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A Little Holiday

We do love Dorset but every now and then it’s nice to get away somewhere different for a change of scene and to re-charge the batteries – so off we went down to Cornwall for a couple of days. Lostwithiel looked like a rather lovely little place to stop for a tea, and possibly a cake or two (well we had been on the road for a while!) and were we glad we stopped! What a great place for a spot of vintage shopping – gorgeous little antique shops, vintage emporiums and vintage inspired tea rooms – heaven. We picked up the cutest little 1930’s box brownie camera and a fun child’s abacas – fantastic props to add to our collection – and a great pioneer suitcase in cream and brown which will be fantastic as a card box or wishing well for weddings. With a few new trios of lovely china as well we were all shopped out – what a fun way to spend an hour or two and we could have bought lots more lovelies if we’d been lucky on the lottery – sigh! Oh well – there’s always another time – watch out Lostwithiel!!

And so on to another great find – Boscundle Manor in St. Austell. Sometimes you just have to unashamedly sing the praises of people and places and this little hotel tucked away in its own grounds needs to be praised indeed. For lovers of the vintage style there are no disappointments – the manor was built in the 1700’s and even though it’s obviously been modernised and updated it still retains lots of wonderful old world charm – and all the staff have old fashioned manners and genuine friendliness – what a gem!

Our little holiday away really turned into vintage paradise with a visit to the National Trust’s Lanhydrock House – Downton Abbey eat your heart out – absolutely stuffed full of goodies – take a look at how afternoon tea was served here in the 1920’s and 30’s and when we found this room brimming over with suitcases and trunks we were like kids in a candy shop……and that got us wondering – is there a name for addiction to vintage suitcases and trunks?? Truncolism maybe??


Published by annie, on 20th October 2012 at 9:50 am. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Fashion,Weddings Tags: , , , , , Comments Off on A Little Holiday

Holiday Dreaming…

January always seems to be a good time for  dreaming of holidays or making a bit of a new year’s resolution to have at least three weekends away in the coming year (without feeling the least bit guilty about the mountains of work you’re planning to leave behind).

Camper van

Before the affects of the New Year diet and exercise regime start exhausting you, we think its important to begin your escape plan for the summer…

Finding somewhere gorgeous to visit in Dorset is never a problem – but if you need any incentive to look around more of the county what better plan can there be than hiring a retro-style camper van, following our vintage calendar of events and booking a few picnics, vintage teas and cake-shops into your itinery?

Retro Camper Vans

Duck egg coloured Volkswagen camper van

Dorset Dubbers are a recent discovery of ours..  John and Claire run a small, friendly van-hire firm based in Highcliffe on Sea hiring out a choice of sumptuous VW campers for carousing around Dorset & the New Forest.

Looking through their website www.dorsetdubbers.co.uk you get a real sense of the fun you can have – travelling around in “Nellie”, “Mo”, “Terence” or “Bam Bam”. With tariffs from £425 a week we think this compares very favorably with traditional camping and certainly offers more variety than a one-base stop or package hol (mostly hanging about in the airport).

Vintage Events1940s clothing

So you’ve booked your van for a week or two and have planned your visit to the usual and hidden haunts taking in sea, sand and stones (well we are in Dorset!) But, finding out about vintage events locally has always been near impossible. How will you get away with wearing that 1940’s dress and vintage plus fours without somewhere truly nostalgic to get into the mood? Whilst you’ll feel at home in several of our smaller towns and villages (retro never really went out of fashion here) you might also like to browse through our Vintage Events Calendar. We’re trying to post all of the local vintage events we can find here so do tell us if you know of something occurring. Whether its visiting the retro fashions and displays at the Bridport Hat Festival or Dorset Steam Fairs, visiting local victorian events, Ginger Pop, Blyton-inspired excursions, historical happenings at the museums or traditional classics like Dorset Opera then we hope you’ll find something that’s worthy of a smart frock and a day out with hearty picnic or cream tea!

Tea and Cake

Our steam fair picnicSo on this note – don’t forget to make your booking for special vintage teas, afternoon garden parties, birthday treats, wedding events and picnics.

Contact us for hire prices to  book posh crocks and cakes to make a really special occasion. Look through our prices and ideas pages for more. Happy days x x

Published by annie, on 2nd January 2011 at 9:50 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Holiday Dreaming…