It’s the White Rose Awards 2013 Ceremony this evening. Thanks to all who’ve supported us in getting there and good luck to all the finalists.
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With the recent announcement of the Tour De France route for 2014 we’ve now just one room left for the weekend of the Yorkshire Grand Départ in July 2014.
If you would like to stay at Throapham House for the nights of the 4th, 5th and 6th of July 2014 and experience any difficulty with using our on-line reservation system then please contact us directly (01909 562208) to avoid disappointment.
During this period we will require you to book a minimum 3 night stay which includes all of the nights of 4 through 6 July.
Breakfast will be served earlier on 5th and 6th July to allow guests to travel to the race routes.
I’m looking forward to playing in Doncaster tomorrow night (19 October) with Hallgate Chamber Orchestra in a concert with Hatfield Colliery Band at the United Reform Church. It’s a varied programme of music and includes one of the favourite pieces from my teenage years – “The Great Gate of Kiev” from Mussorgsky’s “Pictures At an Exhibition”. Back then the Dinnington High School orchestra used to perform a simplified arrangement of this but I preferred the Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP) version – one of the tracks that inspired my career in electronics and love of ‘prog rock’. I last heard this played by the Carl Palmer Band at Clumber Park in 2012.
Tomorrow’s performance will be the first time I’ve played the full piece and with orchestra, brass band and church organ – something like 60 musicians in total. In a fairly small venue this should be good fun and very loud!
It will also be nice to accompany Vanessa Frampton again following a lovely concert at the Mansion House earlier this year.
Here are a few photos from our garden taken earlier this year…
We’re both delighted to have been shortlisted for the third year running for this prestigious award. Having opened on our wedding anniversary exactly seven years ago this made another lovely reason for us to celebrate the day.
We’re sure to be facing stiff competition again so we’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope to make it third time lucky for South Yorkshire!
Ann and I are both waiting to see if we’ve won this year.
This is some interval entertainment called “I love Skipton” – which I do!
Sara & Catherine are starstruck!
Update: Congratulations to Wold Cottage at Driffield and all the other winners last night. We had a wonderful evening once again and are proud to have been flying the flag for South Yorkshire.
The scaffolding finally went up at Throapham House two weeks ago and a welcome period of fine weather has allowed work to progress swiftly. We expect most of the external work to be complete by the end of September and it’s nice now to see things taking shape. The original second floor servant’s quarters will make some attractive additional rooms and with modern day insulation and roof lights will be a lot warmer and brighter than when the house was originally built.
Guests to Throapham House during this period will find turning space a little restricted in our car park so we will help to guide you out, but otherwise there is less disruption than we expected.
The photo shows the roof slates removed above our guest lounge. There will shortly be a new roof window in here which will give some fine views across Dinnington.
We’ve had a busy few days at Throapham with many of our guests attending the St Leger Festival taking place at nearby Doncaster Racecourse this week. Over breakfast I’ve been telling some of the local history associated with the oldest of Britain’s five classic horse-races and it now seems that Frankie Dettori will be in nearby Firbeck on Saturday morning ahead of this year’s race to unveil a plaque to commemorate Anthony St Leger’s connections with our area.
A more detailed article about this is in the Rotherham Advertiser.
Ann and I are once again delighted to announce that Throapham House has retained its Five Star Gold Award from Quality In Tourism, scoring 100% in both Cleanliness and Breakfast categories following a recent visit by the QIT assessor who stayed in our Dewhurst room. This was our seventh annual inspection and it’s hard to believe we’ve been running this business now for six years. Many thanks to all our guests and suppliers for your continued support.
Unfortunately the bad weather over the summer has delayed our plans to restore our roof during August and it now looks at though this will begin during the first week of September. We expect the work to take about 4 – 6 weeks.
As mentioned earlier, we expect little inconvenience to guests although there may be some restrictions on car parking near the house due to the presence of scaffolding.