Newton in Bowland village covered in Snow!
It was really pretty but we had to wait for the snow plough to come along to get out of the village. We are so lucky that the snow plough comes along daily. So what has been going on in the last month – well the Parkers Arms were given the award for being in the top 50 Gastropubs in the UK. They moved up from 13th to 8th which is a fabulous accolade to their fantastic food – my favourite is the game pie, yum yum! http://www.parkersarms.co.uk
We have had a lot of bookings for School House Cottage which is fabulous and Church View cottage in Gisburn we have been lucky to have a 28 day stay by a great couple Linda and Tony. They needed to find somewhere to stay as the home was not quite ready for them to move into.
We have been updating School House Cottage especially in the main bedroom. We had Jed a local joiner who is an amazing joiner build some cupboards behind the King Size Bed. We asked ourselves why oh why did we not do this a long time ago as now I can keep all the bedding and towels down in the cottage instead of being in my back bedroom at home.
We also went to a show in Harrogate for bed & breakfast and small businesses like ours – I did get some great ideas and honestly got a bit of a kick up the backside by the Harrogate Girl on making sure I blog https://www.theharrogategirl.com check out her website it is brilliant and so informative on the area around Harrogate and beyond. I have also started using Instagram and just getting my hair around it.
So what is going on in the area you must be thinking! Well the Forest of Bowland is in the final of the best holiday destination we are up against some real competition including the Isle of White so no competition there then! When you look at our countryside even if we do not win I think we are lucky living and working here.
I asked the holiday direct facebook page about getting a hive or nest for Church View Cottage in Gisburn so I can ensure the heating is on for guests without needing to go up and put it on – you would not have given the number of holiday home owners who use them so that is a yes from me and we are arranging on to be fitted.
So what is going on in the month of March in the Forest of Bowland you must be asking well it is the Claylands Legstreacher which is a great walk along the river Wyre – so need to get my walking boots on.
Anyway must go now – hopefully you have founds this blog interesting and would love to have your feedback and thoughts on what you would like me to talk about next month so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
December is here again and it’s nearly Christmas
December is here again and it’s nearly Christmas – where has the year gone? It has been quite a busy November at the cottages and also for me getting advertising in the Ribble Valley magazine and the Forest of Bowland Magazine for 2018.
We attended a meeting at Tithe Barn at Browsholme Hall for the Forest of Bowland members. It was great to network with other local businesses and also the meeting was really informative about certain EU grants you can apply for. However, as we are such a small business, these are not available to us. I still think grants from the EU to help sustainable tourism are fantastic – I suppose anyone who is thinking of applying for a grant should do so pretty dam quick as they will not be there once Brexit is enacted!!
I have been busy decorating the cottage in Church View Cottage in Gisburn so it is all Christmassy for our next guests. I have not done School House Cottage yet as the guests who were staying until 1st December did not want the Christmas decorations up for their stay – of course, you have to respect your guests’ wishes. Anyway, we decided to take a few days away before the Christmas rush and popped off to Amsterdam for the Christmas Markets – now here lies a story, we arrive and then find out that the Christmas Markets do not start until after we leave!!!!! No issue as to be honest Amsterdam is such a pretty place to stroll around and take in the sights.
As you know, I like to have a walk of the month and December’s is the Downham Circular – if you decide to do this walk do not forget to take some duck food as the ducks love being there and swimming in the river http://forestofbowland.com/files/uploads/pdfs/walks/DownhamCirc2.pdf
We have been stocking up with logs and coal again so our guests can have a roaring fire when they stay in one of our cottages.
Halloween is now over so its soon Christmas time
Well Halloween is now over so its soon Christmas time. Where has this year gone I am asking myself? We are still receiving bookings for both the cottages and both are now booked over the Christmas period – but I still have availability in November and the first part of December so thinking what marketing campaign I can run.
I have decided that I am going to run a walk of the month which for November is the Downham Circular walk. The walk is 4 miles and should take around 2 – 3 hours. The walk terrain is over tracks, fields and roads and is a lovely walk.
If you wanted to download the walk here is a link for you http://www.forestofbowland.com/files/uploads/pdfs/walks/DownhamCirc2.pdf
I have been to a social media class run by Bowland Experience who are part of the Forest of Bowland tourist group. It appears I should be using instagram as well as twitter – so trying to get my head around this now.
Soon I will be getting all the Christmas decorations down from the cottages lofts and get them ready to put in the cottages. Guests who are staying in School House on the 1st December has requested that I do not put them up – thank goodness I asked if they would like the decorations up. I really try to make an effort to ensure our guests stay is a fabulous relaxing experience. Well the weather today as I am writing this blog is amazing – what views!
So if you would like to have a stay before the Christmas rush in a lovely cottage with a pub within a couple of minutes walk then both my cottages would meet your requirements. School House Cottage is near The Parkers Arms and Church View Cottage is near the White Bull – happy days!!!!
Its July in the holiday cottage business
Its July, wow where is the year going? Both holiday cottages are doing ok but to be honest we are quite a few days down on holiday rental bookings at School House Cottage compared with last year. One of the reasons for this might well be that none of our guests are getting any younger – we had a few guests who used to stay down the road at another holiday cottage which was closed down due to ill health and Jean passed our details on to her guests – thank you Jean. Some of the guests who stayed at Jean’s are now quite old and some unfortunately have passed away. I am thinking how to increase our presence in the holiday cottage market and any helpful hints and tips would be welcome.
Well the weather here in the Ribble Valley for June has been mixed from hot sunshine to raining but today as I am writing this blog it is sunshine!!
We have had guests over from Canada and they absolutely loved School House Cottage and had a fabulous meal at The Parkers Arms. We also love the food in the Parkers Arms and love AJ and Ben who are front of house – we always recommend our guests who stay at School House Cottage to eat there.
We are also so lucky that our cottage in Gisburn, Church View, has La Locanda the authentic Italian restaurant a few doors down from the cottage – guests who stay at Church View Holiday Cottage love it.
We also had a lovely couple from Padiham stay at Church View which is only a few miles from Gisburn – so I was really perplexed with this until I found out that they were emigrating from the UK to Spain and needed somewhere to stay so they could say good bye to the friends and family for a few days before they flew off to new adventures.
So what is going on in July? Its the Beat Herder festival which returns again to the Ribble Valley. It is now into its 12th year and still seems to be getting the big names playing such as Trentemøller, Sleaford Mods, Toots and the Maytals, The Sugar Hill Gang, David Rodigan, Adrian Sherwood, Faithless, High Contrast and many more…
So what has been going on with me then. I am still busy, busy, busy with the Samaritans and July is a big month for us with the “Big Listen” campaign which highlights on the 24/7 with most branches having a presence at Railway Stations. Also now I have my little grandson Archie once a week which I can tell you is really fab but oh so tiring, ha ha
Anyway must check out now as more washing and ironing to do – I must admit I feel like a laundry service at the moment and am trying to find someone to wash, dry & iron bedding so if you know anyone local to Clitheroe or Gisburn, please pass me their contact details.