Newton in Bowland village covered in Snow!

So it is now March and the village and most of the country has been covered in snow.  We had guests Morag her 5 week old baby and her 80 year old mum staying in the cottage when the snow came down.  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!

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  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.

Ribble Valley

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