This special country house mixes old and new with aplomb, in an unfussy, artful way. You have two sitting rooms, both with plenty of light from the large gothic windows, books and games, TVs (one in the kitchen too!) and a SONOS sound system.
The whole gang can hang out in the kitchen with masses of worktops, cookbooks, a generous table and a sofa for chatting. Everything the cooks need is here, along with a welcome hamper with artisan bread, butter and jam, stuff for your first breakfast and a bottle of wine from Tanners in Shrewsbury. The house is surrounded by gardens, with a west facing, walled courtyard where you can sizzle supper on the barbecue or warm yourselves round the chimenea. Swing seats face east for a morning cup of tea and you can sometimes spot the steam train puffing along the valley.
Walk straight onto the Jack Mytton Way – this is well-tended countryside and you’ll come across numerous interesting villages.