I really didn’t think that at the beginning of March I would be writing this blog confined to quarters because of the snow! For the first time since we moved here in 2004 we have been unable to get out – except on foot. Having donned our coats, hats and gloves, picked up our trusty snow shovels and shovelled our way down to the by-way we found that the snow plough had not been through and the drifts on the road made it impassable for all but a few ( those whose determined efforts meant driving a 4×4 and using the bank on the roadside to get around the blockage). Having been a passenger in one of those vehicles I can truly say that it wasn’t for the faint hearted!!!. March is usually a time when the daffodils are starting to come into bud and they were, no doubt once this has melted they will resume where they left off. The thaw has started and hopefully our guests will be able to get here to enjoy the wonderful snowy views – yes it does have an upside too!!
Peter has worked really hard to finish the decorating and upgrading Keeper’s bathroom. The old bath had begun to show signs of wear and tear and wasn’t suitable for a shower but the new installation gives much more space and allows for the shower attachment to be used as a proper shower. We are really pleased with the results and Peter has put photographs on his Facebook page. The floor is the only thing left to do and when we arrange for the carpet to be replaced in the bedroom we will do the bathroom floor at the same time.
We are ready to attack the garden just need this snow to melt!!!
I have two discounted late availabilities in April
The Bothy is available from Sunday 8th April for up to 5 nights at a cost of £252
The Gatehouse has availability from Friday 6th or Saturday 7th for a week at £427.
What’s on over the next few months
More details for the listed events can be found at www.shropshire-events-guide.co.uk ( by virtual Shropshire) and www.ludlow.org.uk
March 16th -18th Spring Gala – Severn Valley Railway
17th/18th Shropshire Way 80K walk from Craven Arms Discover Centre
18th Continental Motor & Vintage Tractor rally
Midlands Breakfast Club at The Britiish Iron Works Centre
Plant Hunters fair at Alderford
Guided estate walk at Chirk
19th Guided Walk Broseley, Buildwas Abbey & Benthall Edge
22nd Ludlow Races
24th Fordhall Organic Farm Spring Foraging Meander & Meal
30th Plant Hunters Fair Whittington Castle
April 1st Spring Foraging Course Burford House Nr Ludlow ( also on the 28th)
2nd Eyton Point to Point
Sheep Gold Cup Hoo Farm
7th / 8th Open House Weekend Severn Valley Railway
8th Classic cars at Whittington Castle
Wild Garlic Day Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre Craven Arms
Guided Tour Stokesay Court ( also on the 17th and 22nd)
9th Ludlow Races (also the 24th)
14th The Man Engine at Blists Hill
15th Ford Hall Organic Farm Spring Fair
21st Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival
Cheese and Wine Evening Stokesay Court
22nd Secrets of Superfoods Shropshire Hills Discovery centre Craven Arms
28th Field to Fork at Harper Adams University Shrewsbury
Later in the year
May 12th Bishop’s Castle 3 Walks Round
May 12th/13th Telford Balloon & Kite Fiesta
May 12th/13th Ludlow Spring Food Festival
May 16th/20th Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival
June 10th Cosford Air Show
June 23rd/24th Shrewsbury Food Festival
July 16th – 1st July Ludlow Fringe Festival
July 17th Ludlow Secret Gardens
September 7th – 9th Ludlow Food Festival
Happy New year to all from us both at Pooh Hall. The last flurry of snow gave me the opportunity to take this photograph of the remaining roses ( sheltered by the end wall of The Bothy) against the fluffy white of the snow. I think that it is the first time we have been able to see both at the same time!
The new year has started with the usual frenzy of painting and decorating. We take the opportunity at the beginning of each year to freshen up the paintwork and complete any work that is needed in each cottage. This year Keeper’s Cottage is getting new curtains in the sitting room and a new bath. We have already upgraded the television in this cottage. The Gatehouse has a snuggle seat with reading lamp and an upstairs television and Peter has very nearly completed the painting. Finally The Bothy has been painted throughout.
We have the following late availabilities in the cottages, All prices have been discounted by 10%
The Bothy – for up to 6 nights from Sunday 11th March at a cost of £238 , this is a lovely cosy 4 Star cottage with wood burner. Again from Sunday 25th March for up to 5 nights at £212.
The Gatehouse – from Friday 2nd March for a week at £351. This is a spacious 5 star dog friendly cottage with wood burner and open plan layout.
Please note that our new email address is email@example.com
Peter and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our guests – old and new- a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
We have had a busy year here at Pooh Hall but luckily when the snow came last week we were on our own! Sunday morning was spent with the snow shovels clearing the track and Peter trudged down the lane and gritted the road only to have the snow plough flatten everything over the area that he had just done!! Ah well at least it made a start. Monday morning was a repeat performance but the snow in the centre of the track made it impossible for me to get my little car out. Peter was able to ferry us back and forth in the 4×4 so all was not lost and it was a magical walk in the woods with the dogs. There is something special about being the first to walk on pristine snow!!. The dogs loved it and were keen to charge about especially Vita.
We are now snow free and looking forward to decorating the cottages for our Christmas and New Year guests. Lots of holly, baubles and Christmas trees help create a happy atmosphere and we can all celebrate a special time of year.
Looking forwards to January ( lots of birthdays including Peter’s) it is nice to take stock of the past year and plan for the next. We have already achieved a couple of small things that we had planned for 2018. Keeper’s cottage has had a TV upgrade and The Gatehouse now has a TV in the bedroom.
Some of my plants haven’t survived the snow so it will be fun to plan and replant some of the borders. Note to self – do not waste time in the winter get out those catalogues!!
If you need to recharge your batteries after the Christmas and New Year excesses then we have the following dates available with a 10% discount. Our minimum charge is for 3 nights and we are happy to start a break from any day.
The Bothy is available from the 5th Jan for up to a week at £265
The Gatehouse is available from the 5th Jan for up to 6 nights at £316
Keeper’s Cottage is available from 5th Jan for up to a week at £329 and from the 12th for up to a week at the same tariff.
All our prices are fully inclusive of all electricity , logs, linen and also a locally sourced Welcome Pack.
Autumn is definitely here, the trees have started to change colour and the creeper on the side of The Gatehouse is glorious (see picture above). September was not the best month for good weather so we appreciated the sunny days that we did get all the more!! We have said goodbye to the house martins , another sign of Autumn, and we miss their aerial displays in the early evening watching them catch their supper!!
October is a time to look both backwards and forwards – back over the summer and forwards to plan our “jobs to do” for next year in our cottages. We have been very busy at Pooh Hall this year and hope that all our guests have enjoyed exploring Shropshire and discovering it’s charms but also have gone home relaxed benefitting from the peace, quiet and slow way of life that we enjoy here. Plans for next year include reinstating the television in The Gatehouse bedroom, we have already improved the seating upstairs with a small two seat settee to replace the single small chair. On the subject of television we are also changing Keeper’s Cottage onto Freesat in order to improve the signal. Other plans include slightly altering Keeper’s bathroom but I promise that you will still be able to sit in the bath and look out over the garden and the woods beyond.
Currently the most pressing job is to put the garden to bed and to change the summer planters for Winter pansies , violas and heathers. The warm temperatures have kept the summer pots in flower for much longer but I really think that they have to make way for someone else!!
Last Minute Availability
We have the following availability within the next 4 weeks with a 10% discount
Keeper’s Cottage is available from Saturday 25th November for 1 week at a discounted price of £329 – come and enjoy the Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fair. Saturday 2nd December for up to a week at £329 or this could be a shorter break please email or call.
Or stay in The Gatehouse from Friday 24th November for up to a week at £351 ( a weekend from Friday 24th is £211).
Finally I have two availabilities in The Bothy for1 week from the Thursday 23rd November at £265 and the following week from Sunday 3rd December at £265. Date for breaks can be flexible.
25th & 26th November Castle Artists Christmas Exhibition in Bishop’s Castle Public Hall www.castleartists.co.uk
25th & 26th November Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre www.ludlowmedievalchristmas.co.uk
7th – 9th December Pop Up Avalanche Tipi Restaurant in the Quarry Park Shrewsbury www.avalanchetipis.co.uk
9th & 10th December Shrewsbury Winter Festival www.shrewsburychristmas.co.uk
As we sit and enjoy the sunny weather the farmers are busily gathering in the harvest before the next shower. The photograph was taken from The Bothy terrace by Cameron White whilst he was here a couple of weeks ago. It is a lovely photograph and shows a local farmer working in his fields. How lucky we are to be able to enjoy this view!
Things past and things to do……………
The Gardens Open and the Clun Carnival are now over ( both having raised much needed funds for local causes) and we are looking further afield for our entertainment . Ludlow Food Festival is coming soon (see below) and Bridgnorth and Telford have their own food festivals. Bridgnorth on the 27th August and Telford on the 2nd/3rd September . Other interesting events are being held in Shropshire. At the British Ironworks Centre near Oswestry there is a balloon festival being held on the weekend of the 26th-28th August. The venue is interesting in itself being the “home” of the Knife Angel and the Spoon Gorilla. A great deal of fun should be on offer at the Shrewsbury Quarry park when the River festival is being held on the 10th September featuring raft and coracle races!
And just a thought…………
If all that makes you feel tired well why not just sit outside your cottage with a cup of tea ( glass of wine?) and relax. The view is great, from all the cottages , and the peace and quiet is just the thing to help you unwind. Join us in “Shropshire Time”!
Just the one!! A 3 night break from the 26th October in Keeper’s Cottage at £232 This cottage is 5 star and enjoys a panoramic view from the sitting room window over the valley.
25th August Shrewsbury Folk Festival www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk
27th August Bridgnorth Food fair www.bridgnorthpromotions.co.uk
26th-28th August Oswestry Balloon Festival www.britishironworkscentre.co.uk
2nd-3rd September Telfood Feastival www.telfood.co.uk
3rd September Charity Open Day at Stokesay Court www.stokesaycourt.com
8th – 10th September Ludlow Food Festival www.foodfestival.co.uk
10th September Shrewsbury River Festival www.shrewsburyriverfestival.com
21st – 24th September Autumn Steam Gala (Severn Valley railway) www.svr.co.uk
24th September Harvest festival at Acton Scott www.actonscottmuseum.com
29th September Music Hall Evening Blists Hill www.ironbridge.org.uk