May has been such a hectic month, I think I need to lie down in a quiet and peaceful space...
I’ve been so busy because I have launched the UK’s first-ever ‘bee therapy’ experience in conjunction with my good friends at the award-winning boutique hotel, Monachyle Mhor near Balquhidder.
Tom Lewis, chef patron at family-run boutique hotel, Monachyle Mhor: says “We absolutely love the idea of working in harmony with the bees to create this unique experience. The 'apipod' fits with what we already do here, which is to provide our guests with great food, warm hospitality and unforgettable memories.”
You’ll find a specially designed wooden triangular structure known as an 'apipod' situated in a wooded glade. It contains six beehives housing a total of 60,000 honey bees which have been placed in compartments underneath the pod, so the bees come and go freely through their own special entrance. A metal mesh between the walls and the hives ensures that only sounds and smells infuse the interior, but the bees are contained, so there is no risk of bee stings to visitors.
It really is the most relaxing experience – and it's so good for you. Guests can relax or fall asleep on two sheepskin-covered beds inside the 'apipod' which are directly above the hives.
You de-stress listening to the sounds of the bees going about their daily life, surrounded by the aromas of honey, propolis, nectar and pollen. The vibrations caused by bees’ wings also have a positive energising effect which calms and relaxes.
The bee therapy launch has created a bit of media interest, I have even made an appearance on BBC Scotland’s The Nine programme. While The Times, The Telegraph, The Star, Scotland on Sunday, as well as online at The Daily Record, Good News Network and The Eco News have all written about it.
Its arrival had already created a buzz, with a top celebrity filming the bees for a BBC TV show which should air in July, which I am very excited about.
I hope to offer Bed & Bees overnight stays, allowing visitors the chance to spend a night in the company of honey bees but just now I'm off for a spot of 'bee therapy' myself to recover.
To find out more about bee therapy contact Herb Majesty for initial booking enquiries.