We have two lounges especially for guests use.
One is a light and airy “conservatory” style reception room with sink-in-and-relax sofas and plenty of reading material, books – magazines – newspapers and local guides.
The second is an inner room with two floppy recliner chairs and yet more reading material and a wood burning stove in front of which you can curl up with a good book and a pot of tea or cafetiere of steaming hot coffee.
Use these rooms as and when you want, we are happy to serve you with tea or coffee here whenever you want it.
Feel free to take a book to your room to read in bed and all the novels in the reception lounge are available for sale should you want to take one with you . Please note neither the reference books in this room nor any of the books in the bookcases in any other room, including the inner lounge, are for sale but can be used whilst you are with us.
Gardens and Grounds
We are set well off the road and in almost seven acres right along the Montgomery Canal yet only three miles from Oswestry. We have ample hard standing parking in a number of areas around the house and can securely store bikes, canoes etc.
In addition to the formal gardens we have three fields, fruit and vegetable gardens, two orchards, a small coppice with a brook running through it and in one field there is a well fenced deep pond (please stay on the land side of the fence, we don’t want you to drown).The enclosed courtyard is a suntrap in summer and a delightful place to take afternoon tea. In the formal gardens there are plenty places to sit and enjoy the surroundings, in an arbour in the fruit garden or on the surrounds of the ornamental pond with its fountains, under the flowering cherry tree or on the extensive patio areas. Smoking is permitted anywhere in the grounds.
Our chicken live in part of our barn and we would ask that you do not go into their house. They are truly free range, you are liable to find them anywhere, even in your car if you leave the door or boot open too long! They are all friendly and some will let you stroke them if you approach them gently. You might see our tabby cat, Pudsey, wandering around or sunning herself, she is very friendly but very wary of people however approach her slowly and she might let you stroke her and reward you with loud purring and much leg rubbing. The sheep will be in one of the three fields and are, well sheep! Daft as brushes but at least they don’t bite and they do a great job of keeping the grass under control.
We have a private access to the canal towpath which is via two gates and a small bridge, which can be slippery when wet so please take care. In one direction the towpath leads to the Navigation Inn and Maesbury Marsh village and somewhat further on, the current end of the canal, it’s not too long a walk. In the opposite direction the path leads to areas of outstanding natural beauty and for those who are dedicated walkers, it eventually reaches Lower Frankton (about 6 ½ miles) where it joins the Llangollen Canal.
Should you want to take a one way walk along the canal we will happily drive you to a convenient starting point so you can “walk home”.
Cycling on the towpath is possible and the surface is reasonably good though a bit bumpy in places. Canal fishing is possible by permit, a “Waterways Wanderer Permit” is obtainable from British Waterways on 01938 590079. Our pond can be fished free of charge on a catch and release basis but the fish are not monsters!