Seasons Greetings to all. Hopefully well sated from delicious meals and great company with some spare time on your hands, so what to do? Rest and be thankful firstly, secondly walk off the likely excesses of your stay. Fortunately, we have plenty to do undercover as we have experienced some pretty trying weather through December.
Every effort will be made to get guests out on the Golf Course, but conditions will be unusually testing and possibly very damp under foot, though guaranteed there will be ample fresh air! We unfortunately can't guarantee the Golf Course will be open. A more relaxing approach could be a stint on the sports simulator, just ask at reception and they will organise a slot to play. It's use goes much further than just golf, with plenty to entertain the children as well.
Should you have forgotten your wellies, don't let that stop you exploring the estate for a gentle stroll or even a power walk off site, we have a good selection of wellies, just in case this situation arises.
So far this winter the Deer Hide has been rather quiet, though red deer are in the vicinity of the Hotel all the time. One of the last comments in the sighting book is that occupants were watching deer and a dog disturbed them. Please, if you have brought Fido away for a Christmas treat, don't exercise anywhere near the deer hide.
As the hide is surrounded by mature trees, great to keep the deer feeling at home, not a sensible place to be in a winter storm so please only use when the winds are light. It is always best to go down on a sunny day and around 2.00 to 3.00 pm which can be a successful time. Still enough light for a great photo. This time last year I was awaiting patiently for deer or any mammal to pass by. I had been in the hide 15 minutes when suddenly I noticed a slight movement close to the hide in the leaf litter. There, some 12 feet away was a woodcock happily feeding away. I got a few rather dull photos and after several minutes I noticed another, a pair! It took a few more memorable moments for the two to get close together and I could take another photo or two. You just never know what to expect when you are there. Patience is required.
Should the weather be kind and you fancy a short trip out, as I mentioned in the last blog, then a beach walk at Crow Point some two miles from Braunton would be one all can enjoy. Recently on a trip I saw a barn owl, a marsh harrier and thousands of Golden Plover. Scenery is stunning too. Here a brisk wind makes for interesting walking
So, there is plenty to do outside if you are minded.