Gardeners delight

Nicky spends almost all of her free time in the garden and has big plans for it next year, so ‘watch this space’… all who stay here agree she has created a wonderful place for family and guests to enjoy, whether wandering around, or just sitting and relaxing with a cup of something or a glass of something stronger…

Happy Halloween!

Halloween in Colchester is always a great affair; there are plenty of events on this October and November suitable for all ages that are Halloween themed. From a fright night at Colchester zoo to Halloween art for the kids at Firstsite this is the perfect opportunity to get away in autumn. Book now!

So much to do, so little time!

Here in Colchester there are so many fun days out to be had. Here is just a taster of a few upcoming events.

Coming to the Mercury Theatre on Saturday 25th October are the Champions of Magic, featuring 5 world class magicians. Visit to book tickets now – they’re sure to sell out fast.

This October and November Colchester Arts Centre are holding plenty of kids show. From fairy crown making workshops to musical adaptations of the Ugly Duckling, these are perfect for children aged 3 and up. Check out for more details.

Why not stay at Ransomes Bed and Breakfast to make your stay extra special?

Christmas in Colchester

Cannot believe how busy we have been this summer; thank you to all our guests that have visited, at last a few minutes to sit down and write! As the colder weather arrives we have a last minute rush of tidying the garden, filling the myriad of bird feeders and trying to make our beautiful quail a comfy winter home. Luckily this old house is kept warm with open fires and the dependable Aga – visit and enjoy your breakfast beside our family friend!


Colchester is gearing up for Christmas and to encourage everyone in there will be free car parking in many of the Town Centre car parks. This is planned for the late night shopping events on Wednesdays in December.


This year the Mercury Theatre’s pantomime is Sleeping Beauty on from December to early January  and locally our wonderful Peldon Players are putting on Cinderella – these sought after tickets go on sale on Sat 7th December at 3pm at Peldon Village Hall.

Into The New Year

As we all begin to pack up Christmas the ‘Back to Work Blues’ seem to be lurking, but why not escape the chaos by planning a weekend break? Colchester is buzzing with January sales and as our town centre is brimming with new shops, there are plenty of bargains to be had before the season is out.

With the arrival of winter comes the promise of beautiful winter sunsets and our garden is overflowing with birds on the many feeders. We now have two familiar pheasants  popping round daily, allowing for many wonderful photographic opportunities.