Not much left of the Christmas chocolate stash, Montezumas, thanks Jon & Clare.  When the Montezumas Chocolate Library arrives at Chritmas time its like an adult selection box.  It thuds onto the present pile and immediately garners interest, large, sturdy, doesn’t feel like a book, doesn’t rattle and heavy enough to promise something substantial.  When the wrapping comes off it doesn’t disappoint.

Montezumas describe it thus, ‘Ten brilliant bars in one neat but weighty library’ and they’re not wrong! One kilo neatly divided; Space Hopper, Chilli & Lime, Minted, The Dark Side & Butterscotch, Smooth Milk, Lordy Lord, Orange & Geranium, Sea Dog, Very Dark & Spice It Up.  I’m not going to tell you anymore… and buy some!

Although I will tell you my personal favourite for a sinful treat in front of the cottage fire… ‘Minted’, reminded me of Mint Cracknell.  Anybody remember that?


Curlew Cottage is a wonderful place but it’s fair to say that it was starting to look a little tired and in need of some TLC so one of the first things we wanted to do as the new owners was to redecorate and bring the interior back to life. We’re now happy to report that after a New Year spent painting & decorating (with the odd trip up to the Drunken Duck for a restorative pint) the cottage is looking much better as you can see from the pictures in the galleryKeep Reading →

For those that missed David Ryan’s article in The Independent covering Pullwood Estate we couldn’t agree with this more:

The great thing about middle age, I’m deciding, is that I no longer have to seek foreign sun and sand… It’s shameful to admit, but we had never taken a walking holiday nor ever been to the Lake District. Time to fix all that, then!

You can still read the full article here if you’re interested.