10 ways to make the most of rural living

10 ways to make the most of rural living
Celebrate the British countryside in style with these products and services

From patio rejuvenation and draught-proofing your chimney to animal welfare and sustainable pet food, we track down the best country-minded products and services.

Elevate your kitchen with a bespoke worktop

If you’re looking for a statement piece for your home, look no further than a bespoke, hand-finished kitchen worktop. HL Perfitt has been creating bespoke pieces for private clients and developers since 1842 from its workshop in Norfolk, importing the finest materials from across the globe, including granite, marble, quartz, limestone and slate. The design team employ the latest digital imaging software and state-of-the-art technology, which is blended with the attention of highly-skilled craftspeople who use traditional stonemasonry techniques to hand-finish each piece. As well as ensuring the worktop is aesthetically beautiful, HL Perfitt also understands the importance of functionality, and works with clients to incorporate any finishing touches they desire, including hand-finished sink drainers, matching splashbacks and windowsills. Request a brochure and turn your dream kitchen into reality. Call 01379 888098 or head online.

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Provide your pets with food that’s delicious and sustainable


Pioneering pet food brand Burns Pet Nutrition has reinvented its popular wet food variety to make it even more sustainable. Hand-cooked in Wales and made with responsibly sourced ingredients, the updated Burns Wet Food variety is now available in a new and improved recyclable tray. As with all of Burns food, the new wet food is healthy, hypoallergenic, wholesome, highly digestible and made with a single protein source. With tasty varieties such as organic chicken, hearty lamb, wild fish and free-range egg, even fussy and sensitive dogs can get their tails wagging for Burns.

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Support equine care with a fun family day out

Based just north of Lincoln, Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare is a great day out for all the family. With free entry, free parking and a dog-friendly site, visitors of all ages are sure to have a great time making four-legged friends, taking part in seasonal activities and exploring the picturesque Lincolnshire countryside. 年に設立 1968 by Peter Hunt, Bransby Horses is one of the UK’s largest equine welfare charities, dedicated to improving the lives of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. The organisation has nearly 1,000 animals in its care, many of which come from situations of mistreatment and neglect, across two sites in Lincolnshire and foster homes around the country. The site at Bransby, with its award-winning visitor centre, cafe and gift shop, is open to the public for free all year round and gives visitors a chance to see the amazing work being done by the organisation.

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Give your patio a new lease of life

Patios are often unnecessarily replaced, when they can be completely restored at a fraction of the cost. You will be amazed at how simple it can be to remove years of organic growth and see what lies beneath. A finalist in the RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year 2020 競争, the Patio Black Spot Removal System has turned DIY exterior cleaning on its head. This complete restoration solution gently lifts layers of organic growth without damaging either the stone beneath or surrounding plants. It restores your patio to how it looked when it was first laid and helps to permanently prevent the return of black spot and other organic growth. To use, remove loose surface dirt, apply the solution suitable for your paving as instructed and watch the transformation take place before your eyes.

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Enjoy spectacularly fresh flowers delivered to your door

Brighten your home quickly and easily with top-quality flowers delivered straight from the growers and directly to your door. The stems from Freddie’s Flowers are as fresh as can be and will last for ages. They arrive in bud, ready to burst open in the vase, filling the room with flower power. そのうえ, Freddie will teach you how to style every bunch with fun illustrated guides — it’s like a flower arranging course in a box. Deliveries are flexible and can be managed with a handy online calendar, so you can skip or reschedule any delivery in just a few clicks. Deliveries are certified carbon neutral, and all packaging is biodegradable or recyclable. All for just £25 per box including free delivery. Get your first two boxes for half price by using code BLOOM250. Offer ends 26 8月 2022.

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Refresh your home with a frameless greenhouse

Pure Greenhouse has been making frameless greenhouses for many years, providing everything from cold frames to large bespoke projects — working to deliver the perfect greenhouse or orangery to suit each customer’s needs. All greenhouses are built to be long-lasting and able to deal with high winds and stormy conditions. Pure Greenhouse’s products are some of the most robust on the market, with toughened safety glass and stainless-steel fittings that have been designed to last. The company is so confident in the toughness of its products that it offers a 10-year guarantee on the entire range. The innovative ventilation system ensures a healthy growing environment for plants, creating a space where you can enjoy your garden spaces regardless of the weather. Call 03332 005833 or visit the website.

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Make a passive income from your home whilst you’re away

If you’re thinking about relocating, are a frequent traveller or have a second home that’s often vacant, short-term rentals could provide a new source of income and enable you to take advantage of the increased freedom to work from anywhere. Since forming in 2014, UnderTheDoormat has welcomed more than 12,000 guests and fully manages in excess of 300 premium homes. The company provides homeowners with the comfort of knowing their home is occupied through short-term and mid-term lets of anywhere from three nights to six months. The dedicated homeowner team looks after you and your home through every step, in line with the company’s Peace of Mind Pledge. UnderTheDoormat offers market-leading insurance, guest vetting and personal check-ins for every stay, as well as a professional cleaning service, covered by its 10-Point Hygiene Promise.

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Boost your wi-fi signal without any fuss

One of the most frustrating parts of modern life is finding that so-called wireless technology can be blocked by walls and ceilings, causing devices to fall out of wi-fi range in your own home. You can now sidestep this annoyance with devolo’s Mesh WiFi 2, a nifty wi-fi booster that uses your home’s own powerline to transmit data and boost your signal. A Mesh WiFi hotspot can be created at any power socket, making sure that pesky walls and ceilings won’t slow down the speed, allowing you to surf and stream without interruption.

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Install your own hydrotherapy spa to enjoy at home

RotoSpa’s success story started from humble beginnings. The British family business built its first hydrotherapy spa in 2003 to help a friend recover from a hip replacement and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Every RotoSpa is made with pride in the West Midlands and is designed to be quick to set up, with no crane needed for installation. The spas require very little maintenance, are economical to run and easily accessible — with no crane needed for installation. The durable, rotationally moulded shell comes with a lifetime guarantee so you can fully relax while enjoying your RotoSpa all year round. The UK’s only manufacturer of rotationally moulded spas, the team work with more than 200 UK holiday parks and thousands of homes across the UK.

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Discover the benefits of draught-proofing your chimney

A fireplace can really make a room come alive but an open chimney can be like having an open window all year round, by sucking warm air out of the property at an alarming rate, with cold air pulled in from outside. Blocking the chimney can eliminate cold draughts and reduce your heating bill by around 5%. Chimney Sheep’s chimney blockers are made of Herdwick wool with 20% of the profits going to planting trees and restoring wildlife habitat. Buy a Chimney Sheep to eliminate draughts, reduce your carbon footprint, save money on heating bills and contribute to nature restoration.

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