This week we received an advance copy of Under the Tump: Sketches of Real Life on the Welsh Borders by Oliver Balch. The book features Pottery Cottage on the front cover, on the pages of the book, and is even referenced in the title. ‘Tump’ (or ‘twmp’) is the name for a castle mound, and Pottery Cottage is built under the Clyro tump, where a 13th century castle once stood.
Under the Tump will be published by Faber & Faber on May 19, 2016, and it is available for pre-order now. We will copies for sale at Pottery Cottage B&B from May, and of course Oliver will be happy to sign copies for guests!
We really enjoyed having an artist in residence at Pottery Cottage B&B for the last two weeks. Rebecca Spooner from Crickhowell transformed the room into a make-shift studio and spent two weeks paintings, reading, reflecting, and sketching in the surrounding area including Hay Castle and the River Wye down at The Warren. Rebecca described her stay as ‘such a magical time’, and seemed to enjoy having a quiet and private space with great natural light, and close enough to Hay for her to walk there each day. Artists and writers are very welcome at Pottery Cottage, we’d love to have more people using it as a bit of a retreat. Do contact us to ask about available slots in the diary (the summer is very full, but there are still plenty of gaps from September onwards).
The breakfast basket (delivered to the B&B room the night before, so you can wake up when you like) is always slightly different, but as long as Alex Gooch – one of Hay’s fabulous artisanal bakers – has freshly baked spiced buns, they’re in the basket. Usual fare also includes: locally made yoghurt, granola, fresh berries and fruit, Herefordshire single variety apple juice. Healthy, wholesome, and locally sourced.
Pottery Cottage is in the lower left hand corner of the photo.
‘We spent a wonderful three nights at Pottery Cottage. The room was spacious yet cosy, and Emma, the owner, had decorated the space beautifully. Best of all was the breakfast hamper, which was like opening a up a Christmas stocking each morning! We will definitely be back to sample Emma’s kind hospitality, the bookshops in Hay, and the stunning scenery. Thank you again.’
Sarah, Halifax, West Yorkshire.
I tailor the breakfast basket to each guest and vary it from day to day, depending on what is available locally. We support the following local businesses and small producers: Hay Deli, Castle Greengrocers, Jus Single Variety Apple Juices, Alex Gooch Artisan Baker, Kate the Bread, Rachel’s Organics, Neal’s Yard Creamery, and Calon Wen Organic Butter.
“Thanks for the use of your fabulous room – beautifully styled and the most delicious breakfast. We both loved the surprise of coming back to such a lovely spread last night (although resisted until this morning). We hope to be back in the not too distant future. Thank you again.”
Becky & Ben, Oxfordshire
The sunset matched the art at Cabalva Farm for the private view of the exhibition for H.Art Week. Lots of great art to be seen around Herefordshire this week. Check out the programme online at: http://h-art.herefordshire.gov.uk/