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.


There are some dates now available in August in The Gatehouse due to cancellations and bookings being transferred. We have a 4 night break available from Monday 30th July at a discounted rate of £330 then a full week from Friday 3rd at £427 and finally a 3 night break from Friday 10th at £283. Finally there is a week available from Friday 17th ( or could be Saturday 18th) This is our biggest cottage and has views over Clun with walking directly from the door. This is a pet friendly cottage.

Keeper’s Cottage has two 3 night breaks during the beginning of August then a full week at the end from the 25th.The first break is now discounted to £256 and is from Wednesday 1st August for 3 nights, then again from Tuesday 7th August at £285.


What’s on over the next few months
More details for the listed events can be found at ( by virtual Shropshire) and

July 22nd/29th Snailbeach Lead Mine is open for tours.

July 28th Shrewsbury Beer Festival

July 19th – 22nd Shrewsbury Comedy Festival

July 29th British red Cross Open gardens in Ludlow.

July 29th Plant Hunters Fair at the British Ironworks.

July 29th Classic Vehicle Day at the Severn Valley Railway

July 29th Summer BBQ Cruise on the Sabrina on the River Severn in Shrewsbury

August 10th – 11th Shrewsbury Flower Show

August 12th Ludlow Magnalonga

August 24th – 27th Shrewsbury Folk Festival

September 7th – 9th Ludlow Food Festival