We first stayed at Windy Mundy - part of the Pitchford Estate - around ten years ago and were impressed by the standard of the property and its position overlooking the picturesque surrounding countryside. However, this visit, we were immediately struck by the state of the road leading to the accommodation. Pot holes covered almost the entire 2-300 metre stretch, which turned the last few minutes of driving into a meandering, exhaust-scraping ordeal for a family car. We quickly settled in to enjoy our weekend stay although the following points needlessly irritated and consumed some of our precious (and paid-for!) relaxation time. Firstly, we were confronted by the obvious lack of firewood, for a three day stay, to fuel the impressive woodburner. The wood lasted one night only. Furthermore the wood provided for the wood-fired sauna was not sufficient to heat the coals for even one adequate sauna. Secondly, the furnishings (unchanged since our first visit) looked tired and shabby, even to the point of being torn and threadbare. Thirdly, we found on the Saturday that we had run out of dishwasher tablets. Not a good state of affairs when there are 16 people constantly eating and drinking and using crockery like there was no tomorrow! Fourth, nearly all rooms ran out of toilet tissue on the second day causing a disjointed group ‘treasure’ hunt to see who had spare stock. Fifth, we had an upstairs shower that delivered almost no water pressure, forcing us to use someone else’s room – they were very accommodating but it caused them inconvenience. On the same issue, one of the downstairs showers did hot drain adequately leading to water rising to one’s ankles during the course of its use.
I could be really pedantic and describe the cobwebs and other smaller issues but I don’t have the time or inclination to do so. The main issue for us all was the fact that we spent around £2,300 for a weekend that should have allowed us to forget about the things we needlessly encountered. In my opinion, the property is in desperate need of a proper refurbishment, if the owners are to continue to rent it out for such substantial sums, and they need to reassess its management. As it stands, we would not visit Windy Mundy again and would not recommend it to anyone.
- 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