Friday, 22 June 2012

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winners!

We had an unexpected surprise arrive in the post today - a certificate of excellence!
TripAdvisor informed us that the certificate is a testimonial to our high standards, which is reflected in our exceptional traveller ratings received over the past year. They also went on to say "With a rating of 5.0, Forda Lodges & Cottages has earned a place among the very best."

To say that we are pleased in an understatement! You can read all of our reviews by clicking the link below.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Another Unexpected Visitor!

Hot on the tail (literally!) of our recent otter visitor, some of our guests informed us that they had been watching a large pig having a good look around the grounds here at Forda!

After much teasing about quantities of cider that may have been consumed prior to this sighting, we were presented with the proof! And here it is!

It seems that this chap (who belongs to our neighbours) just fancied an evening out before taking himself safely home!

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Tarka the Otter Visits Forda!

A couple of our guests last week had told us that they had seen an otter here at Forda, although we had not seen any 'evidence' around any of the ponds. The mystery was solved though, when a very tame chap joined Colin at the lake during a fishing lesson! Though he had a swim around, he wasn't showing any interest at all in hunting for fish (but quite happily took mussels from Colin) and was very relaxed around humans. It was really quite amusing to watch him follow Colin from the lake right upto the garden - just like a dog!

After taking some expert advice, it appears that our new friend has probably been hand-reared and as he was unable to fend for himself, he has now been re-homed in a local animal sanctuary.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Compare the Meerkat?

No - it's not Aleksandr Orlov (although you could be forgiven for thinking so at first glance!) but it is one of our seldom seen residents here at Forda.

This stoat was photographed at Middle Pond, and it was a real treat to see him out in the open on the path as stoats usually use hedgerows and such like as cover. He was probably taken a bit by surprise himself when Colin emerged from his camouflaged bivvy and took the snap!

And how do we know he's a stoat and not a weasel? The tip of his tail is black. Simples!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Drum roll please!

Well, here it is - the finished article!

We're very pleased with our new fishing lodge - it's certainly alot more spacious than the old one!

As well as lots of storage space for tackle, Colin our fishing coach has provided various baits available for purchase at very reasonable prices.

Tight lines everyone!

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Work in Progress!

Well the builders are hard at work in the glorious Cornish sunshine!

The new fishing lodge is progressing nicely and will be finished very shortly.

It's already taking shape and we can't wait to see the finished result!

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Time For a Change........

Well, we've waved goodbye to our summer house and fishing hut.
They've served us well over the years, but we decided that our gorgeous new pond deserved a brand new fishing lodge!

The foundations have already been laid, and we will soon have a lovely lodge (complete with a covered veranda.) Not only will it provide ample storage for the fishers, it will be perfect for picnics - with enough shelter from the sun showers!

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

They've Arrived!

We have now welcomed 650 tench, bream and crucian carp (upto 10 inches in size) into their new home - Meadow Pond.

Colin was there to make sure that they settled in nicely - and Boris and Buster were there as the official welcoming committee!

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Out With the Old.......

Well it's been little over a week since we waved goodbye to the last of our New Year guests, but it has been a hive of activity here at Forda!

As many of you know, we always take the opportunity in the few short weeks that we are closed to not only plough ahead with our ongoing maintenance programme, but also to make improvements to the accommodation.

So, amongst all of the painting, varnishing and groundworks, one of our projects this year is concentrating on our two Delta lodges.

All new interior doors have already been hung and brand new bedroom furniture is on the way - we think that the end result will be fabulous!

Pictures to follow soon....