Anna's House opened its doors in 2000 and in the last sixteen years we have been enjoying welcoming guests from all over the world. We love making new friends and sharing stories.
However, time has come for us to take a break, kick back, and visit our many friends and family across the globe. Rest assured that Anna's House will continue to build upon the high standards you all expect. Our new chef is a fantastic baker and we know you're going to love her food.
Ken retired from the engineering profession and needed a hobby. Having coped with his loud voice at my side in church for far too long, I urged him to joined the choir. This hobby very soon became an obsession.
We at Anna’s House have had a lovely year, thanks to our delightful guests and the attention of the media. In March, The Guardian gave up a full half page of their Travel Section to describe what we do and a Japanese Lifestyle Magazine printed four pages of pictures of our house, garden, dogs (alas now chasing rabbits in heaven) and me baking scones.
October marks the arrival of the Light-bellied Brent Geese at Castle Espie some 2 miles from Anna's House. Travelling from their breeding grounds in Arctic Canada a staggering 2,900 miles away, their journey takes them via Iceland, Greenland and over a mile high ice cap; one of the longest known migrations of any bird.
We were pleased to welcome journalists from a Japanese travel magazine, Mr. Partner, who came to stay with us late 2007. We really hope they enjoyed their stay and if you can read Japanese perhaps you can tell us what they said!
We celebrated Kenneth's eightieth birthday on the 13th April 2008. We organised a surprise party for him in the music room and invited all our friends and neighbours. He went to sing with the choir on Sunday morning at Down Cathedral with no idea of the detailed planning in place.