Author Archives: robinsavill

About robinsavill

Homes and gardens writer and General Manager of a country estate in glorious East Devon. Blogger at robinsavill.wordpress.com and for Period Living.

The Little Victory Ball

Originally written for http://www.phoenixsomerset.org.uk January 2015. As I reach the top of the stairs I’m greeted by a cheerful soul who introduces herself as Ethel. As she turns to ask if I am an old soldier, the light catches her face … Continue reading

Posted in Local Matters | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Home Front Vintage – Remade, Reloved, Retold

I don’t know about you but I’m always searching for gift ideas that are a little bit different – beautiful handcrafted objects, made in the UK, that are guaranteed to be greeted with a genuine: “That’s gorgeous; thank you so … Continue reading

Posted in Vintage | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Hollywood Comes To Town

Originally published in Arkadia magazine, November 2014.   With the Great British Bake Off inspiring a nation, a new book about to hit the shelves and a tour taking to the road, we thought it was about time we had … Continue reading

Posted in People | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Loafing Around – The Olives Et Al Story

Originally published in Arkadia magazine, September 2014. The Olives Et Al story is 21 years old this year, dating back to a time when Captain Henschel became, simply, Giles again and set off in search of adventure, with his wife-to-be … Continue reading

Posted in Local Matters | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Spirit of Shaftesbury

Originally published in Arkadia magazine, September 2014. With a rich past dating back beyond the time of the Saxons, who used its elevated position to great advantage, it is no wonder that Shaftesbury is steeped in so much history. Well … Continue reading

Posted in Local Matters | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Haunting in Dorchester

Originally published in Arkadia magazine, September 2014. The sign said ‘Dorchester Ghost Walk, no need to book, meet at the King’s Arms at 8pm.’ We decided to turn up and see what it was all about. After all, what’s the … Continue reading

Posted in Local Matters | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

By Hook or by Crook

Originally published in Arkadia magazine, July 2014. In a beautifully remote spot, at the end of a long lane that hints at the adventure to come, lies Downhouse Farm, at Higher Eype, near Bridport. Visiting recently, I immediately fell in … Continue reading

Posted in Local Matters | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment