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Glamping vs. Camping : An Insider’s Guide

Certainly Wood’s lovely logs and kindling can be found at many of the best glamping places the length and breadth of the country. One such place being Penhein, a rather wonderful glampsite near Chepstow in Monmouthshire. Run by Helen and James Hearn, the couple now live the good life after upping sticks and leaving London…

Herefordshire’s Hidden Talents

Based in Herefordshire, as we are, we’re big fans of the county’s stunning scenery and picturesque villages. Unlike some of its neighbours – the Cotswolds and South Wales to name but two – Herefordshire doesn’t seem to spring to mind when it comes to location scouts looking for a backdrop for the next big film…

Perfect Pitch

Here at Certainly Wood we love nothing better than to find local businesses who share our passion for the great outdoors. Our latest discovery is www.olproshop.com – a family-run business based in neighbouring Worcestershire, who describe what they do as ‘colourful and technical camping and caravanning gear designed for the Great British Outdoors’.  We asked…

Great Food Made Snappy

It’s no easy thing to photograph food and make it look both tasty and artistic at the same time. Herefordshire-based creative food and lifestyle photographers Photopia are amongst the best, which is why we love working with them here at Certainly Wood. Trying to find Photopia’s studios requires nerves of steel and a reliable satnav as…

Red Wines by the Fire

Despite spring being little more than a month away, the winter weather seems to be a permanent fixture at the moment. What better way to forget the rain at night than by closing the curtains, cosying up to a roaring fire and enjoying a rather nice glass of red wine – very hygge and perfect…

What’s in the cards?

A good game of cards by a roaring fire is a Christmas ‘must’ for many families that seems to have been carried into January this year within ours.     Whilst losing yet another hand of Whist the other night, I tried diversionary tactics by turning the discussion to the four suits found in a…

Hygge In Herefordshire

Hygge (hoo-gah) is a hot topic at the moment – the Danish solution to beating the winter blues by swaddling ourselves in cosy blankets and enjoying hot chocolate with friends.   Herefordshire is already ahead in the hygge stakes (if you’ll pardon the pun) as we’ve spotted Herefordshire beef stew on Danish menus in several…

Blowing His Stack – The Chimneys of Gaudi

With a few notable exceptions, most chimneys are added to a building as a necessity, rather than as a feature, especially when it comes to the sometimes mundane contemporary buildings thrown up in haste these days. The same cannot be said of the buildings of Spanish art-deco architect Antoni Gaudi, whose Willy Wonka-esque preoccupation with…

Made in Herefordshire Cookbook

Photographers Rebecca and Simon Wild are well known to Certainly Wood customers as they are responsible for lots of the wonderful images that grace the pages of our website. Their first love is food photography and the pair produce exceptional images from their rural Herefordshire studio. Their passion for food led them to putting together…

A Right Royal Year

We’ve gone Brit mad the last few years with Royal weddings, the Olympics and various anniversaries. The most recent cause for celebration has been the Queen’s 90th birthday knees up! But is there any patriotic merchandise out there that can stand the test of time and not look tacky in years to come? Blanket Coverage…