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 surrounding landscape, some roofs displaying wildflowers, others creating solar power. Natural lighting also helps reduce energy consumption.

The SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) will be integrated with the retail scheme to provide a combined retail and leisure destination and includes a visitors’ centre, a marina and boathouse, footpaths and cycle routes through the SSSI, and access into neighbouring tourist attractions such as Stanwick Lakes.

The site is situated just off the A45 main arterial route between Junction 15 of the M1 at Northampton and the A14/A1 Junction.

The first part of the centre with some key shops opens on July 28th, followed by more new retail outlets by the August Bank Holiday weekend.

An 11 screen cinema, further restaurants and a wider leisure offer will be ready by Summer 2018.

The landscape has completely changed over the past two years; the road has been widened, a new footbridge installed, and we’re looking forward to being able to walk to the iMax cinema next year.

As the site matures, it will be a great place to explore and enjoy natural habitats and walks around the lakes, with relaxing views at bars and restaurants, after a hard day’s shopping!

Come and stay at The Old House, and take a break away for the weekend.

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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; the tenders have been returned, and we have appointed Jenkinson Builders from Brecon in Powys to start work towards the end of August.

Jenkinson Builders are a small building and restoration company, with a strong ethic for tradition and quality, and were founded 50 years ago. Now run by brothers, Dave and Jim Jenkinson and their team of 30 craftsmen, they have maintained a reputation for providing work of the very highest standard, matched by good old fashioned values for reliability and personal customer service. We’re looking forward to working with them.


Although Mistletoe Cottage will have a traditional look and feel, we are hoping it will be heated by an air source heat pump, which is excellent for the environment, and the most up-to-date technological method of heating and providing hot water for a new build property.

Of course, in winter, there will be also the wood burner to provide the cosiness that visitors will enjoy.

Ready for demolition

All forlorn, empty and ready for demolition.

If you are keen to find out more, please see our new website:

Easter 2018 is our 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, Ludlow, Hereford and the surrounding market towns, it really is a beautiful part of the world.

More information and photos as the site develops.

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 of the best suppliers was a crockery manufacturer called Burleigh.

Burleigh CrockeryEstablished in 1851, they are one of the best known pottery companies in Stoke on Trent. They use traditional techniques that other mass-producing companies do not use, and we felt as though their skill of manufacture, quality of product and customer service were the basis for a good start.

A busy pattern works well in a breakfast environment, and we decided on ‘Black Regal Peacock’ as the design. Regal Peacock caught the eye of Queen Mary when it was launched in 1913, and has been an important design in the Burleigh range ever since. The complicated design is decorated using tissue transfer printing from hand engraved copper plates. It is a 250-year old process takes seven years to master and is one of the many skills that comes out of the Middleport pottery.

The addition of new crockery has brought a new dimension to our breakfast tables, and together with the breakfast servery area introduced in late 2015, we hope that our customers appreciate the quality of our breakfast which is guaranteed to start the day on the right foot.

You can find out more at:


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

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


Friday 21st – “Pretty Woman” (15), Stanwick Lakes, NN9 6GY. Doors 8.00; Film Starts 9.40 p.m.  Tickets £12.00 from Bring a picnic! Free Parking.

21st – 23rd – Bug Jam – VW Festival, Santa Pod Raceway, NN29 7XA. £65 with VW; £75 without.

Saturday 29th – Rushden Lakes first stores open.

Saturday 29th – Farmer’s Market, Market Square, Higham Ferrers. 9.00 until 1.00 p.m.

Saturday 29th – “Beauty & The Beast 2017” (PG), Stanwick Lakes, NN9 6GY. Doors 8.00; Film Starts 9.40 p.m. Tickets £12.00 from Bring a picnic! Free Parking.


4th – 6th – Ultimate Street Car Festival, Santa Pod Raceway, NN29 7XA. Weekend Tickets £60

Sunday 6th – Classic Car Show (220 cars), Castle Field, Higham Ferrers. Free Entry – Donation at Gate. 11.00 until 4.00 p.m.

Sunday 6th – Afternoon Cream Teas, Rushden Transport Museum, Rushden Station. 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30 p.m.Adults £4.00

Saturday 26th – Neighbourhood Sale, Market Square, Higham Ferrers. Over 70 Garage Sales. 9.00 until 1.00 p.m. Maps £1.00 from Market Square.

Saturday 26th – Farmer’s Market, Market Square, Higham Ferrers. 9.00 until 1.00 p.m.


Saturday 9th – The King’s Men of Cambridge, St. Mary’s Church. In aid of St. Mary’s Church, Higham Ferrers. 7.30 p.m. Tickets £15 from

Saturday 30th – Farmer’s Market, Market Square, Higham Ferrers. 9.00 until 1.00 p.m.