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Very House proud . . .


Awards galore, a new book of the best local dog walks, biodynamically-


farmed meat on the menu – it’s all happening at Combe House Devon. Owners Ruth and Ken Hunt transformed


this hotel in Gittisham into a sumptuous Grade-I-listed Elizabethan country manor, restaurant and gardens set in 3,500 stunning acres where Arabian horses and pheasants roam freely. Fresh from winning the coveted


Conde Nast Johansens 2012 Award For Excellence in the Most Romantic Hotel category, they asked Alan Bartlett and his faithful Dalmatian Toby (pictured on the previous page) to collaborate on a book highlighting the best coast and country walks for the hotel’s dog-owning guests and their pets. Some of the walks start from the hotel’s


doorstep and others are a car ride away, and the book has useful information such


Combe House Devon owners Ruth and Ken Hunt


as whether there’s water for the dogs to play in, space for them to run, livestock present so dogs should be on a lead or tricky stiles to negotiate. There’s also information about nearby dog-friendly beaches and any summer restrictions. Toby the Dalmation helped Alan road-


test each of the 10 walks featured in the new book along with dog-friendly pubs and other interesting places to visit which made him feel welcome. Graded from easy to challenging and


The hotel’s new book of dog walks is free for guests


ranging from half a mile up to six miles, there are walks for older pooches wanting gentle exercise as well as steep hills that


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will tire out the most active young dog. Its warm welcome for dogs is one of the things Combe House Devon is famous for, and another is its fantastic food, using home-grown produce from its restored Victorian kitchen gardens. As well as serving flavoursome and


succulent home-bred Indian game chickens, its restaurant has recently been serving biodynamic beef, which means responsibly-farmed animals given a life as close as possible to their natural cycle, with freedom to graze and the finest- quality diet. • www.combehousedevon.com


Staff from Cornerstone Housing Ltd have helped bury a commemorative time capsule deep underground on land fronting Western Way in Exeter where its new offices and apartments will stand. Cornerstone is a not-for-profit organisation with an 85-year history. It provides quality, affordable housing in Exeter and surrounding areas like Dawlish, Teignmouth, Crediton, Topsham and Exmouth.


Placed inside the time capsule were items including a synopsis of Cornerstone’s key events to date and memorabilia from the past. Having only moved once before,


after being bombed out of its premises in Bedford Circus during the Blitz, Cornerstone has outgrown its Georgian office in Southernhay East which it has occupied for nearly 70 years. The new office and apartments, designed by architects Heighway Field Associates, will feature striking brick and glass curtain walling.


Matthew Letts packing up the old analogue radios to be despatched to Africa


Cornerstone chief executive Rick


Williams said: “The purpose of the time capsule is to link our past with the present and future. The development continues to progress well and is due to be completed within 12 months.” • www.cornerstonehousing.net


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