News from Fullers Hill


Barn Owls Spotted at Fuller’s Hill Cottages

This spring, at Fullers Hill Cottages, we have had a real treat. A pair of Barn Owls are frequently seen around the farm. They fly between the trees and buildings and hunt in the hedgerows. Both were recently seen diving into the long grass by the windsock on the far side of the airfield. The most recent sighting was one of them hunting immediately opposite the farm gate just before dusk on the 5th April 2015. It is possible that they might be nesting on the farm in one of the owl boxes, but this is not confirmed. It is a delight to see such a rare bird at Fullers […]

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Extras & Services at Fuller’s Hill Cottages

Fuller’s Hill Cottages have recently been collaborating with other local businesses to provide special extras and services to our guests to not just offer everyone accommodation, but an exciting and memorable experience as well! Our special extras and services now include: a visiting spa service, car valeting, champagne & chocolates, flower delivery, private chef, babysitting and nanny services, vintage afternoon teas, breakfast hampers and supper boxes, wine-tasting, hog roasts, cupcake decorating, floral corsage design workshop, dog-sitting and cookery workshops.   Anything is possible, we are currently looking into dog grooming, chocolate tasting, cocktail making and much much more! So watch this space! Our main aim at Fuller’s Hill Cottages is […]

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English Tourism Week 2015

English Tourism Week 2015 is a week-long celebration of events from 14 -22 March showcasing the quality and vibrancy of the visitor experiences and the value our industry brings to our nation. Our sector touches everyone – visitors, residents and employees. It’s one of the few sectors active in every part of the country. It’s the third largest employer, every day supporting 2.6 million jobs and providing a significant source of employment for those unable to work full-time. It’s a major employer of school leavers and young people and is an incubator for entrepreneurs. The visitor economy is worth £106bn a year to England supporting thousands of businesses and seriously impacting […]

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Pimm’s & Punting

Pimm’s & Punting Pimm’s is a quintessentially British drink and the perfect complement to your punting experience in Cambridge. Treat yourself to a fruity afternoon on Scudamore’s private tour, sipping Pimm’s and lemonade with mint, mixed fruit, and cucumber as you glide along the famous College Backs. Your expert tour guide will regale you with fascinating tales and Cambridge legends whilst you savour the flavour of English summer. Tour punts can seat up to 12 people and come dressed with cushions and blankets for your comfort. There are always additional blankets and umbrellas on-hand in case the weather changes. 

Private Pimms Punting Tours can be taken from their Mill Lane Punting Station […]

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Crafts & Giggles

Crafts & Giggles Crafts & Giggles provide bespoke craft and art workshops in the form of party entertainment including craft hen parties, birthday parties, and corporate events in the comfort of your very own cottage! Crafts and Giggles provide the tuition, materials and equipment, leaving you without the stress and worry that arranging party entertainment can bring. Their craft workshops are suitable for all abilities and ages, providing both adults and children with exciting and creative party entertainment! Perfect for your Hen Party at Fuller’s Hill Cottages; Crafts & Giggles can provide fun in the form of quilt making, ceramic painting, glass painting, knicker customisation, bunting workshop, nipple tassels, cupcake decoration, fascinators, garters, 1920’s accessories or a memory book for the Bride-to-Be! For a minimum group of 10 people, if you quote […]

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Floral Corsage Design Workshop

Floral Corsage Design Workshop Perfect for the less raucous Hen Party, Heather Carpenter can host a professional floral corsage design workshop in the comfort of your very own cottage. Your creation can be as subtle or, with the addition of her new selection of accessories including vintage buttons, vintage lace, beautiful feathers and lots more, your Hens can be as creative as their hearts desire! You could then wear them all on your night out to celebrate and even use your new amazing skill to re-create a corsage for the wedding day; perfect for all the bridesmaids! For a minimum group of 10 people, it is only £15 per head, and […]

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Afternoon Tea

Sunflowers Catering specializes in all things vintage. Their catering services include afternoon teas, buffets and hampers! Why not enjoy an afternoon tea in your very own cottage for a beautiful and tasty VIP arrival or for a Hen Party at Fuller’s Hill Cottages and let them take care of your quintessentially English affair…. Their menus have been carefully selected and tasted to keep within the gorgeous vintage theme. Sunflowers also operates www.newmarkethampers.co.uk – a vintage picnic hamper company that provides fresh filled picnics for all events and occasions including a unique wedding catering service. Why not combine a vintage afternoon tea, Champagne in our hot tubs, and an afternoon of pampering treats from […]

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Nanny & Babysitting

Nanny & Babysitting Looking for childcare you can trust when on holiday at Fuller’s Hill Cottages? Family owned and managed, Tinies have been providing peace of mind for parents for nearly 40 years!     They can happily provide you with: Babysitters Nannies Nursery Nurses Crèches Nurseries Maternity Nannies Emergency Childcare Training Kids Clubs Tinies charge £20+vat per babysit, plus £8 an hour directly to the babysitter for her time. They can also provide nannies (for childcare during the day) at £25+vat for the day plus £8 an hour for their time. All of their nannies and babysitters are qualified professionals, have vast experience and have been thoroughly checked and […]

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Car Valeting

Car Valeting Secure Mobile Car Valeting & Polishing Services at Fuller’s Hill Cottages. iValet UK is one of the nation’s leading mobile car valeting companies. With their head office based in Waterbeach, Cambridge, they can offer you local and full car-cleaning services. Being a fully mobile car valeting business gives them the opportunity to come to you, not the other way round! They excel in providing our guests with a high quality service, leaving you with complete satisfaction that we’ve given your car with the professional clean it deserves. Their services include full professional car washing, car polishing, interior cleaning, car detailing and car waxing for any type of vehicle, regardless of […]

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Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting Perfect for both Hen Parties and Corporate events, Waresley Wine can accommodate a fabulous wine tasting experience in the comfort of your very own cottage. At only £10 per head, you could also coincide this experience with our private chef, Frank Boddy, for cheese and nibbles, for example. Please contact us for prices. “We know our wines…let us help you choose wines to suit your taste and budget.” Gift packs are also now available. Please contact Waresley Wine directly on 01767 650381 or 07983 716381 or for further ideas on entertainment in our cottages, please contact Jenny on 07544 208959.   Address: Waresley Wine Waresley Huntingdon Cambridgeshire Email Address: […]

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Team Building Through Cookery

Team Building Through Cookery Cooking together is a fun way to bond as a team, as well as reinforce core team skills like planning, communication, and trust. Perfect for Corporate events and Hen Parties, Frank Boddy will plan and host a cooking session around your teambuilding needs, and best of all you all get a meal to eat at the end of it! You could also enjoy some wine tasting with David Taine at Waresley Wine at the same time! Frank’s background is not only as a professional chef, but with over 20 years in the corporate world he understands how to put teams together, what makes teams tick, and […]

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Private Chef

Private Chef At Fuller’s Hill Cottages we have teamed up with a highly regarded, local, chef who can provide a personalised chef service on a daily basis, for dinner parties and visiting guests. Enjoy the experience of Frank Boddy coming to your cottage and preparing a delicious meal to your specification. You could also enjoy some wine tasting with David Taine from Waresley Wine at the same time! From a light lunch to a 3 course dinner or 5 course tasting menu, Frank can happily provide: * Traditional and modern cuisine * Tapas and Indian banquets, or your own theme * Fun cookery lessons * Personal service from your chef […]

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Disabled Access at Fuller’s Hill Cottages

At Fuller’s Hill Cottages we have two cottages that have disabled access: The Stables and The Tack Room. These two lovely cottages have been rated under the National Accessible Scheme, Visit England, as suitable for ‘Part-time wheelchair users’ and ‘Older and less mobile guests’, respectfully. We can also make bespoke items to make your stay more accessible and user friendly. For example, perhaps you rely upon a hoist to help you into bed. We can purposefully make some blocks to help raise the bed in order for the hoist to fit underneath. Whatever your requirements or needs, we can help make your stay more comfortable and enjoyable. We have also […]

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We won GOLD!  

We are delighted to inform you that we are now a GOLD member of The Green Tourism Business Scheme. If you care about the environment and are interested in doing your bit to help our planet, take an eco holiday by staying with us at Fuller’s Hill Cottages. Please call Jenny on 07544 208959 to make a booking. We should all do our bit to reduce our impact on the environment by making a few simple changes to our lifestyle. So the next time you head off on holiday, think green. Your Green Coordinator is Jenny. If you have any questions during your stay, please call her on 07544 208959. […]

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Hen Party at Fuller’s Hill Cottages!

Having a Hen Party at Fuller’s Hill Cottages! I recently enjoyed the pleasure of having my Hen Party at Fuller’s Hill Cottages. As an example of what you can do, you may hire a tea party to come and visit, set up and then take everything away from www.sunflowerscatering.co.uk . Sunflowers, offers an outside catering service for Ely, Cambridge and the surrounding Towns and Villages.Their service is professional, friendly and their food is homemade using fresh ingredients. They can basically cater for any requirements and are happy to meet with you in person. They custom design menus to suit your event and budget, and both large and small occasions can […]

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Fuller’s Hill Chutney

How To Make Fuller’s Hill Caramelised Red Onion Chutney                     Ingredients: 3 lbs red onions (peeled and chopped finely) 12 oz dark brown sugar 3 tablespoons olive oil Juice of 1 lemon 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground ginger 2 teaspoons ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cloves 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 3 fluid oz malt vinegar Method: Heat the oil, add onions and cook for 2 minutes Add vinegar, lemon juice and spices and cook for 2 minutes Add sugar and then simmer, uncovered, for […]

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Green Policy

Environmental Policy Here at Fullers Hill Cottages, we are committed to sustainability and to providing a good quality service whilst minimising the environmental impact of our activities. A symbol of this commitment is our membership of the Green Tourism Business Scheme. The scheme provides accreditation and encouragement for tourism businesses to reduce the environmental impact of their activities. Examples of the main steps we have taken to reduce our impact are below: • Installation of 60kw solar panels which provides all the power for the apartments • We have an eco-friendly ground source heat pump, sourcing heat from beneath the ground of the car park to power the hot water […]

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Give your car a holiday at Fuller’s Hill Cottages

Explore the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside and use one of our country cottages as your base for your self-catering holiday this year. Fullers Hill is surrounded by miles of footpaths and bridle ways. To the north are the woods of Waresley and Gransdens with many paths. Waresley wood is especially nice. These woods managed by the wild life trust are a carpet of blue in the spring time when the bluebells appear. To the East is Hayley wood near Longstowe, which has SSSI status. This wood and its environs are home to a herd of Fallow deer, which can often be seen grazing the fields. To the west is Gamlingay wood […]

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Big Energy Saving Week 20th – 24th October 2014

Anyone can get involved in Big Energy Saving Week 20th – 24th October 2014. In the countdown to next week’s Big Energy Saving Week – a joint campaign between Energy Saving Trust, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Citizens Advice – new research reveals the number of appliances in homes is sending bills out of control and costing households billions of pounds. Energy Saving Trust will be issuing free research and guidance all next week to help householders take control back of their bills For more information on saving energy in the home visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk. British households could save £1.7bn a year by switching appliances off standby; new […]

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Our Responsible Visitor Charter

  Conserve Energy – Reduce energy by switching off the lights and closing       windows if heating is on. The Energy Saving Trust provides information on what you can do at home. Give the car a holiday – Leave the car behind, if only for a day. Walk, cycle of use public transport. Local walking routes and maps are provided. Shop local – Use local products, they give a flavor of the area and help support local communities. We are fortunate to have some fantastic producers of food, drink, and arts and crafts in our region, Ask about local markets or local and regional organic produce or see our News blogs […]

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Butterflies, Swallows and Black Squirrels at Fuller’s Hill Cottages!

Wild life at the Cottages Lots of butterflies have been seen in The Tack Room garden recently. Mainly Red Admirals have been identified. The Red Admiral is a frequent visitor to gardens throughout the British Isles and one of our most well-known butterflies. This butterfly is unmistakable, with the velvety black wings intersected by striking red bands. This butterfly is primarily a migrant to our shores, although sightings of individuals and immature stages in the first few months of the year, especially in the south of England, mean that this butterfly is now considered resident. Swallows are currently congregating on the telephone wires at Fuller’s Hill Cottages before they fly […]

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Green Policy at Fuller’s Hill Cottages – A Short Summary

Our Green Policy  – A Short Summary …as part of the Green Tourism Business Scheme We comply with the requirements of environmental legislation and approved codes of practice. We continuously seek to improve our environmental and social performance. We reduce pollution, emissions and waste. We reduce the use of energy, waste and other resources. We raise awareness, encourage participation and train empolyees in sustainable business practices. We expect similar environmental standards from all suppliers and contractors. We assist guests to use products and services in an environmentally sensitive way. We liaise with the local community where possible We have minimised our risks associated with social and environmental issues. We have joined […]

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Fuller’s Hill Cottages Cambridgeshire

Cambridge Holiday Cottages Are Now 100% Carbon Neutral! With the recent installation of some solar panels, we are now fully carbon-neutral and green as green can be. This beautiful, historic barn has been renovated to a high standard. The aim of the restoration was to bring the buildings back into use combining modern technology with traditional building techniques to retain the character of the building. The heating and hot water system is via a ground source heat pump. Wood fibre and Hemp-core insulation have been used in the buildings, which have resulted in an energy efficiency rating of B. Traditional materials like lime plaster have been combined with modern efficient […]

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Harvest has begun at Fuller’s Hill Cottages!

Cottages on a working farm   Harvest is in full swing at Fuller’s Hill Cottages at the moment having started on Monday 28th July. Barry is working on the combine harvester (a New Holland CX8090 which is called Holly), travelling up and down the fields all day long until the late hours. Barry is now in his 54th year of driving the combine at Fuller’s Hill Farm.  Giel is transporting the wheat grain to the farmyard and empties the trailer onto the concrete pad in the farmyard. From there, John moves the wheat with the tele-handler. It is either loaded onto lorries that take the wheat to Camgrain, a farmers […]

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Our NEW Supper Box!

Now introducing our NEW Supper Box! Woo-hoo! Feeling rushed after a hard days travel or work? Can’t get to the shops? Or just hate shopping? Our baskets are sourced from Wood View Farm Shop a local produce supplier. All you have to do when staying here at Fuller’s Hill Cottages is call Jenny on 07544 208959 or email her at enquiries and give her a list of food and drink that you would like. Jenny will personally go and collect your list, shop for it and deliver it. All payable by cash upon delivery, a £10 service charge also applies. Please place your order with Jenny between 8am and 8pm. […]

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The Galleria Restaurant Review

Walking over Magdalene Bridge in Cambridge City centre, you can’t help but notice a lovely little balcony overlooking the River Cam, buzzing with people around tables and chairs; a sure sign of a good restaurant, bar or café. With it’s modern fusion menu, & comprehensive wine list, The Galleria Restaurant is an independent restaurant overlooking St John’s & Magdalene colleges. Known as a Cambridge institution, the Galleria Restaurant in Cambridge is a firm favourite amongst both town & gown and a must visit in the historic city. The Galleria has just recently enjoyed a refurbishment program including a new paint job and a new menu. The place seems to be […]

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Breakfast at Fuller’s Hill Cottages

Ok, so we provide luxury self-catering accommodation, but also, we are now providing you with different and exciting options for breakfast. Yum! If you would like to venture out, The Coach House in Potton will now be providing breakfast for our guests as well their own. If you would like to eat from the continental breakfast bar (cereal, toast, fruit, yoghurt) and the kitchen i.e. cooked, the cost will be £12. If you would like to eat from the kitchen only, the price is £8. Pre-booking with Jenny on 07544 208959 is essential or email her at enquiries. Jenny shops, Jenny collects, Jenny delivers to your cottage all you have […]

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Communal Garden at Fuller’s Hill Cottages

The communal garden at Fuller’s Hill Cottages now features a table tennis table! Woo-hoo! As well as a luxurious hot tub for the unbeatable spa experience, a BBQ for some super culinary summer nights and a couple of picnic tables perfect for social gatherings, you may now enjoy an ongoing battle of skill, with a tiny pot of luck, our new table tennis table with family and friends. Laze around in our garden on those hot summer evenings or work up a sweat and a few laughs with a game of table tennis or two. Pretend you’re on the center court at Wimbledon, imagine you’re at the Olympics, dream that […]

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The Tour de France 2014 Comes Near Fuller’s Hill Cottages!

The Tour de France comes through Cambridge one month from today, on Monday 7th July, about a 20mins drive from Fuller’s Hill Cottages. Beginning on Gonville Place by Parker’s Piece, the peloton will ride through the historic city centre via Regent Street and Sidney Street before turning left at the Round Church. The riders will then travel past the world famous colleges of St Johns, Trinity and Kings as they cycle along Kings Parade and Trumpington Street before leaving the city via Trumpington Road. The peloton will then race through the rest of Cambridgeshire via the A1301 taking in the beautiful villages in the south of the county including Trumpington, […]

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Pond Life at Fuller’s Hill Cottages

The pond at Fuller’s Hill Cottages, Little Gransden, is situated between the airfield and the apartments and is a growing natural habitat that is nurtured by both Mark and Cathy. A small group of baby Gold Finches are nesting in a bush close to the pond as can be seen in the photo.  The RSPB says “The chaffinch is the UK’s second commonest breeding bird, and is arguably the most colourful of the UK’s finches. Its patterned plumage helps it to blend in when feeding on the ground and it becomes most obvious when it flies, revealing a flash of white on the wings and white outer tail feathers. It […]

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Father’s Day Special Offer, Sunday 15th June 2014

Fuller’s Hill Cottages are four self-catering cottages restored from a 18th Century barn, offering an idyllic rural retreat, each sleeping four to six guests.  Not only are the cottages an ideal choice for those keen on walking, cycling, horse riding and wildlife, but next month aircraft enthusiasts can also take advantage of an exciting flying opportunity! To celebrate Fathers Day, as part of a three night break, we are offering the opportunity for one member of the party to enjoy an optional free flight with former British Aerobatic Champion, Mark Jefferies, in a Vans RV7. This special package also includes a complimentary bottle of Prosecco on arrival. A unique and memorable […]

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Our Special Spa Service

My Personal Sanctuary is a luxurious and truly indulgent beauty therapy service delivering 5 star quality organic treatments carried out in the comfort of your own private cottage at Fuller’s Hill Cottages (accommodation near Gransden). Your treatments are carried out by their carefully selected therapists, who ensure you are enveloped in calmness, serenity and relaxation from the moment you embark on your treatment journey. Using heated day beds and lovely fresh organic products the therapists offer a wide range of treatments from warming deep tissue massage, replenishing facials, hand & feet treats, to holistic full body journeys. It’s the perfect way to unwind and enhance your stay! Whatever the occasion […]

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Blue Bells and Orchids at last

The Blue Bells and Orchids are here finally. With the long winter finally over spring is here, dappled sunlight shining on the blue bells in Waresley and Gransden woods just 1 km walk from Cambridge Holiday Cottages at Fullers Hill Farm, Lt Gransden. Today (16th May) all the blue bells are up with the lower flowers open and the upper buds opening. The views and scent in the woods is stunning. The bluebell may be regarded as the United Kingdom’s “favourite flower” Also in the woods you will find the common spotted orchid, not so common but it’s there amongst the blue bells. Red campion can also be found on […]

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A walk to Waresley woods from cambridge holiday cottages

Waresley woods The beautiful and ancient Waresley Wood is about 3/4 mile to the north of Fullers Hill Cottages. The woods are truly stunning regardless of which season, month or day you visit. Each occasion is uniquely different. In a winter storm the trees talk as the creek and clatter into each other. In the summer the woods provide cool dark shelter from the hot sun. In the autumn the woods contain so much colour and fruit. In the spring the woods are alive with fresh green colours of the new season leaf and are carpeted by the stunning bluebells. The woods at Waresley are also home for many rare […]

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Wheat Harvest at Fullers Hill Cottages

Where did the wheat go? The Cambridge Holiday Cottages in the heart of the working farm at Fuller’s Hill Farm. The farm covers some 450ha of beautiful rolling countryside in SW Cambridgshire. The wheat harvest of 2012 will sadly go down in farming folk law as one of the worst in living memory.  The crop was one of the poorest yielding and worst quality that any living farmer can remember. At Fullers Hill Farm we did not produce a single ton of wheat that meet the basic quality standards for any use, not even for chicken feed. The most dis-appointing part of this was that in early June the wheat […]

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Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival

I am so excited about this weekend coming up. My dear friend Mary and her husband Simon are visiting from Germany and I have an action packed weekend in store for them, I will send them to the apartments at Fullers Hill cottages. They will be sleeping in our ‘Stables apartment’ as it is cosy, warm and very cute. Mary loves horses and I know she will feel quite at home. Mary and Simon moved to Germany 6 years ago and this is their first time back in her home town Cambridge. I have decided to treat them like tourists and remind them of what our beautiful city has to […]

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Bourn Hall Clinic

Bourn Hall is a World renowned fertility clinic in the village of Bourn five miles west of Cambridge. Did you know it was the world’s first ‘test-tube baby’ clinic? The original building, Bourn Hall, is about 400 years old. The hall is a Jacobean country house dating from 1602 which is set within 22 acres of beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. The clinic was founded in 1980, by Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards following the birth of the first test-tube baby in 1978.Two years after achieving the first birth through IVF in 1978, with the longed for arrival of Louise Brown, Mr Patrick Steptoe and Professor Robert Edwards achieved another first – a […]

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Booking at Fullers Hill self catering Cottages near cambridge

Private hot tub for each of Apple Cottage and The Tack Room garden! Any questions, please call Kirstie on 07544 208959 between 8am and 8pm or email using the. Call for special last moment short break prices and late availability deals. Emergency number 07873 395423 enquiry form here

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Cambridge Food, Garden & Produce Festival 15th & 16th Sept 2012

My spare time often revolves around eating and drinking.  It is no surprise that the Cambridge Food, Garden and Produce Festival is a highlight in my calendar.  In late September we can still expect warm weather and a little sunshine making in this event one of the last outdoor events of the year. The Cambridge Food, Garden & Produce Festival is back again in its 5th year. It  runs from Saturday 15th till Sunday 16th September 2012 . It is a free event and suitable for the whole family. Each year this festival has grown in popularity and attracted some fantastic stall holders. It is estimated that over 20,000 will […]

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The Old Plough

Outside the Old Dairy apartment. The history of this single furrow horse drawn plough is not known, however it’s been on the farm as long as I can recall. The primary purpose of ploughing is to turn over the upper layer of the soil, bringing fresh nutrients to the surface, while burying weeds, the remains of previous crops, and both crop and weed seeds, allowing them to break down. It also aerates the soil, allows it to hold moisture better and provides a seed-free medium for planting an alternate crop. In modern use, a ploughed field is typically left to dry out, and is then harrowed before planting. Modern competitions […]

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The Old Farm Cart

part of the history of Fullers Hill Farm, Lt Gransden. The Jefferies family have always been very proud of their heritage and past. The late Harold Gadson Jefferies served in the trenches in WW1. Its not known how he gathered together the capital to purchase the farm in 1923, which was initially 270 acres arable and live stock. Grandfather was always very proud to exhibit the farm produce at the agricultural show. Gransden and District Agricultural Society Annual Show was established in 1891. It has been held every year since then, with the exception of the war years of 1939-1945. The 2012 Show will be the 110th such event held […]

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Fullers Hill Cottages open for business

Fullers Hill Cottages/ apartments opened for business with its first guests on the 25th August 2012, all apartments taken for the weekend of the Children in Need air display that’s held annually at Lt Gransden. After the display on the Sunday everyone enjoyed themselves at the post show party into the early hours on the airfield. Bank holiday Monday is always a lazy start to the day with the campers on the airfield stiring approx 8am, gradually the girls wake and breakfast gets going around about 9:30. Coffee, bacon and eggs cooked “in the wild” under the trees behind the hangars is a rather pleasant affair. The airshow aims are […]

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