18th May 2011
Come On In

Our first holiday cottage ‘Barn Cottage’ is now ready to receive guests. 

Our first holiday cottage ‘Barn Cottage’ is now ready to receive guests. We have spent the last few weeks putting together the ‘finishing touches’ which we believe make Barn Cottage an inviting holiday spot. Now planning permission has been agreed we are looking forward to adding to our accommodation and receiving more guests at Mornacott. 


30th April 2011
Major structural works completed at Little North Hayne

A red letter day with the bulk of the major refurbishment works at Little North Hayne completed.

A red letter day with the bulk of the major refurbishment works at Little North Hayne completed.

This characterful cottage on the other side of the valley from Mornacott has been the subject of extensive rebuilding and refurbishment works requiring new windows and doors, major repairs to the roof and some internal remodelling.
The major structural work is now completed and all that remains to be done is a spot of decoration, the plumbing of a new kitchen and bathroom and the replacement of the staircase.
We’re well on schedule to complete within the next two months, subject always to weather and the availability of tradesmen. 


26th April 2011
Planning Permission...finally!

After a few false starts we now have planning permission to convert two of the near derelict barns to holiday cottages/shoot lodges.

After a few false starts we now have planning permission to convert two of the near derelict barns to holiday cottages/shoot lodges.
The innovative, yet very traditional, internal design of these two buildings will allow for six double bedrooms, three in each building, each with its own ensuite bathroom.
Given their previous uses and locations these new buildings will be known as “Orchard Cottage” and “The Old Stables” respectively and, together with the already converted Barn Cottage will allow for flexible accommodation to suit both holiday makers and shoot guests depending on requirements and the time of year.
We’re delighted too that the works to Orchard Cottage will include the replanting and rejuvenation of the traditional orchard of which so few tees remain today. The planting scheme, which will follow the classic English Orchard style and layout, will include Apple, Pear, Plum, Damson, Cherry and Quince trees.  


26th March 2011
An eighth Birthday party with a difference

No jelly and ice cream for this lot! Instead we had 20 hugely energetic young boys undertaking a round robin of activities from “command tasks” to air rifle shooting and archery. 

No jelly and ice cream for this lot! Instead we had 20 hugely energetic young boys undertaking a round robin of activities from “command tasks” to air rifle shooting and archery. The command tasks were particularly interesting proving that too many chiefs and not enough Indians isn’t exactly the best recipe for success.
After a frantic Easter egg hunt it was in for tea and medals and then away allowing the supervising staff a well earned rest! 


23rd March 2011
New Babies

Today saw an exciting event here are Mornacott, the start of calving season was kicked off with the birth of a Devon heifer calf this afternoon.

Today saw an exciting event here are Mornacott, the start of calving season was kicked off with the birth of a Devon heifer calf this afternoon. Both mother and baby are doing well and we are excited to be adding to our Ruby herd. As many calves as possible will have their future on the farm, the heifers to replace and expand our existing breeding herd and the bull calves going on to produce our ‘home grown’ beef boxes. 


15th February 2011
New game chiller helps promote local supply

We were delighted to receive a contribution today towards the cost of our new game chiller from the BASC.

We were delighted to receive a contribution today towards the cost of our new game chiller from the BASC.

By installing a chiller we will be able to supply fresh game locally helping with the BASC’s drive to promote the benefits of eating healthy, low fat, game meat.
Currently most of our pheasants and partridges end up in Belgian Butchers’ markets where game is much sought after by the local population. The UK has never seen great demand for game which is disappointing given the ready availability, healthy eating opportunities and (in our increasingly tight financial climate) the very low cost of this excellent natural food.
 


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