Tales from the Riverbank (6) From crisp and white to wet, wet, wet …

We so enjoyed our visit last weekend from our friend Jonathan Wright, a horticulturalist from the esteemed Chanticleer Garden, He was on a visit from Pennsylvania to work a couple of weeks on a learning exchange with Great Dixter. We were so chuffed that he took time out of his busy schedule to visit us for the weekend up here in Scotland.  We rewarded him with a crisp white frost, blue skies and glorious sunshine (all pre booked of course) .  The autumn leaves changing colour made our scenery glow with rich red and gold against the frosted landscape. After a visit to a private local garden he commented ” I think this garden is every bit a beautiful as Stourhead. ” and later added ” Simply don’t want to go! Beautiful visit.  Dark skies lovely. Walks in the hills – lovely place.  Can’t wait to come back!”

The Albany Burn

The dark sky performed it’s magic too. We weren’t able to show him the Milky Way but the full moon was spectacular.  All too soon he was whizzing back via Ryanair to Stansted to continue his mission. We were sad to say goodbye but at least he missed the torrents of rain that followed his departure.

More rain than we can remember since we arrived in March 2007.  The Gregg Burn in the village was overflowing into the street last night – and bringing boulders and debris with it.  Thankfully we are back full circle to blue skies again today ! Last day for fishing – and not much success today from the enthusiasts due to the swollen river but plenty of good sized salmon caught in recent weeks – and a beautiful day to finish on.

About Slow down... at Alton Albany Farm B&B

Enjoy good old fashioned hospitality in our Farmhouse, set in 2 acres of Wild Garden with borrowed views of a beautiful, lush green, Scottish valley. A log fire, a comfortable bed and a chance to read that book you've been meaning to. A short walk to the Village Pub for a drink and a meal and to work it off after there's no shortage of scenic trails to walk (or hire a mountain bike). A bit of peace, quiet and healthy exercise might be just what you need. Get away from it all for a weekend, you might even want to stay longer... We now have wifi in every room if you need to stay in touch - and a 40 " television in the lounge for our guests to relax and enjoy a selection of films beside the roaring fire. Alton Albany Farm is a riverside Farmhouse in a picturesque valley a short walk from the pretty conservation village of Barr. The Stinchar River runs along the edge of the grounds and a burn through the orchard. There is unspoilt hill walking and rambling in stunning scenery, mountain biking, cycling, fishing and birdwatching within easy reach. Beaches nearby with views to Ailsa Craig and the Western Isles. The Galloway Forest Park, the first Dark Sky Park in the UK and one of the best places for stargazing in the world is also close by. Easy access from Glasgow and Prestwick Airports and the Stranraer Ferries. Please contact us to help arrange travel as collection can sometimes be arranged. At our Bed & Breakfast families with children and dogs are always welcome. There is even an adjoining riverside field for stick throwing and ballgames. We offer a dining / drawing room with a log fire and plenty of books, card and board games to while away the evenings. Holidays or weekend breaks for families, groups, couples and singles. All welcome! For bookings and any further information please Contact Alasdair or Andrea Currie on 44 (0) 1465 861148 To see reviews from our guests please visit www.tripadvisor.co.uk
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