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Riverside Cottages Blog

Rock Aristocracy at Oldford

We were thrilled recently to learn that rock band The Darkness were shooting a video close by - even moreso when they decided to stay with us for a few days during the shoot. We hope it won't damage their rock n' roll credentials too much when we disclose that they were wonderful guests. The […]

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The Old Ford in Late Spring

For me, the most magical place at Oldford Farm is the old Roman ford. It doesn't just change with the seasons - or even daily - it changes by the hour when the light changes, the volume of water in the river goes up or down, or the wind changes direction. It's like a magical […]

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Proud Parents

A great day for Harry & Sally - 8 beautiful cygnets hatched today and already swimming in the river. I hadn't seen Harry the previous day in his normal feeding spot, so I was anxious to make sure everything was ok. I was hopeful his absence could be because he was busy guarding his brood […]

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Swans at Oldford

The combination of the river and ponds at Oldford Farm creates a magnet for wildlife of all kinds and especially birds, which are here in great numbers. This is Harry navigating the Old Ford with his usual aplomb, and looking beautiful while doing it. His partner Sally (I admit it, I name all the birds¬† […]

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Over the Rainbow

A remarkable once-in-a-lifetime view of Oldford Farmhouse taken by one of our guests recently. Looking out of his cottage window he was amazed to see the rainbow framing the house and rushed outside to take the picture. For anyone harboring suspicions of Photoshop related skullduggery, we can absolutely confirm that this is an untouched photograph. […]

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Longleat

‚ÄúLongleat House is a national treasure - there's absolutely no doubt about that. The wonderful Elizabethan house with gardens by Capability Brown would by themselves achieve "national treasure" status, but add the Safari and Adventure Park and you have a unique and unforgettable experience for the whole family. We are extremely lucky that Longleat just […]

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