Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Where Does the Time Go?

We just realised that it's weeks since our last blog!  SORRY!!!

What can we say.  We've just been up to our ears with one thing and another and then some!

Anyway enough excuses.  We've decided to try a new approach.  From now on we shall blog little and often and see if that works!

So for a start how is the weather with you?  The weather here in Alton has been just fabulous for the last few days and just keeps getting better.  Today has been sunny and warm with hardly a cloud in the sky.  We're hoping it continues for a long time to come.  Today guests staying at our b&b have been basking in the sun enjoying a cup of tea!

Here are the last rays of today's glorious sun.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Alton Towers Opens This Weekend!

Just a quick post to say that Alton Towers opens for it's main 2014 this Saturday 22 March! 
Can't stop - lots to do!  We're up to our ears getting ready for guests to arrive this weekend!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

All Change at The Royal Oak

Even though Alton is just a small village it has several pubs.  Yippee!!!

The Royal Oak is the nearest pub to us, it's just down the road.  At the end of last year Paul and Sheilagh who have run The Royal Oak for many years decided to take a well earned retirement.
The pub closed down for a few weeks and after a make over re-opened with Darren and Charlotte at the helm.  A log burner has been installed giving the pub a real cosy feel and the colour scheme of  grey with lime green looks lovely!  We have been down the road to sample a drink (or two!) and have had a meal that we thoroughly enjoyed.  We wish Darren, Charlotte and their family luck with their new venture and hope Paul and Sheilagh have more time to relax now.

Of course The Royal Oak is just one choice.  You might decided to walk a full two or three minutes to The Bulls Head or White Hart.  If you fancy stretching your legs it will take you a ten minute stroll to reach The Blacksmiths Arms.

Rumour has it that The Bridge House is being prepared for re-opening but village gossip hasn't provided any details so far.  Will keep you posted!


Saturday, 25 January 2014

Alton Towers Opens in Just Eight Weeks!

If you're an adrenaline junkie you'll be delighted to know that Alton Towers Theme Park opens for it's main 2014 season in eight weeks time! 
If you love theme park rides, you might be used to looking a bit like this!
Now that the Christmas and New Year celebrations are over why not book a trip to Alton Towers to give yourself something to look forward to?  With any luck come March the weather might have cheered up a bit, well it doesn't hurt to hope does it!

Alton Towers opens for it's main season on Saturday 22 March 2014.
Need accommodation close to the theme park? 
Our B&B The Malthouse is in Alton village just one mile from Alton Towers.
To check availability telephone us 01538 703273 OR look at our website www.the-malthouse.com you can book by telephone or online via our website.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Geoff Arrives on His New Set of Wheels to Visit Us!

Our friend Geoff lives in a tiny neighbouring village just a mile away from us.  Most Sunday mornings he comes to Alton to collect his paper, then calls in to see us for a cuppa.
We've know Geoff for quite a while and over the years he's turned up in various cars, pickups and trucks.  Imagine our surprise and delight when recently he arrived by tractor for his usual Sunday morning gossip!

For weeks Geoff has been telling us all about the tractor he'd purchased and the work it was taking to put what was a bit of a wreck into good working order.  There have been plenty of ups and downs during the project with parts not fitting, oil leaks and lots of preparation to do before any painting could take place.  After lots of hard work and a bit of help here and there Geoff has finished work on the tractor, so quite rightly he couldn't resist showing it off to us.  We're not surprised that he's pleased with his efforts the tractor looked fantastic and so clean you could eat your dinner off it!  Not sure it will look this clean next time we see it as it's bound to have done a job or two!