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Annie our local shinning light – not a candle in the wind!

We are proud to stock some fabulous #LoveLocal Peak District products, in our new little shop. Today we are featuring On A Wick and A Prayer, candle makers at Tissington village just over the hill from Hoe Grange.

Annie's candles

A spark of an idea

Our friend Annie Maudling had a flicker of an idea following a fishing trip to Ireland where she purchased some hand made candles from a small local business. This sparked a passion and found Annie experimenting with her daughter’s candle making kit in her kitchen (which is where all good small businesses start from, including ours!).

By adding natural scents and hand crafting unusual shaped candles Annie created a unique brand which proved to be popular at local craft fairs. She is completely self-taught, and over the last 18 years has continued to build up the business on a strong foundation of quality and buying British.

Lanterns light the way

hurricane candleThe business went from strength to strength with the unique hurricane lantern the star of the show (and my all time favourite too!). The hurricane lanterns are made from translucent wax with inlaid flowers & designs so that the tealight inside shines through the intricate patterns.

The business soon outgrew the kitchen and moved to the old pig sty in the garden. A sign was placed at the garden gate inviting people to have a look round and On a Wick & A Prayer was born.

Tissington village is a Peak District gem renowned for it’s ancient tradition of well dressings and quaint cottages. Today it is a hive of activity. It’s difficult to believe but going back 18 years there was little for the visiting public to do. There were no shops or tea rooms so Annie’s new venture soon became a popular attraction.

candle making A couple of Annie’s friends offered to help out making candles to keep up with demand. They soon outgrew the pig sty and production moved into the old village forge, which was larger. It also meant there was more space to open a small shop.

If you pop over to TIssington you will still find Annie and the team hand making candles. As you approach the workshop you will be able to smell the delightful fragrances drifting through the air.

Annie is passionate about using British suppliers and products in her manufacture. With an eye to sustainability and reducing waste On A Wick have a range of refillable containers including the beautifully glazed bathtub which houses scented wax.

Annie’s candle light shines bright

As the company grew it gained a reputation for high quality and unusual designs and soon secured larger contracts with national businesses such as The National Trust. This demand required more space so they moved some of their current production to premises based in nearby Dovedale.

Inspired by the Peak District Dovedale ceramicsNever one to stand still Annie has introduced a range of ceramics designed for every day use. The glaze on the pottery is called a “Frip” glaze because it bursts in the kiln, creating a beautiful finish, each piece being unique.

The colours are inspired by the Peak District #uniquedistrict landscape, Mermaid Blue of the River Dove, Dolomitic Grey of the stone walls, green lava of the lush pastures and the latest colour is red lava.

Exciting news – Annie has just launched the new Ezicandle kit. You can now make your own candles using empty containers from candles which you have loved and burnt, but don’t want to throw away. No need for specialist equipment and it couldn’t be easier!

And so we designed Eazi Candle! You can now recycle all your loved candle containers and bring your old favourites back to life. What’s more the Eazi Candle is self-contained, needs no other equipment and the container itself is fully recyclable.

#LoveLocal

Annie is an inspiration and a real shinning light. Her hand crafted scented candles are proving popular with our holiday guests as little gifts to take home. We have a small selection in our onsite shop – there’s nothing more romantic than #hygge candlelight. Here’s how to have a hygge holiday!

Felicity

5 reasons to go glamping in Autumn

Autumn is a Magical time of year. Cool misty mornings followed by warm golden sunshine, and stunning sunsets. The fabulous array of changing colours as the Autumn leaves glow in the sunshine before fluttering gently down from the trees. Who doesn’t love the sound of leaves scrunching underfoot? It brings out the child in you!

5 Reasons to come glamping in Autumn

Summer may have slipped past, but there are plenty of reasons to come glamping in the Peak District in Autumn!

1. Magical misty mornings

spiders web on a misty morningWake up to a stunning view from your pillow! Whilst you might need to turn up the heating inside your glamping pod to keep you cosy, the cooler temperatures outside with higher levels of moisture in the air create some magical misty autumn mornings. Imagine waking up to watch the mist slowly lifting to reveal the stunning White Peak landscape. Relax and watch the wildlife before they hibernate for winter.

 2. Hygge hot tub

log-fired hot tub

The peaceful surroundings at Hoe Grange means that you can truly relax in the steamy water of our log-fired hot tub and soak up the atmosphere. Hygge means being aware of the moment, whether it’s simple or special. Why not add a glass of our homemade mulled wine, or a bottle of bubbly for that extra special touch? What better way to have a romantic Hygge holiday at Hoe Grange?

3. Stars that light up the sky

As the night-time falls, you can take time to gaze up at the starry skies as they sparkle into life. Our rural location with dark skies provides a wonderful opportunity for stargazing. With minimal light pollution and no distractions you can enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.

4. Colours to lift your soul

Autumn bike ride trailAutumn brings the most amazing colours to nature’s palette. The splashes of vibrant reds, golden-yellows and rich browns produce a colourful and ever-changing landscape which inspires and lifts your mood.

DogWalk Millstone EdgeThe purple heathers stretching across the moors are a sight to behold and worth the climb – why not bring your dog on holiday with you?

5. #LoveLocal seasonal goodies

Sauced Here delivery of local produceThere is nothing better than the taste of seasonal produce, ripe and ready just as nature intended. If you want a complete break from it all on your glamping holiday you can enjoy the flavours of the Peak District by ordering delicious local foods from Sauced Here. Luke will deliver your tasty goodies direct to your gorgeous glamping pod ready for your arrival. We make it easy for you to relax – why do the hard work if you don’t have to?

There you have it – Autumn in a nutshell!

Why not make the most of the Autumn by staying in one of our cosy glamping pods in the Peak District? We would love to welcome you to share this special season. Wrap up warm and enjoy the wonderful walks from the door, and feel the warmth that the sight of the changing seasons brings!

Felicity

14 things to do for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

Hoe Grange is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a “mini-moon”. Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style in one of our cosy log cabins or gorgeous glamping pods, where you are never far from the romance of nature’s beauty.

Here are 14 romantic things for couples to do in our stunning Peak District …

1. Stroll through the snowdrops

Stroll hand in hand through a white carpet of snowdrops at Hopton Hall gardens.

snowdrops at Hopton HallHopton Hall can trace its roots back to the 1400’s when it boasted an estate of 3,700 acres, some of which now stands under the Carsington Reservoir.

The beautiful gardens and woodland walks have been restored over the last 10 years resulting in stunning displays of snowdrops and aconites. On your wonderful Valentine’s Day walk you’ll be able to see the first signs of Spring peeping through. Then warm up with a tasty bowl of hearty soup or hot chocolate – we can highly recommend the delicious cakes.

Valentine's Day flowers2. Red Roses

Say it with flowers – well Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete with some traditional red roses! Freedom Flowers at Wirksworth have a fabulous selection of roses, and beautiful blooms, with added extras such as Salt Kiss beer, local chocolates and more –  you can also order online.

3. Chocolates

For the chocoholic in your life celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving some delicious handmade Holdsworth Chocolates?

handmade chocolatesBarbara Holdsworth began making chocolates to her own unique recipes in 1988, and expanded by training her own chocolatiers how to make her tempting treats. These scrumptious chocolates are created using sweet cream butter and Belgium couverture, before liqueurs, spirits, fruit purees or praline pastes are added to create a delicious flavoured centre.

Situated in Bakewell and now run by Barbara’s daughter Genevieve, Holdsworth Chocolates are stocked at fine food halls throughout the country and have become Britain’s best-selling entirely handmade chocolates.

4. Watch the sunset

Relax in the pure warm water of our Swedish log-fired hot tub and watch as the sunsets over the hill. Discover complete peace, tranquillity, and togetherness with this truly #Hygge experience. For that extra special touch for Valentine’s Day you will find scented rose petals scattered in the warm water.

5. Wow! what a view
Just the 2 of you!
Just the 2 of you!

Wake up in one of our gorgeous glamping pods to a stunning view of the undulating Peak District landscape from your pillow – what could be more romantic than that! Take time out and reconnect to nature by watching the hens, sheep, cows and wonderful wildlife as they scamper around.

6. Relaxing spa day

My Personal Sanctuary treatmentsLife is about sharing experiences – what better way to say “I love you” than to pamper your partner with a relaxing spa day whilst on holiday in your cosy log cabin or gorgeous glamping pod? The professional and friendly My Personal Sanctuary therapists use only the very best techniques and bring everything to your cabin, including wonderful organic products to nurture your body, mind and soul.

The added benefit is that you can make the most of your Valentine’s treatment by simply continuing to relax without having to get up and drive anywhere.

7. Discover Dovedale

Put a spring back in your step and skip across the famous stepping stones at Dovedale. Put in place in the middle of the 19th century, the stepping stones have long been a romantic attraction for visitors to the Peak District. See if you can spot the fossils in the stones as you cross over them.

stepping stones at DovedaleDovedale is the section of the Dove valley between Milldale and Thorpe Cloud. The River Dove flows through this remarkable limestone gorge and is flanked by steep cliffs, with numerous caves and rock pillars, including the spectacular Ilam Rock. The best view of the valley is from the top of the iconic Thorpe Cloud. Why not follow this circular Dovedale walk and take a picnic with you?

8. Capture the moment

Capture those special moments with a professional photo shoot with Ruth Downing of Rural Pictures – as you can see from this montage the stunning scenery in Dovedale really does make a fantastic romantic backdrop.

Dovedale photo shoot9. Take a trip on our tandem

tandem bicycleDo you look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle made for two? Why not give it a go and hire our vintage tandem to cycle along the High Peak Trail?

You get some fabulous views from the trail; cycling with two takes a little getting used to but it’s great fun once you get the hang of it – you definitely have to work together in harmony!

10. View Vintage Adventure Tour

If you want to take things easy, sit back and experience the Peak District National Park in real style. Discover new places and fabulous views from the majestic 1929 vintage tourer. Take a tour straight from your cabin door and try out the Winter Warmer run, with hot water bottles and warm blankets at the ready, stopping off at local pubs to toast yourselves in front of roaring fires with a beer in hand.

Vintage Car Tours of the Peak District
Vintage Car Tours from the door

Your friendly Vintage Adventure Tours driver Steven will share his local knowledge of our wonderful Peak District to give you an unforgettable experience.

11. Porsche and picnic

If the man in your life is more into modern sports cars then you can hire a Porche Boxster to tour the many delights that Derbyshire has to offer. You can have the perfect pit stop as Peak Performance Hire are now offering a Valentine’s Day hamper packed full of flavours of the Peak District from #LoveLocal artisan producers and put together by Sauced Here.

Porsche picnic hearts

12. Romantic dinner for two

For the ultimate fine dinning experience to celebrate Valentine’s Day whisk your loved one away to Fischer’s at Baslow. This beautiful old Derbyshire manor house has a tranquil feel and you can cosy up in front of a log fire before indulging in the Kitchen Tasting Bench experience.

Fischer's restaurantThis is the ultimate front-row seat in a busy, Michelin Star kitchen, where you can observe the chefs creating their award winning Taste of Britain dishes from local and homegrown seasonal ingredients before your very eyes.

13. Rekindle romance

Don’t let the light dim – rekindle your romance by candlelight with a beautiful wax hurricane candle. These distinctive handmade candles created locally in Tissington by Annie at On A Wick and a Prayer will light up your life, and let your love glow.

hurricane canldles
14. Precious jewellery

Love is a precious thing to be treasured just like the rare Blue John stone that is unique to the Derbyshire Peak District. Blue John is Britain’s rarest mineral, first discovered at Castleton by the Romans almost 2000 years ago.

Blue John necklaceThe distinctive Blue John Stone is the most prized ornamental variety of Flurospa (Calcium Fluoride).  The definite banded veins of colour running through it creates unique and beautiful light reflecting patterns. It is so delicate that it is mined by hand to avoid damaging the structure of the stone.

C.W. Sellors of Ashbourne use Blue John to handcraft the most amazingly beautiful jewellery using this unique precious stone – who wouldn’t melt if they were given a Blue John heart on 14th February for Valentine’s Day?

The Peak District is full of fun, exciting things to do and see. I had a tough job picking just 14 ideas and could easily have added many more to my list! If you stay in our award winning log cabins we can share more of our #LoveLocal knowledge with you to make your holiday truly memorable.

Felicity  

Pamper yourself on holiday

The winter months with dark evenings and gloomy misty days can leave you feeling tired and in need of a little pampering – why not pamper yourself and book a relaxing beauty treatment or massage whilst on your holiday at Hoe Grange? As mentioned in our last blog such indulgence is a perfect #hygge way to perk you up and help you breeze through the dreary winter months.

Pamper Yourself

Relaxing massage Close your eyes – now imagine you are relaxing in one of our cosy cabins or glamping pods, wrapped in a warm fluffy towel on a heated treatment bed, soft soothing music playing in the background, and heavenly scents filling the air.

Under the skilled hands of an expert therapist, you’ve just experienced the most fabulous facial using natural, organic products, or perhaps a stress relieving back massage with hot stones, and all your aches and pains have melted away.

What better way to make the most of your relaxing self-catering holiday in the Peak District hills, than to pamper yourself?

With the professional and friendly My Personal Sanctuary therapists you are in safe hands and feel as though you are actually in a spa. However when your “spa day” in your cosy cabin is complete the therapists leave quietly allowing you to continue to soak up the calm and tranquil atmosphere. That to me is the real added bonus.

Valentine’s Day Special

Romance is in the air as Valentine ’s Day approaches. Why not experience some hygge relaxation as a couple? Two therapists can visit your holiday cabin at the same time to deliver treatments simultaneously. You can both choose the same treatments, or perhaps a hot stone massage for her and deep tissue massage for him?

Neal's Yard natural remediesThe price for two therapists delivering 1 hour treatments each is £240, for more information on MPS packages for couples click here.

The friendly MPS therapists use only the very best techniques and Neal’s Yard organic products to nurture your body, mind and soul. Such gorgeous natural remedies smell divine, and leave you soothed; they also fit in beautifully with our eco ethos.

Valentine's Day flowersComplete your romantic package with a Hoe Grange luxury log-fired hot tub experience for two 

What woman doesn’t love a bunch of flowers? You can surprise your loved one with some gorgeous roses from #LoveLocal florist Sheila at Freedom Flowers in Wirksworth, or think ahead and order a bunch of sunshine for your mother for Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day

Heading into March Mother’s Day is a very important day! Many of us are Mums, and have Mums, or are even Mums to be!
MPS can provide treatments from young to old including mums in pregnancy to give a special gift to celebrate Mother’s Day.
relaxing facial Why not book a longer package and share the time and enjoyment between generations?
Mum may like to take some time to relax with a relaxing Aroma Massage, and Grandma may prefer to restore and relax with a Calming Foot & leg treatment.
You can even get the children involved to with the selection of MPS Mini/Kiddie treats!
It’s a perfect way to share an afternoon or a morning with loved ones and create wonderful memories.

A Mother’s Day package could include an Aroma Massage for Mum, a Calming Foot for Gran, a Kiddie treat and one mini treat, all delivered by one therapist over 2 hours for just £180. For more treatment ideas for family and friends click here.

After massage glow
The after glow – you too could look like this!

Go on and book a treatment for your stay with us – find that inner calm and serenity without leaving the comfort of your cosy cabin or glamping pod!

David and I treated ourselves to a My Personal Sanctuary spa day (I know, the things we have to do for our guests!).

With first hand experience I can definitely promise you will go home relaxed, refreshed and revived, but beware it may not be your best look!

Felicity

How to have a Hygge holiday

Looking back on 2016 one of the biggest trends has been the interest in “hygge”; so as the year draws to a close we thought you might like some inspiration on how to have a hygge holiday.

What is hygge?

The Danish word “hygge”, shortlisted by both the Oxford and Collins dictionaries for the word of the year, has no direct translation, but is often described as cosiness and a feeling of comfort; the enjoyment of everyday experiences.

How to pronounce hygge

To pronounce this phonetically challenging word make a pouting face and say HUE-gah!

8 ways to have a hygge holiday at Hoe Grange

Hoe Grange is the ideal place to stay in the winter as our log cabins and gorgeous glamping pods are warm and cosy, so you can relax and enjoy the good things in life with the people you care about around you. Hoe Grange provides a real “home from home” resulting in a happy, memorable hygge holiday.

1. Snuggle up in a cosy log cabin

Lantern What better way to have a hygge holiday than to stay in a Scandinavian-inspired log cabin? With our environmentally-friendly ground source heating, you’ll be snug as a bug, even in the depths of winter. It’s possible to hygge alone, wrapped in a woolen blanket with a cup of tea, but the true expression of hygge is lighting a lantern and joining with loved ones in a relaxed atmosphere.

2. Hot tub under the stars

Hot tub luxury packageRelax in the steamy water of our log-fired hot tub with a glass of mulled wine, or unwind completely in the steamy barrel sauna. With Hoe Grange nestled so deep in the countryside, you’ll find yourself transfixed by the dark starry skies above. The tranquil peace and quiet is what our guests love the most.

Or visit the Stardisc at Wirksworth where all the stars are mapped out for you on the stone circle.

3. Comfort food with closest friends

mulled-wine3Once you’ve explored the stunning Peak District countryside around Hoe Grange, rest your weary feet and sit down to a heartwarming supper of winter stew, with some mulled wine.

There’s nothing better than sharing food with friends.

4. Bring your four legged friends too!

Fudge the dogWe welcome dogs at Hoe Grange – think woolen-socked feet gently resting on a snoring Labrador after a long winter walk – cuddle up and connect with your trusted friend.

Twix and Crunchie love a little tummy tickle, whilst Fudge sneaks on to the sofa and is just plain spoilt – so adorable she gets away with murder!

5. Hot chocolate by candlelight

Hot chocolateLight some candles and watch the flickering flames whilst you silently sip your hot chocolate – truly scrumptious.

There is nothing quite like the comforting taste of chocolate, and who cares about the calories!

The Danes buy the most candles and research shows that creating hygge with candlelight brings happiness, who can argue with that!

6. Country pubs with roaring fires

Yr Old Gate InnWrap up warm and walk over the hill to the pub for a pint and toast yourself by the roaring fire.  When something is hygge, you say it’s hyggelig (“HOO-gah-lee”).

You can definitely have a special hyggelig evening at Ye Old Gate in Brassington.

7. Cycle everywhere
off-road wheelchairs
Heading home

Exercise increases levels of dopamine in your brain (the ‘happy hormone’), so cycling is very hyggelig. Why not borrow one of our mountain bikes? It’s a great way to enjoy some fresh air and explore our Peak District countryside.

It would be even more hyggelig if you hire our off-road wheelchair or our vintage tandem for two!

8. Be kind to yourself

FirepitTake time out and relax in the dry heat of our barrel sauna, or wrap up in blankets, sit round the firepit, toast marshmallows and sing together – share your hygge and let the warm, fuzzy feelings flow.

Hygge is being aware of a good moment whether it’s simple or special. It’s all about experiences rather than material stuff, and booking a holiday at Hoe Grange is a great hygge way to get through the dark winter months.

It’s no coincidence that all the letters in Hygge can be found in “Hoe Grange Holidays”

Happy hygge New Year!
David and Felicity