Royal Clarence Hotel  up for sale ‘with sadness’
Aug17

Royal Clarence Hotel up for sale ‘with sadness’

The owners of the Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter, which was destroyed by fire in 2016 have announced that the site is up for sale. The developers have concluded that they could not viably restore the hotel to its former glory. The Andrew Brownsword Hotels group, who also own Gidleigh Park on Dartmoor, say The Royal Clarence Hotel has undergone “significant” restoration work since the fire. The hotel’s owner, Andrew Brownsword, said he...

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Santa’s workshop for sale in Widecombe
Dec18

Santa’s workshop for sale in Widecombe

If you’re crazy about Christmas and have a cool £1 million spare, this Grade II listed home could be for you. This three-bedroom farmhouse boasts over twelve acres of land and even a 2000 strong Christmas tree plantation, although the new owner isn’t expected to decorate all of them. Longhouse Farm near Widecombe-in-the-Moor also features large agricultural buildings and even a studio which ‘may’ have been used as a toy factory. The...

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Students are treated like ‘another species’
Nov09

Students are treated like ‘another species’

Students in Exeter are treated by councillors “like they are another species”, according to the leader of the city’s council. Councillor Pete Edwards was speaking at a meeting where plans for a huge student flats development were approved for the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus. He raised concerns about the treatment of students after Councillor Percy Prowse said he was worried about the number of them...

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Warning over homes planned for Devon
Nov08

Warning over homes planned for Devon

Too many homes are being planned for Devon over the next decade, most to be built on greenfield sites and two-thirds will be bought by people who have moved into the county according to conservation charity CPRE Devon, which launched an independent report. CPRE Devon commissioned an independent, six-month-long study ‘Devon Housing Needs Evidence 2018’ to find out how many extra homes and what type of homes were really needed across...

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Drake’s Island goes on for sale for £6m
Oct19

Drake’s Island goes on for sale for £6m

You’ll need a cool £6 million to take on this six-acre property off the coast of Plymouth, once used to defend against France and Spain. Unfortunately, it’s not as yet a Caribbean-style paradise, thanks to its centuries-old derelict gun battery, former barracks, crumbling ablution blocks, commanding officer’s house and guardhouse. However, the current owners of Drake’s Island hope a buyer will be drawn to the site’s huge potential as...

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Jennie shares her royal memories
Mar22

Jennie shares her royal memories

Jennie Bond, the former BBC royal commentator, officially opened Stannary Gardens luxury housing development in Chagford last week. She spoke of her fourteen years as royal correspondent, covering events around the world including the Windsor Castle fire in 1992 and the divorces of Prince Andrew and the Prince of Wales. She revealed that she spent time with Princess Diana at Kensington Palace after Diana and Prince Charles had...

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