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!
Well we could not have asked for better weather to lead us into the Easter holiday period and our first few opening weekends.
With a flurry of bookings we were full with guests enjoying the sunshine and getting out into the Lake District mountains.
We’ve had visitors from all over the globe. A favoured website for international travellers appears to be hostelworld.com. With over 30 bookings through them since we registered with them a couple of weeks ago their stats analysis tell us that we’ve had visitors from:
England, France, Spain, Switzerland , India, Northern Ireland , Scotland, Hong Kong, Colombia, South Korea, Russia, Poland, Japan, USA, Australia.
We’ve also received reviews that tell us that:
We have a great location, great staff, good atmosphere, and that the hostel is very comfortable.
The rooms were basic but clean and the staff were very friendly and knowledgable about walks in the surrounding area.
The Breakfast was great value at £5, and a great start for a long walk.
The hostel is ideally placed if you want to be a bit out of the way and able to go directly out into the surrounding countryside.
Guests commented that they really enjoyed their stay and would definately recommend Thorney How to others.
Whilst we are very happy with these reviews we must also acknowledge that there is an inadequate number of showers. We are aware of this and it is at the top of our lists for improvements. We are working on a solution currently.
In preparation for launching our new business and opening Thorney How at Easter 2011 we are very pleased to announce the first phase launch of our new website.
We are now ready to accept bookings for all dates from Friday 8th April 2011.
A full booking system is not yet available, but will be coming soon.
Web site development by WeMakeMedia
We’ve recently made contact with the new owner, Amy, of Plas Curig Hostel in Snowdonia. See http://www.snowdoniahostel.co.uk
The YHA owned Capel Curig Hostel was sold recently and will continue as an independent hostel in the same manner that we are buying Thorney How.
The new Plas Curig Hostel will open at Easter 2011 after a refurbishment. They say:
‘Since 2010, Plas Curig Youth Hostel has become a family-run hostel offering clean, comfortable, homely, fun and most importantly cheap accommodation from which to experience the beauty of Snowdonia.’
Good luck with everything Amy.
31 January 2011 / Business
Ok so yes, we were being hopeful. It was going to be ‘One Week To Go’, but it’s looking like we will have a 10 day delay whilst we get things all in line with our respective buyer, seller and removal company. The 7th February target move date may now become the 17th February.
On the up side, that’s more time to arrange things and pack boxes. More time to prepare a fully detailed business plan. On the downside life gets more busy later in February and we want to build up to an Easter period of potential customers as the tourist season kicks in.
At least we’ve just had a great weekend away in Barlow and Sheffield with friends so we are feeling generally upbeat, if a little tired from all the party frolicking. Thanks Jo & Derek for your excellent hospitality.