30th September 2015
Mornacott Stables welcomes new faces

 Our Stables Manager, Megan, has been busy welcoming some new faces to the livery yard. Firstly Belle, a sometimes cheeky four and a half year old, who has transformed from being rather nervous to being happy and settled.

Our Stables Manager, Megan, has been busy welcoming some new faces to the livery yard.

Firstly Belle, a sometimes cheeky four and a half year old, who has transformed from being rather nervous to being happy and settled with her owner finding the breaking process far easier now she's at Mornacott.  Her owner says she has a very forgiving and kind nature and certainly likes her creature comforts!

Secondly, we welcomed Tumble, a rather frisky 6 year old chestnut thoroughbred.  At 16 hands, he has played two seasons of polo and has previously raced.

And lastly, Paddy, a very handsome and successful ex-show jumper.

 


26th August 2015
Gateposts

Not a very exciting topic for a news update but one that causes great frustration for all of us a Mornacott! Conservatively we have around 600 gate posts...

Not a very exciting topic for a news update but one that causes great frustration for all of us a Mornacott! Conservatively we have around 600 gate posts around the estate and the frequency with which these now need replacing is increasingly concerning. Whilst some of the gate posts (lovely old solid pieces of oak!) have been supporting gates for decades most of the new gateposts installed in ongoing fencing projects started some seven years ago are already rotted through (many haven’t even lasted beyond three years!). We’re told that this is largely due to the changes in the law relating to what preservatives can be used to treat the timber in order to protect the environment.

It does seem rather strange to think that our environment is better protected through banning preservatives which allowed timber to last four or five times longer than it currently does in exchange for the massive increases in wood consumption, burning of old posts, labour and tractor diesel necessitated through the shortened lifespan of “environmentally friendly” gateposts. But, hey, what do we know!

Thankfully, we have large quantities of old railway sleepers on hand (these being so full of preservatives and tar) which, whilst not very pretty, make excellent and long-lived replacement gateposts!  


31st July 2015
A Fisherman's Tale

Last week a couple of our guests had a red letter day, float fishing with a variety of baits on the lake. They caught an abundance of carp, 150 in total with the biggest weighing just over 10lb.

Last week a couple of our guests had a red letter day, float fishing with a variety of baits on the lake. They caught an abundance of carp, 150 in total with the biggest weighing just over 10lb. The favourite bait at the moment seems to be sweetcorn! 


30th June 2015
Exmoor Keepers Challenge 2015 Winners

This year Mornacott teamed up with Portledge Estate and co-hosted the Exmoor Keepers Challenge.  

This year Mornacott teamed up with Portledge Estate and co-hosted the Exmoor Keepers Challenge. Charles our Estate Manager and Toby our Head Keeper competed in a number of events which included rifle and clay shooting and Exmoor’s version of the Highland Games. The day concluded with a quiz focussing on gamekeeping topics. Once again, our team emerged victorious and will be going for their hat-trick next year which has never been achieved before. 


20th May 2015
Owls Galore

We’re always delighted to see evidence of the increasing Owl population at Mornacott and spotting two Tawny Owl chicks was certainly one of the highlights of the week...

We’re always delighted to see evidence of the increasing Owl population at Mornacott and spotting two Tawny Owl chicks was certainly one of the highlights of the week. We have a number of owl “boxes” which provide an ideal nesting habitat for these wonderful birds and sightings of Barn Owls as well as their Tawny cousins are not uncommon. We were particularly privileged to spot a rare Short Eared Owl on a night safari last week.


7th April 2015
Easter at Mornacott

With the lambing season well under way, guests staying in our cottages over Easter were not only able to enjoy the super weather...

With the lambing season well under way, guests staying in our cottages over Easter were not only able to enjoy the super weather we've been having but also fed our orphan lambs. With several hungry lambs which require feeding four times a day, the help was gratefully received by our stockman Charlie and his wife Megan.


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