Discover Bowland

Great to meet up with everyone yesterday, albeit virtually, for the launch of the new Discover Bowland Guide and catch up on how people have been coping with and adapting to life with lockdowns. I've been reading through the hard copy we got in the post, it's full of wonderful stories of life in the Forest of Bowland AONB and top tips to make the most of your visit to the area as soon as we're allowed to welcome you again. One of the positives from 2020 is that more people have connected or reconnected with nature and the Guide shares lots of ideas to explore the area both virtually and in person, whether you're interested in walking, cycling, star gazing or sampling the delicious foods from the local area it's a place for all seasons.

Take a look at the Guide here and for more information on accommodation providers and producers have a look at Discover Bowland.

Thank you to all at Forest of Bowland and Champion Bowland for putting the Guide and website together and for all the work they do to conserve and enhance the natural and cultural beauty of the Forest of Bowland landscape and to promote sustainable tourism on behalf of local businesses.

Lockdown Lift

We're using this time in lockdown to make some changes to the Cottage. The aim is to upgrade some of the facilities, adding more modern lines while still keeping that warm, cosy, cottage feel.

John's been adding some warm oak features with a mantle over the fireplace in the living room and beams in the living room and kitchen. When the plastering's done we'll be fitting the kitchen with additional units and new appliances.

Lockdown and life continues

Some photos earlier today, fortunate to be able to see nature still thriving on this beautiful sunny morning while we wait for positive news.

Here’s to . . .

a healthy, happy and fun-filled 2021!

Thank you to all our Guests for your custom this year and to those who wanted to stay with us and couldn't, we hope to see you in 2021 instead!

Best Wishes, Jill & John

On a beautiful frosty day …

Took a few photos of a beautiful, frosty day in the garden while waiting to hear about any new restrictions - this cyclamen sums up the situation, trying to survive under harsh conditions. We're in Tier 3 now so closed again unfortunately, but we'll be here when things improve. Best Wishes to all our local hospitality businesses coping with this yet again.

Take Care everyone x

Merry Christmas

There's not been much news posted this year as all our lives have been dominated by COVID-19, and the Cottage and Barn have been forced to close for most of the year. With all the cancellations and rearrangements behind us for this year, we're hoping all our Guests are safe and well and enjoying the best Christmas possible under the current restrictions.

Looking forward to welcoming you back for a more relaxed 2021!

Take Care xx

This is what keeps us going . .

. . after another press conference by the PM today. It's heartening in these difficult times to pop into the Barn to read a review from our guests Victoria & Bob from Hampshire.

'In a week of wild Yorkshire weather, your wonderful barn has been a luxurious and cosy den for us to relax and unwind in.

The Barn is a sparkling gem in a rugged landscape. We have loved our week in Yorkshire. Thank you for creating such a lovely place to stay.'

Thank you Victoria and Rob, as we cancel our bookings and close our doors again your kind words will keep us focussed on when we can welcome Guests again to enjoy this beautiful part of the world.