Lots to Look Forward to in 2016

Posted on 7th January, 2016

Now that all the Christmas decorations have been put away here at Hrempis Farm Bed & Breakfast, it is time to turn to  one of the highlights of my January here in Rempstone. 


A trip to Loughborough market this morning has been 'fruitful' as I bought Seville oranges ready to make my New Year's batch of  lovely tangy golden English marmalade to serve to my guests during the coming months. There is something very comforting about filling the house with the wonderful citrusy tang of cooking marmalade. I will make other batches  inclusing a particular favourite where I add stem ginger.  Hopefully this year checking the setting point will be easier as  I have a new high tech digital thermometer  to just point at the jam pan. I will report back on its success!!


Many of the guests visiting the area in recent weeks have been attending weddings and events  at

Prestwold Hall, the quintissential country house just a short distance from here.  It is such a beautiful setting and  hard to believe it is only a few minutes drive from Loughborough, a real gem in this Leicestershire landscape.


Now that the festive season is past some guests staying here are visitors to the university campuses at Loughborough, Sutton Bonington, and Nottingham.  We are fortunate to be in the heart of such academic excellence which cover such a broad base of faculties from sport across the sciences and arts. 


The access to such  outstanding facilities was also part of the reason for the  acquisition of Stanford Hall as the new centre for DNRC,  the state of the art centre being developed as the centre for the rehabilitation of disabled servicemen.  When I first came to Rempstone, Stanford Hall was the Co-operative training centre  and it was a wonderful venue for  local familieis to meet up and picnic and play tennis  during the summer months.  After a few chequered years  we were delighted to learn that the  Hall and its estate  on the borders of Notts and Leics had been purchased by the Duke of Westminster and his Black Stork charity to  became this  centre of national importance.  Following months of consultation and planning, work is now well underway on the construction of the facility.  The site close to excellent communication links  with the M1, East Midlands Airport and main line rail service at Loughborough to London make it an ideal location.  The Nottingham University Hospitals and Loughborough University a centre of sports development  also added to making this the  perfect location for the centre.


Full details of the project and ongoing updates on its progress can be found by  logging into the website just click DNRC



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