National Roast Leg of Lamb Day 7th May 2021

Whether it is a national day from across the pond or not, Roast Leg of Lamb Day is celebrated on 7th May each year – and we love it!

Support local producers by looking out for farms near you that sell halves of lamb. You’ll probably find that you get more for you money AND it’s much better quality than buying from large supermarkets.

If you’ve never roasted a leg of lamb at home, it’s remarkably simple to do.

Simply place in a roasting pan, rub down with olive oil, give it a solid dusting of salt and pepper and apply a healthy measure of rosemary and garlic. Cover with aluminium foil and roast for around one hour (depending on weight) at 160ºC/325F.

There are plenty of recipes and videos on the web if you want a complete ‘how-to’ tutorial.



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Snuggle down with a good book

Books are magnificent things. You can travel the world, travel to new worlds, find out things you never knew, learn how to do things you’ve never done, all from the comfort of your own front room. Sadly, it appears that more and more of us are choosing technology over the written word, but books can help stimulate imagination in a way that watching a video never can.

If you haven’t read anything for a while, schedule 7 – 8 pm in your diary on Friday 23 April, grab yourself a book and have a good read for an hour.


Because 23 April is World Book Night.

It was first celebrated in the UK and Ireland on 5 March 2011. In 2012 it was moved to 23 April, the UNESCO International Day of the Book. World Book Night came out of a discussion at the Book Industry Conference in May 2010, the purpose of which was, quite simply, to imagine a way to encourage more adults to read.

If you fancy taking part, you could make it a family affair. If you have little ones, let them choose the story then create costumes for everyone to wear based around the theme of the book.

If you don’t want to go that far, settle down on the settee with cups of hot chocolate for everyone and nominate a family member to read a story, or you could all take turns. Remember this should be fun though.

Or, if you want to go it alone, find a quiet corner and spend an hour on your own with a good book.


You can find out more about World Book Night HERE

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Billy the Hen and Rocket the Cow

We love our pets here at Layhead. Many of you may remember Billy the hen who insisted on NOT living in the hen house with the other ‘girls’. After many anxious nights searching for her in the bushes (and believe us, it’s not easy looking for a chicken in the dark), in the end we gave up trying to make her roost with the others. We created her own nesting box at the door of the boot room next to Stables. Honestly, the lengths we will go to make our furry or feathered friends happy!

If you’ve visited Layhead you may have seen the stain glass window in one of the cottages with the head of a cow on it. That’s ‘Rocket’. She was one of our cows who had a mind of her own. She would wander to the milking parlour in her own time, hence the name Rocket. She would never be rushed.

We know many of our guests have their own pets. Usually, dogs come to stay with their families at Layhead, but we’ve had rabbits and guinea pigs on the odd occasion too!

Here in the UK, from 1 April – 10 May, it’s National Pet Month. In the words of the organisers,

“As an educational campaign, National Pet Month is unique in bringing together animal welfare charities, professional bodies, pet businesses, schools, youth groups, and pet lovers.”.

If you want to find out more, check out the link below. Definitely worth a look if you’re an avid pet lover.

National Pet Month

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Sleep Easy

Throughout March, it’s National bed month here in the UK, and we take sleep seriously at Layhead Farm Cottages.

We understand that getting a good night’s sleep is one of the main keys to relaxation, which is why we ensure all the beds in our cottages are comfortable for guests.

In an ideal world, a minimum of 8 hours sleep is recommended to wake up feeling refreshed and raring to go. Sadly, it’s not always possible at home. Your general health, thinking about work, noise and the bed itself are contributing factors to a poor nights kip.

If you’re not sleeping well, you can find lots of helpful information and tips on the Sleep Council’s website

If you need to relax, Layhead Farm Cottages is the perfect place to unwind from a busy lifestyle, and catch up on lost sleep.

Take a local walk in the surrounding countryside. Watch the wildlife and listen to the babbling brook. Amble back to your cottage and relax with a hot drink in front of a roaring fire. And when it’s bedtime, climb into your comfortable cottage bed and gently slip into the land of nod, listening out for the hoot of an owl or the cry of a passing fox.

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” – Irish Proverb

Happy Sleeping!

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The most-loved pies in the UK

There’s nothing nicer on a cold winter’s evening than sitting down to a warm comforting pie for dinner.

With the onset of National Pie week this week, we’ve done some investigating to find out what the nations favourite pie is.

According to new research, we discovered that the humble cottage pie is top of the league, followed closely by the classic chicken pie.

The marvellous thing about pies is that you can put whatever takes your fancy into them. Here are 8 weird and wonderful concoctions:

  1. Dorito And Onion Pie
  2. Avocado Pie
  3. Cheeseburger Pickle Pie
  4. Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pie
  5. Stargazy Pie
  6. Nacho Pie
  7. Green Tomato Pie
  8. Pickle and Peanut Butter Pie with Yogurt

We’re just not convinced about the pickle and peanut butter pie with yogurt!

Here’s the link if you want to check out the recipes and find more quirky pies.

17 Strange Pies You Still Might Eat

Have you got any weird pie recipes you’d like to share? Send it to us at

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