Introducing Monsoon Estate Coffee to our welcome bags

We have carefully selected a new addition to our welcome packs, a beautiful delicate coffee with aromas of jasmine and citrus fruit from Monsoon Estates. A small artisan micro coffee roastery, Monsoon Estate are based near Stratford upon Avon, very close to our office and our cotswolds properties Old Cottage, Buttercombe Gridshells and Chescombe Lodge.

We discovered Monsoon Estate at a local food fair and immediately loved the coffee and the ethos behind their small family run company. Each coffee is individually roasted in small batches from  carefully selected Arabica beans by either Anne, Chris or son Will.

Sheepskin’s Katie visited Monsoon Estate to see how it all happens…

All the coffee arrives in beautiful traditional coffee sacks.

Monsoon Estate Coffee sacks

Each batch of coffee beans arrive at Monsoon in coffee sacks

Each coffee variety is a careful combination of bean selection and roasting experience.

Monsoon Estate coffee roaster

The coffee roasting machines at Monsoon Estate

Each roasting takes around 15 minutes, from green raw coffee beans to beautiful nutty dark brown roasted beans…

Monsoon Estate Coffee

Nutty brown roasted beans and green beans before roasting.

Monsoon Estate Coffee Roasting

Beans cooling after roasting

Monsoon Estate Coffee

Beautiful aromatic freshly roasted coffee

Each of our special Sheepskin packs of coffee are individually ground and bagged one at a time into special hand stamped coffee bags.

Monsoon Estate Coffee - Sheepskin Packaging

Each pack of coffee for Sheepskin is hand stamped

We love working with small, local, family run businesses and Monsoon Estate are exactly that, their passion and enthusiasm for their coffee shines.

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A true family run business – Anne and son Will

We have chosen a coffee that is perfect at any time of the day but is especially perfect for a long lazy morning in a sheepskin property. It is so good that is is what we drink it here in the sheepskin office too.

Morning Coffee

Perfect as the first cup of the day on a long lazy morning…

We would love to hear what you think of the coffee we have selected… Tweet, facebook or email

 

 

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A surfing adventure and a cosy cottage

We have  a fantastic guest blog post about surfing in Wales from Phillip Morris who stayed at gorgeous Bury Holt


It’s cold. Not bitter. But cold enough to chill you to the core and make you feel like you might never warm up again. I’m down to my swimming shorts, dripping wet and standing in a car park in South Wales, shivering in the sea breeze, the wet gravelly mud pushing up between my toes. The low winter sun eclipses the maze of sand dunes rising before me as I struggle out of my wetsuit after a couple of hours being bashed about by waves.

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Win a stay in a shepherds hut

Buttercrambe Shepherd’s Hut is designed to be enjoyed at any time of year and this winter it’s even more appealing….

Buttercrambe shepherds hut xmas Books & Hot Choc

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Hearty welcome in the Derbyshire Dales…

A warm welcome awaits guests at Robin Hood Cottage this winter with a hearty three course meal waiting for you in this Peak District Retreat…

Guests staying at Robin Hood Cottage from November through January (excl Xmas & New Year) will enjoy:
an antipasta selection to start, Dave’s home-made winter stew and rounded off beautifully with one of Emily’s delicious puddings.

Robin Hood winter warmer

A boutique base from which to explore the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales at any time of year and with Chatsworth House on the door step there is always so much to explore and discover.

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Live like a local at Spring Barn

We speak to Wendy and Graham owners of Spring Barn to find out what nearby places are special to them and their top tips of things to see and do.

“We have a number of places that we like to visit time and time again. There is simply too much to do in the area, we’re spoilt for choice.  We often visit Dolgellau and Mawddach estuary where we have regular haunts,though it depends on who we have with us.  Whenever we have children with us it’s a great an excuse to go crabbing at Aberdovey”

Spring barn Snowdonia village fun

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Live like a local… at Robin Hood Cottage

Emily and Dave made a big life decision to leave the city behind and instead live at a different pace with a complete change of lifestyle in the Derbyshire Dales.

They chose The Peak District and Baslow because it remains unspoilt yet has so much to do particularly for lovers of the outdoors and dog owners like Emily and Dave.

Taking time to get to know and enjoy the area whilst they renovated an old farmhouse and Robin Hood Cottage they now have lots of inside tips for recommended places to eat, shop & visit and help you live like a local during your holiday there.

Bakewell tarts

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Festive Fun and Christmas Cheer…

Escape to a special place to enjoy wrapping up your festive shopping

Laundry Cottage transports you to one of the most desirable villages in England, Combe Hay.

A picture postcard, grade 2 listed, traditional stone cottage made sociable and inviting with its locally sourced, antiques, contemporary furnishings and plenty of luxurious toppings. There’s a ‘Good Food Guide’ pub within walking distance and just 10 minutes drive from the centre of Bath makes it a truly special place to stay.

Bath Christmas market Bath festive lights for christmas shopping

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Private cookery classes whilst on holiday

Want to try something different whilst on holiday?

New skills that do us good (and preferably don’t involve press-ups in a muddy field).  And what better skill than cooking, eh?

Our cottages have some wonderful kitchens so we have teamed up with some friends here in The Cotswolds to bring Private cookery classes whilst on holiday in selected Sheepskin properties.  Designed around your interests, these relaxed and entertaining classes take place in the comfort of  your Cotswold Sheepskin cottage and focus on seasonal recipes that are easy to recreate. They’ll even do all the washing up.

Gluts and GluttonyGluts & Gluttony was founded by Kathy who will be your private tutor for the day. She trained at Ashburton Cookery School, works at Daylesford Cookery School and is a jobbing private chef for hire.  Her classes are inspiring and relaxed and are the perfect activity to enjoy whilst on holiday for an alternative learning experience.

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Are we nearly there yet? Planning a stress free journey with kids.

The phrase that many parents know only too well, usually called within the first hour of a four hour journey. But with a bit of planning the journey can be relatively stress free.

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Live like a local at Burrell Hill

Places to visit with children

Jo and Mike, owners of Burrell Hill, have now been welcoming visitors since July and so during a recent stay there in August they tried some of the fabulous local activities with their children….

Kyaking

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