A welcome from Glastonbury Holiday Homes

Dear Friends,

I offer a few lines of news to those of you familiar with our Cottages and hopefully of interest to you strangers who, in fact, are friends we have yet to meet.

2013 has started here in Glastonbury, a little on the damp side, much the same as I’m sure you have experienced at home, although, in terms of temperatures, the lowest recorded temperature in our courtyard thus far was only -1.9c on about two occasions. So, compared with the rest of the country, its not been too bad.

In fact, for all you gardening gurus our Dicksonia Antartica (Tree Fern) still bears its 2012 foliage, it has survived the winter without any frost protection. Our 200 year old Tuscan Olive Tree looks splendid.

We are hoping for it to bear a lot more fruit this year. The Pelargoniums/Geraniums have come through the winter in leave and flower, so all the courtyard promises to look very colourful again this season. With a little luck we will again win the Mendip District Community Garden award. However, enough of Gardeners World.

Let me tell you of our innovations to enhance your stay with us:- The Hot-Tub and Sauna continues to be a popular retreat situated near the Bar B Q area. The old French cast iron stove has finally given up the ghost, but in its place we have built a lovely reclaimed brick fireplace.

I asked the builder to copy, if he could, the pattern of the chimney flues that decorated Hampton Court Palace, would you believe! A challenge he relished, saying that he had not had the opportunity to do this since his college days.

I must say that the result is most striking and certainly, not out of place. Guests and ourselves have spent many a relaxed hour watching the flames and smoke weave images of ancient Avalon after dark or perhaps it was the wine.

Glastonbury as you know is a centre of excellence in the field of Holistic Healing and Therapy, listening to our guests experiences after consulting some of the many practitioners here.

We have converted a building as a treatment room in the Courtyard and retained a number of therapists’ should any of our guests wish to consult them in the field of Reiki, all kinds of Massage, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Tarot, and Cranio Sacral.

This Summer as usual we have here in Glastonbury many events taking place, in the Abbey, the Chalice Well, the Rural Life Museum and the Town Hall.

The Goddess Conference, the Crop Circle Convention etc etc. they are all listed on the Glastonbury Notice Board and at Glastonbury On Line.

For those of you who like to embrace the countryside and all things natural by walking or cycling the fact that we are surrounded by the Somerset levels provides easy access to explore nature, and we are excited by the fact that the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership has obtained a huge Heritage Lottery Grant.

The Partnership is made up by the Somerset Wildlife Trust, Natural England, the RSPB, Somerset County Council, the Hawk & Owl Trust, English Heritage, and the Environment Agency all of whom work with local people, stakeholders and committees to deliver projects and activities that boost and enhance the wildlife and cultural heritage locally.

This area is home to 10,000 years of active history including the oldest known Track in Europe – the Sweet Track and a number of Lake Villages. The historical relevance and value is considered by many to be on a par with Stonehenge.

The Avalon Marshes is also home to a huge range of wildlife, including Otters, Bitterns, Starlings (murmurations of) and birds of prey as well as being internationally important as a migratory stopping point for Waders and over-wintering birds.

What ever your interest staying in Glastonbury will be an experience you should not miss and if you do we hope you love our Cottages as much as we do.

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