Goshawk sighted at Orchid Meadows
30 August 2022
We have had reports of goshawk sightings at Orchid Meadows. One of our guests recorded its call and used a phone app to identify it. It was wheeling round our Home Meadow uttering a manic call, carefully observed by guests staying in Red Kite Yurt. Perhaps we should not be surprised. We are right next to Cors Caron National Nature Reserve, a huge area of peatland that is home to many types of raptor. This library picture is by Sion Arrowsmith.
Hay-making gets underway
14 August 2022
It is hay-making weekend at Orchid Meadows. Home Meadow, Morning Meadow and Evening Meadow have all been going under the knife. Yesterday was cutting, this morning was raking up and tonight the baler will do its work. It is a short timespan for hay-making but with temperatures as they are, there is no problem.
Word has got around and the work has been watched carefully by nine red kites and one buzzard, all no doubt hoping the process will uncover an unexpected lunch.
The hay bales are destined for a horse training centre near Tregaron. Some will be used for feed – horses are fine with hay made this late in the season – and the more weedy ones as bedding.
Orchid Meadows prepares for opening
29 July 2022
After months of hard work and equal amounts of good fortune and bad luck, we are ready to throw open our doors! Orchid Meadows opens on Monday 8 August with Red Kite Yurt and Goldfinch Glampavan offering holidays and short breaks that we hope will prove delightful and relaxing.
The yurt and glampavan are in separate fields, Red Kite Yurt in Home Meadow and Goldfinch Glampavan in the Orchard. Both are surrounded by wild flowers at the moment because we have yet to cut the meadows. Glampers will be able to use their own private mains toilet and shower facilities in Wren Hut, which also houses a communal kitchen sink area with fridge.
Over the past few weeks we have been searching for delicious local produce for guests to cook, either on their wood-fired oven/hob or their Kadai firebowl with barbecuing grill. There is also a menu of tasty meals cooked by us that are ready just to heat up.
It is all very exciting and our only regret is that it is now half way through the summer. Still, there are weeks and weeks of hopefully good summer weather to go and autumn promises to be special with our tall beeches set to put on a fine golden display.