Spring is coming !

 

Alton Albany Farm B&B

Alton Albany Farm B&B

Winter was as short this year as it was long last. Whereas the snowdrops last year lasted for months, allegedly waiting for insects to brave the cold and pollinate them, this year they were over in the blink of an eye. They were very beautiful all the same and had secretly spread themselves around the garden during the warmer months to pop up and show their little faces where we least expected them.

Spring bulbs in our  'Brinjal' painted containers at the main entrance to the Farm

Spring bulbs in our ‘Brinjal’ painted containers at the main entrance to the Farm

We have started one of our new garden projects, planting the stump at the old farm gate. It already has Alec’s Rose growing proudly out of the top and the Crimson Glory vine (Vitis cognetiae) trailing over making a red cascade in autumn. Now, we’ve attached a ladder and bit by bit we’ll be planting it vertically with ferns and trailing foliage plants. It is currently under planted with spring bulbs and periwinkle, already giving colour.

The Stump at the old farm gate under planted with spring bulbs and periwinkle.

The Stump at the old farm gate under planted with spring bulbs and periwinkle.

We've attached a ladder to the inside so we can keep an eye on the vertical planting.

We’ve attached a ladder to the inside so we can keep an eye on the vertical planting.

We’re really grateful to Ben Fyfe , who,  over the winter, has created for us our Dog House, our new self catering apartment for working dogs. Two cosy kennels being tested out here by the very wiggly Springer Spaniels, Bonny and Brodie.

1242927AJ _DSC8262

The very wiggly Springer Spaniels, Brodie and Bonny testing our new self catering apartment for working dogs.

The very wiggly Springer Spaniels, Brodie and Bonny testing our new self catering apartment for working dogs.

 

Other visiting friends have been Brock and Brie the two young cobs owned by Toni in the village. They took shelter in one of our barns whilst their new Stables were being skillfully put together by Billy.

Sisters, Brock and Brie share a handful of hay whilst in temporary residence in our barn awaiting their new accommodation with all mod cons.

Sisters, Brock and Brie share a handful of hay whilst in temporary residence in our barn awaiting their new accommodation with all mod cons.

A regular visitor, our friend Kerry from Gloucestershire has been helping us with sweet pea planting and craft work making a new bird bath and food tray to hang in the orchard. A bit of shopping too – together we found some lovely new plant containers and a wonderful silk embroidery to hang in the Double bedroom of the B&B.

 

603636AJ _DSC8403

Kerry makes a hanging bird bath for the birdlife who enjoy our orchard.

603620AJ _DSC8387

Planting sweet peas in loo roll cores. great to use as bio degradable planting pots for seedlings!

Most importantly giving Clover – Sausage a bit of a shampoo and condition in the Spa style she seems to be getting to enjoy.

 

Kerry indulges Clover- Sausage in a bit of Doggie Spa pampering.

Kerry indulges Clover- Sausage in a bit of Doggie Spa pampering.

 

 

Alton Albany Farm B&B

Alton Albany Farm B&B

 

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
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s