When October ends things go very quiet here at Dale Farm. We have a flurry of bookings around Christmas and New Year but the season doesn’t really kick off again until February half term and Valentine’s day.
However, the bleak beauty of winter on the Wolds attracts a different type of guest. They like the peace and silence; they don’t mind the cold. They are often outdoors people who can’t go camping at this time of year but love the cabins or the treehouse as an alternative. They are enthralled by the abundant wildlife at this time of year; owls flying alongside your car at night and deer strolling across the fields at dawn.
They bring their dog and go for long walks on the beach. Sit round the log burner drinking wine and eating fish and chips. They read books and listen to the radio. Sometimes they just rest after a hard year. They might light the barbecue or order a couple of breakfast butties. They don’t venture far, perhaps a pint in the village.
They are independent types and no trouble at all; we like them. They were rewarded last week with some lovely snow. It is like a fairy tale, a little cabin in the woods, all candles and twinkly lights and the best way to avoid Christmas madness. Days are short and the nights are black and long but the stars and the sunsets and the morning moons…omigod…try a winter break, you won’t be disappointed.