After a whirlwind start we are now settling down to the idea that we are going to have the busiest summer the Somerville has ever experienced, with bookings in the South West up by 150 % on 2019!
Of course, that suggests our availability here at The Somerville is narrowing and we are now essentially filling gaps over the coming months. However, don’t let that put you off! If you fancy a break you should always call us, and we will go through what dates we have available.
That Last Project
In the meantime, I promised to show you our last project before the re-opening date on 18th May.
I was rather fed up constantly re-painting the steps of the Somerville (when possible), and so I came up with the idea of Victorian mosaic tiles. Now, it has to the said my tiler was not overly pleased about the intricacy of the job, but I hope you love the finished product. We were very pleased ourselves.
And In The Garden
Now, I know I always talk of the frost-free winters of the English Riviera and we have been trying to grow Echuims (synonymous with South West) for the last three years. They should be ideal for the climate, but up until this year they kept dying on us. Happily, (although for reasons that escape me), we now have two that are growing by the day. Quite incredible. The flower can reach up to 16ft so we’ll see where we get to!
Food, Food, Glorious …
We are always looking at introducing local produce to our menu. To that end, when you visit you must try our artisan salted butter from Honiton and our amazing luxury yoghurts from Yelverton on Dartmoor. They are to die for, and the real thing from our beautiful county of Devon.
Looking just a little ahead, we are hoping that after 21st June we will be able to bring back our wonderful breakfast buffet. (The present guidelines mean we cannot offer our normal offering.) Mind you, that hasn’t stopped Helen producing the best of dishes with the best local ingredients. This, below, is a customer favourite: Poached Eggs Royale
On The Moor Again
Regular readers will know of our love of walking, and we sneaked in one last trip before we opened. Again, like the one mentioned in the previous Journal update, it was on Dartmoor but this was at the Avon Dam. (This is at South Brent, about a 45-minute drive from the Somerville.) It is certainly not a yomp but, rather, a two mile stroll up a pathway to the beautiful dam, taking in the often bleak landscape over Dartmoor along the way. Wholly enjoyable.
And that’s it for this update. We can keep you informed if we have any cancellations via email if you’d like us to (just email us to be added to the list). And regardless of anything else, we hope you have a glorious summer in the UK. There’s an awful lot to be said for Britain!