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!!

Driving through the beautiful countryside in newton



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.