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Wildlife in the Grounds at Broadway Manor Cottages

Wildlife in our Grounds

Our Cotswold holiday cottages in Broadway are rurally located and wildlife is a common occurrence in the extensive grounds surrounding the cottages. We actively encourage wildlife by developing and maintaining features and habitats to enhance our natural environment. Wildlife flourishes in our mature trees, shrubs and plants and there are two ponds and a stream (Bunchers Brook) in our grounds which are home to a variety of animals and plants. Log piles, stacks of stone and compost heaps also provide shelter for a range of wildlife including amphibians and insects.

It is not unusual to see the following whilst staying in one of our holiday cottages:

Bats

Pipistrelle bats in flight can often be seen at dusk feeding on flying insects. They roost in the roof spaces of some of the older buildings on site and hibernate over winter, usually between November and April.

Birds

Our grounds are home to a wide variety of birds including: Blackbird, Blue, Great and Long Tailed Tit, Buzzard, Finch, Green and Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Heron (often sighted patiently waiting to fish in our ponds), Jackdaw (annually nesting in the trunk of one of our walnut trees), Magpie, Mallard duck, Partridge, Pheasant, Quail, Robin, Sparrow, Swallow (annually nesting in the eaves of our barn), Wagtail and Wren. To name just a few!

Deer

Both Roe Deer and Muntjac can be spotted in our grounds at dawn or dusk (they love nibbling the shoots of the roses in spring). Muntjac deer can sometimes be heard ‘barking’ in the distance.

Ducks

Wildlife at Broadway Manor Cottages Ducklings on the Stew Potd
Ducklings on the banks of the stew pond

Wild mallard ducks share our ponds and stream with our own Indian Runner ducks. Over the years a number of ducklings have hatched and grown up in our grounds.

Foxes

Foxes can be seen meandering through our grounds (often unfortunately hunting our chickens and ducks or the rabbits). The foxes typically live in dens in the hedges bordering the neighbouring fields.

Newts, Frogs and Toads

Common newts, frogs and toads inhabit our ponds and stream.

Otters

Although we have never seen an otter in our grounds, otters have been sighted in Bunchers Brook both upstream and downstream of our grounds. Last summer we lost a number of fish from our ornamental pond and there were telltale signs that an otter had taken them in the form of otter spraint around the edge of the pond.

Polecat, Stoat and Weasel

These have all been spotted in our grounds.  The polecat was sighted in the orchard near the chicken run (I wonder what he/she was after) and both the stoat and weasel were spotted in the hedgerows.

Rabbits

Wild rabbits can often be seen hopping around the grounds at dusk and nibbling on our plants!

Sheep

Wildlife at Broadway Manor Cottages Sheep at West End
Sheep being moved along West End

In the field across the lane from our holiday cottages we have two pet Poll Dorset sheep. They are very friendly and will come to the fence if approached – their names are Muffin and Cookie.

The large field adjacent to our grounds is farmed by the local farmer and is often home to a number of sheep.

Squirrel

Grey squirrels frequent our grounds nesting high up in the canopy of the trees in the wooded area near Bunchers Brook. They are often seen nibbling on walnuts and pine cones and attempting to get at the bird seed in our bird feeders!

And finally …..

Chickens

ducks and chickens at Broadway Manor Cottages
Our ducks and chickens

Not wildlife but worthy of a mention as they share our grounds and are allowed to wander freely whenever possible: our chickens provide us and our guests with delicious free range eggs. The chickens are housed alongside our Indian Runners in our orchard.

 

Broadway Manor Cottages

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Bibury: Spend a Few Hours in one of the Cotswolds’ Prettiest Villages

The Cotswold Village of Bibury:

Whilst staying on one of our Cotswold Holiday Cottages in Broadway, one of the Cotswold villages we recommend visiting is the pretty picture-postcard village of Bibury.

Bibury, once described by William Morris as the ‘most beautiful village in England’ is about a 5o minutes’s drive from our holiday cottages in West End. During the drive across some of the most beautiful Cotswolds countryside, the landscape changes from rolling hills and ridge and furrow fields inhabited by sheep, to expansive fields of arable crops but the dry-stone walls boundaries of the honey-coloured Cotswold stone are still a wonderful feature.

On arriving in Bibury you will find free on-street parking along the banks of the River Coln, a tributary of the River Thames, that meanders through the village. From there you can wander across the rustic bridge over the river with its clear waters, swans,  Brown Trout and dragonflies, to Arlington Row.

Arlington Row:

Owned by the National Trust, is a row of idyllic Cotswold stone cottages. The cottages were once a 14th century monastic wool store later converted in the 17th century to weavers’ cottages. Arlington Row is one of England’s most iconic and photographed places – it even appears on the inside cover of UK passports! From there wander up Awkward Hill (a short climb) and down along Hawkers Hill back round to the main street. Alternatively take the footpath across Rack Isle, a boggy water meadow also owned by the National Trust. Rack Isle is an important habitat for a wide variety of wildlife and in late summer a small herd of Belted Galloway cattle (one of our favourites) graze the land.

Places to Visit and to Eat in Bibury:

In the centre of the village you will find Bibury Trout Farm, Arlington Mill (now a private dwelling), the Church of St Mary, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs serving food (our favourite is the 15th century Catherine Wheel Pub). The gardens at Awkward Hill Cottage are open by arrangement under the National Garden Scheme between July and September. The owner of the cottage, Victoria Summerley, is an award winning garden journalist and author of ‘Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds’ and ‘Great Gardens of London’.

We hope you enjoy your visit!

Broadway Manor Cottages

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Queen Victoria’s Coronation Bonfire at Broadway Tower 22nd June 1887

Broadway Celebrated Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 with a Beacon Bonfire at Broadway Tower

131 years ago today, on 20th June 1837, whilst Queen Victoria was celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of her accession to the throne in London with a banquet to which 50 European Kings and Princes were invited, 2,548 beacon bonfires were lit across England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the Channel Islands. Colonel Milward, one of Worcestershire’s MPs, used the top of the Malvern Hills as the starting point for the first organised chain of bonfires to be lit to the north, south, west and east.

Broadway joined in the Jubilee celebrations: after dusk a procession of villagers carrying torches and chinese lanterns made its way up what is now The Cotswold Way from the centre of the village to the Tower on top of ‘Beacon Hill’, where a large bonfire was lit. That evening from the vantage point of Broadway Tower, 142 beacon fires could be seen across the surrounding countryside.

Broadway Tower has not hosted any beacon bonfires in recent years but is still a great Cotswolds attraction to visit and well worth the climb up the hill from our Cotswold holiday cottages in West End. The walk takes about 40 minutes and is a steady but not too arduous ascent. It is also possible to take the car up to the Tower as there is there is plenty of parking on site. The views from the top of the Tower are spectacular and on a clear day it is possible to see 16 counties of England and Wales. Within the grounds of the Tower is a herd of red deer and the nearby cafe Morris & Brown is open for refreshments almost every day of the year!

Lancaster Bomber Flypast, Broadway Tower
Broadway Tower – Lancaster Bomber Flypast
Morris and Brown Cafe at Broadway Tower
Morris & Brown Cafe at Broadway Tower

 

 

 

 

 

George V Silver Jubilee Celebrations in Broadway: 6th May 1935

Broadway’s Silver Jubilee Celebrations 6th May 1935

83 years ago today, on 6th May 1935, the village of Broadway celebrated the Silver Jubilee of His Majesty King George V. Various sporting events, organised by the North Cotswold Athletic Club were held in the village, including a men’s cross country race up to Broadway Tower and back.

During the afternoon, a children’s tea party was held in Broadclose field and the following beautiful gardens were opened to the public free of charge: Orchard Farm (Lady Maud Bowes Lyon), Court Farm (Mary Anderson de Navarro), The Lygon Arms (D.G.S. Russell), The Bannits (Mrs Rees Price), Farncombe House (Capt. Frank Burges OBE), Abbott’s Grange (J.Y.R.T. Kendall),  Austin House (Mr Stratford Saunders) and Luggershill (Clement Parsons).

The following Thursday evening, a Jubilee Dance was held at the Lifford Memorial Hall and after the celebrations, two commemoration oak seats set on staddlestones were installed on the High Street. To also commemorate the Jubilee a number of Horse Chestnut and Lime trees were planted along the Cheltenham Road and High Street, many of which can still be seen today.

 

Broadway Italian Day with the Ferrari Owners Club: Saturday 6th May 2018

This Bank Holiday Sunday 6th May 2018 a little bit of Italy will return to Broadway when the High Street will once again be lined with bright red super cars (and a few yellow, white and blue ones too) when the Ferrari Owners Club comes to the Cotswolds.

A fantastic event which has been hugely popular in recent years the cars will arrive in convoy and will be on show along the village green and High Street between 10.30am and 3pm. Look out for some Ducatti motorbikes too!

Spend Easter in the Cotswolds at Rafters, Broadway

Are you looking to spend Easter Weekend in the Cotswolds?

Look no further than our award-winning, romantic one bedroomed apartment Rafters (sleeps 2) at The Manor House, West End. Rafters is available this Easter 2018 for a short break in the beautiful Cotswold village Broadway or stay longer and enjoy all that the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the villages and towns of the Cotswolds have to offer.

Rafters at The Manor House, Broadway
Rafters at The Manor House, Broadway, available this Easter

Fully self-contained on the first floor of a Cotswold Manor House that dates back to the 16th century, Rafters is an ideal base for a weekend away in Broadway. Rafters sleeps 2 in a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom (bath with over-bath power shower), fully equipped kitchen area with electric fan oven, hob, microwave and fridge and a spacious open plan vaulted sitting/dining room with original oak beams and views across the surrounding grounds towards Broadway Tower high above Broadway. Rafters is warm and welcoming with its own gas central heating, free WiFI and parking.

Rafters is ideal for a relaxing break away. Guests are invited to enjoy the surrounding grounds of several acres during their stay. A footpath leads from the bottom of the grounds across the brook to the centre of the village of Broadway with its wide range of independent shops, excellent restaurants, pubs and galleries. Rafters is also an ideal base for those who enjoy walking: The Cotswold Way National Trail crosses the neighbouring field and there are a number of footpaths in the area to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Rafters is available over Easter 2018 for a 3 night minimum stay at the rate of £375 inclusive of all bedding, linen, electricity and gas or £500 for 7 nights . Mention this blog post and receive a 10% discount. For more information or make a booking contact us by email or telephone 01386 852913.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheltenham Festival 2018 Availability

Cheltenham Festival 2018 Availability

We have availability in our Cotswold holiday cottages in Broadway during Cheltenham Festival week – minimum 2 nights’ stay in either Rafters (sleeps 2), Sheldon Cottage (sleeps 2), Willow Cottage (sleeps 4) or Corner Cottage (sleeps 4).

All of our cottages are located in Broadway in the extensive peaceful grounds of The Manor House just off the Cheltenham Road. The cottages are an easy drive to Cheltenham Racecourse and just a few minutes’ from the centre of the village of Broadway with its restaurants and pubs to enjoy in the evening after a day at the races.

 

Contact us for up to date rates and availability in our Cotswold accommodation during Festival week.

 

Paxford Point to Point, Banks Farm, Easter Monday 2nd April 2018

Paxford Races: Easter Monday 2nd April 2018

Point-to-Point at Paxford

Hosted annually by the North Cotswold Hunt, Paxford Races at Banks Farm is a fun day out for all the family in the beautiful Cotswold countryside at Paxford, two miles east of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. Point to Point steeplechasing (18 fences over 3 miles) takes place across the country from November to June each year. Point to Pointing is an amateur sport, often the stepping stone for many trainers and jockeys wishing to be leading jump jockeys and the training ground for some of the best National Hunt horses.

At Paxford Races you will be able to enjoy a wide variety of country trade stands and stalls, food stalls and licensed bar. Many spectators picnic out of the back of the car in the car park with its great views across the course, and enjoy a flutter with the bookies.

Admission is £10 per head (free parking) and gates open at 10.30am. Arrive early to avoid delays. Viewing is excellent from almost anywhere on the course. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/paxfordraces.

Worcestershire Life Interview: My Favourite Work of Art

My Favourite Work of Art: Galloway Landscape by Barbara Williams

In 2010 I was interviewed by Worcestershire Life for an article in the run up to the inaugural Broadway Arts Festival titled ‘My Favourite Work of Art. My favourite piece of art is a painting I own by Barbara Williams of the Galloway landscape.  The following article:

Debbie and her family moved to Broadway from Hertfordshire in 2006 and run Broadway Manor Cottages holiday cottages and apartment from their 16th century home on the outskirts of the village.

“We used to go up to Kirkcudbright in Galloway, South West Scotland a lot on holiday as my husband is a Scot and he’s been going there since he was about 10 years old. Kirkcudbright also has its own colony of artists and I bought this painting to remind me of Dumfries and Galloway and holidays with the children as they were growing up. I just love the open rolling hills and acres of sky and in a way the stone walls and the rolling hills are similar to here. My two boys also love the Belted Galloway cattle, as shown in the painting. There are a herd of them up on the hillside here in Broadway, so when we moved here and walked up the hill and saw them it was wonderful.”

This summer sees the 5th Broadway Arts Festival which will take place in the village from 8th to 17th June 2018.

For more information about our Cotswold holiday cottages and apartment at The Manor House, Broadway, click here.

 

King Edward VII’s Broadway Visit – 9th July 1905

On Sunday 9th July 1905, King Edward VII (known throughout his life as Bertie) visited Broadway. His Majesty had travelled by train to Moreton-in-Marsh the previous afternoon. He had spent the Saturday night with Lord Redesdale1 at Batsford Park with fellow guests: his equerry Major G. Lindsay Holford,  CVO, CIE, the Austrian Ambassador Count Albert von Mensdorff-Pouilly-Dietrichstein, Lord Esher2, the Dowager Countess of Dudley, Mr and Mrs Joseph Chamberlain, Mr and Mrs George Keppel3, Lady Airlie, Lady Edith Ogilvy, the Hon. Mr and Mrs David Mitford, the Hon. Jack Mitford, the Hon. Rupert Mitford, the Hon. Frances Mitford, the Hon. Iris Mitford and the Hon. Daphne Mitford.

On Sunday morning,  HM The King attended the morning service at Batsford Church conducted by the Rev. Spencer Jones, which was so popular that the service was by ticketed entry only, all 120 seats in the church were full.

At 2.30pm, His Majesty left Batsford in his own car for an afternoon’s drive around the North Cotswolds. King Edward was driven through nearby Dorn via Neighbridge. It is reported that Neighbridge is where Charles II, after the Battle of Worcester in September 1651, took refuge in an oak tree and hid his horse under the bridge. The approaching Parliamentarians frightened the horse which neighed and galloped off with the soldiers in pursuit whilst King Charles made his escape in the opposite direction.

His Majesty proceeded from Dorn to Chipping Campden and on through Weston Subedge and Willersey before arriving in Broadway where he was met by flag waving crowds lining the village’s High Street. From Broadway The King proceeded to Stanway House where he had tea with Lord and Lady Elcho (Hugo Richard Charteris, Lord Elcho, was the 11th Earl of Wemyss and 7th Earl of March DL) before returning to Batsford via Ford and Bourton-on-the-Hill.

 

Notes:
1. Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale, GCVO, KCB.
2. Reginald Baliol Brett, 2nd Viscount Esher GCVO, KCB, PC, DL.
3. Mrs Keppel, Alice Frederica Keppel (née Edmonstone), was a British Society hostess and long-time mistress of King Edward VII. Alice Keppel was married to Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. George Keppel, MVO. Lord Esher wrote to his son, Maurice, from Batsford Park in July 1905: The King is perfectly happy. His admiration of Mrs K. is almost pathetic. He watches her all day and is never happy when she’s talking to someone else…….she is never bored of him and always good-humoured. So, her hold over him grows.