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Top spots to visit in Dorset, Devon and Wiltshire in South West England.

This has been one of the warmest Summers I have ever experienced in the UK. We’ve had 3 whole weeks of dry heat and sunshine.

I really think it’s been the perfect time to explore UK’s coastal areas.

I recently wrote about where to eat, shop and play in Margate, South East England.

So now, I thought I’d turn my attention to South West England.

My most recent visit were to Dorset, Devon and Wiltshire.

I’ve always wanted to see Durdle Door (image above), one of Dorset’s most iconic landmarks on the Jurassic Coast.

I can tell you now that it didn’t disappoint. Isn’t it breathtakingly beautiful?

Durdle Door is a limestone arch formed by the waves from rock erosion. Durdle is from the old English word ‘thirl’ which means drill.

If you are planning a trip to Dorset or driving further down to Devon, then I would highly recommend Durdle Door as a stopover.

Adjacent to Durdle Door is the beautiful Lulworth Cove and village.

This house is called Cove Cottage, and I believe it is available for hire. If I ever owned a house in the countryside, I would love to have one that looked like this. I’m not sure how easy it is to maintain a thatch roof, but they sure look pretty don’t you think? These English stone houses look so idyllic and romantic. If you have a sweet tooth, then you have to visit The Doll’s House, a minty blue 19th Century Grade 2 listed cottage, that was once inhabited by fishermen, until 1992. You can find yummy cream teas and ice creams here. Perhaps what they are most famous for here, are their home-made fudge with natural ingredients and flavours, sourced locally where possible. Did you know that Thomas Hardy lived in Dorset? Many of the places he describes in his books were based around the surrounding areas there.

This was a poem that he wrote about Lulworth Cove scribed on the wall in the village. I thought I’d show off my Salted Caramel ice cream from Jake’s in front of the Hardy wall. We stayed at Hawkchurch Resort and Spa in Devon, at the border of Dorset. It’s a 5 star luxury retreat with views over the Axe Valley. This is a view of our holiday lodge at Hawkchurch, and might I add, complete with an outdoor hot tub.  The decor had a relaxed Scandi Coastal feel, and we felt instantly at home when we arrived.

It’s so nice to have a kitchen on holiday, so we can cook up delicious meals at leisure, as we unwind with a glass of wine in the evening. We were surrounded by beautiful countryside and greeted by the gentle baa of sheep. There were also holiday homes for sale at Hawkchurch Resort and Spa.

I was curious, so got a little tour of the homes for sale. These beautiful holiday lodges start from £80,000 to around £200,000. Here’s one of the double bedrooms. The homes come fully furnished and dressed. They even have super cute roll top baths in their bathrooms. I think I would request for mine to be pink. How about you? There was a reception area with friendly staff on hand to assist guests.

I was fascinated by the lighting in the lobby area. How fun is this version with glasses? The facilities at Hawkchurch Resort and Spa was second to none.

They had a large indoor swimming pool, a spa that offered the best back rubs, and a restaurant with delicious theme nights.

We particularly enjoyed Fish and Chips, and Curry night. devon lyme regis A short car drive from Hawkchurch Resort & Spa took us to the picturesque harbour village of Lyme Regis. There were so many colourful doors to snap. I was in total insta heaven. It was a pleasant stroll on the beach, with a nostalgic British seaside vibe. devon How cute are these colourful beach huts for hire?

I’ve never hired a beach hut before, have you?

I guess it’s nice to have a base, if you were spending the whole day on the beach. This is the door colour of my dreams, at Bayleaf cottage. The best place for breakfast in Lyme Regis, Devon, is The Town Mill Bakery. All their breads are freshly baked on the day. I believe they also have a traditional Mill next door, but this was not open when we were there.  This was the most delicious Turkish eggs I had for breakfast at the Town Mill bakery with bacon rashes and sourdough bread. Since we’re on the topic of food, I thought I’d show you a great place for lunch in Lyme Regis called Swim on Marine Parade, which is right on the beach.

The view is amazing and the decor is a super cool Boho Urban jungle style. This was what I had for lunch and it was so tasty. It’s called Sunbeam, and consisted of red and white quinoa, falafel, baby spinach, hummus, roasted peppers, slow roasted tomatoes, quick pickled cucumber and red onion, toasted seeds and citrus dressing.

It was as delicious as it sounded. I didn’t do much shopping during my time away, but I did stock up on my favourite Dorset tea. We had such a fabulous trip in Devon and Dorset.

Our drive back to London took us past Wiltshire, and we decided to stop over for lunch at Pythouse Kitchen garden. There is also a walled garden which at the time we were there, was not yet in full bloom. I bet it looks amazing now. I’ve written about my trip to the walled garden a few years back. Our lunch was amazing. Everything was homegrown from their gardens. It was such a treat to see Stonehenge on the drive back too. top places to visit England Hope you have enjoyed my little tour of South West England. It certainly was an amazing time away with the family.

( All photography are my own. I would like to thank Hawkchurch Resort and Spa for inviting me to stay.)

Wimbledon tennis season is now in full swing and it’s so nail bitingly good. The last time I went to Wimbledon was probably when I was age 13.

I had fond memories of waking up early and going to queue for tickets. It didn’t matter how long I had to stand there, the tennis was always worth the wait.

Then, there was also the strawberries and cream to look forward to.

Strawberries and cream are wonderful, but in the scorching heat, the cream soon turns warm.

What we need is ice cream, and how wonderful it is that since 2016, Häagen-Dazs, one of the world’s best ice cream makers, has partnered up with Wimbledon to become the Official Ice cream of the Championships. Häagen-Dazs I was over the moon when Häagen-Dazs invited me to the Wimbledon championships for the day. It was in celebration of their partnership and the launch of a limited edition Strawberries & Cream ice cream.

I couldn’t wait to try it out, a playful twist on the traditional serve,making Strawberries & Cream extraordinary. Häagen-Dazs has also collaborated with the sports fashion brand, Björn Borg, to design their limited edition ice cream boxes and containers. What do you think?

They look great with a clean, minimal Scandinavian touch don’t you think?

Anyway, I think I must have eaten three of these ice cream bars at Wimbledon.

They were so moreish, with the Häagen-Dazs’ signature luxury ice cream, handpicked strawberries and a crisp outer Belgian chocolate coating. Wimbledon I was so lucky to have been given Centre Court tickets. I got to watch Konta win against Vekic.

So excited to follow Konta’s journey, as she really is the British hopeful to be the champion at this year’s Wimbledon ladies’ tennis. Here’s the other British hopeful, last year’s Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray.  I saw him play against Dustin Brown, which he won. Here’s a shot of Dustin Brown on Centre Court.

I also got to see Nadal play against Donald Young. It’s a shame that Nadal is now out of the championships. His match against Muller on TV was tense, and they both fought right till the end. Anyway, back to the topic of strawberries and cream. You can get the Strawberries & Cream version in a tub too. As you can see, I couldn’t resist, and had started eating out of the tub. We’ve been getting quite a few hot days in London lately, and I thought I’d share with you another way of enjoying my ice cream whilst watching Wimbledon on TV.

Quite simply, I’ve mixed 2 portions of milk, with 1 portion or cup of fresh strawberries with 2 cups of the ice cream in the blender to make a milkshake.

I’ve also made little strawberry skewers to dip into my milkshake too. What can I say? it’s just so good. My family have now gone through 4 tubs of Häagen-Dazs in 1 week.

You too can get your hands on this delectable ice cream. The single serve stickbars are available to purchase at Wimbledon and on Amazon Prime Now, which offers customers in selected postcodes a choice of 2 hour, same day delivery. The multipack collection is also available at Sainsbury’s nationally.

They will all retail during the tennis season till end of July 2017. So, do try it before they run out. I will be ordering more.

Hope you have enjoyed the post. I will be back soon with more interiors post, including a special peek at my outdoor space.

( All photography are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This post is a sponsored collaboration with Häagen-Dazs, but all views are my own).

haagen-dasz-bar-photo-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell Since the UK weather today and tomorrow is predicted to be a scorching 30°C ( highly unusual for mid September), I thought it was the perfect time to show you Häagen-Dazs‘ newly launched ice cream stick bars.

Häagen-Dazs has just released 3 new flavours and I was so excited when they asked me to style and photograph them for the blog. Even better, I got to taste the new flavours as I shot them.

haagen-dazs-ice-lolly This is the White chocolate and almond stick bar. It is a mixture of creamy vanilla ice cream, crunchy caramelised almonds and a coating of real white Belgian chocolate. vanilla-and-almond-haagen-dasz-photo-by-little-big-bell I love white chocolate and this was so velvety and smooth.

The mix of white chocolate with the fragrance of vanilla in the ice cream and the subtle crunch of almonds made each bite heavenly.

To go with the heavenly theme, I decided to style this flavour in a bright and light background filled with freshly picked colourful edible flowers.

Does this sound good? There is more to come.
haagen-dazs-vanilla-almond-caramel-little-big-bell This is another one to tempt. Introducing you to the Vanilla Caramel Almond stick bar. haagen-dazs-vanilla-caramel-almond-photo-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell Here you get a thick coating of delicious Belgian milk chocolate coated with chunks of crunchy almonds.

As you bite, there is that satisfying crack to the chocoale, then you reach that classic cold vanilla and then a pleasant surprise of thick caramel sauce. haagen-dazs-salted-caramel-photo-by-geraldine-tan-of-littlebigbell-com If you want a stick bar that has no chunks and something other than vanilla, then this is for you.

Introducing you to Häagen-Dazs’ Salted Caramel. It’s made of a rich Belgian chocolate coating over Häagen-Dazs’ signature Salted Caramel ice cream. haagen-dazs-salted-caramel-photo-by-little-big-bell I just love the sweet of Caramel with that sea salt kick to the taste buds.

So which one will you pick? These stick bars are available in the U.K at your local Tesco Express and Co-op stores now. With the predicted heat wave today, I know I will be cooling down with one of the above.

Hope you have enjoyed the photography I did for Häagen-Dazs. I know I’ve enjoyed eating them ( perks of the business right?)

Enjoy the sun and have a great day.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with Häagen-Dazs but all opinions are my own).

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