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Archives for 2015

The perfect Christmas present for someone who may be in need of some serious R&R……. a gift voucher redeemable against a stay at Updown. Spectacular views, luxurious bedding and furnishings, delicious natural toiletries, incomparable local food, music to make and listen to……that’s all 5 senses covered…..what more could anyone need? Vouchers are available for any… Continue Reading →

  That Holiday Lets Company recently put us forward for a feature in The Independent newspaper entilted Cosy Up: 20 Best Holiday Cottages for Winter The newspaper also chose a full frontal photo of Updown Cottage (even though they appear to have entilted it Uptown Cottage!) as their headline photo for the article. Nine years… Continue Reading →

This week Country Life has chosen this beautiful autumnal photo of Updown and Gold Hill to grace its front cover. Amusingly the photographer appears to have used a filter to give the golden tint which has turned our Farrow and Ball French Gray paint to a fetching Teal. One of the bedrooms is known as… Continue Reading →

    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 →

A few weeks ago we made a quick dash to Cornwall for a few days escape. As our time was limited I was determined to make the most of our days so was delighted to come across the Cool Places website as it is stuffed full of exactly the type of places we like – stylish and interesting… Continue Reading →

Further to last week’s post about My Personal Sanctuary spa treatments, we are offering discounts for the next 2 mid-week breaks (13th – 16th April and 20th – 24th April) to £495 from £595. So you have £100 savings to spend on spa treatments instead! Reserve your stay here and then…………. relax………..unwind…………sleep and refresh!

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