Rhydd 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.

New entrance gate

The single wooden entrance gate to the barn was becoming difficult to open and close. We have now replaced it with two half gates, pictured above, which meet in the middle. These new gates should be much easier to use and will hopefully last longer.

New items for the barn

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We have purchased a standard lamp for the upstairs living room to allow more flexible lighting options—it is especially good for reading.

Also, a new small carpet, shown in the picture (right), to give a little more floor coverage. It is placed in front of the the french window.

Christmas 2015

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The conifer tree at the entrance to Rhydd Barn has had its top removed and side branches pruned. Sheep have been grazing the meadow for a few weeks but have now departed. The Barn looked very attractive at Christmas with its decorated tree, side lights and banisters.

Hedge cutting

Rhydd Barn at sunset

The hedge at the bottom of the field in front of Rhydd Barn has been cut lower and tidied around the gate and water tank. This has improved the views of the fields from the barn adding to the attractiveness of the site.

Four Star Gold Award for Rhydd Barn in 2015!

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Rhydd Barn’s annual inspection for VisitEngland (carried out by Quality in Tourism) took place on 10 April 2015. We are pleased to announce that we maintained our Four Star Gold Award rating. ‘The overall score and that of the key sectional areas sit comfortably within the Four Star banding range or exceed guest expectations […] All the elements required for the Walkers Accreditation continue to be in place […] A Gold Award has again been achieved.’

Here’s the ‘Highlights’ section from the report:

The property enjoys a very good location and the ‘piggery’ provides a useful additional storage area. Externally the building is in an excellent condition with further painting having been completed. Some excellent views are provided. The accommodation has an unusual layout however this has made the public areas particularly flexible and spacious in relation to the numbers accommodated. The new cushions present well.

Tiled flooring to the ground floor is excellent with repairs now completed and the bathroom ratio continues to be a key strength. A very good range of kitchen equipment is provided. Recess lighting where fitted has been very well positioned enhancing ease of use.

Guest information is particularly comprehensive and collation has enhanced ease of use.

Repairs and improvements are ongoing. For instance, we recently replaced  the ground floor picture window because the double-glazed unit had ‘blown’.

Elgar Birthplace special offer

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We have arranged a special offer for visitors to Rhydd Barn: a 2-for-1 offer for admission to The Elgar Birthplace Museum in Lower Broadheath, north-west of Worcester. Special 2-for-1 vouchers and brochures for the museum are in the barn. With this offer the price of admission for two adults (normally £15) would be £7.50. Refer to the museum’s website for further information about the museum. The museum is about nine miles away from the barn.

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