Entries by Simon Wiles

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!) […]

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 […]

Mistletoe Cottage begins to take shape

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 […]

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 […]

Works starts on Mistletoe Cottage

The work has started! The stable block building is now demolished and we are at the point of no return, and the view from William’s parents’ front door is a much bigger vista than it was at the end of August. Jenkinson’s Team are working quickly, cleanly and tidily, and William’s Dad, Gwilym, is keeping […]

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

SEPTEMBER 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. Friday 22nd – An evening of Local Entertainment. Bede House 7.00 p.m. Tickets £5.00 each from Town Hall – 01933 312075 Saturday 30th – Farmer’s Market. Market Square […]

The Hatton Room with a NEW Look!

Who was Hatton anyway!? Sir Christopher Hatton KG (1540 – 1591) represented Higham Ferrers in Parliament at the throne of Queen Elizabeth I, in 1571. Recognising his achievements and ability, and his relationship to Higham Ferrers, we have named a room after him, and we are proud to have refurbished it to a brand new […]

Rushden Lakes Shopping & Natural Wildlife Area Opens Soon!

Rushden Lakes offers big brand fashion alongside lakeside restaurants and cafés and a world of outdoor discovery awaits, all in a beautiful lakeside setting, against a backdrop of natural countryside. Around the attractive water’s edge location, native species of trees and flowers abound, creating a natural habitat for wildlife. Low-rise buildings blend naturally with the […]

Mistletoe Cottage builders appointed

Thank you to everyone who has given us feedback on Mistletoe Cottage; we are expecting to be taking bookings for holidays in early 2018, but until then, the development work continues. Approval for the planning permission conditions are expected anytime now from Herefordshire Council planning team, and we are confident we have satisfied their requirements; […]

Burleigh Crockery – Time for a change!

For years, we have used Portmeirion Botanic Garden crockery for ourselves and for guests, but after so long, we decided it was time for a change! But what to? There are so many beautiful designs of crockery available, but when we both owned a deli and kitchen shop in Northampton a few years ago, one […]