Gail's Blog

My book – Spot On, Good Names for Dogs

This little number has been bubbly away in my mind and on my computer for literally 15 years and I’ve now taken the plunge and had it published. This light-hearted book provides you with an inspiring selection of fantastic names to call your new best friend, from ‘Antic’ to ‘Zuzu’, ‘Rough and Tumble’ to…

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Coping with gluten allergies and going dairy free

We often have guests who warn me in advance of their gluten intollerance and I’m more than happy to accommodate their requirements.  There have been more alarming allergies I’ve been warned about too – peanuts, which can lead to fatal consequences.  Recently I’ve been subject to some of these…

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Local courses to enjoy – perhaps with a stay here too?

I suppose one of the things I’ll regret when I’m older is not putting aside the time to enjoy some of the excellent one day courses which are available all over the country.  I’m talking gardening, flower arranging, bell ringing, bee keeping, you name it there are hundreds to choose from.  This blog is to…

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Walking – the Dorset coast

Every so often when we need to get away and go for a long walk we take off to the Dorset coast.  It’s not too far and often our guests also make day trips to the area.  This area is home to some unique geology and natural habitats, including the Jurassic coast, England’s only natural world heritage site.  The…

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Why are the press so in love with Bruton?

It seems that every time I open a weekend paper there’s an article about the nearby town of Bruton.  The press seem to love it, saying Bruton is the new Nottinghill ………………. well in this house the jury’s out on that one but it does have a variety of good restaurants and the High…

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The American Museum, Claverton, Bath

The American Museum in Bath This, I think is my favourite museum outside London, it’s just 30 minutes away which means I’m able to go as often as I like and enjoy all it has to offer.  And here’s hoping this blog will tempt you to visit too. This photograph gives you some idea of the outstanding Regency…

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Locations used in Wolf Hall

I’m loving the BBC2 production of Wolf Hall adapted from Hilary Mantel’s novels.  I have to admit that I’ve not read the books but everyone says the TV programme keeps well to the feel of the books. The locations used in the production are in Wiltshire, Dorset or Somerset and all close to us here at Castleton…

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B&B off the A303

Here we are offering Bed and Breakfast accommodation just of the A303, in fact as the crow flies we’re probably 500 yards from this major road and yet we have no noise from the A303.  And the reason is Castle Hill, on of the major landmarks in our small town. This small image shows Castle Hill on the right and the town…

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Breakfast recipes

For a long time I’ve thought how much I’d like to cook my way through ever recipe in a cookbook and somehow this year I’m being a bit more organised and might accomplish this dream.  Lunch finds me eating healthly and working my way through Harry Eastwood’s – A Salad for All Seasons.  And then I…

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Autumn newsletter

I hope you like this photograph of Longleat House and Grounds, taken from my phone whilst out walking at Heaven’s Gate, Horningsham At the end of each summer and as the quieter time for me here in Mere begins I’m finding time to write an autumn newsletter.  We’ve enjoyed a glorious summer and been busy with…

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