|Holiday Cottage terrace|
The holiday cottage terrace is a lovely south facing spot. On sunny change over days I really enjoy having lunch there, just for a change. In the hot spring sunshine I sat on the bench with my coffee and thought it was more like North Africa than North Staffordshire. Now the new garden beds are flowering (need new picture to show you) there is a more English rose look. And just over those trees, across the Churnet Valley, nestles an enormous theme park, Alton Towers. You wouldn't even know it was there unless you were one of our many guests who'd booked a stay after googling Self catering near Alton Towers or similar.
We have had families staying over the summer and the parents relax on the terrace while the children are larking about on the area we call the playing field.
One of the reasons we put the terrace in is to make the most of the winter sun. I love to take every sunny opportunity to perch in the sun for 10 minutes with a mug of tea, simply to take stock of my day.