It would be impossible for us to write this blog without making full reference to the Coronavirus pandemic which is impacting everyone and the way we live our lives. The only focus during this uncertain period is to protect ourselves and our families and to follow the advice being communicated from our local governments. Our cancellations policies during this period do not apply and all guests who have made bookings will be entitled to a full refund. For now, please stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. Rich and Lisa
The last few days for us have been really emotional as Lisa's Dad sadly passed away after a long battle with prostate cancer. Roman cottage has proved to be a quiet sanctuary for us, where we have escaped to during quiet periods. As I recorded in the February blog, the cottage now has new curtains and cushions in the living room area, along with a new dishwasher. The combi boiler has also been fully serviced by British gas and our gas safety certificate has been renewed for a further 12 months.
Winter breaks at Roman Cottage continue to prove very popular with our guests. The weather has been kind so far with no snow fall, however the crisp frosty days provide for spectacular walks in the surrounding countryside. The guestbook in the cottage is full of recommended places to visit, which even us as owners find really useful, especially the hidden away pubs which we have not previously visited. This month we plan to make a few alterations to the cottage, painting the bathroom, changing the taps and upgrading the curtains and cushions in the cosy lounge.
Happy New Year to all our past and future guests at Roman Cottage. Both Lisa and myself had a quiet new year suffering from heavy colds. We took the opportunity to plan our 20 year wedding anniversary break in August by searching holiday cottages in the St Ives area of Cornwall. It was interesting to view other holiday cottage owners websites, which also provided us with ideas on how we can tweak our website and further improve the facilities which we offer. We have booked a lovely little cottage in the heart of St Ives for our break and we look forward to returning to this area where we spent our honeymoon back in 2000. Clearly we are not alone in securing accomodation for that special occasion, as we have been busy fielding potential guest messages who are also looking to book there stay at Roman cottage.
The Armistice day celebration in Colerne, where the local community come together to remember and say thank you was impeccably observed and organised.
During November Colerne received its first blast of winter with a slight dusting of snow which was a pleasant surprise to all, which thankfully didn't cause any disruption to the roads.
We now enter the Christmas period, which is a fantastic time to stay at Roman Cottage, with plenty of festive markets to visit, with the largest being in Bath and cosy nights in front of the log burner. We would to say thank you to all our guests who have stayed at Roman Cottage during 2019. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New year to you all. Rich & Lisa
It is always interesting to read the reviews written within our guest book. From places recommended to visit to suggestions on restaurants and pubs to frequent, what stands out most is how much our guests love the location and of course the character and charm which Roman cottage offers. The winter period allows our guests to have the best of both worlds. The lovely open countryside, close access to charming places to visit and those cosy evenings in front of the log burner.
Guest visiting Roman Cottage during October are encouraged to spend a few hours exploring the Wiltshire Market town of Corsham where peacocks roam freely and the high street was used as a backdrop for the BBC series Poldark. During October from the 5th - 13th in Corsham there is a peacock arts trail and a brochure will be held with in the cottage and details are held online https://peacockartstrail.co.uk The annual chimney sweep at the cottage has been completed, ready for guests to use the log burner from November.
Whether you book Roman Cottage for a birthday, anniversary, wedding accommodation or just for an escape, our guests continue to provide positive reviews, which we are extremely grateful to receive. The Wisteria that has been a feature on the outside of the cottage for many years is sadly in poor health, despite the best efforts of Erica and Peter (our lovely neighbours). We are considering alternative options to ensure that Roman Cottage retains its charm. Our attention now turns to the colder months ahead, the annual chimney sweep has booked for the middle of September and our log supply has already been delivered
Well the weather in the west country this summer has once again been absolutely fantastic, perfect for countryside walks, visiting the many local tourist attractions or attending weddings at the Lost Orangery or Lucknam Park.After an exceptionally busy July, we only have a few midweek dates available for August, so would advise booking early to secure your stay. A special mention to our housekeeper Nannette, who has been with us since the start and has worked tirelessly to ensure that Roman cottage is looking its best for each booking. As for both Lisa and myself, we take pride in owning Roman cottage and have a few exciting ideas on how we can further improve our guest experience in the future.
The filming for the sky one series Agatha Raisin continues in Colerne with the bollards situated outside some of the characterful country cottages in and around the market place, I have offered the use of Roman Cottage as a film location. Watch this space.I have been busy giving the patio furniture a fresh colour with 'willow' the chosen colour. A special mention to our neighbours 'Erica and Peter', who continue to look after the patio flowers pots and hanging basket for us.
We continue to review the facilities offered within Roman Cottage and have now enhanced the broadband connection to fiber. The signal covers the whole of the cottage and is powerful enough for you to use your Netflix account within the SMART TV wihout buffering. The Bath Christmas market dates for 2019 have been released. This popular event runs from 28th November to 15th December and if you have not previously experienced the magic of this event, then it is something which both Lisa and myself would highly recommend.
Roman Cottage has made the front cover of the local Colerne parish council magazine for May. The Wiseria this year has disappointingly not flowered, which has been repeated by the neighbouring properties. It has been suggested that the long hot summer of 2018 was the contributing factor, however the Wisteria plant remains in good health and we keep everything crossed for a full flowering bloom in 2020.
A hive of activity in the village of Colerne, where episodes for Sky One's Agatha Raisin's series 3 were being filmed. If you have watched the previous series the recoding locations include Colerne, the surrounding villages and Bristol. The cottage is proving popular for guests attending the local wedding venues at The lost orangery (Euridge Manor) and Lucknam Par, so please book early to secure your stay over the weekend period.
As the warmer weather approaches we have brightened up the patio with the pots full of colourful pansies. The Wisteria buds are just starting to show which will bring colour and fragrance during May.
During February we decided to remove the old water tank from the loft area of the cottage and whilst carrying our this work we uncovered the old roof trusses which we made out of thick tree branches. With the tree branches in perfect condition we have kept them as this maintains the charm and character of Roman Cottage. We continue to receive guest bookings from across the world and during March we welcome a couple from Arizona in the USA.
The first snow of 2019 has arrived in Colerne dramatically changing the appearance of the surrounding Cotwolds countryside. The snow continued to fall for over 24 hours with a covering of more than 6 inches. A perfect time to book your stay. This month will see our annual pruning of the Wisteria which overhangs the frontage of the cottage. The wisteria will be in full bloom during May and at the time of writing this blog we still have availability for you to observe this fabulous sight.
Welcome 2019 and a very happy New Year to all. During 2018 we welcomed guests from Australia, Canada, France, South Africa, Scotland, Wales and the UK and we look forward to welcoming guests from other country's this year. We are proud to own Roman Cottage and are pleased to offer this accommodation to our guests to enjoy for their special occasion or break. Cottage life in Colerne during the winter months is the perfect place to relax, take yourself for a country walk enjoying the breathtaking views, day trips to Bath, Castle Combe and Lacock are a must, walk to one of the two village pubs (or visit both) and end your day relaxing in front of the wood burning stove. Happy New Year - Rich & Lisa
Firstly, we would like to wish all our past and future guests a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year. Roman Cottage has now been decorated for the festive period along with a good supply of logs for the wood burner to make those winter evenings extra cosy. By day there are so many local attractions to visit, the Bath Christmas markets are well worth a visit and are extremely popular, you have Lacock and we would recommend spending time exploring the festivities of Whitehall garden centre, the village of Castle Combe is just gorgeous or just take yourself off for a country walk around the surrounding villages of Colerne. What ever you decide, Roman Cottage is the perfect base to explore or relax.
With the clocks falling back an hour and the autumnal feeling well and truly here, the log burner at Roman Cottage comes into its own.We have already witnessed our first frost and there was even snow flakes in the air yesterday morning (30th October). The heat generated from the log burner can literally act as the main source of warmth for the cottage (cottage also has a modern full gas central heating system). We do supply a small supply of logs for all our guests from November - March, along with fire lighters and matches. Many of our guests have commented on how they settle down for the evening, sat in front of the log burner whilst having a glass of their favourite bottle of wine. Lovely! The Bath Christmas markets begin on the 22nd November and run through to the 9th December. If you don't mind large crowds, we recommend all our guests experience this event. Our new photos of the cottage have now been uploaded to the website and special thanks must go to Lyn and Pete for all their support with this.
The feedback we receive from our guests is most useful to understand why they selected Roman Cottage for their break, the places they visited and also the facilities which we offer. With two large wedding venues nearby (Lucknam Park and Euridge Manor) it is not surprising that Roman Cottage has been used as wedding accommodation. We have also welcomed guests who have been looking for a peaceful break in the countryside but close enough to Bath for sightseeing, shopping, theatre shows and for watching Bath Rugby. Guests have also commented that our existing photos do not show the character of the cottage to its full potential. We have acted on this feedback and have taken new, sharper images of the cottage and these will be uploaded to the website shortly.
Another busy busy month for Roman Cottage, both in terms of the number of guests which we have welcomed and the improvements which we have undertaken. The front patio area was totally renovated with a brand new bath stone base with smart slabs. During these works we discovered that the main drain for the cottage was buried under 6 inches of thick concrete beneath the old patio. Thankfully we have now reinstated the drain to a convenient level just in case we need future access.
Whilst many modern properties have become unbearably hot during this extended period of extreme temperatures, the thick cotswold stone walls of Roman cottage has provided a welcome relief for our guests, providing a pleasant cooler environment.
The cottage improvements continue this month with the upgrading of the front patio area. A new patio base will be installed along with new slabs.
It does seem strange that whilst this hot weather continues we are already planning for the Autumn and Winter period for the cottage. The annual chimney sweep has been booked, the logs for the burner have been sourced and the thought process of how to decorate the cottage for the Christmas period has commenced.
The exceptional summer weather during June provided all our guests with the wonderful opportunity to explore the many local areas of interest and take in the many countryside walks directly from the Cottage. As we have recorded on our welcome page, we are community shareholders in our local village pub 'The Packhorse' in Southstoke in Bath. This was the largest community buy-back project ever recorded in the UK and the grade 2 listed building is now open from 9.30am daily after being sensitively restored and has an exceptional garden area. I would strongly recommend a visit to the Packhorse if you're in the area. For more details click on this link. https://packhorsebath.co.uk/our-story/save-packhorse-story/ .
We take great pride in offering all our guests with a memorable, relaxing and enjoyable stay at Roman Cottage. The feedback we have received has been extremely positive with regards both the appearance and facilities which we offer. The village of Colerne has also received positive reviews, the character of the stone built cottages, the historical church of St John the Baptist and the friendly villagers. There are two local village pubs, both within a few minutes walk of the cottage (Fox and Hounds and Six Bells) have been recommended for both food/drink and atmosphere. During this month we welcome guests from Australia looking to sample a quintessential english village.
Our Guests in May have timed their stay to perfection. The Wisteria which hangs from the frontage of Roman Cottage is now coming into full bloom. With the warmer weather, open the bedroom window to let the Wisteria fragrance flow through the cottage.
We continue to receive booking enquiries from all around the globe which is a testament to the fantastic places which you can visit during your stay. You have the georgian city of Bath, Castle Combe and Lacock just a short drive away. There are also many National Trust properties to visit, alternatively there are miles and miles of open countryside for you to explore.
The cottage received its annual MOT from British Gas with the annual combination boiler service and gas safety checks successfully being undertaken. As owners of Roman Cottage we take immense pride in providing the best holiday / short break experience for our guests. Certainly the feedback we have received from our guests recognises our efforts to not only maintain the original features but to improve upon the facilities that the cottage offers. We have replaced the existing kitchen pictures with new signs which promote our tea and coffee making facilities. We have also improved the safety on the staircase with the installation of a wooden handrail.
The wintry weather caused by a combination of the Beast from the East and storm Emma brought heavy snow to the West of England on Thursday 1st March. Colerne was transformed into a white picture perfect wintry scene and was cut off from the surrounding villages for 48 hours. There were drifts of snow of up to 5 feet. Fortunately the snow disappeared as quickly as it arrived. We look forward to welcoming our first overseas guests (Australia) this month, who booked directly through our website.
Its been a busy start to February, with a steady flow of bookings from guests wanting to have a relaxing winter break and to enjoy the warmth from the log burner. It is also an important month to prune back the Wisteria which overhangs the frontage of Roman Cottage. The Wisteria spreads across all three cottages and will be in full bloom from early May into June. This is a magnificent sight and well worth booking your stay during this time.
Through guest feedback we have added a small bedroom television which we have positioned on the wall opposite the king size bed, a DVD player and additional coat hooks just inside the front door.
Our first Christmas as the proud owners of Roman Cottage. We have selected decorations that match the unique character of the cottage. Locally sourced logs have been stacked into the Inglenook fireplace ready for our guess to enjoy. A wooden towel ladder, which we purchased from the local auction house in Bath, is now positioned in the bedroom.
We would like to wish all our existing and future guests a happy christmas and prosperous new year. Rich & Lisa
Important maintenance works have been undertaken during this month at the cottage. The cottage was suffering from rising damp in both the lounge and kitchen areas. We have acted quickly to undertake a full tanking programme to rectify this issue and to protect the cottage. The works involved the removal of the existing wall plaster, which as you would expect was both messy and very dusty. We also took the opportunity to add additional extractor fans to both the kitchen and bathroom. All works were successfully completed within 4 weeks and the cottage is now back open and available for you to book,
New windows have been installed throughout the cottage. We have selected window frames which allows the maximum amount of light into the cottage and have included monkey tail hinges to maintain the character.
We have taken the major decision to self manage the cottage instead of using a holiday agent. This will allow us to provide our guests with a more personal service. I have designed the website (so all feedback will be greatly appreciated) to promote the cottage which also includes the additional benefit of instant online bookings to make the payment process seamless and straightforward. We have purchased wooden furniture to the small patio area at the front of Roman Cottage for our guests to enjoy an early morning cuppa or early evening glass of wine.