‘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 […]