Rhydd Barn

Ironwork painted

The ironwork around Rhydd Barn has all been re-painted. This includes the gutters and downpipes of the barn and converted pigsty and the metal handrail on the outside steps of the barn. Our decorator took the photographs below of the completed work.

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Rhydd Barn—newly painted iron gutters and downpipes
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Rhydd Barn—newly painted handrail of outside steps
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Rhydd Barn—newly painted iron gutter and downpipe of the pigsty

Rhydd Barn update

IN RESPONSE to guest requests we have installed two USB charging sockets in the Barn for your phones, tablets, etc—one downstairs in the kitchen/dining area and the other in the upstairs living room.

There is a new suitcase stand stored at the bottom of the bedroom wardrobe and spare blankets are now stored in a protective bag (as recommended at our last inspection). A second shoe and boot tray has been added downstairs.

Plant pots replanted on patio

Outside, we have filled the flower tubs and baskets with completely fresh compost and replanted them. We think something in the soil was negatively affecting their growth last year.

Flower baskets replanted on pigsty

All gutters and down-pipes are being re-painted with Hammerite metal paint, as is the handrail of the Barn’s outside steps.

Guests have already expressed their appreciation of the new mattress on the bed and the champagne flutes.

Improvements to Rhydd Barn

We have been busy improving and repairing items around Rhydd Barn. For example:

  • The outside walls and window woodwork have been re-decorated.
  • New security lights have been fitted at a lower level with LEDs to reduce power consumption and give good visibility around the barn in the dark.
  • A new top quality mattress replaces the mattress on the double bed.
  • New roasting pans have been purchased.
  • Primroses and fritillaries are multiplying in the wildflower meadow and are now looking very attractive.
  • Tubs and baskets have been refreshed with new plants for the spring season.
  • We now have champagne glasses in the Barn!

Please note that candles are not permitted in the Barn for fire safety reasons.

FOUR STAR GOLD AWARD FOR 2018

We are extremely pleased to announce that Rhydd Barn has (again) attained the four star gold award standard in its annual assessment (carried out on 20 April 2018).

Here are a few highlights quoted directly from the report:

  • A great location for exploring the Malvern Hills and surrounding area.
  • The Proprietor is to be congratulated on the continued investment. This past year as well as ongoing redecoration.
  • The repainting of the exterior render and woodwork helping to greatly \”lift\” overall initial impressions.
  • Recently re positioned external lighting along with the fitting of LED bulbs greatly enhancing access to the barn and very much to be commended.
  • Also excellent to see that a new toilet has been fitted in the upstairs en suite along with flooring having been sanded and re vanished.
  • A new mattress also having been purchased for the double bed and sure to be appreciated by both new and returning guests.
  • New roasting pans also having been provided this year.
  • Special mention should also be given for the very high standards of cleanliness noted on this visit, and for which Ms Boaz and the team are to be congratulated.

Time to get out our (also newly acquired for the Barn) champagne glasses!’

New toilet installed

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IN our ensuite bathroom a crack developed in the toilet seat. Unfortunately it was not possible to just replace the seat itself (‘no longer manufactured…’, ‘odd size toilet…’, etc) so a whole new and attractive toilet was installed. Since the photo was taken the floorboards have been improved around the base by sanding down and varnishing.

Woodpecker seen at Rhydd Barn

We recently spotted this green woodpecker hopping about on the grass outside Rhydd Barn. Here is a hastily taken photo of it. We are trying to increase wildlife and around the barn. For example, we manage the fields below the barn to encourage the growth of wild flowers.

Landscaping around Rhydd Barn

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The small garden by the side of the entrance drive to Rhydd Barn has been re-landscaped with interesting plants surrounded by wood chips on the soil to suppress weeds and retain moisture. A new clematis has been planted in a pot at the back of the patio by the converted pigsty which should climb up the wall and around the trellis above. The fields in front of the barn have been cut for hay and bales made (see photos) resulting in a change in the landscape.Hay bales

Four Star Gold Award for Rhydd Barn

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We are very pleased to announce that Rhydd Barn has, again, been awarded a rating of Four Stars with a Gold Award in recognition of exceptional quality within its star rating. Quality in Tourism, the assessment service for VisitEngland (previously the English Tourist Board), inspect star rated properties every year to ensure that standards meet their strict criteria. Here is are the highlights of their report:

 

  • The new gate provides easier access to the site and a new sign has been fitted. Fencing has been strengthened.
  • Investment has included the replacement of the arch window on the ground floor and blown glass has been removed. Wi-fi is a new addition for the property and will be appreciated by guests.
  • The public area space provided is very flexible and is offered across three floors.
  • In the public areas the wooden flooring to the first floor has been improved and the new rug presents well. The new standard lamp is a useful addition.
  • An excellent ratio of bathroom facilities is provided.
  • The kitchen has excellent flooring and lighting is also well positioned within this area.
  • The content of the guest information continues to be exceptional.
  • Great cleanliness standards were noted throughout the accommodation.

This has only been possible with the help of our cleaner, our gardener and Rosemary’s sister Andrea. Many thanks to them for making sure that Rhydd Barn is a clean and attractive place to stay.

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