OAKPOND COTTAGE (Sleeps 2-6 with 3 bedrooms or can be booked with Oaktree to sleep 8)
Oakpond is a warm and cosy traditional country cottage which has lovely views from every window and is perfect for couples and the smaller family group but can an additional two people if Oaktree is booked. The cottage sits in front of a beautiful wildlife pond which is home to the moorhens and wildlife which is perfect for people who love nature and require peace and quiet. The cottage has two gardens with one being safe and secure for one dog, we do not allow dogs on the front garden leading to the wildlife pond as we do not want our wildlife being scared. The patio is fenced for a small dog and we provide a stairgate across the kitchen french doors if a larger dog is staying.
Our farm is located past the cottages and guests are most welcome to come and visit us to see the animals and Mark and I are both on hand if you need anything.
The cottage is rural but not too far away from an award winning canalside village and 2 lovely towns (Nantwich and Whitchurch ) We have 5 very good eating pubs including our village pub The Olde Jack Inn which is dog friendly which are within a ten minute drive and also a super indian restaurant who will deliver to the cottages.
Oakpond is perfect for people who require peace and quiet but not to far away from the hustle and bustle of the local towns and villages.
This a a lovely country kitchen/diner which has french doors opening out onto the patio with views of the wildlife pond. There is a microwave, a large 70/30 fridge freezer, dishwasher, tv/dvd and oven (electric) The pine dresser keeps all the games and jig sawa for those rainy days. A real traditional country kitchen.
This cosy beamed Lounge is fully carpeted and has comfortable seating whilst watching the 40″ tv/dvd with free view. We do have a dvd library with a selection of films to watch. Views of the wildlife pond and gardens from the two windows. The cosy glow of the woodburner (Electric) is perfect for those winter nights.
This room is perfect guests who want to away from the children or even their partner as it is a very relaxing room to ponder in. There is a cd player if you prefer to listen to the radio and a desk for your laptop. The information files on walks and where to go are kept in here as well as a good selection of reading books.
An antique kingsize bed with quality bedding will make sure that you have a good nights sleep with views of the pond and gardens from the two windows. This bedroom has a dressing table, chair, two bedside cupboards and a bevelled mirror wardrobe. The room is fully carpeted.
Two comfortable single beds which are both 2’6. There is a wardrobe, dressing table and two bedside cupboards. The room is fully carpeted. Views over the wildlife pond.
Comfortable room with a double bed. A dressing table and two bedside cabinets and built in wardrobe live in this room. Fully carpeted. Views over the courtyard and the Oakpond Ladies Residence (hens)
A family bathroom with a spacious shower cubicle with air boost shower, wash basin with waterfall tap and wc. This room has a shaver point and two storage cupboards. There is also a shower in the Frogs Retreat room if this is booked for the hot tub.
ADDITIONAL WC AND WASH ROOM
This room is situated next door to the laundry room and has a wc and washbasin and is fully heated.
This is a shared laundry room which has a coin operated washing machine ( There is a charge of £2 for the washing machine and this is for four 40 minute quick washes.) This room is also used to dry clothes or we have the outside washing line. There are maps and walks available to look at in this room as well as the dvd library.
The cottage has wonderful gardens which has three large apple trees and the wildlife pond which is home to a lot of animals and birds. The patio is fenced which is secure and safe for smaller children and dogs and for extra security we have a large safety gate across the kitchen patio doors. Please supervise children if they are playing on the front garden due to the pond. The courtyard is well fenced for children and dogs and there is a pleasant walk down the tarmac lane which is private and only used by ourselves and the cottage guests and so perfect for your dog. There is also the additional garden which is well fenced and secure for dogs which who want to let off some steam.
The yard is safe and secure for cars and there is parking space for two cars for the guests of this cottage. Please let us know if there are more cars arriving.
THE FROGS RETREAT
Step out of our hot tub into the warmth in our heated Frogs Retreat Room. No more shivering to keep warm with outdoor hot tubs. This room houses our wonderful hydrotherapy hot tub has a unique seating area with three seats and two built in loungers from neck to feet and so very relaxing after a good days shopping and walking. Please note that the hot tub is only available from 2pm-9pm (health and safety reasons) and for complete privacy is not shared with the other cottages. Please let us know if you require this facility and we can therefore reserve it for you when booking one of our cottages as we only allow one cottage at a time to use the hot tub for the entire stay.
THE AREA AND LOCATION
We are very lucky to have so many lovely places to visit as we are on the Cheshire/Shropshire Border.
Cheshire Border. The fantastic walks including the Sandstone Trail Walk with the hills and follies to the Cheshire Plains and not forgetting Delemere Forest. There are a number of National Trust Houses and gardens and the countrys largest ice cream parlour.
Shropshire Border. We have the Shropshire hills and villageside canals including Hawkestone Follies and Haughmond Forest walks. There are a number of National Trust Houses and gardens as well as two great nature reserves which are home to many birds and wildlife. The cottage is only 40 minutes from the world famous IronBridge museums.
Staffordshire Border. Within 20 minutes and you are in Staffordshire which is well known for its pottery museums such as Coalport and Wedgewood. The Cannock Chase is a beautiful walk as well as Trentham Gardens and Biddulph Grange Gardens. The Monkey Forest and Go Ape are both worth a visit.
Welsh Border. Travel for 30 minutes and you are in a different world with the mountains and hills of Wales. Llangollen is a scenic town with its steam railway and horse drawn barges. The British ironworks and the waterfall are both worth a visit as well as Powys and Chirk Castles.
We welcome one behaved dog in this cottage. The cottage also has a back garden which is well fenced and is safe and secure for dogs and this is leading from the back door as well as the large courtyard. The front garden which leads towards the pond is not suitable for dogs as we have our moorhens roaming free in the front lawn and will not take kindly to dogs and it is not dog proof unlike the back garden. Our private drive way is lovely for a 10 minute walk and a lot of birds and wildlife can be spotted on route and this drive is only shared with ourselves. There is a 12 acre field adjoining the drive way and this can be used to exercise your dog as well (not to be used when we have cattle grazing). Audlem is only 10 minutes away with 8 circular walks with tearooms on the way as well as Brown Moss Nature Reserve which has woodland walks and three good eating places nearby.
The only thing we ask our guests is not to allow your dog upstairs (stairgate provided) OR LEAVE YOUR DOG ALONE INSIDE THE COTTAGE. Doggy charge is £25 pw
- Heating Oil
- Quality Bedding
- Quality egyptian bath sheet, hand towel and face cloth per person
- Home-made cake
- Half a dozen of our fresh free range eggs (when available) Our eggs are also for sale
- Teabags, Coffee and suger
- Complimentary soap and shower gels
- Two toilet rolls and one kitchen roll
- Washing up liquid and cleaning fluids
- One very well behaved dog welcome (No dogs under the age of 15 months)
- A warm welcome from the Briarhill Animals
Good Places to Eat
Bhurtpor Inn wwwbhurtpor.co.uk (Dog friendly) 10 minutes away
Commbermere Arms wwwbrunningandprice.co.uk (Dog friendly) 5 minutes away
The Olde Jack Inn wwwtheoldejack.co.uk (Dog friendly) 5 minutes away
White Lion Ash Village 5 minutes away
Taj Mahal wwwtajmahalspice.co.uk (will deliver to the cottage) 10 minutes away
The Combermere Audlem Village (Dog Friendly) 10 minutes away
Whitchurch A bustling market town with charity shops and tearooms. Sainsburys and Tesco superstores
Audlem Canalside village with shops and tearooms
Market Drayton Home of the Gingerbread. Street market every wednesday
Nantwich A lovely historic town with black and white shops and cafes
WE DO NOT ACCEPT STAG/HEN GROUPS OR YOUNG STUDENT BOOKINGS.
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL PEOPLE ARRIVING WHICH ARE NOT NAMED ON THE BOOKING FORM DUE TO OUR FIRE RISK AND INSURANCE POLICY.
This is a non smoking cottage
BELOW ARE SOME OF OUR GUEST COMMENTS
A delightful cottage matching the idylic setting and the care and attention from Mark and Bev
Douglas and Gillian plus Kirsty the dog Cumbria May 2016
What a peaceful and quiet place. We have really enjoyed the birds and wildlife this week. Thank you.
Margaret and Mike Nottingham June 2016
Thank you for the peace. Such a wonderful contrast to our urban lives.
Helen and Harry with family Kent July 2016
Really pleasant stay in Oakpond Cottage for a few nights. Cottage was cosy and we had plenty of outdoor space and some lovely dog walks within driving distance.
Helen & Graham and family Rugby July 2016
What a fantastic stay. Cottage was immaculate and we loved the peace and quiet. Thank you.
Mark and Julie with Family Manchester August 2016
Loved to stay here in this beautiful cottage and quiet surroundings.
Daniella and Lucia with Family The Netherlands August 2016
Thank you Bev and Mark for a wonderful stay. Cottage is lovely, cosy and welcoming. Thank you for the cake and all the thoughtful touches and thank you to the hens for the fresh eggs. Special thanks to Bev for all her hard work making this special. Can not fault it.
Debbie and Joe with Family West Midlands August 2016
Lovely stay again Mark and Bev. You have done it again.
Helen and Simon Stourbridge September 2016
Once again we have had a lovely, relaxing stay in this beautiful cottage. The weather has been kind to us and we found some good walks and we also saw a kingfisher on the pond. See you next june.
Geoff and Jane Colwyn Bay September 2016
Cottage and weather perfect. Look foreward to coming back again. Many Many thanks for the cake and eggs.
John and Gillian Isle of Man October 2016
Loved it so much that we had to come again. We had a fantastic stay at your lovely cottage and hopefully will come and stay again.
Liz and Richard plus Family Isle Of Wight Christmas 2016
Thank you, Thank you and thank you.We stay at a lot of cottages and this is far by the best. We have had a wonderful time and everything has been thought about. We will be back.
Philippa and Mitch with family plus Rolo Worcestshire New Years Eve 2016
A loveley weekend in a beautiful and very comfortable place. Thank you.
Steve and Julie with family plus Beaw February 2017
We had a loveley and relaxing stay in this amazing cottage. Thank you.
Anna and Will with family Midlands February 2017