Two Loons, Calas Galadhon – click any image for full size
In January I wrote about the Grumpy Troll, the new café in Calas Galadhon, the magnificent 10-region park operated by Ty Tenk and Truck Meredith with their team. At the time, I suggested that a Water Horse rezzer and hitching post to encourage people partaking of the park’s ridable horses to enjoy the café in the knowledge they can resume their ride – an idea Ty and Truck adopted. I also made a casual observation on my reaction on hearing about the new venue:
Now, to be honest, when we received word about the Grumpy Troll, we both though it might be a local pub – the name ranks right up there alongside Tolkien’s Prancing Pony.
Well, Ty surprised me with an IM: “I used your suggestions again by actually putting up a little pub on Gulf of Lune,” Ty informed me via IM. “Similar in feel to The Grumpy Troll, but built around alcohol consumption!” So of course, I had to hop over and take a look at the new build – called the Two Loons – and it really is a nicely cosy place in which to spend time.
Located in the wetlands of the Gulf of Lune, it’s set somewhat apart from the riding trails, but can be reached on foot (or indeed horse back) along the raised board walks that wind their way across the boggy, wet lowlands. Sitting on the edge of deeper waters, the Two Loons offers wonderful views out over Belegaer and the Grey Havens, and back across Dimrill Dale (with the Grumpy Troll seeming just a stone’s throw away across the waters of the intervening bay).
Combining designs by Cory Edo (I believe I’m right in identifying her Piper Hideaway House and elements from the Yara Treehouse), the pub is wonderfully snug whilst also remaining open to is surroundings. The main lounge area, complete with pot-bellied stove, carries an impressive range of wine (so impressive, I’m tempted to move in!), with comfortable armchairs and sofas in which to sit while enjoying them. For those in the mood, the outer section reached via a little rope bridge offers both room to dance (look for the bird table outside to get the dances) and seating out on a deck suspended over the water, while above the main lounge is a little “crows nest” covered area again with a raised deck where views across the park can be enjoyed.
Further comfort to time in the bar is provided by the seating animation, which allow the wine to be properly enjoyed, and which offer a feeling of social comfort that is delightful to share. Plus, the use of Cory’s designs within the overall build means that the Two Loons and Grumpy Troll share a nice feeling of similarity / continuity / homeliness that is another delight with a visit to both.
There are many, many reasons for visiting Calas Galadhon, as I noted when writing about the Grumpy Troll. With the arrival of the Two Loons, yet another has been added to the park’s attractions – and it is likely to be one I’ll be returning to frequently; it really is the ideal place to spend time at, and has already made its mark with Calas regulars.
So why not drop in and see for yourself?
Two Loons, Calas Galadhon – with the Grumpy Troll in the background, to the right between the uprights and the sign