Garden Route Accommodation


We had the great pleasure of hosting Mark Butchers and his wonderful wife Hilary. Mark bears more than just a passing resemblance to Liam Neeson. Mark is currently the Vicar of St Peter’s, Wolvercote, following six years as Chaplain and Director of Studies for Theology at Keble College, Oxford. After training at Chichester Theological College, he was curate of two urban parishes in London at Chelsea and Mitcham. He then served as Rector of four rural parishes in mid-Devon for six years, before moving to Keble College.

Most recently he celebrated the completion of the lates phase of an ambitious £475,000 redevelopment when St Peter’s, Wolvercote, opened its new parish rooms to the public in the presence of the Bishop of Oxford. Dubbed St Peter’s Rooms, they will be a meeting place open to all members of the Wolvercote community and beyond.

The project was the inspiration of Rev Dr Mark Butchers, who commented, “We felt that Wolvercote’s needs have changed considerably in recent times. Upgraded facilities were needed to cater for the growing local community and an influx of young families. We also wanted to provide formal and informal opportunities for people to expand their social circles, hopefully overcoming the growing feeling of isolation in modern society. When funds are available, we hope to build a glass corridor, linking St Peter’s Rooms into the church itself, to extend further the useable space.”

Meanwhile back at Augusta de Mist, we cooked Mark and Hilary a Malay curry and some malva pudding served with sweet dessert wine, before joining them in the dining room for some engaging conversation. The members of the parish are lucky to have these people in the community. Both of them simply personify joy.  We are lucky too because somehow, we attract the best guests.