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Chatsworth House on BBC TV

Last Monday saw the first of three programmes following a year in the life of Chatsworth House. When I watch excellent programmes like this on our great historic houses I’m reminded that Ann and I have a responsibility to future generations to treat our far more modest home with a bit of TLC.

If you missed it you can catch up here BBC iPlayer – Chatsworth House – Episode 1.

As the Duke of Devonshire says, it’s a “most amazing place” and we’ve got to agree!

More from our Guest book

Thank you for your kind comments during April/May 2012 which we much appreciate.

“Thank you so much for a lovely welcome – excellent room & fantastic breakfast.” I G (Herefordshire)

“Lovely people, lovely room & house, lovely breakfast. Thanks.” M G (Ingleby Barwick)

“As ever – superb. Thank you.” L & T (Cambridge)

“Wonderful hosts, superb house, fantastic stay. Will recommend to everyone.” K & D (Hinckley)

“Fantastic stay. Thanks very much guys. Would love to revisit.” K J (Brighton)

“Brilliant!” V F (Buckinghamshire).

“Absolutely wonderful! Fantastic hosts! Thank you!” S, J, A & J (New Zealand and Australia)

“Very comfortable room and delicious breakfast! Thank you.” L G (Colchester)

“Great stay. Will be back. Thank you” L G (Worthing, Sussex)

“So glad our first B&B experience was with Ann & Robert. A very warm welcome & comfort all around.” S & P (Australia).

Guest book comments

“Anui!!! Lovely.” A & M (Brazil)

“Fantastic stay and very nice service! Fantastic!” S (Lincolnshire)

“Excellent – the Gold Award well deserved.” (Aylesbury, Bucks)

“Delightful. A welcome rest. Thankyou.” P (Uxbridge, Middlesex)

“We have had a lovely stay in the best B&B we have ever visited. Pity it was only one night. Thank you.” R & M (Ingleton, N Yorks)

“What a Gem you have here. Perfect place. Thank you so much.” D.C. (Paphos, Cyprus)

“It was absolutely amazing. Thank you for your kindness.” G & J (Poland)

“Thank you so much for a fantastic stay. Lovely hospitality, great rooms, fab breakfast.” C, D, N, V & J (Jersey)

“Lovely throughout & very nice people. Thank you.” J G (Herefordshire)

“Excellent. Fantastic accommodation and first class hosts. Thank you.” D G (Herefordshire)

Rockin’ the park 2012

Rockin' The Park 2012

Rockin' The Park 2012

Take a look at this great line up for Rockin’ The Park 2012 on Friday 17th August at Clumber Park. I’m looking forward to getting a few friends together for what looks like a trip down memory lane for all of us. Curved Air and Emerson Lake and Palmer (ELP) were a couple of early favourites with Keith Emerson and Francis Monkman (not forgetting Brian Eno and Rick Wakeman) being responsible for my interest in electronic music. I last saw Curved Air play live at Folkestone in 1975 while Hawkwind brings back memories of a very crowded balcony at Sheffield City Hall. Add to this mix Focus, The Strawbs and Brit Floyd & it all looks like a good night out.

Just hope the weather is better than it is now – I still remember the Buxton Rock festival in 1973!

White Rose Awards 2012 now open

Just received notice from W2Y that the White Rose Awards 2012 are now open.

It’s great to see this lovely photograph of our family at the 2011 finals has been included on the promotional page. We had a great time and would like to wish this year’s entrants the best of luck – we hope to see you in October.


People’s Passion at All Saints’ Church Aston

Robert has been invited to play ‘cello in The Easter Anthem – Love’s Young King at a performance of the People’s Passion at All Saints’ Church, Aston on Maundy Thursday (5 April, 7:00pm).

This is part of a weeklong event broadcast across Radio 4 and local radio involving choirs across the country.

Robert said…

“I’m delighted that choirmaster Paul Hudson has remembered me. It has been a while since I played ‘cello in a choral work so I’m really looking forward to joining the choir in this exciting project.”

See the BBC Radio 4 website for more information.

Ray Gelato at BIN@Sheffield2011

I was at University of Sheffield last night for the BIN@Sheffield2011 conference dinner. A brilliant evening at Firth Hall with some old friends and colleagues from Digital South Yorkshire and the IET. Excellent local food with some fabulous music provided by Ray Gelato. If you get chance to see Ray and his band perform then make certain to take along the dancing shoes!

Congratulations to Mark Sanderson and colleagues for the organisation.


Booking on-line now even easier

We’re always looking for ways to improve what we do, so we’ve just gone live this afternoon with a new on-line reservation and payment system, making it even easier to book your stay with us. Watch out for our special offers on midweek breaks – just click on the Check Availability button at the top of our web pages for further details.



Coledale Horseshoe revisited

Coledale Horseshoe revisited

After a busy spring at Throapham House Ann let me take a short break from cooking breakfasts in June to visit the Derwent Water area of the Lake District with a group of school friends from Dinnington High School. Our earlier walking trips have taken us to the Isle of Skye and the Yorkshire Dales.

The ‘fitter’ members of our group dragged me up Grisedale Pike last year at the start of the Coledale Horseshoe walk, only for us to be forced down before reaching Causey Pike due to bad weather. This year on the last day of our break the weather cleared and we were able to complete the original walk.

Instead of hauling my camera bag up the fells this year I took Ann’s little weatherproof Olympus camera. I’ve been playing around recently with stitching together some photos for Throapham House and decided to experiment with a 360 degree panoramic view from Scar Crags and Causey Pike. Scar Crags and Causey Pike. Click on the picture to view – this is a QuickTimeVR file so you may need to download Apple QuickTime to your computer.

This was hand held but the results are quite pleasing and the interactive panorama gives a good impression of the view from the top. I’ll figure out how to get the wraparound over Bassenthwaite Lake a bit neater if I get chance. Now I know roughly what I’m doing I want to put some similar things together for walks around our local area.