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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

BBC Countryfile Competition


Along with BEst Loved Hotels and BBC Countryfile, we are running a competition.  More details can be found here.

Good luck.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Eco sustainability.

The solar array has been in place for two and a half years and has generated over 100 000 kWh. And the ground sorce heating plant has been operating for ayear and created a similar output of clean energy. 

Pictured at some for the 204 solar panels which run our site. 


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Harvest 2014 underway


The 2014 harvest has begun. This is the first load of oil seed rape. It came off at 10 per cent moisture. 



Saturday, 12 July 2014

Fledging blackbirds


This week a family of blsckbirds are learning to fly in the courtyard. 


Peas



This is a crop of peas, just south of Soulton wood on the farm at Soulton Hall. 

Friday, 11 July 2014

White garden

This is the view over the white garden earlier today. 

This garden was laid out in 2005 and is often used to celebrate weddings. 

Baby calf born

Below is a picture of a day old calf born at the farm at Soulton Hall last week. We are mainly an arable farm bu the ancient archeology on the farm means that we have some grazing fields close by. 

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Potatoes

Potatoes being irrigated on our farm earlier today. 

These are set to become Walkers crisps. 

Cute


This is a baby pheasant chick found separated from its mother while setting a seed bed for some of next year's cropping.  It is very cute, and now back with its mother.  

Wild life conservation on the farm

This is a conservation corner, which is left free of crops (wheat in this case) so that it is available for wildlife.

This sort of setting supports, among other things, small mammals which in turn support their predators, such are barn owls, of which there are now thought to be only 3,000 breeding pairs in the whole UK. We have at least two.


Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Visitor's Book

Visitor's Book

Here are some pages from our visitor's Book.
















Thursday, 17 April 2014

National Green Award

H&V Awards 2014 – Renewable Project of the Year

Soulton Hall has been nominated alongside Stiebel Eltron and Total NRG for the H&V Awards 2014 – Renewable Project of the Year.  This is reflecting the work in the ground source heating project.  
According to the nomination notificaton:
"This is one of the industry’s leading titles; being shortlisted is a great achievement and testament to your strong commitment to sustainability and innovation."
The awards themselves take place at the Grosvenor on April 24. 
Click here for more information. 

Blubells in Soulton Wood

Bluebells in Soulton Wood


50 acres of bluebells burst into flower in our private woodland 

To find out more click here.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Moot Hall Restoration

The restoration of the Moot Hall is now complete.

Here are some pictures.



These pictures were taken by Parallel Imaging 

Monday, 11 March 2013

Antique four poster bed

We have just acquired another Four Poster Bed for Soulton.

This antique bed was bought at auction at Bonhams on Thursday.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Moot Hall Restoration




The Moot Hall, in Soulton Court, is currently undergoing restoration. 

This fantastic room has been unused for 60 years.  Originally, it was used for the administrative functions of the manor (the manorial court sat there, and indeed it shown as offices in a plan from 1799). 

It is going to make a wonderful space for events and meetings -- an add significantly to what Soulton Court provides already .

Friday, 24 August 2012

Greening Update: Heating

In order to advice our thinking on green heating of Soulton, we have commissioned an extensive audit of the heating demands of our buildings.

We are pleased to be able to share this report with anyone who takes a keen interest in greening.  You can find the report here.

We are giving very strong consideration to ground source heating to replace our current reliance on oil.  Additionally, we are looking at ways of increasing the efficiency of our buildings' use of/ability to retain heat.  Naturally, we are somewhat restricted in this as a listed building -- but we have agreed one or two ways we can improve this, and there has been much effort in previous years on this.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Holiday Season 2012



Details about Christmas Celebrations 2012 are now available. You can find them here.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Fire Safety Measures and Training

Whole team training in the safe use of fire extinguishers, took place today. 

This is undetaken every year by profesional contractors and builds on the routine drills and inductions etc that we undertake. 

The whole Soulton Hall site runs on a linked fire detection system, while in the cottages the alarms also linked, for maximum safety of occupants. 

All health and safety policies, for those that are intersted can be found here.


Friday, 29 June 2012

Some notes on Soulton Heraldry



This is the coat of arms above the Soulton Hall front door.  

It is the marital coat of arms of Thomas Hill and his wife Sarah. 

The blazen of the quaterings are as flows:

A: Hill of Court of Hill ermine, on a fesse sable a triple towered castle argent

B:  Hill of Longslow: Sable, a lion rampent argent, langued and armed, crowned or between three croffed fromee fitchee of the second;

C: Evans of Watstay, Co Denbigh Argent, a fesse between three fleur-de-lys, sable;

D: Eyton of Rhiwabon C Denbigh ermine, a lion rampant crowned or, langued and armed;

E: Bird of Charleton, per pale or and argent, an eale displayed, beaked and armed;

F:  Hill of Buntinsdale;  gules, a chevron between three pheons argent, pionts downwards;

G: Lloyd, (Bishop of St Asaph, 1680) argent, a chevron between three crows sable, each holding in its beak an ermine spot;

H: Grifith, Lord of Bromfield Play of eight argent and gules, a lion rampant sable;

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