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  Having moved into a house with traceable history going back to 1300s, we were anxious to be sensitive to the traditions and culture of our surroundings.  In line with this we have recently received a grant from the AONB (‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’) to establish and add to our area of orchard.  At one time orchards surrounded this house and most others in the Coly Valley and cider making was big business.

Part of the work of the AONB is to preserve local traditions and enhance the natural beauty of the landscape.  The designation covers the landscape, scenery, wildlife and cultural heritage within the AONB.

Much further back – in Roman times – there were productive vineyards in the area and, as our climate gets warmer and the varieties of vines available increase it means that wine production is again viable.  We have 60 'Triomphe' vines, a hardy red variety planted in 2006 and now producing good crops of grapes with which we have made our own wine with a particularly good crop in 2013.

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Having cleared the area and planted new trees when we moved to Barritshayes, we have an abundant crop of apples nearly every year which we either juice or make into cider. A lot of the trees are traditional local varieties, although not necessarily cider apples'.


"Cosy cottage, in quiet surroundings with all amenities, maybe a little small for 4 but ok for a couple. Great outdoor space for the dog. Proprietors friendly & very helpful with advice about local attractions & amenities."

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