Rare Hoopoe sighted at Roundhouse Barns

Well, my walks have not generated much of interest 0n the nature front this week, but the garden has been a veritable treasure trove. Last year Mark said he saw a strange pink bird with a crest on the back lawn – we went through the whole bird book and he identified it as a Hoopoe – no I said …

And the mobile phone goes around and around

We said goodbye a few days ago to two lovely guests from Plymouth – Paul and Nicola. We thought they had enjoyed their stay with us, but an hour or so after they checked out, we saw them walking back down our driveway – were they here to check in again?… Oh no, Nicola thought she had left her mobile …

A day in the life….

What a last 24 hours we’ve had….  Barbara was up until 1.25am this morning.  She was preparing for the Green Tourism Business Scheme Inspectors who arrived today to assess how green our business is becoming. We prepared a comprehensive (35 page) document addressing each and every one of the Green Inspector’s checkpoints – it brought the consultant back out in …

On-line booking/payment available in Autumn 2009

Since the launch of our new website in August, we’ve received a huge number of compliments about its design and content . A few guests have also asked us whether we’d consider allowing them to book on line with us. After much thought, we’ve decided to invest a further £4,000 to enable guests to book and pay on line for …

B&B supplies now sourced locally

In an attempt to reduce “Food Miles” and support the local economy, we now source over 90% of our B&B food supplies from local producers.  Self catering guests can also benefit as well. We’ve decided that from May 2009, we will source over 90% of our B&B supplies from following local producers. A R Day (Portscatho): Bacon, Sausages, Hogs Pudding, …

Chaos at The Carthouse

Knowing what a great photographer and a perfectionist Bob Berry is, we asked him to come and hang the new pictures that he had taken for us in The Carthouse. Imagine our horror then, with guests out for the day, when Bob managed to drill through one of our central heating pipes while he was hanging the tryptic in the …

B&B wins Silver Award

It was a daunting moment when the Hotel Inspector made herself known to us.  Imagine our delight therefore when we found out in late summer that: we had not only retained our Visit Britain 4 star accreditation, but that we have also won a Silver Award for the quality of service that we offer. Commenting on the award, Barbara Sadler …