Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Herefordshire holiday......

Back home now from a restful stay in a lovely  converted barn  with beams, coir flooring, hand painted kitchen and limestone bathrooms....Orchard Barn, Eardisley, just outside the village of Almeley, Herefordshire.
A beautiful conversion.....and we were Stephen and Andrea's first guests!

Doors opening onto the large garden from every room made sitting out in the evening extremely pleasant, especially when accompanied by Andrea's pretty selection of hens.

An ideal base for visiting some National Trust properties....I think Lower Brockhampton has to be one of my favourites....I just love the fairytale, timber framed building.

With a well stocked moat...

Some unusual I right in thinking this is a medlar?

Weathered timber everywhere.....

Even the fence was wobbly like the house.....

An obligatory visit to  Baileys  for a few purchases and refreshments in their courtyard....

And a busman's holiday to the Fleamarket at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire.

A glorious day weather wise and lots of sellers....

 I even managed to buy surprisingly well.... this stand with interesting things at sensible prices took most of my money.

The drive back home yesterday involved a slight detour to Ludlow for a visit to The Wearhouse,

For some gorgeous"decorative" eye candy....

And finally,   Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire  for more "timber"eye candy....

Now all I have to do is sort out my new found stock for Sunday at Penrith and Tuesday at Hexham....along with the holiday washing and the removal of millions of flies from the front of the car.....where do they come from?

Back soon,
Julie x


  1. Ooooooh looks like you had a lovely time Julie . . . . . Can't wait to see what you bought, love Helen xx

  2. Wow, I just love that little house!, And the flea looks so exciting, looks like you had a great time, it's always nice to be home though,...hey
    Sophie xx

  3. What a great place! You obviously had a fabulous time :o) Yes, you are quite right Julie the fruit are medlars.

  4. Always enjoy your posts . . . even if you don't hear from me each time, Julie!! That stand with "sensible" prices looked awesome--know I would have loaded up too!!

    Hugs from Bellingham Bay, U.S.A


  5. I did enjoy your post and so pleased you called at The Wear-house.
    I will be visiting Lower Brockhampton, it looks stunning.

  6. Looks like a great holiday!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  7. Oh I adore your blog Julie! I am so thrilled that you found me and left me such a lovely message, I am now a new and very happy follower! I am off to make a pot of tea and enjoy your posts! Oh and I have a Landy (Land Rover Defender) too - green County Station Wagon - wouldn't drive anything else! Hugs from a 500 year old farmhouse filled with French brocante - Glenda xxxxxxxx

  8. What a super trip - I'm planning a similar one already !

  9. Great post with lots of interesting things to read and look at. I like enlarging the photos but haven't worked out how to do that myself!

  10. oh Julie I wish you had said that you were coming, I was at Malvern. it would have been lovely to meet up!
    I am glad that you had a great holiday.
    T x

  11. Looks like you had a great time Julie. You really do know the best places to shop! Glad you are an Avoca fan, thanks for the comments, love Linda x

  12. Lovely, simply lovely! The weathered architecture is beautiful! Love the scenery and the peacefulness of where you stayed! What a wonderful vacation!