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Longer and lighter days…

Early morning stroll…

Its the best time of the year, mornings are light well before 6 A.M, and the evenings around 6.30. You can get so much more done, at around 6.30 this morning we took a stroll out of the village on the opposite side to our usual morning stroll, the views were amazing and there was so much wildlife. Chloe didn’t know where to sniff first! We have recently been trekking around our local countryside to find interesting circular walks for our guests to enjoy. I can’t believe I have lived here over four years and not crossed the road, lol… This walk is part of our Lowlands walk, although looking at the photo you might well be right in thinking that you have climbed quite a steep hill! The next part of the walk is downhill to either a pub or the cafe.

Chloe taking in the views…

The Lowlands walk then meanders through The Lambourn Valley Way to the pretty village of Eastbury, here you will find the church of St James the great, with the most stunning modern stained window. Oh yes and another pub! The Plough, serving wonderful food and guest beers.

Window at the church in Eastbury

Our walk finishes back in the village of Great Shefford, where you will not be disappointed if you visit The Great Shefford pub. Yes there is a bit of a theme here, but they do also serve great coffee and pastries too. You will receive a friendly welcome and fantastic food created by the chef Sam Cary. We are so lucky to have such a lovely pub/restaurant just a 2 minute walk away. Too convenient sometimes.

Great Shefford Restaurant with river view…

So lucky to live here!

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 £495.00 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.

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