Development begins on Mistletoe Cottage

William’s family moved to Herefordshire in 2012 to set up a small stable yard for their Percheron horses and dogs.  Five years later, they have four donkeys, six horses and seven dogs, ducks, chickens and 1 huge cat!

As a part of the property is not being used for animal purposes, they have kindly allowed us (William and Simon) to use an old disused stable block and surrounding land, to be demolished, and re built as a holiday home. Many of you who have met William will know that he needs a project (!), and this is the next one! Designing and creating this is all very exciting.

Stable Block about to be demolished

Stable block about to be demolished

Choosing tiles, paint colours, furniture (Yes, already!), floor coverings, kitchen materials, and whether to have one, two or three showers, is all part of the initial work, and eventually, the two-bedroom house will be able to sleep 6. With the addition of a Shepherd’s Hut planned for late 2018 in the outside garden area, this will provide sleeping space for two extra people who can use the downstairs facilities, whilst four people use the en-suite bedrooms.

It has taken almost two years from concept to getting planning permission approved, and now the work starts on finalising the detailed plans, and appointing contractors to survey and build. We are very excited about the project, and if you are keen to find out more, please see our new website:

Summer 2018 is the target date for opening, so if you ever find yourself thinking about a relaxing time away in deepest Herefordshire, you may have already found the ideal location!

Centrally placed for Hay-on-Wye, Leominster, Hereford and the surrounding towns, it really is a beautiful part of the world.

We’ll keep you posted!


Mistletoe Cottage Sketch

What’s on in Spring 2017 in Higham Ferrers?

We share with you a selection of our favourite up-coming local events for Spring 2017. If you would like to know more about any particular event please get in touch with us.


Saturday 25th – Farmer’s Market Market Square

Friday 31st – “Brief Encounter” (U), Bede House £10.00 ticket, including Fish and Chips 7.30 p.m.


1st & 2nd – Art Exhibition season starts Chichele College. Most weekends during the Summer. Call 01933 314006 for more information. 10.00 until 4.00 p.m. – Free Entry.

Saturday 29th – Paul Harris at the Organ St. Mary’s Church. 11.00 a.m. – Free Entry – Donations welcome

Saturday 29th – Farmer’s Market Market Square.


Saturday 6th – Mayor’s Market Market Square. 9.00 until Noon – Free . Call 01933 312075 for more information

Saturday 6th – ‘Designs on You’ Chichele College. Previously loved Ladies clothes and accessories. 9.00 until Noon – Free entry

Saturday 27th – Chichele Garden Fair Chichele College. 10.00 until 3.00 p.m. – Free entry

Saturday 27th – Farmer’s Market Market Square


Sunday 18th – Secret Gardens of Higham Ferrers Market Square. Visit over 15 gardens. 12 noon to 5.00 p.m. – Refreshments and Stalls

Saturday 24th – Farmer’s Market Market Square

Your Best Little Bistro – Old School Dining at Stanwick

A mere five minutes, or three miles, away from us here in Higham Ferrers is The Old School Dining. A contemporary style venue in a traditional environment, but served with a quirky twist.

Lots of work, tasting & sourcing great ingredients happen when they piece together their evening bistro menu. Chefs Claire & Ian are passionate about delivering great food and try hard to use local suppliers to have fantastic food and to support the local economy.

The menu changes every few weeks to use seasonal ingredients; fresh herbs and some of the salads and vegetables are grown at Old School and the garden is packed with great herbs, chillies and salads, just yards away from the kitchen.

Steve and Vern set up the local shop in Stanwick, and a few years ago, moved it across the road into the old school, and opened the bistro alongside it. Great food, an excellent selection of wines, and a blackboard of desserts too tempting to resist. My favourite’s the Affogato, but only if there’s space left to enjoy it.

Evening meals are served Thursday through Saturday from 7.00 pm, there is Sunday Lunch, and breakfast and lunch are served every day from Tuesday to Saturday from 9.00 until 2.30 p.m.

Free Fizz

It’s best to book, and Simon or William can do this for you. Until 30th August, the team at the Old School are generously offering Old House customers a complimentary glass of Fizz with each meal booked with us, and they extend a warm welcome to you in Stanwick.

Old School, High Street, Stanwick, Northamptonshire. NN9 6QA

Please let us know in good time that you would like to book a table, and your free glass of fizz will be served with your meal. You can book by calling us on 01933 314006.