Interesting Places and people

With the holiday season now upon us, even if it feels like Winter…We would like to share some of our teams favourite places to stay, eat & be merry to pass on for your enjoyment:

Rick Steins cafe at Padstow in Cornwall is an idyllic holiday for even a short break and with Rock on its doorstep with Nathan Outlaws Restaurant at St Enodoc Hotel you are spoilt for choice. If you are thinking of decorating your home, you will be inspired by the designs at these holiday accommodation.

If you want to keep fit whilst on holiday you can hire bikes & ride along the famous camel estuary or you could try body boarding & surfing !!


Daylesford self catering cottages in Gloucestershire are outstanding & Daylesford Organic farm & restaurant are within a stroll

The Hand & Flowers Pub in Marlow is a superb location for river pursuits & the rooms & food are excellent ( Although trying to make a booking is a nightmare as very popular hence a 3 month waiting list)

The Pig in Hampshire is set in the New Forest & as you drive up the long drive to the Farrow & BALL painted old stately manor house, it takes your breath away. All the food is locally sourced & served in a divine conservatory.

Way up in Norfolk on the blustery East Anglian coast is the Neptune Restaurant with rooms, a coaching inn…. a little gem if a bit expensive.All cosy & countrified with a little bit of London thrown in. The Lamb, Game & Fruit & Veg   all from local producers. restaurant


PEFC is the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.

It is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification. It is there to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are sourced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. National forest certification systems are assessed against PEFC’s unique and highly respected Sustainability Benchmarks practices.

PEFC has certification systems in more than 30 countries, totalling over 240 million hectares of forest.

PEFC have recently launched a new brochure explaining their unique approach to Forest Certification.

Details of the brochure can be found on their website at

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The website also includes other really interesting information about forests and how we can help promote PEFC



medium_4907873487Over the ages different cultures and religions have used a variety of charms on the entrance to their homes in order to ward of evil spirits and bring good luck to the home.

One of the most enduring and endearing in English culture is the Horseshoe.

Placing a horseshoe over an entrance or doorframe has long been considered good luck. Some people believe that a horseshoe facing up will bring good luck to those who pass through the door and if the horseshoe is facing down the luck “will run out”. Others believe that if the horseshoe is facing downwards the luck will flow to those who pass under it.

Equally undecided is the origins of horseshoes as good luck symbols. One of the more popular stories is that of St. Dunstan. He was a blacksmith who nailed a horseshoe to the hoof of the Devil, instead of to the hoof of the Devil’s horse. The Devil was in great pain and St. Dunstan agreed to remove the horseshoe only if the Devil swore that he would never enter a home where a horseshoe was hung above the doorway. Another story is that evil fairies were repelled by iron, so hanging a horseshoe above the door would keep these supernatural creatures at bay.

There are a host of other theories relating to horseshoes above the doorway – only used horseshoes will do; horseshoes will only provide protection to their rightful owners, so using a stolen horseshoe will not bring any luck.

Whatever your feelings about superstition and luck, I’m sure everyone agrees that a horseshoe above a cottage doorway certainly give an air of quaint English country life.


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Wow! I had never heard of this guy until I stumbled across his website. His designs are incredible. Amazing contemporary woodwork that will endure for a lifetime. Palo Samko works with salvaged wood, designing furniture that is practical as well as unbelievably beautiful.

His website showcases some of his work, and it is a joy to see. Take 5 minutes and have a look at what this incredibly talented man is doing.

Palo Samko – Woodworker.


We live in an age where there is a lot of injustice, and little consideration for the more resounding impacts of our actions. However, we also live in an age where, thanks to easily accessible information, as well as a little thoughtfulness, we are becoming more aware of what impact our everyday choices and actions have.
There are many ways to alter your lifestyle to make it more ethical and sustainable, recycling, buying local goods etc. But one factor that is still largely overlooked is where the wood that makes your doors come from. Having a house fitted with wooden doors made from wood from sustainable sources can help you rest assured that you are doing your bit to preserve our forests.


Very often, the sustainability of the wood depends on the location it comes from.

  • European wood is almost always sustainable because the forests are now protected by legislation, so if you are planning on installing a door made from sustainable materials, wood from Europe will certainly help you do this. However, it is worth checking the exact location the wood comes from, as there are still reports of logging in Siberia and parts of Russia.
  • Asian, South American and African wood is still sometimes questionable in its sustainability. There are groups trying to ensure the replanting of certain forests, and if you use wood from these particular places, checking for certain insignias and logos will help you in knowing whether your wood is sustainable or not.

What to Look For

You can check if your door or wood is from a sustainable source by looking for the official certification which is used only with products made from sustainable forests. Alternatively you can look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) marking, followed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC) logo.

The FSC is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. It was founded in 1993 in response to public concern about deforestation and demand for a trustworthy wood-labelling scheme. There are national working groups in more than 50 countries including the UK. FSC UK is a registered charity which is supported by WWF, Greenpeace and the Woodland Trust.

At Best4Doors we try to ensure that all our doors are ethically sourced and from sustainable forests. In most cases all our doors are made from wood that has FSC approval. Whatever you buy – doors, floors or furniture – don’t hesitate to ask for proof that it is ethically sourced and sustainable.