Summer really is upon us now and the first brood of swallows in our barn will soon be leaving the nest. (Not all our guests sleep 'four in a bed'!) We also have a pair of tawny owls nesting in the big old sycamore tree in the garden and had the pleasure of watching one of the pair fly from the hole in broad daylight. Our recent guests have been delighted with the wildlife that is to be seen at Skerry Hall and have enjoyed some of the superb walking country that is literally on our doorstep.
Winter seems like a distant memory now and we are enjoying more seasonal weather - the only exceptions being the those days when temperatures soar to high summer levels! The footpaths have dried up, and our guests are enjoying some of the superb walking to be had in the area, and nowhere is better placed than Skerry Hall for starting your walk. The picture was taken on the footpath crossing our neighbour's field on a picturesque and interesting walk from here to the Bay, following old sunken tracks and trods. We are well-placed for exploring the coast, Whitby and the moors by car, public transport, bike or on foot.
January raced by, and it is hard to believe that it is less than two weeks until we open again on 9th February. We already have two February bookings - some people realise that there are always things to see and do in this part of the world whatever the time of year. It is a time whe we get some spectacular sunrises, like the one shown taken on 27th January, and some beautiful walking weather. The ground is quite wet after the snow, but if you bring appropriate footwear you can be sure of a good day. If you do happen to encounter wet weather we are always pleased to dry off guests' outerwear over the AGA in our kitchen.
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