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Barwhillanty Blog… to blossom and bloom


Welcome spring in full blossom and unprecedented bloom, from fabulous flowers in the garden to the arrival of our beautiful baby girl on 18th May. With our rhododendrons bursting with colour and trees that we have never seen exhibit their full floral potential before, we felt Thalia’s name, translating from the Greek ‘to blossom and bloom’, apt and timely. As one of the Ancient Greek muses, Thalia represents festivity and pastoral poetry, joining our family of now five, with joyful step… welcome Thalia!

Thalia has not been the only welcome arrival though, as we now happily host 74 majestic red deer on the land… our venison venture has begun! We are amazed how silent and stunning these creatures are, as they seem to dance around the landscape, closing in with curiosity, their friendly faces meeting our gazes. We are delighted to be supplying selective supermarket shelves with our venison, enthused by the increasing demand for this wonderfully protein-rich, nutrient-dense, lean meat. We have been trying many different venison recipes, from slow-cooked haunches to super tender fillet steaks – all incredibly wholesome and delicious! So seek out some of this gorgeable game next time you are thinking of a succulent Sunday roast.

As the holiday season soon begins, we hope some of you will experience the magic of Dumfries and Galloway, staying in the luxury of our holiday cottages, absorbing some rural bliss whilst indulging in the plentiful outdoor adventure that South West Scotland has to offer. From mountain biking to wild swimming, from hiking to horse-riding… here you have it all!

We are hoping 2020 sees the start of Barwhillanty Estate’s own schedule of active adventure, embracing our ethos of wholesomeness and health intertwined with outdoor activity and sustainability, from our ‘Raw and Wild’ retreats to a family focussed ‘Endurance Festival’… watch this space for more details to follow…


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