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We have our first lamb. Born on Easter Sunday. We’re proud to be helping secure a future for the rare breed ‘The Original Southdown Sheep!
Our first small flock of Ewes arrived in July and after securing max our new Tup we kept our fingers crossed hoping for some lambs in April.
One of the oldest English breeds of sheep, the original and smaller Southdown breed was originally bred in the 1700’s – SouthDown Sheep
They are one of the oldest of the Down breeds. Known for extreme hardiness English farms kept these sheep both for good quality tasty meat and a very fine fleece.
Olde English Miniature Babydoll Southdown sheep are an ancient breed with happy teddy bear faces. They stand only 24 inches high with shorter stout legs.
To distinguish the original smaller sheep from the modern day larger Southdown’s they were named Olde English Babydoll Southdowns. The original blood line of the English Southdowns are the ‘Baby Doll’. These ‘Babydoll’ Southdown’s are recognised in Britain by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust as a native breed.
While these rare sheep continue to be bred and their numbers are improving, there are only about 300 Olde English Babydoll Southdown breeders worldwide.
We’re thrilled to be one of a very few flocks in the UK. We hope to bring you news of more lambs very soon!
We’re celebrating 4 years at Thorney How this February.
We’d like to see you in 2015, so to help you to come and try us out for yourselves we’re giving away 4 gift card vouchers for free worth £50 each. Read more >>>>
Obviously Thorney How is several hundreds of years older than 4 years, but as the present owners we have been so very lucky to have been here since February 2011 when Thorney How was acquired from the Youth Hostel Association (YHA). You can read a little more history here.
There are 4 chances of winning, so please do make sure that you take part in them all. Winners will be announced after the end of February 2015.
To enter our competition you can either:
1) Follow us on Twitter plus retweet with the hashtags #LakeDistrict #win to win.
2) Like our Facebook Page plus share the post to win.
3) Follow our Google+ Page plus share the post to win.
4) Subscribe to our Newsletter to win. see the bottom of this page!
Winning Gift Cards may only be used against any whole room booking and not individual beds. They can be redeemed at any time subject to availability. They cannot be used alongside any other promotional offer or for any other discounted or large group bookings.
Gift Cards are managed via PayPal – we will require a valid e-mail address to send you your Gift Card Voucher and you will be required to register with PayPal to redeem your voucher.
This is the week that the boiler finally arrived. What an exciting day with all hands on deck. Our initial worries about getting it installed were put to rest.
The new boiler is a Guntamatic Wood Pellet biomass fueled boiler using sustainable wood produce from Cumbria. We’re now looking forwards to firing it up for the first time and the heating coming on stream in time for reopening the Bunkhouse.
The arrival of the new boiler is a major event.
It’s ready to be unwrapped. Is it Christmas?
Blimey that looks a bit scary. The access is a little narrow, but this Telehandler driver seems to know what he is doing.
Like I said it’s a tight squeeze.
It’s finally there. Phew!
Next is the 2000 litre hot water storage tank.
Just pop it down there will you please?
Setting up the boiler and water storage tanks. This may take a few days.
Our hot water will be delivered to the main building via some highly insulated underground pipework through this trench.
This is what the pipework looks like.
Our new entrance to the Bunkhouse. Preparing the ground.
Ready to pour concrete to make the base for the entrance porch.
Some more concrete delivered.
The new foundations are laid.
This is the first layout of the 3 new shower stalls in our unisex shower room.
Further progress with the shower room.
Our new underfloor heating for the shower room. Yay!
Over the last few weeks our build project has really taken shape. Our boiler plant rooms has been constructed and all of the internal structural work is now complete. We are now waiting for internal fit out and delivery of our new Biomass Heating System.
The old Annexe becomes the new Grasmere Bunkhouse
This is an impression of the new building, by our architect William Sutherland.
Now that the concrete base we can start the build.
The first few blocks go up quite quickly.
These are the concrete roof beams. Apparently they are meant to be bent.
Once in place we have a roof.
With the roof in place we can begin stone facing the outer walls with traditional Lakeland stone.
A painstaking approach is required.
Bye bye to the old windows.
Will they fit we all ask? Of course they will!
Our disabled access takes shape.
Ready for our weekend guests to arrive.
We need to cast a concrete wall at the back of the new plant room.
Finishing the casting job off.
Meanwhile some internal jobs are still on the go – wiring, heating system and plumbing.
A new toilet will go here.
Finally the rooms are plastered.
Plastering in progress,
Our new key fobs arrive.
All organised for the new season.
Another two weeks since the last building development blog post and we’ve made significant progress. Our foundations are laid for the boiler room and the new internal rooms have their framework established.
The old Annexe becomes the new Grasmere Bunkhouse
The new corridor is being formed, door openings to rooms and shower block.
Showing the full length of the corridor. Four new 4 person bunk rooms.
2 extra toilets. OK you need to use your imagination a bit.
This will be the new shower block entrance with 3 showers and a further toilet.
A new ceiling for the shower room has had to built, extra storage space above.
The old door (green) is about to go. The new opening will now give access to from the western side of the Bunkhouse.
Blocks ready for the new plant room build.
First concrete delivery.
Our technical solution to pouring the concrete down a 3m drop.
It’s all flowing smoothly, and the rig is still standing despite the weight.
Getting a good even distribution. Our biomass boiler plant room will be standing here soon.
Almost done and no snow today.
A bit of spare cement will do niceley to help along the new disabled access to the front door and reception.
It’s been two weeks since the last building development blog post and despite the weather complications things are moving along pretty fine with the new Bunkhouse refurbishment.
This is the week that things got scary. And exciting. All the unwanted internal structures were dismantled and the place became a building site proper.
First job – to remove internal walls, doors, fittings.
The old shower room is being knocked out to make way for a larger shower block.
The old toilet is being removed and the lean to cleared to allow a new entrance to be made.
It was good to see the place being fully cleared and to start to visualise the new spaces.
The builders have now fully taken over.
The existing Annexe as seen from below approaching via Lancrigg’s private road.
We’ve got plenty of kindling for next year. We just need to saw it up and store it somewhere!
We very nearly missed the old entrance coming off the building.
The new corridor is being formed – here the openings have just been created.
Another view showing where the new entrance will be from the inside.
Finally after all the cold weather, rain, snow etc. we got the foundations for the boiler plant room cleared.
Hmmm, this pile of soil came from somewhere?
First sign of the new rooms. The partitions between rooms being formed.
New room structures from the corridor – there will be four rooms, each with four beds,
The new shower block area gets fully opened out.
And another skip. Is this number 3, or 4, or 5?
The big hole starts to be refilled. New foundation preparations being laid. We just want some slightly warmer weather next. Pesky snow.
After a week of dismantling beds, moving boxes and sorting stuff out, we’ve finally emptied the Annexe ready for the restructuring work to begin on Monday.
It all started the morning after our New Year guests left the premises.
The bunk beds have been dismantled:
The Annexe dorms have been cleared:
The builders have already moved in:
The electrical strip out is in progress:
We’ve cleared the loft space above where our new shower block will be built:
So the dining room is in chaos:
Meanwhile outside building works preparations are coming together:
The site is prepared for the first foundations to be laid:
A quick update on work carried out just before Christmas on our new building plans.
First priority is establishing a new plant room to house the new wood pellet boiler. Second priority is carrying out refurbishment work to the Annexe. Third priority is implementing the new heating system.
Estimated completion date end of March 2013.
Prior to work starting with snow on the ground in December 2012.
Digging in the snow with a hired digger.
We had to remove a large old tree stump. Very surprisingly it came out easily.
After some time we found that we had made a hole in the ground. This is where the new plant room and fuel store will be built.
Colours in the rock, typical of Grasmere slate.
Work temporarily halted just before Christmas as digger pneumatics failed.
After the months of waiting, we can finally announce that our planning application to develop Thorney How has been accepted.
We’re thrilled that we can now make a start on making the improvements that this wonderful Grade 2 listed property deserves.
This is an overview of what we’d like to achieve over the next few years. But we won’t be rushing to do everything at once and we will be remaining open for business.
Of course what everyone wants to hear is that there will be more showers!
We will update you here with more details of the plans, photo’s of progress and all the news as the redevelopment takes shape. Of course we’d also love to hear your comments too.
Keep an eye out for the hashtag #projectthorney