Rhydd Barn

Spring 2017 at Rhydd Barn

Our plant pots on the patio have been refreshed and spring flowers – primroses – are appearing in the little wild flower meadow despite the cold weather. The new gates installed last year have been varnished to protect them.

Rhydd Barn maintenance

We have been busy over the winter period with various maintenance works at Rhydd Barn. The converted stable to the north of the barn has been cleared out and decorated and our short-term plan is for guests to use it for secure storage (eg. for bicycles). Another water butt has been installed to help reduce mains water usage in the garden and on our patio plant containers. At the rear of the barn concrete has been added to fill in some small gaps and smoothen out the base of the stone wall. And, finally, the sewage treatment plant has been upgraded.

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.

Wifi at Rhydd Barn at last!

We are pleased to announce that the wifi service in Rhydd Barn is now working—at last! We hope that our guests will find this useful. The wifi password will be included in our instruction leaflet (sent to all visitors before their stay) and it will also be included in the information folder at the barn.

Wi-fi at Rhydd Barn—but not yet (two months since placing the order)

Many of our guests have asked us for a Wi-Fi service at Rhydd Barn. We are pleased to inform you that broadband and wi-fi will be installed within the next week or so. We hope that—if all goes smoothly—Wi-Fi should be up and running in the Rhydd Barn by mid April. A password for the wi-fi will be supplied in the guest information folder. [This post was originally written 6 April 2016]

UPDATE (24 May 2016). Unfortunately, until today, neither Plusnet nor BT had succeeded in connecting us to a broadband service! Annoyingly, we had to wait ages for Plusnet even to answer the phone (20 minutes usually)—and we were subjected to raucous ‘music’. which sounded especially awful from our telephone’s speaker, whilst we waited on the line…  Today we finally have a telephone line that works (the latest thing was that mice had chewed a cable). So, now all we have to do is to connect the router… We hope this won’t take too long—but an error message came up when we tried this afternoon, so it’s back to the dreaded Plusnet tomorrow and another long wait on the line…

We apologise to our recent guests who were expecting a wi-fi service.

Elgar Museum half price offer

This year we are again offering half price entry vouchers to the Elgar Birthplace Museum.  The usual adult entry price is £7.50 per person so two people could save that! The museum includes the beautiful cottage where Elgar was born (pictured above), the visitor centre with displays about Elgar’s life and music, and also two gardens: a beautiful cottage garden and the Jubilee Family Garden where you can sit, relax, and even enjoy a picnic. The museum is around 20 minutes’ drive from the barn.

Much of Elgar’s music was inspired by the Malvern Hills where he used to go for long walks—the very hills you can clearly see in all their beauty from Rhydd Barn.

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