Gail's Blog

Pink Grapefruit Marmalade

No matter how much marmalade I make in January with Seville oranges it always seems to run out towards the end of the year.  In order to keep being able to offer home made perserves at breakfast I end up making a second batch of pink grapefruit marmalade.  I do have to thank Nigella for this one, its delicious. Place a saucer…

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Autumn Fruits for Breakfast

Personally I love fruit for breakfast and in the summer its easy, a bowl of cherries looks lovely, everyone enjoys strawberries and melon is always refreshing.  However a little more effort goes into the fruit on the breakfast table in autumn and here are a couple of recipies I’m making at the moment. Baked apples with…

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Plum Jam

A friend has a plum tree in her garden and came round to see me with a carrier bag full of delicious purple fruit.  We were about to go a way for three nights so that evening I made a batch of jam and here’s the recipe. Plum Jam – makes 3 lbs 900g or 2lbs ripe plums, washed halved and stoned.  900 g or 2 lbs of…

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Jams and Preserves

The summer is always so busy for us here at Castleton House.  Mainly because we have so many visitors coming to stay while the days are long and the unpredictable English weather is most likely to be better behaved; and also because our garden keeps us on our toes.  Not only do we have the garden at the back of the house but…

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Stourhead House and Gardens
Accommodation near Stourhead

  Here we are offering <accommodation near Stourhead>, one of the National Trust’s most visited places and despite often visiting ourselves I’ve never thought about looking into the history and importance of these gardens in any depth.   But as I so often find myself suggesting to guests that they visit the…

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Spring Newsletter 2013

Easter is finally upon us and I would like to think that we’ve come out of hibernation however the winter seems to be dragging on, even late in to April if the forecasters are to be believed. As our location is some distance from any major business centre we tend to have a fairly quiet winter season.  This however gives me a…

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Autumn Newsletter 2012

Autumn 2012 Newsletter If you like a good read now the nights are drawing in then our local Literary Festivals might be of interest I’ve rather been neglecting my blog this summer despite all my resolutions in January not to do so.  Perhaps it’s because we’re always so busy during the summer both with having guests to…

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Stourhead House and Gardens
Easter Newsletter 2012

An overnight break on the journey to Cornwall, a springtime visit to Stourhead, taking the family to Longleat With all this lovely warm weather we’ve been enjoying and with summer just around the corner I thought I’d write a short e-mail to keep you up to date with the news here from Mere in Wiltshire.   As many of you…

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Planning a visit to Longleat House, Longleat Safari Park and the other Longleat visitor attractions

With the clocks due to change in ten days time, and the Easter holidays just around the corner it won’t be long before many families are planning a trip to Longleat.  Being so close means a lot of our guests stay to make a weekend or short break based around a visit to Longleat, and I have yet to meet anyone who…

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BHF bike ride
BHF Bike Ride

This is how I’ve been spending my free time this year, well not all of it in Vietnam and Cambodia but training for my second BHF bike ride. Again it was a wonderful experience, lots of new friends and six of us from last year too. A wonderful part of the world to discover at my cycling pace. 43 of us left on the 5th November…

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