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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More Snow in Broadway!

Snow in Broadway the Cotswolds
Broadway in the Snow

More snow in Broadway! As the temperature dropped over Christmas, for the second time this month we had snow in Broadway in the Cotswolds. The snow fell during the night after Boxing Day and by the morning the village was a winter wonderland.  The news that a couple of inches of snow had covered the village made the front page of The Telegraph. The newspaper headline was accompanied by a photo of our local postman pushing his trolley in the snow outside Shakespeare’s Cottages on the High Street. And more snow is forecasted over the next few days!

Broadway is a beautiful Cotswold village which looks magical with a dusting of snow especially at Christmas when its twinkling lights light up the High Street and the Christmas tree on the village green. Our Cotswold holiday cottages in Broadway are a cosy place to stay whatever the weather, for more information visit: www.broadwaymanor.co.uk.

 

 

 

Snow in December

Snow fell on the Cotswolds today covering our Cotswold holiday cottages in Broadway with a thick blanket of snow.

Despite the cold weather our cottages are warm and cosy, and a wonderful rural location from which to visit this beautiful part of England, an area of outstanding natural beauty, which looks particularly spectacular when covered in several inches of snow!

 

 

 

February is Snowdrop Season

Snowdrops
Snowdrops in the grounds of our Cotswold holiday cottages, Broadway

February is a great month to visit the Cotswolds and see some wonderful displays of snowdrops. Nearby Batsford Arboretum at Bourton-on-the-Hill, with its garden centre and café (serving delicious afternoon teas), is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 5pm on Sundays. Wander amongst swathes of snowdrops, hellebores, crocuses and aconites amongst the trees and along the river bank in this amazing arboretum which houses one of the largest tree private collections in the country.

Further afield in the Cotswolds great places to see carpets of snowdrops include: Colesbourne Park between Cirencester and Cheltenham, Rococco Garden at Painswick, Kempsford Manor near Fairford and Rodmarton Manor near Cirencester.