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About us, Dermot and Sue Allen and our dog friendly holiday cottages. We started with the Old Forge running it for friends in 2005. In 2007/8 we were able to develop our own holiday accommodation, The Old Piggery. The Garden Room was added, belonging to another friend and the success of these prompted a further request to add Red Roofs at Hickling which has been doing very well. In 2012 we are embarking on our next project, New Barn. It isn't new at all (approx 180 years old) but it will be a fabulous new addition to our dog friendly holiday accommodation. Keep watching this space....!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Pics of the Old Piggery


So, as promised some pictures of the Old Piggery. Hopefully these will be helpful for potential guests wanting to take a good look before they book and for family and friends who want to see what we are on about (and why we have been sooooo busy for so long!)







On the left, the kitchen/dining area. Fully fitted with marvellous new, low energy rated fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/drier. So much better than what we have in our cottage! A good electric fan oven, ceramic hob and extractor and a microwave with oven. Toaster and electric kettle of course. Lots of pots, pans, serving dishes, utensils, glasses , cutlery etc etc. I think I have thought of most things! Even stuff specially for children. The breakfast bar is a real central point with stools to sit at it. Dining table is pine with some lovely cloths to go on it. The doors to the right of the units open out onto the rear patio and grass area.

Love this view. From the corridor into the main area. Hamper has the dressing up stuff in it! Fireplace can be seen, the end of the breakfast bar and the armchair on the left is the start of the sitting area.















And on the right, the view out of the main doors, under the porch and out into the yard with the big, chunky furniture and pots. A bit dark but you get the idea.





Main en suite bedroom. Zip and link divan bed means that this can be a twin or a king size double. No I don't know why those cushions are up there either!











View from other end of room towards door into hall and the shower room.












This room bought out the inner 'girlie' in me! Just had to have lacy hangings to go with the patchwork quilt. Floral prints on the walls and a specially built pine wardrobe. This room is rather small but it is perfectly formed!






The view out of this bedroom window up the loke (bridle way) The start of some good long walks or just a stroll round the 'circuit' - a walk taking approximately 30 minutes, never taking you very far from the Piggery and nearly all on tracks and paths.







I can't seem to take a good picture of this room. It has a trundle bed which is a single with another stored underneath. This can come out to make another single or put them together for a double! King size width, just a bit shorter than normal.

We opted for this lovely iron hanging shelf and hooks rather than a wardrobe. I should have taken a picture when my friends' children came to stay - they filled it, within minutes of arriving, with all their toys and clothes. It looked wonderful! Got some rather lovely Cath Kidson floral bed linen for one of the beds. But don't worry if you are not in touch with your feminine side - the rest of the linen is plain!

And the main bathroom. Had this unit specially made so folk can fill it full of all their bathroom bits and tuck them away. You can see the shower in the mirror. Both showers are 8" heads and it is like standing under a waterfall! Heaven!




Smokers corner!! No, not really - we don't allow smoking in the Piggery but this is a pleasant enough place to sit out in the porch if you do want a puff. When we get better weather, this might even be a welcome bit of shade!!









Left this one until last as it's not the most impressive part of the place. The building itself looks great but the garden is rather new. Grass is a bit patchy and the hedge hasn't even sprouted yet. Still, the grass should improve, the hedge will grow and I will add more plants to make it all look better. There is a fence separating the loke from the patio and there will be one at about the point where this picture is taken too. The concrete bit in the bottom right hand corner is the car parking. Plenty of room.

Anyway, that's it for now. There are a few other views still to take so I'll post them another time.

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