Home News April 2013
As mentioned last month, I'm afraid that a combination of a serious virus infection on our home computer and a failure of our back-up copy of our hard disk has caused us some serious problems, not least the loss of contact details for all previous guests and friends and generally made us realise how much we rely on our IT even in our small business. To help us re-stock our electronic library of addresses and photos, please do send details to us at email@example.com - thank you.
Further wet weather means now only have the hardiest breed of sheep out in the fields and we have to use the quad bike to check them as it causes less damage than walking on the soggy fields. These sheep will lamb later this month at which point we hope the weather will be taking a turn for the better. Elsewhere on the farm we have been planting new hedges and patching up those which have either been damaged by rabbits or just not grown well enough. This year we have planted a further 300m of hedges using a mixture of native species. The plants have gone in in good weather and so, providing we can keep the rabbits away we should have some good growth in the spring. The 13 new Beech trees we planted lasted March have settled well and hopefully will also continue to thrive as the weather improves.
Derry~Londonderry has commenced its year as the UK City of Culture in style with a spectacular fireworks display and we hope that some old friends and some new ones will take advantage of the wide range of events that will be on and stay with us at some point during the year, please see the 'Availability & Booking' section of the website for more details of when each of the cottages is available.
In 2010 we replaced our open fires in Foyle and Faughan cottages with Clearview wood burning stoves. While a number of our guests have commented on how nice it is to have an open fire our experience is that this move has meant increased heat output and more efficient use of the wood produced on the farm, while retaining a great view of a burning fire.
Although we are no longer offering B&B, those guests staying in Faughan Cottage and Foyle Cottage can enjoy relaxing in front of the wood burning stoves, while those guests choosing Roe Loft can appreciate the fine views over the garden and surrounding hills.
We are listed here in Alistair Sawday's Special Places to Stay guide.
We also have entries in Trip Advisor from previous guests which may be of interest, these are listed here.
We were also pleased that Drumcovitt has previously been nominated by some of our guests for entry into "The Good Hotel Guide 2007" and that "Georgina Campbell's Best of the Best Guide 2006" also included Drumcovitt.
Thank you for your kind words and recommendations to these two worthy guides- they do not charge for entries -places are included on merit. We are so delighted and just hope we can maintain the standards.
ULSTER WINNER AIB / IFJ AGRI TOURISM AWARD