Tourist Board Inspection time!!

Yes, it’s that time of year again when we have our annual “MOT” and everything is checked by the Tourist Board Inspector to make sure we are maintaining or improving our standards!

We retained our 4 Star rating and Orchard House has the bonus of a special Gold Award once again. The Inspector was pleased with the year’s upgrades and the ethos of the business which was really gratifying and reassuring too.

So, although the weather has been miserable and wet, we are happy that we are still achieving the high standards set by the Tourist Board and that we are doing the best we can to make all our guests welcome.

Autumnal feeling to the weather!

The blackberries are shining in the hedgerow and the leaves are changing colour. The lambs have all been sold in the market and the ewes are having a rest in the orchard enjoying the windfalls. It is the time of year when the countryside is busy with harvesting and preparing for the next year too!

This year we have made some damson gin and some blackberry too! It should be ready to drink by Christmas – everything good takes a bit of time!!

Badgers on Harley’s Mountain

Although we knew there were badgers on Harley’s Mountain and had seen them on many occasions, we didn’t think anyone had ever been able to take any photos of them.

Over the summer many guests walked up the hillside at dusk to try and catch sight of the badgers outside their setts – and were pleasantly surprised to watch them in the gloaming.

Then Tim Dennis came to stay with his family and he took some magical pictures of the badgers. He has shared them with us. Thanks Tim.

Please go to our Facebook page entry for 12th September 2019 for more pictures.

Hope you like them!!

Pearl on the run!

Whilst on holiday in Orchard House Tim Dennis took some lovely pictures of the animals. He very kindly shared this picture with us.

Pearl is the greediest pig we have had – she can get across the field very quickly if she spots her food bucket and run even more rapidly in the opposite direction if she sees you carrying anything that looks like it could be medicinal!

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Enjoying the hot weather safely!!

Pearl and Lily, our lovely Welsh White pigs, have made their own pig sized wallow in the field when they discovered the water tank had a slight leak. Seeing how they have kept themselves caked in the natural sunscreen of mud during this hot weather we have not had the heart to mend the ball valve on the tank.

Hearing their happy snorting when they are rolling in the wallow is really special but somehow they never seem to do it when I have the camera!!