Local Area Guides

Christmas Lights in Cornwall

Get wrapped up in the Cornish festive spirit by heading to one of the Duchy’s many picturesque harbours or towns, and watch them light up in a kaleidoscope of colours, with our guide to Christmas Lights switch on events in Cornwall.

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Autumnal walks in Cornwall

With its spectacular ruby red sunsets, golden brown leave, dark and stormy seas and deserted long sandy beaches there is no place like Cornwall in the autumn. So wrap up warm, put your boots on and head out for a walk to take in the beautiful landscapes in their glorious autumnal colours.

Here’s four of our favourite autumnal ambles:

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Autumn ambles in and around the South of England

As the days begin to shorten and the leaves start to tumble and there’s a chill in the air the beautiful Dorset landscape turns into a kaleidoscope of yellows, oranges and reds.

Embrace this change in season and head outdoors and discover the flora and fauna at this time of year with our guide to autumn walks.

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The Duchy’s most inspirational and renowned writers

It is no wonder why Cornwall is an inspiration for authors of all genres. A place of myth and legend the county easy purveys a sense of mystery and intrigue with its wild and windswept moorland and huge rugged cliffs with their hidden coves battered by the Atlantic rollers. The sunlit sandy beaches and bays, calm majestic blue waters and beautiful estuaries create a romantic backdrop.

It is easy to see why numerous authors have been inspired to write and set many a novel in the Duchy – here are some of our favourites:

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The literary greats of Devon

For centuries Devon has provided inspiration for a host of many literary heroes. Many of which lived in Devon; some stayed for a time; and others holidayed there. In fact Devon has proved such an influence on writers that it’s more of a challenge to find parts of the county which aren’t linked with England’s literary past!

Here are just a few of our favourite authors who have been inspired by the beautiful county of Devon.

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Play a round in London

London with its sprawling urban centre and busy lifestyle may not be a place where you would expect to find a golf course to enjoy a leisurely round of golf, but there are many courses dotted around the city, all you need to know is where to find them.

Here is our guide to playing golf in the capital:

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Enjoy the fairways in Cornwall

Golfers will not be disappointed with the glorious coastal settings of many of Cornwall’s links courses.

Strung along the northern coast from Bude to Lelant you can play golf at the extremities of England with Cape Cornwall being the most westerly and Mullion the most southerly. The Cornish terrain is ideal for golf; the links courses are typically characterised by dunes, an undulating surface and a sandy soil with few water hazards and trees.

So spend the weekend driving down the fairways, missing the bunkers and putting some holes along the beautiful scenic coastline of Cornwall – you are spoilt for choice in this part of the world!

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Get a hole in one in Bath

As well as being rich in history, offering great food and a fantastic destination for shopping, Bath and the surrounding area boasts some of the county’s finest golf courses catering for all levels of golfer.

Here are a few of our favourites:

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Where to tee off in South Wales

In 2010 South Wales was put firmly on the golfing map when the Ryder Cup was hosted by the Celtic Manor Resort just outside Newport. The world-class golf courses across South Wales are in prime locations, perfectly situated to enjoy views of the Welsh countryside and coastline.

Here is our selection of golf courses around Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan and the South Wales coast:

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Enjoy the fairways in the South of England

Hampshire and Dorset have a relatively modest number or golf courses. From parkland to links type courses there is something for every golfer regardless of ability in the South of England.

Here is our guide to playing golf in and around Poole and Bournemouth:

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Behind the scenes in London

London has played a starring role in many blockbuster movies thanks to its epic skyline, atmospheric streets and iconic landmarks with its mixture of striking new architecture and beautiful historic buildings.

You could spend days and weeks visiting film sets in London:

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On set in Cornwall

From crystal blue waters to the crashing rollers, long sandy beaches to small rocky coves, wild moorland to farmland, historic towns and buildings to new pieces of architecture, Cornwall is a haven for film directors looking to capture romantic sweeping views, beautiful coastal vistas and dramatic scenes.

Spend the weekend going behind the scenes and discovering the towns, estates, beaches and landmarks that have taken a turn in the spotlight in some of the nations favourite television programmes and films.

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Lights, Camera, Action in North Somerset

North Somerset boasts a wide variety of attractions including Tyntesfield and Clevedon Court National Trust properties, farm attractions and the famous Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare. With coast and countryside the area has a wealth of activities and heritage available too.

With many varying landscapes, famous landmarks and historic buildings, it’s no wonder there are an average of 50 filming shoots that take place in North Somerset every year! From films, adverts and music videos to nature programmes and TV series’, North Somerset has featured in many.

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Film locations in Wales

South Wales provides breathtaking outdoor locations for TV and film productions. With its rolling hills, rocky cliffs and long sandy beaches along with spectacular cities home to historical castles, bustling high streets and waterfront settings, it’s no wonder Wales has been the backdrop of many hit TV shows and blockbuster films.

Spend a weekend spotting the celebs in and around South Wales:

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On set in Dorset

Dorset has been the star of many a film and TV drama and it’s no surprise, with the unspoilt countryside, dramatic coastline and many impressive manor houses and gardens all offering a beautiful setting to really bring the script to life.

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London alfresco dining

The lovely weather during the summer months or the warmth from the patio heaters during the colder months has us all yearning to eat outside. Decked terraces, fully furnished patios and leafy gardens in the heart of Crouch End, Muswell Hill and the surrounding areas in North London provide a great setting to enjoy the fresh air whilst sampling the local culinary delights and extensive wine lists, craft beers and seasonal cocktails.

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Alfresco dining in Cornwall

The number one place for alfresco dining in Cornwall without a doubt has to be the beach. With over 400 beaches you can enjoy picnics and barbecues with family and friends or spend romantic evenings for two with a hamper amongst the dunes watching the sun set over the Atlantic.

However away from the beach there are plenty of great places to dine; from intimate clifftop restaurants with large decked terraces, and less formal harbourside and beachside restaurants, cafes and bars ideal for family gatherings and parties.

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Alfresco dining Bath

The beautiful city of Bath is already famed for its rich history and stunning architecture but more recently it is becoming much more well known for its thriving foodie scene thanks to the ever expanding offering of its already vast and varied range of cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants.

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Alfresco dining in Cardiff

From contemporary city patios to charming waterside terraces, Cardiff offers something for everyone when it comes to alfresco dining hotspots. Whether you enjoy basking in the sun with a view over the city or like a fresh sea breeze on your face with beautiful views across the bay, Cardiff has the best of both.

Our selection of options for outdoor dining in Cardiff provides an ideal list for those seeking a romantic meal for 2, a picturesque setting for dinner with friends or just an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life for the afternoon.

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Eating alfresco in Bournemouth and Poole

Enjoy family picnics on the sandy beaches, soak up the European cafe culture from the cafes, bars and restaurants along the quay or promenade and bask in the suns rays by day and watch the beautiful sunsets by night on large decked terraces overlooking the water. Bournemouth and Poole have opportunities galore to sit, relax, eat, drink outside and while away the hours people watching and soaking up the atmosphere of these vibrant towns.
Our selection of options for outdoor dining in Bournemouth and Poole provide an ideal list for those seeking a romantic meal for 2, lunch with the family, a picturesque setting for dinner with friends or just an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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10 things you didn’t know about London

London is a vibrant arts and entertainment centre and is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. Britain’s capital city has a vast array of cultural attractions from Royal Palaces, museums, galleries and theatres to sporting stadiums and modern pieces of architecture. Our apartments and houses for sale and coming soon in London are in great locations to explore all London has to offer.

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10 things you didn’t know about Cornwall

We all know Cornwall has a breath-taking coastline with beautiful beaches, crystal blue waters, world famous waves and granite clifftops and now the food and drink scene isn’t just about pasty’s. Celebrity restaurants, food and drink markets and music festivals have put Cornwall firmly on the map for food and festivals.

But here are 10 pieces of trivia that you may perhaps not know about the amazingly diverse county of Cornwall:

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10 things you didn’t know about Cardiff

The city of Cardiff is steeped in history and culture and every day new discoveries and memories are being made in the city which make Cardiff a great place to live.

It is a well known fact that Wales is home to a larger sheep population than humans and also the principality has more castles than any other country in Europe but there are some hidden facts about Cardiff you may not know:

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10 things you may not know about Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset

We all know about the wonders of the Jurassic Coast, the varied rural and coastal landscapes and the cosmopolitan and vibrant towns of Bournemouth and Poole with their shops, restaurants, bars and festivals where our penthouses at The Chocolate Box and our apartments at Harbour Lofts are coming soon.

So here are some facts and figures that you may not now about this diverse and lovely county:

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London’s festival atmosphere

There are always festivals and celebrations going on across London so why escape out of the city when you can enjoy the comforts of the capital whilst celebrating summer with live music, local food produce and having lots of fun on man-made beaches.

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Summer festivals in Cornwall

Get caught up in a vibrant street party, sample the delights of local produce, get involved with Cornish traditions, get creative, dance all night to the latest pop and up and coming acts or feel the adrenaline of a sporting challenge.
Cornwall’s diary throughout the summer is packed with fun-filled festivals, from food, music, literature, walking, regattas, performance, arts and craft there is something to suit everyone.

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Festivals this summer in Bristol

There’s never a dull moment in the vibrant city of Bristol. There are events and festivals that happen throughout the year but in the summer, the city really bursts to life and welcomes visitors from up and down the country as well as overseas.

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Cardiff, the summer festival capital

The celebrations, family fun and great entertainment get bigger and better every year when the Cardiff Festival returns to Wales’ capital throughout the summer months. The Festival lines the streets of the city and the bay is adorned with bunting and bright colour throughout July and August.

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World class events in Bournemouth this summer

The vibrant and cosmopolitan town of Bournemouth is a hive of activity throughout the summer putting on free festivals and world class events; all on the doorstep of our latest development The Chocolate Box.

So gather up your friends and family and take advantage; from music to candlelit gardens, performance arts to the roaring Red Arrows, you will not be short of entertainment.

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The South Bank by night

A plethora of largely state-funded arts and entertainment venues and events adorn the 2 miles of waterside streets between the London Eye and Tower Bridge on the South Bank, it’s no wonder over 14 million people choose to visit the South Bank each year to enjoy the nightlife and entertainment on offer in SE1 where our apartments at Newspaper House are located.

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Cornwall after dark

As the sun sets and the crowds leave the beaches exhausted from the days adrenalin fuelled activities you may believe that Cornwall also retires for the night, this is far from the reality. After dark Cornwall has plenty to offer and has something to suit everyone, you just need to know where to find them.

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Nightlife in Cardiff

However you like to unwind in the evening, the capital city of Cardiff has a superb range of nightlife opportunities to suit every lifestyle. Enjoy a quiet drink in a cocktail bar, dance the night away in a club, rub shoulders with the rich and famous in a restaurant or watch a show at one of the many theatres.

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Bournemouth after sunset

After a day at work or a long shopping day, once the sun sets over Bournemouth the town comes back alive with its diverse range of restaurants, bars, clubs and nightlife, it’s no wonder Bournemouth has been awarded a Purple Flag for entertainment for many years.

Whether you study in the city, work in the area or have called Bournemouth home for many years, there is always something different to see and do after dark and all within walking distance of our apartments at The Chocolate Box on Christchurch Road.

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London on foot

The city of London is a great area to explore on foot. Steeped in history, superb architecture and riverside and parkland walks. Discover narrow cobbled streets, quaint cafes and bars and finish the day on the South Bank near our Newspaper House development in a fine dining restaurant and an evening at the theatre.

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Walks in Cornwall

A haven for ramblers, Cornwall not only boasts 300 miles of the infamous South West Coast Path but also over 2400 miles of inland paths. From gentle stretches to steep coastal valleys the paths take in Cornwall’s many diverse landscapes from long sandy beaches and dramatic headlands to sheltered estuaries and colourful moorland.

Here are some of our favourite walks in the county …

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Walks in Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan

Did you know Wales is the only country in the World you can walk all the way around the edge of along a designated walking path?

The coastal path of Wales offers the most beautiful views both inland and out to sea. Celebrating cities as well as unspoilt coastal landscapes the coastal path runs along Cardiff Bay near our apartments at Cathedral House and in to the Vale of Glamorgan where it runs at the foot of Horizon, our development of apartments coming soon to Ogmore-by-Sea. With it’s beautiful landscapes, South Wales is a perfect area to be explored on foot…

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Walks in Bournemouth and Dorset

A fun way to explore the great outdoors in Bournemouth and the wider Dorset area this summer is on foot so why not pack a picnic and enjoy some of the finest scenery in the country near our development at The Chocolate Box in Bournemouth and our apartments coming soon to Poole, Harbour Lofts.

Whether your prefer a gentle stroll with a loved one or something more challenging with a group of friends, here’s our favourite walks in the area:

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Our top five attractions within a mile of our developments in SE1

From Tower Bridge in the east to the Southbank centre in the west, this stretch of the Thames has seen a complete revival in the last twenty years. SE1 renowned for its art scene is populated by national theatres and galleries but also historic riverside walks, atmospheric markets and iconic new landmarks.

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Some of the best attractions in Cornwall

Cornwall is not all about sea and sand, the county has many other qualities and attributes that make it such a great place to live and visit all year round; from wildlife conservation centres, historic gardens to general amusement parks.

The county has many world renowned attractions such as the Tate St Ives, Eden Project and St Michaels Mount but it also has some less known gems such as the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

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Places to visit within an hour of Cardiff city centre …

Cardiff is surrounded by beautiful Welsh mountains, national parks, stunning beaches, unmissable attractions and a lot of history, planning how to chill out on a weekend within an hour of the Welsh capital isn’t easy when there is so much to offer.

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The south coast, a great location for all lifestyles

Whether you are looking for great attractions on the south coast to occupy your weekend or you want a leisurely evening after a day at the office, our apartments at The Chocolate Box in Bournemouth and our apartments coming soon at Harbour Lofts in Poole offer a perfect base.

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Travel in London

Travelling around London if your are commuting or visiting is made easy with the city’s ever evolving travel infrastructure. Whether travelling by bus, rail, bike, boat or walking is your thing, getting from A to B in central London has never been so simple.

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Getting around Cornwall

Cornwall may be the most south westerly county in the UK but it is readily accessible. The county has an airport with flights to London and European destinations, a good railway network with direct routes to London, Bristol and beyond and by road the A30, the backbone of Cornwall, makes moving around the county easy and links Cornwall with Devon and the M5.

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Taunton’s great connections

If connectivity is key, Taunton scores highly for convenience and speed. Its great links to the motorway and major train stations make commuting and exploring the South West a breeze.

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Cardiff – an easily accessible city

Cardiff’s travel infrastructure undergoes continuous development and improvements making Wales’ capital city easily accessible for commuters, residents and visitors. Whether travelling by bus, rail, car or bike is your thing, getting from A to B in and around South Wales and further afield has never been so simple.

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Getting around Bournemouth

Getting around in Bournemouth and the wider Dorset area couldn’t be simpler. Whether you prefer bus or train, bike or car, travelling is made easy along the south coast.

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A selection of Royal Parks

The UK’s capital city of London has over 5,000 acres of historic parkland waiting to be enjoyed after a day of shopping, sightseeing or working in the city. Millions of tourists visit the Royal Parks and residents take a tube to their nearest green open spaces to enjoy the healthy lifestyle in the heart of London. Our pick of Royal Parks enables you to enjoy sports events, educational activities, community fun and history all just a tube journey from our new apartments and duplexes on the South Bank and apartments and houses in North London.

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Cornwall is home to some of the World’s best beaches

With over 300 miles of coastline you are spoilt for choice. Whether you are looking to spend summer family days building sandcastles or winter days dog walking on large expanses of golden sandy beaches or finding your own piece of paradise in hidden coves and bays, enjoy the iconic surf on the north coast or bathe in the calmer waters of the south coast there is something to suit everyone’s needs and desires.

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Popular Parks in Portishead

Now the sun has made an appearance, there’s no better time to get out and about and explore your local parks. Here, we’ve listed a few popular ones local to Portishead.

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Beautiful parkland in the Welsh capital

The parkland in Cardiff and The Vale of Glamorgan is well maintained and throughout spring and summer is luscious and green with hints of vibrant colour. From quaint gardens to parks for the whole family to enjoy, an escape from the hustle and bustle of Cardiff city centre is never too far away. Pack a picnic and enjoy the fresh air and green spaces.

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South England’s most notable beaches

Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is home to some of the most magnificent coastal landscapes and areas of natural beauty in the UK. Nestled beneath breath-taking cliff lines are miles and miles of golden sandy beaches with their own micro-climates. Whether it is a long walk with a loved one you enjoy, chilling out on a deckchair soaking up the sun rays or building sandcastles with the children, Dorset’s stunning coastline is full of life and attraction all year round. Grab your bucket and spade, put your shorts on and enjoy Dorset’s many beaches just a walk, cycle or car journey from The Chocolate Box in Bournemouth and Harbour Lofts in Poole.


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