A look back at 2017

2017 was our first full calendar year at Valley View Cottages so I guess will always be a special one for Clare and I.
It was a packed one!
January and February found us preparing for the new season. We gave all the cottages a makeover with feature walls in the bedrooms and bathrooms and generally sprucing up the decor. We then commissioned a professional photographer to take some new shots of the interior for our website. We were very pleased with the end result which has helped towards increasing our occupancy significantly.

Over the Easter weekend Clare was left to look after our guests solo whilst I completed a cycle ride from Hereford back to Valley View Cottages over two days; that’s 123 very hilly miles! My son, niece and one of their friends cycled from London to here, raising money for cancer research and I joined them for the second half. The Ffynnone Arms has never looked so welcoming as it did that day (nor a pint of Butty Bach so refreshing)!

We continued to get out and about in the local area, exploring and finding places that we can then recommend to our customers – I know, it’s a tough job but somebody has to do it. We had a bracing day out at the Stackpole estate, exploring Stackpole Quay, Barafundle Bay, the Bosherston ponds and Broadhaven Beach, all absolutely stunning any time of the year.

We visited two very different gardens in the spring; The National Gardens of Wales and the much smaller but equally fascinating Sculpture Heaven. The weather wasn’t too kind to us for our visit to the National Garden of Wales but with the butterfly house, the huge single span glass house and the cosy cafe it wasn’t a problem. The day we visited there was a vintage vehicle show and live acoustic music in the stunning glass house. Although we didn’t take our little dog, Milo, the gardens have “doggy days” when you are welcome to bring your pooch.

Sculpture heaven is a small, privately run garden with surprises at every turn and is utterly charming (I know that sounds pretentious but it really does sum it up perfectly!) It’s free to enter too and the owners raise money for charity by serving tea and delicious cakes for donations – don’t visit Valley View without spending an hour or so there. Also dog friendly.

Spring was spectacular this year with lots of sunny, dry weather. This was perfect for canoeing down the nearby Teifi River. It’s a lovely relaxing trip getting onto the river at Lechrhyd and conoeing down through the gorge to Cardigan followed by a wood fired pizza looking over the river at Pizza Tipi.

Summer found us dismantling our leaky old tin shed. The shed was originally the old dutch barn from when Valley View was a working farm and had probably given 50 years of good service but had now come to the end of it’s useful life.

The new shed whilst built on the same foundations is much more spacious and means we can now incorporate a games room for our guests to use – watch this space for more news.

For Halloween we had some family and friends staying so booked tickets to the party at Pizza Tipi in Cardigan (5 miles away). We all dressed up and had a great evening with superb local ales, wood fires, artisan pizza with several local bands playing live music, if you are coming

This highlights just a small selection of the things we have been up to in 2017. Here’s to another fun and busy 2018!