Our stay at The Welsh House


the-welsh-house8wemadethishome_thewelshhouse12the-welsh-house3wemadethishome_thewelshhouse18Come & enjoy the simplistic pleasures of the countryside at The Welsh House

Bryn Eglur, an idyllic self-catering cottage tucked away in a quiet corner of Carmarthenshire, away from all the hustle and bustle of modern day living. With no wifi or phone signal, it is a real chance disconnect from technology, reconnect with yourself and enjoy the simplistic pleasures that come with spending time in the countryside.

We arrived late in the afternoon to be greeted by owner and creator, Dorian Bowen, who showed us around and made us feel right at home. Dorian stayed a little while, and over coffee we chatted about his passion for creating his beautiful holiday cottages and how he has sympathetically restored Bryn Eglur, translating his vision into a tangible space which has been enjoyed by all who have stayed there, you only have to read the pages of visitors book to know he has captured the magic within the walls of such an old place. We also chatted about the beautiful garden that surrounds the cottage his love of painting, our shared passion for Instagram and capturing the ever-changing beauty of the seasons (you can follow his account here)wemadethishome_thewelshhouse2

the-welsh-house2wemadethishome_thewelshhouse4After Dorian left, we unpacked our things and began to explore our home from home. The kitchen/dining room is the heart of the cottage, warmed by a cherry red Rayburn. Two barn doors connect the room with the garden on both sides and light streams in through the sash windows making the room feel light and airy. I loved how the autumn sunshine cast dappled light across the large dining table.wemadethishome_thewelshhouse25


The bedroom upstairs was my favourite room in the cottage, it is calm and relaxing and makes the perfect space to hunker down at the end of the day with a good book. Lime-washed walls and white linen gave the room a feeling of simplicity, whilst the old wooden beams, oak flooring and woolen blankets added warmth and texture making it feel every bit cozy. Faded roses gathered from the garden, sat in simple glass vessels on the windowsills, the autumn sun glowing through their pale petals was a sight of pure beauty. At the end of the room a doorway amongst the rustic wood paneling, reveals a secret room complete with a cabin bed made from old reclaimed timber, a perfect hideaway for little ones or adults alike.wemadethishome_thewelshhouse15

wemadethishome_thewelshhouse20the-welsh-house5img_5586wemadethishome_thewelshhouse17The next morning we woke just before the sun rose. Pulling on our wellies and jumpers over our pyjamas we headed out to watch it rise, turning the white stone walls of the old cottage pink for a moment. Arthur was in his element running around, free-spirited and crunching through the fallen leaves. The garden is as magical as the cottage, a little stream babbles alongside ancient trees covered in moss and tiny ferns, ivy trailing from the branches above. We collected leaves, gathered flowers and made a simplistic autumn wreath. Later that day we explored the local area and stopped for a paddle in the sea at Temby and enjoyed fish and chips on the beach.

A weekend getaway here at The Welsh House is highly recommended if you are looking for somewhere to relax and unwind.

Many thanks to Dorian for our wonderful stay at Bryn Eglur.

Old English Apple Chutney


This time of year is the best when it comes to inspiration for feeding my family. I love the wide variety of seasonal produce that autumn has to offer, berries gathered amongst the hedgerow just as summer fades away, a basket full of fallen apples picked in the autumn sunshine and the promise of ripening squash in the fields at our local farm shop (I could feast on this soup all season).

With a basket full of brambly cooking apples and a challenge set by Steamer Trading we spent a cozy autumn afternoon in the kitchen making chutney. I chopped the apples and onions, whilst Arthur mixed in the raisins. I dug deep into the back of the cupboard to find a jar of mixed spices that smelt so amazingly fragrant the kitchen was instantly warmed by the aroma.


I have never bought a good quality knife before and I didn’t realise just how much of a difference they made until Steamer Trading  got in touch and asked if I would like to take part in #TheSteamerChallenge to compare a Chefs Knife with a Santoku Knife. A good quality knife makes the job of chopping and preparing food simple and effortless, here are my thoughts on using each knife:

The Robert Welch Chefs Knife

  • A versatile, all purpose knife that’s great for chopping fruit, vegetables, fish and meat. I think I would make this my go-to knife and perhaps, with the exception of a bread knife, I would say this is all you need
  • I really like the way it feels to hold, the handle fits comfortably in my hand and feels weighted and balanced which helps with the performance and feels safe to use
  • The curved blade allows for a good “rock, chop” motion meaning the knife does not need to lift away from the chopping board whilst preparing ingredients
  • Best of British design with a 25-year guaranteeold-english-apple-chutney-4

The Robert Welch Santoku Knife

  • A good everyday knife. Although it’s roots are in eastern cooking where finer ingredients are used, it is a suitable knife for many vegetables, fish and meat
  • The hollow dimples along the blades create air pockets so finely chopped ingredients like herbs don’t stick.
  • The depth of the blade makes dicing easy, it is also a great knife for scooping up ingredients and transferring it into the pan for cooking
  • Best of British design with a 25-year guaranteeold-english-apple-chutney-3

When choosing a good quality knife, look for one that has been fully forged from one single piece of steel – where the blade continues to runs through the handle, this makes for a stronger and more durable knife. No knife will stay sharp, one made from a good quality steel, however, will stay sharper for longer. Both knives featured in this post provide an excellent ability to chop smoothly and with ease. However, my preferred favourite is the Chefs knife as it felt more comfortable in my hands.

Old English Apple Chutney

This recipe is taken from an old WI magazine and makes about 1kg of chutney. Preparation and cooking time is about two and a half hours (ensure you sterilise your jars before use)

  • 250g onions, chopped
  • 1kg cooking apples
  • 125g raisins
  • 1tbsp ground coriander
  • 1tbsp paprika
  • 1tbsp mixed spice
  • 1tbsp salt
  • 350g sugar
  • 700ml vinegar

Put all the ingredients into a heavy pan and slowly bring the mixture to the boil, stirring often until the sugar has completely dissolved. Then simmer for an hour and a half to two hours, stirring from time to time to stop the chutney from sticking to the bottom of the pan. To check the chutney is ready, drag a channel through the mixture with a wooden spoon so that the bottom of the pan is visible. If the channel fills with liquid immediately the chutney is not ready. cook for a further fifteen minutes and check again. The chutney is ready when the channel does not fill immediately and the mixture has become thick. remove the pan from the heat and leave to stand briefly. Fill warm, sterilised jars with the chutney and allow to cool before labelling and storing.


With thanks to Steamer Trading for sponsoring this post and providing
me with two excellent quality Robert Welch knives.

Homemade Botanical Sugar Scrub Featuring Hammam & Home


wemadethishome_botanicalsugarscrub5wemadethishome_botanicalsugarscrub6Summer seems to have slipped away over the past week, there is definitely a sense of autumn in the air, it’s my favourite time of the year. You may have heard me mention a few times here on the blog that our garden has given us so much pleasure this season, we have grown and gathered so many beautiful flowers, keeping all corners of our home feeling warm and well loved. We have also pressed and dried many petals too as a lasting memory of what we have found and grown. The roses, in particular, have been my favourite this year and I managed to dry a whole dish full of beautifully scented pink and yellow petals.

I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with them at first, but then I had an idea to mix up a potion, just like something I remember from my childhood days, although perhaps – and hopefully you would agree – a little more sophisticated!!!! My skin has been looking quite dull and in need of a ‘pick-me-up’, so I thought a botanical sugar scrub would be the perfect dry skin remedy and a perfect opportunity to use up our dried rose petals. I have combined them with three simple ingredients: essential oils, sugar and coconut oil, all of which are natural and kind to the skin. The result is a lovely pure scrub which leaves my skin feeling beautifully soft and I am really excited to share it with you. I find making time to create things for our home gives me a real sense of joy, especially when it promotes well-being and self-care. Here’s how:


  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 5-10 drops of essential oil
    (I have used lavender oil here but next time I think I will experiment with a combination)
  • 2 tablespoons of dried rose petals
  • 1 tablespoon of dried lavender

The method is as simple as adding all the ingredients into a clean jar and mixing together until fully combined and looking pretty. Rub into damp skin and feel relaxed as the petals wash away leaving your skin feeling silky soft.

Thank you to Hammam & Home who sent the beautiful towels featured in this post, I love them. The Hammam towels are a beautiful contemporary design, made from 100% Aegean cotton and are hand loomed by skilled artisans, in Aegean region of Turkey, using ancient techniques passed down through family generations. The long cotton fibres and the way in which they have been flat-woven ensures that they become more absorbent and softer the more you use and wash them, making them feel super luxurious.
Note: Do ensure you use pure essential oils rather than synthetic ones and do a patch test to make sure you are not sensitive to them before using.

as summer begins to fade


We are in the midst of such a perfect season here at home and as the summer begins to fade into autumn I am feeling a gentle tug towards making our home a little cozier for the coming months. There is something about each and every season that I love, a cold crisp winters morning, the awakening of spring, the long lazy days of summer and the cozy warmth of autumn. But what I love most is the subtle changes between each one and in particular, I love the gentle shift between summer and autumn. As September draws nearer there is almost a sense of renewal in the air, I guess it is a feeling that stems back to the halcyon days of my childhood, where September meant a new pencil case and a new school year.

Here at home, as the summer begins to fade and we slowly move towards autumn, I have teamed up with Laura Ashley to make a few subtle changes to our living room to welcome the coming season. Pop over to the Laura Ashley blog to see all the details.