The End Of A Busy Summer…

Views over the Letcombe Valley towards Wantage…

Wonderful Walking…

The area around Great Shefford boasts some of the most beautiful scenery, history and wildlife. Just a short drive and you can be up on The Ridgeway taking in the views for miles around. The Ridgeway is described as Britain’s oldest road and The National Trail is 87 miles long! So plenty of walking and cycling here. Or visit the lost village of Snap in Aldbourne which was not abandoned until the 20th century

Path to the deserted village…

Summer At 2 Ivy House…

The weather this year has been a challenge for all gardeners. Late frosts, torrential rain and unusually strong winds have played havoc with the plants. Not to mention BLIGHT! I didn’t know that was a thing until my tomato plants just shrivelled up and died. Lots of fruit all rotten. Its so sad when you put so much hard work into it. However damsons were plentiful, so lots of lovely jam for my guests again this year. Lots of chillies as well. However in late Spring the garden was quite colourful and I am pleased to say that the borders are maturing quite nicely.

Summer Garden…

Our Guests…

We have had some really lovely guests this summer. Its so lovely to be able to host again. Walkers, cyclists, fishermen/women, wedding guests and actual brides. It was a very exciting day when Alex and his bride stayed with us, lovely to be part of their special day, and a good excuse for champagne and cake. Really looking forward to seeing their photos. Some taken outside by the river.

Wedding Day…

Places To Eat…

We have lots of superb restaurants nearby but you cannot get much closer than The Great Shefford. A two minute walk from the house! Even more exciting is the news of the new chef Sam. The food is exceptional. Just take a look at their reviews.

At 2 Ivy House in 2022 we will be continuing to offer all inclusive walking/cycling holiday packages. The package includes bed and breakfast, afternoon cream tea on arrival, evening meals, packed lunches and a guide for walkers with transport if required. Please contact me for more details and prices

Lavender…

Weekend Walking On The North Wessex Downs.

Get away from it all…

3 NIGHT ALL INCLUSIVE WEEKEND BREAK £395.00 per person {based on 2 people sharing}

The Stables offers self contained accommodation, a perfect staycation for enthusiastic walkers. Discover the beautiful North Wessex Downs and the Lambourn Valley Way with our guided walks. The walks will take you along an ancient track {one of Britain’s oldest roads} to Iron Age monuments, pretty villages, local pubs and historic towns. The Lambourn Valley Way walks will ebb in and out along one of the few remaining chalk rivers in an AONB.

Afternoon cream tea on arrival.

Your weekend {Friday – Monday} will include afternoon cream tea on arrival, dinner, bed and breakfast and a packed lunch for your two days of walking. Guided walking and transportation to and from the locations when needed. Some of our walks may commence from the house. (Advance notice needed for all allergies and dietary requirements).

Lambourn Valley Way.

The clear water of the chalk river running along the Lambourn Valley Way. Red kites, owls and occasionally, if you are lucky the kingfisher makes an appearance.

See more photos here.

We are adhering to the COVID 19 POLICY [2021] as set by the government.

Back To Business

We are so very pleased to have said hello to our first guests this week. Some old , some new. The sun was shining and so the afternoon tea could be had outside. I’ve mastered the new scone recipe and they just keep getting bigger! Therefore more jam and cream needed to cover them. Damn, how many calories? Trouble is, I make a batch and there is always some to spare. I wonder if they freeze?

Every effort is being made for you to enjoy your stay at 2 Ivy House whilst staying safe. Please feel free to give me a call if you have any questions. We would love to welcome guests back to this beautiful part of the country.

THE CREAM TEA…

The Feature Image of the barn owl, [sadly not taken by myself], is just one of the wonderful creatures you will see on an early morning jaunt not far from the house. On our walks with the dog it regularly follows us, hopping from post to post but just keeping enough distance to keep us guessing what it will be hunting for next. The symbolic meaning of the barn owl is a reminder that you are more powerful than you realise.

At the other end of the day I was lucky enough to go out and about on a bat walk. Amazing! We saw six varieties. Well I say we saw them, we heard them really. They all looked rather alike but they make different sounds. I’m sure that James would be more than happy to recreate this for any of our guests. Some interesting facts 1. Bats are the only mammals that can fly. 2. A single brown bat can catch around 1,200 mosquito size insects in one hour. 3. Bats have only one pup a year. 4. Bats wash behind their ears.

PIPPERSTRILL BAT.

If you are a walker, cyclist or just here to rest there are some lovely pubs really close by now serving food to eat in, eat in the garden or take-away. The Great Shefford is so close its silly not to give it a go, but the Five Bells, The Pheasant and The Plough are just a 10 minute drive. If you don’t fancy any of these then I can rustle up a pretty mean cheese board. Really strict social distancing measures are being applied in all of the above.

THE CHEESE AND WINE BOARD