Halsecombe Cottage Blog


Posted by Diana Osborn Mon, August 18, 2014 19:23

Halsecombe has moved into the 21st century and we now have free WiFi available for our guests. Don't worry, we are still keeping its very special old-world atmosphere even if we do have the modern technology.


Posted by Diana Osborn Sun, May 04, 2014 19:41

Just back from a wonderful day at the cottage and for once had time to spend in the garden. I planted out some cosmos and did some much overdue weeding and pruning. We sat out to have lunch and the sun was positively hot. Whilst we were working, eight young hinds were lazing around lying along the path in the orchard opposite us, taking life very easy. Already the hollyhocks are up and the honeysuckle is doing very well. The primroses have gone over now but some bluebells are out and the apple blossom is looking wonderful. I have never seen so much lilac blossom there and the smell was just wonderful as I wended my way up the back to the arbour for a few minutes with a cup of tea (too early for a G&T.)


Posted by Diana Osborn Thu, March 06, 2014 14:28

Well, Spring does seem to have arrived at last. There is a definite softness in the air and first primroses are peeping out.Blog image
Halsecombe has emerged unscathed from all the bad weather, apart from one of the birdtables and as our visitors really appreciate being able to sit up in bed or in the living room watching the birds close up, John has built two new and larger ones.

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Despite what the TV would have you believe, the whole of Somerset is not entirely under water and in fact Porlock was luckily hardly effected by the downpours. The cottage is perched on the side of the hill so is unlikely every to flood.

Last year we put a new bower in the top garden so that our visitors could enjoy an early morning tea or coffee there or an early evening drink. This year we are levelling a piece of ground on which to put a table and chairs so that, weather permitting, visitors can have a meal out there whilst enjoying the lovely view.

Now that Spring has arrived, work should start very soon.


Posted by Diana Sun, July 29, 2012 20:33

At last the sun has come out and along with it our bed of hollyhocks along the front of the cottage. They are in various shades of pink and looked stunning last Saturday against the blue of an unusually blue sea in the distance.

For once the deer haven't ravaged the rambling rose over the porch either and for the first time, it looks how I have dreamed it would, falling over the porch with a profusion of white, scented blooms. Wish we were staying there ourselves in this glorious weather.

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Posted by Di Bray Tue, July 03, 2012 17:56

Reading about the view from Diana makes me want to be down at the cottage again. The summer has been a bit disappointing in Oxfordshire so far but the sun usually shines on us in Porlock so maybe that's where we should be - sitting, with wine in hand, watching the deer and planning the next adventure from the back door without having to start the car up for a week! And you know that at the end of any adventure there is a warm home with a hot shower and books you've not got at home! Perfect really.


Posted by Diana Sun, July 01, 2012 18:08

We were able to stay overnight at the cottage ourselves on Friday and to take advantage of the mini bus down to The Ship at the Weir to enjoy some (well one or two) of the many fine beers and ciders on offer and the live music at The Weirfest.

On Saturday we spent a few hours working in the garden. After what seems like days of rain, the sun came out and the sky was an intense blue. The sea was almost navy with white horses rolling in offset by the deep green of the trees on Hurlestone Point. The deep pink hollyhocks all around the front of the cottage are just about to come out. We would have liked to have stayed on ourselves.

We are planning our next improvement. A seating area up the garden in which to enjoy an early morning coffee or an early evening G&T whilst looking at the view.

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Posted by Kate Mon, June 11, 2012 23:06

Enjoying the new website! When I look at the photos, I can't wait to be there and now we're past half-term, we are starting to count the weeks till we come. The children are looking forward to deer-watching on the hill and paddling at Tarr Steps; and hoping their dad will work out how to light the fire this time ... I am looking forward to trying out the underfloor heating in the bathroom! See you soon.

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Posted by John Sun, May 20, 2012 12:53

Just back from the cottage where I spent a very happy few minutes watching a nuthatch feeding on the bird table outside the living room window. He seemed to be picking up insects off the post and ignoring all the goodies I had carefully placed in the bird feeders and on the table.