk across the surface of the custard.<br />

5. Pour into the ramekins and chill in the fridge for 8<br />

hours or overnight.<br />

6. About 1 hour before serving, sprinkle with caster<br />

sugar and caramalise using a blow torch or by placing<br />

under a hot grill. Serve with a side of berries and a<br />

shortbread biscuit.<br />

To discuss your catering needs with Rosemary, visit<br />

facebook.com/rosemaryrogerscatering<br />


Four bedrooms | Two reception spaces | South-facing garden | Garage and parking | Offers over £675,000<br />

Bere Regis, Dorset | Contact Alison Owens: 01929 555300<br />

Central village location, peaceful, private garden<br />

In association with<br />

In association with<br />

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Five bedrooms | Two reception spaces | Large garden | Garage | Grade II listed | Guide price £695,000<br />

Wareham, Dorset | Contact Trisha Ashby-Rudd: 01929 555300<br />

Historic town location, river views<br />

In association with<br />

domvs.co.uk<br />


Vehicle for Life<br />

Test ride the Specialized Turbo Vado at EBIKE CAFE @ Deheers<br />



Drop into the EBIKE Cafe @ Deheers on Custom House<br />

Quay, Weymouth and test drive the ‘eBike of the Year<br />

<strong>2022</strong>’, Specialized Turbo Vado, as voted by Cycling<br />

Plus Magazine.<br />

Specialized Turbo Vado - ‘Your Vehicle for Life’<br />

You’re more than a bike rider, and Turbo Vado is more<br />

than a bike. Yes, it’s fast (4x you), but we think you’ll<br />

appreciate its versatility just as much. It’s powerful yet<br />

smooth. Fun but functional. A bike you can commute on,<br />

workout with, carry lots of stuff on — then lock up and<br />

walk away.<br />

Our customers tell us:<br />

• It’s seriously smooth<br />

• It gives them superpowers, as much as 4 x YOU!<br />

• You can ride it anywhere with up to a 90-mile range<br />

• And it just looks lovely<br />

Book a test ride and let the Turbo Vado speak for itself.<br />

Whatever colour or size you’re after, Josephine and<br />

Peter can call one down from the Specialized warehouse<br />

if they don’t have one in stock, ready for you to pick up<br />

in a matter of days.<br />

In the meantime, the shorter days have seen us<br />

introduce our <strong>Winter</strong> menu at EBIKE Cafe, with lots of<br />

tasty treats, including our brand new Moroccan Bowl,<br />

served warm with quinoa, chilli butternut squash, kale,<br />

beetroot, black beans and falafel, dressed with mint<br />

yoghurt, olive oil, pumpkin seeds and Moroccan spices.<br />

We have a vegan option for this scrumptious dish too,<br />

or if you want to go full carnivore, we can add chicken.<br />

Finally, add a glass of Golden Milk, a special Ayurvedic<br />

drink that will put a pep in your step. You’ll feel on top of<br />

the world and like you’ve been whisked away.<br />

EBIKE CAFE @ Deheers is open seven days a week, from<br />

9am to 4pm, on the ground floor of Deheers, 9A Custom<br />

House Quay, Weymouth, DT4 8BG.<br />

Find out more at ebikecafe.co.uk<br />



NEST<br />

Nurture, Educate,<br />

Support - Together<br />

NEST is a private Early Years Consultancy Service<br />

offering bespoke support to families with children aged<br />

0-5 years. NEST works closely with you and your family<br />

in a nurturing and non-judgmental way, to support you in<br />

your child’s early years. NEST is proud to have a strong<br />

ethos ensuring that every family receives a service<br />

which is confidential, informative, and exclusively<br />

tailored to each individual family and their needs.<br />

NEST was founded in 2018 by Lucy, a qualified Norland<br />

Nanny and Maternity Practitioner who has ten years<br />

of experience, and has worked with families and<br />

their children, both privately and in the community<br />

through the NHS. This enabled Lucy to gain a wealth<br />

of knowledge and experiences, and she passionately<br />

believes that no two journeys are the same, which is why<br />

she felt a bespoke service should be made available.<br />

For more information:<br />

Visit: n-est.co.uk<br />

Call: 07825 308570<br />

Email: nestchildren.enquiries@gmail.com<br />

Or find us on social media at:<br />

facebook.com/NESTchildren<br />

instagram.com/nest.children<br />


Big Night In<br />

With Brace of Butchers, Poundbury<br />

As the temperature drops and daylight dwindles,<br />

the prospect of venturing out can seem rather<br />

underwhelming – typically, this coincides with the climax<br />

of our social calendars over the festive period! And with<br />

worries about rising costs and tighter budgets, it can<br />

feel daunting when you’re faced with so many invitations<br />

to dinners, drinks parties and trips to the pub. That’s<br />

why, this year, we’re perfecting the art of the night in.<br />

Forget paying through the nose for elaborate but<br />

disappointingly small cocktails and getting cold as you<br />

wait for the taxi home. Instead, this year we’re all about<br />

rounding up our favourite people and putting on some<br />

top-notch food to enjoy from the comfort of our own<br />

home – or a friend’s.<br />

Ben (pictured above left) and Rob, our expert butchers,<br />

can help you find everything you need for feasting at<br />

home this winter; whether you want to go gourmet with<br />

duck breast for two, host a chilled steak night, or need<br />

a luscious leg of lamb for your home-style carvery, our<br />

dynamic duo can help you pick the right cut, give you tips<br />

on how to prepare it and recommend lots of produce to<br />

pair it with.<br />

If picky teas are your thing, Lee is the man to speak to<br />

– he carefully curates our in-house charcuterie range,<br />

delicately smoking and curing a range of treats that are<br />

perfect for the occasion. Of course, no charcuterie board<br />

can be complete without a choice of fine cheese, which<br />

is Henry’s area of expertise. Whether you’re a cheese<br />

novice or connoisseur, Henry (pictured above right) will<br />

be able to help you build a superb selection of texture<br />

and flavour.<br />



To top it all off, we have a fantastic range of local drinks.<br />

What could be better than curling up with a beautiful<br />

bottle of Bride Valley Pinot Noir on a chilly evening?<br />

We’ve also got plenty of choice for the beer, cider,<br />

cocktail, gin, and rum drinkers. Whatever your tipple of<br />

choice, we promise to deliver something delicious.<br />

So that’s it, our recipe for the best big night in; great<br />

company + great food + great drinks. <strong>The</strong> team is<br />

always on hand in the shop or on the phone to help you<br />

prepare for your own night in, whether it’s a low-key,<br />

sophisticated dinner or a wine and cheese night with<br />

friends. Either way, it will cost you less than a night out,<br />

and you can stay warm and cosy!<br />

Brace of Butchers can be found in Queen Mother<br />

Square, Poundbury. To find out more, visit the website at<br />

braceofbutchers.co.uk or call 01305 260956.<br />


Pictured: Brace of Butchers beetroot gratin<br />


Four bedrooms | Three entertaining spaces | Wine cellar | Rural and coastal views | Offers over £775,000<br />

Weymouth, Dorset | Contact Gabby Lock: 01305 835300<br />

Convenient town location, stunning rural views<br />

In association with<br />

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Four bedrooms | Three reception spaces | Extensive parking | One-bedroom annexe | Offers over £625,000<br />

Weymouth, Dorset | Contact Gabby Lock: 01305 835300<br />

Family home, income potential<br />

In association with<br />

domvs.co.uk<br />


Pictured: ‘Luna’ by Simon Gudgeon<br />


<strong>Winter</strong><br />

Wonderland<br />

Christmas at Sculpture by the Lakes<br />

A wintry walk through <strong>The</strong> Sculpture Park, a tasty lunch<br />

in <strong>The</strong> Kitchen café, a feast for the eyes in <strong>The</strong> Gallery,<br />

followed by a wander through <strong>The</strong> Store and <strong>The</strong> Pantry<br />

perusing unique and beautiful gifts – your perfect<br />

day awaits at Sculpture by the Lakes this Christmas!<br />

<strong>The</strong> festive season is a special time to visit this multiaward-winning<br />

attraction nestled in the heart of the<br />

countryside at Pallington, near Dorchester. For those in<br />

the know, the combination of <strong>The</strong> Sculpture Park, where<br />

art meets nature across 26-acres of gardens, woodland,<br />

rivers and lakes, and <strong>The</strong> Makers Yard, with its fresh<br />

dining and artisan shopping opportunities, is the perfect<br />

tonic to the commercialised mayhem December can<br />

bring.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Store is brimming with creations from the hands of<br />

more than 80 artists and makers from around Dorset<br />

and beyond, and treasures from as far afield as Morocco,<br />

including ceramics, textiles, jewellery and more. In <strong>The</strong><br />

Pantry, visitors can discover exceptional produce from<br />

passionate artisanal producers, from small batch chili<br />

sauces to botanical gins - the perfect presents for the<br />

foodie in your life. <strong>The</strong> Kitchen is open for coffees, cakes,<br />

and lunches, including seasonal delights sourced from<br />

the park’s own kitchen garden, and no visit is complete<br />

without a wander around <strong>The</strong> Gallery, where the<br />

exhibition closing out the year is ‘Look Up! A Journey<br />

Through Print Land’, a stunning celebration of the<br />

ingenuity, diversity and sheer magic of contemporary<br />

printmaking.<br />

With its delicious food and beautiful venues across<br />

the park, which can host between four to 100 people,<br />

Sculpture by the Lakes is also the ideal spot for<br />

Christmas parties and corporate away days, providing an<br />

inspirational setting for colleagues to connect and enjoy<br />

time outdoors. And don’t forget to keep an eye on the<br />

website for details of additional seasonal events, such<br />

as late-night shopping with fire-cooked food and mulled<br />

wine, and the popular Saturday night Supper Club in <strong>The</strong><br />

Kitchen.<br />

Sculpture by the Lakes is open Tuesdays to Saturdays,<br />

10am - 5pm during the winter. Tickets to <strong>The</strong> Sculpture<br />

Park are £14.50, and entry to <strong>The</strong> Makers Yard, including<br />

<strong>The</strong> Gallery, <strong>The</strong> Kitchen, <strong>The</strong> Pantry and <strong>The</strong> Store, is<br />

free. See sculpturebythelakes.co.uk<br />


Pictured: ‘Dancing Cranes’ by Simon Gudgeon<br />

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Pictured: ‘Breeze’, linocut by Lisa Takahashi

Pictured: ‘Holkham’, linocut by Colin Moore<br />

Pictured: ‘Thoth’ by Simon Gudgeon

<strong>Winter</strong> Sparkle<br />

Face the season with Dorset’s skincare specialists, Sarah Dale Aesthetics<br />

Frosty mornings, crisp afternoons... winter has<br />

descended! We are embracing this glorious change<br />

of season but, as always, it can leave our skin feeling<br />

compromised and in need of some replenishment and<br />

repair. Here at Sarah Dale Aesthetics, we are familiar<br />

with supporting our clients’ skin as it adapts to the<br />

colder months.<br />

We bring you the most advanced skincare and nonsurgical<br />

treatments in Dorchester and across Dorset.<br />

Our clinic offers a natural and effective alternative<br />

to anti-aging injectables and surgery. We consider<br />

ourselves a pro-aging clinic and feel we can embrace and<br />

even celebrate the aging process with style and dignity.<br />

We are recommended by GPs and dermatologists<br />

alongside having NHS contracts. Clinical lead Tanya<br />

Lambert-Culling and her team of aesthetic clinicians<br />

provide you with their extensive experience of skincare<br />

and four different laser platforms. We work to the<br />

highest standards of professional excellence and thanks<br />

to our extensive research we only offer the safest and<br />

most effective treatments.<br />


- Hydration<br />

- Repair<br />

- Rejuvenate<br />

We can help you combine the scientific evidence of<br />

ingredients within our skincare ranges with the expert<br />

knowledge of our clinicians to achieve these goals.<br />


We specialise in skin solutions for:<br />

- Redness/rosacea<br />

- Pigmentation<br />

- Broken facial/leg vessels<br />

- Acne and scarring<br />

- Hair removal<br />

- Collagen building<br />

It’s a great time of year to start your skin health journey<br />

with us. We offer complimentary consultations with all of<br />

our clinicians, so you can determine the best solution for<br />

you. We cater to all different skin types and lifestyles.<br />

With over 160 5-star reviews on Google, you can trust<br />

that you are in the best hands. We pride ourselves on<br />

our welcoming and specialist care.<br />

sarahdaleaesthetics.com<br />

facebook.com/sarahdaleaesthetics<br />

E. info@sarahdaleaesthetics.com<br />

T. 01305 269220<br />


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Three bedrooms | Period features | Gardens and terrace | Off-street parking | Offers in excess of £350,000<br />

Chideock, Dorset | Contact Benjamin Dobson: 01308 805500<br />

“Chocolate box” charm, close to the beach<br />

In association with<br />


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