The Times Travel section and Ivy Grange Farm
We're delighted to be featured in The Times Travel section as one of the top 40 "Coolest Places to stay in Britain"! Wow, who'd have thought it when we set up with 2 yurts 9 years ago? We're delighted and very much appreciate the support, feedback and "word of mouth" from our guests, many of whom have become friends over the years. In this electronic age, you might be surprised how much recommendations still count in terms of bookings, so a big thank you to all of you who have spread the word and who just keep coming back, we love you all!!!
Valentine's Gift Vouchers
Want to wow your loved one with a very special gift this Valentine's Day? You can't get more romantic that a stay in a yurt or a shepherd's hut - cosy spaces, log-burners, romantic fairy lights, star-gazing, campfires, even Champagne if you fancy, with vintage glasses to sip from, or check out our special Romantic Break packages for the full works!
Easter Full Moon Walk
Many of you will know that the date of Easter is determined by the cycle of the full moon; this year the full moon (or Pink Full Moon as it is known, heralding the apperance of the "moss pink" or wild ground phlox, one of the first spring flowers) falls on Good Friday. Why not celebrate in style by staying in a yurt (cosy with a log-burning stove!) and join us for one of our regular Full Moon Walks? We have fantastic scenery nearby, with coastline, estuaries, heaths and woodlands all on hand for exploring by the light of the silvery moon...
Winter break for the Yurts
The yurts are all happily tucked away for the winter now, enjoying time in the new yurt-store that we built last winter. We had a good few weeks of sunshine in which to take them down, aided by a couple of great volunteers, Andrea and Nicola, throughout the early autumn period. All the canvases have been cleaned and re-proofed, so everything will look fresh when we put the yurts up again ready for the Easter holidays.
The yurt meadow was surveyed by a wildflower expert in June and she found 47 different species of grasses and wildflowers on a single day! As many of you will know, we try to manage the meadow to encourage wildlife and have a grass-and-wildlflower-friendly cutting regime, with different sections cut at different times.
Wild flowers and bee orchids!
Very excited to have our grass and wild flower species list back from an amazing local wildlife and flower expert. A snapshot in June shows 47 different grass and wild flower species, including this fantastic bee orchid, in the meadow. We're really pleased, as we've been working hard to manage the meadow and hedges to improve our range of flora and fauna and it looks as though it's working.
2019 calendar open for bookings!
We've already had enquiries about next year's availability so we've opened our 2019 calendar for bookings - don't delay for those popular dates! We've put our prices up slightly for next year - our first rise for 3 years and having checked what others are charging, feel we are still competitively priced for our offering, we hope you agree.
Single Use Plastic
Last year we started a "plastic" group in our village, to explore what we could do to reduce our own personal use of plastic and help others to do the same. We met some great new people, had fun along the way (ask Nick about making the plastic flowers!) and had lots of fun pizza evenings using ingredients that hadn't come packaged in plastic (surprisingly easy, we discovered). We became aware, however, that no matter how much we cut down our own use, it wasn't helping much if our recycling bins were still filled with lots of plastic from our yurt guests.
Light in the Darkness
With dark nights and snowy scenes, we've been having a lovely time trying out Swedish Torches (or fire logs)! According to the interweb The Swedish Torch gets its name from the Thirty Years War (1618-48) during which the torches were used by Swedish soldiers. Through a specially developed sawing process, the soldiers were able to use fresh pinewood, sawing into the logs to give them a much needed source of heat meaning they didn't need to travel great distances to get firewood at camp.
Welcome to 2018
We enjoyed a relaxing December with lots of social activities and plenty of table tennis practise! We're now getting down to business and planning for the new season starting at the end of March. For those who admired the lovely willow and dog-wood sun sculpture we commissioned from local artists Adele Goodchild which adorns the end of the barn, you'll be pleased to hear that she's working on a range of new art/nature projects for us for 2018, so watch this space.