Tuesday, 15 January 2013

What you might expect ........


Well as you might expect I failed completely to 'blog' the development of Little Bothy as I had planned to do.
No excuses - it was just all too busy - building the Bothy, furnishing the Bothy, letting the Bothy and of course getting Daughter Kayte married to Lewis.... in the midst of it all.....
                                                 .......so I  thought at the end of the summer - time to Blog - but no ....  still too busy,  the Little Bothy was let almost every week from its completion in July right through until the new year - it was an amazing first 6 months....... 

But now it is a bit quieter so time to make up for the lack of Blog with a little tale about what to expect should you decided to come and sample the Little Bothy for yourselves.

The original part of the Bothy, (built in 1867), what we think was probably the District nurses 'treatment room' is now a lovely warm cosy bedroom with a fab little shower room en-suite.  When the footings were dug for the extension outside the original front door the builder found the remains of an ash pit - maybe for burning medical waste - with loads of ancient little glass bottles in it - very interesting

The new section, a brick and oak conservatory is light bright and surprisingly spacious.
Incorporating a kitchen, dining area and sitting room with log burner. 
 In cold weather you can curl up in front of the log burner.

This is Horace a lovely dog who visited from Cornwall with his Mom Liz.

Or on a warm day, you can throw open the garden door to enjoy the garden which is quite literally right outside .

The garden is lovely, regardless of the weather it is a peaceful place with lots of nooks and crannies to explore and places to sit.

We have lots of lovely wildlife visitors too, an array of garden birds, some very big rabbit's and a pair of pesky squirrels that insist on stealing the birds food whenever possible. Most nights a local barn owl puts in an appearance and gently hoots his presence to us all.  Last year 5 swallows hatched under the eaves of the porch of the main cottage. Watching them being taught to fly by their parents was an absolute delight - really hoping they come back this year.

There are plenty of places to walk from Little Bothy.  Burford House Garden Centre and historic gardens, with the newly refurbished clematis collection is just 5 minutes away. Tenbury Wells, with its lovely individual shops, cafe's galleries and pubs 15 minutes in the other direction.  The Rose and Crown, 10 minutes walk is highly recommended for a pint or a meal, you can even take the dog in with you. But if you prefer to stay in and cook some of the fabulous local food yourself Little Bothy's kitchen is well equipped and a delight to use. 

There is plenty of good fishing locally as well as the delights of Ludlow and Leominster which are both just a short drive away.  If you are into vintage or antiques - you have to visit Leominster (its where most of Little Bothy furnishings came from !)

So there we have it... it took a while to build but I am very very pleased with it now that it is finished and up and running. By the comments in the guest book, all of its guests so far have been just as pleased as me.  

Little Bothy has a peaceful air about it, everyone who comes tells me that they feel rested and relaxed so there you have it. If rested and relaxed is what you would like to feel the Little Bothy is waiting to be yours for a few days or a week or even two...... you can view its availability by checking the web site at www.lymecottageindustries.co.uk or calling Penny on 07855 964267

There will be a basket of local goodies as well as tea and coffee makings waiting for you.... and  if you book as a result of reading this blog you get £25 off the cost of your stay - just tell me the name of the gorgeous dog by the fire and the discount is yours........

looking forward to seeing you soon

Penny xx