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Dartmoor ponies by Ellie Preece

Dartmoor ponies brought in to graze extinct Devon volcano

This week a herd of 10 Dartmoor ponies took up temporary residence on an extinct volcano at Killerton estate near Exeter.

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Bovey Castle Winter Aerial Shot

New owners reveal £2 million refurbishment of Bovey Castle hotel on Dartmoor

Transformation of iconic hotel’s restaurants promises to create an unrivalled new dining experience in the West Country

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E-Editions

South West Accommodation 2014 

This handy guide will help you decide accommodation and attractions to visit in the South West this summer.

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Great British Life Holidays

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Events

Steve Hawkins, who works for Network Rail in the Devon area, is featured in the first episode of the new series of The Railway: First Great Western

Dawlish emergency rail project features in new TV documentary

The incredible engineering project to re-build the broken railway line at Dawlish earlier this year is the centerpiece of a new TV documentary series launching soon.

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The 2013 lunch

Exeter’s Legendary Christmas Charity Lunch is back – for its 14th successful year

The event seen by many as the official start to the festive season in Exeter will be held on 5 December

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Plymouth

Margot Martini who insipred the donor campaign

Donor drive inspired by Margot Martini seeks Devon’s potential life savers

People in Devon are being urged to take a simple test on Saturday that will tell them if they could save a life.

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Plymouth Mayflower Marina

Mayflower Marina named as UK Coastal Marina of the Year

Plymouth’s Mayflower Marina has been named as ‘UK Coastal Marina of the Year’ at the London Boat Show. It is the second consecutive year that the independent Marina, owned and operated by Sailport PLC has taken the top prize, to the delight of Mayflower’s Managing Director, Charles Bush.

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Walks

Bellever

Woodland walks

December is a great month for trudging through autumn leaves, writes CHRISSY HARRIS

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Gifts for walkers

Gifts for walkers and people on the go

Inspire ramblers and hikers to get up and go with our favourite Christmas presents for people who love the outdoors.

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Celebrity interviews

Andy Jordan, Photo by Josh Shinner www.joshshinner.com

Made in Chelsea star Andy Jordan escapes to the North Devon coast

Made in Chelsea star Andy Jordan has been spending a few days in North Devon, enjoying the coastal views and catching the waves. He was also getting inspired and relaxing before his busy break from TV, travelling the UK on tour in March.

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Lucy Siegle: 'We are looking at the slave trade, or what is going to be regarded as the slave trade in the future'

Lucy Siegle has a passion for ethical fashion

She’s a familiar face on our TV screens and an even more familiar face in the fight for ethical fashion. Ahead of Lucy Siegle starting a monthly column for Devon Life, ALEXIS BOWATER talks to her about her campaign

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Arts

Chevelure

Matisse art work goes on display in Honiton’s Thelma Hulbert Gallery

He was one of the 20th centuries most important artists who found a new way of expression in the last few years of his life. EWEN MACDONALD looks at why Matisse’s cut-outs, on show this month in Honiton, are so important

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Artist Tracy Satchwill

Tracy Satchwill’s unique art project Magna Carta Women goes on show in Devon

Devon artist Tracy Satchwill’s Magna Carta Women celebrates 800 years of contributions to women’s rights and asks which of us will stand up next? MERCEDES SMITH talks to her about her inspiration

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Gardens

The perfect gift for garden lovers

Christmas gifts for gardeners

Looking for festive gifts for garden enthusiasts? We’ve rounded up our favourite presents for gardeners to help you get started with your Christmas shopping.

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Trees are grafted to allow space below for the ponies to trim the grass

Fruit of their labours

An ancient orchard in Mid Devon is still a place to bring the story of the apple up to date, as our Gardening Writer GILL HEAVENS discovers

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Showcase

An Equal T boiler near completion with computer control system fitted

Understanding biomass heating

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Discover the benefits of using biomass heating systems in your home.

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You can tailor the heat of your sauna to your preference

The benefits of home saunas

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GC Spas and Sauna, part of a family firm who have been selling saunas in Barnstaple, North Devon for over 30 years, looks at the benefits of sauna bathing.

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Life TV

Video: Ashburton Food and Drink Festival

Film maker David Kilkelly has captured some of the atmosphere of the fourth Ashburton Food and Drink festival in a short film published on YouTube.

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Great British Holidays & Breaks 2015
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Food & Drink Awards

Devon food and Drink Awards

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Devon Life Home Cook of the Year

Devon Food Hero Stella West-Harling with James Dart from sponsors Darts Farm

Devon Life Food and Drink Awards - the winners are named

Devon’s great food and drink businesses were recognised at the 2014 Devon Life Food and Drink Awards at Sandy Park, Exeter

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Our winner, Kevin Lan. Photo: Matt Austin

Kevin is our Devon Life Home Cook of the Year

Kevin Lan wins the Devon Life Home Cook of the Year contest sponsored by Bradburys Kitchens and supported by Waitrose

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Restaurant reviews

Gidleigh Park regained its title as the UK's top restaurant in the 2014 Sunday Times listing

Review: Gidleigh Park

With an accolade count of Olympian proportions and a reputation which goes far beyond Devon’s borders, Gidleigh Park is top of the crop when it comes to the promise of dining out delights. ANDY COOPER therefore headed there for dinner in the hope of a stellar experience…

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The Masons Arms

Review: The Masons Arms, Knowstone

This low-key Michelin-starred pub on the edge of Exmoor offers fine dining in pub surroundings with the kind of attention to detail that takes your breath away. SUSAN CLARK went for lunch...

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Recipes

Blackberry and sweet potato cheesecake

Recipe: Blackberry and sweet potato cheesecake

Devon’s hedgerows are already full of beautiful blackberries, so why not try this recipe from Felice Tocchini?

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Exeter Life E-Edition

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Exeter

The Clarkes' kitchen

Bradburys kitchens are guaranteed to make your house feel special

Why shouldn’t the most important room in the house be extra special, asks CHRISSY HARRIS

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DEV WEB15 COMP AROMATIKA

WIN! A two hour spa pamper package at Aromatika in Exeter

Have you heard of Aromatika? Exeter has a new luxurious Victorian townhouse style boutique day spa experience and boutique shop. The shop has been renovated to a very high and elegant standard, (and smells divine too!). Launched in 2006, the brand is one of the truly authentic organic and skincare offerings manufactured in the UK.

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Interiors

Secret Santa gifts

10 Secret Santa gifts under £16

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality of gifts this Christmas.

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Christmas gifts for animal lovers

Our favourite Christmas gifts for both animal loving friends and their furry four legged pets.

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Education E-Edition

A+ Education South West Edition

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Education

St Peter's student Harry King at work experience with Archant.

St Peter’s School students let loose in Exeter businesses

This week Exeter was infiltrated by a swarm of Year 11 teenagers who had received work experience placements with businesses across the city.

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The unknown soldier sculpture at Paddington station

A Devon schoolboy’s moving letter to an unknown WW1 soldier has won national recognition

A moving poem by a Devon schoolboy in the form of a letter to an unknown soldier will be read out on national radio on Wednesday, 5 November.

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Discover

The Lamb Inn Food

The Lamb Inn

Prestigious eating out guidebook Alastair Sawdays have named The Lamb Inn at Sandford (nr Crediton) the runner-up at it’s 20th anniversary awards for Best Pub in Britain; this is quite an accolade as there were over 5,000 entrants...

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The Rising Sun

The Rising Sun

Nestled in the heart of the Devon countryside and within easy access to the stunning and infamous Dartmoor National Park; The Rising Sun Pub is the perfect stop for all the family and the most discerning diner. The Pub also boasts four bed and breakfast rooms with a cooked breakfast to die for!..

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Brend Hotels

Brend Hotels

Discover the magic of Brend Hotels - sumptuous traditional elegance, wonderful cuisine and outstanding service. Imagine the sheer luxury of staying at one of our exclusive hotels...

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Haytor is one of the best spots to see the colours of heather and western gorse

Explore Moor

Dartmoor is special not just for its internationally important wildlife and habitats, it is also renowned for its human heritage. Here we look at the top ten things that make Dartmoor special and should be on everyone’s ‘must see’ list

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Holwell Castle occupies a commanding position overlooking the river crossing of the Heddon Water

Mysteries of the Moor

Exmoor’s leading tourist attractions, from the tumbling streams of Watersmeet to the heights of Countisbury Hill, need little introduction. Here PHILIP DALLING, an explorer of lesser-known treasures, offers an alternative top ten of the moor’s hidden gems

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