Murder Mystery Dinners

P1030851If you are looking for ideas to really entertain your gathering then a Murder Mystery dinner is a GREAT idea.

I had my own birthday House party at the Healthy Home over the summer and chose the Mayan Murder Mystery from Red Herring Games. I was impressed that the company founder was a member of the International Crime Writers’ Association. I paid extra to have the scripts adapted because the group was not an even number and there were more men than women so some of the characters had to be changed. The game can be downloaded or you can pay extra like I did to have all the invites and script booklets printed out in colour which adds impact (but is not necessary to the success of the game).

What made it fun was the pre-event excitement as guests were invited as their alter ego character with a brief for how they might dress and bring any props. Preparing the character costumes was all part of the fun. We even had a group on WhatsApp to share teasers before the weekend.. guesing who had been assigned what character! Then on the night it was wonderful to see the effort everyone had gone to to be in character and dress for the part. Highly recommended. I think this photo conveys some of the atmosphere of the night. We are all still talking about the evening and intend to meet up bringing our alter ego characters to life again.

If you hunt around the web there are all sorts of ideas for fun and games …. this is a link to 50, Cheap Creative ways to have Fun. Make the most of your party event in the Healthy Home.

One of our guest parties in September decided to follow suit with a Murder Mystery dinner for a 40th birthday … looks great fun:

Jonathan Holmes Murder Mystery Guest

Jonathan & Karen’s 40th Murder Mystery party

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The golden glow of spring daffodils

April is such a wonderful time of year in the Yorkshire Dales for it doesn’t matter how warm or cool the temperature (and that can differ dramatically), there is always the most beautiful glow of yellow across the hills and along the roadsides. There is no other time when there is such an abundance of one colour and one type of flower. The glorious daffodil does a splendid job of helping us all shake off the long winter and herald in the longer days with the promise of warmth and sunshine.

Here is a slideshow of the some of the magnificent daffodils around the Healthy Home in the spring.


The daffodil album on Flickr

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Love is in the Air ……Valentine’s

This weekend we welcomed a family group staying over Valentine’s weekend so there was a bit of an extra effort to put a feeling of love and romance into the house šŸ™‚


Bedroom 1 in the cottage with the love heart light


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Bedroom upgrades for spring bookings …

The house has been through another upgrade with more spring cleaning and refurbishment preparing for the first of our early spring bookings. New bedding, some paint touch-ups, different light fittings and finishing touches to give the bedrooms a bit more of a “wow-factor”. I think it might have worked as the family who came to stay this weekend LOVED it.


Bedroom 4, the twin in the Barn has been expanded by the removal of a huge shelving area that was used to make this an office … years ago.




Bedroom 6, the double in the New Building, has new spring bedding



A new oak table in the dining room can now seat 12 … ten seats round the table in the photo and two extra seats to bring in when needed.



a peak at the expanded dining table in the kitchen. It’s great for a large group to be able to have breakfast in there and to eat by the log fire. We have created more space by taking out an unused kitchen cabinet.


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The big snow!

P1020212The Healthy Home woke up in a beautiful white winter wonderland on Saturday morning.Ā  The snow in the gardenĀ is knee deep so there’s no better place to beĀ and when the sun comes out it’s time to go out with a camera to record the natural beauty of winter.

Check out some of the photos

Not only that but the place was even more magical sitting above the low clouds …..


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The Healthy Home on Airbnb

The Healthy Home is now featured on Airbnb and today we welcomed our first party of guests staying, without us hosting them!

Check out the new listing

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