Mistletoe Cottage Finally Complete

If you have been following the story of the construction of Mistletoe Cottage, you will have been with us since last Summer, when planning permission was finally agreed to build the house, to replace some pretty shabby stables from fifty years ago.

Today, we have a great looking holiday home (though we say it ourselves!) in West Herefordshire, one of the most beautiful parts of England, for those who want to take a week away from normal life, to experience a relaxing and restful holiday.

Our website is now up and running, so you can read more about the cottage and its features. And if you do fancy a week away, you can book online and everything will be done for you. Easy to book, Easy to stay and relax.

For more information, and details about your holiday home, please click on:

www.mistletoecottagekinnersley.co.uk


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Penhaligon’s Fragrances

Established in 1870, Penhaligon’s quickly became established as one of the most prominent perfumers in London.

William Penhaligon was a Cornish barber who arrived in the vibrant capital city in the 1860’s to seek his fortune and so began what would become an illustrious career. Wildly creative and ambitious, William was inspired by the scent of neighbouring Turkish Baths on Jermyn Street, creating his first fragrance, Hammam Bouquet, in 1874. Showing his flair for business, William opened his own shop in 1874 near to Jermyn Street’s finest tailors, selling perfumes and other fragranced delights. He went on to receive the royal warrant and also trimmed the Shah of Persia’s beard!

Penhaligon’s perfumers today consult his recipe books and still produce in the UK, in the original bottle design.

Penhaligon’s heritage is at the heart of everything they do, creating innovative fragrances that tell a story, taking inspiration from the unexpected and from precious archives. True to William’s founding principles, they continue to create products of the highest quality imbued with the elegance of their heritage and which inspire every day. The story continues to be delivered with integrity, personality and sophistication.

Blenheim Bouquet is one of the oldest and most classical fragrances, A masterpiece of tailoring, a citrus cologne, with architecture far more formal, crisp and aristocratic than a simple white shirt. The bracing mix is of citrus oils, spices and woods.

The setting is Blenheim.  Imposing, immutable, indeed a national treasure, we are at the home of the Duke of Marlborough. He for whom this bespoke scent was first made.

Just like the most refined British humour, it is dry. (Churchill was a fan.)

Like the best gin, aromatic, whilst being as crisp as fresh laundry.  It is as versatile as a bow-tie. An invigorating daytime cocktail of citrus oils, spices and woods.

From a simple Cornish barber to a world-famous perfumer, William Penhaligon has created Blenheim Bouquet which has always transcended the infidelities of time, and has been selected for bathroom products at The Old House.

We hope you enjoy them.

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If one or more them take your fancy, and you would like to have a short break in Higham Ferrers for the weekend, please do come and visit; We always extend a warm welcome to you at The Old House.

May

Friday May 25th – 09:30 a.m.
“Dancing with Diana” – a talk by Colin Hill
Bede House, Church Grounds, Higham Ferrers – £3.00 non-members
Presented by Higham Chichele Society
More information from: www.highamchichelesociety.org.uk

Saturday May 26th – 9.00 a.m. until 1.00 p.m.
Farmer’s Market
Market Square, Higham Ferrers
More info from: http://www.highamferrers-tc.gov.uk/local-events.html
Saturday May 26th – 9.00 a.m. until 3.00 p.m.

Chichele Garden Fair
Chichele College, College Street, Higham Ferrers. NN10 8DX – Free Entry
‘Our Heritage’ is this year’s theme.
More info from: www.highamferrerstourism.org.uk

Saturday May 26th – 11.00 a.m.
The St. Cecilia Singers
St. Mary the Virgin, Higham Ferrers. – Free Entry
More info from: www.stmaryhighamferrers.org

June

Friday June 1st
Wagamama opens
Rushden Lakes
More info from: www.rushdenlakes.com/whats-happening/

Friday June 1st – 7.00 p.m.
Live at the College – Fynnius Fogg
Chichele College, College Street, Higham Ferrers. NN10 8DX – Free Entry
Licensed Bar
More info from: www.highamferrerstourism.org.uk

Friday June 1st – Doors open at 8.30 p.m.
“The Breakfast Club” (15) – 1985
Stanwick Lakes Outdoor Cinema – £13.35 per ticket
For details, click on www.lunaflix.co.uk

Sunday June 3rd – 1.00 p.m.
Serve Treasure Hunt
From Rushden – £20.00 per team of four
Families welcome
For details: www.cransleyhospice.org.uk/events

Friday June 8th – Doors open at 8.30 p.m.
“Shaun of the Dead” (15) – 2004
Stanwick Lakes Outdoor Cinema – £13.35 per ticket
For details, click on www.lunaflix.co.uk

From Saturday June 9th – 10.00 until 4.00 p.m. daily
The Chichele College Gallery
Weekend exhibitions throughout the summer until November
Chichele College, College Street, Higham Ferrers. NN10 8DX – Free Entry
More info from: www.highamferrerstourism.org.uk

Saturday June 9th – Doors open at 8.30 p.m.
“The Lost Boys” (15) – 1987
Stanwick Lakes Outdoor Cinema – £13.35 per ticket
For details, click on www.lunaflix.co.uk

Sunday June 17th – 12 noon until 5.00 p.m.
The Secret Gardens of Higham Ferrers
Around the Town
More info from: www.highamferrerstourism.org.uk

Friday June 22nd – Doors open at 8.30 p.m.
“Muriel’s Wedding” (15) – 2004
Stanwick Lakes Outdoor Cinema – £13.35 per ticket
For details, click on www.lunaflix.co.uk

Saturday June 23rd – Doors open at 8.30 p.m.
“Dirty Dancing” (12A) – 1987
Stanwick Lakes Outdoor Cinema – £13.77 per ticket
For details, click on www.lunaflix.co.uk

Friday June 29th – 09:30 a.m.
“Quacks and Charlatans” – a talk by Mike Muncaster
Bede House, Church Grounds, Higham Ferrers – £3.00 non-members
Presented by Higham Chichele Society
More information from: www.highamchichelesociety.org.uk

Friday June 29th – Doors open at 8.30 p.m.
“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (15) – 1994
Stanwick Lakes Outdoor Cinema – £13.35 per ticket
For details, click on www.lunaflix.co.uk

Saturday June 30th – 9.00 a.m. until 1.00 p.m.
Farmer’s Market
Market Square, Higham Ferrers
More info from: http://www.highamferrers-tc.gov.uk/local-events.html

Saturday June 30th – Doors open at 8.30 p.m.
“Bad Moms” (15) – 2016
Stanwick Lakes Outdoor Cinema – £13.35 per ticket
For details, click on www.lunaflix.co.uk

July

Friday July 13th – Doors open at 8.30 p.m.
“Mean Girls” (12A) -2004
Stanwick Lakes Outdoor Cinema – £13.35 per ticket
For details, click on www.lunaflix.co.uk

Saturday July 14th – Doors open at 8.30 p.m.
“Beaches” (12A) – 1988
Stanwick Lakes Outdoor Cinema – £13.35 per ticket
For details, click on www.lunaflix.co.uk

Friday July 20th – Doors open at 8.30 p.m.
“Chicago” (12A) -2002
Stanwick Lakes Outdoor Cinema – £13.35 per ticket
For details, click on www.lunaflix.co.uk

Saturday July 21st – Doors open at 8.30 p.m.
“Top Gun” (12A) – 1987
Stanwick Lakes Outdoor Cinema – £13.35 per ticket
For details, click on www.lunaflix.co.uk

Friday July 27th – 09:30 a.m.
“Northamptonshire Miscellany” – a talk by Mr Derek Blunt
Bede House, Church Grounds, Higham Ferrers – £3.00 non-members
Presented by Higham Chichele Society
More information from: www.highamchichelesociety.org.uk

Friday July 27th – Doors open at 8.00 p.m.
“Notting Hill” (15) -1999
Stanwick Lakes Outdoor Cinema – £13.35 per ticket
For details, click on www.lunaflix.co.uk

Saturday July 28th – 9.00 a.m. until 1.00 p.m.
Farmer’s Market
Market Square, Higham Ferrers
More info from: http://www.highamferrers-tc.gov.uk/local-events.html

Saturday July 28th – Doors open at 8.00 p.m.
“The Greatest Showman” (PG) – 2017
Stanwick Lakes Outdoor Cinema – £13.35 per ticket
For details, click on www.lunaflix.co.uk

Sunday July 29th – Afternoon
Brass on the Grass
Chichele College, College Street, Higham Ferrers. NN10 8DX – Free Entry
More info from: www.highamferrerstourism.org.uk

August

Sunday August 5th – 10.00 until 4.00 p.m.
Artisan’s Day
Chichele College, College Street, Higham Ferrers. NN10 8DX – Free Entry
More info from: www.highamferrerstourism.org.uk

Sunday August 5th – 10.00 until 4.00 p.m.
Rotary Club of Rushden Classic Car Show
Castle Field, Kimbolton Road, Higham Ferrers.
More info from highamclassic@btinternet.com

Friday August 10th – 7.00 p.m.
Live at the College – Richard Exall and Amy Roberts
Chichele College, College Street, Higham Ferrers. NN10 8D – Free Entry X
Licensed Bar
More info from: www.highamferrerstourism.org.uk

Friday August 24th – Doors open at 7.00 p.m.
“The Goonies” (12A) -1985
Stanwick Lakes Outdoor Cinema – £13.35 per ticket
For details, click on www.lunaflix.co.uk

Saturday August 25th – 9.00 a.m. until 1.00 p.m.
Neighbourhood Sale
Around the Town – Maps £1.00
More info from: www.highamferrerstourism.org.uk

Saturday August 25th – 9.00 a.m. until 1.00 p.m.
Farmer’s Market
Market Square, Higham Ferrers
More info from: http://www.highamferrers-tc.gov.uk/local-events.html

Saturday August 25th – Doors open at 7.00 p.m.
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (12A) – 2017
Stanwick Lakes Outdoor Cinema – £13.35 per ticket
For details, click on www.lunaflix.co.uk

Sunday August 26th – Doors open at 7.00 p.m.
“The Greatest Showman Sing-along” (PG) – 2017
Stanwick Lakes Outdoor Cinema – £13.35 per ticket
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When you’re staying away overnight, and you only have space in your bedroom for sleeping and watching TV, wouldn’t it be nice to have a bit of space to relax, bring in a drink, read a book, a magazine or newspaper, in a comfortable room with plenty of space. Maybe you’d like to have a chat with another guest, or just sit with your laptop and catch up on emails, video links and Skype with your family back home, without having to prop yourself up on your elbow on the bed.

Well, now at The Old House, you can have plenty of space for all of these things, as we open the sitting room for guests to relax.

You may know that the house is dated at around 1580. It’s not the oldest house in Market Square or the town, but it’s in the Top 2! As you look around the sitting room, this is the oldest part of the house, and the area that has been least tampered with over the last 440 years. Around the fireplace, you will be able to see original Tudor carved rose and shield with a falcon, and how the stone work has been shaped to match the designs on the wood – or is it the other way round?

Only about 40 years ago, the timber of the ancient beam caught light with a wayward spark, and it was some time before being noticed, but by then, it was too late as the damage had been done. Some fairly clever splicing and carving has left the mantelpiece in the same style as it was, although it is pretty evident that the wood on the right side, is the newest.

The Old House Sitting Room 2

There’s a bit of a question over whether the house was in two parts originally, with a central access point through the very old oak front door (which is original). It is documented that the house was intended for use by the Merchant who managed the Market Square. Traders would come from all over to trade in the Square which was on the busy cross roads that travelled North and South (what became the A6) and East and West (what became the A45).

However the house was laid out at the time, what is evident is that the sitting room is part of the original building with the huge inglenook fireplace and the stone walls. The great part about this room, apart from its comfort, is that it doesn’t need much painting or decorating!

Next time you are visiting The Old House, please do take time to enjoy the comfort of the sumptuous sofas and chairs, relax with a drink and a magazine, or just pop in for a chat. Your WiFi code works in the sitting room too. The sitting room is open for guests registered at The Old House, from early morning until 10.00 in the evening every day.


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The irony is that now that the weather is heading towards Springtime, most of the work has to be done inside – plastering, flooring and decorating. The scaffolding came down at the end of January, and the weather boarding is going up to complete the external finishes of the walls. Still quite a bit of work to do with landscaping and decorating, but the Jenkinsons’ team are cracking on making the place look fantastic. Then, it’s our turn, with the furnishings and finishes to make the place welcoming, stylish and your ‘home from home’.

Exclusively for previous guests to The Old House, the January launch offer was well received and bookings have been booked. Bookings are all made online and the website is changing regularly as the house becomes developed and new photos become available. Please do keep an eye on how it is changing, and we will always welcome constructive feedback on the building, the holiday facilities or the website.

www.mistletoecottagekinnersley.co.uk

Mistletoe Cottage takes shape

Mistletoe Cottage, Kinnersley, with scaffolding removed and the
start of the weather boarding. The front door faces West, and the driveway from the right side of this picture will be built up to the level of the bottom of the door, prior to landscaping.

One of the unspoiled counties of England, Herefordshire is such a beautiful and rural part of England. Around Hereford itself, there’s so much for everyone –walking, music and arts, gardens, houses and museums, as well as shopping and many other local attractions. Hay-on-Wye is just nine miles away. The town is on the border of England and Wales, but is actually in the county of Brecknockshire in Wales, part of the Powys area. Although it is often described as the ‘Town of Books’, it has many other areas of interest and national beauty. To learn more, go to: http://www.hay-on-wye.co.uk


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February

From Thursday 8th – Rushden Lakes Pizza Express opens. More info from: www.rushdenlakes.com/whats-happening/

Saturday 10th 7.00 p.m. – The Mayor of Higham Ferrers presents “Ferret Racing”. Bede House, Church Grounds, Higham Ferrers. More information from: www.highamferrers-tc.gov.uk

Saturday and Sunday 17/18th 11.00 until 4.00 p.m. daily – Snowdrop Weekend St. John’s Church, Chelveston. Free admission; refreshments all day. Over 2 million snowdrops with Chelveston Chorus on Sunday afternoon. More information from www.stmaryhighamferrers.org/events

Saturday 17th from 10.30 a.m. – Fireworks Frenzy Santa Pod Raceway, Santa Pod, NN29 7XA. More information from: www.santapod.co.uk

Friday 23rd 09:30 a.m. – The History of the Music Hall Presented by Higham Chichele Society. Bede House, Church Grounds, Higham Ferrers – £3.00 non-members. More information from: www.highamchichelesociety.org.uk

Friday 23rd 7.00 p.m. – “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. Bede House, Church Grounds, Higham Ferrers – £10 including Fish and Chips. For details, click on www.highamferrerstourism.org.uk

Saturday 24th 9.00 a.m. until 1.00 p.m. – Farmer’s Market, Market Square, Higham Ferrers. More info from: http://www.highamferrers-tc.gov.uk/local-events.html

Saturday 24th 11.30 a.m. – Paul Harris’ Organ Recital. St. Mary’s Parish Church – Free admission with retiring collection. For details, click on www.stmaryhighamferrers.org/events

March

Tuesday 20th 12 noon until 2.30 p.m. – Church Lunch with Soup and a Roll, or Tea and Cakes. St. Johns Church, Chelveston. More information from: www.stmaryhighamferrers.org/events

Friday 30th 09:30 a.m. – John of Gaunt: Architect of the War of the Roses Presented by Higham Chichele Society. Bede House, Church Grounds, Higham Ferrers – £3.00 non-members. More information from: www.highamchichelesociety.org.uk

Saturday 31st 9.00 a.m. until 1.00 p.m. – Farmer’s Market, Market Square, Higham Ferrers. More info from: http://www.highamferrers-tc.gov.uk/local-events.html

April

Friday 6th 7.00 p.m. – “South Pacific”. Bede House, Church Grounds, Higham Ferrers – £10 including Fish and Chips. For details, click on www.highamferrerstourism.org.uk

Friday 27th 9:30 a.m. – Willybrook Hundred Presented by Higham Chichele Society. Bede House, Church Grounds, Higham Ferrers – £3.00 non-members. More information from: www.highamchichelesociety.org.uk

May

Sunday 13th Afternoon – Afternoon High Tea. St. Johns Church, Chelveston. More information from: www.stmaryhighamferrers.org/events

 


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Plans are afoot…

This month, we have been fortunate enough to be contacted by one of London’s eminent fashion photographers (Terrence Leah) who wanted to use the setting of The Old House as the back drop for a fashion shoot he was working on.

So, on a Sunday in November, along came three models, dressers, make-up artists, hair stylists, the photographer and assistant, who took over the house for the day to produce their photos.

The Old House Living Room

One of the great enjoyments about being hosts at The Old House, is meeting and welcoming the diverse number of guests who stay from day to day. From our regular guests, who are working in the area week to week, to guests we see two or three or more times a year, together with many new people who we have never met before, it provides us with a good insight into why people are visiting Higham Ferrers.

One of the facilities that many people tell us they would like to see, is to spend part of the day, relaxing in a lounge, away from their bedroom, but a little more comfortably than at a breakfast room table.

So, our plans for 2018 are to introduce a guest lounge at The Old House – you can see an image of how it might look (but without the model!).

In addition, we are working on a study area, where people can sit comfortably to work (as opposed to leaning on one elbow on the bed!), and if the report for tomorrow has to be finished, or you want to catch up with a film or news, your personal computer can be set up using the free wifi within the house to get up to speed.

At The Old House, we have a broadband speed of over 20 Megabits per second (which I understand is pretty good!!).

 

 


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The timber structure has arrived and was put up in just over a couple of days, and the roof trusses were put up in 2 days afterwards. Now, the tiles are going on the roof, and by the time of the Christmas break, the house will be watertight.

Mistletoe Cottage Interior

Showing the first floor, with a bedroom at either end, and the landing in the middle.

At the same time, work is going on in the garden and driveway, and the external areas are taking shape to accommodate the eco-waste system, the area for car parking and the dividing wall to lead up to the raised garden area.

We are working to a project completion deadline of mid-March (weather permitting), and that’s when the work starts on furnishing and equipping the holiday home, so that there’s everything you need for a great break.

Herefordshire is such a beautiful and rural part of England, and we’re looking forward to providing guests with a holiday home full of quirky comforts, but in an area that has so much for everyone – shopping, walking, music and arts, gardens, houses and museums, as well as many local attractions, including Hay-on-Wye – just eleven miles away.

Our first holiday bookings will take place in May, once everything has been checked and tested, and in a couple of weeks time the website will be up and running, and bookings can be done online, making the process easy and pain-free.

We will be offering a discounted introductory rate. You can sign up to be notified when we open for bookings by visiting: www.mistletoecottagekinnersley.co.uk

 


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Profumo Coffee

Where does the company name originate and is there a connection to the infamous MP of similar ilk (mischievously or not)?

In reality, the name reflects the first thing you notice about our new coffee – that is the beautiful aroma you experience before it has hit your taste buds!

With the way words always sound so much more romantic in Italian, the company settled for the descriptive translation of “aroma”, which in Italian is “Profumo”

Great Coffee

What appeals to you about coffee? With coffee shops popping up everywhere in every town and city (and places in between), coffee consumption has never been greater.

And so, in our opinion, it’s essential to have a great-tasting coffee to start your morning, if that’s your tipple. At The Old House, our guests choose about 50/50 for coffee or tea, and we believe that whatever your choice, it should be about the excellent quality.

Whether it is coffee from a percolator, a cafetiere, or an espresso machine, it is all about the bean, and the delicious ‘profumo’ as you open the pack of beans.

The team at Profumo Coffee have a passion for the drink which means that sampling and drinking various single origin and blends of beans come together to create beautiful rounded bean. The principal players have learned the basics from the London School of Coffee and since there, they have been experimenting with various roasting levels to deliver the optimum flavour.  For the past three years, they have been sharing this passion with their customers.

We (Simon and William) discovered Profumo Coffee at the Farmers Market in Higham Ferrers on the last Saturday of every month. But, you don’t have to wait to attend the market, as you can buy the coffee on-line and have it delivered directly to you.

Quirky facts about coffee beans:

The coffee bean isn’t actually a bean – it is a seed of a coffee cherry that grows on a small coffee shrub or tree.

The caffeine found in coffee beans is actually the plant’s natural chemical defence against being consumed by insects.

It takes 42 beans to make a cup of espresso.

Dark roasted coffees actually have LESS caffeine than medium roasts. The longer a coffee is roasted, the more caffeine burns off during the process.

For more information and placing orders: www.profumocoffee.co.uk

 


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What’s on in Winter in and around Higham Ferrers?

DECEMBER

Saturday 16th – Outdoor Cinema Experience “Alien” (18) – Tribute to John Hurt, Stanwick Lakes. Doors 9.45 pm; Film Starts 10.10 p.m. Tickets £11.50 from www.lunaflix.co.uk Bring a torch, chair, blanket and own refreshments! Free Parking.

Sunday 3rd 6.30 p.m. – St. Mary’s Church, Higham Ferrers – Service of Advent Carols and Readings

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 8th, 9th and 10th December – 12.00 until 9.00 p.m. – Irchester Country Park Visitor Centre, Gipsy Lane, Irchester. NN29 7DL – African Christmas Market, with food, craft, fashion and gifts. Free Admission

Saturday 23rd 9.00 until 1.00 p.m. – Market Square, Higham Ferrers – Christmas Farmer’s Market with Santa, and lots of Christmas Surprises. Brass Band playing Christmas Carols. Over 20 local suppliers providing food for the season.

Saturday 23rd 11.30 a.m. – St. Mary’s Church, Higham Ferrers – Christmas Recital with refreshments in Bede House from 9.00 a.m.

Sunday 24th 11.00 p.m. – St. Mary’s Church, Higham Ferrers. – Midnight Mass

Sunday 31st 8.30 p.m. until 12.30 a.m. – New Year’s Eve Barn Dance at the Bede House – Dancing to ‘Ock ‘N Dough’ a super Ceilidh Band. Tickets £20 with Ploughman’s Supper. Contact www.stmaryshighamferrers.org

 

JANUARY 2018

Saturday 20th 7.30 p.m. – Rushden Athletic Club, 61 Newton Road, Rushden. NN10 6AF. The Jam’d. Admission £16.50 from www.skiddle.com

Thursday 25th 7.30 p.m. – The Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough. NN8 1XA. ‘The Circus of Horrors, The Never-ending Nightmare’. Tickets £25.00 from www.castletheatre.co.uk

Friday 26th – New season of Classic Films in the Bede House. For details, click on www.highamferrerstourism.org.uk

Saturday 27th 9.00 until 1.00 p.m. – Market Square, Higham Ferrers. Farmer’s Market with over 20 local suppliers providing locally-produced food

Saturday 27th 11.30 a.m. – St. Mary’s Church, Higham Ferrers – Farmer’s Market Concert, with Refreshments in Bede House from 9.00 a.m.

 

FEBRUARY

Saturday 3rd 7.00 p.m. – Bede House, Church Grounds, Higham Ferrers – The Mayor of Higham Ferrers presents “Ferret Racing”. More information from: www.highamferrers-tc.gov.uk

Saturday 17th From 10.30 a.m. – Santa Pod Raceway, Santa Pod, NN29 7XA. Fireworks Frenzy. More information from: www.santapod.co.uk

Friday 23rd – New season of Classic Films in the Bede House. For details, click on www.highamferrerstourism.org.uk

 


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