Dad has been busy reassuring the donkeys that guests will be back soon – we are looking forward to April 12th!
The Dorset Country Kitchen team move to Luccombe Farm
We are very excited to announce that the The Dorset Country Kitchen are now selling their delicious homemade pies onsite here at Luccombe.
“Every one of our pies are hand made using locally sourced, high quality ingredients. From fresh vegetables to prime cuts of meat, our pies are packed to the brim with both flavour and filling encased in a traditional shortcrust pastry.”
Please contact Jackie and Matt for more information.
Fairy & Elf Door Hunt
Explore the farm and see if you can find all of our little fairy and elf doors! They were designed and handmade by the talented David Shawley.
Mintern Barn – Open for Business
We are really excited to announce that Mintern Barn, which is named after Rodney Mintern, who spent the last 10 years building the barn (as well as spending two decades before that building cottages and farm business units at Luccombe) was finally certified a few days ago, just in time for our very first event.
We were honoured for our first official event in Mintern Barn to host the well-known Bakhtiyar emporium for a 3-day exhibition, where Masoud Mazaheri-Asadi and his family laid out a variety of their extensive collection of Persian rugs, runners & kilims, attracting visitors from near and far. We have been told it was a success and that they hope to return in 2019.
We also had a party in July for Granny’s 95th birthday. It was this deadline which forced us to complete Mintern Barn in time, which we just managed to do, the evening before…
It was a roasting hot day so it was a good thing we could open all the doors.
The brand new kitchen was also put to good use for the first time.
With a family member who is an acro paraglider pilot, we even managed to get some aerial shots!
Mintern Barn comprises two areas, a large carpeted room with the bar and then the smaller dining area where the kitchen is. It is in this smaller part where we have also recently held some private parties.
We’ve just hosted a successful wine tasting day and a local artist came to exhibit her pictures at the same time.
Should anyone want to hold a party here, big or small, then there is also the option of having a marquee adjacent to the barn. We also have banqueting chairs, tables, a fully equipped kitchen, a boat bar (pictured above and below) and everything else you may need to make it a special occasion.
For all our guests who are staying at Luccombe over Christmas, we will be hosting a party here on Christmas Eve with drinks, nibbles and carols.
Luccombe features on CCTV
A couple of months ago we were visited by two gentlemen who work for China Central Television. They spent a few days on the farm and during their stay took a variety of pictures and videos of the cottages, animals, the local village Milton Abbas, riding centre and surrounding countryside views from the farm. They even interviewed us a couple of times. We aren’t exactly sure what they are saying in these videos (as you can see I look quite confused during the interview!) but it gives a small insight into life at Luccombe.
Luccombe in the Spring
We received this handsome certificate of thanks from Help The Heroes last week. They are thanking all of our guests, who have over the last few years, tossed a coin or two into the wishing well. It is a really great cause. There are so many other worthy causes. This year we will adopt a different charity. To find out what it is you will need to pop down to the summer house by the newly revamped lower pond.
Golly Gosh, were the words that we uttered when we heard that our house sitter Sylvia Coates, had successfully delivered an unexpected little gift to Gloria, our pygmy goat this last February. It had been a difficult birth, but Golly Gosh and Gloria have made great progress and are now entertaining all our guests. Golly Gosh’s party trick is to jump onto someone’s back and render a short goat type skipping dance. Most amusing for onlookers, but beware muddy foot prints all over your best sweater.
With some new cottages now in use our returning guests will notice a few changes and several additions. Ping Pong has moved into the Gym and the Games Room has become an Activities Room. There are more outside activities ready for warmer days, if they ever arrive this season.
Wow! What on earth is a pink three wheeler Tuk Tuk that has come all the way from China, doing here at Luccombe Farm? It is our new Bev Mobile, and Beverley is our fairly new ‘Front Of House’. She is the person who sees to your comfort and well being during your stay with us. The cottages have never been cleaner under her watchful eye so we are told by our returning guests, and they should know best. And so I, the ‘grumpy cleaner’ of the last quarter century must concede defeat, and defer to the new broom and the new mode of transport. Which, is very eco friendly, being electrically powered.
Two new arrivals & three new cottages
We are happy to announce that our three new cottages, Blossom, Lavender & Turnip Cottage (all named after our favourite cows) are now open at last and ready to welcome guests to Luccombe. They have been furnished to meet the modern standards of today and are all equipped with a power shower.
Two baby lambs popped out quite unexpectedly the other day to sheep no.14 (Sybil) a proud mother (better late than never…).
We are also working on the gardens and ponds, the lower lake desperately needs some rain (perhaps not what our guests want on their holiday though!)
Christmas at Luccombe
Christmas is coming! I know that because last night was the final lesson of my Spanish course, and our Mexican teacher Elizabeth gave us an end of term Christmas party, all in Spanish of course. Our village Church, St James, wants another one of our overgrown Christmas trees this year. Oh dear, they don’t understand that these are now some 30ft tall, and when I fell one for them it is always a pure lottery as to its cosmetic appearance. We hold a Christmas tree festival in the church and folk come with their small well shaped trees and beautifully decorate them. Quite a contrast to our misshapen monster opposite the pulpit.
The cottages were all inspected yesterday by the tourist board and retained their four keys. We call them “Quirky” and “Non-Contemporary”. But our new ones on up the hill will be “Minimal” and thus “Fully Contemporary”! We hope to have them ready for Easter. The weathermen are murmuring about a hard winter, in which case our new Rointe heaters will come into their own. But not too hard I hope even though George the Donkey and the Sheep seem to quite like the snow…
Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year or, as they say in Spain, Un Feliz Navidad y Un Año Nuevo Feliz y Esperanzado