Harvest Time in the Clun Valley

Harvest Time in the Clun Valley

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”!

We have two late availabilities in The Bothy from Friday 22nd September for 3 nights at a discounted price of £211 and again in October from Saturday 14th for up to a week at £315 for a full week, the photograph above was taken from the seating area of this cottage, it is a lovely 4 Star stone detached cottage and you can see the view!!

We also have availability in The Gatehouse from Sunday 8th October for 4 nights at a discounted price of £298. This spacious 5 Star Gold award cottage enjoys a quiet position on the bridlepath, walking straight from the door and a great wood burner for the colder evenings.

What’s On.

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

Pooh Hall The Bothy Garden

Pooh Hall The Bothy Garden

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



Spring blossom by the bridge in Clun

Spring blossom by the bridge in Clun

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