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Riverside Cottages Blog

Free High Speed Internet

The great news is that the sluggish broadband our guests used to endure is no more! Rural Somerset is beautiful of course, but there was nothing beautiful about the slow internet speeds this location imposed. We have therefore invested heavily in a private direct-to-the-exchange fibre-optic line providing speeds of up to 100mbps. So, whether you […]

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The Old Roman Ford in Winter

"There's no such thing as bad weather - only the wrong clothes" is a sentiment we like very much. In it's own way, Somerset is every bit as beautiful in winter as it is in summer and for those souls brave enough to don the old waxed jacket, a knitted scarf and a pair of […]

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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 birdsĀ  […]

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