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Alkington Grange - Emma’s Dairy

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Alkington, near Whitchurch, Shropshire
Grade 4 Star rating
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms3
Bathrooms1
Pets 1
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Description

A haven for outdoor enthusiasts! Situated within beautiful surroundings with many outdoor activities available nearby.

Dating back to the 17th century, this barn conversion is set on a 100-acre, family-run working arable and livestock farm, alongside four other properties, just a few miles from Whitchurch. It has been lovingly and thoughtfully converted to offer very welcoming holiday accommodation, retaining many original features including exposed oak beams and trusses. The barn shares a multi-sports court for mini tennis, badminton and football, as well as a fantastic indoor heated swimming pool. The shared swimming pool is available for exclusive use for the five barns on-site and booking slots are available throughout the day, booked on your arrival. The swimming pool is open all year round but opening times may vary. A woodland picnic area lies a short walk away from your barn and there is a fantastic enclosed toddler play area available for children under 6 years. Walkers can explore the Shropshire Union Canal, just 5 minutes away, and the Shropshire Way footpath runs through the farm, while coarse fishing is less than 5 miles and horse riding 1½ miles away. For cyclists, the Mercian Cycle Path runs past the farm. Whilst the barns enjoy a peaceful rural setting, they are still very close to amenities. Whitchurch is approximately 2½ miles away, the delightful market town has many splendid buildings from medieval, Tudor and Georgian times, all dominated by St. Alkmund’s Church. Internationally renowned for its clock production dating back to the 1650s, Whitchurch is known as ’the Home of Tower Clocks’, and a fine example can be seen on one of the barns. There are many excellent shops, pubs and restaurants in the town which is perfectly placed for touring all of Shropshire, North Wales and Cheshire. Attractions close by include Ellesmere with its beautiful lakes, 11 miles, a variety of National Trust mansions and gardens, and the historical city of Chester with its excellent shopping and famous races, 25 miles, with the Blue Planet Aquarium close by. Chester Zoo, as seen on TV’s ’Secret Life of a Zoo’, is only 30 minutes away and is one of Europe’s largest zoos, helping endangered animals from all over the world. Other places of interest include Hawkstone Follies, Cheshire Ice Cream Farm, RAF Cosford, Fenn’s and Whixall Mosses, and the incredible Ironbridge Gorge. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub approx 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with beams and breakfast area. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet (also accessed from landing), 1 twin, 1 single. All rooms with beams. Maximum occupancy 5 guests and 1 infant.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 2 travel cots. 2 high chairs. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared coin-operated tumble dryer in utility room. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Shared 100-acre natural grounds. Cycle store. Parking (3 cars). Shared indoor heated swimming pool (7.5m x 3.5m, depth 1.2m), open 10am to 5pm all year, times vary. Shared mini tennis court. No smoking. Please note: A maximum of 1 infant can be booked at any time. Fenced pond in grounds, 50 yards. This property has a security deposit of £150.

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Features

  • Barbecue
    Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Highchair
    Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Horse Riding Nearby
    Horse Riding Nearby
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Stairgate
    Stairgate
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
    Wifi
  • Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Baby and Toddler Friendly
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Working Farm
    Working Farm
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Green Scheme
    Green Scheme
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Childrens Play Area
    Childrens Play Area
  • Active Family Holidays
    Active Family Holidays

Customer Comments

  • 8

    07/04/2018
    Confirmed guest, 06/04/2018
    We enjoyed a relaxing week in Emma’s dairy. Just what the doctor ordered!


  • 8

    03/03/2018
    Confirmed guest, 12/02/2018
    Loved the pool, went to Cheshire oaks Shrewsbury a lovely town


  • 9

    16/12/2017
    Confirmed guest, 27/10/2017
    Was great having use of spa


  • 9

    15/10/2017
    Confirmed guest, 09/10/2017
    Loved it, very warm & comfortable, very well equipped


  • 6

    27/09/2017
    Confirmed guest, 15/09/2017
    Overall we had a lovely holiday and our issues are relatively minor: The first was that as we were travelling with our baby for the first time we contacted the owners to see if there was any chance that we could get into the house before 4pm to make our trip easier. They said no as they had 6 cottages to clean between 10am-4pm and so it wasn't possible. This was a shame but never mind we thought until we arrived to find A) only 2 cottages were being used and B) ours was not exactly well cleaned. The crockery, cutlery and glasses all needed cleaning before we could use them - some due to the lack of rinse aid in the dishwasher, we later discovered, but some because they'd simply not been cleaned. Cobwebs all over the place, a toe nail down the side of the couch, a vacuum cleaner which hadn't been emptied in I don't know how long.... The next was that the security gate at the foot of the stairs was in very poor condition. So much so that our 1 year old could get it open if you didn't try very hard to force it shut. This is almost more dangerous that no gate - it offers the illusion of safety. Third is that this is not really a 3 bedroom property. I mean there are 3 doors into 3 rooms, don't get me wrong, but 2 of them are joined by a hatch which bangs/rattles every time either door is opened. Really not ideal when our baby was in one room and we were next door. We could hear every noise made in either room - not great with a snuffly baby or a snoring dad! In fact I don't think it'd be ideal for many people. The heating was set and you couldn't change it - it was far too hot for a baby in the evenings and far too cold in the morning - we get up before 6 which is when the heating switched on. The internet speed was poor and somehow dropped off completely at night. This meant on our late night wake ups with the baby there was no chance of entertainment! Finally, although the pool was lovely for us to play in, the location of the steps and heater meant that lengths weren't really possible - about 2 strokes and you were banging into them at either end. All of that said, we had a nice holiday. Very quiet location, a drive away from anything (no pubs/shops/restaurants easily accessible on foot). Lot's of things around and about if you have a car to entertain - Monkey forest, Hoo farm, Ellsemere lake and the Ice cream farm to name but a few.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner:- I am glad you had a lovely holiday and we are sorry for your relatively minor issues you say you encountered. We would like to answer them to reassure future guests. We take a great deal of pride in our cottages and we are baffled as to how you found dirty dishes, dirty vacuum cleaner etc. We have a great team of cleaners including myself, my husband and three others and we all work to a check sheet to make sure nothing is missed. This check sheet also include checking the stair gate which was working correctly on your arrival. If you were having problems working it correctly then if you had let us know we would have shown you how it works, it is a simple Lindam Gate. The heating is set at a comfortable 21 degrees, again if you required it to be higher or lower than you could have asked and we could have adjusted it for you. The internet speed is 3Mb in our Rural location and it is clearly stated in the information about our barns that the internet is this speed. We are in the process of getting Superfast broad band to all our properties and we will update our details when this is in place. Again our Indoor heated pool’s size, is clearly advertised in the information about us, there are also photographs that are clear and show the pool layout. It is a beautiful pool and the fact that guests have it for their exclusive use makes it even more special. It is a shame we were not contacted at the time and thus we were not given the chance to rectify anything.

  • 10

    05/08/2017
    Confirmed guest, 04/08/2017
    Had such a lovely time at Emma's dairy. The pool is on the small side but not many cottages can boast of being able to book exclusive use of a pool The cottage was very clean , spacious and well kitted out Would definitely stay there again Loved walking to the canal Also enjoyed buying our milk and potatoes from nearby farms I couldn't work the cooker but help wasn't far away Really really enjoyed our stay Well done guys Elizabeth and Simon

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Many thanks for your kind comments and high score we are glad you enjoyed your break. The comment regards the cooker was ‘user error’ and you did miss the instructions within the cottage. Was happy to help you to turn the cooker on.

  • 8

    06/07/2017
    Confirmed guest, 30/06/2017
    Very homely accommodation - quiet, comfy, spacious and well equipped. The indoor heated swimming pool is really lovely and there's a tennis court and outdoor toys for toddlers. All the local amenities are a drive away down some narrow country roads but the location is therefore really quiet and scenic. The owners are amenable and friendly and we'd definitely like to return.


  • 8

    05/06/2017
    Confirmed guest, 02/06/2017
    A few minor problems with kitchen equipment and too many holiday cottages to share pool facility, otherwise a lovely place.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; We are please you enjoyed your stay and found our cottage a “lovely place”. We are sadden and surprised you did not discuss your minor kitchen problems on your departure as we did talk to you and did say how much you enjoyed your break. Wyndham set the itinerary for all cottages and we have added additional items, there is more than enough for 5 people. If you required anything else we do live on site and would have happily helped you. As for sharing the facilities this is done via a booking board on arrival which makes the whole process very fair. We were not able to block book as you requested as it would not been fair for the other guests. This way everyone gets more than enough time using the indoor pool and Tennis area. The Toddler Play area & Woodland picnic site do not require booking.

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