News from Fullers Hill


Photo Competition Winner Announced!

All our winners and runners up of our Wildlife & Nature Photo Competition enjoyed an informal award ceremony at The RSPB Lodge in Sandy yesterday afternoon as part of their Big Garden Birdwatch Warm Up Weekend. Despite the snowy conditions we saw a lot of passionate photographers travel from far and wide to collect their prizes and a copy of their 2019 charity calendar. Mark Brandon, The RSPB Visitor Experiences Manager, welcomed everyone and John Jefferies, owner of Fuller’s Hill Cottages, gave a short speech and thanked everyone for entering the competition and also The RSPB, Snappy Snaps in Biggleswade and Max Spielman. The 2019 charity calendar is to raise […]

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World Car Free Day!

Car Free Day is observed annually on September 22 and The Environmental Transportation Association set the first European Car Free Day in 2000. Take the bus. Walk. Ride a bike. Stay home.  But whatever you do, don’t travel by car on Car Free Day!  As a way to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels, promote mass transit, cycling, and walking, Car Free Day was developed based on regular car free days that have been a long standing practice in Europe and Scandinavia. Here at Fuller’s Hill Cottages, we can advise on fun and lovely things to do and places to go whilst leaving your car in the car park. You […]

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Photo Competition!

Calling all budding photographers! Here is your chance to win some fantastic prizes and see your own photo published in a calendar, with all proceeds to the conservation charity the RSPB and the BBC Children In Need Appeal. Fuller’s Hill Cottages is launching a ‘Wildlife and Nature’ photography competition, which the whole family can get involved in! We’d love to see your photos, which can be of any subject showing nature and wildlife at it’s most stunning, whether taken in the deepest, darkest countryside or in your very own back garden. From mammals, birds and insects to flowers, trees and landscapes, or anything in-between! So, get out there, start snapping, […]

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Photo Competition!

Calling all budding photographers! Here is your chance to win some fantastic prizes and see your own photo published in a calendar, with all proceeds to the conservation charity the RSPB, the BBC Children In Need Appeal and other local charities. Fuller’s Hill Cottages is launching a ‘Wildlife and Nature’ photography competition, which the whole family can get involved in! We’d love to see your photos, which can be of any subject showing nature and wildlife at it’s most stunning, whether taken in the deepest, darkest countryside or in your very own back garden. From mammals, birds and insects to flowers, trees and landscapes, or anything in-between! So, get out […]

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National Chocolate Cake Day!

It’s National Chocolate Cake Day (our kind of day) so to celebrate, let’s check out some of the best places to get a really decent slice of gooey, sticky and delicious chocolate cake. Fitzbillie’s Famed for its Chelsea Buns, Fitzbillie’s can also, unsurprisingly, turn its hand to an outstanding chocolate cake. Why not hit both shops and that way you’ll get two slices without the staff judging you? Fitzbillies is at 51 Trumpington Street, and Bridge Street, Cambridge Hotel Chocolat You could really indulge yourself this National Chocolate Cake Day and order from a range of chocolate brownies including coffee and walnut, maple and pecan or toasted coconut. Order from […]

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Valentine’s Day Special Offer!

To help you celebrate Valentine’s Day this year we are giving away a free extra night, along with a complimentary deluxe hamper in any cottage of your choosing (subject to availability and bookings made between 12th – 20th February 2017). The hamper will include a bottle of Champagne, strawberries, flowers, chocolates and Lovehearts! You can plug your smart phone into the hot tub and listen to your favourite music whilst sipping on your Champers and watching the sun setting and then the stars… Why not book our amazing Private Chef to cook you a romantic meal in your cottage beforehand and maybe a little pamper treatment for the morning after […]

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Introducing The Granary

We are thrilled to introduce our other brand new conversion, The Granary. This very well appointed and exceptionally large accommodation enjoys a fabulous, large social area which is perfect for large families and especially parties. This very modern cottage boasts a large dining table which seats up to 14 people and has two ensuite bedrooms, a wet room double shower in the main bedroom, which has a king size bed, and an additional separate w/c. The Granary is situated next to the gardens, with hot tub, wildlife pond and table tennis table.There is underfloor heating by air source heat pump and is 100% carbon neutral during day time. Situated on the farm along […]

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Introducing Apple Cottage

We are delighted to introduce our new traditional farm cottage which has been lovingly restored and updated to provide characterful accommodation for up to six people. The newly fitted kitchen contains induction hob, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. The cosy sitting room boasts a lovely open fireplace and unspoilt views over farmland towards ancient Hayley Wood. There is a good sized dining table and a large, comfortable sofa bed which sleeps two adults. Upstairs are two attractive bedrooms, a double and a twin, and a modern shower room with w/c and washbasin. Situated on the farm in its own cottage style garden and set well back from the road with […]

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MacMillan Coffee Morning

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. They ask people all over the UK to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone they raised £25 million and this year they are aiming to raise even more. The first ever Coffee Morning happened way back in 1990. It was a rather small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process. It was so effective, they did it again the next year – only this time nationally. Since then, Coffee Morning […]

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International Bike Week: 11th-19th June 2016

International Bike Week Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to work or school, the local shops or just to visit friends. The 2016 event will take place 11-19th June but events still take place through September and beyond! This year’s Bike Week has a special focus and will encourage people to use their bikes to […]

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Motorbike Touring

Bikers getaway Burn your way down the beautiful, winding, country lanes of Cambridgeshire and stop off for a few nights at Fuller’s Hill Cottages. Relax your aching limbs and numb bum, and warm up the bones by sitting in one of our lovely bubbling hot tubs with your mates. We can advise on fun routes and bike friendly pubs, have food in your cottage for your arrival, offer space to let your kit dry safely, have private and secure, off road parking directly outside your cottage, and have ideas on where to go and what to do if you fancy a day off the road. We also have an on-site […]

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Spring Newsletter 2016

To mark the beginning of Spring; this is our refreshing and replenishing newsletter, including details of our lovely gardens, special offers, charity work and a special VIP arrival…

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Professional Laundry Service

If you need your suit, wedding dress or other special attire cleaned, ironed or altered during your stay with us at Fuller’s Hill Cottages, Kleen-Eco provides a Wet Cleaning ( Environmentally friendly alternative to Dry Cleaning), Laundry, Ironing, Shirt folding and Repairs and Alterations service. They provide Fuller’s Hill Cottages with an exclusive Collect & Drop service, and because all of their equipment is on their site, many items such as suits, clothing and bedding can be cleaned and returned the same day subject to demand. Based in Biggleswade their differentiator to many of the typical high street dry cleaners is that they are using a technology of water immersion process that […]

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The Private Garden at Fullers Hill

The Butterfly Garden. This is the private garden for the Tack Room apartment, and is so called because of the profusion of butterflies that enjoy a particular plant which has rather taken over here! Verbena bonariensis grows tall and wiry, and is topped with abundant clusters of mauve flowers which are hugely attractive to butterflies and bees alike. It has long been one of my favourite plants, and fits well into almost any scheme, with a lengthy flowering period which carries on well into November if the weather is fairly mild. The flowers themselves have a luminescence which is very apparent on duller days, when their colour seems to become […]

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UPDATED! Our “little black book”!

NOW BIGGER & BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE! Fuller’s Hill Cottages’ Complimentary Cottage Concierge Service! Are you organising a party, gathering, reunion, celebration, wedding accommodation or a holiday? We hold your hand along the way from your first enquiry until after you leave by offering you a complimentary Cottage Concierge Service! Why not treat the Bride & Groom, your family, the birthday boy or girl, the special person in your life or just yourself to the absolutely perfect, bespoke and most memorable party or holiday and hire all four of our lovely modern cottages for exclusive use including TWO hot tubs, TWO gardens and TWO BBQ’s. (You can also hire just […]

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Cycle Hire

Give your car a holiday! At Fuller’s Hill Cottages we have two lovely brand new bikes for you to use free of charge during your stay! Please contact Kirstie on 07544 208959 during your stay for the lock code. However, for the best way to see a City and for the only specialist bike rental service in Cambridge go to City Cycle Hire. Our historic city is very bike friendly with many recreational and commuter routes that have recently been created to make your experience safe, interesting and fun. Baskets, helmets and various accessories for children can also be hired. If you’re celebrating a Hen Party with us and your party is […]

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Air Display

On your special day or celebration why not book our very own Mark Jefferies, a British champion display pilot, to perform a never-to-be forgotten air show which will enthrall your guests and leave them talking about the experience and your special day for a long time to come. Mark is specifically authorised by the Civil Aviation Authority to fly lower (down to 30 feet) and closer to you than aviation law normally permits. Mark will fly daring but graceful, breath taking, gravity defying manoeuvres including tumbles, loops, swoops flicks and rolls. Environmentally friendly smoke (baby oil) will trail the aeroplane emphasising the flight path, giving a spectacular aerobatic display that […]

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Microlite Flying & Light Aircraft

                Two Two Fly offers one of the most exciting and memorable experiences giving you and your friends the opportunity of a life time to enjoy some Microlite Flying & Light Aircraft! Never flown before? Trial Flights are the best way to get a flavour of flying and their BMAA approved instructors will talk you through the entire experience and you might even get a chance to fly the aircraft yourself! Experienced pilots? You’re very welcome and they like to see their friends from all over the country, so just let them know you’re on your way! Hen Party? Team building events are most stimulating […]

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BBQ’s

Claytons is a fourth generation traditional family butchers specializing in local free range produce and home cooked foods and they offer an extensive range of catering options to suit any size of party or function. Their on site BBQ’s, paella and hot & cold buffet service uses the finest ingredients, home cooked meats and home made dishes with expertly prepared meat, home made salads, and locally produced potatoes and breads. Perfect for some alfresco dining! They deliver and display, and everything you need is included so you can just relax and enjoy. All menu options include quality disposable plates, cutlery and napkins. Ceramic plates and stainless steel cutlery are also […]

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Magician

And now for something completely different! Steve Dean is a member of the excusive and most prestigious Magic Circle and if you want your party or holiday to have the wow factor and make the occasion even more special than it already is, then this is the entertainment just for you. Close up magic from an extremely talented and skilled Magician such as Steve is an excellent form of entertainment for Hen Parties, Birthday Parties and Holidays. It adds something very special and unique to the occasion and our guests love it! Bespoke packages and special prices are available, along with magic workshops for your holiday at Fuller’s Hill Cottages […]

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Photographer

Professional wedding photographer A photo session can be a fun way to bring family and friends together and the perfect way to keep the memories for life. Darren Harbar is an internationally published photographer who is able to provide photography services and even photography training, on location at Fullers Hill Cottages. Darren offers a range of portrait services, including lifestyle sessions that can be done in the grounds around the cottages. You’ll get a private on-line gallery to view your images, and we can even deliver prints to your cottage (depending on the length of your stay). We have exclusive Fullers Hill packages including prints from just £50. Darren also offers […]

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John Wins 1st Prize For His Marmalade & Barley!

Our very own John Jefferies has just won First Prize for his infamous and delicious Organic Serville Orange Marmalade at this year’s Great Gransden Agricultural Show! You can have a taste yourself by making a donation towards our local RSPB for a small jar when you come and stay here at Fuller’s Hill Cottages. We are all going to very much enjoy tomorrow morning’s toast! John also won Fist Prize for his Barley, Second Prize for both his Milling Wheat and Biscuit Wheat, and Third Prize for both another type of Milling Wheat and for his Beans. Congratulations John! Also at the show was our very good friend Ally Ginn […]

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Congratulations Lucy & Matt!

HUGE congratulations to Lucy and Matt who got married today! Lucy stayed with us in The Tack Room cottage with her 3 beautiful Bridesmaids the night before where they enjoyed a complimentary bottle of Prosecco and the exclusive use of the private hot tub. The Tack Room is the perfect place to get ready for your big day as it boasts fabulous communal space and natural light for your personal hair and make up stylists to work their magic! As the sun came out and the clouds drifted apart to show us some bright blue sky, Lucy looked absolutely stunning as she emerged from the butterfly garden to make her […]

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Our “little black book”

Fuller’s Hill Cottages’ Complimentary Cottage Concierge Service! Are you organising a party, gathering, reunion, celebration, wedding accommodation or a holiday? We hold your hand along the way from your first enquiry until after you leave by offering you a complimentary Cottage Concierge Service! Why not treat the Bride & Groom, your family, the birthday boy or girl, the special person in your life or just yourself to the absolutely perfect, bespoke and most memorable party or holiday and hire all four of our lovely modern cottages for exclusive use including TWO hot tubs, TWO gardens and TWO BBQ’s. (You can also hire just the number of cottages you need). We […]

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Hair & Make-Up

Wellness from within means beautiful skin, add make-up and hair and you are all there! Samantha Allen is a renowned professional freelance make-up artist and hair stylist and offers make-up and hair styling, skincare, beauty & wellness coaching at your very own cottage! Services include: bridal hair, bridal make-up, airbrush make-up, occasion hair and make-up, ball hair and make-up, prom hair and make-up, hair and make-up for photoshoots, fashion hair and make-up, film, make-up lessons, pamper parties, skincare consultation, wellness coaching. Samantha uses only highest quality high-end products and equipment and uses airbrush make-up; favoured amongst celebrities and stars of TV & Film. Samantha works with: Chanel, Dior, Bobbi Brown, MAC, […]

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Fuller’s Hill Cottages Featured in Cambridge Magazine AGAIN!

“Home is where the holiday is” “Jetting off to exotic climes? Not us. Louise Cummings takes the stress out of travelling with a staycation down the road to Fuller’s Hill Cottages in Little Gransden. Should we stay or should we go? That was our delicious dilemma with a rare free weekend at our disposal. While a last-minute city break to Europe sounded exciting and oh-so-cultured, the thought of tackling check-in queues snaking out of the door and taking out a second mortgage to pay for airport parking wasn’t so appealing. So the husband and I settled on a staycation of sorts – to a country cottage just 10 miles down […]

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Helicopter

Why not arrive to your wedding venue or special event in supreme style, and experience the unforgettable thrill of flying in a helicopter?! Helicopters are one of the most flexible and efficient methods of travel across the UK and into Europe. Whether you are traveling on business, treating yourself to a weekend away, going to watch a major sporting event, or you are getting married, traveling by helicopter is the ultimate way to travel. At Fuller’s Hill Cottages we have all the facilities to accommodate helicopters and light aircraft and we can help you arrange to plan your visit and other special requests.   FreshAir Uk can provide you with a […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Gift Vouchers are now available for Fuller’s Hill Cottages!

Enjoy the gift of luxury. We can now provide you with a gift voucher of any denomination such as £10, £25, £50, £100, £250, £500 and £1000, which can be used for an accommodation booking. Subject to availability, the recipient may choose to book The Old Dairy, The Tack Room, The Stables or The Hayloft. Exclusive hire is also available and includes two gardens with two hot tubs, two BBQ’s and a table tennis table! We can also provide gift vouchers for one of our Deluxe Breakfast Hampers at £45 each and includes Prosecco, smoked salmon, fruits of the season, yoghurt, milk, orange juice, bread, eggs, margarine, bacon, tomatoes, sausages, […]

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Fuller’s Hill Cottages Awarded 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Recognised as a Top Performing Self-catering Accommodation as Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site FULLER’S HILL COTTAGES today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great l reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience. When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers […]

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Dial A Dog Wash

Dial A Dog Wash is the largest mobile dog grooming business in the UK and they can bring their services directly to your cottage.   Susannah’s mobile dog grooming parlour uses constant fresh warm water and the turbo dryer will help remove all that dead hair that normally ends up on your floor and furniture. Ear and eye cleaning plus nail clipping is all part of the grooming service along with the usual clipping / trimming of your dog, as required. Your dog will be finished with a lovely doggy cologne that will make them smell clean and fresh. PRICE LIST WASH ONLY (INCLUDES BRUSH OUT, WASH, CONDITION, NAILS AND COLOGNE) […]

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Fuller’s Hill Cottages Featured in Cambridge Magazine!

Our “Eco Retreat” is currently featured in this months edition of Cambridge Magazine that specializes in City living and Country life in Cambridge. The lovely and very popular lifestyle magazine homes in on people, homes, fashion, food, motoring and travel. Their Editor, Louise Cummings, puts the spotlight on Fuller’s Hill Cottages in April’s issue: “Sleeping in an 18th Century dairy where cows once trod doesn’t sound terribly inviting – except when it’s been renovated into a top-notch eco apartment. This stylish holiday home is one of four self-catering pads at Fuller’s Hill Cottages in Little Gransden. Located on a farm and airfield, there’s The Old Dairy, The Hayloft, The Stables […]

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New Private Hot Tub at Fuller’s Hill Cottages!

We at Fuller’s Hill Cottages are extremely pleased to announce our latest addition of a brand new private hot tub for The Tack Room garden. This will be for exclusive use for guests staying in this beautiful cottage only. The other three cottages will still have access to the hot tub in the communal garden. So when you hire all four cottages for your wedding party or family reunion, you can now enjoy TWO fantastic all singing, all dancing, hot tubs, in two of our lovely gardens along with two BBQ’s! Perfect facilities, for the perfect party! The ‘Santa Ana GT’ hot tub features 5 individual seats, 45 massage jets, […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Accommodation near RSPB Sandy – Little Gransden

RSPB reports on the plight of the Swallow The swallow was once common across the country as a farmyard bird during the summer months. Today however RSPB figures show that in many regions, there has been a marked decline their numbers. They were so common for many years, that no one thought they could become endangered, or even considered monitoring their numbers. Sadly the same is true of many other farmland birds. This delightful little bird, with its distinctive long forked tail and agile flight is a well known harbinger of summer. Swallows usually arrive in early April having flown the 4,000 miles from South Africa, where many spend the […]

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Rowing the River Cam in Cambridge

Cambridge bumps If you stay at Cambridge holiday cottages in late feb/early march or June or indeed July, then a trip to the lower reaches of the River Cam in Cambridge  is well worthwhile for these  are the times of the bumping races on the river. Cambridge has a thriving rowing community. The colleges have a total of about 1500 active rowers and the town clubs about 700. At peak times the river is full of boats training. It is the busiest river in the country, yet is only just wide enough to spin an 8 oared boat in places. The river is simply not wide enough to race 2 […]

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Mill stones at Cambridge Holiday Cottages

The old millstone that you see beside Fullers Hill Farm cottages is not originally from the farm site but from a windmill at nearby Gamlingay that was demolished in 1977. It is one of a pair of stones, which when working together, were used to grind locally grown grain into flour. As you can see the millstone is constructed from a number of pieces of stone fitted together. These are set in plaster of Paris and held tightly together by an iron band shrunk or clamped around them. The stone used is known as French burr stone. It is from the Marne valley and much harder wearing than anything available […]

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Fullers Hill Cottages has geese on its pond

Fullers Hill geese The geese aka 9th, Battalion hatched into this world on 24th, July in North Norfolk.  They then started their 2 hour journey home to Fullers Hill Cottages, on the front seat of the car chirping away to their new surrogate mum, who was chatting back to them.  If they got slightly cold, they were gently placed within the bosom of surrogate mummy to warm up.  Not sure if that is a driving offense or not! Once safely home at Fullers Hill, the luxury surrounding under the heat lamp, sharing the chicken coup, they found very cosy.  After three weeks of nurturing and all creature comforts, it was time for […]

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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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Riding at Fullers Hill

Getting the Eventing Bug 2012 has been a busy year so far, with my daughter Tara embarking on her first season of Eventing. We have owned our 15 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding Pinocchio for three years, who has obligingly taken part in a variety of equestrian activities from Pony Club rallies and camp to hunter trials, show jumping and dressage. He’s what’s commonly known in  ‘horsespeak’ as a good all-rounder, a rather over-used term, but in his case absolutely true. He’ll turn his hoof to anything and always participates with a smile on his face (yes horses can smile when you really get to know them!) So 2012 seemed […]

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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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South farm weddings venue near Royston, Herts.

Mr & Mrs Armstrong’s wedding at South Farm, Royston. Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of some very good friends of mine. I feel so privileged to be able share their special day and its one wedding that I will not forget in a hurry. It was great to catch up with old friends and remember the good old days at University. My friend Sarah (now the lovely Mrs Armstrong) looked simply stunning! Her dress was a work of art. I love summer weddings and this wedding was held at South Farm, Royston. South Farm is a popular wedding destination and its no wonder why. The […]

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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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About Fullers Hill Cottages

History Fullers Hill Farm has been in the Jefferies family ownership since the 1920s. It is a fully working farm, set in the Cambridgeshire countryside,  15 miles from Cambridge and 50 from London. The main barns were constructed in 1840. In its former years the farm was mixed arable and cattle, today it is solely arable, producing wheat (milling and feed), barley for beer, rape for cooking oils and occasionally linseed and beans.  Little Gransden Airfield was established by the late Leonard Jefferies in 1963, and is a base for vintage and classic aircraft, some of which are the only ones of type in Europe, creating a flying museum with […]

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What’s On

What’s on at Fuller’s Hill Cottages Sunday 28th August 2016 Supporting the BBC Children in Need Appeal 2016 and local charities, the Little Gransden Air & Car Show will include over four hours of vintage and aerobatic flying displays, a vintage, veteran and classic vehicle rally plus numerous other attractions. We have been running our show since 1992 and have raised over £242,000 for charity over the years. 2016’s air display will run from approximately 13:00 to 17:15 with a break for a brief memorial service. 2016’s display line-up is now being put together – so watch this space! As well as the aerial side of the event, the Little Gransden Airshow includes strong […]

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