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EASY LIVING
The simple pleasures of a beach
hut holiday on the Dorset coast

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From the Isle of Arran to the Isl

Celebrate great British


holidays with us

Dart Valley House, Lamper Head, and The Penthouse, Dartmouth

kate & toms is different.Were a small, friendly company


with one big wish - for you to enjoy an extraordinary holiday.
In a hugely loveable cottage or a fabulous holiday home.
Were on the look out for extraordinary places, so do talk
to us about your coastal retreat.

Find us at: kateandtoms.com/coast


or call us on: 01242 235 151

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CONTENTS
cover story

HOMES & PROPERTY


24

SKYES THE LIMIT Furniture


and interior designer Emma Whyte
transformed a 1950s Skye cottage
with her quirky take on upcycling

33 GET THE RETRO LOOK


Add fun patterns and cool colours to
create your own evocative style

34 THE HANGING GARDEN

Caroline Sommerville checks out a


steep, sloping garden of surprises
overlooking the Inner Moray Firth
42 GET THE RUSTIC LOOK Seek
out some of these essential pieces

JULY 2015

to give your garden a fresh new look


this summer
50
MOVE TO Isle of Arran. This
Scottish gem has lots to offer, with
a vibrant community, a lively arts
scene and good transport links

57

20 HOMES TO BUY BESIDE


THE SEA From a luxury apartment

and a barn conversion to a coastal


cottage and a Victorian mansion
102
ISLANDS FOR SALE Why buying
your own private island may not be
as far-fetched as you might think

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GREG COX/GAP INTERIORS

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JULY 2015
FEATURES
64

WEEKEND IN Ventnor. Alex


Fisher visits a bustling seaside town
on the ever-popular Isle of Wight
70
THE LIVING IS EASY Novelist
Lucy Clarke explains the appeal of
a beach-hut holiday in Dorset
78 SIMPLE PLEASURES Essential
items for your seaside staycation
81
ISLAND RESORTS The British
tradition of holidaying on islands is an
enduring one draw inspiration from
our round-up of some favourites

86

TRY IT NOW: CLIFF


CAMPING IN NORTH WALES

James Stewart spends a night on a


portaledge suspended over the sea
91 GET THE KIT Climbing gear

86

93 SCRUMPTIOUS SEAFOOD
Mouthwatering recipes from Fish
the new book from Mat Follas

98

words Lesley Gillilan illustration Tom Jay

he Isle of arran, they say,


is scotland in miniature:
a dramatic landscape of
highlands, glens, burns and
heathery moorlands, snow-capped
mountains, sheep-washed
lowlands and dense evergreen
forests, all packed into a small
chunk of west-coast ayrshire
a
adrift in the Firth of clyde.
Just an hour from mainland
ardrossan, the island is easy to
get to and easy to get around
taking roughly 45 minutes to
complete the 20-mile journey from
top to bottom. a slow scenic drive
around the entire island takes less
than two hours: from the ferry port
at Brodick in the east, head up
to the mountainous north where
spectacular Goat Fell, the highest

REGULARS

Summertime style for him and her

109 SHORE SPOTTERS GUIDE Know


110
113
114
122

4 COAST

your anemones Richard Harrington


talks beadlets, snakelocks and jewels
WHERE TO BUY Stockist details
YOUR coast Get in touch by letter,
email, Twitter or Facebook
CREATIVE CORNER Isle of Wightbased sculptor Matthew Chambers
MY COAST James Morton doctor,
author, Great British Bake Off runner-up

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aBoVE A view
towards Holy
Isle from Arran

50

artist angela Elliott-Walker, but it


was the location that brought her
here. When she and her partner,
Robbie, and son, Miles, moved
from the Lake District over 10
years ago, they were looking
for a complete lifestyle change.
angela, who used to head an
international design team, was
tired of the pressures of corporate
life. We saw arran as a proper
destination with good transport
links, she says
says.

450 ,000

205,000

170,000

325,000

LANDMARK COTTAGE
on Hamilton t
terrace,
errace, a distinctive
row of former estate cottages in
seafront Lamlash, this attractive
period home has three bedrooms
and views of Holy Isle. Arran
Estate Agents (01770 302310,
arranestateagents.co.uk).

style and events by the sea

47 THE COASTAL WARDROBE

point, rises to a dizzy 2,867 feet;


continue past Lochranzas castle
ruins and down to Machrie on the
wild, west coast, with its miles of
empty shingle; then, on to the
gentle hills of the south and back
to Brodick via the east coasts
Whiting Bay and Lamlash (the
islands tiny capital).
aside from typically changeable
scottish weather, the route takes
in tiny churches and village halls,
miniature harbours, waterfalls,
dramatic geology, sandy beaches
and, from Lamlash, views across
a sparkling bay to Holy Isle. there
are few corners of arran that do not
offer heart-stopping views across
the water to mainland scotland.
It is the beauty of arrans
landscapes that inspires local

WHAT YOU CAN GET FOR YOUR MONEY Here are some of our favourite properties for sale

8 PICTURE THIS A real cliffhanger


11 BEACHCOMBER News, art, people,

week-long break in Cornwall for four


coast BEACH CLEAN Join us in
Margate on Saturday 5 September
19 MARINE LIFE Maya Plass recounts
her first visit to the Channel Islands
21 WALK OF THE MONTH From East
Dean to Eastbourne, East Sussex
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For Scotland in miniature, head to this


appealing island off the Ayrshire coast

Striking centrepieces the easy way

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BRODICK: 229,476
ARRAN: 232,816
SCOTLAND: 173,197
UK: 264,550

Isle of Arr
ArrAAn
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utterly unspoilt beauty

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10 BEST UNINHABITED
WILD ISLANDS Where to find some

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LITTLE CHARMER
on the edge of Brodick, close to
the shops and ferry terminal, this
period bungalow called the stables
tables
has two bedrooms, charming
mature gardens and great views
of Goat Fell. Bell Ingram (01292
886544, bellingram.co.uk).

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BEACH BOLTHOLE
at Pirnmill on the islands quiet
west coast, stone-built Meadow
cottage offers three bedrooms,
an attached holiday cottage and
a large garden yards from the
beach. Bell Ingram (01292
886544, bellingram.co.uk).

VILLAGE HOUSE
Built in 1999 to a traditional island
style, this four-bedroom detached
house in east-coast corrie has
a self-contained one-bedroom
annex and spectacular sea views.
Arran Estate Agents (01770
302310, arranestateagents.co.uk).

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RYDE, ISLE OF WIGHT


An impressive Beachfront Property with excellent sea views comprising a light and airy
5-6 bedroom single storey dwelling (potential to extend) with Garaging, ample parking,
Studio and Beach House set in mature grounds which descend down to a Beach Terrace
with panoramic views, gated beach access and overlooking the sea. (EPC D)

Guide Price 1,450,000


BILES & CO COASTAL & WATERFRONT PROPERTY

bilesandco.co.uk
01983 872335
mail@bilesandco.co.uk

We love the beach as much as you do, but unfortunately our favourite
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So lets all roll up our sleeves and take care of the places we love.
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WELCOME

rossing water is always exciting. Whether I sail, paddle,


or travel by car ferry, my stomach always flips when I leave
port; an adventure is afoot! I grew up holidaying on islands around
the British coast, and whether we were sailing around the Isle of
Wight, puffin-watching on the Isles of Scilly, walking through
dense rhododendrons on a Lundy hillside, or searching for shells
on Herm, each new island was a world of its own.
There are more than 6,000 islands around our beautiful coastline, and
in this issue we celebrate as many as we can. Those who like a remote,
uninhabited wilderness can turn to our feature on wild islands (pg 98),
alternatively, if you prefer the bustle of an island holiday resort, read about
some of our favourite spots on pg 81. You can even discover how to buy
your very own island, for less than the average house price in London,
in many cases (pg 102). Ive certainly been inspired to plan more trips
while creating this issue do let me know about your island adventures!

Id love to hear from you

to discover your perfect coastal pastime, your


favourite way to spend a day by the sea or just to hear your views on coast magazine. You
can get in touch via facebook and twitter, or email the team at coast.enquiries@kelsey.co.uk.
For any subscription queries please email coast.mag@kelsey.co.uk.
Keep in touch with us by following coast on twitter (@coastmag) and liking our
facebook page (facebook.com/coastmagazine).

THE CREW
THIS MONTHS CONTRIBUTORS share their coastal musings
LUCY CLARKE

Writer Lucy is the author


of three internationally
published novels, including
The Sea Sisters, a Richard
& Judy Book Club choice.
She spends her winters
travelling, and summers
writing from her family
beach hut on the south coast of England.
Read Lucys take on the simple pleasures
of beach-hut holidays in her feature, The
Living Is Easy, on pg 70.
Which is your favourite island to visit?
Tiree, which is the most westerly island of the
Inner Hebrides. Its wild, wind-blown and
the water is crystal clear. Whats not to love?

RAY COX

Based in Perthshire, Ray


has been a professional
photographer for 14
years. He specialises in
the gardens and plants
of Scotland, so regularly
travels the length and
breadth of the country
to capture images for national newspapers,
magazines and books. Turn to pg 34, where
he explores a beautiful clifftop garden
overlooking the Moray Firth.
Which is your favourite island to visit?
Orkney the dramatic coastline, the moody
light, and the long summer days. Im
heading off there again next month.

AEFA
MULHOLLAND

Travel, food and real


estate writer Aefa divides
her time between Toronto,
her hometown Glasgow,
and wherever shes
currently writing about.
She has worked with
acclaimed newspapers and magazines, and
is the author of new book How To Buy A
Private Island (due out in October). On pg
102, she investigates the latest isles for sale.
Which is your favourite island to visit?
Eriskay, in the Outer Hebrides, where I spent
summers growing up despite memories of
being terrorised by wee 3ft-high Eriskay ponies!

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A REAL CLIFFHANGER

This jaw-dropping photograph shows coast writer James Stewart


enjoying a unique new cliff-camping experience in Anglesey,
which gives guests a chance to spend a night on a portaledge,
suspended in mid-air, high above the Irish Sea. Photographer
John Houlihan, who captured this image by abseiling into position,
recalls: Im used to mountains, which are silent. Here theres the
constant background noise of the waves. It was a privilege to be
working in this environment. For the full story, turn to page 86.

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Beachcomber

Every month, we trawl the nations coastline to bring you news of the
people, places and exciting goings-on that are worth knowing about
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FIND of the MONTH


Locker room storage shelf, 49.95, Nkuku (nkuku.com).

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CATCH
of the DAY...
Whats
floating our boat this month

1 THIS GRILL

2 THIS NECKLACE

3 THIS dECKCHAIR

4 THESE bOOTS

Available in loads of summery


colours, this portable charcoal
grill is lightweight and comes
with its own colour-matched
carry bag, so can be packed
easily for a barbecue on the
beach (140, lotusgrilluk.com).

Full of retro charm, this


Rocket lolly necklace is ideal
for those with a sweet tooth.
Its wooden, and glazed with
a glossy resin so it looks
good enough to eat (30,
shop.royalacademy.org.uk).

Sit back and relax by the sea


in a bright deckchair from
John Lewis House range.
We love the pyramids design
on this one, but you can swap
the sling for others if you like
(55, johnlewis.com).

Not only are these colourful


boots from AKU high spec,
with hard-wearing Vibram
soles, they are also ecoconscious with less plastic
packaging than regular
walking boots (165, aku.it).

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SMART SEASONING

Now its easy to add a taste of the sea


to your meal with Cornish Sea Salts
new range of seaweed seasonings in
handy pinch pots. Weve been won
over by the combo of wakame
seaweed and sea salt flakes in the
Seaweed Sea Salt pot, while the Fiery
Sea Pepper pot which combines
dulse, nori seaweeds, peppercorns,
chilli and sea salt certainly packs a
punch (2.95, cornishseasalt.co.uk).

CAtCh
A
WAVe
If youre after a trendy surfboard,
look no further than Cornish
brand Otter Surfboards, whose
boards are wooden and ecofriendly. They offer 10 different
types, as well as handplanes and
accessories. Rather make your
own? Book one of their courses,
and learn to craft a surfboard,
bellyboard or handplane
(ottersurfboards.co.uk).

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book of

month

Field Work
Nature-lovers will adore
Meadowland: The Private Life of an
English Field by John LewisStempel. Winner of the 2015
Thwaites Wainwright Prize for best
nature and UK-based travel writing,
it records in detail the story of a
field through the seasons, from
blackbirds pecking at mistletoe in
the snow, to badgers snuffling for
worms on warm summer evenings.
A new literary award, the Wainwright
celebrates contemporary literature
inspired by the British countryside,
and all six shortlisted books are
worth a read. (For more details, go
to wainwrightprize.com; 8.99,
transworldbooks.co.uk).

PHOTOGRAPHs MAT ARNEY, dAvid gRiffEN

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TEN THINGS to do THIS MONTH

EDSICE
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COMPILED BY MADELEINE BARBER PHOTOGRAPHS GEORGE TAYLOR, VISIT SCOTLAND, IRELAND.COM

EAT A FEAST
MEVAGISSEY
28 June 4 July

Start with tasting as many fresh fish dishes as


your heart desires on a Fish Feast Day, before
watching a fishing boat race or testing your skills
in a crab-catching contest. After dark, fireworks
light up the sky (mevagisseyfeastweek.org.uk).

TICKLE YOUR
TASTEBUDS

BERWICK-UPONTWEED 16 July
Indulge in locally produced
food at the Mouth of the
Tweed Food Festival, where
there will be more than a
dozen stalls of artisan food
and drink to sample. When
youve eaten your fill, take a
boat trip on the River Tweed
(visitnorthumberland.com).

TRY A TRIATHLON
CROYDE 11 July

The first-ever Croyde


Ocean Triathlon begins at
Putsborough Beach and

incorporates a 1,500m swim


in the Atlantic, a 40km road
cycle route and a 12km
off-road run along coastal
paths (croydeocean.co.uk).

EXPLORE HISTORY
RAMSGATE

3, 5, 10, 17 and
24 July

Take a two-hour Blitz Walk


through the UKs most heavily
bombed seaside town and
learn about its dark days
during the Second World War.
Youll hear stories of ordinary
people on the front line and
see key sites from the time
(visitkent.co.uk).

RIDE A RAFT
CHARLESTOWN

25-31 July

Regatta Week in the


picturesque Cornish village of
Charlestown is fun for all the
family raft races, a donkey
derby and a knobbly knees
contest are sure to conjure
up some laughs, whereas
the carnival and live music
performances are candy for
the eyes and ears. The week
of events kicks off with a
triathlon and all funds raised
go to benefit the village.
(visitcornwall.com).

CELEBRATE A
SHARED CULTURE
GLENARM 18-25 July

If you love sport, music and


food, try the Dalriada Festival,
a celebration of Scottish and
Irish cultural heritage taking
place in Antrim. Expect
Highland Games, fine food, a
host of crafts and live music
(dalriadafestival.co.uk).

SEE SHEEP RACE


SARK 17-19 July

The Sark Sheep Racing


Festival is a wild weekend of
eclectic food stalls, live music,
play areas for children and of
course the highlight event:
sheep racing. Its one you
wont want to miss (sark.co.uk).

GO CYCLING
SOLVA

3-5 July

The Solva Festival of Cycling


in West Wales includes a
challenging 85-mile ride, minibiathlon, 10-mile family ride,
beach barbecue and a longer
trip from Solva to Cardigan
with return coach journey
(pedalyourcycle.co.uk).

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PICNIC IN
STYLE
ARDGARTEN

March October
Scotlands first picnic butler
and forest ranger is full of
knowledge hell teach
diners about foraging, making
fires, spotting wildlife and
outdoor survival skills as well
as providing a sea-loch-side
lunch (forestholidays.co.uk).

HEAD AWAY
BANTRY

12-18 July

Immerse yourself in the


written word at the West
Cork Literary Festival.
The varied programme
includes The Book Clinic
for children, Coffee & Chat
sessions with authors, and
plenty of coastal literature to
discover (westcorkmusic.ie).

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Chargrilled asparagus has a smoky


flavour that is perfect with crab meat

Crab, aSparaguS &


pOMEgraNaTE SalaD
Serves 4

Olive oil
2 bunches asparagus,
woody ends removed
1 crab, to yield 100g
white meat and 100g
brown meat

2 lemons, cut into


wedges
2 pomegranates
46 handfuls mixed
salad leaves
Salad dressing

1 Preheat a chargrill or griddle pan over a high


heat until its smoking-hot. Preheat your oven to
180C. Oil and season the asparagus spears.
2 Put the spears on the grill and as soon as they
have coloured on one side, turn them. Watch
them, as they cook very quickly. Set aside.
3 Prepare the crab, or ask your fishmonger to
do it for you. Drop the white crab meat onto a
metal tray to see if it still contains any shell. Mix
the crab meat together, add a squeeze of lemon
and season with sea salt. Put in the fridge.
4 Cut the pomegranates in half. Hold each half,
seed-side down, and hit the top with the back
of a wooden spoon to release seeds. Set aside.
5 Warm the asparagus in the oven. In a large
bowl, mix the pomegranate seeds, salad leaves
and a generous drizzle of salad dressing.
6 Divide the salad between four bowls and top
with a heaped tbsp of the mixed crab meat.
Arrange the asparagus spears around the edge
and serve immediately with lemon wedges.

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Each month, coast contributors recommend their favourite


restaurants. Alex Fisher visits Zacrys, Watergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall
WHET MY APPETITE A triumph for
executive chef Neil Haydock,
Zacrys opened in Watergate Bay
Hotel to much acclaim last year.
Named after a nearby outcrop
of rock that overlooks the ocean,
it combines seasonal and local
food with international inspiration,
from classic French brasserie to
contemporary American cuisine.
the indoor charcoal grill is a
perfect way to cook great local
lobster, squid and steak.
WHATS ON THE MENU? It changes
with the seasons, but currently
starters include southern fried
rabbit with chipotle ketchup or
crispy rock shrimps with white
truffle oil. For mains Zacrys offers
plancha-cooked Cornish hake,
shellfish succotash and aioli, or
grilled BBQ venison with kale
and shimeji mushrooms.
HOWS THE MOOD? Super-stylish

interior, with a friendly and relaxed


atmosphere. Great service and
highly knowledgeable staff who
really know the menu. Its very
child-friendly from 6.30-7.30pm,
then has a more sophisticated
vibe later, when children need to
be over eight years old to dine.
CAN I SEE THE SEA? the stunning
sandy surfing beach, Watergate
Bay, is just yards from Zacrys. You
can see the sea from some tables.
WHATS THE DAMAGE? the simple
pricing system, two courses for
29.50 and three for 36.50 makes
it easy to plan your evening out. It
doesnt have a specific childrens
menu, but does serve childrens
portions at a reduced cost.
OPENING TIMES Open for dinner
seven days a week from 6.309.30pm. to book, call 01637
861231 or book online at
watergatebay.co.uk.
RECIPE FROM THE HIVE BEACH CAF FAMILY COOKBOOK, EDItED BY RUFUS PURDY AND SARAH MABER,
(16.99, BRIStLEBIRD BOOKS) PHOTOGRAPHs COLIN CRABB, KRIStIN PRISK, DAvID GRIFFEN

DISH OF
THE MONTH

COOL CAF

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Writer HATTIE HOLDEN EDMONDS on drawing inspiration from a


fishermans hut and the fresh air of the Kentish seaside town of Whitstable
INTERVIEW Gabrielle Jaffe PHOTOGRAPH Lee Carter

ive years before we bought the fishermans


hut in Whitstable, Id cut out an image of a
similar-looking place from a magazine and stuck
it on my wall. We were visiting a friend when we
turned the corner and saw this hut that looked
almost identical to the one in the picture. My
husband made me put a note under the door,
asking the owners if they were selling. By the
time we arrived back in London, we had a
message from them on our answerphone.
The twist was that the price the couple
wanted was the exact amount that had just
come into my bank account after my dads
will had gone through. It felt like fate. I bought
the place without even looking inside.
I spend my summers here, and every other
weekend in winter. Even a weekend feels like a
weeks break, as its so revitalising. We go for

long swims and walks along the shingle beach


and pull oysters straight out of the sea. At night,
the view of the twinkling lights on the Isle of
Sheppey puts us in a holiday mood.
I mostly visit Whitstable for pleasure, to blow
away the cobwebs so I can return refreshed to
write in London. But sometimes Ill go with a
couple of scriptwriter friends. We write during
the day, then play in the evenings. My table is
by the window and it can be distracting watching
people migrate towards the shore. Its impossible
not to want to join them. Im a less disciplined
writer here than in London but, as a result, it
doesnt feel like work at all. For me the sea is a
place to dream and to let your horizons expand.
Hatties latest book is Cinema Lumire (7.99,
RedDoor Publishing). For more information, visit
hattieholdenedmonds.com

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HOT HOTEL

The Beach at Bude, Bude, Cornwall


WHATS THE BUZZ?
This boutique hotel is a
sleek addition to a terrace
of Georgian houses that
overlook the rolling sands
of Summerleaze Beach. A
few minutes walk from the
centre of the small town of
Bude, the hotel has huge
windows and glass doors
opening onto a large terrace
with comfortable seating
the perfect place to eat,
drink and watch waves.
WHAT ARE THE ROOMS
LIKE? All 16 rooms are
furnished beautifully and
simply. The uncluttered
dcor, with clean lines and
white cotton linen and
towels, creates a light, calm
atmosphere thats not in
the least Spartan.
ANY LUXURIOUS
TOUCHES?
The entire hotel has a

feeling of relaxed luxury.


Towelling robes, plenty of
complimentary toiletries
and a fridge just big
enough to chill your wine
continue the pampering
theme. Some of the rooms
have big balconies; others
boast Juliet balconies.
BEST SEA VIEW?
All the rooms along the
front of the hotel have
glorious views of the huge
sandy beach and its
spectacular surf. The
sunsets can be pretty
impressive too.
HOW ABOUT THE FOOD?
My dinner of stuffed
chicken breast and fresh
vegetables was delicious,
as well as beautifully
presented and promptly
served by the charming
staff. But it was breakfast
that really stood out: fresh

berries, yoghurt, cereals


and the best free-range
poached eggs Ive ever
had, along with smoked
salmon, warm fluffy brioche
and an elegant swirl of
creamy hollandaise. A pot
of fresh coffee completed
this heavenly morning
meal. (Locally-sourced
bacon and sausages are
also on the menu.)
WHAT WILL IT COST?
Prices start from 127 per
night for a double room

and breakfast for two. Sea


view rooms with breakfast
start from 155. Check the
website for price deals.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call
01288 389800 or visit
thebeachatbude.co.uk
Deborah Dooley

DARE TO DESIGN

Take a peek at these coast-coloured tiles


that are sure to add a Moroccan mood to
your beach bolthole. Eco-aware company
Souk Tiles is keen to limit the environmental
damage caused by industrial processes, so
it uses sustainable materials and methods
to produce mosaic-style cement tiles. As
they are not ceramic, they dont require firing,
so theyre great for a sea-inspired vibe and
for cautious eco-bunnies (souktiles.com).

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has switched from people


to fish for his latest artistic
adventure, inspired by a
holiday to Devons Hope
Cove. His new Nigel Turner
Design range incorporates
delicate watercolours of
John Dories, red mullets,
mackerel, mussels, and
other sea critters. From
teatowels and tablemats
to aprons and mugs, hes
designed plenty of items to
add to your coastal kitchen
(frombritainwithlove.com/
nigel-turner).

PHOTOGRAPH SHERADON LEIGH

GOPortraitFISpainter
H Nigel Turner

WIN A FAMILY HOLIDAY


IN CORNWALL
Enter our competition with Cornish Horizons Holiday Cottages to be in
with the chance of winning a weeks luxury stay for four at Mawgan Porth

ornish Horizons Holiday Cottages,


based in Padstow, is one of
Cornwalls leading accredited
holiday cottage agencies. It has a great
selection of more than 230 self-catering
properties located throughout Cornwall
in wonderful coastal and rural locations.

THE HOLIDAY

This month, our readers have the chance


to win a family holiday for four people to
one of Cornish Horizons four-star gold,
self-catering holiday cottages in Mawgan
Porth for the October half-term. The

cottage, which is named Alderley Edge,


is a light and airy modern seaside home,
with panoramic views over the beautiful
sandy beach of Mawgan Porth just a
five-minute walk away as well as the
surrounding countryside. The prize also
includes a two-course lunch or dinner at
local bistro Off The Beach, a family surf
lesson for four with nearby Kingsurf Surf
School, and free entry for four to Trebah
Garden near Falmouth.

HOW TO ENTER

Go to the competitions page of our


website coastmagazine.co.uk and
answer the following question by
26 June 2015:
Which bistro will our winner dine at?
A) On The Beach B) Off The Beach
C) Beside The Beach

For more information, visit cornishhorizons.


co.uk.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS This prize is limited to a maximum of four people and no pets. This prize must be used for week commencing 24 October 2015. Entries close at midnight on 26 June 2015 and the winner will be drawn
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BEACH CLEAN 2015


Join the coast team for a day at the seaside

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

ome and join us at Walpole Bay


in up-and-coming Margate on
Saturday 5 September for the
next coast beach clean.
WHATS IN STORE? The day will be split
into rockpooling and beach-cleaning, with
guidance from the Marine Conservation
Society, a charity that cares for our seas,
shores and wildlife. After coffee and a
catch-up with the coast team, well don
wellies and explore rockpools for signs of
life. Following lunch, well head down to
the beach to clear a marked-out section,
and litter will be weighed and analysed
for research.Over afternoon coffee, the
days findings will be revealed, spot prizes
awarded and goodie bags given to each
visitor. We cant wait to see you there!
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO THERE? Why not
make a weekend of it and explore some
of Margates new developments? Since
the Turner Contemporary art gallery
opened in 2011, this Kent town has seen
a big rejuvenation, with plenty of quirky
shops and cafs popping up, as well as

the boutique Sands Hotel. Highlights


include Haeckels, a store that specialises
in natural beauty products made with
seaweed from the very beach well be
visiting, and Dreamland, a vintage theme
park that re-opens this summer after a
decade-long regeneration project.
HOW DO I BOOK? The day costs 20 per
person (under-5s free and 12 for children
aged 6-15). This includes coffee on arrival,
lunch, tea/coffee in the afternoon and a
goodie bag.There will be free parking,
and public transport is available via bus

or train from London. Please be aware


that the walk down to the beach takes in
a flight of steps and because of the nature
of the day its not advisable to bring dogs.
To book, call coast on 01959 543547.
OUR BEACH CLEAN SPONSOR Were thrilled
to be sponsored by Joules. Crafted with
true British style and eccentricity, Joules
designs colourful clothing for men, women
and children; from spotty wellies to pretty
print dresses. To shop, visit joules.com.
For more on Margate and the Thanet
coastline, see visitthanet.co.uk

HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2014

Last September we got together with coast


readers at Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire,
for a fun-filled day of rockpooling and beachcleaning there. We scoured the sands at North
Landing and Thornwick Bay for litter. Of the
1,476 items that we picked up, more than half
were plastic. One of our younger attendees even
found a pair of reading glasses! The day was
made extra special by a hearty fish-and-chip
lunch at the North Star Hotel scrumptious.

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MARINE
coast columnist Maya Plass recalls her recent first visit
Mayas passion for the
nations coastline was
born out of a childhood
spent by the sea, where
her fascination with
rockpooling evolved into
a career as a marine
ecologist and author. She
has made her home on
the Devon coastline with
her family, where she
spends her days diving,
kayaking and educating
school children on the
wonders of the sea.

to GUERNSEY, the unique appeal of islands, and why its


worth taking a slow boat there ILLUSTRATION Rosie Scott

ho needs tropical islands when we


have so many special islands all
around our own diverse and rugged
coastline? From the Channel Islands to Lundy,
the Isles of Scilly, the Farnes, the Shetland
Islands and Hilbre, there are so many beautiful
places to explore.

ISLAND LIVING
I seem to have an irresistible draw to island life.
There is part of me that (quite regularly) dreams
of living a subsistence lifestyle on a rugged,
exposed island. Living in a small community
already, I have a sense of the invisible threads
that join such communities together, and this
coupled with being so controlled by oceanic
and coastal forces has an irresistible appeal.
I recently boarded the newly appointed Condor
ferry, the Liberation, to visit (for my first time)
the Channel Islands, and more specifically
Guernsey. We were
welcomed aboard
as surveyors for the
conservation charity
MARINElife, recording
the seabirds, whales
and dolphins en route
to Guernsey from Poole.
And the crossing was

There is a PART OF ME that


quite regularly DREAMS OF
LIVING A SUBSISTENCE
LIFESTYLE on a rugged,
EXPOSED ISLAND

exceptionally calm. The sun shone and the sea


was eerily still.
We eagerly stood on the deck, binoculars
around our necks, scanning the seas for marine
life. I was convinced that we would see dolphins
or porpoises in those conditions! However, it
turned out that Id been a little overly optimistic,
as we saw just one lone fin of an unidentified
dolphin species but nothing more in the way
of marine mammals.

GANNETS GALORE
As we approached the Channel Islands,
however, we passed the small Ortac rock, which
is host to thousands of pairs of breeding gannet.
The island has turned white with the extensive
covering of gannet guano. You could even smell
the rich aroma of the bird poo from the deck of
our ferry! Around Ortac there is fast, nutrient-rich
water and it is not uncommon to see porpoises
or even minke whale here among the divebombing gannet feeding frenzy.
The ferry journey is so much part of the island
experience for me. It is such a privilege to be
crossing the seas to see puffins, guillemots and
much more. Why fly like a tin of sardines in the
sky when you can stand on deck, sea breeze in
your hair and spot (or not) dolphins and whales?
Im already planning my next family ferry trip.

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coast

CAMPAIGN

FLASH, BANG, WALLOP!

What a picture: this months reader snap

~ 1938 ~

coast reader Karen Brown sent us this seaside snap of


her mother Betty (far right), twin sister Jean and their
cousins in Broadstairs, Kent. All four were evacuated
the following year until after the war, but they still enjoy
coastal living today: Mum has a beach hut at Whitstable
and Jean lives in Christchurch, Karen says.

PIDunlins,
LLOWoystercatchers
TALK and puffins are just

three of the coastal creatures that you can


expect to find on textile artist Emma Iles
beautiful handmade cushions. Based in the
small Pembrokeshire fishing village of Solva,
Emma finds inspiration in the local wildlife
and the surrounding rugged landscape. Her
cushions and warm woollen throws are both
sleek and stylish try her heritage or coastal
ranges for a crafty addition to any seaside pad
(seaforthdesigns.com).

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CLEAN SEAS PLEASE


WHATS THE CAMPAIGN?
Bexhill, Hastings and Littlestone are just three of 55
areas that are at risk of failing the newly heightened
European Sea Bathing Water Quality Directive, which
will be enforced this October. The main culprits include
incorrect disposal of fats, oils and grease, and ragging;
the unhygienic clumping of wipes and sanitary products.
A community-led group, Clean Seas Please, is managed
by Hastings Voluntary Action and Rother Voluntary Action
in partnership with the Environment Agency to help raise
awareness of this unclean issue. Their aim is for these
areas to meet the new higher standard so that there is
no need for warning signs against swimming in the sea,
which would have a dramatic impact on seaside culture
and local tourism.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
By making small changes such as thinking twice
about what youre putting down your toilets and sinks,
scraping fat and waste foods from plates and pans
before washing up, or checking your waste water pipes
on a regular basis, you can help make our seas that little
bit cleaner. To find out more information on what you
can do to help your area meet the new directive, visit
the Clean Seas Please team at events throughout the
summer. You will find them at the Bexhill Festival of
the Sea, St Leonards Festival and the Hastings Seafood
and Wine Festival, among many other seaside events.
Visit cleanseasplease.net to keep up to date with the
latest information and events, or get in touch on Twitter
@cleanseasplease or at facebook.com/cleanseasplease.

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WALK of the MONTH


From neat little East Dean to the iconic Belle Tout lighthouse; then a swoop
over the white cliffs to Beachy Head and the undercliff path into Eastbourne
BY Christopher Somerville

MAP BASED ON ORDNANCE SURVEY MAPPING CROWN COPYRIGHT 2015 ORDNANCE SURVEY MEDIA. THIS MAP IS A GUIDE ONLY PHOTOGRAPHS ALAMY

WHILE YORUE
ARE THES?

EASTBOURNE
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HIGHLIGHTILLAGE;
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Towner Gallery

East Dean

Birling Farm
Cornish Farm
Birling
Gap
Belle Tout
Lighthouse

Beachy
Head

NEED TO KNOW
GETTING THERE:

Bus 12
(Eastbourne-Brighton); East
Dean is on the A259 (SeafordEastbourne) road.

LANDSCAPE:

Roller-coaster
chalk cliffs (NB unguarded
edges!) and flowery grassland.

REFUELLING OPTIONS:

Rosetto Restaurant,
17 Carlisle Road, Eastbourne
(01323 417733; rosettorosetto.
co.uk) for delicious authentic
Italian dishes; The Tiger Inn,
East Dean (01323 423209;
beachyhead.org.uk/the_tiger_
inn) for great pub food and
atmosphere.

SUGGESTED OS MAPS:

EAST DEAN & EASTBOURNE (EAST SUSSEX)


DISTANCE 6 MILES

TIME 3 HOURS DIFFICULTY

STARTING POINT

East Deans cheerful


Tiger Inn makes a
great starting point. Set out
south along the Birling Gap
road. Bear left on a field path
via Birling Farm and Cornish
Farm, then climb to Belle
Tout lighthouse on its clifftop.

THE LIGHTHOUSE
THAT WALKED

In 1999, the entire


lighthouse was moved, in

one piece, 56 feet back from


the crumbling cliff edge an
incredible feat of engineering
using hydraulic jacks, which
saved the building from
toppling into the sea.

ROLLERCOASTER
CLIFFS

Follow the dazzling


white cliffs (take care, dogs
and children!) over 530ft-high
Beachy Head, the highest
chalk cliff in Britain, then take

Explorer 123 Eastbourne &


Beachy Head, Landranger 199
Eastbourne & Hastings

PUBLIC TOILETS:

Beachy Head car park

Whitebread Holes flowery


undercliff path into
Eastbourne.

HIP EASTBOURNE

Before you catch the


No. 12 bus back to
East Dean, spare a couple of
hours for Eastbourne. With
hip cafs, laid-back seafront
and Towner art gallery (01323
434670, townereastbourne.
org.uk), the towns got an
enviably cool cachet.

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SKYES the LIMIT

How furniture and interior designer Emma Whyte transformed a shoreline 1950s cottage
on the Isle of Skye into a showcase for her unique take on upcycled chic
words Alex Reece PhotograPhs David Barbour

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n skye, you get a feeling of remoteness,


knowing that the next land mass youd
come to is canada, says interior and
furniture designer Emma Whyte, whose home
on the Minginish Peninsula on the west coast
of the island stands right on the shore of a sea
loch. Built in the 1950s to house workers at the
talisker Distillery, which fills the village of carbost
with the sweet yet smoky scent of its whisky,
the white-painted cottage has exhilarating views
towards skyes jagged cuillin mountain range.
the wildness of the setting, where white-tailed
sea eagles and seals are often seen on Loch
Harport, has fuelled Emmas appreciation for
nature and conservation and, in turn, her
passion for upcycling. and so the cottage is a
showcase for her re-imagined retro furnishings,
often rescued from car-boot sales, which she
has decorated with mid-century prints or pages
from second-hand books, and then teamed with
her colourful collection of vintage found objects.
Emma and her husband chris first came across
the cottage online 10 years ago, when they were
looking for a property investment in the UK before
moving to France for work. the place had been a
holiday let, so it had been well maintained, but it was
very bland, says Emma. shed visited skye once
before with chris, a community services manager
from aberdeenshire, who had often holidayed on
the island as a boy. the minute we saw a picture
of the cottage, we could see its location, right
next to the loch, was special, Emma recalls. the
couple flew up for a viewing and put in an offer
straight away. We just fell in love with it, she adds.

IN STEP WITH NATURE


With work keeping them in the south East on
their return to Britain, where Emma was a picture
editor in London before giving birth to their sons,
alexander, eight, and John, six, the pair decided
to rent the house out to holidaymakers. at first,
they simply pared back the interior, by sanding

if i can, i like to use things


that are meaningful to
the house or its location

PREVIoUs PaGE Emma added the Orla Kiely paper detail to an eBay shade to decorate
the second-hand standard lamp. The wall is covered with a guide to British birds. toP
Emma by Loch Harport, with the Cuillin mountains behind. aBoVE Emma upcycled the
sitting room cabinet using Orla Kiely wallpaper. The orange lamp is from a car-boot sale.
oPPosItE The corner sofa in the living room is from Ikea and Emma made the floral
cushions from vintage fabric. The Ercol coffee table was also a car-boot sale find

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floors, removing woodchip, and adding handmade


soft furnishings and bright paint colours. We put
it online and had our first booking within 24 hours,
Emma says. Its such a popular location. the
two-bed end-terrace was a bolthole for weekends
and holidays a place where they could escape
the hubbub of mainland life. the fact that its an
island helps, says Emma. When you come over
the bridge to skye, theres the sense that youre

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that much further from civilisation. It was while


the boys were little that Emma really began to
perfect her upcycling technique, specialising in
decoupage on wood, which she first tried out
on a chest of drawers that she found in the street
in south-East London. Its retro furniture, Emma
says, but I tend to go for the more overlooked
items. signature pieces in the house on skye
include the dining table (sourced from a housing
charity on the island) topped with the pages of a
Ladybird book about France, and a cabinet
from a car-boot sale which has been re-covered
in graphic orla Kiely wallpaper. Emmas designs
can also be bespoke-made for her clients,
incorporating letters, photographs and other
ephemera If I can, I like to use things that
are meaningful to the house, its location or
the owner but she also sells furniture online
or through fairs, such as Midcentury Modern
in Dulwich, south London, and occasionally
hosts upcycling workshops.

MAKE DO AND MEND


this reduce-reuse-recycle ethos has, over the
years, informed the whole design of the cottage.
the only large items bought new are the beds,
the Ikea sofa and the kitchen units (which came
from Howdens and Ikea); everything else is from
charity shops and car-boot sales. When planning
interiors, Emma maps out every detail on paper
at home in oxfordshire, where the family is now
based, using sketches and swatches to make
sure everything fits together. Emma describes
her feel for pattern as instinctive she can open
a book and know instantly whether it will lend
itself to furnishings or a feature wall. I used to
collect old books and it took me a long time
to be able to cut them up, she says. But you
get far more from the artworks in a book that
are displayed this way, where you can look at
them every day. In the dining area, the loch-facing
wall is papered in pages from an encyclopaedia
of birds to reflect the wildlife seen through the
window, and to bring the outside in.
among the other inventive features here are
the wallpaper stair runner, which is also made
from an orla Kiely design and has proved to be
surprisingly durable. I just thought that Id try it,
and its absolutely brilliant, says Emma. I use
wallpaper paste and then put four or five layers
of floor varnish over the top. the kitchen is another
masterclass in make-do-and-mend the Belling
cooker (installed as a nod to the cottages
1950s origins) is broadened out to range-like
proportions by two freestanding Ikea units. the
cooker switch is cleverly concealed by an old

I fInd It harder and harder to leave, the


more It casts Its spell. to me, Its magIcal here

aBoVE Emma pegs out the washing in her garden overlooking the loch. toP The
exterior of the cottage with its bright red door. oPPosItE, toP Emma washes up at
the sink unit from Howdens. She made the curtaining with vintage fabric from eBay.
She also brought the old kitchen shelving unit back to life and it sits nicely against
Juneberry & Bird wallpaper by Lorna Syson. oPPosItE, LEFt The shortbread tins
and the blue whistling kettle add more character. oPPosItE, RIGHt A Black Velvet
Hostess Tableware cup and saucer and vintage book sit on the Ercol coffee table

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shortbread biscuit tin one of a collection


bringing a fun, three-dimensional element to
the room. Floral curtaining sourced from eBay
covers all the white goods and continues the
vibrant, throwback theme, complemented by
the Formica table, native bird-print wallpaper
by contemporary designer Lorna syson, and
a cherry-red painted concrete floor.

THE HAPPENING HEBRIDES

toP Cartoon annuals from the 1960s and 1970s line a shelf above the dressing table
in the spare room. aBoVE The feature wall in the master bedroom is covered in
pages from an encyclopaedia of trees and shrubs. Emma decorated the secondhand wardrobe in Ladybird book postcards given to her by a friend. The side-tables
belonged to Chriss grandmother. oPPosItE Emma made the wallpaper stair runner
from an Orla Kiely design. Pages from a natural history book cover the wall to the
right. The chair is from Breakish Byres on Skye, and was re-upholstered in curtain
fabric. The sunburst clock was another car-boot sale find

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Emmas green philosophy extends to the running


of the house, where she and chris have installed
a woodburner to provide central heating and hot
water sustainably (the wood is bought from local
suppliers on the island). With no wifi or tV at the
cottage either, family time here is spent outside
kayaking on the loch, wild swimming in the
nearby freshwater Fairy Pools or going for a run
with their collie dog, Mavis, on Glenbrittle beach.
For rainy days, there is a DVD player in the loft
room (also converted by the Whytes), which
projects films cinematically onto the wall.
What has further delighted the family is the
vitality of the cultural life on skye. Emma points
to the music scene as a unifying factor. It really
brings people together, she says. their local
pub, the old Inn, frequently has impromptu
late-night sessions. then there is the local produce
whisky, obviously, and beer brewed on the island,
superlative seafood and artisan baking plus there
are exciting architectural projects popping up all
over. the weather, too, is never dull. Emma recalls
a recent hailstorm that came hammering up the
loch, accompanied by a double rainbow, as
being especially memorable: You get that
sense of being on the edge of something here.
For her next interiors project, a farmhouse
in the French Pyrenees, Emma is challenging
herself to re-use as much as possible of what
is already there. Id like to be able to make a
proper difference, as I think that there is so
much potential for taking another look at the
resources we have and realising how precious
they all are and how finite, she explains. and
if she ever did need reminding of the majesty of
raw nature, Emma has only to glance out of the
window of her foreshore home on the Isle of skye,
where she dreams of living full time at some
point in the future. I find it harder and harder
to leave, the more it casts its spell, she says.
to me, its magical. It really is.
For Emma Whytes furniture and interiors, see:
emmawhyte.co.uk and remadeinbritain.co.uk. The
cottage is available to let through cottageguide.
co.uk/harportcottage

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EMMAS
UPCYCLING TIPS
Go to car-boot sales with
hard standing; you get house
clearance people who come
with vans and tend to have a
good supply of retro pieces.
Look out for furniture with
splayed, Dansette legs for that
1950s feel or the saturated
colours of books from that era.
A reviver to use on any
scratched wood nishes is:
one-third white spirit, one-third
methylated spirit and one-third
linseed oil. Put it in a jam jar,
shake it, and apply with ne
wire wool in the direction of the
grain. Wipe off with a cloth.
Woollen blankets dye well.
Put them in the washing
machine with machine dye
and salt. I use them for making
cushions and lampshades.
If youre on holiday, visit
charity shops and pick up
some travel books of the place
to make a nice memento of
your trip.

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Walls with wow

Juneberry & bird wallpaper


by lorna syson is priced
from 47 for three metres

Get the

retro
look
Sitting pretty

Florrie & bill re-upholster vintage


pieces such as this cocktail
chair in mint wool, 625

Vintage look

Stylish storage

a steepletone brighton radio


mixes retro style with modern
technology, 39.95, prezzybox

compiled by EMMA CLAYTON for where to buy, see stockists page

Go for patterned accessories


try this bloom storage jar,
23.50, berry Red

Colour pop

choose cheerful furniture


like this yellow-topped miami
side table, 29, tesco

Fine florals

the Rosie lee range by ted


baker at portmeirion includes
this teacup and saucer, 27.50

Perfect print

these orla Kiely pear round


cake tins cost 37 for a set
of five, from amara
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Thirty years in the making, Penny and David Veitchs clifftop garden overlooking
the Inner Moray Firth is a haven of tranquillity and exotic plants
WoRDs Caroline Sommerville PhotogRaPhs Ray Cox

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t was a hunt for conkers that changed the


course of one familys life, bringing them to
live by the sea. one day, more than 30 years
ago, a young mother took her children on a
day trip to the village of Kilmuir on the Black Isle
Peninsula in the far northeast of scotland. they
looked for horse chestnuts, had a picnic and
went home. a short time later, Penny Veitchs
mother, who had been with her daughter and
grandchildren, saw a house advertised for sale
and realised it was where they had spent their
day out. Penny sent pictures of the house, called
the Lookout, to her husband David, who was
working abroad at the time, and without him
ever having visited the property they bought it.
the Lookout, which dates back to the mid19th century, has stunning views over the Inner
Moray Firth, with the sea just three or four metres
from the front of the house and this is what sold
it to the Veitchs. a garden was not a priority at the
time, which was just as well, as all the new house
had to offer was a steeply sloping cliff face, which
was totally overgrown. coming here, it was all
about the location and view, says David. We had
always wanted to be by the sea and this was our
ideal chance. the couple had been running a

guest house in Grantown-on-spey, on the edge


of the cairngorms, where their garden was a
formal lawn and flower beds. We werent big
gardeners, confirms David. However, over
the years as they started to clear their land
overhanging the Firth, they discovered large
areas of rock under the surface and saw the
potential in such an unusual site.
DIGGING FOR VICTORY
David and Penny recall that when they first moved
here it was a haven for their two children (now 41
and 36) and their imaginations. It was a bit like
Swallows And Amazons, says David, whos now
a grandparent. also thrilled by the location, he
and Penny turned their attention to the garden
almost immediately and, while working in the
offshore oil industry, Davids down-time at home
was spent on the project. the couple divided
up the labour, with David as the landscaper and
Penny, an artist, as the plantsperson. We did
overlap duties as resources were needed, says
Penny. our gardening knowledge has been
gained by trial and error, numerous references
to gardening books, and seeking advice from
local nurserymen and other gardeners.

oPPosItE A garden
wasnt the original draw
for Penny and David
when they bought the
property over 30 years
ago but now their
beautiful site opens to
the public through the
Scotlands Gardens
initiative
aBoVE Their gardening
knowledge has been
gained by trial and error,
numerous references to
gardening books and
seeking advice from
other local gardeners,
says Penny

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THE LookouT GarDEn IS


THrEE-quarTErS of an
acrE of SurprISES
the south-facing garden has been laid in shallow
pockets of soil. But it wasnt planned that way; the
Veitchs just worked their way round the bedrock.
Its a fluke, says David, its just where we could
do it. at the start, they knew that they would
have to make the site accessible and began
digging out paths, but their route had to follow
the underlying geology. one quirk is the pockets
of changing soil depth a stake might go into the
soil easily on one side of a plant, but not budge
on the other, explains Penny. and because of the
steep climb, soil can also erode easily. When Penny
and David choose plants, they must have small
root balls capable of extending into crevices.
Incredibly, the couple have built all the hard
landscaping features, including the waterfall and
ponds, themselves. the influence of the coastline
is reflected in the use of stone, metal and wood.
old anchors, chains, ropes and bits of driftwood
beachcombed from the local coastline also add
interest. When uncovering smaller stones, David
was inspired to make dry-stone retaining walls and
the individual themes grew from the enclosures.
I never throw anything away, he adds, so
whenever materials become available he keeps
them for the garden. this applies to plants, too:
a palm tree, Trachycarpus fortunei, which once
formed a part of a Mediterranean garden, is now
at the centre of the raised vegetable beds.
DIZZY HEIGHTS
the garden at the Lookout must be climbed to be
fully appreciated. the top is 40-50ft above the

oPPosItE, cLocKWIsE FRoM toP RIGHt Pond planting


with ornamental grasses around the summerhouse
you cant see the entire garden when you arrive at The
Lookout but there are great spaces to discover as you
walk around; the plants, which include yellow Lysimachia
punctata and purple bellflowers as well as spidery
yellow Inula, must have small root balls to grow into
rocky crevices; the house looks out over the Inner
Moray Firth; David has built dry-stone walls from
smaller stones they found when developing the site;
the use of stone in the water feature and wood in a
gazebo reflects the influence of the coastline; a
mirrored window adds interest to a small shed

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oPPosItE, cLocKWIsE
FRoM toP LEFt The
decades of work that the
Veitchs have already put
into their garden at The
Lookout mean they need
only spend two days a
week on it now; David
and Penny, who are now
grandparents, find that
children love the garden;
Mixed planting around
the arbour where pretty
seats provide a chance
to stop and stare

house, and 60ft above the water. For a coastal


garden, it has an amazing variety of styles and
spaces, ascending in terraces at an angle of
about 40 degrees. these include a courtyard,
a raised vegetable garden, a cottage garden,
alpine and scree gardens, many trees and shrubs,
a rose arbour, rhododendrons, heathers and
water plants. then there are the three ponds
one of which is fed by the waterfall to create
the feel of a mountain stream. You cant see the
whole garden, its like a maze, containing different
views and aspects as it progresses. a lot of
people think they are coming into a postage
stamp-sized garden, adds David. Instead, its
three-quarters of an acre of surprises.
the couple have opened the Lookout under
scotlands Gardens (previously sGs) for three
years now, with visitors often commenting on
exotica such as their Ginkgo biloba tree and
Korean pine. the air of tranquillity is an added
draw here. once, during a visit to a nearby
church retreat, a nun discovered the Lookout
and asked if she could come by every day for
contemplation. David thinks that his favourite
area is a seat formed from an upturned boat in
front of the cottage garden. It looks straight out
to the Firth towards the Kessock Bridge.
Every morning we have breakfast looking
out over the Inner Moray Firth and theres always
something going on, he says. they often see
bottlenose dolphins, otters, ospreys, seals, and

PENNY & DAVIDS

TOP COASTAL PLANTS


A greenhouse is the best
investment the Veitchs have made
in their garden. Even this close to
the sea, tender plants still need
protection and most plants will
grow better if started off under
cover especially vegetables.
David and Penny have been able
to grow many plants considered
tender in this location, and have
picked out a few worth
mentioning

various ducks and waders. During the summer


we sit in our top lounge and watch the ospreys
and the terns diving. If it has been especially
bad weather in the west, the gannets arrive to
fish in the bay.
LOOKING SEAWARD
there are also passing ships, yachts and
tankers serving the North sea oil industry.
theres a longboat barge that moors every
so often the owners are keen wildlife
enthusiasts, says David. the coastal setting
even prompted Penny to take up landscape
painting a few years ago. the water, hills and
stormy skies provide ample inspiration for her
atmospheric artworks, which she exhibits
when the garden is open to the public.
the decades of work that David and Penny
have invested in their garden mean they need
to spend only two days a week on it now an
amazing achievement, considering it has won
them several local awards. In the well-named
Lookout, they have created a place for people
to stop and watch the world go by. Water is
infectious. the majority of people just like sitting
watching it, says David of the gardens appeal.
In more than 30 years of living here, we have
never got tired of looking out over the water.
The Lookout garden, Kilmuir, North Kessock,
is open during summer or by arrangement.
See scotlandsgardens.org for details.

Crinodendron hookerianum (Chile


lantern tree) is a shrub with leathery green
leaves and nodding crimson flowers.
Crassula is group of succulents with many
varieties and colours. they are native to
many parts of the globe, but cultivated
varieties originate almost exclusively from
species of south africas Eastern cape.
Hibiscus syriacus (rose mallow) the
flowers of this perennial are often blushpink, but can deepen to almost purple.
Individual flowers last only a couple of days.
Fremontodendron californica (California
glory or flannelbush) has fuzzy, flannellike leaves and bright yellow blossoms.
Rhodohypoxis baurii (red star) are small
clump-forming herbaceous perennials
with hairy, lance-shaped leaves and white,
pink, red or purple star-shaped flowers.

Dierama pulcherrimum (angels fishing


rod) is an attractive bulb-grown perennial
with bell-shaped flowers on arching stems.
It needs space to look its best, hanging
over water or in gravel gardens.
Eucryphia is a valuable tree shrub for late
summer or early autumn, with sweetsmelling white blooms.
Pieris (forest flame) is a large evergreen
shrub, with bright red young foliage that
turns pink and cream, and finally green.
Desfontainia spinosa is an evergreen
shrub with leathery, holly-like, spiny leaves
and scarlet tubular flowers.

But the Veitchs have also had a couple of


failures:
Embothrium coccineum (Chilean fire
bush) and Callistemon (bottle brush).

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BRODICK: 229,476
ARRAN: 232,816
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SCOTLAND: 173,19
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Isle of ArrAn

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For Scotland in miniature, head to this


appealing island off the Ayrshire coast
words Lesley Gillilan illustration Tom Jay

he Isle of arran, they say,


is scotland in miniature:
a dramatic landscape of
highlands, glens, burns and
heathery moorlands, snow-capped
mountains, sheep-washed
lowlands and dense evergreen
forests, all packed into a small
chunk of west-coast ayrshire
adrift in the Firth of clyde.
Just an hour from mainland
ardrossan, the island is easy to
get to and easy to get around
taking roughly 45 minutes to
complete the 20-mile journey from
top to bottom. a slow scenic drive
around the entire island takes less
than two hours: from the ferry port
at Brodick in the east, head up
to the mountainous north where
spectacular Goat Fell, the highest

point, rises to a dizzy 2,867 feet;


continue past Lochranzas castle
ruins and down to Machrie on the
wild, west coast, with its miles of
empty shingle; then, on to the
gentle hills of the south and back
to Brodick via the east coasts
Whiting Bay and Lamlash (the
islands tiny capital).
aside from typically changeable
scottish weather, the route takes
in tiny churches and village halls,
miniature harbours, waterfalls,
dramatic geology, sandy beaches
and, from Lamlash, views across
a sparkling bay to Holy Isle. there
are few corners of arran that do not
offer heart-stopping views across
the water to mainland scotland.
It is the beauty of arrans
landscapes that inspires local

aBoVE A view
towards Holy
Isle from Arran

artist angela Elliott-Walker, but it


was the location that brought her
here. When she and her partner,
Robbie, and son, Miles, moved
from the Lake District over 10
years ago, they were looking
for a complete lifestyle change.
angela, who used to head an
international design team, was
tired of the pressures of corporate
life. We saw arran as a proper
destination with good transport
links, she says.

WHAT YOU CAN GET FOR YOUR MONEY Here are some of our favourite properties for sale
205,00

170,000
LANDMARK COTTAGE
on Hamilton terrace, a distinctive
row of former estate cottages in
seafront Lamlash, this attractive
period home has three bedrooms
and views of Holy Isle. Arran
Estate Agents (01770 302310,
arranestateagents.co.uk).

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3 25 ,0 00
LITTLE CHARMER
on the edge of Brodick, close to
the shops and ferry terminal, this
period bungalow called the stables
has two bedrooms, charming
mature gardens and great views
of Goat Fell. Bell Ingram (01292
886544, bellingram.co.uk).

BEACH BOLTHOLE
at Pirnmill on the islands quiet
west coast, stone-built Meadow
cottage offers three bedrooms,
an attached holiday cottage and
a large garden yards from the
beach. Bell Ingram (01292
886544, bellingram.co.uk).

VILLAGE HOUSE
Built in 1999 to a traditional island
style, this four-bedroom detached
house in east-coast corrie has
a self-contained one-bedroom
annex and spectacular sea views.
Arran Estate Agents (01770
302310, arranestateagents.co.uk).

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Avocet View is an attractive collection of twelve 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes in the idyllic coastal location of Blakeney.
Designed and finished to exceptional standards, these light and spacious homes are set in an enviable position, with some benefiting from sea views.
These outstanding properties will appeal to those looking for a more relaxed lifestyle, whether this is full time or a holiday home to enjoy yourself
or to rent out, with rental figures of up to 2000 per week*, either way your new home is sure to put a smile on your face.

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For further information call our selling agent today on 01263 710777

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WHOS WHO?

The String Road


hilly terrain to co , which climbs
nnec
west coasts, was t the east and
built in 1817 by wildlife includes seals, otters
they found the island
famous Scottish
engineer Thomas
Te
lfo
rd
very, very welcoming and
and red deer. Walkers can pick
. Daniel an
Macmillan, found d Alexander
were pleased to find a
a route on the islands 62-mile
ers of publisher
Macmillan, were
born
vibrant and supportive
arran coastal Way, which takes
family of Arran cr into a
ofters
business community (she and
in a string of beaches try scenic
in the 1800s.
Robbie now run the Glenartney
sannox, Kildonans silver sands or
guesthouse in Brodick). angela,
the long sand-and-shingle bay at
who didnt even own a brush
Blackwaterfoot. Discover ancient
before, began to paint soon after
standing stones on Machrie Moor,
their move to arran; and now her
hike up to the summit of Goat Fell,
distinctive work is seen all over the
or explore the National trust for
island (she is one of more than 30
scotlands Brodick castle. a foodie
artists taking part in augusts arran
heaven, arran has its own distillery,
brewery, cheese and chocolate
open studios Visual arts event).
summers in arran are busy, says
factory. a handful of lively bistroangela, but the island never feels
bars include the Douglas Hotel
too crowded or too remote. and
(thedouglashotel.com) in Brodick.
there are some great restaurants,
the wonderful landscapes, the
too: eighteen69 and Brambles at
wildlife, the peace and safety of
auchrannie Resort (auchrannie.
the island, has helped give my son
BELoW Pretty
a proper, old-fashioned childhood.
co.uk) and the Bistro at Lamlashs
Lamlash is the
islands main town Glenisle Hotel (glenislehotel.com)

are all quality-tested by Visit


scotlands taste our Best
scheme (visitscotland.com).

JOBS & COMMUTING


Farming and fishing used to
be the mainstays, but arrans
modern economy is driven by
tourism, though there are limited
jobs in the public sector, as well
as thriving cottage industries
(such as arran aromatics and the
arran Brewery) and a lively arts
scene. the island is linked to the
scottish mainland via a caledonian
MacBrayne ferry service (calmac.
co.uk) between ardrossan and
Brodick, which takes 55 minutes.
From Brodick, on a good day
(weather-wise), Glasgow is a
two-hour commute by car and

WHERE TO BUY
the majority of arrans villages sit
on the east coast, close to Brodick
and Lamlash the most convenient
places to live for shops, schools
and local services (Lamlash is
home to arrans small hospital).
to the south, Whiting Bay has
some of the islands finest seafront
houses including handsome
Victorian villas; Kildonan is the
place for modern beach houses
with views across the sands to
tiny Pladda Island. to the north
of Brodick, corrie is one of the
prettiest of arrans villages, with a
teeny harbour and rows of stone
cottages at the foot of Goat Fell.
For peace and quiet and great
sunsets head to the tiny hamlets
of Pirnmill and catacol in the
northwest corner. Prices on the
island hover around 200,000300,000 and rarely top 450,000.

Walkers can pick a route


on the islands 62-mile
Arran Coastal Way

TIME OUT
arran offers an active outdoor life:
cycling, riding, sea kayaking and
climbing, among other adventures.
there are seven seaside golf
courses and a rich diversity of

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Pay a visit
Auchrannie Lodges
(01770 302234, auchrannie.co.uk).

ferry or via a ferry-linked rail service


from ardrossan. a smaller, less
frequent ferry runs between
Lochranza to mainland claonaig.
once on the island, there are good,
regular bus services. the nearest
airport is Glasgow (45 minutes
from ardrossan).

schools

In the grounds of Brodicks auchrannie Resort,


modern two- and three-bedroom lodges offer
luxury self-catering ideal for families. Each
five-star lodge includes open-plan living space
with a balcony, mountain views, and use of the
resorts two swimming pools and EsPa spa,
a Playbarn, family-friendly cruize Bar Brasserie
along with two excellent restaurants: eighteen69
(scottish tapas) and Brambles seafood & Grill.
Two-bed lodges from 320 for a two-night stay.

there are seven primaries dotted


around the island (Brodick, corrie,
Pirnmill and Whiting Bay, among
others) but the islands only
secondary school is arran High
in Lamlash (rated by Education
scotland as good to very good).

REAlITY chEcK
Nearly a quarter of the population
of arran is retirement-aged, and
over 25 per cent of houses are

holiday homes. shopping is


limited; many islanders rely on
local delivery services or ferry
hops to the mainland. the ferries
a lifeline for the island can
be delayed or cancelled during
rough weather, although the
government-backed road
equivalent tariff scheme recently
cut fares by more than half.

comIng up
a new hydro-electric scheme
currently under construction will
harness the water from Benlister
Burn, which rushes down to
Lamlash Bay from remote
Benlister Glen. Due for completion
in 2016, the power scheme will
bring renewable energy to island
homes and is part of a broader
plan to make arran greener and
more self-sufficient.

What Angela likes about


The Isle Of Arran
Walk in the
stunning glen
ROsa with deer, red
squirrels and golden
eagles for company.
about three miles from Brodick,
the path follows the Rosa Burn
with its clear blue pool where
local children meet up in summer.

Mini-waterfalls
run down the
scenic valley
of Glen Rosa

the OlD bYRe (01770


840227, oldbyre.co.uk) on the
west coast at auchencar, is a
lovely caf and shop (for Barbour,
seasalt, sheepskin, leather and
hand-knits) with a pottery, as well
as a childrens play area.

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PHotoGRaPHs alaMY

take a bOat tRip tO hOlY


isle (holyisland.org), the monastic
island in Lamlash Bay (home to
Eriskay ponies, soay sheep and
the tibetan Buddhist centre for
World Peace and Health). Have tea
and homemade cake in Lamlashs
old Pier caf (01770 600249,
visitarran.com) while waiting for
the wee ferry to another world.

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Cottages in Deal Conservation Area...

Queen Anne Cottage located just off the


sea front. Beautifully presented throughout.
Living room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, shower
room and cloakroom. Courtyard.
Guide Price 325,000

Charming Period Cottage with useful


ground floor extension and south facing
courtyard garden. 1-2 Reception,
3-4 bedrooms, bathroom & shower room.
Guide Price 450,000

...just yards from the sea.

For further information please contact:


Bright & Bright, 29 Victoria Road, Deal, Kent CT14 7AS t: 01304 374071
e: sales@brightandbright.co.uk www.brightandbright.co.uk

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HOMES to buy
BESIDE the SEA...

From a barn conversion and a contemporary apartment to a


coastal cottage and a Victorian mansion, heres our pick of the
latest properties for sale by the sea COMPILED BY Alice Westgate

PROPERTY
of the MONTH
ABERDYFI,
GWYNEDD

875,000
Situated on a part-wooded
hillside with views across
the beautiful Dyfi Estuary
in Wales, this detached
Victorian property has a
host of period details and is
ideal for those looking for a
project. See 1 overleaf

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aBERDYFI, GWYNEDD
875,000
Previous page: Plas y coed is a
striking eight-bedroom house. It
is ripe for restoration as a family
home, but also has planning
permission for conversion into
three holiday apartments.
Strutt & Parker (01743 284200,
struttandparker.com).

BRIGHtoN, East sUssEX


625,000
close to the sea, No 17 Wyndham
street is a mid-terrace house with
a courtyard garden in Kemp town.
the master suite is on the first
floor, with two further bedrooms
above. Mishon Mackay (01273
670067, mishonmackay.com).

BIDEFoRD, DEVoN
735,000
set on a leafy hillside overlooking

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the River torridge, Mallacleave is


a handsome detached house with
five bedrooms, three reception
rooms, a detached one-bedroom
annexe and 2.6 acres of land.
Morris and Bott (01237 459998,
morrisandbott.co.uk).

coWLaNDs, coRNWaLL
1,200,000
Nestling in a secluded waterside
hamlet, Benallack is a thatched
house with five bedrooms and a
garden, plus use of a stone quay
for launching dinghies or canoes.
Jackson-Stops & Staff (01872
261160, jackson-stops.co.uk).

NEWQUaY, coRNWaLL
560,000
Live it up in the surfing capital of
cornwall when you buy spacious
apartment No 10 at the 270 North
development. It has a smart,

This
striking
architectdesigned
residence is
nestled into
a romantic
cove on the
north coast
of Cornwall
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contemporary interior with two


bedrooms, a huge living room and
a full-width balcony looking across
Fistral Beach. Chartsedge (01392
832446, chartsedge.co.uk).

BEXHILL-oN-sEa, East
sUssEX 385,000
No 7 channel View is a stylish
Edwardian seafront apartment
with two double bedrooms, a sun
room and a south-facing deck
leading to the promenade and
beach. Phillips & Stubbs (01797
227338, phillipsandstubbs.co.uk).

aRDRIsHaIG, aRGYLL
249,000
No 17 st clair Way is a modern
detached four-bedroom house
in a village near Lochgilphead. It
has views of Loch Fyne and the
crinan canal. Bell Ingram (01631
566122, bellingram.co.uk).

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PoRtREatH, coRNWaLL
3,000,000
this property in smugglers cove
makes the most of its spectacular
setting. It is a beachfront house in
two parts linked by a lift: summer
cottage occupies the higher
position and has three bedrooms,
while lower Winter cottage has
four. Jackson-Stops & Staff (01872
261160, jackson-stops.co.uk).

KINGsaND, coRNWaLL
550,000
set in an unspoilt former fishing
village, seaside is a period cottage
with four bedrooms, that looks
straight out over the water.
Marchand Petit (01752 829000,
marchandpetit.co.uk).

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PooLE, DoRsEt
3,495,000
Lilliput House is a Victorian mansion

with magnificent views over the


sandbanks peninsula, Brownsea
Island and the Purbeck Hills. It has
four reception rooms and four
bedrooms, plus a wealth of original
features. Arlington & Hall (01202
744944, arlingtonandhall.com).

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ILFRacoMBE, DEVoN
175,000
a stones throw from the centre of
this popular seaside town, No 2
Rockcliffe court is an open-plan
studio apartment with unbroken
sea views. It has great potential as
a holiday let as all furnishings are
included. Morris and Bott (01237
459998, morrisandbott.co.uk).

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BRooK, IsLE oF WIGHt


499,950
Island retreat toad Hall is a three/
four bedroom detached house in
a tranquil setting near the beach.

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Plus theres a sunny patio in


the garden for alfresco dining.
Biles & Co (01983 872335,
bilesandco.co.uk).

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BIGBURY-oN-sEa,
DEVoN 410,000
No 2 avon Quillet is a first-floor
coastal apartment with three
bedrooms, fabulous views, a
balcony and direct access to
the beach. Marchand Petit
(01548 831163, marchandpetit.
co.uk).

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DEaL, KENt
445,000
In the heart of the conservation
area, just yards from the beach,
No 175 Middle street is a pretty
Grade II-listed cottage with four
bedrooms and a walled garden.
Bright & Bright (01304 374071,
brightandbright.co.uk).

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Earlish, islE oF sKYE


365,000
on the western side of the
trotternish peninsula and looking
across to the outer hebrides, lag
Ban is a five-bedroom house in
a crofting community near Uig,
where stunning sea views come
as standard. Bell Ingram (01463
717799, bellingram.co.uk).

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BlaKENEY, NorFolK
375,000
Move to Marsh haven, a
beautifully renovated Grade iilisted two-bedroom cottage in the
centre of the much sought-after
North Norfolk village, and youll
find plenty of original period
features including timber floors,
cast-iron radiators, exposed
beams and a wood-burning
stove. Bedfords (01328 730500,
bedfords.co.uk).

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This great
Channel
Island
property has
magnificent
sea views
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shalDoN, DEVoN
850,000
a fabulous waterfront location
and panoramic views over the
teign Estuary await you at Point
house, an elegant four-bedroom
property over three floors with a
modern kitchen plus a sun deck
and summerhouse. Bradleys
(01626 873757, bradleys-estateagents.co.uk).
alDErNEY, chaNNEl
islaNDs, 499,950
this elegant three- to fivebedroom Victorian terraced
cottage offers sea views from
almost every room. it has a walled
garden at the rear, with several
unusual shrubs and trees, plus
views of the harbour and unspoilt
beaches. the island has direct air
access to southampton. eMoov
(03331 214950, emoov.co.uk).

soUth MUNDhaM,
WEst sUssEX
965,000
set at the end of a country lane
close to Pagham harbour, honer
Barn dates from the 1800s and
was converted into a home in the
early 1990s. it has four bedrooms
as well as an impressive doubleheight kitchen/dining room with
vaulted ceiling. Humberts (01243
531010, humberts.com).

DorNiE, ross-shirE,
395,000
the schoolhouse in Dornie is a
bright and spacious family home.
it has three bedrooms, four
en-suite letting bedrooms, and is
just 10 miles from the idyllic isle
of skye. Remax (01471 822900,
remax-skye.net).
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see coastmagazine.co.uk

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coast TRAVEL

Weekend in

Ventnor

coast editor Alex Fisher discovers a


beautiful Victorian resort on the Isle of
Wight that is having a renaissance

erched on the southern tip of the Isle of Wight, Ventnor is


renowned for its unique micro-climate, which allows many
Mediterranean plants to flourish beneath the hills that hug the
town. such was its reputation for clean air that the area was
declared to have healing powers by eminent physician sir James
clark in the 1830s, and subsequently became a busy health resort.
Much of the resulting Victorian architecture remains today, including
the Botanic Garden, home to 30,000 sub-tropical plants and trees,
which thrive in the consistently warmer temperatures.
Despite the development that followed clarks declaration, the town
retained its natural beauty, with a coastal path that winds through
rugged, fern-filled woodland and clifftops offering stunning views out
across the sea. Here, you can watch red squirrels scurry up knotted
oaks and admire the range of butterflies attracted by the wild buddleia
and thrift. the woodland is most dense to the east of town, where

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The town of Ventnor


sits right on the beach
and has been popular
with visitors since
Victorian times

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FRIDAY PM
CROSSING THE
12PM WATER
There is something
special about any journey that
involves crossing water. The ferry
crossing marks the beginning of an
adventure, and Im excited as we

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glide into Ryde harbour. With the


journey behind us, we decide to
stop for lunch in pretty Godshill on
our drive to Ventnor. The Taverners
has gained a reputation for excellent
food and has a shop at the rear
selling local produce. I order island
smoked salmon tartar with Eastern
flavours and melba toast, which is
delicious, followed by baked pollock
fillet with a sundried tomato crust.
This really is a fine dining restaurant
disguised as a country pub! (01983
840707, tavernersgodshill.co.uk)

3PM

BEAUTIFUL
6PM BONCHURCH

ONE FOR THE KIDS

When holidaying with


children, it is good to have
a fun-filled activity up your sleeve
if the weather is poor. There is no
shortage of these on the Isle of
Wight, and we make the most of
the day by visiting Blackgang
Chine, one of the oldest theme
parks in the UK. As well as a great
roller-coaster with views out to sea,
there is an impressive dinosaur
zone and a haunted house. Families
who need to burn off steam during
their holiday can buy a joint ticket
to sister park Robin Hill (01983
730330, blackgangchine.com;
01983 527352, robin-hill.com).

ABOVE Alex
Fisher visited
Ventnor, on the
south coast of
the Isle of Wight

Were staying in
Bonchurch, just east of Ventnor, so
we head through the picturesque
village down a bumpy track lined
with wildflowers to Ocean Blue
Quay Coastal Retreats, a
collection of self-catering cottages
on the hillside overlooking the sea.
Were delighted to discover we
are just a few minutes walk from
Bonchurch Beach. The tide is out
and we explore the rockpools as
the light turns golden. (01983
852398, oceanbluequay.co.uk)

STYLISH FINE
8PM DINING
In the evening we head
to the Hillside hotel which rears
its own pigs, has vegetable gardens
and even a mushroom cellar for

PHOTOGRAPHS JON SPONG, ALAMY

youll find the adjoining village of


Bonchurch, one of the oldest
settlements on the island, due,
its thought, to the presence of a
freshwater spring. With its wildlife
pond and paths down to the shingle
and sand beach, Bonchurch is
almost too picture-perfect to be
real. Charles Dickens, who stayed
here while writing David Copperfield,
wrote: I think it is the prettiest place
I ever saw in my life, at home or
abroad. And one can imagine
saying much the same thing today.
Like so many coastal resorts, the
area slumped in the 1970s when
cheap flights to foreign climes made
holidaying abroad popular. However,
recently Ventnor has enjoyed a
renaissance and now has its very
own Fringe Festival, along with many
truly outstanding restaurants and
hotels that are all well worth a visit.

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Catamarans. Its a gloriously sunny


day and were told the history and
folk tales of the area as we explore
the coastline. On the way back we
pull up lobster pots and, much to
the childrens delight, we find a
huge lobster, along with a selection
of very angry crabs. The crabs go
back in the water, the lobster will be
someones tea. (07980 986 232,
oceanbluequay.co.uk)

SATURDAY PM
FISHY DELIGHTS
1PM There are so many great
dinner. Beautifully refurbished in a
contemporary Scandinavian style
with constantly changing modern
art adorning the walls, Hillside is run
with great passion and vision. We
try some island smoked salmon
with home-grown beetroot to start,
followed by local organic fillet steak,
hung for 28 days, which literally
melts in the mouth. Be aware that
you must book; all reservations are
by prior arrangement only. (01983
855310, hillsideventnor.co.uk)

SATURDAY AM
SEA SAFARI
10AM As well as running the
holiday accommodation,
Ocean Blue Quay also has a
boat-building business and, in the
warmer months, visitors can go on
Sea Safaris in one of its Cheetah

ABOVE, FROM
FAR LEFT Take
the coastal path
between Ventnor
and Steephill
Cove; have
superb seafood
for lunch at The
Boathouse; see
if you catch any
lobsters on a
Sea Safari; stay
in a cottage
with Ocean Blue
Quay Coastal
Retreats; be
pampered at
The Crows Nest,
overlooking the
sea at Ventnor

places to eat in Ventnor


that its impossible to fit them all
in, but a special mention goes to
Ventnor Haven Fishery. Sitting
on the short pier directly above the
fishing boats, it sells the days catch
for you to cook at home, or you can
order lunch at the fish and chip shop,
which serves local crab on chips, as
well as fish samosas. Alternatively,
if you want to linger over lunch,
head to Steephill Cove, just west
of Ventnor. It can only be reached
on foot by walking down the steps
from the Botanic Garden or along
the coastal path from the town.
In the warmer months you can eat
local shellfish at The Boathouse.
We settle on a Captains Platter,
which is meant to feed two, but
could feed four. The sun shimmers
off the ocean and I cant imagine
anywhere more beautiful. (01983

852176, crabonchips.com;
01983 852747, theboathousesteephillcove.co.uk/restaurant)

ITS A WRAP
4PM After a paddle, we stroll
back along the clifftop
coastal path. At the end of the
path I head to The Crows Nest
treatment room at The Cabin, which
overlooks Ventnor Beach, and wait
in the Japanese-influenced garden
for Rowena, whose architect father
helped her to construct this great
building a few years ago. Here, the
real sound of the waves not a
recording lulls me into a place of
deep relaxation as I receive a Voya
Seaweed Leaf Wrap, created to
soften and detoxify the skin (01983
629179, thecabin-ventnor.co.uk).

FABULOUS FOGGS
8PM One of the many lovely
things about staying in
Bonchurch is the walk by the sea
into Ventnor. We take a torch with
us for our night-time stroll and
head to Foggs, a small, friendly
restaurant in the centre of town,
for dinner. Chef-owner Mark
focuses on local fish and meat,
and uses as much island produce
as possible. The dressed Ventnor
Bay crab with toasted focaccia is
delicious, and is followed by half
a local lobster, which is cooked
to perfection. (01983 855500,
foggsofventnor.com)

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NEED to KNOW

STAY AT
OCEAN BLUE
COASTAL RETREATS
coast stayed at Ocean Blue
Coastal Retreats, a hamlet
of farm cottages overlooking
the sea just outside
Bonchurch. Nestled in the
countryside on a former
strawberry farm, they are
perfectly situated for an
idyllic island holiday. Prices
start from 270 for three
nights in The Hideaway,
which sleeps two. Prices at
Carmel, which sleeps six,
start from 360 for three
nights (01983 852398,
oceanbluequay.co.uk,
oceanbluecoastalretreats.
co.uk.)

SUNDAY AM
TREE HUGGING
10AM We head to Ryde, where
Goodleaf offers the
irresistible opportunity to climb into
the canopy of an ancient oak. After
safety instructions, we don our hard
hats and climbing harnesses and
make our way up the ropes. Its
easier than it looks and, before long,
Im lounging in the hammock at the
top. The views across the golden
sands of Appley Beach are stunning
and I dont want to come down.
But soon some children want to
have a go, and my turn is over
(0333 800 1188, goodleaf.co.uk)

SUNDAY PM
LUNCH WITH A VIEW
1PM The Three Buoys sits
across the park from the
oak tree, and is the perfect stop-off
for lunch. Its balcony overlooks the
beach, back across the Solent to
Portsmouth. We try an excellent
tasting plate, with sesame chicken,
chorizo, ham hock, calamari and
battered hake, followed by a
fantastic spicy fish stew. (01983
811212, threebuoys.co.uk)

THE HOTTEST
3PM GARDEN
You cant visit Ventnor
without spending an afternoon at

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Ventnor Botanic Garden. This


experimental horticultural delight
has pioneered the idea of growing
plants in native communities,
resulting in themed areas relating
to different countries and climates.
There are also guided walks and
special events for children. (01983
855397, botanic.co.uk)

VENTNOR SEAFRONT
You can also stay in town
in a luxury beach house
with Ventnor Seafront.
Each property has a master
bedroom with a balcony
overlooking the sea. They
can sleep up to nine people.
Prices range from 650 to
1,850 per week, depending
on the season (01983 855010,
ventnorseafront.co.uk.)

A ROYAL WELCOME
7PM The Royal Hotel offers
elegantly decorated suites
overlooking manicured gardens and
an outdoor pool. After 180 years in
business, they really know how to
do things properly here, and the
restaurant has been awarded two
AA Rosettes for the past 17 years.
The seafood risotto is a perfect way
to end the weekend, followed by
one of the Royals famous desserts,
which include rhubarb and ginger
baked Alaska and passion fruit
souffl with pineapple carpaccio.
Our weekend is at an end and its
been a ball! Theres so much to do,
not just in Ventnor, but across the
Isle of Wight, that we plan our return
on the ferry back to Portsmouth.

TOP, LEFT Pretty


Steephill Cove
is where youll find
The Boathouse
restaurant. TOP,
RIGHT Check out
Goodleaf in Ryde,
where you can
rediscover the
fun of climbing
trees as you
ascend into the
canopy of a
mighty oak

HOW TO GET THERE


You can travel to
the Isle of Wight from
Southampton, Portsmouth
or Lymington. Crossings
take around 22 minutes by
catamaran and from 40
minutes by car ferry. coast
travelled on the Wightlink
ferry from Portsmouth to
Ryde. (Bookings are free
online at wightlink.co.uk.)
For more information go to
visitisleofwight.co.uk

SEA SAFARI
from Ventnor Harbour

Discover the beautiful south


coast, haul the lobster pots,

catch mackerel for the BBQ

ESCAPE TO THE ISLAND

DELIGHTFUL COTTAGES
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A cycling holiday on
the Isle of Wight is the
perfect way to
discover unspoilt
landscapes and secret
beaches.
Our cycling routes
offer majestic views
and the chance to
explore our well
maintained inland
cycle paths.
To make life easy we
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THE LIVING
IS EASY
What could be better than a low-tech break, right on the beach with
plenty of fresh seafood for the barbecue? Its time to rediscover
the simple pleasures of a beach-hut holiday
WORDs Lucy Clarke PhOtOgRaPhs James Bowden

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From setting pots for


lobsters to windsurfing
and watersports, a
beach-hut vacation is
perfect for reconnecting
with nature and
the outdoors

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ont get me wrong, Im not immune


to the charms of a holiday abroad
long, lazy days by the beach and
balmy evenings set to a chorus of
crickets but when I started to
plan this years summer trip, there was an extra
factor to take into consideration: Id be almost
six months pregnant. since the idea of airport
queues, narrow plane seats, and stifling transfer
buses wasnt terribly appealing, I began to think
of what we could do closer to home.
In Dorset, a stunning natural sandbank stretches
between christchurch Harbour and the open
sea and, perched along the length of it, are
346 brightly coloured beach huts. Most of them
are well equipped with kitchen facilities, beds
and a lounge area, but what makes them really
special is that youre allowed to sleep in them
from March until November. My family have
owned one of these beach huts for 25 years,
since I was eight years old. Growing up, I spent
my summers there, crabbing, body-boarding,
playing Frisbee and beach rounders with friends.
My parents, brother and I all still live locally, so we
tend to congregate there on weekends for family
barbecues. this is also where I met my husband,

James. He owned the beach hut next to ours, so


we grew up together and spent our honeymoon
at the beach hut.
so, after just a couple of phone calls, it was all
arranged. Wed leave our passports at home this
summer and take our holiday in a hut.

BACK TO BASICS
a mixed weather forecast lay in store for our week
off: sunshine, rain, thunderstorms and wind the
full British spectacle. We packed our bags, making
sure we took wet-weather clothes as well as
swimwear, fishing rods, paddleboards, windsurfing
kit, books, playing cards, and lots of delicious
food. Within an hour of shutting our front door,
we were sitting on the deck of the beach hut
watching terns dive on the incoming tide.
the magical simplicity of beach-hut living
hits you immediately: laptops are left at home,
phones are switched off, and the only traffic noise
is the sound of kids wheeling by on skateboards,
or the light padding of flip-flops across the beach.
Even though home was just down the road,
watching the sun go down over the water on
that first night, we felt as if we were thousands of
miles away from the demands of day-to-day life.

oPPosItE The satisfaction


of a successful lobster
hunt sees a tasty seafood
supper in store for the
holidaymakers BELoW
This stretch of the
southwest coastline in
Dorset is home to 346
brightly painted beach
huts, which you can
sleep in from March to
November each year

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on our second day, we were joined by our


good friends, Hannah and Bowdy, who cycled
down from their home in nearby southbourne.
the wind arrived with them, so the men eagerly
rigged up their windsurfing kit and raced onto the
water, spending hours sailing in front of the hut.
By evening, the sea breeze had quietened to a
murmur, so Hannah and I took our turn on the
water, paddleboarding happily as dusk settled
over a brooding sea.

FISHING AND FORAGING


the next day, fresh mackerel was promised for
the evenings barbecue. James and Bowdy set
off on the paddleboards with hand-lines, feathers
and high hopes. two hours later, they returned
salt-soaked and grinning but completely emptyhanded. Luckily, we had some back-up supplies
for the barbecue, however, overshadowing our
plans, we noticed a dark weather front charging

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in from the east, bringing a foreboding bank


of black cloud.
It was a race against time to get the food
cooked. But what we learned that night is
that you can never outrun Mother Nature. the
heavens opened halfway through the cooking,
and we managed to get the barbecue lid on just

The simpliciTy of
beach-huT living hiTs
you immediaTely
in time. our complaints didnt last long though,
because once the rain had passed, the sandbank
looked washed clean in the shimmering light and,
as we ate our meal, a beautiful rainbow stretched
across the horizon.
after the unsuccessful fishing attempt, we
decided to see whether wed fare any better

BELoW A holiday of this


type is suitable for all
ages and allows you
to truly slow down and
spend quality time with
friends and family

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WHERE TO RENT A HUT


There are more than 20,000 beach
huts in the UK. Most of these are
council-owned and can easily
be rented for a day, a week or a
season from as little as 10 per
day. Heres my top pick of the
best places to rent a hut:
1. Shaldon Beach Huts, Devon.
For five-star luxury in a traditional
seaside setting, you can rent
one of these well-equipped little
huts, as featured on George
Clarkes Amazing Spaces.

Prices start from 90 per night.


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2. Studland Beach Huts, Dorset.
These National Trust huts sit either
on the shore, or nestled away in the
dunes, and are available to rent from
12 per day, although you cant
sleep in them. nationaltrust.org.uk/
studland-beach/things-to-see-anddo/beach-huts
3. Fishermans Huts, Kent. More
than 130 years old, these converted

huts stand directly on the front at


Whitstable. Prices start from 75
per night, including a full English
breakfast. whitstablefishermanshuts.
com/our-huts/
4. Mudeford Sandbank, Dorset.
Some of these privately owned
beach huts are available to rent
on either a nightly or weekly basis.
Expect to pay around 700 for a
week. Keep an eye out for To Rent
signs in beach hut windows, or
visit beachhuts4hire.co.uk

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with a lobster pot. Not owning a boat, James


headed out with our lobster pot on the nose of
his paddleboard a tricky feat made even more
ambitious by his decision to do it fully clothed.
Needless to say, there was much hooting and
laughter from the rest of us when he fell in, only
six feet from shore. But, not one to be defeated,
he dragged himself back onto the board and
paddled out with the pot, dropping it off a couple
of hundred feet offshore, marking it with a buoy.

SURPRISED AT DAWN
the following morning we woke up early and
paddled out to see if wed had any luck. James
hauled the pot onto his board and I whooped
with delight to see two gleaming lobsters and
a brown crab lurking inside. We took them to
shore, deciding to release the crab, but keeping
the lobsters for lunch.
We built a small fire of coals on the beach and
set a pan of water on it to boil. the lobsters were
killed as humanely as possible with an incision
into their heads, before they were put into the
pot. (If wed had a freezer to hand, the best way
would have been to freeze the lobsters first so
that they become insensible, and then make the
incision. Never put live lobsters in a pot of boiling
water.) We watched, amazed, as their iridescent
blue shells swiftly turned to a rich red as they

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cooked. We ate on the beach with a fresh salad


and hunks of bread, sucking the sweet lobster
meat from the claws and feeling grateful to
the sea for providing for us.
In between the fishing and paddleboarding, the
windsurfing and barbecuing, I discovered that
one of my favourite times of day at the beach hut
was dawn. Just before the rest of the world woke

we felt grateful
to the sea for
providing for us
up, when the suns weak warmth was stretching
across the sand, Id slip out of bed with my
notebook and pencil, and spend a few quiet
moments writing what was to become my new
novel, The Blue.
as I sat on the shore on the final morning with
the sun shimmering over the water, with the
sound of the kettle being filled in the beach hut
behind me, I honesty couldnt imagine a better
way to spend a holiday than in a hut on the sand.
Lucy Clarke is the author of The Sea Sisters and
A Single Breath, both published by HarperCollins.
Her latest novel, The Blue, will be released in July
2015. Find out more at lucy-clarke.com or facebook.
com/lucyclarkeauthor.

oPPosItE, toP RIGHt


Hannah and Lucy enjoy
a spot of paddleboarding
oPPosItE A glass of beer
will go nicely with the
freshly caught lobster
oPPosItE, BottoM
LEFt Even the family
dog gets to come on this
holiday BELoW Enjoy a
wonderful view across to
The Needles on the Isle of
Wight from a Dorset coast
beach hut

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TOP FIVE BEACH-HUTTING TIPS


1. Be prepared. Even if the weather
doesnt play ball, you can still have fun
in and out of the water so pack the
wet-weather gear and wetsuits.
2. Leave gadgets at home. Laptops
and tablets dont gel with sand. Get into
the swing of hutting: light the candles, get
a stack of good books and board games
out, and slow down.
3. Enjoy the sea. If you love swimming,
fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding,
windsurfing, skimboarding, bodysurfing

bring your gear. Make sure youve got


lifejackets for children as the currents and
tides around our coastline can be strong.
4. Where possible, cook and eat
outside. Beach-hut kitchens are basic.
Its all about the freshly caught mackerel
sizzling on the barbecue, or the quick
salad thrown together and eaten on a rug.
5. Leave only footprints. sweep out the
sand, take your rubbish home to recycle,
and leave the collected shells on the
beach for someone else to discover...
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under cover

Wear salty Daze long-sleeve


shorty wetsuit, 79.99, and
sea Legs wetsuit pants,
77.99, by Billabong at
Surfdome

POT LUCK

cook shellfish in style with


this enamel mussel pot,
35, from Coastal Home

LIGHT work

Use a miners lantern, 11,


from Coastal Home,to cast a
warm glow, inside or outside

Gain more control with


Bamboo carbon paddles,
149, by Fanatic at Surfdome

STAND OUT

swap your boots for some


super-comfortable Islander
flip-flops, 20, from
Gumbies

GOOD grilling

cook on the beach with


a supagrill tabletop pod
barbecue, 99.99,
from White Stores

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GLASS act

add retro cool to your crockery


cupboard with this recycled
glass vintage milk bottle,
14, from Ellie Ellie

compILeD By POLLY BANKS For WHErE to Buy, SEE StoCkiStS paGE

SIMPLE
PLEASURES

be flexible

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SHORT cut

Dont restrict your movement


try this 2mm chest zip shorty
wetsuit, 135.99, from
Hurley at Surfdome

DRY spell

Be kind to your skin with this


100-per-cent-cotton Pendleton
National Park Glacier beach
towel, 55, from MMW

PACK it in

Bring your beach-hut essentials


in a Squib small holdall, 39,
made from recycled sailcloth,
from The Old Salt Loft

BOARD room

Hit the waves with a wooden


Ray stand-up paddle board,
1,299, by Fanatic at Surfdome

ALL set

This handy khaki canvas


barbecue tool set, 29.95,
keeps everything together at
the seaside, Annabel James

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Westward Ho!

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NORTH DEVON

35 luxury holiday homes overlooking Royal North Devon


golf course towards the sea and surrounding countryside.
Choice of 2,3,4 bedrooms with rst oor living and prices
from 210,000 to 310,000.
Photo shows the Westward Ho! beach not taken from the site

Stunning architectural designs and comprehensive spec with sub


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ISLAND RESORTS

Many of us grew up holidaying on islands around our coastline we take a


look at a tradition thats still going strong and recommend our favourite spots

PHOTOGRAPHS VISIT GUERNSEY, VISIT JERSEY, LA GRANDE MARE

WORDS Madeleine Barber

CITIES BY THE SEA


CHANNEL ISLANDS

WHY HERE? The Channel Islands


chequered history of invasion, occupation
and liberation has seen tourism on the
isles yo-yo more than, well, a yo-yo. Now,
the five islands are trendy holiday hubs.
Find cosmopolitan city life on Jersey and
mouthwatering seafood on Guernsey.
WHERE CAN I STAY? Try one week on
Guernsey at La Grande Mare Hotel
followed by a week in the Harbour View
Hotel on Jersey.

WHAT DOES IT COST? A double room


at La Grande Mare in high season costs
95, including breakfast. For B&B at the
Harbour View Hotel this summer, it costs
60 per person, per night.
HOW DO I BOOK? For La Grande Mare,
call 01481 256576 or visit lagrandemare.
com. For the Harbour View, call 01534
741585 or visit harbourviewjersey.com.
Find more information at visitguernsey.
com and jersey.com.

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FAMILY FUN
ISLE OF WIGHT

WHY HERE? The Isle of Wight offers a range


of adventure activities, including kayaking,
coasteering and thrilling rib rides around
The Needles, plus an open-year-round zoo.
Explore by bike or on foot with Wight Walks.
WHERE CAN I STAY? The Glass House is a
funky family-friendly rental with panoramic
views of the Solent from almost every room.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Sleeping eight in
four bedrooms, The Glass House costs from
1,645-8,795 per week.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01929 481555 or
visit islandcottageholidays.com. To find out
more, go to visitisleofwight.co.uk.

WILD WALKING
ISLES OF SCILLY

WHY HERE? The entire Isles of Scilly is an


AONB and can only be accessed by plane
or boat. This makes the islands an idyllic
spot for seaside strolls, without taking you
too far from a cuppa and some cake. Try
St Marys, the largest inhabited isle, which
has more than 30 walking trails to navigate.
WHERE CAN I STAY? St Marys Hall Hotel

does its best to protect the island paradise


by growing its own food, recycling, and
reducing waste. Here, youll sleep in bright
and airy rooms with fluffy white linen.
WHAT DOES IT COST? This summer,
prices start from 100 for a room and
breakfast, based on two sharing. Upgrade
to dinner, bed and breakfast for 15.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01720 422316
or visit stmaryshallhotel.co.uk. For more
information, go to visitislesofscilly.com.

A TRADITIONAL BREAK
ISLE OF MAN

PHOTOGRAPHS ALAMY, VISIT ISLES OF SCILLY, VISIT SCOTLAND

WHY HERE? This self-governing island is rich with


Viking history and folklore. Its ancient monuments
include burial grounds, Neolithic chambered tombs
and an impressive Manx stone cross collection from
the sixth century that is scattered across the isle. It
also boasts 100 miles of rugged coastline, nine golf
courses, and plenty of secret beaches to explore by
foot, bike, or even on horseback. To get around, try
using the heritage railway system, which incorporates
steam railways, electric railways and horse trams
along the seafront.
WHERE CAN I STAY? On the promenade at Douglas
youll find The Town House. Inside this Victorian
property there are 15 trendy apart-suites to choose
from, all of which include a bedroom, lounge and
kitchen. If youre travelling with family, try one of the
traditionally decorated two-bedroom suites.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Prices for apart-suites start
from 92 per night. For a luxurious two-bedroom
suite, prices start at 142.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01624 626125 or visit
thetownhouse.im. For more information on what
the island has to offer, go to visitisleofman.com.

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BREATHTAKING SCENERY
ISLE OF SKYE

WHY HERE? The Cuillin mountain range, Kilt Rock sea


cliff and miles of heather-clad moors are just a few of
the features that give Skyes landscape its charm.
Search for red deer and Scottish wildcats in the
hills and fells, or challenge yourself with exhilarating
watersports in the sea lochs, all the time surrounded
by picture-perfect views.
WHERE CAN I STAY? For a modern luxurious stay
on the northern hills of Skye, book The Two Byres, a
self-catering, eco-friendly house beside Loch Bay and
Loch Dunvegan. Port Elgol Cottage, meanwhile, on
the southern coast of the isle, offers a more traditional
vibe with magnificent mountain vistas.
WHAT DOES IT COST? A week in The Two Byres this
summer is 1,100. Prices for a week in Port Elgol
Cottage range from 545-695.
HOW DO I BOOK? For The Two Byres, please visit
thetwobyres.co.uk. For Port Elgol Cottage, call
01463 719219 or visit wildernesscottages.co.uk.
More information on the Isle of Skye can be found
at visitscotland.com.

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AUTHENTIC ISLES
ARAN ISLANDS

SENSE OF ADVENTURE
SHETLAND ISLANDS

WHY HERE? In the height of summer, the


sun stays above the horizon for almost 19
daylight hours you can fill with adventure.
Try an off-road mountain biking trip, take
a scuba diving lesson in bracing waters,
or go trout fishing in one of the isles 300
lochs. Interested in the arts? Embark on
the Shetland Craft Trail, which leads you
to art and craft hubs across the islands.

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WHERE CAN I STAY? The sleek interior


of The Lerwick Hotel provides a welcome
retreat after a day exploring the islands
and spending time in the open air (or sea).
Most of the 35 bedrooms have ocean
views towards the island of Bressay
take a picture and its quite likely youll be
photo-bombed by a seal in the bay below.
WHAT DOES IT COST? In July, double
rooms start at 128, including breakfast.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01595 692166
or visit shetlandhotels.com. For more on
the Shetland Islands, go to shetland.org.

PHOTOGRAPHS VISIT SCOTLAND, ALAMY

WHY HERE? Made up of Inis Mr, Inis Mein and


Inis Orr, the Aran Islands sit just off the Galway
coast and have been dubbed deserts of rock.
Their unusual geological formations and cultural
history make them an exciting discovery for any
lover of geology or archaeology. The best way
to explore is by bike once on Inis Mr, peddle to
the 300ft-high cliffside fort Dn Aonghasa, which
was built in 1100BC.
WHERE CAN I STAY? Island-born Ruair de
Blacam, and Marie-Thrse de Blacam, run
the contemporary Inis Mein Restaurant and
Suites. When staying at this stone-clad architectdesigned establishment, expect authentic cuisine
sourced on-site and friendly service. We love
the look of the suites, which each have a 10m
expanse of glass revealing panoramic sea views.
WHAT DOES IT COST? This summer, two
mid-week nights in the Burren Suite costs 680,
based on two sharing.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call +353 86 8266026 or visit
inismeain.com.

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TRY iT nOW

cliff camping
in North Wales

James Stewart hangs out and spends


the night on the side of an Anglesey cliff

his January the media was


gripped by the will-they,
wont-they story of two
climbers attempting the
worlds toughest ascent without
ropes. Kevin Jorgeson and tommy
caldwell completed the Dawn
Wall of Yosemites El capitan after
19 days on 15 January. What
fascinated many non-climbers
was not the feat so much as a
photo of the pair dangling above
the void on nothing more than a
fabric shelf a portaledge.
a ripstop nylon base tensioned
over an anodized aluminium frame
then suspended by webbing from
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developed from campbeds by


climbers in the mid-1980s to enable
multi-day ascents of sheer walls.
Perfected a decade later and often
canopied, it was safer than a
hammock and more comfortable
over long ascents.
tales of portaledging adventures
gradually leaked from the climbing
blogosphere. Non-climbers were
intrigued. Now small North Wales
climbing operator Gaia adventures
has launched the first cliff-camping
experience in the UK, pitching
portaledges from cliffs on anglesey
or in a snowdonia valley.
aspiring cliff-campers dont
require climbing skills, it claims,

HaVING a Go
Travel writer
James Stewart
joined Gaia
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just a love of outdoor adventures.


Really? theres only one way to
find out.

My guide, sam Farnsworth, is


poring over equipment when
I arrive at our rendezvous in
Rhoscolyn, anglesey. Well wear
harnesses at all times, including
overnight on the portaledge, and
use ropes, belay devices and
carabiners (spring-loaded metal
clips that are hooked on to secure
points) to keep us safe. Rucksacks
on, we head through kissing gates
beneath a flawless sky, crossing
fields towards a heart-swelling
panorama of sea. cliff camping
is a Marmite thing, sam tells me:
some love it, others are terrified.
Im a lapsed climber, so my head
tells me Ill be among the former.
My heart is undecided. still, the
clifftop ledge that will be our base
is beautiful. Pale sky and green
sea merge on the horizon. sam
wasnt wrong when he said cliff
camping was pure escapism.
But theres work to do.

11.30AM Safety firSt


First we anchor the portaledge to
the summit. theres no dark art in
climbing gear. It works because of
physics, sam says, slotting three

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10AM Gear up

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ASK the Pro


Gaia Adventures
Sam Farnsworth
slept on his first
portaledge in
Yosemite aged
17 and spent two
weeks aloft in Venezuela in
2012. Here he explains the
wonder of UK cliff camping.
I came back from climbing
abroad and realised we also live
in an amazingly beautiful country
here, one where we can have
similar adventures. For me, cliff
camping allows a meaningful
connection to that scenery and
its not a macho day out. In fact,
I find nervous people often get the
most out of the experience once
they realise nothing is going to
happen they relax and have a
great sense of achievement. I find
being here calming. Peoples lives
are so hectic that its great to just
chill out and remember what a
beautiful place we live in. I love
those moments when you wake
up, remember that youre
outdoors and feel that connection
to the scenery. theres no better
start to the day.

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hexes walnut-sized nuggets of


metal with steel loops of wire
into cracks. to these he ties two
non-stretch static ropes which will
be clipped on to the portaledge. It
looks flimsy, but each hex can take
1.2 tonnes and each rope lift a
transit van. should that fail (almost
unthinkable) a stretchy dynamic
rope will be attached to the harness
Ill wear on the ledge at all times.
Bombproof, says sam.

12pm SPinning ARoUnd


I wish I felt the same way about
our portaledge. Its perfectly safe,
of course. But it falls from its bag
looking like a tent that has been
through a hurricane. assembled, it
transforms into what appears to be
a cheap sunlounger. I peer over the
cliff for the first time as we lower
the portaledges, which plummet
80ft to a churning sea. the view
telescopes. My head spins.

1pm UP the wALL


But theres no time for vertigo we
are off climbing, honing abseiling
and carabiner techniques for later.
so, hard hat and harness on,
stepping into leg-loops, buckling
up the waist, climbing boots laced,
a figure-eight knot tied into my
harness and I move to drop off the
cliff. sam has a belay device that

aBoVE, LEFt A
curious kayaker
quizzes the men
aBoVE, RIGHt
James inches
his way up the
cliff from the
portaledge

uses the friction of rope through a


metal plate to control my descent.
a doddle, I think, until four million
years of evolution screams at me
not to step off the edge. sam gently
coaxes me down, then we pick off
routes back up. sam leads, placing
safety gear. I follow, attached on his
rope, heeding advice about toeor handholds. a group of kayakers
arrives. Whats them platforms,
lads? one asks, pointing a paddle
at the dangling portaledges. We
explain. He looks between them
and us in silence, then shakes his
head. I know the feeling.

4.30pm Life on the Ledge


Back on the clifftop, we pack for
the night: sleeping bag, bivvy bag,
head-torch, thermals, woolly hat,
thick socks. again, sam explains
the physics that make the ledge
bomber, then over I go, abseiling
15ft down. that tent-like fabric
sags, creaking under my weight.
suddenly, the void seems
terrifyingly close. Worse, the ledge
jolts against the cliff with every
movement. clumsy with nerves,
I struggle to clip into its central
carabiner. Every action seems to
require three hands. I shift to one
side. the ledge pitches seaward,
my stomach lurches. sam bounces
down, beaming. God, I love this,

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he says. climbing takes you


places youd never have gone
otherwise. No kidding.

6pm Dusk
this is escapism and then some.
after two hours, I can almost kid
myself that Im on an oversized
hammock not dangling over the
abyss. and what a view! ahead is
an edge-of-the-world panorama
of empty silver sea. Waves foam
around an islet. Gulls wheel. Its
beautiful, almost meditative.
Enforced time out, sam agrees.

7.15pm Grubs up
sam fires up a camping stove
hung from the frame, then, beneath
a bunting of helmets, carabiners
and mugs clipped to the webbing,
we eat ravioli as the sunset melts
clouds and gilds the gulls. the sea
changes from jade-green to gold,
pewter then burnished steel. the
lighthouse at Holyhead winks out
of the haze. stars appear.

8.30pm LiGhts out


the temperature plummets as the
light fades until our breath plumes
in the beams of our torches. the
world finally shrinks to our tiny
pool of light suspended on this
dark cliff. the sea whispers below.
orion blazes above. Its almost

aBoVE, LEFt
Sorting though
the gear on the
top of the cliff
aBoVE, RIGHt
James rests on
the portaledge
suspended
above the sea

6.30Am LeDGe service

inconceivable that everyday life


continues elsewhere.

10pm so to beD
Id fretted about rolling off in my
sleep. Yet Im cupped by sagging
nylon when I slip into my sleeping
bag (covered with a bivvy bag in
case of dew). anyway, I think as I
zip up, Im secure with the harness.
Do I sleep? Fitfully. I feel Im awake
all night, yet the Plough has inched
across the sky each time I look.

Im roused as sam clambers away


up the cliff. soon theres the smell
of frying bacon and a bag descends
on a rope with a butty inside
ledge service in the UKs barmiest
hotel. sam follows and together
we breakfast in the empty space
between sea and sky. sea fog
boils over the silvery water.
cormorants flit on stiff wings.
arent we lucky? sam says to
me. Yes, we really are.

need to know
Gaia Adventures (gaiaadventures.co.
uk) is the only cliff-camping provider
in the UK. In poor weather, the cliff
campsite switches from coastal to a
sheltered inland valley in Snowdonia.
WhAt to brInG
All climbing equipment
harnesses, gear, boots and helmets
is provided, though youre welcome
to bring your own. Gaia can also
source sleeping bags and bivvy bags
if required. bring a head-torch (check
the batteries) and warm clothing, plus
waterproofs in a 40-50-litre daypack.
Go minimal on toiletries there are no
facilities but do consider bringing
sunscreen. Yes, even in Wales.

WhAt It coStS
overnight cliff camping costs
450 for one, 250 per person for two,
or 190 per person for three, including
dinner and breakfast. Afternoon trips
cost from 90 per person for four to
250 for one.
Where to StAY
beaumaris, which is a half-hour
drive from rhoscolyn, provides the
loveliest stay on Anglesey; and Gaia
can collect guests. James stayed in
the townhouse, a smart modern annex
of the award-winning Ye olde bulls
head Inn in the town centre, which also
has a great brasserie and a gourmet
restaurant.

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These delicious recipes from MasterChef
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to impress any dinner guests
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Stuffed RAZOR CLAMS


PREPARE: 15 MINUTES COOK: 5 MINUTES SERVES: 4

You want to cook razor clams as little as possible to preserve their delicate flavour. A little white wine sauce
with the heat of a chilli, Pernod and the fresh saltiness of the samphire makes this a well-balanced, but light, dish.
Use chopped parsley instead of samphire if its out of season
1 small red onion, peeled and
finely chopped
25g butter
175ml white wine
12 razor clams
2 red chillies, chopped
200g samphire, chopped
25ml Pernod (or other
aniseed-based liqueur)
Freshly ground black pepper

1 cook the onion with the butter in a


saucepan big enough to take all the
razor clams set over a gentle heat,
until translucent.
2 Pour in the wine and simmer for
a couple of minutes to cook off the
alcohol (you can tell when the alcohol
is cooked-off as the smell goes from
being acrid to being sweet).
3 Put the razor clams in their shells in
the saucepan, cover and turn up the
heat. the clams will cook and open in

about 2 minutes. take off the heat,


remove the clams and set aside.
4 add the chillies and samphire to the
sauce, then the Pernod. Leave on a low
heat to simmer for a couple of minutes.
5 chop the white clam meat into about
5mm slices, discarding the rest.
6 Place the shells on plates and sprinkle
the white meat evenly within the shells.
spoon the hot sauce over the top and
finish with some black pepper.

Barbecue OCTOPUS with


GRILLED LEMONS

PREPARE: 15 MINUTES MARINATE: 12 HOURS COOK: 5 MINUTES SERVES: 4


Octopus is delicious and dramatic to serve. This is a simple barbecue recipe that is
best cooked outside as it is very smoky but the results are fun and a great talking
point over more conventional barbecue fare. Prepare the octopus and use the legs
cleaned of any hard suckers. Resist the temptation to cook the octopus for more
than a couple of minutes or it will be like eating rubber, one minute on each side is
plenty of cooking time.

8 lemons
250ml plain yogurt
2 tsps coriander seeds
2 tsps ground cumin seeds
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp allspice mix
2 tsps caster sugar
The legs of 1 large octopus
(about 1kg), cleaned and portioned

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1 Begin by making the marinade. Mix


the juice and zest of 4 of the lemons
with the yogurt and spices in a mixing
bowl. coat the octopus legs with the
marinade, cover and set in the fridge
to chill overnight.
2 the next day, slice the remaining
lemons into 3 slices each, sprinkle with
a little sugar and set on the barbecue
(or large ridged stove-top grill-pan if you
are cooking indoors) for 2-3 minutes
until dark grill marks are formed. turn

the lemons over to cook the other


side and add the octopus legs to the
barbecue or pan. turn the legs after a
minute and cook the other side in the
same way.
3 serve the legs immediately with the
grilled lemons these can be squeezed
over, or eaten with the octopus legs.
Tip: You can serve the octopus legs on
their own, with a bowl of salad, or in
bread rolls to make an octopus hotdog.

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coast FOOD

RED MULLET

with SEAWEED

PREPARE: 10 MINUTES COOK: 15 MINUTES SERVES: 4

Red mullet and snapper look stunning, and need very little cooking for a delicious-tasting fish dish. Edible seaweed is easy
to source online and if it needs rehydrating, do so in lightly salted warm water, until it is tender enough to eat. The savoury
or umami flavour of the seaweed works well with the texture and sweetness of cashews and the sharp flavour of tomato to
create a balanced and tasty meal. I serve this as it comes, but you could add new potatoes for a larger meal
Plain flour
Salt
4 red mullet or snapper (each about
400-500g) scaled, trimmed and gutted
Vegetable oil
200g edible seaweed, roughly
chopped
100g unsalted cashew nuts,
roughly chopped
12 cherry tomatoes
300g samphire
Butter

1 Preheat the oven to 200c (400F)


Gas 6.
2 cover a plate with flour, and season
generously with salt. Roll the mullet in
the seasoned flour and then rub a little
oil over the fish. slice the sides of the
fish twice at an angle, to allow even
cooking and prevent the fish from
curling while cooking.
3 stuff the cavities with the seaweed
and cashew nuts. Place 3 tomatoes
inside each fish.

4 Place the fish on a baking sheet


that is greased or lined with baking
parchment, and bake in the preheated
oven for 10-12 minutes until the fish is
cooked through and just starting to
colour.
5 Put the samphire in a frying pan/skillet
set over a medium heat with a little
butter. Fry for a couple of minutes, and
then heap onto serving plates. top with
the baked mullet, and dress with any
of the seaweed and cashew mixture
and tomatoes left on the baking sheet.

Scallops ST JacqUES
PREPARE: 40 MINUTES COOK: 15 MINUTES SERVES: 4
Scallops are called Coquilles St Jacques in French, and the same name is used for this traditional
dish, served in the shell. Pay extra and use fresh-dived scallops not only are they much
cleaner and healthier than other scallops, they are sustainably caught, too

1 carrot, peeled
1 celery stalk
1 onion, peeled
1 garlic clove, peeled
A pinch of salt
10g butter
100ml white wine
10ml Pernod (or other
aniseed liqueur)
50ml double cream
4 large scallops
150g ready-made
puff pastry
1 egg, beaten
1 this recipe is all about
perfect knife skills. take
your time and cut a dozen
matchsticks of carrot, a

dozen 4mm cubes of celery


and a dozen 4mm squares of
onion. slice the garlic clove
into 8 very thin slices.
2 Put all the vegetable pieces
and garlic in a small pan over
a very gentle heat with the
butter and a tiny pinch of salt.
Melt the butter and warm the
vegetables for 15-20 minutes
(they shouldnt sizzle but just
slowly cook through and
become translucent). add
the white wine and Pernod,
bring to a low simmer for 5
minutes to boil off the alcohol,
then add the cream and take
off the heat. set aside to cool.

3 Preheat the oven to 180c


(350F) Gas 4. Prepare your
scallops by removing the
meat and the roe, if it is a
bright orange colour then
cleaning out the shells.
4 Roll out the pastry on a
lightly floured surface to
a rectangle about 30 x 20cm
and cut into four long strips.
5 Place 1 scallop, 3 carrot
sticks, 3 celery cubes, 3
onion pieces and 2 slices of
garlic in each shell. then
spoon the sauce over until
the shell is two-thirds full.
Place the top on the shell

and paint the edge with the


beaten egg, before wrapping
the edge with the pastry strip
to seal. Finally, brush the
pastry with the beaten egg.
the scallops can be stored
for up to 24 hours in the fridge
at this stage.
6 Place the scallops on a
baking sheet, using a little
crumpled foil as a base to
stop them from rolling around.
Bake in the preheated oven
for 12 minutes. Remove the
scallops and rest for a few
minutes before serving. Use
some seaweed to support
the shells on the plate.

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coast TRAVEL

10 best...

UN INHABITED

W IL D IS L A NDS

Escape modern life entirely on a visit to one of these remarkable islands. Marvel
at seabird cities, explore monastic ruins or live like a castaway for a weekend
WORDS Alex Reece

FOR CLIFFS & CHOUGHS

Ramsey Island, Pembrokeshire


Many visitors to Ramsey Island,
an RSPB reserve off the St Davids
Peninsula, come especially to see the
chough. And family groups of this rare but
charismatic bird, with its charcoal plumage,
and scarlet bill and legs, are visible at this
time of year. Another draw is the islands
spiritual heritage Ramsey was once a holy
site for pilgrims, and there are burial cairns

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on the 120m-high hills. On arrival at the


harbour, chat to the resident wardens,
who will point out the seasonal must-sees.
The main circular route is 3.5 miles long,
but shorter loops are available. Bring a
packed lunch (there are toilets and a tuck
shop on the island) and see if you can spot
seabirds, grey seals or wildflowers, such
as pink thrift, en route. rspb.org.uk; 01437
721721, thousandislands.co.uk

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FOR RUGGED REMAINS

Skellig Islands, Co Kerry


Intrepid travellers will relish the thrill of landing
at Skellig Michael, the larger of these two
islands, 45 minutes off Co Kerry. The landing stage
is partly inside a sea cave, and from there, you
climb 660 stone steps without a hand rail to
reach the top of the island. The pay-off is the
chance to explore the incredible, rugged remains
of a monastic settlement dating back to the 6th
century, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Peek inside six beehive cells where monks lived
before leaving the island for good in the 1300s.
The otherworldly setting was also used as a
location for the new Star Wars film last summer.
+353 66 9472437, skelligislands.com; ireland.com

FOR SEABIRD ENCOUNTERS

Farne Islands, Northumberland


Being dive-bombed by Arctic terns guarding
their eggs is just one of the memorable
encounters youre likely to have on the Farne
Islands. Youre really in their world, says head
ranger Becky Hetherington, who flags up fulmars,
sandwich terns, puffins, razorbills, kittiwakes and
guillemots as other star species to look out for.
Inner Farne has a boardwalk route for visitors
arriving from Seahouses. See the remains of the
cell where St Cuthbert lived in the 7th century,
and St Cuthberts Chapel. Elsewhere in the Farnes,
the Longstone lighthouse is famous for the 1838
rescue of the Forfarshire shipwreck survivors by
Grace Darling and her lighthouse-keeper father.
01289 389244, nationaltrust.org.uk/farne-islands/

toP, LEFt Step into history


on the rugged Atlantic island
of Skellig Michael, off the
southwest Irish coast toP,
RIGHt Visit St Kilda, where
a declining population was
eventually evacuated in 1930
aBoVE The famed Longstone
Lighthouse on Outer Farne
oPPosItE View across to
Ramsey Island from the
Welsh coast

FOR ONE TO REMEMBER

St Kilda, Outer Hebrides


On a day trip to this far-flung archipelago,
a three- to four-hour sailing from Skye or
the Western Isles, take in the sounds and smells
of what Susan Bain, Western Isles area manager
at the National Trust for Scotland, describes as a
seabird city, including the largest puffin and fulmar
colonies in Britain. Among other highlights at the
UKs only mixed UNESCO World Heritage site
for its cultural and natural importance are two
varieties of wild sheep, Soay and Boreray, brought
here by the first settlers 4-5,000 years ago. Walk
around the abandoned village on the main island
of Hirta (evacuated in 1930, due to a declining
population), where there is a museum in one of the
dwellings. 01463 232034, nts.org.uk; kilda.org.uk

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FOR A BIT OF EVERYTHING

Samson, Isles of Scilly


The appeal of Samson the largest
uninhabited island in the Scilly Isles lies
in the fact that it has a bit of everything, says
archaeologist and walking guide Katharine Sawyer
(scillywalks.co.uk). The two hills on the island both
house Bronze Age burial chambers, while the later
buildings left by the few remaining islanders in
the 1850s give a flavour of what life might have
been like, with fireplaces and storage cupboards
still surviving in some of them. Another feature is
the deer park boundary, built by Lord Proprietor
of Scilly, Augustus Smith, in the mid-19th century.
Rare wildflowers, such as pyramidal orchids, thrive
in this setting (which has no facilities), making it
an idyllic, wild place for a summer picnic. 01720
424031, visitislesofscilly.com; scillyboating.co.uk

FOR A FESTIVAL VIBE

Northey Island, Essex


Access to Northey a remote island in the
Blackwater Estuary, with just two houses
(one a holiday let and another for volunteers)
is by appointment only, on account of breeding
birds and the tidal causeway. However, every
summer, the Castaway weekend held by the
National Trust invites campers to see what its like
to be marooned in the Essex wilderness come
high tide. This years event (3-5 July) will mark the
50th anniversary of the Trusts Neptune Coastline
Campaign, plus the Viking invasion of Northey

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aBoVE Get away from it all on


the unspoilt island of Samson
in the Scilly Isles toP, RIGHt
The Castaway weekend in
July is your chance to check
out Northey Island in the
Blackwater Estuary normally
a visit is by appointment only
RIGHt The sand dunes of Scolt
Head Island off the Norfolk
coast, a rare bird breeding site
of international importance

Island in 991AD with re-enactments featuring a


32ft Viking longboat. There will be talks by Essex
Wildlife Trust, live music and a beer tent with local
real ales. Tickets cost 22 per person. 01621
853142, nationaltrust.org.uk/northey-island/

FOR VAST SAND DUNES

Scolt Head Island, North Norfolk


One of the best ways to view this island off
the North Norfolk coast is from the terrace
located at the back of the White Horse Inn in
Brancaster Staithe. Look across the saltmarshes
and the waves to the vast dunes that make up
Scolt Head National Nature Reserve. A seasonal
ferry runs from Burnham Overy Staithe, which
lands at the eastern end of this four-mile-long
barrier island, where theres a beach. Access
to the western end is restricted, due to its
international importance as a breeding site for rare
birds, such as terns and ringed plover. We have
the largest ringed plover population in England
on Scolt Head, explains Natural England senior
reserve manager, Michael Rooney. 01485 211171,
gov.uk/government/ publications/norfolks-nationalnature-reserves/

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FOR A SECRET BEACH

PHotoGRaPHs AlAMy, yOlANDA BruCe, NATIONAl TruST IMAgeS/TuDOr MOrgAN-OweN,


NATIONAl TruST IMAgeS/PAul wAkefIelD, NATIONAl TruST fOr SCOTlAND, JOHN HAMIlTON

Mingulay, Berneray and Pabbay,


Outer Hebrides
With a similar story to St Kilda, Mingulay
at the southern tip of the Western Isles, accessible
by boat from Barra was deserted by its dwindling
inhabitants in 1912. Today, its possible to wander
through what remains of the village to the sandy
beach of Mingulay Bay, a favoured basking spot
for seals, which come here in their thousands.
Nearby Pabbay (abandoned at the same time) is
renowned for its Pictish stone. These are more
commonly found on the east coast. Berneray, also
known as Barra Head, has a lighthouse built by
Robert Stevenson and an evocative graveyard for
past keepers and their families. 01871 810336,
nts.org.uk; barrafishingcharters.com

FOR FAR-REACHING VIEWS

Copeland Islands, off Donaghadee,


Co Down
Theres always the unexpected, says
Quinton Nelson, who runs daily boat trips in July
and August (circumstances permitting) between
Donaghadee Harbour and the Copeland Islands,
off the Ards Peninsula. Last year, we saw a
humpback whale. After a 15-minute sailing past
the resident seal colony, Quintons boat lands
on the largest of the three islands Copeland
last inhabited by farming families in the 1940s.
Their former homes are now holiday cottages.
Visits to the other islands (Mew and Lighthouse,
where theres a bird sanctuary) are by prior
arrangement only. From Copeland, views extend
to the Mull of Kintyre and the Isle of Man, and
the traffic-free landscape is ideal for families or
a gentle stroll. 07811 230215 (call ahead to check
sailings); nelsonsboats.co.uk; ireland.com

toP, cENtRE Puffins on the


sandy beach of Mingulay Bay
toP, RIGHt See the seal colony
on the Copeland Islands off
the coast of Northern Ireland
aBoVE The Broch of Mousa
is Scotlands best-preserved
Iron Age tower

FOR A TOWERING LANDMARK

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Mousa, Shetland Islands


On the to-do list for many Shetland
holidaymakers is an evening boat trip
to Mousa, to watch hundreds of tiny storm petrels
return to the island after days feeding out at sea.
The night-time experience on Mousa is magical,
confirms Helen Moncrieff, Shetland manager for the
RSPB. However, visiting in the daytime is pretty
special, too; you'll get a snapshot of 5,000 years
of human occupancy the pinnacle of which is
the 13m-high Iron Age broch or tower, affording
views as far as Sumburgh Head on Mainland.
Trailmarkers guide you around the island, which
was last inhabited in the 1800s and is now an
RSPB reserve. Look out for wetland plants (such
as the insectivorous butterwort), as well as great
skuas (or bonxies), and the unusual sight of both
grey and common seals together in one place.
07901 872339, mousa.co.uk; rspb.org.uk

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coast PROPERTY

ISLANDS
for
SALe
With some private islands actually costing less than
a flat on the Cornish coast, the dream of buying
your own isnt as farfetched as you might think
words Aefa Mulholland ILLUsTrATIoN Tom Jay

hink of the kind of person who might


buy their own island and your mind
immediately leaps to a-listers, reclusive
billionaires and Bond villains. certainly
the appeal of island privacy has made them a
popular pick for celebrities looking for somewhere
out of sight of long lenses. stars including tom
Hanks, Leonardo Dicaprio and shakira have
bought their own island at one time or another.
While theyve opted for isolated addresses in
warmer waters, back in the UK, survival star Bear
Grylls, who had always dreamed of owning an
island, bought st tudwals Island West in Wales for
just 95,000, while alexander Mccall smith, author
of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and more
than 40 other books, bought an entire archipelago
in the Hebrides. He intends to do nothing with
them and to protect them as a nature reserve.
around the world, private island prices have
plummeted, so whether you are dreaming of
independence or of indulgence, this is a great
time to take the plunge and become lord or lady
of all you survey. sure, compared to some of the
caribbean options, islands in British or Irish waters
are a little thin on palms, parrots and paparazzi.
However, with gorgeous coves and beaches,

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a tent while making plans. Dominic Daly (+353


21 427 7399, dominicjdaly.com).

cLocKWIsE, FRoM
aBoVE LEFt The Mermaid
Estate comes with half a
26-acre island included
in the price, while West
Skeam Island has three
dwellings in place both
are available through
Vladi Private Islands
(vladi-private-islands.de);
the island of Linga, which
is on sale through Neil Risk
(neilrisk.com), boasts
planning permission that
could see it become a
perfect eco-resort

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BEST FOR SETTING UP AN ECO-RESORT


Linga, Shetland, Scotland, offers above 250,000
Puffins and otters frolic on this 64-acre northern
island, which, in summer, has almost 24 hours
of daylight. situated in Vaila sound and sheltered
by larger Vaila Island, Linga is 0.3 miles from the
village of Walls on west Mainland. It has yearround access and planning permission for a host
of features that make this a top contender for
an incredible family compound or cutting-edge
eco-resort. Designs are already drawn up for
the rebuilding of two derelict cottages, a new
dwelling, a two-acre trout loch, windmill and solar
panels. Neil Risk (01595 695262, neilrisk.com).

their proximity and the fact that there are currently


some real bargains on the market, our coasts,
lakes and rivers boast plenty of hot properties for
the perfect family destination, the ideal writers
escape or the ultimate romantic getaway.

BEST FOR BEACHES


Holm of Huip, Orkney, Scotland, 350,000
this characterful island has a beach to suit every
taste, with slate, sand and stone beaches around
its 62 craggy acres. With a daily flight or regular
ferry from Kirkwall, the main settlement in orkney,
to stronsay, the island across the sound from Holm
of Huip, its easy to reach. Plus the ruins of three
houses could be renovated for a new lease of life.
Vladi Private Islands (+49 4033 8989, vladiprivate-islands.de).

BEST BUDGET OPTION


Mannions Island, County Cork, Ireland, 150,000
Four-acre Mannions Island sits in West corks
rugged Dunmanus Bay, 650ft from shore. once
youre on the mainland, the quaint village of Durrus
is a five-minute walk. the island has wonderfully
rich, south-facing soil and a small sheltered cove
at its eastern end. there are no structures, but
Mannions would make an amazing place to pitch

BEST FOR WILDLIFE


Carbery and Cold Islands, County Cork, Ireland,
750,000
Basking on the south side of Dunmanus Bay in
West cork, this two-for-the-price-of-one deal is
an atlantic island with its own even smaller island.
the 34-acre carbery Island has a sandy beach,
floating landing pontoon and new four-bedroom
house with generator and well. Its four-acre rocky

coast PROPERTY

outcrop, cold Island, is a perfect place to swim,


fish, clamber over boulders and explore rockpools.
With the added bonus of resident seals and otters,
it can be your very own wildlife reserve. Dominic
Daly (+353 21 427 7399, dominicjdaly.com).

BEST FOR TOWN LIFE


Quay Island, County Clare, Ireland, 400,000
a sheltered 24-acre island so close to shore that
you can walk across to it at low tide, this is the
one for those who want their escape to be still
close to amenities and attractions. Easily accessed
by deep-water channel from Limerick city Dock,
this estuary address has all the shopping, galleries
and bars of this youthful city of 200,000 within
six miles. When the tide is high, a few minutes
by boat takes you to Bunratty jetty and a further
15-minute walk will deposit you at the legendary
Durty Nellys pub or at the medieval banquets
at 15th-century Bunratty castle. Dominic Daly
(+353 21 427 7399, dominicjdaly.com).
BEST FOR FOODIES
West Skeam Island, County Kerry, Ireland,
1,500,000
West skeam is an exquisite 33-acre island in
Roaring Water Bay. It has everything, including
three renovated stone cottages, great WiFi signal
and mobile reception, a handful of small, secluded
beaches, a gorse-covered hillside, the remains of
a 10th-century church and even two tiny islands
of its own Leighillaum and tongue-twister,
Illaunatrumppaum. the cottages, with their green
slate roofs, were renovated in 2005, and sit
around a private courtyard. this attractive trio of

PHotoGRaPHs AlAmy, VlAdi PriVAte islAnds


(VlAdi-PriVAte-islAnds.de)

need to know
HoW to fInd an ISland
there are two major
international brokers,
Hamburg-based Vladi
Private Islands (vladi-privateislands.de), which has sold
more than 2,650 islands
over the past four decades,
and toronto-based Private
Islands Inc (privateislands
online.com) which has a
fantastic selection of diverse
islands around the world.
Both offer British and Irish

isles. Dominic Daly (dominic


jdaly.com) is known as
Irelands private island man
for his selection of cork,
Kerry, Limerick and clare
properties. sothebys
International Realty
(sothebysrealty.com) often
represents big budget
private island properties,
while local estate agents
often have opportunities for
island deals and swift sales.
Both Private Island News
(privateislandsnews.com)
and glossy, semi-annual
Private Islands Magazine

isles is serviced year-round by the Heir Island


ferry from cunnamore pier (just 3.5 miles from
the town of skibbereen.) Foodies take note; Heir
Island is home to the acclaimed Island cottage
restaurant, open seasonally. Vladi Private Islands
(+49 4033 8989, vladi-private-islands.de).

BEST FOR LUXURY LIVING


Ilaundrane and Mermaid Estate, County Kerry,
Ireland, 2,950,000
the Mermaid Estate a stunning 12-acre coastal
estate on the lush Kerry coast minutes from the
village of sneem comes with the bonus of half
of Ilaundrane Island, a 26-acre isle in Kenmare
Bay. While the mainland component of this deal
has a roomy 4,500-square foot home and various
appealing perks such as two outdoor hot tubs,
a marine activity centre, a library and a gym, the
island offers emerald green fields, cattle grazing,
ruins and ancient monuments, and even sporadic
visits from a pod of local dolphins. Vladi Private
Islands (+49 4033 8989, vladi-private-islands.de).
BEST FOR QUICK WEEKEND AWAY
Shore Island, County Clare, Ireland, 825,000
a gorgeous, green, 30-acre isle in the shannon
Estuary, 3.5 miles from shannon airport, shore
Island sits between counties Limerick and clare.
although currently used for cattle grazing, the
island has old ruins that may set a precedent for its
new owners to get planning permission needed
to build their island dream home. a bonus for
those partial to seafood, the waters around are
teeming with lobster, crab and shrimp. Dominic
Daly (+353 21 427 7399, dominicjdaly.com).

(privateislandsmag.com) are
other great places to find out
whats new on the market.
WHErE to looK
there are particular
proliferations of private
islands in southwest Ireland.
counties Kerry and cork
offer some of the best sea
islands, while the shannon
Estuary, between clare and
Limerick, offers sheltered
river islands. occasionally
islands pop up for sale off
the Donegal coast and in
inland lakes, such as Lough
Erne in Fermanagh, or

Lough Derg, bordered by


tipperary, clare and Galway,
further up the shannon.
English islands very rarely
go on the market, and there
are infrequent opportunities
in the Bristol channel too.
Wales sees the occasional
island off its south or west
coasts go up for sale, while
in scotland they tend to be
concentrated in the Inner or
outer Hebrides and in the
orkney and shetland Islands,
although many of the latter
are more suited to seabirds,
than to a family on holiday.

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coast CRAFTS

Create a

CAST SEASHELL CANDLE

transform shells found on the beach into eye-catching design elements


and striking table centrepieces with this simple mould-making technique
WoRDs & PhotogRaPhs Shore Cottage Studio

hese candles are cast in


sand using real shells as
moulds. You may have
found some sizeable shells on
your travels, or you may want to
buy some more exotic specimens.
shells are undamaged by this
process so can be used to create
more candles, and look great in a
mixed shell and candle display.
You can customise the finish of
your candles; create a rustic look
by leaving some sand adhering to
the candle, or a more modern
look can be achieved by removing
all the sand for a clean white
finish. Why not add a few drops
of perfume oil or candle colour
to make them totally unique.
the size of the shells you use
will determine the burn time;
larger shells will burn for longer.
the sizes weve made here wont
last a full dinner party, but could
form a centrepiece lit for a cheese
and wine course, for example.
You will need to buy candle wax
pellets and wick from a craft shop
and, if you are not as close to a
beach as we are, you can use
builders sand or play sand to
cast your shells. candlewicks
either come soft and loose, like
ours, or stiffened. to enable you
to poke the wick through the sand
at the bottom of the mould, you
can stiffen the wick by dipping it
into the melted wax and letting it
cool and harden. candles should
be placed on a suitable surface
as their irregular shape may mean
they run hot wax over the edge.
always take care with lit candles.

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WHAT YOU NEED:


Large shells to cast
Basin of sand
Wooden spoon
Candle wax pellets
Candlewick
Double boiler or basin over
a pan of boiling water

Dampen your sand so it will hold the


shape, press the shell into the sand
and carefully remove to leave a clean
shell-shaped mould.

Melt the wax pellets slowly in a basin


over boiling water, as if you were
melting chocolate. Pour slowly into
the mould; dont disturb the wick.

Poke the wick through the bottom of


the shell shape so it will stick up out
of the candle. tie the wick to the
wooden spoon so it hangs straight.

after cooling for at least 45 minutes


untie and trim the wick, then brush off
as much or as little sand as you like
to reveal the candle.

ABOUT SHORE COTTAGE STUDIO

shore cottage studio consists of three generations of artists living and


working on the Wirral Peninsula. they run short creative courses in fused
glass, photography, textiles and laser-etching, taking inspiration from their
surroundings. they also exhibit their work and produce commissions. oh,
and theres usually cake. You can book a course or commission a piece from
shore cottage on their website (0151 648 6581, shorecottagestudio.com).

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SHORE SPOTTERS GUIDE

Pretty but deadly, anemones are tough little creatures despite their delicate,
floral appearance, as Richard Harrington from MCS explains

A SHOW OF COLOUR
If you look in gullies low on the shore
making sure the tide is safely out
you can find the even bigger, more
spectacular dahlia anemone. When
closed up, its actually somewhat drab,
with a warty appearance. But if you
ripple the water around it for a short
time, you may be rewarded as it shows
off its striped body in pinks, purples,
reds and more. Fabulous!
The jewel anemone is much smaller,
but perhaps even more beautiful. It lives
in clusters that carpet rock faces in
green, yellow and pink. Your best

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chance of seeing this gem is on those


days with the lowest of tides, in shaded
rocky overhangs that are normally
submerged in the water.
There is even a type of anemone that
looks a bit like a poached or fried egg!
Actinothoe sphyrodeta (pictured) is
often plain white, but sometimes has a
yolk-yellow centre. These are found in
deeper water, so you are only really likely
to encounter them on a dive.
But although they dont move much,
anemones live exciting lives. They battle
with each other over prime feeding spots,
leaning over to sting and overwhelm
their competitors. Some kinds live on
the shells of hermit crabs, which move
them around the seabed. The bright
green snakelocks anemone can happily
host a variety of prawns or sea spiders
among its tentacles, with all seeming to
do well from these close relations.

Know your

ANEMONES
BEADLET

Actinia equina
Shiny blob of jelly when tide
is out; flower-like when
tentacles stretch out.
SNAKELOCKS

Anemonia viridis
Bright green with tentacles
tinged in pink; cant quite
retract its tentacles back in.
DAHLIA

Urticina felina
Large and formidable predator
of crustaceans and fish;
stunning with radial stripes of
bright colours.

THE MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY (MCS) is the charity that looks after our seas, shores and
wildlife. It cares passionately about clean beaches, the need to protect marine life and the importance
of the seas resources. MCS makes a vital difference by setting up projects in the UK and abroad.
To find out more or become a member, visit mcsuk.org or call 0300 330 0704. You can help by
donating as little as 3.75 a month.

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PHOTOGRAPH JASON GREGORY, BRITISHMARINELIFEPICTURES.CO.UK

nemone its not an easy word


to pronounce but these brightly
coloured creatures are some of the
most obvious on shores around
the UK. They are soft-bodied animals,
and out of water, most look like a parcel
of jelly, leaving you wondering how on
earth they survive life on the coast at
all. But they have a hidden weapon. As
soon as the tide returns, their petal-like
tentacles splay out. These are sticky and
lined with stinging cells to trap their prey
and protect them from predators. Their
flower-like beauty belies the fact that
they are formidable creatures.
The bright red beadlet anemone is
the easiest to spot. It can found all over
rocky shores, and seems to prefer being
in the strongest currents and crashing
waves. It is quite small but look carefully
and youll see a necklace of bright blue
beads around its tentacles, which give
it its pretty name. Strawberry anemones
are similar, but grow much bigger, up
to 10cm across. Their pale spots are
reminiscent of a strawberrys skin.

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issue (November). It was the
first coast I ever bought and
Ive bought every one since.
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has me planning walks and
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recipes. I cant bear to give it away once Ive read it there
are so many things I refer back to and the photography is
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inspiring, uplifting issues.

STAR PRIZE
This month our star letter wins a driftwood and ceramic
mirror from Trucmuche, worth 75 (01482 473756,
trucmuche.co.uk).

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT


I loved the Walking Special in your March
issue. Over nine years my partner and I
completed all 630 miles of the South West
Coast Path from Poole to Minehead,
finishing with a huge sense of achievement
and a slight one of disappointment: how
would we fill winter evenings without
planning the next stage of our walk? But
we fell into a second expedition, starting
with day walks from our home in East
Sussex, moving gradually onwards with
the sea on our left. The plan is to eventually
walk to Poole, where we started all those
years ago. Every article in coast that
features the Devon, Cornwall, Somerset
(and now the Sussex and Hampshire)
coasts resonates with us as we have
experienced the places mentioned at
walking pace. Thanks for the inspiration!
Cathy Robinson, Hove

BEACH BOUNTY
Living near the beach allows me to enjoy
beachcombing regularly. As well as rocks,
shells and fossils, my sea-weathered finds

include sparkling pieces of glass and


pottery. But its driftwood that catches
my eye it can be used to make interesting
ornaments, such as candlesticks.
Jacqueline Patrick, Hayling Island

fa c e b ook
This month you shared your
favourite coastal walks:
Sally Stevens: The Pembrokeshire
Coastal Path. One day I want to walk
all 186 miles of it but my favourite part
is between St Davids and Abercastle.
East Neuk Open Studios: Well,
it has to be the Fife Coastal Path,
especially through the beautiful East
Neuk of Fife and all the wee traditional
fishing villages like St Monans and
Cellardyke lots of wild and remote
coastal parts of the walk too, great
for bird and wildlife-spotting.
Veronica van Eijk Art: Up on the
cliffs by The Birling Gap, East Sussex,
on towards Belle Tout Lighthouse.
Rickwood House Portpatrick:
I love the walk from our guest house
in Portpatrick along the rugged cliff
path at the start of the Southern
Upland Way to Killantringan
Lighthouse. At low tide you can take
the footpath down to miles of sand
at Killantringan Beach. Awesome!
Hera Giannakopoulos: Saltburn
to Coatham.

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CREATIvE CORNER

Heavily influenced by Barbara Hepworths iconic artworks, Isle of Wight-based sculptor


Matthew Chambers crafts in his clifftop studio every day
words Madeleine Barber

MATTHEW CHAMBERS
SCULPTOR

INSPIRATION AND INFLUENCE


Matthew has roots in cornwall and has been
visiting st Ives art galleries for years. His time
in this pretty cobbled town has led to a wealth
of inspiration from ex-resident, iconic artist
Barbara Hepworth, who similarly loved the
sights, sounds and smells of this coast. Like
her, Matthew is intrigued by the abstract form.
Im trying to create a beautiful form that people
want to see and can relate to without any need
for big artist statements in much the same

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way as Hepworth did with her sculptures


theyre abstract, but instantly accessible, he
explains. Its a simple, but effective, ethos.
Back on the Isle of Wight, the pace of coastal
life influences Matthews sculptures; seasonal
changes alter how they take shape. the
mood changes with the weather that can
sometimes affect how the pattern inside each
piece develops, he says. His outlook on artistic
life can change from day to day, too: You get
difficult times, when a piece cracks after firing
and weeks of work go down the tubes. that
can be a strain, but, overall, I cant moan about
what I do every day, he says with a smile.

ThERES A LOT OF PhySICAL


ACTIvITy AND ENERgy
INvOLvED IN MAkINg ThEM

gET IN TOUCh
Matthew Chambers works
closely with the The New
Craftsman Gallery in St Ives
and exhibits there every
couple of years. Browse a
selection of his complex,
tactile pieces online at
newcraftsmanstives.com.
To commission Matthew,
you can get in touch with
him via the gallery by calling
01736 795652 or by emailing
info@newcraftsmanstives.
com. His sculptures are not
suitable for outdoor display,
but he can create pieces
specifically for gardens on
a made-to-order basis.

PHotogRaPHs JULIAN WINSLOW, STEVE THEARLE

atthew chambers left his chef training


course in 1993 to do an apprenticeship
with local potter, Philip Wood. I thought
Id just give it a go, but then I really got bitten
by the creative bug, he says. after training
in somerset for 10 years, he was itching to
progress and find an outlet for his creativity
other than crafting cups, plates and bowls.
twelve years later, Matthew lives in Wootton
on the Isle of Wight and is a full-time sculptor
with a Masters degree and numerous global
exhibitions under his belt. Last september,
he moved from a small Newport workspace
to a spacious glassworks-turned-studio at st
Lawrence. Were on the cliffs looking towards
France. Its a gorgeous spot, he says. Here
he spends his days cutting, assembling and
firing his earthy and smooth-to-the-touch
abstract sculptures.
Matthews pieces are made up of layer after
layer of stoneware clay, and can sometimes
take weeks to complete. although they are
relatively small from 15-50cm theyre also
incredibly heavy. theres a lot of physical
activity involved in making them. they take a
lot of energy, he adds. Repeat throwing is the
technique, born from his original training, and
Matthew must make sure the clay is leatherhard at the construction stage, so it can be
manoeuvred without warping no easy task!

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COAST ESSENTIALS
THE OUSE 520 JIS TOWEL RAIL

FOR THE HOME

The JIS Europe Ltd. OUSE 520 towel rail or radiator


manufactured entirely from high quality stainless steel, is
designed for use in open or closed systems and with central
heating or electrically red operation. There are even dual
format models.
The classic, slim styling and stunning polished nish of the
at fronted Ouse means that it will blend into any bathroom
or cloakroom environment. The stainless steel towel rails will
not ake or corrode.
The Ouse 520 is available in the standard height of 700mm and with options of 300, 400, 520 and
620mm width and comes with a 25 Year guarantee.

THE DEVON BEACH COMPANY

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West Sussex, Rh17 7Nj.
Tel: 01444 831200
Fax: 01444 831900
WEB: www.sussexrange.co.uk
EMAIL: info@jiseurope.co.uk

PORTHMINSTER BEACH, ST IVES, BY PAUL CLARK.


Artists Paul Clark & Liz Hackney own
Atishoo Gallery in Charlestown Cornwall,
where they sell all sorts of lovely coastal
inspired, British made, art and crafts. This
painting of Porthminster Beach in St. Ives is
available as the original painting for 395 or
as art prints from their online shop.
My painting shows the beach full of families
and wind breaks in the height of the summer
season, with Cornish owers and of course,
my signature uffy clouds
www.atishoodesigns.co.uk

LOMBARD STREET GALLERY,


MARGATE, KENT, CT9 1EJ

Check out the developing art scene in Margate.


There is so much more to see this year. Be sure
to visit Lombard Street Gallery where you can
discover exciting contemporary ne art
including work by well known local artists as
well as a range of ceramics, jewellery, glass,
textiles and stationery selected with you in
mind.

Based near Salcombe, The Devon Beach


Company bring together stylish, quality
products from around the world, that will
enhance your coastal living experience, with
functionality and design at their heart.
They have also created a beautiful range of
handmade products from vintage signal ags.
Each piece they make is unique and has its own
narrative and provenance.
For 10% off, enter code Coast/July upon
checkout and nd the perfect gift for your
coastal home or holiday.
www.devonbeachcompany.com
01548 312700

PAINTINGS AND PRINTS BY JAMES BARTHOLOMEW RSMA

James Bartholomew has won considerable acclaim in recent years. A member of the Royal Society of
Marine Artists, James has won many notable awards and has undertaken commissions for clients as
diverse as the Sunday Times, the BBC and the British Tourist Authority. His seascape, landscape and
animal paintings have been awarded the Charles Pears Award and the Sir Peter Scott Award.
James works in a distinctive combination of pastel and watercolour, using spontaneous gestural marks
and sweeping strokes and generating an indenable quality of movement and vibrancy. His energetic
technique animates the moving subjects of his paintings, be they crashing waves, scudding clouds, or
animals, and gives each work a strong sense of life and momentum.
See James website for his original paintings and the full range of limited edition prints.

www.lombardstreetgallery.co.uk
Tel 01843 292779

www.jamesbartholomew.co.uk
Or visit James gallery in Lancashire, The Mill House Gallery 01257 462333
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SHADES OF THE SEA STACK RING BY
KATE LEWIS

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Over 430 holiday properties in Salcombe,


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Devon coast and countryside. From romantic
hideaways and large beautifully renovated
farmhouses, to luxury waterside apartments and
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better than anyone and can help you choose the
best one for your holiday. Well make sure
everything is perfect from the moment you arrive
and are here to help throughout your stay. Special
offers. Couples Discounts. Dog-Friendly
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Keep your memories of the sea close with this


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PRIDE OF BRITAIN

The Pride of Britain is a collection of wonderfully


British hotels located in some of the most beautiful
parts of the UK, all dedicated to the pursuit of
excellence. Each is different, but their owners share
a passion for great hospitality which Pride of Britain
has been representing for over 30 years. With a
range of properties from Country House Chic,
Indulgent Spas to City Elegance, there is a hotel for
everyone. Pride of Britain gift vouchers make an
ideal present for your friends or family
To nd out more please visit
www.prideofbritainhotels.com or call
0808 252 2833 to order vouchers or your
free hotel directory.

Located on a small gated lodge-only


development on the River Stour in Christchurch
Dorset. Gas centrally heated with two
bedrooms. There is a master with an en suite
shower room and a family bathroom with a
shower. Stunning cream kitchen with hob, oven,
dishwasher, washer-dryer and American-style
fridge freezer.
The lounge/dining area overlooks the River
Stour and nature reserve. The generous wraparound decking has a hot tub, stainless steel
and tinted glass balustrade.
Parking for two cars and a boat. Boat launch
facilities on site. 189,000.
For further details and photographs
contact www.beaulieugardens.co.uk

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ESSENTIALS
DR BEANS BAGS HANDMADE ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT.

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Inspired by the seaside, Dr Beans Bags reect


a nostalgic love of our classic sailing heritage,
combining sailcloth, rope and a cheerful stripe.
Our bags are made with a sense of fun and
feature recognised phrases, poems or lyrics or
even a jolly interpretation of the well-loved
Shipping Forecast. Bags can be personalised
for any location, becoming the perfect reminder
of your favourite holiday spot.
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THE BAG O RAGS PIRATE SHOP

The Weekender
Ahoy shipmates, want to wear a tricorn like
Ross Poldark?, dont leave Penzance without
seeing the Bag O Rags Pirate shop onboard
the boat in Penzance harbour. We stock
everything you need to bring out your inner
pirate. Yargh!
You can take photos of our boat and crew and
by leaving donations you can help us raise
money for the RNLI.
For all your pirate tshirts, toys, hats and ags
come aboard and visit us at the Bag O Rags.
www.bagorags.co.uk, @BagORags1
Facebook page Bag O Rags

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set-in sleeves, softly rolled cuffs and hem, and
the collar enhanced by a rib and rolled nish. An
all year round wardrobe essential, for relaxed
and lazy weekends, the versatile Weekender
looks great teamed with a pair of jeans, chinos
or shorts. Why not wear it every weekend?
Weekender
Available from our online store
www.originalblues.co.uk
or phone on 0208 813 7766

Healthy Back Bags are a unique teardrop


shape, specically designed to contour to the
spine and reduce stress on neck and shoulders.
They come in hundreds of different colours and
fabrics, theyre hardwearing, stylish, packed
with intelligent pockets that help organize your
belongings and spread weight around the bag
sensibly, and can be worn on either shoulder or
cross body. This Medium bag has a generous
10 litre capacity and a built in protective iPad
sleeve designed to keep your gadgets safe and
sound on days out and summer holidays.
www.thehealthybackbag.co.uk
020 7812 9800

TILLEY ENDURABLES
At David Nieper, each of their garments is an
original design. They search the world for the
nest fabrics and rigorously test every fabric
before selecting them for their collections. All of
their garments are superbly cut, generously
made and each design is specially graded to t
your gure as well as your size. Every garment
is hand nished and triple inspected for quality
before it reaches you.
Personal Service. No-quibble Guarantee.
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Keep your cool this summer with the Tilley


Mash-Up, made from recycled hemp, organic
cotton and polyester yarns, resulting in a hat
that is eco-friendly, breathable, lightweight, and
certied UPF 50+. The different thread colours
woven into the fabric give each hat its own
unique character. RRP 67. Tilley Endurables
have everything for the traveller, the outdoor
adventurer, and those who simply love getting
out and about from Hats to hardwearing holdalls, stylish shirts to hole-proof travel socks.
www.tilley.com
01326 574402

Gallery
Prints, Cards & Books
by
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For details phone:

07 9 6 6 4 9 6 0 0 5

or visit:

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0844 539 1963

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Tel: 01295 738531

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ROSEMARY ABRAHAMS
STUDIO GALLERY

Website www.rosemaryabrahams.co.uk
Tel: 01262 424260
Viewing by appointment

For details of advertising please call Pippa Charles on 01959 543 734

Exclusive Coastal Hotels


For details of advertising please call Pippa Charles on 01959 543 734

LA GRANDE MARE HOTEL


At St Brides, our ethos is simple Escape to the coast, relax in understated luxury and enjoy unbuttoned fine
dining in contemporary surroundings. We want you to feel like you are staying at your best friends home by
the sea and look forward to making your stay a very special one. Best Place to Stay in Wales - National
Tourism Awards, Best View in the UK - Best Kept Secret Awards 2013.
DBB rates from 100 per person.

Located on Guernseys west coast, alongside the


sweeping sands of Vazon Bay, La Grande Mare
Hotel, Golf & Country Club is the perfect base for a
beach break this summer. With the Atlantic ocean
on one side and a stunning 18 hole golf course on
the other, combined with a fully equipped family
friendly health club, it truly is the perfect place to
take advantage of our seasonal breaks.

01834 812304
www.stbridesspahotel.com

01481 256576 www.lagrandemare.com

ST BRIDES SPA HOTEL

WARPOOL COURT HOTEL

SAUNTON SANDS HOTEL

Come and enjoy a stay in Britains smallest City of


St.Davids and enjoy the food, views and hospitality
that is on offer at Warpool Court Hotel. Located in
15 acres of gardens and grounds, with panoramic
sea-views, this is the place to unwind and enjoy
the beauty and nature that Pembrokeshire has to
offer. Room rates from 125.

Book your relaxing luxury break at our stunning four-star


hotel on the North Devon coast. Saunton Sands Hotel has
unrivalled views across miles of golden sands, Braunton
Burrows, World Heritage site and the beautiful sparkling
sea. Enjoy direct access to the beach, our indoor heated
pool and beauty and therapy suites. Our AA rosette Art
Deco restaurant is waiting to tempt you with delicious
dining, as is our cosy Terrace Lounge.

Pembrokeshire

01437 720300
www.warpoolcourthotel.com

North Devon

reservations@sauntonsands.com

01271 890212 www.sauntonsands.com

If you would like to feature your hotel here and


benet from up to 50 magazines for your rooms
Call Pippa on 01959 543 734
for more information

WOOLACOMBE BAY

Located in one of the most enviable positions in England,


the Woolacombe Bay overlooks one of the best beaches
in Europe.
Shortlisted for the Cond Nast Johansens Awards for
Excellence 2015, awarded the Tripadvisor Certificate of
Excellence 2014 and Booking.com Award of Excellence
2014, this really is one of Devons finest.

01271 870388
www.woolacombebayhotel.co.uk

CARY ARMS Devon

The Inn on the Beach - exuding charm, fun and all the
values of a good English inn with the style and comfort
of a boutique hotel. Great seaside gastro-pub dining,
spa treatments, family friendly (including the dogs),
complemented by chic rooms and cute cottages. Sitting in
the sheltered and sunny spot of Babbacombe Bay on the
south Devon coast, the setting and views are breathtakingly
beautiful, 365 days of the year. Hearty breakfasts, long
lunches and lazy suppers; its about delicious food made
with fresh, local ingredients, simply and creatively cooked
according to the season.

01803 327110 www.caryarms.co.uk

Coastal Breaks

THE ROUNDHOUSE,
NORTH CORNWALL
LUXURY COTTAGE HARLECH, SNOWDONIA
Private Indoor Pool
Sleeps up to four. Dogs welcome.
Beach view and 32 acre estate.
01766 781622
www.groeslas.co.uk

ABERSOCH HOLIDAY HOMES

Over 80 holiday homes in Abersoch, Llanbedrog &


around the Llyn Peninsula, ranging from beautifully
renovated farmhouses & boutique-style luxury houses,
to pretty cottages & chalets. Stylishly presented & well
equipped. All properties welcome children.
Selection of dog-friendly properties.
Short breaks available.

01758 740992
www.abersochholidayhomes.co.uk

MESMEAR LUXURY COTTAGES


A haven of tranquillity just a stones throw from the
beaches of Polzeath and the hubbub Rock. Set in 15
acres of grounds and orchard, with a swimming pool,
hot tub, gym and on site private chef. Mesmears
four private cottages are the ideal location for family
holidays, group getaways, short breaks and unique
weddings and events.

01208 869731 www.mesmear.co.uk


info@mesmear.co.uk

AGA Cottages make finding UK holiday cottages with


an AGA or Rayburn easy.

www.agacottages.co.uk

NORTH NORFOLK
Escape to a luxury coastal cottage.
Sleeps up to 8 + cot.
Open fire + wood burner.
Walled garden secure for children + dogs.
Large private car-park. Short breaks available.

www.morstoncreek.com
07584 247863

CORNISH GEMS LUXURY HOLIDAY HOMES CORNWALL

Over 150 luxury holiday homes, cottages and apartments to rent throughout Cornwall. Cornish Gems
properties stretch from coast to coast. From as far West as Sennen, right up to Port Isaac on the North
coast and Looe on the South coast.
Short breaks and last minute deals are available and many properties welcome dogs.
www.cornishgems.com 0844 800 2813

01237 441311
www.pattard.com

Visit www.roundhouseholidaycottage.co.uk
or call Nicki on 07816 449579

SCOTLAND'S BEST KEPT SECRET

COSY AND WARM


UK HOLIDAY COTTAGES

NORTH DEVON COAST

Luxury barn conversions sleeping 2-8.


C.H & woodburner.
Near coast & pubs.
2 acre meadows with each barn.
Pets welcome.

A spacious, detached holiday house between Padstow


and Newquay. Ideal for holidays or short breaks with
friends and family. Sleeps 10 plus cot. Pets welcome.
Views of Porthcothan Bay and a short walk to the
beautiful sandy beach. Private field perfect
for family games.

Cosy, well-equipped, child friendly cottages in perfect


locations. Sleeps 1-10. Discover stunning coastline
warmed by the Gulf stream, woodland walks from
your door, exotic gardens, waterfalls, lochs, hills &
fabulous wildlife. From whisky tasting to stone circles
& a host of outdoor activities, there's something here
for everyone. Dogs welcome.

01988 600600
www.escapetogalloway.co.uk

SELF-CATERING PROPERTIES
ON THE WEST SUSSEX COAST

We offer a wide range of mainly sea front properties in


this beautiful area close to Chichester and Goodwood.

01243 672217
lettings@baileys.uk.com
www.baileys.uk.com

THE TWO BYRES, ISLE OF SKYE


Enjoy the wild beauty of the Isle of Skye from our
5* holiday home, as featured in Homes & Interiors
Scotland and 25 Beautiful Homes magazines. To
achieve such levels of luxury whilst also adhering to
the strictest sustainable practices is truly admirable...
amongst the regions leading lights - VisitScotland,
June 2014.

www.thetwobyres.co.uk

SHIPWRECKS & PILCHARD PALACES


Enjoy dramatic harbour and lighthouse views from a
house built from an ancient shipwreck or choose from
our selection of unusual and idyllic beachside cottages
or waterside apartments.
All properties personally inspected. Nightly rates, short
breaks & holidays.
Please contact Carrie for best rates and latest offers

www.cornishescapes.net 02032868330

CARBIS BAY HOLIDAYS

Over 120 luxurious 4 & 5 star self catering properties exclusively located in St Ives, Cornwall. Whether
youre looking for a seaside family retreat, a painters paradise on the waters edge, or a cliff-top hideaway;
we have got just the place for you. Panoramic sea views, parking, baby and dog friendly properties, special
offers and short breaks.
www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk/coast
01736 630015

For details of advertising please call Pippa Charles on 01959 543 734

Travel & Holidays


South West Scotland - Luxury
Self Catering Holiday Retreats
Burnfoot Cottage, Dhoon Bay, Kirkcudbright

NORTH NORFOLK

The Old Maltings is a family, 3 bedroomed cottage,


sleeping 5/6 in the village of Thornham, North
Norfolk, situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty. Dogs welcome. Expansive beaches, perfect
for walking, bird watching, exploring and simply
unwinding.
www.theoldmaltings-thornham.co.uk

Beautiful seaside cottage set in a stunning secluded


location with direct private access to Dhoon beach. 4
bedrooms, sleeps up to 8, living room with log-burner,
sun porch, dining room, bespoke hand-made kitchen,
central + underoor heating, garage, large garden,
Patio with BBQ, all set in private woodland over 2 acres.
Pet friendly.

www.burnfootcottage.com
Tel: Linda on 07802 780 554
www.victorycottage.com

DART VALLEY COTTAGES, SOUTH DEVON


Dart Valley Cottages offer a super
collection of self-catering holiday
cottages on and around the River
Dart, Dittisham or Dartmouth,
whether you are looking for a holiday
with the family or a summer break for
two. Dogs are also welcome at many
of our cottages. You can choose your
perfect break with Dart Valley
Cottages. Close to great beaches or
by the river, there is something for
everyone. Enjoy sailing lessons for the
children, watersports at the beach,
fabulous walks, hidden coves and
breathtaking scenery.

Places to relax
and recharge
THE PERFECT CORNISH
HOLIDAY DESTINATION
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01647 434061

Call to book +44 (0)1326 574270 or visit


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or call us on 01386 701177

Call 01803 771127 or visit www.dartvalleycottages.co.uk

stay in luxury on
ventnor beach

Isle of Wight

These stylish new beach houses enjoy a unique position, literally a stones
throw from the beach in Ventnor, Isle of Wight. Each house can comfortably
accommodate up to six adults, three children and an infant.

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My coast
The Great British Bake Off runner-up and newly qualified
doctor James Morton talks about his coastal childhood on the
Shetland Islands, where he learned to bake with his gran
INTERVIEW Alex Reece

We moved to Shetland when I was


about three and my grandmother soon
followed us. She built a new, Norwegianstyle wooden house right next door,
and every day after school, Id go
round to hers. She had the dual role of
childminding and teaching me how to
bake. Grans house had big windows
that looked out from the kitchen and
living room onto the beach and Ronas
Hill, which at 450m is the highest point
in Shetland. Whenever I stick my fingers
into butter and flour to make pastry the
proper way, I think of that place.
Glasgow, where I live now, is good
for countryside on your doorstep
10 minutes drive and youre out in the
middle of nowhere. Troon is probably

the nearest beach. But my favourite


part of the coast in all the UK is a mere
five miles from my house in Shetland.
Its called Eshaness (pictured) and there
is a waterfall you can scramble down
to this amazing red shingle beach. No
ones ever there and its great.
How do I combine baking with medical
studies? When I start procrastinating
with my studies, I end up baking, and
when I start procrastinating over book
or column-writing, I end up studying.
The main thing I want to tell coast
readers about my new book is: it will
solve every baking problem youve
ever had. Im pretty sure about that.
How Baking Works, by James Morton,
is out now (Ebury Press, 20).

PHOTOGRAPHS ALAMY, ANDY SEWELL

grew up in
Northmavine, which
is the northern part of
Mainland, the largest
island of Shetland.
I lived in a very rural
area called Heylor there are only
about four or five houses on a two-mile
stretch of road and its just a really
beautiful place.
The coast in Shetland is mostly rocky,
red granite, then out of nowhere there
are these white-sand beaches, just like
on the Western Isles. There are a lot of
shingle beaches, too. My family home,
where I spent most of my childhood, is
on a shingle beach. Its about 10ft from
the sea, when the tides in.

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