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 a week from Friday 19th January at a cost of £265 and for the following week from Friday 26th at the same cost. This is a lovely ,cosy 4 star cottage with wood burner.
The Gatehouse – has two short breaks available. The first from Sunday 21st January for up to 5 nights at £281 and the second from Sunday 4th February for up to 5 nights at the same price. This is a spacious 5 star dog friendly cottage with wood burner and open plan layout.
Keeper’s Cottage – is available from Friday 26th January for up to a week at £329 . Keeper’s looks out over the Clun valley has the benefit of central heating but also a wood burning stove – essential at this time of year for a cosy night in!!
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
My photograph this month is of the garden in front of The Bothy at Pooh Hall.
We have enjoyed some lovely sunshine and even had our first lunch of the year in the garden. Guests at Pooh Hall have been seen eating breakfast outdoors and spending time with their feet up reading a book in the afternoon sun as a just reward for a good walk in the morning!! Let us hope that this is the start of a sunny summer.
On the subject of gardens ours is open as part of the Clun Gardens Open on the 24th and 25th of June. There are 18 gardens in total ( we only open on Sunday) and together we help to raise much needed funds for the upkeep of St George’s Church. There are plant stalls, afternoon teas and an expert on hand for gardening queries. This is our third year of opening and our private garden has really changed , large piles of earth and rubble replaced with green lawns and although there is still much to do we are really making inroads.
My photograph this month is of the border outside The Bothy window, the plants are putting on a great display at the moment. This is always a favourite time of year as the colour in the garden is vibrant and the plants are exuberant! Quite a bit of work trying to keep them in check but lovely all the same.
I have one late availability at a discounted rate of £350 in The Bothy our 4 Star cottage. This cottage has lovely views across the Clun valley and is ideally placed for walking, sightseeing or just a quiet restful break.
There are lots of things to see and do over the next few weeks the following are just a few:
22nd July Glen Miller Open Air Concert 01952 885999 Bring your own picnic.
Cosford Food Festival www.rafmuseum.org.uk
Bishops Castle Party in the Park
28th July 1930’s Music Hall Evening www.ironbridge.org.uk
Joe Seager Live at the Clive
30th July Classic car Show Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms.
3rd August Burwarton Show www.burwartonshow.co.uk
11th August Shrewsbury Flower Show www.shrewsburyflowershow.org.uk
18-28 August Bridgnorth Music & Arts Festival www.bridgnorthfestival.org.uk
25th August Shrewsbury Folk Festival www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk
Clun in May…….
Clun always starts May with a lot of noise!! Unusual for this peaceful part of Shropshire but The Green Man comes to Clun on the first Bank Holiday and tussles with Frostie the snow Queen on Clun Bridge. Of course he always wins and Summer comes to the Clun valley. Humans can also enjoy the day on the Castle grounds making merry until the sun goes down then moving on to the local pub!! He seemed to do the trick as we have had some wonderful sunshine and even enjoyed a lunch in the garden.
The Clun valley Challenge and Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival had good walking/running weather. Participants of both events passed our door and although we did have some drizzle in the morning at least it wasn’t too hot and also not pouring with rain. we only saw the Clun Challenge runners/walkers who tackled the 16 mile route and it seems as though there was a good turnout. The Bishop’s Castle walkers were a little more sedate and passed in a friendly group.
Through the rest of May we all settle down again to enjoy the peace, quiet and lovely countryside. There are still plenty of things to see and do and we have a couple of late availabilities in our cottages where you can base yourselves.
The Bothy is available from Monday 5th June for five nights at £280.
Keeper’s Cottage is available from the 24th June for a week at £427
What else is on in May and into June…….
Three weeks in Ludlow (used to be the Ludlow Festival) theatre, comedy and music. 10th June – 2nd July www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk
Great British Food Festival at Weston Park….27-29 May www.greatbritishfoodfestival.com
Shrewsbury Open Studios…..3rd -4th June www.shrewsburyopenstudios.co.uk
Severn Valley Trail Race ….11th June Contact 01746 781 192
Cosford Air Show … 11th June www.cosfordairshow.co.uk
Contemporary Craft Show at Ludlow Brewery www.shropshireguild.co.uk
Clunbury Open Gardens … 11th June