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New, But Old, Sitting Room

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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New, But Old, Sitting Room

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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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 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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