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 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.


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.


Welcome Back…

We would like to take this opportunity to announce that on the 4th July we may be able to welcome you back at our B&B, hurray! {government announcements pending obviously}. A warm socially distanced welcome awaits you here at 2 Ivy House.

The self contained accommodation is perfect for those of you who would prefer not to stay in the larger establishments for the short term. Our fresh, homemade continental breakfast will still be available but left in the fridge for you to help yourself. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me

Nigella {Love-In-The Mist}

There can be no excuse for the garden not to be beautiful this year. an abundance of time and sunshine. The only other topic to occupy me has been food and drink. I’ve been experimenting with new scone recipes, one kindly published by the Queen. Worth the extra effort of soaking the sultanas. They are delicious! My other achievement was piccalilli, although please don’t try this at home. The mess! I had no idea that turmeric was so colourful, it literally went everywhere…

Nearby riverside walk

Thankfully the beautiful walks that surround the property have also helped during lock-down. Great Shefford is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and the wildlife has flourished. Circular walks or cycling routes mean that you never need to get back into the car once your here. The Great Shefford pub which is all of a 2 minute walk is open at the moment for tasty Take-Aways on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday lunchtime. Hopefully soon additional hours will be introduced once we get back to our new normal.

So if you are just fancying a change of scenery for a mini weekend break, or a business stay that is just 6 minute drive from the M4 please give me a call…

Panoramic View of Great Shefford