Thursday, 30 May 2013

Two Old Faithful Family Friends Retire!

We've been thinking about it for a while and putting it off but eventually these two old family friends are being put into retirement.  Who are we talking about we hear you cry? 
Well our faithful old washing baskets of course - here they are!

As you can see both washing baskets are looking a little worn and well past their best.  The yellow one is 43 and 'bluey' is even older, in fact he is heading towards a 50th golden anniversary!
They've served our family and B&B guests well over the years but we think it's time to retire them now before they fall apart altogether.  Are they the oldest washing baskets ever?  Let us know if you have a laundry aid older than ours.
Anyway, you know what softies we are, we're having difficulty actually throwing them away, so we have decided to find jobs for them that are a little less taxing - maybe storage.  Ideas please!  

Here is one of the two new washing baskets we bought to replace our old friends.  They have three sturdy handles and one side is curved to fit nicely onto the hip (very handy when the basket is really full as ours usually are)!

Hope you're reading this and see the funny side, if not you'll probably thing we're basket cases! 

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The Smiler - Check the Alton Towers Website to Keep Uptdate

After publishing the last item on our blog to wish Alton Towers good luck with the launch of their new ride 'The Smiler' it seems out best wishes were a little premature!

We would like to thank our facebook fans for letting us know that there seems to be a problem so the launch of the new ride has been delayed. 
You might like to take a look at to see the latest information from Alton Towers.
We hope that the 'teething problems' are fixed quickly so that every ones smiling again!

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'The Smiler' Opens Tomorrow! Good Luck Alton Towers.

Alton Towers Theme Park open their new rollercoaster ride 'The Smiler' tomorrow,
Thursday 23 May 2013.
The Malthouse Bed & Breakfast would like to wish everyone at Alton Towers "good luck" for the launch the new ride, we're sure it'll be a great success.
We can't wait to go on 'The Smiler' and we know our guests are looking forward to its arrival too!

Friday, 17 May 2013

Alton Towers Offer with Tesco Clubcard Vouchers

If you shop at Tesco and have a Clubcard they've got a great offer for Alton Towers at the moment.  For £8.50 (was £12.50) worth of Tesco Clubcard vouchers you can get a 1 day pass to Alton Towers Theme Park - GREAT!
Take a look at: bci=4294967294|Days Out
for full information and instructions.

If you're going to take advantage of this fabulous offer hurry along as tokens need to be ordered by
10 June 2013.

MALT TIP: This offer is a fantastic way of getting entry into Alton Towers for a very low price.
If you don't shop at Tesco find someone that does and beg, borrow or bribe them to get your hands on their Clubcard vouchers!

With the savings you've made on entry in to Alton Towers why not turn a day out into a short break? 
To check our availability at The Malthouse B&B telephone us 01538 703273,
email OR book on line at we're just one mile away from the theme park!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

The Smiler Opens Next Week!

Next week on Thursday 23 May 2013 Alton Towers opens its new rollercoaster 'The Smiler' and we can't wait!
The Smiler is the world's first 14 looping rollercoaster. If you dare to have a go on the new ride you'll probably be grinning like a Cheshire Cat when you get off and look a bit like this!

Planning a trip to Alton Towers and need accommodation near to the park?
Our B&B The Malthouse is one mile away from Alton Towers located in the village of Alton.
To make an enquiry or booking telephone us 01538 703273, or email
Take a look at our website  for more information or to book online.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Alton Towers The Smiler Opens 23 May 2013!

If you're a roller coaster fan you'll be giddy to know that it's not long until the new ride for 2013 opens at Alton Towers Theme Park.  The new ride 'The Smiler' is due to open from 23 May 2013.  

We can't wait for the new ride to be ready and guests who regularly stay at our B&B are really looking forward to The Smiler opening too!

Need accommodation close to Alton Towers?
Our bed and breakfast 'The Malthouse B&B' is just one mile away from Alton Towers.
We're in a perfect location if you want to be right by the Theme Park and close to pubs for a meal in the evening.  Located in the village of Alton we're within very easy walking distance of pubs that serve evening meals.  After a go on The Smiler you'll probably need a stiff drink or two!
Want to check our availability, have a question or would like to book?
Telephone us 01538 703273 we're always pleased to answer queries or take booking by phone.
Take a look at our website you can book online if you prefer. 
We are delighted to offer our guests FREE car parking and FREE WiFi!     

Monday, 6 May 2013

Our Grand Day Out at Chatsworth

Last week we had an afternoon off and decided to visit Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. 
We hadn't been to Chatsworth for a few years and as the afternoon was sunny we decided it would be a perfect time to visit. 
Chatsworth is approximately 1 hour by car from our B&B in Alton.  We chose to go via Dovedale in the Peak District, it was a really lovely journey through beautiful countryside with lots of lambs!
Even though we've been to Chatsworth before when you first glimpse the house as you drive along it takes you breath away, it must easily be one of the most impressive grand houses in the UK. 
We arrived at lunchtime and went straight to the old coach house for a bite to eat.  The food was hot and really delicious, just what we needed. 
Next we took a leisurely walk around the inside of the house.  The rooms, artwork and treasures on display have to be seen to be believed.  There are plenty of old pieces to admire but the Devonshire family are clever folk and are mixing old with modern art.  Not to every ones taste we're sure but they are trying to move with the times.  Nice to see even though the modern stuff wasn't our cup of tea.
After our tour of the house we enjoyed an ice cream and a stroll (well more like a hike!) around the magnificent garden.  There are statues, a hot house, fountains, a maze, water features, lakes, trees and plants galore.

Here is a snap we took on our tour of the gardens.  Makes the pond in our garden look like a puddle!
A browse around a shop or two and the afternoon was over, it was time to head home!
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Chatsworth, clearly a huge amount of effort is put in by the staff there who were all friendly, helpful and seemed happy in their work!
MALT TIP: If you visit Chatsworth make sure you have at least one whole day there so that you get to see everything.