I’ve diversified!……I have a geography-teaching sister so know the importance of this word! It seemed a shame not to make more use of the photos that randomly appear on the screen of my Surface so I’ve produced some greetings cards. The first two collections are 5 cards of The Cottage and 5 from… Continue Reading →

At the weekend I was at the cottage for a few days while Simon sang in the Anghiari Festival in Tuscany. The garden was in full bloom and unlike my garden at home, the flowers were still at their best. We sat on the terrace at all times of the day from dawn to dusk,… Continue Reading →

Last week Updown took a short break so that the outside could be freshened up during the better weather. David Witcher, who looks after all paint-related matters and whom we simply can’t do without, had arranged for a small platform to be erected by 8am on Monday morning and over the next few days he… Continue Reading →

We were delighted to hear that we have retained our 5* with Gold Award grading for the 9th consecutive year – every year since we opened in fact! Gold awards are given to those properties that score the highest marks within a grading band. Cottages can elect to be inspected by Quality in Tourism on… Continue Reading →

We have a free week – well available anyway – between Monday, 8th – Monday, 15th June. If you can get away for the whole week you could save £200 as the rate is now £795 rather than £995. Each of the short breaks – Monday – Friday or Friday to Monday – are now… Continue Reading →

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