Winter care and maintenance at Clouds Hill

A close up of the Turkish rug in the Book Room at Clouds Hill

We don't just lock up and leave Clouds Hill during its winter closure - there are plenty of tasks to keep our team busy. From monitoring humidity levels in the cottage to planning next year's events, here's what Membership & Visitor Welcome Manager Alison Gale will be up to this winter.

All wrapped up

Clouds Hill is wrapped up for winter with all Lawrence’s carefully chosen possessions covered in dustsheets to protect them from the droppings deposited by our resident bats. In mid-November, we completed our final clean and as I was replacing the last dustsheet a bat came from the rafters, no more than a velvet disturbance of the fading light, to find its way out via the Bunk Room.

Humidity control

I will visit through the winter to check the humidistats are properly controlling the plug-in radiators.  Their job is to control humidity so moulds do not grow and insects do not find comfy homes in organic materials like Lawrence's Turkish rug, leather doors or the cosy sheepskin cushions of his favourite armchair.  

Planning for next year

Plans are in hand for Easter trails and a May celebration of Lawrence’s experiences in 2017. An important job this winter is setting up our online rota so volunteers can book shifts as easily as a hotel room or a cinema ticket.  This will give much more flexibility and control to our fantastic team of volunteers. If you would like to join us for 2017 check out our volunteering opportunities.