VALENTINE’S ATTRACTION

February 2, 2010

Everywhere you look just now there are advertisements for Valentine’s Day and of course you can come and stay at Highfield Bed and Beakfast for the weekend and we will make your visit one to remember.

However the reason for this blog is to make you aware of a Toursit Board initiative.

Do you have romantic memories of the Peak District?  If so the local Tourist Board are inviting visitors to fall in love with – or rekindle their passsion for – the Peak District and Derbyshire.   A special web site Share Your Love Story can be found at http://www.visitpeakdistrict.com/events/mylovestory.aspx .  They are offering a bouquet to all those whose stories they print so have a look.

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SNOW SNOW AND MORE SNOW

January 7, 2010

Happy new year to all – let us hope it is peaceful, prosperous and more importantly healthy.  We enjoyed a wonderful  holiday period with all the family  staying over Christmas and friends here for the new year celebration.

If frost and cold weather are supposed to kill  lingering germs there should be none about now.  We are experiencing the longest lasting snow falls since we came here to Priestcliffe.  You can see from the photos how picturesque the views are all around us and although this means the lane is difficult you can get out if you really want to;  we are staying at home for a few days enjoying the sunshine between the showers.

Holiday brochures keep arriving in the post and we are all tempted to make plans for the coming months.  Perhaps a trip to the Peak District is on your list, if so Highfield is the place to come.

MAGIC

November 25, 2009

We have had some wild weather recently and with the log burner comforting us we have watched some  DVDs about Merlin, Prince Arthur and Camelot letting ourselves into a little bit of magic.

Now I am reading The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris – a follow up to the bewitching novel Chocolat.  There is nothing wrong with a little day dreaming and fantasy.

However this morning, again in the wild and windy weather, I went for a walk up through Taddington and came across the most wonderful sight.   We have seen from home over the last few weeks a flock of birds flying past.  Today I saw at least five hundred fieldfares twisting, wheeling and feeding in the fields.  Twice they flew straight over my head whilst I held my breath in admiration.  Now that really did feel like MAGIC.  I can’t wait to go out again and of course I will have my camera next time.

Tomorrow we meet here for our monthly charity walk and lunch and perhaps we might see them again.  After that I am going on the train to Liverpool to listen to the Philharmonic Orchestra – Brahms and Tchaikovsky – conducted by their now celebrated young russian conducter Vasily Petrenko.  Will that be macigal?  I hope so.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

November 5, 2009

What have we been up since our last blog?  We certainly have been busy with visitors with a good share of repeat bookings – we must be doing something right.  I have had a couple of short mid week breaks away leaving John to look after things here.   What I realise is that once away you quickly become interested in all the local attractions but at home you seem to take them for granted.

Although we never take the splender and variety of nature and the landscape for granted, as we often go out walking and enjoying the Peak District, perhaps we do not take enough advantage of all the area has to offer in the way of houses, museums etc.

So to make amends  last week we have visited the Peak District  Mining Museum and Temple Mine  in Matlock Bath and learnt much more about the lead mining industry www.peakmines.co.uk .

On Friday I visited our wonderful Buxton Opera House for a performance of Cosi fan Tutte by the English Chamber Oper Company.  Every visit there is a great experience as it is so grand and beautiful even before the curtain goes up. www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk .

Before a visit here you can order your copy of the Peak District  and Derbyshire Visitor Guide online at www.visitpeakdistrict.com  or collect information from  a Vistors Centre.  Whist visiting Buxton Tourist Information centre recently I picked up a leaflet called Great Films Great Locations.   It is really good and describes  eleven Houses and the films and TV programmes filmed  at each location:

Haddon Hall     Stanage Edge and North Lees    Chatsworth House   Renishaw Hall    Bolsover Castle       Kedleston Hall    Red House Working Carriage Museum    Sudbury Hall    Ilam Hall and Dovedale    Lyme Hall   and Hadfield House  

All these places are only a short drive from Highfield Bed and Breakfast.

In each of our rooms you will always find lots of maps and local information and we are happy to help you in any way we can.

Enough for now – look forward to your visit!

BOOK LAUNCH AT KEW GARDENS

October 6, 2009

Recently we visited Kew Gardens on a lovely sunny day.  The occasion was the launch of   a new book entitled The Flower Shop in Your Garden by Sally Page published by Fanahan Books.   Sally has photographed and published four books in her Flower Shop range and this new edition features none other than Highfield Bed and Breakfast.

Sally visited here last autumn interviewing us about our previous career as florists running our own shop for over twenty years.  Our passion for flowers has continued resulting  in our colourful garden, using the flowers to decorate the house.   It is great to see ourselves in print in a real book. 

More information about the books and Sally herself can be found on www.fanhanbooks.com/sallypage

TRIP ADVISOR

September 13, 2009

We have recently registered our B&B with Trip Advisor and are very keen to get some comments listed.  Having confidence that we are offering a friendly stay for our guests we trust that input will be positive and hopefuly complimentary. If you are reading this after a pleasant stay with us, perhaps you would be kind enough to take the time to visit Trip Advisor’s web site ( using the link above ) and leave a comment as well as on the blog.  “Highfield B&B Buxton”                 

  New  guests will be encouraged to do the same.      Highfield Bed & Breakfast, Buxton, Derbyshire
   

Messages can also be left on our blog sight. So help us spread the word that Highfield is a great place to stay.

Thankyou

links

We’ve added a new page to this website with some of our favourite links from around the Internet. There’s lots of information on the sites listed there about some of the great things to see and do and see when visiting us at our bed and breakfast in the Peak District.

Take a look at the links page. If you see something missing, or if you know of another good website, do get in touch and tell us.

 

Image: with thanks to rubybgold on flickr (with CCL).

Taddington and Priestcliffe have just celebrated their annual Well Dressing.  If you are not already aware of the Derbyshire tradition of making elaborate pictures from individual flower petals pressed into clay covered boards as a way of giving thanks for the gift of water, go to www.welldressing .com or similar and find out more.

Many people in the village make a supreme effort to create the two floral pictures which stand  – one in the churchyard and one at the real well high up on the hill.  There is a  flower festival inside church and this year the whole theme has been The Tree of Life.  I get involved with the flower arranging and this year it was encouaging to see lots of new young people who will no doubt be carrying the tradition forward into the future.

The first Saturday is the main day of activity at the Fete although there events throughout the whole week.  The churchyard is full of tents and marquees, brass band and children’s entertainment.  A great atmosphere  with lots of people as this year we were lucky enough to have good weather.

Tea, coffee, sandwiches and cakes are available every day for the whole week and it is truly amazing  from where the donated cakes come .  I was helping in the kitchen for a few hours on Saturday and Sunday making sandwiches and washing up.  It is great fun.  At one point we thought we might run out of cakes, the demand being so great;  an alarm went out on the grape vine throughout the village and soon more boxes and trays of delicious goodies arrived.  More would come each day, particularly scones and cream, always fresh and often still warm from the oven.

Now the high point of this blog is to annouce John’s success in the baking and produce tent:

1st prize for carrots       1st prize for cucumber     3rd prize for beetroot      !!!

It is a friendly competition with lots of banter, particularly for the Men Only baking item which this year was for jam tarts.  Because we were particulaly busy the preceeding week and away the day before, John had not entered , although as you can imagine he had plenty to say about the entries and stating   – he would have won if he had entered!  What will it be next year?

Recent comment

July 20, 2009

Hi Margaret and John

Just a wee note to say how much we enjoyed our stay with you at Highfield. You have a great house and a wonderful garden. It was so nice to have fresh flowers in our room, and fresh fruit at breakfast each morning. You made us feel very welcome, and we are grateful to you both for the help and information you gave us during our stay. After a hectic week with our grandchildren, the peace and quiet at your place was exactly what we needed.

Wishing you continued success – you deserve it !

Connie and Jim M

During the last couple of weeks we have had people from different parts of the world and this has made for some very interesting conversations with guests and between guestDSCF0022s.

Europeans are finding the value of their euro against sterling greatly to their advantage and many are coming here this summer.  A couple from Belgium included a visit to Lyme Park National Trust property into their itinery because of its Pride and Prejudice connections.  Others come especially to visit Chatsworth House for the same reason.  We have a to thank Mr. Darcy for a lot of our business!

The Chinese and Americans particularly enjoy the garden.    A family from Hong Kong visited for their son’s graduation.  Having no garden at home, because many people there live in tightly packed apartment blocks, they were constantly taking photos and loved the sunflowers.

We are currently entertaining people from London visiting for the Buxton Festival and Americans for some energetic walking.  Last weekend some Indian guests were nearly blown off their feet on Stanage Edge and sought shelter down Speedwell Cavern.

So you see whatever your hobbies and interests you can find something to please here in the Peak District.