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Build Updates



Covid 19 - Update
I am pleased to say our cottages will be open again from November 9th. Sadly at the moment we are only able to accept bookings from guests in Wales.

For our guests safety and our own, both cottages undergo a strict cleaning and disinfecting regime, using a viruscidal disinfectant. We change all pillow and mattress protectors at every changeover, all books and other non-essentials have been removed. We have also delayed arrival time to allow for the extra cleaning time - arrival time is now 4pm. If you need to see further details of our Covid policy please contact us.

Double Dividends - Book Granary Cottage and Straw Cottage for same period and receive a 10% discount. (Ideal for families and grand-parents to holiday together but each with their own space and different styles of accommodation)



Build Updates

Sitting area with wooden floor being laid

March 25. It was tempting fate to talk about dry and sunny days!  We have now had freezing conditions and snow this last week - just the wrong conditions in which to apply the lime mortar to the outside. Having chosen the colour - a deep pinky red which is quite traditional - we cannot apply it!  Meantime works continues in the inside, the shower, loo and basin are fitted.  The wooden floor is laid and the kitchen now has a Belfast sink and drainer. I need to buy a Welsh dresser to put alongside it. Surely the weather has to improve soon - it was the first day of Spring last week.                                                                                                                                                                                                      

A few dry and sunny days have made all the difference.  On a lovely sunny Saturday morning, Ash and I went down to the cottage and took these photos. There are still tractors and building equipment around but even so you can still get the feel of the place.  I love the wintry sun on the shingle roof and the sparkling waters of Holly Brook. The bedrooms are now coated with the lime mortar and since these photos were taken the sitting room is finished. On Friday we are choosing the colour for the external coating - not completely sure yet but will let you know!

Straw bale with Holly Brook                  Curved window openings in bedroom


Sitting area - waiting to be plastered    Gate into woodland leading to straw bale cottage


January 30 and it is a sunny day!  The snow and rain have finally stopped so Anthony and Phil can Phil working on straw below windowcontinue working on the building. The weld mesh is in place - I am so pleased they have rounded off the corners of the straw around the windows and doors. When the lime goes on, these curves will look so much more attractive and in keeping than straight corners. In the corner of this picture you can see the frame where the  honesty window will be cut. An honesty window is a small area cut into the straw bales covered with glass so you can honestly see the cottage is made of straw! Even on this quite chilly day and with no heating, the cottage feels warm inside. We are well on schedule for our first letting at Easter.  Why not be our first visitor?!


Worked stopped over Christmas and thenSnow on lane it snowed and we were unable to get to the site as there were 4' drifts in some places.  This picture shows our lane after we had driven through it with a tractor several times!





The start of the straw bale walls


Christmas in a week's time! Down at Bathsheba's, Anthony and Phil have been busy, the straw bale walls are now complete, the doors and windows are in place.  It has not always been easy as we have had rather a lot of rain to contend with, but now that the building is built and waterproof they can at least work in the dry.  The next step is fixing the weld mesh to the straw bales and then applying the lime mortar, which will be done after Christmas.  I think they both deserve a break over the holiday season!



It is now early November, and the cottage is beginning to take shape. The cedar shingles are on the roof and the porch is built – I can already imagine our guests sitting out there looking out over the fields with a cup of coffee or something stronger! The straw bales will start going up next week and we will post some more photos. Ann, who is making a video of the building, is coming out to get some footage of the bale walls being built, so we hope soon to have the video up on the site. 



Granary Cottage


A very welcome retreat away from the chaos of normal life. We absolutely love the Straw Cottage and its setting. We feel very cosy with the storm whirling around outside. Thank you.

Harriet, Catherine & Florence (15 months)

The Straw Cottage