Moda House News

By Jo MacArthur 25 Sep, 2017


There is a definite nip in the air and the central heating switch is firmly back on

 With the long, lazy hazy days of summer now sadly long gone.

 October is a month of conkers, pumpkins and everything that is Halloween

 From the costumes to the toffee apples and jack ‘o’ lanterns creating the spooky scene!

 Life in Chipping Sodbury is busy and hectic with plenty of action and activities

 With The Sodbury Players performing, and The Amadeus Concert to delight and please!

 Here at The Moda House the re-wiring is finally finished and another new bathroom installed,

 And the heating and hot water systems have been serviced and completely overhauled.

 Why not come for an Autumn visit and enjoy our homemade blackberry jam and marmalade,

 Plus some seasonal spiced stewed homegrown plums – Duncan’s latest crusade!

 But if you need even more encouragement, motivation or another reason.

 Visit Westonbirt Arboretum for its spectacular and stunning vibrant ‘fall’ season!

 So just before the clocks go back, come to Chipping Sodbury for a little get-away

 And stay at The Moda House where a warm welcome will ensure a wonderful and happy stay!



By Jo MacArthur 22 Aug, 2017

Another summer has almost passed and is just about to disappear

 With a slight nip in the air making it feel crisp, cool and clear.

 With harvest time here and the gentle start of falling leaves

 It will be time to pack away the T-shirts and bring out the long sleeves!

 As the schools and colleges return, and the shooting season well underway

 Visit the nearby Lady’s Wood Shooting School with instructions on how to hit the clay!

 The wonderful Dime Notes are performing at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall

 And The Sodbury Players are putting on The Edge of Darkness to enthral us all!

 The twice-yearly MOP Fair also takes place with a hint of a bygone age

 When agricultural labourers and their tools were available for all to engage.

 So during this ‘show off’ season come to The Moda House for a break and treat

 At Number 1 High Street which offers the very best in a meet and greet!


By Jo MacArthur 26 Jul, 2017

The Glorious 12th signifies the start of the shooting season for grouse

Aand it is also Duncan’s birthday so there will be a big celebration at The Moda House!

Summer is well and truly underway with the grass just worn to dust

And the BBQ’s busily working overtime before they go bust and succumb to rust!

In Chipping Sodbury we have the amazing Hedgehog and Owl meet and greet

With a chance to see these wonderful creatures both magnificent and sweet!

There is also Tudor music at Acton Court to honour Henry V111 and Anne Boleyn

And why not sample The Horseshoe’s very own Celestine Spa Gin!

Then there’s the ongoing Chipping Sodbury and Cotswold search for the small hare

Plus the nearby Hawkesbury Horticultural annual Show and Fair.

With so much going on a stay at The Moda House is an absolute must

To enjoy all that is wonderful in this glorious month of August!

By Jo MacArthur 26 Jun, 2017

As we hit the height of summer with the anticipation of long hot sunny days

We can look forward to parks and picnics and a chance to loaf and laze!

Wimbledon starts with its famous tradition of Pimm’s, strawberries and cream

And Sir Andy Murray hoping that another wonderful win is not just a ‘pipedream’!

The annual Beer Festival takes place shortly with copious amounts of ales,

And where the heady atmosphere of fun, music, food and frivolity prevails!

The hanging baskets and containers in the High Street create a stunning array,

With the Festival bunting turning the town into a colourful and cheery display!

Here at The Moda House we have been painting hallway walls and doors

In the interest of the never-ending maintenance and upkeep cause!

So do come and stay and tuck into The Full Moda in all its glory,

And see the famous Arabic door and hear all about it with the full story!

By Jo MacArthur 28 May, 2017

It certainly is in Chipping Sodbury with a month packed full of fun and activities

From the amazing Big Lunch to the annual town’s fayre and festivities.

On the 3rd June we can enjoy and celebrate a one day Music Sodfest

To support the local football team with The Christians as the main guest.

Then the Big Lunch present Seaside Sodbury and a balmy beachy theme

With even a pier to complete the picture of sun, sea, sand and ice cream

The Chipping Sodbury Festival also begins with so much to offer from Jazz to a ‘team’ quiz

Plus talks, workshops, Eddie the Eagle and a chance to taste fine wines and the local fizz!

So a visit to Chipping Sodbury is a must to enjoy all this in a very special place

And to see our wonderful High Street which is both just unique and ace! 

By Jo MacArthur 27 Apr, 2017

It is time to welcome in the marvellous month of May

With all the anticipation of colour and a firm good bye to all that is grey!

Get the bbq and chairs out in readiness of the warm spring sun

And hope that this is just the start of good weather that will run and run!

Traditionally May is a time of asparagus, ribbons and poles

Plus summer like pursuits of croquet, cricket and bowls.

Here we are all ready for the world-famous Badminton Horse Trials

As thousands of visitors arrive to walk the course for miles and miles!

The Chipping Sodbury Food Festival also takes place for food lovers to drool

With The Baker Brothers back, and cooking up a storm at the Hobbs House School!

Come and stay at The Moda House and try out our brand-new room No.1

With a sparkling new bathroom all spice and span and freshly done!

By Jo MacArthur 29 Mar, 2017

It’s the month of showers, sunshine and some serious cleaning for spring

As we look forward to hearing the classic cuckoo and other jolly birds sing!

The garden begins to come to life with planting, planning and preparing,

With all pots and beds full of bright colours, both dazzling and daring!

We have a long Easter weekend to enjoy and time to eat some chocolate eggs

Before taking some long and lovely walks to stretch those lazy legs!

Come to Chipping Sodbury and visit Dyrham Park to gaze at their amazing tulips,

Then eat in the High Street and feast on steak, chips and dips, along with a few sips!

Stay over at The Moda House for a chance to relax, unwind and refuel

And watch out for all the nonsense and naughtiness of the silly April Fool!

By Jo MacArthur 25 Feb, 2017

We can finally look forward to the clocks going forward and longer and lighter days,

With the countryside full of golden daffodils creating a sight on which to gaze!

It’s still a mixture of some fair days and some raw, as the earth begins its slow thaw

But there is a little taster of warmth and Spring and a hint of what maybe in store!

So think about a visit to the bustling town of Chipping Sodbury and beyond

Where Mother Nature has blessed the whole area and waved its magic wand!

The Cotswolds are almost picture perfect with no need for an Instagram filter here

From the honey coloured villages, glorious walks and local lush beer!

Here at The Moda House the hallway has been painted and is looking all fresh and spic and span

nd the top floor is next in the updating and ongoing maintenance plan.

So treat all the Mums to something special and come to The Moda House for a stay

And spoil them all rotten with chocs, champagne and an ‘over the top’ bouquet!

By Jo MacArthur 27 Jan, 2017

Christmas is a distant memory and the cold weather results in red noses

But, fear not, for February brings the chance for romance, chocolates and red roses!

Why not embark on a passionate pilgrimage to Chipping Sodbury and The Moda House

Whether with your girl or boyfriend, partner or your extra special spouse!

Dine in the High Street and enjoy a large glass of red and a juicy steak

And just enjoy each other’s company on a soppy and tender break!

Here at The Moda, more chilli marmalade has been prepared and made

Then popped into glass jars and lined up like a gorgeous orange parade!

Several rooms, plus the hallway, have been decorated in the Moda colour of Natural Calico

Which creates a lovely feel and a clean spic and span fresh glow!

So, come on down, and see it all for yourself and have a little jolly

But be sure to bring your coat, gloves, hat and the all important brolly!

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