‘Oh, what a lovely farmyard!’

May 1, 2016

The last few months have taken their toll on our ‘charming 17th century farmhouse’. Dust, dogs, and too much furniture that doesn’t really have a place have left everything in a bit of a state. None of that matters, of course, the important thing being The Malabar in all its luxurious perfection. But when one […]


Red and yellow and pink, no grey!

April 13, 2016

We’ve been showing a lot of people around: friends, family, food/fire/hotel inspectors, telecom engineers, Times journalists. They all want to have a good look at what we’ve done and they all seem to have a bit of an opinion on colour. Who knew that a yellow bath would cause so much excitement! And that our shower […]


Would you like breakfast with that bed?

March 25, 2016

Remember Bill Bryson’s Mrs Smegma in Dover with her counterpane and her rules? There was, ‘I’m going out shortly so may I ask that you vacate your room?’ Bill was confused. ‘I’ve just got here.’ Its different now. B&Bs don’t make you sit at a tiny breakfast table staring at chipped crockery and trying not to […]


Weather obsessed

January 21, 2016

That reputation that we Brits have for talking constantly about the weather is justified, we now know. Up here (I sometimes talk about England as another place somewhere far south) in farming country there’s good reason to be weather obsessed; life revolves around it. But the last few months of heavy rain have taken their […]


The Malabar

December 13, 2015

We didn’t quite manage it on our own, but somebody who knows a lot about these things pointed out that India kept coming up in conversation, and that it needed to form a part of the identity of our brand. We’ve been looking for a tea supplier for months because we want to serve the […]


A rare sighting: a brand is born

December 9, 2015

Well not in these parts exactly, but this rare Malabar squirrel was spotted in the trees of the bungalow where Graham grew up in the High Range tea estates in Kerala, India when we visited last year. When we stumbled on this photograph the other day it reminded us how big a part India has […]


Get off my land!

September 29, 2015

It all sounds very idyllic, moving to the country, but I suppose that unless you grew up on a farm (or even knew someone who did) you are going to fall out of line before too long. Dog #2 has arrived and it was all going very well until I got a bit carried away […]



September 6, 2015

  The bank barn has been hiding quietly under layers of scaffolding and sheeting for the last five months but when we drove home down the lane the other day something looked different – as if by magic it has all gone (we take a hands off approach to project management). There is still masses […]


The Dales Way.

July 19, 2015

  There it sits at the bottom of our field kindly fringing the Howgill Fells and snaking gently alongside ‘our part’ of the River Lune. The Dales Way has been luring us since we arrived at Garths. But at 80 miles long it isn’t really family friendly, so we took advantage of the last week […]


Cautley Spout to Garths

June 26, 2015

Cautley Spout. The UK’s highest waterfall Cascading a mighty 650 feet. Down onto a glacial valley below The path up the side of the waterfall is very steep but helped by stone steps for most of the way.     Above the waterfall a path follows the stream up to its source just below the […]