Welcome to 2019

Welcome to 2019

Well the Christmas decorations are packed away for another year and all the leftovers are eaten ( except for the Christmas cake – any offers!) so it is welcome to 2019 and let’s hope for another lovely Summer when we can sit in the garden and enjoy the sunshine, the views and let the outside world pass by – if only for a short time.

It maybe a quietish time for holidays but we take advantage and get out the paintbrushes , cleaning rugs and catching up with all the little bits and pieces that can’t be done during our busier times.

We are looking forward to being able to welcome guests – old and new- throughout 2019.

These are our LATE AVAILABILITIES for the next four weeks

THE BOTHY –  22nd – 1st ( or 23rd – 2nd) @ £265 and in March 10th – 14th @£185

THE GATEHOUSE 23rd – 2nd @ £350 and in March 9th – 12th @ £211 / 15th – 21st March @ £316

KEEPER’S COTTAGE  23rd – 2nd March @ £329

Here are some of the events that are on during 2019 in our area.


17th March Shrewsbury 10K

4th May Field to Fork – Shrewsbury

5th/6th May Clun green Man Festival

4th – 12th May Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival – 50 free walks 2-21 miles www.ironbridgewalking.co.uk

11th/12th May Ludlow Spring Festival

15th/19th May Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival

26th/27th May Walcot Hall gardens

7th /8th June Tosca – Opera a la Carte in the ballroom at Walcot Hall

15th / 30th June Ludlow Fringe Festival ( arts festival)

16th June Ludlow secret Gardens – a great opportunity to see behind the houses lining the streets of Ludlow not only the gardens but how the buildings all mesh together.

22nd/23rd June Clun Gardens Open

29th June Shrewsbury Food Festival.

9th / 10th August Shrewsbury Flower Show

13th – 15th September Ludlow Food Festival

23rd/24th November Ludlow Christmas Fayre

Ludlow Races throughout the year January – May / October – December.

Details can be found on Clun, Shrewsbury and Ludlow’s own websites and also at Virtual Shropshire and Shropshire Tourism.

Summer Sun in Clun

Summer Sun in Clun

At last we are enjoying a run of good weather and thanks to the Green Man the sun has been shining over the Clun valley and the forecast is good. All our indoor jobs are completed and we are really proud of Keeper’s new bathroom and the bedroom carpet. Time to get out into the garden, there are a few gaps so I need (!!!) to go to the garden centre. October’s pots have lasted well and the violas are still going strong but I do feel that I need to get some more vibrant colour to complement what is in the garden. We are about two to three weeks behind so I am crossing my fingers that the roses will be late enough to feature when the garden is open for the Church in June (24th Clun Gardens Open – lots of hidden treasures to explore plus plants to buy and afternoon tea).

I have been very remiss in not completing this blog earlier but life has been busy and nice weather is too much of a temptation – outside is so much better than in! The cottages are busy and our guests are enjoying sitting out with their feet up after a day sight seeing or walking. The garden pots are planted up with geranium and lobelia, most of the beds are weeded and believe it or not one of  the water butts has run dry already.

Those who know me well know that I compete in Working Tests with our younger Spinone and having progressed into the Open group, training has been my main priority this year as the transition from Novice to Open can only be described as a total shock! I have taken part in one test with mixed results, Vita is a total swimaholic but on the day when I asked her to cross some water to retrieve a dummy she looked at me as though I was completely mad. Ah well that’s dogs for you.

Late Availabilities.

The Bothy is available from the 24th October for 4 nights at £185 .

The Gatehouse has one late availability from the 20th October for 4 nights at £298 .






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

August 10th – 11th Shrewsbury Flower Show

August 12th Ludlow Magnalonga

August 24th – 27th Shrewsbury Folk Festival

September 7th – 9th Ludlow Food Festival


Hooray Spring is Here !!!

Hooray Spring is Here !!!

At last I can report that Spring has arrived in Shropshire and at Pooh Hall – hooray!!! It has been lovely to be able to get out into the garden without numerous layers of clothing and waterproofs. I tried to photograph my first sighting of a bumble bee but he buzzed off ( !!! ) so there are just some daffodils and chinoxia. The grass is beginning to grow and hopefully we will have some lambs in the fields next to Pooh Hall before long, then it truly will be Spring.

Peter has continued with his DIY upgrades around Pooh Hall and has just completed the dog shower. He has moved it to a more sheltered spot and provided steps for the dogs to reach the shower tray. Thank you to Lynda, Ian and their two dogs for road testing the new facilities and their helpful suggestions to make it more user friendly ( sorry to Lynda for getting wet first time out – problem solved with a splash back at the front).

In a couple of weeks time the new carpet will be fitted in Keeper’s Cottage and the bathroom floor tiled , then we can just look forward to welcoming our guests and enjoy sharing beautiful Shropshire and our idyllic little corner of it with you all.

Late availabilities.

I have three discounted late availabilities in June – something for everyone! All are discounted by 10% unless stated otherwise.

The Gatehouse We have one weekend break at the beginning of June at £283 from Friday 8th June departing Monday 11th June.

The Bothy due to a late cancellation this cottage is available from Wednesday 13th June for 3 nights at £211.


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


June 10th Cosford Air Show

June 16th Shrewsbury Carnival

June 16th – 1st July Ludlow Fringe Festival

June 17th Ludlow Secret Gardens

June 23rd -24th Shrewsbury Food Festival

June 30th – 1st July Shropshire Family Vintage Show

June 30th – 1st July Step Back to the 40’s Severn Valley Railway

August 10th – 11th Shrewsbury Flower Show

August 12th Ludlow Magnalonga

August 24th – 27th Shrewsbury Folk Festival

September 7th – 9th Ludlow Food Festival





Snow in Shropshire – in March.

Snow in Shropshire – in March.

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!!!

Late availabilities.

I have six discounted late availabilities in April so something for everyone!

The Bothy is available from Sunday 8th April for up to 5 nights at a cost of £252 and then again from Tuesday 17th April for 4 nights at £220 and finally from Sunday 29th April for 5 nights at £252.

The Gatehouse has  availability  from Friday 6th or Saturday 7th for a week at £427 and again from Friday 27th April for a week at the same price.

Keeper’s Cottage has one availability from Saturday 28th for a week at £387.

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

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










Roses and snow outside The Gatehouse Pooh Hall

Roses and snow outside The Gatehouse Pooh Hall

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 pooh.hall@outlook.com 


Autumn Colour at The Gatehouse Pooh Hall

Autumn Colour at The Gatehouse Pooh Hall

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.



What’s On

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