Life under lockdown at Nyth Robin

It’s been a month now since ‘lockdown’, where staying at home and not seeing many people is fast becoming the new normal. We hope you are all doing ok in these strange times and if you are a keyworker keeping us all going, we can’t say thank you enough.

In some ways life now at Nyth Robin is very much like our winter months. We have an empty site & plenty of jobs to do, it’s just in a warmer, sunnier climate and much longer days!

To have such a lovely place to be ‘stuck’ and to have lots to keep us occupied is something we are thankful for everyday. We’re using the materials we have to hand to make small improvements to the site and there’s always lots of gardening to be done.

We’re also taking some time to enjoy the sunshine and the site, which always looks lovely at this time of year. Spring has well and truly sprung – trees have their leaves and filling out fast, bluebells are taking over to woods and the rhododendron bushes are bright and colourful. The birds are also very active, and I think our mail levels must’ve dropped as a bird has attempted to nest in our post box!

Like everybody we’re missing friends & family and a zoom call doesn’t quite make up for seeing someone. We’re also missing people on site, Easter weekend was eerily quiet. It’s strange having spent the winter months busy getting ready for the upcoming season only to close your gates just a week after opening. We look forward to a busy & bustling site once again.

As well as fence painting & gardening, Sadie has also been helping out in the community by doing the occasional supermarket shop for those self-isolating and turned some unwanted pillowcases into scrubs bags for local health workers. We’ve also donated a bag full of old duvet covers to some amazing ladies in Aberdyfi & Tywyn (with much better sewing skills than us), who are making these into scrubs. There’s going to be some funky dressed health care workers!

Rustin the hound, meanwhile, is in the opposite of ‘lockdown’ with the whole of the site to himself. He’s got a mini agility course set up in one of our glamping areas and he’s loving a quick dip in the ponds when he needs to cool off. So if Rustin seems a bit miffed when you come to visit and he’s not allowed to run around, you’ll know why.

Aberdyfi is equally as quiet as Nyth Robin and t’s odd driving through in brilliant sunshine, just seeing just a handful of people. Where it would normally be busy with a queue for the ice cream shop snaking along the road, there are just closed shops and planty of parking!

We want to thank all our guests who should’ve been staying with us this month and the next for their pateince and understand whilst we wait to find out when we can open again.  We’re pleased that you all still want to enjoy a holiday at Nyth Robin, albeit a bit later than planned. Hopefully a break in sunny Wales will be much needed when it’s safe to do so.

Take care

Sadie & Grant