We had such high hopes of this place, it appeared to have everything we wanted - ensuites for all of the party, plenty of room, peaceful location, and finished to a high standard. On first looks it seemed great, but then all the little niggly things became apparent. Lack of cleanliness, particularly in the kitchen, a dish washer that never got cleaned out so did not work properly, an achingly slow oven, beds that were like lumpy bricks, nowhere to hang your clothes and no where to hang your wash bag either. Not that we brought any posh clothes, but there was only a single hook in my room on which to hang stuff and if I did, then the hanging items got in the way of my passage to and from the bed.
After choosing to give up my brick bed, I migrated upstairs to a beautiful room with a softer bed, but not only was the bath in the room with me, but so was the loo. And I do mean in the room, no separate bathroom. What was more disconcerting was the loo was under the low window, and although it was unlikely that anyone but sheep would be looking in, I felt very exposed when using this most necessary of facilities. This was made ever more so by the window opposite which gave me a clear view into the farm windows, so presumably they could also see me on the throne!
I think the wiring was either a DIY job or done by a trainee electrician as the switching was decidedly odd. An attempt had been made at 2 way switching but had not been successful so some light switches were completely isolated by others and meant that if you turned off the lights at one end of the corridor, they could not be turned on again by the switch at the other. This was true of the lounge as well.
The potential of this place is huge, as it is very lovely indeed, in a beautiful spot with sheep and swallows, open fields and glorious views, and a large enclosed grassy garden area which was a sun trap. However, it appears to be unloved and uncared for, with no attention to the details. I really think the owner should spend a night in each room and see what works and what singularly fails to work, as sadly, now there is a lot that needs taking care of.
If you want luxury, this is not the place, but if you want something shabby (without the chic), and plenty of space for a family gathering with all the kids, then this just might suit. Don't go with hopes of something glorious (other than the views), and you won't be disappointed, except perhaps that the cost of renting the property does not now accurately reflect the state of it (and here I assume that it once did).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The thousand acre Pitchford Estate is a dairy, sheep and arable farm with extensive woodland located six miles south of Shrewsbury in one of England's most rural counties, Shropshire. The Estate is home to Windy Mundy Farm, Stockbatch Granary and Tree House Barn, three spacious barn conversions available as holiday accommodation for groups of up to 16, 14 and 4 respectively. With stunning interiors and an idyllic location, these properties offer a country escape that we hope that you'll love as much as we do ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pitchford Estate Shrewsbury, Shropshire