Our winter of refurbishment…

Posted by on April 14, 2019 in Katie's Blog | Comments Off on Our winter of refurbishment…

Well doesn’t time fly. We have been here three years and we are open again to guests for the season. We have spent this winter working hard at the cottages, making improvements we hope you will enjoy. Here is an overview of what we have been up to…

Hay Barn

Before Christmas we focussed on improving and updating Hay Barn’s kitchen – it now features a full-size fridge freezer and larder area for food storage and a new double oven as well as a new colour-scheme.

We have also re-jigged the beds a bit. The ground floor now boasts a beautiful wrought iron kingsize bedstead. Upstairs the master bedroom retains its kingsize four poster but we have moved it away from the wall a little to allow more space for hopping in and out of bed. Have you seen the ‘window in the wall’ in that room that shows you the cobb (essentially mud and straw) that the barns and house are mainly made of? The blue bedroom (that adjoins the single room) now has twin 3ft single beds.

The front and rear ground floor windows and entrance doors at both Hay and Swallow Barns have all been refurbished.

Swallow Barn

Probably the largest change has taken place in Swallow where a new kitchen has been fitted alongside a brand-new range cooker and new dishwasher.

Swallow’s ground floor bedroom and bathroom have been re-decorated and retains a kingsize double. Upstairs the balcony bedroom remains the master with a kingsize four poster, while the other bedroom has been changed into a twin using the single beds that were in Cider cottage. These can be combined to make a kingsize double if required.

Our fabulous decorator Anna spent a large part of this winter up in the rafters in Cider painting the ceilings to give a fresher feel and enhance the beautiful old feature beams of the cottage. The master bedroom (with ensuite bath) retains its gorgeous kingsize four poster bed while the twin room (with ensuite shower) has been upgraded to full size (3ft) singles. We think you’ll agree it looks fantastic.

Apple Cottage
Last but not least Apple has had a new bath and shower fitted and the bathroom decorated.

Apple Cottage new bathroom

Laundry room
To create more space for food storage in the cottage kitchens we have their removed washing machines. But never fear we have installed two washing machines and a tumble dryer for guests’ use in our newly decorated communal laundry room (at the end of the games room/conservatory). Please consider the environment when using the tumble dryer, they are very energy greedy. Clothes dryers are provided in each cottage for you to dry clothing/towels outside in the fresh air and sunshine or next to a radiator indoors. Similarly please consider the environment when using the heating and lighting – please ensure both are off when you are out for the day and don’t run the heating with windows open! Bring slippers with you as the stone floors can be chilly underfoot.

Halsbeer Farm laundry room

We would like to take this opportunity to thank a few people without whom all of this refurbishment would most definitely not have been possible…

Our hugely hard-working carpenter and all-round champion handyman Graeme Belshaw of Cully Carpentry.
Our patient painter-decorator Anna Rayment for working her way through Cider’s bedrooms and bathrooms, down the stairs and into Swallow’s ground floor.
Our wonderful volunteers from the WWOOF scheme Jeremy, Tom and Dale for a variety of jobs including jet washing and re-pointing patios, sanding and staining fences and decks, painting walls inside and out, plumbing, gardening and tidying.

Workers and volunteers at Halsbeer Farm

We really hope you will come and see us and the improvements to the cottages really soon.