It’s tranquil at Tredethick, save for the birdsong which is ebullient and joyful. Most of our team is furloughed, staying home in Lostwithiel and surrounds so living here is quieter, and a juggle of keeping the farm and business running while homeschooling my daughters. Jenny and John, as ever, provide invaluable support.
We are poised to spring back into life as soon as lockdown is lifted and there two things to update you on. Currently you can book with no financial obligation: deposits are only due seven days after we announce our reopening date. Secondly, you can book throughout the winter now, we have opened up our booking through January and February given this year’s unprecedented closure.
Tredethick’s cottages sit in more than 70 acres of private fields and woodland. Plans to redevelop and extend farm trails have been underway since January. It’s particularly appealing now, as big open spaces, fresh air and nature are more valued. We’re surveying dormice in the woodlands at present. We’ll introduce conservation measures and information on them for guests.
John has been bringing in seedlings he and his florist wife have cultivated to plant in our cottage gardens. We had a socially distant barbecue last Friday to celebrate the arrival of our business support grant and the courtyard looked so beautiful in the sunshine. Sweetpeas, entwined with clematis, vines, honeysuckle and climbing David Austin roses.
We’ve chosen to adopt our two new Kune Kune piglets from a later litter, so guests arriving later in the year can enjoy them. Pigs have to be our favourite animal here at the farm, they are such characters and love human interaction.
We are blue-skying what the new normal will be here at the farm. We’d welcome your suggestions on what would help you feel safe and want to visit, please do email if you have suggestions and preferences. Current ideas include individual animal feeding and pony ride sessions, timed pool and play park slots and outdoor hand sanitisers. We’ll adapt cleaning protocols to match best practice protocols under development by Visit Cornwall.
In the meantime, we’ll keep in touch with our Monday Facebook live streams with the animals, social media posts and a few more TikTok dances! I’ll update you on re-opening and related developments over the next few weeks.
Stay safe families and we hope to see you soon,