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.

Good To Go

Getting everything in place, we're following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, we have a risk assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing so …


Poppy at Eldroth House

Well I've read (and re-read many times!) the Government guidance on working safely that was published just after the PM said we could open from 4th July and I've referred to other guidelines produced by Airbnb and many other interested parties including the Professional Association of Self-Caterers UK.

I'm in the process of ensuring that we enhance our already high standards to make stays at Eldroth House Cottages as safe as possible.

I think the measures we’ve got used to over the last few months are becoming a way of life so hopefully it won’t have a detrimental impact on your enjoyment of the wonderful countryside and friendly villages and towns the area has to offer.

I'll be in touch again soon to let you all know how we're opening up. In the meantime those Guests already booked to stay can be assured we'll follow all Government guidelines on how to make their stay as safe as possible.

A picture of a poppy as I really didn't want to put up a pic of a coronavirus!

Spurred on by the sweet scent of blossom

Hawthorn at Eldroth House Cottage with black labrador, Pepper looking on.
Watching Pepper Watching Me!

Doing my daily 30 minute brisk walk (to get the heart pumping!) round the garden today encouraged by the beautiful apple blossom and scent of the hawthorn - so much so that Pepper's disdainful look for my efforts didn't put me off!

Hawthorn blossom at Eldroth House Cottage
Sweet Smelling Hawthorn Blossom
Apple blossom near Black Bank Syke at Eldroth House
Blossom On Small Apple Tree Near the Stream


English Blue bell
English Bluebell?

Think I've spotted both English and Spanish bluebells in the garden. Lots of the English ones, particularly under the sycamore tree down near the bottom of the stream and just one small clump of the Spanish found so far out on its own on the bank in front of the Barn.

Spanish Bluebell
Spanish Bluebell?

Looking forward

Waiting with anticipation to hear what the Prime Minister says next week about plans to allow life to slowly start to return to normal.

At the briefing yesterday he suggested there could be options available to the tourism industry that may help holiday cottages like ours to think about how and when we can start to welcome Guests again.

We'll be watching the news closely and looking forward to opening safely when we can.

Jill & John

Marsh Marigolds

Early morning walk round the garden and the marsh marigolds are blooming in the stream as there's been so little rain over the last few weeks there's plenty of space on the river bed now.