Holiday cottage in Tuscany, Italy

luxury dog friendly holiday cottage in Tuscany

From The Suffolk Holiday Barns & Barges experts…. A Tuscan Cottage available Spring 2020….

What?

It will be a fully restored traditional Tuscan Country House with breath-taking views of the Garfagnana Valley. Just 20 minutes from the Medieval city of Lucca and 45 minutes from Pisa airport.

Sleeps two to four.

When?

  • 2 or 3 night weekends from Fridays
  • 4 night midweek breaks from Mondays
  • 5 night midweek breaks from Sundays
  • Full weeks or fortnights from any of those days

Why?

  • Rustic combination of English & Tuscan style
  • Incredible views of the valley and hills for miles
  • Al Fresco Terrace with BBQ, Pizza & Bread oven
  • Soak up the Italian sunshine
  • Ideal spot to discover Tuscany

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“I have two favourite places on this little planet of ours. Suffolk and Tuscany. Having built my business in Suffolk, firstly on dry land and then onto the water with our Barges, I’m now expanding it just a little further. To Tuscany!

Woodfarm Tuscany has a delightful little country house with breath-taking views across the Garfagnana, which is the upper valley of the river Serchio, just 20 minutes North-West of Lucca and only 45 minutes from Pisa airport.

A holiday or short-break here is all about the scenery, and food & drink. We have the most amazing location to explore this beautiful area, and enjoy some ‘you time’ from your Tuscan terrace”

Holiday Cottage in Tuscany near Bagni Di Lucca

Our Dog-friendly Holiday Cottage in Tuscany….

I viewed a lot of houses in the area and then ended up buying the first one I’d seen! The views were love at first sight. The house itself requires a complete renovation, but then I’m used to that, so it’s not a problem.

But the views are simply unforgettable and we don’t have to renovate them!!

Food, Wine and that Tuscan view!

Once it’s finished, this Cottage will be about the incredible views. A cosy place to stay, with the modern comforts you expect from us, in a location giving you easy access to the most popular parts of Tuscany. With or without dogs.

And to go with those views we are building a spacious terrace in the garden, with comfy seating, pizza and bread oven, and a BBQ.

So if you fancy the idea of sitting back and relaxing with the warm Tuscan air wrapped around you as you sip a nice glass of local wine, waiting for your handmade pizza or locally sourced BBQ produce to be ready, then you’d better get your diaries out.

There’ll even be a proper pasta maker in the kitchen, along with local flour and eggs so you can really get into the spirit!

‘Trebbio’ forms part of a tiny hamlet near a tiny village called Piazza Di Brancole, on a hillside overlooking the Garfagnana Valley.

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The location of our Tuscan Holiday Cottage in the Garfagnana Valley
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Gold-Award Winning Luxury Holiday Cottages & Barges in Suffolk. And now we’re in Italy too!

“It’s exactly the same philosophy as we have in Suffolk; Created with you in mind. Modern comforts with rural charm, all within easy reach of so many beautiful and interesting places.

‘Trebbio’; your Holiday Cottage in Tuscany.  The perfect place from which to explore this stunning, historic region of Italy. Sign up to our VIP Tuscany list to be the first to know when you can book your holiday or short-break at Woodfarm Tuscany and make it your home from home”

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Set into the hillside, ‘Trebbio’ will all be on one level inside, making for easy living.

We have cellars below, which we hope to convert at some point but once the Cottage is ready, it’ll be all about a luxurious, rustic interior, combined with outdoor living, Tuscan style.

From your terrace you can enjoy your morning coffee, a leisurely lunch, or watch the sun go down as you bake your own pizzas.

Make sure you sign up to our VIP Tuscany list to be the first to know when we are ready to take bookings!

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Dear Diary

Day 8 of Lockdown in the UK - 31st March 2020

Hi all. First things first. I took the photo last night, not this morning! I do NOT drink red wine for breakfast! I wanted to raise a glass to our fab NHS staff around the country. So I did.

James, one of our resident Ambulance drivers had his birthday yesterday. He celebrated by working from 6am to 4pm and then coming back here to Woodfarm Isolationville. I offered to play i-Spy through the Barn window last with Grace, our resident Radiographer in another barn last night but I think she thought I was mad! No pleasing some people!

I also had a mate send me a pic of is Daughter yesterday, as she was just going into yet another day on the NHS frontline. She was in full hazmat with mask and visor. I’ve know her since she entered this world. It’s a sobering thought that none of us had any idea back then, that one day she would join the NHS and spend her days dressed like this, fighting on the frontline of a global pandemic. And it's her birthday too!

We are all seeing NHS staff every day taking risks to look after us and I know we are all grateful beyond words to them all. Can we please give our own thanks once again to these incredible humans and all of their colleagues?

Anything I say now is just pathetic and insignificant. So I’ll kick it off by telling you the most pathetic and insignificant thing I did yesterday! I untaxed my little classic car. I’ve had this lovely Mercedes SL for years but I simply don’t drive it any more, and I feel guilty! It’s been sitting on my drive, unloved for the last three years. Why do we call it an it, and not a her? My boat is a her. So why not this little beauty? Yep, too much time on my hands now.

I decided after much guilt and deliberation to get it (her?) ready to sell, having it (I’m not going to keep doing the ‘her’ thing!) fully valeted and having some mechanical work done. The final thing that needs doing is a problem with the hydraulic pump on the electric hood. I taxed it a couple of weeks ago as it’s been SORN for a few years, just so I could drive it to a Mercedes workshop. I taxed it for 6 months, took it to the garage and they didn’t fix it. Just told me it would need a new pump. So I drove it home. Now the poor little thing is in lockdown with everyone else. As I now can’t get it fixed, I figured I’d untaxed it to save money.

Wow, I just read that back. I’m sure I used to be more interesting than this?!?!?!?! Has my life got this boring? Please shoot me if that’s it for me now! Is that the level? My new normal? I wouldn’t even talk to me given the choice!

That aside, I still don’t understand the car tax system or the need for it. It’s a waste. All they have to do is add up the amount of money they take in tax in a year, add some for evasion, then divide it by the number of litres of fuel sold and add that figure to the price of fuel as a tax. Zero evasion and zero admin!

Then get all the tax staff doing something else and everyone’s a winner, taxing those who use the roads more. I use the roads a fair bit. Why shouldn’t I pay more than the old boy who does his Coop run once a week in his all new Vauxhall Corsa? I know there are complications and I think that there could be concessions for commercial vehicles, but it’s gotta be simpler and cheaper to run, than the system they have in place? Sorry if I’m oversimplifying an entire Government department!

After answering my Dear Diary responses yesterday (which I thoroughly enjoy doing, thank you) Wilson and I managed to get out for a great bike ride down to Coddenham and back up through Crowfield. The downhill fast bits are definitely more fun and easier than the uphill bit aren’t they? Why is that? It is very hilly around here! We shot a video before we went, wearing our new Snoods. If you haven’t seen it, it’s very scary, go to yesterday’s post!

I managed to hit the gym too. Well, my dusty, messy garage with it’s new multi-gym anyway. I took my bluetooth speaker in there to give it ambience and it was great. The equipment isn’t as good as my usual gym but there are fewer people in there. I found myself thinking about all the people I know in the gym. It’s strange isn’t it how we become accustomed to seeing people in our daily or weekly routines. Some are just people we say hello to and some we just nod at. But all of a sudden these people aren’t in my life any more. For the time being at least. I miss them. Even my trainer Dan, who is evil. I’m looking forward to getting through this and getting back in the gym to see all the familiar faces. My home gym is a bit lonely and there are a LOT of cobwebs! Can anyone name me a song with ‘familiar faces’ in it? Gold Star to the first one!

Well, I did lots of work type stuff yesterday too.

As it was Monday I decided I’d get my head back into ‘work-mode’ too. Most of last week it was fire-fighting and dealing with all the cancellations, which was, as I have documented, really depressing! To watch everything fall away through no fault of your own is quite a challenge. Anyway, I’m not moaning, I’m just saying. I have my (comparative) health and I’m confident that my business is strong enough to get through to the other side, providing it doesn’t drag on. Mind you, according to his Trumpness, it’ll all be over in about 4 weeks from now. He has moved that estimate from Easter. What a flipping pillock!

So, to work. My colleague Andrew is still diligently beavering away from his bunker in Ipswich, and Jen is doing the same in her hideaway in Felixstowe. Between us we make up the Woodfarm Marketing team. And as I think I may have touched on, priorities have shifted somewhat. When I say shifted, I mean the lean, mean, Woodfarm Marketing machine has ground to a halt, put it’s handbrake on, stuck it in neutral, put it’s feet up on the dashboard, lowered it’s stetson over it’s face and taken a nap. An indefinite nap.

But we do have lots of ideas that we are working on still behind the scenes. There are a number of things that we were planning to enhance the experience of a Woodfarm stay, so we are still looking at getting some of those ideas geared up for when the floodgates are opened once more. I won’t go into detail here as we’ll unveil this sort of stuff later, when it’s appropriate.

We aren’t doing any advertising as I’ve said. What’s the point? I might do one or two stupid videos though and perhaps even a Facebook live, showing you around if you’d like that. This will not be advertising, it’ll be shenanigans. I have no desire or motivation to try to entice you to take a break you can’t take!

But we are going to try to focus on having some fun in the meantime if you’re all up for that?

I thought that maybe some of you might want to come on a virtual holiday? I could take you on a tour of the Barns. I know you can do it on our virtual tours but I’d be happy to show you round anywhere you want to be taken. We could even put our feet up and have a cuppa maybe?

I have noticed a lot of small businesses, including some in my industry, sending out letters of self-importance “from the Director”. That stuff cracks me up! Richard Branson yes. Alan Sugar yes. These huge organisations have figureheads, who are releasing statements about their company and how they’re adapting to this terrible virus. But I do crack up at those with a small business who feel that the nation is waiting for their view. Why are so many companies are giving their opinion?

I‘m the last person you should be seeking direction from in this, and so are those people. Last time I looked I wasn’t a medical expert or a politician, or a leader of men and women. So why are these people releasing their statements?

I’m just sharing my thoughts on the impact this is having on my life, my business and my friends, and trying to have a laugh at the same time. Oh and a rant. I do like a rant. I haven’t really ranted today! I feel my standards are slipping. Though I did just have a mini-rant (would that be a rantling or a rantette?) about statements on coronavirus from ‘The Director’!

We did do a poll about what sort of stuff you wanted and most of you wanted shenanigans and mullarkey, with a goodly dollop of piffle thrown in for balance. I’ll admit this diary isn’t our usual twaddle, but I feel I’m delivering to an extent. And ya know what, I’m just doing me best like all the other decent folk so cut me some slack ok?

Right, Wilson and I are off to do food deliveries to the elderly and isolated of Bungay. Earsham Street Delicatessen are continuing to do an amazing job for their community, so we will be loaded up today with bread, butter, eggs, milk, cheeses, meats and lots of other goodies.

Please do keep following, liking and commenting as it really does help. You'd think Wilson would be able to respond whilst I'm driving but he just sits there looking out the window!

From Wilson and me, have a good day and we’ll see you tomorrow. We’ll take some pics whilst we’re out.

Stay safe x
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Dear Diary

Day 8 of Lockdown in the UK - 31st March 2020

Hi all. First things first. I took the photo last night, not this morning! I do NOT drink red wine for breakfast! I wanted to raise a glass to our fab NHS staff around the country. So I did.

James, one of our resident Ambulance drivers had his birthday yesterday. He celebrated by working from 6am to 4pm and then coming back here to Woodfarm Isolationville. I offered to play i-Spy through the Barn window last with Grace, our resident Radiographer in another barn last night but I think she thought I was mad! No pleasing some people!

I also had a mate send me a pic of is Daughter yesterday, as she was just going into yet another day on the NHS frontline. She was in full hazmat with mask and visor. I’ve know her since she entered this world. It’s a sobering thought that none of us had any idea back then, that one day she would join the NHS and spend her days dressed like this, fighting on the frontline of a global pandemic. And its her birthday too!
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We are all seeing NHS staff every day taking risks to look after us and I know we are all grateful beyond words to them all. Can we please give our own thanks once again to these incredible humans and all of their colleagues?

Anything I say now is just pathetic and insignificant. So I’ll kick it off by telling you the most pathetic and insignificant thing I did yesterday! I untaxed my little classic car. I’ve had this lovely Mercedes SL for years but I simply don’t drive it any more, and I feel guilty! It’s been sitting on my drive, unloved for the last three years. Why do we call it an it, and not a her? My boat is a her. So why not this little beauty? Yep, too much time on my hands now.

I decided after much guilt and deliberation to get it (her?) ready to sell, having it (I’m not going to keep doing the ‘her’ thing!) fully valeted and having some mechanical work done. The final thing that needs doing is a problem with the hydraulic pump on the electric hood. I taxed it a couple of weeks ago as it’s been SORN for a few years, just so I could drive it to a Mercedes workshop. I taxed it for 6 months, took it to the garage and they didn’t fix it. Just told me it would need a new pump. So I drove it home. Now the poor little thing is in lockdown with everyone else. As I now can’t get it fixed, I figured I’d untaxed it to save money.

Wow, I just read that back. I’m sure I used to be more interesting than this?!?!?!?! Has my life got this boring? Please shoot me if that’s it for me now! Is that the level? My new normal? I wouldn’t even talk to me given the choice!

That aside, I still don’t understand the car tax system or the need for it. It’s a waste. All they have to do is add up the amount of money they take in tax in a year, add some for evasion, then divide it by the number of litres of fuel sold and add that figure to the price of fuel as a tax. Zero evasion and zero admin!

Then get all the tax staff doing something else and everyone’s a winner, taxing those who use the roads more. I use the roads a fair bit. Why shouldn’t I pay more than the old boy who does his Coop run once a week in his all new Vauxhall Corsa? I know there are complications and I think that there could be concessions for commercial vehicles, but it’s gotta be simpler and cheaper to run, than the system they have in place? Sorry if I’m oversimplifying an entire Government department!

After answering my Dear Diary responses yesterday (which I thoroughly enjoy doing, thank you) Wilson and I managed to get out for a great bike ride down to Coddenham and back up through Crowfield. The downhill fast bits are definitely more fun and easier than the uphill bit aren’t they? Why is that? It is very hilly around here! We shot a video before we went, wearing our new Snoods. If you haven’t seen it, it’s very scary, go to yesterday’s post!

I managed to hit the gym too. Well, my dusty, messy garage with it’s new multi-gym anyway. I took my bluetooth speaker in there to give it ambience and it was great. The equipment isn’t as good as my usual gym but there are fewer people in there. I found myself thinking about all the people I know in the gym. It’s strange isn’t it how we become accustomed to seeing people in our daily or weekly routines. Some are just people we say hello to and some we just nod at. But all of a sudden these people aren’t in my life any more. For the time being at least. I miss them. Even my trainer Dan, who is evil. I’m looking forward to getting through this and getting back in the gym to see all the familiar faces. My home gym is a bit lonely and there are a LOT of cobwebs! Can anyone name me a song with ‘familiar faces’ in it? Gold Star to the first one!

Well, I did lots of work type stuff yesterday too.

As it was Monday I decided I’d get my head back into ‘work-mode’ too. Most of last week it was fire-fighting and dealing with all the cancellations, which was, as I have documented, really depressing! To watch everything fall away through no fault of your own is quite a challenge. Anyway, I’m not moaning, I’m just saying. I have my (comparative) health and I’m confident that my business is strong enough to get through to the other side, providing it doesn’t drag on. Mind you, according to his Trumpness, it’ll all be over in about 4 weeks from now. He has moved that estimate from Easter. What a flipping pillock! 

So, to work. My colleague Andrew is still diligently beavering away from his bunker in Ipswich, and Jen is doing the same in her hideaway in Felixstowe. Between us we make up the Woodfarm Marketing team. And as I think I may have touched on, priorities have shifted somewhat. When I say shifted, I mean the lean, mean, Woodfarm Marketing machine has ground to a halt, put it’s handbrake on, stuck it in neutral, put it’s feet up on the dashboard, lowered it’s stetson over it’s face and taken a nap. An indefinite nap.

But we do have lots of ideas that we are working on still behind the scenes. There are a number of things that we were planning to enhance the experience of a Woodfarm stay, so we are still looking at getting some of those ideas geared up for when the floodgates are opened once more. I won’t go into detail here as we’ll unveil this sort of stuff later, when it’s appropriate.

We aren’t doing any advertising as I’ve said. What’s the point? I might do one or two stupid videos though and perhaps even a Facebook live, showing you around if you’d like that. This will not be advertising, it’ll be shenanigans. I have no desire or motivation to try to entice you to take a break you can’t take! 

But we are going to try to focus on having some fun in the meantime if you’re all up for that? 

I thought that maybe some of you might want to come on a virtual holiday? I could take you on a tour of the Barns. I know you can do it on our virtual tours but I’d be happy to show you round anywhere you want to be taken. We could even put our feet up and have a cuppa maybe?

I have noticed a lot of small businesses, including some in my industry, sending out letters of self-importance “from the Director”. That stuff cracks me up! Richard Branson yes. Alan Sugar yes. These huge organisations have figureheads, who are releasing statements about their company and how they’re adapting to this terrible virus. But I do crack up at those with a small business who feel that the nation is waiting for their view. Why are so many companies are giving their opinion?

I‘m the last person you should be seeking direction from in this, and so are those people. Last time I looked I wasn’t a medical expert or a politician, or a leader of men and women. So why are these people releasing their statements? 

I’m just sharing my thoughts on the impact this is having on my life, my business and my friends, and trying to have a laugh at the same time. Oh and a rant. I do like a rant. I haven’t really ranted today! I feel my standards are slipping. Though I did just have a mini-rant (would that be a rantling or a rantette?) about statements on coronavirus from ‘The Director’!

We did do a poll about what sort of stuff you wanted and most of you wanted shenanigans and mullarkey, with a goodly dollop of piffle thrown in for balance. I’ll admit this diary isn’t our usual twaddle, but I feel I’m delivering to an extent. And ya know what, I’m just doing me best like all the other decent folk so cut me some slack ok?

Right, Wilson and I are off to do food deliveries to the elderly and isolated of Bungay. Earsham Street Delicatessen are continuing to do an amazing job for their community, so we will be loaded up today with bread, butter, eggs, milk, cheeses, meats and lots of other goodies. 

Please do keep following, liking and commenting as it really does help. Youd think Wilson would be able to respond whilst Im driving but he just sits there looking out the window!

From Wilson and me, have a good day and we’ll see you tomorrow. We’ll take some pics whilst we’re out.

Stay safe x

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Morning Carl and Wilson! Good luck on the deliveries today. Let’s have a look at the Merc .. she sounds lovely! If we didn’t have 4 cars already we might be tempted! Shhhh .. not a whisper to the car mad hubby 😉

Mad World.....’all around me are familiar faces, worn out places’. There’s your song. 😊

Have a good day Carl & Wilson👍🏻The highlight of my day here will be the bin men collecting our rubbish although I’ve made a sign to say thankyou to them too as it would be a nightmare if all the rubbish piled up but who knows that might still happen. Stay safe x

Here’s another one for you “I miss them golden days I could trust not fight Now it hits me right between the eyes Familiar faces, rallying 'round a lie” By Incubus - who 😬 ? Terrible grammar ! Glad you have Wilson to keep you sane 😀

Enjoy the trip out with Wilson, at least he's not a back seat driver 🤣🤣🤣 Today I may do a little bit more painting 🎨 so be ready for an update tomotrow

I think a virtual tour would be lovely! 🙂

I’m intrigued now, a rare glimpse inside Carl’s barn! Is it part of the original farm house, a converted barn or a new build barn?

Another great post. Thank you. Oh, Mad World has familiar faces. Rather apt with the current situation. 😊

Thank you Carl for putting a smile on my face again this morning. I was feeling a bit sorry for myself yesterday - missing spending time with my kids and grandkids and, like you, missing all those 'familiar faces' from my 'normal' life. Keep up the shenanigans and mullarkey - it's just what we all need right now. 😊

Hi. A shenannigan type virtual tour sounds great, I look forward to that, its lovely that you are delivering to vulnerable people , kindness is much needed at this time, Yes a glass raised to show appreciation to our amazing NHS is lovely ,if only those in power had done enough to support our NHS before this, always ,in need of equipment ,resources, to help with our daily work, and staff retention, well ,,,,what can I say. As always enjoyed your diary entry. Thank you, Wilson doesn't know me also but please send him my luv he looks pretty "Stoney faced atm " ,,,,

Morning xx

Morning Deli-boy, need help. What can i use for 'X' in my deli phonetic alphabet?

As a former enforcer of car tax I have been saying that for over 30 years!

Morning Wilson. .. oh and to Wilson’s chauffeur! Love your classic Mercedes - our other car is one too but not a classic. Took my TT out to Morrison’s and back yesterday. So exciting. Only stalled it once..shame it was in front of the patiently waiting shoppers queue 😕 - not so cool after all! 😎 (I’m having to get used to changing gear again after driving automatics for last 6 years!). Have a good day delivering essentials I’m sure you’ll be a welcome sight to the recipients- at a minimum 2mtr distance of course. X

Love your posts they make me laugh each day 🤣, and flipping pillock, haven't heard that saying for years. Lovely that you are helping Earsham Deli, I lived in Bungay since I was 11 and Suffolk so know it well, although now I don't, I live in the Channel Islands but come back 5 times a year, or at least I did before all this ☹️, to see my families. Take care x

Morning Carl. Have you invented a tandem for you and Wilson yet. If not maybe that could be on your ‘to do’ list for later in the week. 🙂 When you next have a distance conversation with your resident health staff please pass on all our gratitude. What an amazing bunch of people they all are (used to be one of them so a bit biased 😉). Anyway, because I know how popular your ‘rants’ are - if there’s any competent sewers amongst your fan base I’d like to direct them to a Facebook page ‘For The Love of Scrubs’. We’re very busy home sewing scrubs and hats for medical staff on the front line of which there is a real need across the country. If people can’t sew but would still like to help there is a crowdfunding page to purchase fabric to help sewers who cannot afford buy themselves. Many of us are doing so. Hope you don’t mind but we’re just using any forum we’re involved in to spread the word. Thankyoooou 😊. Happy 🚵‍♀️

Keep up the good work with the Deli- veries Carl & Wilson ( I hope you are putting him on a wage ? 😁)....

Keep making us smile! Have a good day x

Gosh Carl, you posted that an hour ago and by the time I got to the bottom there were 38 comments already and it’s not because I’m a slow reader! Yes, it’s a Mad World even though there’s familiar faces in it. Good on you for keeping us going with a daily post, I can tell you it’s so much better than reading a newspaper so keep up the good work and, to be honest,I wouldn’t judge you if you were having a glass of red for breakfast 😉🍷

Love a tour with shenanigans

I look forward to reading this every morning before starting work with a cuppa! Have a good day, stay safe x

Good morning C. Scott... Once again enjoyed reading your diary.. Starts my day off brilliantly... Oh yes..song that includes the words.. "familiar faces"... Didn't it just have to be "Mad World".. How appropriate is that? 😲 Kisses to Wilson.. He's such a handsome devil!! 😉X

Would love a virtual tour; perhaps we could simultaneously step into our hot tubs too! You might want to think about creating a range of hats for Wilson too in order to cope with our various weather conditions. He’ll definitely need sunglasses for the summer. (Can’t really believe I’ve just written that).

Oh dear not the alcohol, surely it's not got to that yet 😢, mind you a few of them and lock down will be a welcome distraction 😂

Be safe my friend a tour would be great , how about some life size cardboard cut outs for the gym lol 😂

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24 hours ago

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Enjoy Carl

Mad as a Hatter! 😂💪❤️

Peep po xx

Enjoy your day

I hope they were clean ones! 😂😂😂

And I pictured you in a red snood x

Box of frogs 🐸 comes to mind 🤣

Go, go, go, where did you get those legs? Wherever it was take them back for a refund, you deserve way better 😘 ..............just kidding, but you know that 😉

Ah wilson even sounds like you bless him.😂stay safe,

Prime position for my friend Wilson!

If you ever want to give mountain biking a try, hit me up, you'd fit in a treat 😉😁

Brilliant... love a good Snood ... or is that 😴 snooze . Lol 😂 xx

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Dear Diary

Day 7 of Lockdown in the UK - 30th March 2020

Oops, huge oversleep. Sorry I’m later than usual. I was awake half the night and only just woke up again! The coffee is beside me and will soon be coursing through my veins! It takes a while to write this rubbish though so bear with…

I’ll start with a rant. Hold on, I need coffee.

Crime is up. Commercial properties are empty and every one is at home. So the burgling of commercial properties in on the increase! Aaaaaaaaaaagggggh I hate these people! I can never put into words my feelings about these people who can’t find a way to earn money honestly like the rest of us.

One of my closest friends owns a pub and when I spoke to him just before the lockdown, he and his team were emptying it of all the booze and moving it to a secure location. Because of these people. I seriously have no words. Oh hold on, I found one. Scum. That’s me being very restrained.

I have been avoiding the news over the last few days as it’s all a bit depressing. But yesterday I listened to some; Police broke up a karaoke party in Derbyshire consisting of 25 adults and children. In Gloucestershire a health worker had someone cough in the their face deliberately. Someone somewhere else spat at a Police officer. What is wrong with these people?

I also had a little scroll through Facebook whilst I was awake earlier (again, sorry I’m late) which I don’t do very often. There’s so much negativity in terms of people re-posting ‘facts’ and conspiracy theories. It’s no wonder there are so many, as this stuff spreads like wildfire. I was hoping to see something to make me laugh. I didn’t.

Whilst I’m tuned to rant-mode I’ll bring up Trump. I promise I’ll lighten the mood in a minute. As I’ve said I won’t get political on here, it isn’t the right platform. I just want to talk about the human being (?) that is Trump. This would be comedy if it wasn’t so serious.

I’ve looked at a lot of clips of things he is saying and I’m astounded. This isn’t my opinion or anything political, I’m just saying I’ve watched the man in charge of America saying incredible things. Watched his actual lips saying the things. So many things (oh crap, I sound like him!) Have a look on Youtube for yourself. It’s truly frightening and I feel very lucky to be British.

We have got sooooo many idiots as I’ve just pointed out, flouting the rules, with no common sense, but I think I’d rather have our leaders having a go at dealing with this, than the poor people of America have right now. Again, not getting political so please don’t shout at me, but I think things might have been handled a little, err, differently with Mr. Obama in charge. Not saying he’d have it under control, there may simply have been a different approach.

Trump is feeding his people so many misleading comments and horrible remarks directed at journalists and other politicians. I watched him deliver a sarcastic reply in a press conference when he heard about one of his nemeses contracting this virus. I think it was Mick Romney, I could be wrong, but that’s not the issue. He clearly took delight in the fact that someone who opposes him had got it! To me, that is impeachable! I just don’t get it.

His promise that it would all be over by Easter was simply jaw-dropping. Now he’s saying the end of April! He does not know! None of us do. And yet hoards of innocent American sheep will follow him off the cliff. I’ve watched him compare “ratings” for his briefings to other ‘events’!

The US has become the country with the biggest number of confirmed cases of the virus in the world, now ahead of China.

A record number of Americans have filed for unemployment - nearly 3.3 million people, so the president repeated his calls for Americans to return to work as soon as possible. “We have to get back to work, our people want to work” he said. “This is the United States of America, they don’t want to sit around and wait.”�
Anyway, I’m done on Trump for now. Sorry if I raised your blood pressure but I needed to get that off my chest. Oh, and please don’t anybody come back and defend the guy, I won’t get into it with you. He's a very scary man. Just remembered I wrote a song about him on our last album, I might have to share it with you.

So, what did I do yesterday? Errrmmmm, not much! Usually it’s a busy one with changeovers but we just had one healthcare worker and his partner arrive. I see Airbnb are now taking NHS staff in so that’s great.

I was planning to get out with Wilson on the bike but it was very cold and windy! Ok, I know I’ve got my snood now (thanks again for the name Lisa) but I spent most of the morning replying to my diary comments, as well as the tons of comments that the first prototype of my ear-warmers received. In hindsight, two trainer socks on my ears, with an elastic band round my head, did make me look like a Trump-rally attendee. Oh my god, go and watch some of their interviews on Youtube! These are actual human beings. 🤣

I did go to the gym though. I got around to the gym in the afternoon. It takes about 8 seconds to walk there from my front door. I had a really satisfying session, which felt odd as I haven’t been for almost a week now. Going to the actual gym seems like a lifetime ago. As I said yesterday I think, time is very different now. A day feels like a fortnight. Not because it’s dragging, because it isn’t for me just yet. But because a week ago feels like 6 months ago. Do you get what I mean?

After my gym session I felt really tired and I ached all over. I thought for a minute that this was it. I thought I was coming down with it. But a one-hour recovery session on my sofa, with much snoring and gazing at the inside of my eye-lids and I was fine again!

Ok folks, Hedgehog cake. Please let me know, on a scale of Hedgehog cake, how you’re feeling today? This cracked me up. My Daughter Lauren sent it to me yesterday and I just had to share it with you. We had a good chat last night. She’s doing fine in London isolation. For the record, She is one of the Londoners who is staying in her house, not sunbathing in the park, or partying with friends.

So let’s have your Hedgehog cake feelings please……

I came across some great new ads as I listened to the radio yesterday too. My faves were;

Two separate furniture businesses. Yes! I need a new coffee table and I need it now! I don’t care if the NHS will struggle to cope, or if the Police are fighting to get people to stay away from public areas, I need to get out and buy a magazine rack and change my dining chairs! Where will I put all my magazines otherwise, and what will all my friends say this Friday at the dinner party when they are sitting on the old chairs that I’m embarrassed about?!?!?!

And an estate agent. Guaranteed sale in as little as 48 hours! Errrrrrmmm what?!??!

Then a Sock advert. I’m gonna rush out today and buy some though, so I can drive in my all new Vauxhall Corsa to have my teeth whitened with new socks on. We must hang on to what’s important right now and that is socks!

“Dear sock people. I’m ok just now thanks. I had some already and am going out less now so don’t think I’ll need any more for the time being as mine don’t seem to be wearing out. Thanks though. Lots of love, Carl xx”

Then I head an ad for Brut?!?! Is it 1980 again? And with social distancing, I’m not sure this is going to be a huge issue.

Then a “high speed cheese slicer”. Whaaaaat?!?!?! Because we all need to be slicing cheese as quickly as possible don’t we? We simply do not have the time to be slicing it slowly folks. Hurry!!!

I don’t understand how none of these advertisers has yet had the ability to remotely do an ad that says “These are different times aren’t they? We normally want you to rush out and buy our coffee table/ all new Vauxhall Corsa/ high-speed slicer/ deodorant, but for now we will let you know about them so you can buy them later”. Or……. Stop advertising! It’s pointless!

And yes, as I’ve said, I get that schedules are done in advance, but someone somewhere at a radio station is insisting that these continue as planned. I’m guessing that they still have adverts on the telly too but as I’ve explained, I don’t have one. The last ad I saw on telly was for Toffos. “Go get em Floyd”.

What’s the most pointless advert you’ve seen or heard at the mo? Let’s start a list shall we?

My mate Phil is getting better but Gayle is in the middle of it now and not feeling so good. So let’s wish Gayle a speedy recovery. Lots of love Gayley D xxx

Well that’s me done for now I think. Sorry it was a bit ranty today, I don’t feel particularly ranty just now. In mitigation, I think the Trump and advert stuff is more incredulity than ranty isn’t it? Maybe I’ve just got too much time to think? 🤣

Keep following, liking and commenting as it really does cheer me up!

From Wilson and me, have a good day and we’ll see you tomorrow

Stay safe x
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Day 7 of Lockdown in the UK - 30th March 2020

Oops, huge oversleep. Sorry I’m later than usual. I was awake half the night and only just woke up again! The coffee is beside me and will soon be coursing through my veins! It takes a while to write this rubbish though so bear with…

I’ll start with a rant. Hold on, I need coffee. 

Crime is up. Commercial properties are empty and every one is at home. So the burgling of commercial properties in on the increase! Aaaaaaaaaaagggggh I hate these people! I can never put into words my feelings about these people who can’t find a way to earn money honestly like the rest of us. 

One of my closest friends owns a pub and when I spoke to him just before the lockdown, he and his team were emptying it of all the booze and moving it to a secure location. Because of these people. I seriously have no words. Oh hold on, I found one. Scum. That’s me being very restrained.

I have been avoiding the news over the last few days as it’s all a bit depressing. But yesterday I listened to some; Police broke up a karaoke party in Derbyshire consisting of 25 adults and children. In Gloucestershire a health worker had someone cough in the their face deliberately. Someone somewhere else spat at a Police officer. What is wrong with these people?

I also had a little scroll through Facebook whilst I was awake earlier (again, sorry I’m late) which I don’t do very often. There’s so much negativity in terms of people re-posting ‘facts’ and conspiracy theories. It’s no wonder there are so many, as this stuff spreads like wildfire. I was hoping to see something to make me laugh. I didn’t.

Whilst I’m tuned to rant-mode I’ll bring up Trump. I promise I’ll lighten the mood in a minute. As I’ve said I won’t get political on here, it isn’t the right platform. I just want to talk about the human being (?) that is Trump. This would be comedy if it wasn’t so serious. 

I’ve looked at a lot of clips of things he is saying and I’m astounded. This isn’t my opinion or anything political, I’m just saying I’ve watched the man in charge of America saying incredible things. Watched his actual lips saying the things. So many things (oh crap, I sound like him!) Have a look on Youtube for yourself. It’s truly frightening and I feel very lucky to be British. 

We have got sooooo many idiots as I’ve just pointed out, flouting the rules, with no common sense, but I think I’d rather have our leaders having a go at dealing with this, than the poor people of America have right now. Again, not getting political so please don’t shout at me, but I think things might have been handled a little, err, differently with Mr. Obama in charge. Not saying he’d have it under control, there may simply have been a different approach.

Trump is feeding his people so many misleading comments and horrible remarks directed at journalists and other politicians. I watched him deliver a sarcastic reply in a press conference when he heard about one of his nemeses contracting this virus. I think it was Mick Romney, I could be wrong, but that’s not the issue. He clearly took delight in the fact that someone who opposes him had got it! To me, that is impeachable! I just don’t get it. 

His promise that it would all be over by Easter was simply jaw-dropping. Now he’s saying the end of April! He does not know! None of us do. And yet hoards of innocent American sheep will follow him off the cliff. I’ve watched him compare “ratings” for his briefings to other ‘events’!

The US has become the country with the biggest number of confirmed cases of the virus in the world, now ahead of China.

A record number of Americans have filed for unemployment - nearly 3.3 million people, so the president repeated his calls for Americans to return to work as soon as possible. “We have to get back to work, our people want to work” he said. “This is the United States of America, they don’t want to sit around and wait.”�
Anyway, I’m done on Trump for now. Sorry if I raised your blood pressure but I needed to get that off my chest. Oh, and please don’t anybody come back and defend the guy, I won’t get into it with you. Hes a very scary man. Just remembered I wrote a song about him on our last album, I might have to share it with you.

So, what did I do yesterday? Errrmmmm, not much! Usually it’s a busy one with changeovers but we just had one healthcare worker and his partner arrive. I see Airbnb are now taking NHS staff in so that’s great.

I was planning to get out with Wilson on the bike but it was very cold and windy! Ok, I know I’ve got my snood now (thanks again for the name Lisa) but I  spent most of the morning replying to my diary comments, as well as the tons of comments that the first prototype of my ear-warmers received. In hindsight, two trainer socks on my ears, with an elastic band round my head, did make me look like a Trump-rally attendee. Oh my god, go and watch some of their interviews on Youtube! These are actual human beings. 🤣

I did go to the gym though. I got around to the gym in the afternoon. It takes about 8 seconds to walk there from my front door. I had a really satisfying session, which felt odd as I haven’t been for almost a week now. Going to the actual gym seems like a lifetime ago. As I said yesterday I think, time is very different now. A day feels like a fortnight. Not because it’s dragging, because it isn’t for me just yet. But because a week ago feels like 6 months ago. Do you get what I mean?

After my gym session I felt really tired and I ached all over. I thought for a minute that this was it. I thought I was coming down with it. But a one-hour recovery session on my sofa, with much snoring and gazing at the inside of my eye-lids and I was fine again! 

Ok folks, Hedgehog cake. Please let me know, on a scale of Hedgehog cake, how you’re feeling today? This cracked me up. My Daughter Lauren sent it to me yesterday and I just had to share it with you. We had a good chat last night. She’s doing fine in London isolation. For the record, She is one of the Londoners who is staying in her house, not sunbathing in the park, or partying with friends.

So let’s have your Hedgehog cake feelings please……

I came across some great new ads as I listened to the radio yesterday too. My faves were;

Two separate furniture businesses. Yes! I need a new coffee table and I need it now! I don’t care if the NHS will struggle to cope, or if the Police are fighting to get people to stay away from public areas, I need to get out and buy a magazine rack and change my dining chairs! Where will I put all my magazines otherwise, and what will all my friends say this Friday at the dinner party when they are sitting on the old chairs that I’m embarrassed about?!?!?!

And an estate agent. Guaranteed sale in as little as 48 hours! Errrrrrmmm what?!??!

Then a Sock advert. I’m gonna rush out today and buy some though, so I can drive in my all new Vauxhall Corsa to have my teeth whitened with new socks on. We must hang on to what’s important right now and that is socks!

“Dear sock people. I’m ok just now thanks. I had some already and am going out less now so don’t think I’ll need any more for the time being as mine don’t seem to be wearing out. Thanks though. Lots of love, Carl xx”

Then I head an ad for Brut?!?! Is it 1980 again? And with social distancing, I’m not sure this is going to be a huge issue. 

Then a “high speed cheese slicer”. Whaaaaat?!?!?! Because we all need to be slicing cheese as quickly as possible don’t we? We simply do not have the time to be slicing it slowly folks. Hurry!!!

I don’t understand how none of these advertisers has yet had the ability to remotely do an ad that says “These are different times aren’t they? We normally want you to rush out and buy our coffee table/ all new Vauxhall Corsa/ high-speed slicer/ deodorant, but for now we will let you know about them so you can buy them later”. Or……. Stop advertising! It’s pointless! 

And yes, as I’ve said, I get that schedules are done in advance, but someone somewhere at a radio station is insisting that these continue as planned. I’m guessing that they still have adverts on the telly too but as I’ve explained, I don’t have one. The last ad I saw on telly was for Toffos. “Go get em Floyd”.

What’s the most pointless advert you’ve seen or heard at the mo? Let’s start a list shall we?

My mate Phil is getting better but Gayle is in the middle of it now and not feeling so good. So let’s wish Gayle a speedy recovery. Lots of love Gayley D xxx

Well that’s me done for now I think. Sorry it was a bit ranty today, I don’t feel particularly ranty just now. In mitigation, I think the Trump and advert stuff is more incredulity than ranty isn’t it? Maybe I’ve just got too much time to think? 🤣

Keep following, liking and commenting as it really does cheer me up!

From Wilson and me, have a good day and we’ll see you tomorrow

Stay safe x

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I have to disagree with you about the brut advert, you obviously can not remember the day, when that one guy walked into an enclosed space after “splashing all over” and how people suddenly shuffled away from them. Or was the overuse just in Boston? So did the guy in the works social club invent social distancing right here in Boston!

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It’s tough stuff. This will be the end of Trump. Sorry to hear your friend is poorly. Re hedgehogs i think the one that captures the general milieu is 5. We can’t wait to book a break on our favourite barge as soon as we are able. Take care.

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Definitely 1 at the moment

That made me chuckle! Reminds me of the time we had to make an Easter cake for a school competition. Needless to say we didn’t win 🤣 think I’m an 8 today 😆

Deffo number 5...😩.. . What number are you?

As I have not yet rushed out to have my teeth whitened, I think I’ll have to be no 7! 🤣

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Morning Carl Gosh all those hedgehog cakes are a bit scary but i would say no 6 is me. Quite a nothing day yesterday and feeling quite pissed off with my kids - think this is too many people and not being able to get some ‘me’ time Did some hoovering and dusting and took the dog out on a very cold and windy walk. Today I woke up much earlier and feel a bit better but that might be because the kids are still asleep lol. Politically I am suspicious of all of them but am with you on Obama- he seemed to really care about the people Have a good day x

I feel like 7 after my shift!!!

What time do you call this.... 😂 I think all the Hedgehog 🦔 cakes look like Trump 😂🧦👂x

I remember making a hedgehog cake for my son’s birthday when he was 3...30 years ago now😱 it was very cute if I remember😆but these hedgehogs😂got to be number 7, have a good day😊

Always good to get a rant out when you need it. Better out than letting it fester inside. Firstly sending lots of good vibes for Gayle, and second I thought I might comment on something I learnt a few years ago. Yes there are absolute scum out there taking advantage of the situation, there will always be this unfortunately, but there’s also so much good going on. Communities are really coming together. I used to be a Community Fundraising Manager for the rather amazing RNLI, one day on the way home from work I was first on the scene of a traffic accident and later in the week I was visited by the police to give my statement. After it I was chatting to the young police officer and said how much I loved working in the community and he said he hated it. I commented that I saw the best of it and perhaps he saw the worst of it which is why our opinions differed so much and he said yeah that’s it. That’s always stuck with me and really there is so much more good in it and people wanting to make their community better. I always hold onto that. And what you are doing is the wonderful side of it. Keep it up and keep going, we are all in this together. ❤️😊

116 123 I believe that's the number for Samaritans, for anyone that's feeling 5!!! Take care, people xx 😳

Not sure I'm feeling as glamorous as number 4 but definitely feeling as round as number 8...note to self 'must walk the dog!) Here's something else to brighten your day...very clever by the One Ronnie.

I am feeling a bit 3 this morning , must try and stay up later than 8.45 because I am awake at 1, 2,3,4,5 the exhausted when I get up at 8 to walk the dog only to go back to bed with a cup of tea at 9! Love your post , totally agree with you on Trump, I keep asking is he for real only to sadly know that he is . Decided to delete Twitter and instagram as it makes me more miserable but keeping FB as it has some inspiring stuff and can keep in contact with friends far and near , keep posting , love to Wilson , ♥️

Lisa Baker 🤣🦔

Off to work today so probably a 3 xx

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Diary update!

I mentioned earlier in my diary entry that I was going to trial a new way to keep my ears warm on my bike ride today.

I said I'd put some trainer socks on my ears and keep em in place with an elastic band. Some of you scoffed but who's laughing now? Check these bad boys out!

I feel a Dragon's Den appearance coming on!
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Diary update! 

I mentioned earlier in my diary entry that I was going to trial a new way to keep my ears warm on my bike ride today.

I said Id put some trainer socks on my ears and keep em in place with an elastic band. Some of you scoffed but whos laughing now? Check these bad boys out!

I feel a Dragons Den appearance coming on!

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May cut off the circulation to your brain with the elastic band though!😂

That's a look I'll never get out of my head 🤣

Well the good news is there won’t be many people around to see you & laugh at you 🤪

Look like from Harry Potter

Wilson should have some too😆

Loving the stripy look!!!

There needs to be a video of you riding your bike like this! 🤣

Brings a new meaning to the old term ‘cloth ears’. Try the corona virus boxer short over the head twisted into a mask thing. Please use a clean pair......

You’ll get biker’s flap ... could be very painful.. take cream just in case!!

I fear you may experience a different kind of isolation soon 😂

You’ll get a headache 😂😂😂

I do think you should turn that frown upside down, don't need frown lines and wrinkles do you!!☹😁👌

Ear Ear 👂 xx 😘

Now I am deffo becoming concerned! 🤣🤣

I can see dogs chasing you down just to get those flappy socks - be careful out there 😂 or maybe try a woolly tights wraparound instead... 🤔

What does wilson think? Bet he thinks you're " rocking it " 😊

Stylish plus plus... Way ahead of the curve...

The expression on your face! You could get a part in the terminator 😂

Love it!

Truly stunning... I think I’ll try it.. 😂💕x

Deputy Dawg springs to mind 🤣🤣🤣

Wilson must be upset that there not Wilson sports socks. Be careful he doesn’t roll away in disgust x

Suits you, sir

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Those hedgehogs look like they are stoned 🤪

Ha ha nice one Beryl Owen 🤣😂

Wilson!

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