Rhydd Barn

Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence Finalist

Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence logoRhydd Barn was nominated as a finalist in the Best Self Catering section of the Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence 2013. We were one of four self catering establishments to be nominated in this year’s awards. Although we did not win our section, Rhydd Barn received a ‘Commendation’ from the judges at Destination Worcestershire’s Annual Tourism Conference held at Stanbrook Abbey in Callow End on Thursday 23 October 2013.

News for September 2013

Evening Primrose

In the middle of the meadow at last an evening primrose is established. The grass at the back of the Barn (where a tree was cut down a couple of years ago) is growing well. I hope to start a log pile there to encourage invertebrates in the dip beyond the grass.

The west wall of the Barn has been painted and the inside wall was treated and painted where a small patch of damp had appeared by the first floor window.

A new cleaner/caretaker has started to look after Rhydd Barn replacing Nat Halfpenny who has left to have a baby. Our new cleaner is the wife of the gardener who has been looking after the grounds for a few years.

People have continued to enjoy their stay at the Barn—many of them repeat customers.

Our 2-for-1 offer to visit Elgar’s birthplace at Broadchurch is very popular.

Four Star Gold Award maintained for 2013-2014

Rhydd Barn ground floor

“Spacious kitchen, excellent flooring and lighting and very good level of equipment”

Rhydd Barn recently had its yearly assessment VisitEngland and we were very pleased to continue to achieve a Four Star award for self-catering and a Gold Award for high quality standards; also we continued to achieve the Speciality Award ‘Walkers Welcome’. The inspection was carried out on 19 April 2013.  Here are some highlights from the report:

  • “The property enjoys an very good location with excellent views”
  • “The provision of space is unique with an excellent choice of bathroom facilities”
  • “The guest information within the unit is extensive and well presented”
  • “Very good levels of cleanliness were observed”
  • “The kitchen has a very good range of equipment in a spacious area and has excellent flooring and lighting”

The assessor stressed that to maintain this award long-term maintenance and development are important. She suggested some changes and improvements which we will implement during this year.

New television for Barn

Sony Bravia KDL-19BX200BUWe have finally got around to replacing our trusty old ancient Sony television for an up to date wide screen Sony digital (Freeview) television!

The old set was a Sony Trinitron KV-14T1U colour tv which appears to date from 1995 (at least this is the date of the instruction manual)—so I guess you could say we have had our money’s worth out of that set! It still works perfectly—there is

nothing wrong with it—but we felt that people expect something more up to date nowadays, especially for a 4-star establishment.The old Sony Trinitron KV-14T1U

The new set is a Sony Bravia KDL-19BX200BU (where do they get these ‘names’ from?) which we got in the John Lewis sale. It gets all the Freeview channels and will of course still work when the old analogue tv signal is switched off here in September.

Website upgrade

Apologies to anyone who has tried to access this site during the last couple of days. After a change of server and a necessary upgrade to a few of the applications which run the site we are almost back up and running as before! The site should be faster to access and more responsive now. Otherwise, apart from a few new images, nothing much else has changed.

Gold Award for Rhydd Barn!

Rhydd Barn has just been awarded the extra accolade of a Gold Award after this year’s assessment by VisitBritain/EnjoyEngland. The Gold Award comes in addition to maintaining our Four Star (Self Catering) rating and is a well-deserved acknowledgment of all the work and love Rosemary has invested in the barn. To quote from EnjoyEngland’s Gold and Silver Awards web page: “VisitEngland’s unique Gold and Silver awards are given in recognition of exceptional quality within a property’s star rating, or for outperforming a star rating”.

Brochure improvements

We have added more pictures to the Rhydd Barn Brochure and updated a few of the existing ones. Also made a few minor changes in layout and to the map on the back. You can download a copy of the brochure in PDF format from the link at the top of the sidebar to the right. It may take up to 30 seconds to download depending on the speed of your internet connection. The brochure is a summary of all the information on this site including the pictures.

We are also adding more pictures to the site itself over the next few weeks and a few more new features will appear soon after.

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