This month we started to make some headway with our plans for adding a Games Room to the grounds of Higher Trewithen. The groundwork has been completed and we are now finalising the design of the building. We have a pool table ready to go in as soon as the building is up. This room will allow us to move all of our board games and books out of the Launderette and children will then have a space to play when the weather is less than ideal or when it’s too warm. We hope to have some seating space out the front for parents too.

cornish cottages - higher trewithen november 2016

cornish cottages - higher trewithen november 2016

Our lovely new Guest Information Folders arrived this month. I’m totally in love with how they turned out. I’m still writing the contents but once they’ re done they will store all the information guests will need about their accommodation and the facilities available at Higher Trewithen Holiday Cottages, along with a wealth of information about Stithians and the many local attractions around Cornwall.

Our fields were finally fenced and we also received out County Parish Holding Number (CPH) this month. This means Higher Trewithen Holiday Cottages can now become home to some of our four legged rare breed animals. I’m not going to spoil the surprise and tell you what we plan to get just yet. We’re still researching what would be best for us right now, as it’s a big commitment.

To help our research we made a visit to The Cornish Winter Fair. It was another great day out and I would really recommend you make a visit if you’re in Cornwall at this time of year as you can find loads of really lovely gift ideas. It’s not far from Higher Trewithen Holiday Cottages; about 50 minutes in the car.

cornish cottages - higher trewithen november 2016

We’ve been nursemaid again but this time it was for one of our visiting doves. Simon found it wondering around the grounds and it just didn’t seem to want to fly. We cleaned it up and kept it in the dove cote for a few days after which it seemed to perk up enough to make its way back to the rest of the flock. We have around 20 to 30 doves that visit us here at Higher Trewithen. They line to roof tops waiting for their breakfast. And pay regular visits to the Wild Bird Cafe we set up. There seems to be a system going amongst the birds. The small birds come in first followed by a local pheasant that picks up the bits they drop on the floor. The doves visit later on once they’ve had their fill from their food in the dove cote.

cornish cottages - higher trewithen november 2016

As we’re now firmly in to the autumn season we’ve taken the opportunity to spend some time in the wet woodland we have here at Higher Trewithen. It’s a lovely space but has become overgrown with scrub and willow. We’re working on building a greater balance of flora and fauna by clearing back some of the scrub, thinning out the willow and aging wood. Wet woodlands need a balance of young and old wood. We hope that by clearing some of this away the sunlight can then break through the canopy to the forest floor and help build a wider range of flora at the lower levels. We’ve kept the wood we’ve cut down to build some wood stacks for bugs and small mammals and to preserve the fungi and moss.

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