Archive: October, 2016

We have Fallen for Devon

Friday 28th October, 2016|Category: News
We recently expressed our love for Devon in the ‘prepare to fall in love with Devon’ blog which you can read here. With the perfect balance of seaside, city and stunning countryside including the iconic Dartmoor, we can’t think of anywhere we would rather live! We tracked down a few people from The Duke to ask them their views on this magnificent area: Jonathan Morcom – Director How long have you lived in Devon? 45 years with a brief break in Somerset for two years!! What do you love about living here? I love the fact that you can see the sea and half an hour later you can be on the green Moors. There are so ...

Devon Venus Awards – Celebrating Working Women

Monday 24th October, 2016|Category: News
The Venus Awards, also known as the “Working Women’s Oscars” launched their 2016 Devon campaign on the 17th May at Plymouth Science Park. This was the first part of the journey for our Director of Marketing, Leila Nottage. Little did she known that she was about to embark on a fantastic journey with an inspiring group of women! The Awards first launched in Dorset in 2009 by founder Tara Howard, they have since developed in South Hampton, Devon, Birmingham, Brighton & Sussex, Bristol and Somerset, the Isle of White, Portsmouth and Thames Valley!! Read more about Tara and her amazing career on her website, from an ex commercial pilot to entrepreneur you’ll be ...

Three Cheers for Wally

Thursday 20th October, 2016|Category: News
Last night was an incredible evening as Walter Combstock, Duke owner and Managing Director received the Lifetime Achievement at the Herald’s City and Waterfront Awards. We could not have been prouder! The black tie event celebrated so many fantastic businesses that make up our diverse and vibrant city and we were thrilled to be part of the celebrations. Plymouth Pavilions looked stunning and the atmosphere in the room was electric. Our table of 10 sat and enjoyed proceedings, whilst a few of us secretly knew what was to come. The final award of the night, presented by the Herald’s Editor, Paul Burton saw the audience enjoy a short film revealing Wally as the winner and some ...

Jeremiah’s Journey Celebrate Two Decades of Support!

Thursday 20th October, 2016|Category: News
For many years we have been proud to support Jeremiah’s Journey. This year is particularly significant for the charity and we wanted to do a special blog marking their 20th Anniversary! For the team this signifies 20 years of supporting local children and their families in Plymouth and the surrounding area. In that time they have seen many changes and developed their service to meet the needs of the growing community. Jonathan Morcom, hotel Director said: “I first became aware of the work Jeremiah’s Journey do when they came into talk about holding the ball at The Duke six years ago. As a business ...

Haunting Halloween Half Term

Tuesday 18th October, 2016|Category: News
October Half Term is fast approaching and that means one thing- Halloween is almost upon us! Plymouth has pulled out all of the stops to ensure that this half term is one to remember, with plenty of fun activities that will be sure to keep both children and their parents entertained! Here are some of our favourites… Autumn Family Food Fayre and Trail Saturday 22nd October 10am – 4pm Highlights include a selection of tasty delights from local food and drink traders as well as a series of food demonstrations throughout the day from Michelin Star chef, Peter Gorton. Children are invited to bring along a loaf of bread they have made into a Halloween design! For ...

Francesca is Flourishing at The Duke!

Friday 14th October, 2016|Category: News
Flourish provide all of our hotel arrangements. Francesca has just brought in our new autumn, winter displays and they add such colour to the hotel! We wanted to introduce you to the new owner herself: For the last year we have enjoyed working with Jayne from Flourish, but the businesses has entered a new phase as Jayne sold up to the fabulous Francesca. We wish Jayne lots of luck on her next adventure and welcome Francesca into the Duke fold! “Iʼm Francesca, the new Owner and Creative ...

Embrace Autumn Weddings

Friday 14th October, 2016|Category: News, Seasonal Styling
Autumn conjures up images of being sat indoors by a warm fire, whilst outside the leaves are turning from green to red and are beginning to fall off the trees. The Duke looks stunning in any season, especially in Autumn where there are an array of exquisite colour palettes in rustic orange, copper, gold, red and yellow jewel tones which accentuates its decor. This teamed with lanterns and fairy lights creates a truly magical atmosphere. We thought we’d share some Autumn ideas to inspire your big day… Cascading flowers become the star of the show and create stunning natural centrepieces alongside round wooden logs, red apples, pears and berries. Asking your florist for leafy, wild looking bouquets with flowers ...

Little Things & Co.

Thursday 13th October, 2016|Category: News
On the 22nd July we hosted an incredible event launching a brand new charity. We wanted to share a little more about who they are and what they do… “Little Things is a small UK based organisation providing clothing for babies who were born too small and too soon. Many babies are born so small that shop bought clothing is far too large. At Little Things we believe that every child, regardless of size should have the same rights and EVERY child, should be ‘dressed with dignity’.” We took time out to chat to with LeighAnne and ask her all about her charity and the amazing work she does. Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is LeighAnne ...

Anon Design

Wednesday 12th October, 2016|Category: News
Anon Design are a stationery company based in Plymouth who fill every wedding with wonderful designs! All of their custom made stationery is stunning, they give you plenty of choice with their beautiful collections or you could have a bespoke package created especially for you and your big day. We have had the pleasure of partnering with Anon Design on several occasions. They have supported our stylised photo shoots and designed our save the date cards and Collection postcard for our Wedding Collection last month. We love these ladies and all that they do! We’d recommend them to any couple who walk through our revolving doors – you get a first class service with a ...