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2014 Archive

21st December 2014

Merry Christmas to all of you and a very Happy and Healthy 2015!!

Fireworks in Dulverton by starlight

17th December 2014

Both cottages have received ‘4 Star Gold’ from Quality in Tourism again – 5th year running!! Yippee!

2nd December 2014

Both cottages still available for next weekend for anybody wanting to see Dulverton by Starlight (Sunday 7.12. – last year’s fireworks were spectacular, not to mention the streetmarket and open shops, carol singing, free sherry or mulled wine and mince pies etc etc) and you could see Dunster by Candle Light too on Fr and Sat. Not to be missed!

Dulverton by starlight 2014

31st October 2014

Happy Halloween! Have you got your stock of sweets ready? We have little ones staying in each cottage and I have to run to the shop to make sure I have something to give to them. Good excuse to get out and enjoy the sunshine and the mild weather – wonderful!

21st October 2014

‘Romance is in the air’ said an advert I just received. I have not noticed, I am sorry to say, but if this is different for you then a romantic break with your loved one would be the ideal thing. Wrap up warm to take in the crisp air on a countryside walk or when standing outside at night gazing at the amazing stars (those have just noticed!). Follow picturesque paths or wander along a coastal cliff top track – not for the faint hearted some of them, so hold hands to be safe! Stop off at a cosy country pub to warm up by the fire and enjoy some delicious food made with local produce. Alternatively just stay in the cottage and treat yourselves to either whirlpool or log fire…. 10% off our weekly price in the Thatched Cottage if you mention ‘Romance’.

30th September 2014

Christian, the winner of the facebook competition, and his partner Katja have been with us for a few days  and although we have had a fabulous time ( read the review!) with them, we forgot all about the picture – sorry ! – and the reason is that Bruce has not been too well…being 13 and just getting over an ear infection we have noticed that Bruce is showing a few drastic signs of ageing, in fact he had me quite worried… He is not too steady on his feet and although medication has helped, he is not himself at all. I am just glad to have such wonderful vets in Dulverton and who knows he might still have a late summer revival – like the weather we are experiencing at the moment. I cannot remember 25C in late September!

18th September 2014

Thank you all you kind people for your lovely comments about the website – and the praise really has to go to Neil from for the design and to Curtis from for the virtual tour now compatible even with tablet and mobile – and we do have a winner for our facebook competition. All will be revealed shortly.

14th September 2014

Wow, the new website is life and I think its pretty good!! Still some tweaking here and there needed, but that is not a problem thanks to the helpful webdesigner (thanks Neil!!) and the easy Content Management System. Go and have a browse and tell me what I have missed out or mis-spelt!

7th September 2014

Another warm and sunny day! After going for a long run yesterday Bruce and I thought we just hang about at home and potter about in the garden – pure bliss! And I managed to get some black and red currents into the freezer….

5th  September 2014

Tranquillity – as defined by Wikipedia – has multiple positive effects on us. Apart from the pure enjoyment of being in quiet and soothing environments – like the English countryside – its effects on our mental and physical health are proven. This is why a holiday at Anstey Mills Cottages is to be recommended if not prescribed!!’there is growing evidence that exposure to natural environments can make a significant contribution to health and wellbeing. Mounting evidence shows, that exposure to nature contributes to physical and psychological wellbeing, such as the review carried out by Louv,[7]that found evidence of ‘nature-deficit-disorder’ in children, which suggests that the importance of being able to engage with restorative environments applies across a wide age range. Others report that natural tranquil surroundings have profound physiological effects on people suffering from stress. (Wikipedia / 7. Richard Louv. (2008). Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder. Algonquin Press )

5th  September 2014

Just made the most amazing cake with Courgette, lemon and pistachios. Worked first time and is moist and delicious!!