Woodland Holiday Cottage

Situated on the woodland edge at the bottom of the spectacular sandstone gorge known locally as ‘The Rock’, Woodland Cottage offers a peaceful retreat in a beautiful natural setting with views of the garden, pond, and woodland.
The cottage is in its own grounds but 50 metres from Brook House and both properties may be rented together for large groups.

There is a sofa bed in the living room area which will sleep an additional two children or small adults.

Woodland Cottage is appointed to a high standard throughout:

Bedding

Both the beds are king-size and sheets, duvets, and four standard-size pillows are supplied for each bed. There is a sofa bed in the living room area.

Laundry

Woodland Cottage has a washing machine but no tumble dryer

Internet

There is Wi-Fi throughout the property but no mobile phone signal so you may wish to ensure you can use internet based telephony if this is important for you.

Food Shopping

The small country town Eccleshall is 3 miles away and has supermarkets, village stores, a high-class butcher as well as cafes, pubs, and restaurants. The closest pub is The Star Inn at Copmere just 1 mile away. A friendly free house that provides great meals Tuesday – Sunday. Fresh eggs and home reared meats are available from our neighbours and Offley Brook Water Mill (just 200 metres upstream supplies stone ground flour.

Payment information

Credit and Debit cards are not accepted. Please pay deposits to secure booking by cheque or bank transfer. Final balance is payable 1 month prior to date of arrival. You will then be sent details of how to gain access to the property.

Cancellations and refund policy

If we are able to re-sell  the cancelled dates you will be given a full refund. Otherwise deposits are non-refundable if you cancel within 6 months of your expected date of arrival. If you cancel after having paid the final balance within 1 month of your arrival date this will be non-refundable unless we re-sell the dates in question.

Wheelchair access: 

The main entrance to the accommodation is through double patio doors with a flat threshold.

The stone patio has a power supply. Inside doors to the bedroom and wet-room are  82 cm wide. Under the bed has a clearance of  21 cm to allow the use of a hoist if needed. A hoist is not supplied but we can work with you to arrange for one to be delivered if needed. One side of the bed is accessible by a wheelchair. There is a gap of  105 cm between the edge of the bed and the bedroom wall. The height from the floor to the top of the mattress is 59 cm.
The kitchen and dining area are accessible by wheelchair. The oven and grill are under the counter although the sink and kitchen work surfaces are the standard height of 90 cm.

The wet-room has an open shower area of 130 cm x 85 cm with a shower seat and support rail.There is room for a wheelchair up one side of the toilet. The toilet seat is 45 cm above floor height and the wash basin is of a semi pedestal design. If you have any specific needs or need more information please do not hesitate to contact us before making a reservation.

Outside:

There is a  lit patio area with table and chairs. The drive and hard standing around the building and patio are finished with interlocking gravel which while not ideal does offer a firm enough base for most wheelchair users.

The path along the woodland edge to the pond and seating/barbeque area has a plastic mesh through which grass has been grown to facilitate wheelchair access. Table, chairs, a fire bowl and a double hammock will help you make the most of the garden.

 Local Area

If you wish to walk a little further along the River Sow, public footpaths lead to Jacksons Marsh with its board walks maintained by the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. If you are lucky you may spot kingfishers or otters. Continuing the walk for a couple of miles leads to the beautiful lake of Copmere and the nearest pub, The Star, a traditional inn serving excellent food and drink. Returning you can visit Jacksons coppice a real treasure on a hillside just a couple of hundred metres from Brook House. In late spring the bluebells are breath taking. It is also the site of one of the largest badger colonies in Staffordshire.

Alternatively follow the Terence trail, a circular walk that takes around 2-3 hours, mainly on footpaths and very minor roads. Maps are on the information table upstairs.

Follow the steep road to the top of the sandstone gorge and Bishops Offley (200metres) and you will see a triangle of grass with a signpost and village notices. The village Millennium Green has regular events which you will be welcome to join, barbecues’ concerts, ‘rounders’, Guy Fawkes night, treasure hunts, village walks etc. if this is of interests just keep an eye open for details.

Our neighbours at Offley Mill,  the working water mill, just 100 yards upstream mill stone ground flour.  Although there is no shop they may well sell you some flour if they are free. Another 100 yards up the road our neighbours on the left side of the gravel lane sell eggs and all kinds of meats, chicken and and sausages from the animals raised on their small holding.


For further places of interest all easily visited on day trips from Brook House please visit both Enjoy Stafford and Shropshire Tourism which tell you more about the great attractions and areas to visit during your stay.

WRITTEN DIRECTIONS

*all distances are from the M6 motorway

Satellite Navigation does find Brook House but may lead you away from the small crossroads where the house is situated. If you have found the crossroads at Offley Brook, go no further as you have found us. 


From the North
 Leave the M6 at junction 15 onto the A53 (signposted Market Drayton, Shrewsbury) after 3.7 miles at a T junction turn right onto the A51 signposted Nantwich then almost immediately left onto the A53 again signposted Shrewsbury and Market Drayton.
Continue through Baldwins gate and into Loggerheads (6.7 miles). At the mini roundabout in Loggerheads turn left onto the Newcastle Road – B5026 (signposted Eccleshall).
At 8.5 miles turn right into Fairoak Bank and at 8.8 miles left into Lodge Lane. At 10.8 miles you will have reached Offley Brook Crossroads and Brook House just over the crossroads and immediately on the left.

From the South
From J14 off M6, and Cresswell village, take the A5013 to Eccleshall . Go through the village of Great Bridgeford and at 4.4 miles, just after the Eccleshall town sign turn left onto Green lane.
At 4.7 miles go straight over the cross roads following the sign for Copmere end. Continue along this road passing the Star Inn on the left at 6.5miles at 7.1 miles turn right by the mill pond at Walk Mill.
At 7.2 miles turn left onto a single track lane. At 7.8 miles you will find a small crossroads. Brook House is immediately on the left.
In both cases the journey time from the M6 is approximately 20 minutes. 

 Woodland Cottage Holiday let 
The cottage is situated on the same side of the road as Brook House and just fifty metres away. There is a large wooden set of gates which will be open giving access to a 50 metres long gravel driveway. Turn into the driveway and you will find the cottage on the woodland edge on the right.

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