Monday, 25 April 2011

Easter in paradise!

The Easter weekend has brought glorious sunshine; with such a late Easter, we've also had lots of time to enjoy the lilac, wisteria and bluebells which are normally at their best well after the bank holiday.

Here are a few photos of Luggs Barn and its beautiful surroundings over the Easter weekend. If you're planning a family get together or need a break to recharge your batteries, there are still some summer weeks available - contact us now for late availability deals!

Thursday, 21 April 2011

At last - finished pics!

Well after a mere 20 hour day yesterday - on top of 2 weeks of 18 hour days! - here are a few photos of the finished article! First guests settling in nicely. More to see on Luggs Barn, Devon on Facebook and new photos will appear on our main website in due course.

More exterior photos will follow. The cobbled courtyard is looking superb and all around Luggs the smell of the lilac and wisteria follows you.

Let us know what you think of the photos and we look forward to welcoming all our guests this year.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011


We're pleased to confirm that Luggs Barn is now rebooked for the Easter break. Thankyou all for your interest. If you're considering a spring or summer holiday in Devon, please get in touch soon - we have a few weeks still available but dates are filling up fast!

Artists Tim Martin and Liz Gregory have now hung works by themselves, Sally Clark, Sally Hebeler and Trudy Crook. We are privileged to be able to enjoy a variety of local artwork which has brought the already beautiful spaces to life and provided the perfect finishing touch to a year's hard work! Photos will follow over the bank holiday.

Happy Easter to all our guests!

Monday, 18 April 2011

Easter is available

Sadly our Easter guests have had to cancel due to personal circumstances. If anyone's interested we now have availability, please contact Sarah on 01823 681605 or 07521 363081. Thankyou.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Artistic touches

One of the most exciting parts of Luggs Barn being almost finished is the chance to have local artwork on the walls which guests will be able to purchase if they wish. We met with artist and curator Tim Martin today who showed us just a couple of his works which will be among those hung next week. They're absolutely beautiful - I just wish we could have them in the main house as well!

Outside, the cobbled yard has been unearthed from piles of concrete and mud and is looking beautiful. The original edging stones have been exposed and the curve continued, and the tarmac which had previously covered them will be bevelled up to them later in the week. There are still some repairs to do to one area where drainage ditches had to be dug, but even before the planned jetwash it's a stunning feature.

Having spent months sourcing and buying furnishings and equipment for Luggs Barn, it's a joy to be able to start unwrapping and positioning everything! Almost all of the kitchen equipment is now in place and the beds are awaiting their linen. The curtains are almost all up, and the blinds will hopefully be up this time tomorrow. The final flourish next week will be the hanging of all the artwork which will enhance the wonderful spaces even further.

Check back next week for photos of the finished article!

Telephone message!

A lady left a message earlier today wanting a weekend break in September for her sister's wedding. Trouble is, she only left half her telephone number - there's no area code so I have no idea how to contact her! The number she gave begins with 6594 which apparently is an Edinburgh prefix but I've tried dialling with 0131 in front and no joy. Just in case you're reading this, please get in touch!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Spring has sprung!

Spring is finally here - this morning the field in front of Luggs Barn was full of sheep and their tiny lambs. Our own sheep are much happier now their field is growing but still glare at the new additions in their lush pasture occasionally! The two rams who had been due to move on last month aren't fat enough, so are going to enjoy a few more months on fresh new grass. We don't have any lambs of our own this year but are planning to adopt a couple of orphans later in the season as the children enjoyed bottle feeding Lily and Lucy so much.

The wisteria and lilac are just coming into flower and the bluebells in the wood are beginning to grow in earnest. The orchard's covered in primroses and is a spectacular sight and the warm weather combined with the odd spring shower has made everything grow almost overnight. The new turf has taken well and is ready for its first haircut already. One of the hens is broody and rarely seen outside her nest box, but the others are becoming increasingly tame - they have to be shooed out of the barn on a regular basis and are frequently found perched in unlikely places. When one of us is outside, they follow us like little dogs but have plenty of food and water so are obviously just being affectionate! Following intensive chicken training, Ted the terrier is practising lofty disregard - we'll see how long it lasts! Monty the golden retriever is oblivious to anything that doesn't roll over and play as soon as he looks at it, so the hens are safe from him - they're so confident of this that their new favourite perch is his back; they're often found pecking his fur and he seems to enjoy it too!

We're receiving lots of enquiries every week from all over the country and even a few international calls. A few weeks in June and July are still available at the time of writing, though. The largest furniture order is due to arrive this week so photos will follow later in the week! The countdown to our first guests arriving has begun!