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  1. Croissant Crazy with Chris - read his recipe on our blog
  2. Cyclists Paradise in a Cosy Cabin - view our new property
  3. Hanging out with George - on Twitter this month
  4. Catching dinner at The Raft - our favourite Instagram this month
  5. Caban Du Perche review - September’s most popular property
  6. One of this month’s crafty ideas  - find more on our Facebook
  7. Our Album of the Month - 'Bahamas is Afie' by Bahamas
  8. Paddy Butler on Spring Park - our owner video of the month
  9. Nature Kits for Mini Explorers - download our fun guide
  10. Travel Quote Tuesday - our Favourite Pin
  11. Learning about Lighting Landscapes - this month’s guest blog



The lovely Bella at Longlands sent us this photo yesterday of the beautiful bluebells and wild garlic in her Devon woodland over the weekend. And being the hungry beasts we are, it stirred up thoughts of this favourite from the Riverford recipe books. Bon appetit!


  • 30g butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 wet garlic, sliced thinly
  • 1 small onion, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 250g risotto rice (arborio)
  • splash white wine or vermouth
  • 1 litre vegetable or chicken stock (hot)
  • large handful wild garlic leaves, roughly chopped
  • 50g parmesan, grated finely
  • wild garlic flowers to garnish


  1. Cook garlic and onion slowly in some butter and oil for about 10 minutes without colouring. Add rice, turn up the heat and cook until the rice is coated with garlic mix, season and add alcohol. Stir until the wine has been absorbed.
  2. Next, add the stock until rice is just covered and turn down the heat. Maintain rice at a gentle simmer and keep adding stock once the last addition has been absorbed. After about 10 minutes add wild garlic leaves and stir into rice. Add more stock. After another 5 minutes, when rice is just cooked but has some bite, add the butter and cheese.*
  3. Season and serve with a sprinkling of cheese and some wild garlic flowers if the fancy takes you!

*NADA’S TOP TIP - Add a little lemon zest for an added zing.



Jane B, one of our lovely guests sent us this snap of her recent trip to Mendip Molly, where she and her husband celebrated 24 years since meeting. Congratulations to you both, this is just the thing we love to hear about!


In 2014, a time when everyone has at least one digital camera glued to them at all times - some of them with more megapixels than you can shake a stick at, why would we still care about shooting film? Apart from the sheer look and the richer, more physical quality of film shots, there is its effect on you. Today we take more photos than ever but make less and less meaningful beautiful images. When you have sometimes as few as ten shots per roll, you really take a moment and think before you shoot, frame out that ugly thing in the background and wait for what Henri Cartier-Bresson called the decisive moment - that moment that you still manage to miss when you take 30 photos of the same thing with your phone.

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For those who have tried and failed, and for those who just think it’s way beyond your skill limit (it’s not!), John Barwood explains how to make your star pictures look like more than just a sneeze on a black square.

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A 60s bus, now converted into a comfy escape for couples or families, looking out at the spectacular hills near Hay-on-Wye


We sent some small thank you’s - in the form of little hand-sewn Santas - to our most loyal guests, and got some lovely thank you’s in return. Couldn’t help but share in the Christmas cheer - especially with the shared pictures, including one hanging in a home-made treehouse made of willow withies and an old tailor’s hem measurer!

Thanks for the card & 🎅 @canopyandstars Merry Xmas to you and I can’t wait for our next C&S adventure.

A big thank you to @canopyandstars for our Christmas wizard tree decoration. We love it, and love you

Big thank you again to everyone who has stayed with us again (and again!) this year. Here’s to a holiday-filled 2014!



For those sporting a new camera for Christmas, and for those of you who already have one - let the snow begin to fall for a chance to snap a bit of white magic! But here’s the bad news snowball: snow pictures are notoriously difficult to catch and tend to come out flat and dull - (read more on ‘why’ here). The good news is there is a very simple way to fix this. John Barwood - one of our professional photographer moonlighters - explains how…

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