Quiet and Idyllic Country Retreat
Alex and Lisa
- English, School boy French.
About Alex and Lisa
We moved to this beautiful corner of Shropshire in the late summer of 2018. We now live here with Two Llamas, One Guanaco, a handful of sheep and chickens, and a cat.
Alex and Lisa purchased this Cottage in 2018
Why Alex and Lisa chose Oswestry Rural
Underhill House is a large and characterful country house with parts dating back to the late 1700's. For most of the 20th Century it functioned as the estate managers house and office for the Harlech Estate, the big local landowner for a couple of hundred years. Its been a fully functional and successful holiday letting business for 30 years now. Courtyard Cottage is the old office for the estate, and we've given it a makeover since moving in. And we're presently refurbishing the old stables adjoining, and hope to have a four bed holiday cottage available from the late summer of 2019. We prefer two days notice of a booking - but please, if you want to book at shorter notice, contact us - if we can accommodate you, we will.
What makes this Cottage unique
A beautiful isolated spot, quiet and with views to die for, yet just a short drive from all the amenities of the bustling border town of Oswestry.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Great combination of old and new with all the home comforts and facilities you could need in a lovely setting.
Owners Alex and Lisa couldn’t have been more accommodating. Freshly baked cookies on arrival and an invite for my little boy to feed the llamas in their garden. They made us feel very at home.
Hope to return again soon.
Oswestry is a quirky market town (the market is on Wednesday and Saturday) and like most markets it is struggling a bit. As far as other shopping goes we are oversubscribed with supermarkets and a new Lidl. There are two Aldi’s, a Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s, a Coop and a Marks & Spencer food hall. There is a Thai food shop and noodle bar called Tams.
The best bread is to be found in Gilham’s in Church Street and they have the best cheese. The butchers are all good but Radford’s, next door to Gilham’s is particularly expensive. Booka, the towns award winning bookshop is a definite destination with the bonus of good cake, tea & coffee. In fact, the town has a huge collection of coffee shops (matched only by the number of charity shops), most are independent and its worth avoiding Costa. Our personal favourite is Liar Liar on Albion Street. Other shopping highlights are Textile Express, where you’ll find a massive range of wonderful fabrics at a fraction of their usual price. There are two art galleries, The Cube and The Willow Gallery.
The Cambrian House Antique Centre, housed in the old Cambrian Railways engine sheds is a great place for a rummage. There are a fair number of other vintage and antique shops in town, as well as a particularly dusty old clock and militaria shop on Beatrice St. There is a spectacular saddlers shop, which also sells and repairs leather goods of all sorts, as well as the usual high street offerings. For further afield – just ask Lisa.
There are two small museums, a railway one and a town museum: both do at least what they say on the tin and if you have an interest are worth a visit.
Kinoculture, the towns independent cinema, is very civilised (perfect multiplex antidote) and is licensed so you can sit drinking beer watching the film- a massive improvement over Slush Puppies! Films change very frequently and are not all obscure art house.
There are musical events, a food festival, a literary festival and a range of events at the showground, Parkhall, throughout the year and the internet will help you find what you want.
Within half an hour we have three National Trust properties:
Chirk Castle is the closest and oldest and has good grounds and gardens. Erddig, towards Wrexham, is fascinating and has great social history. Powys Castle, outside Welshpool has glorious gardens and loads of historical interest.
The entire area is served by footpaths, canal towpaths, areas of common land and good walking. There is an Ordnance survey map in the cottage. Offa’s Dyke is to be found at the top of the hill.
DRINKING, EATING OUT AND TAKEAWAYS
Oswestry has more than its fair share of watering holes.
The best of these and in no particular order:
The Bailey Head – good beer
The Griffin – atmosphere
The Oak, best for watching football/rugby
The Fox- interesting old building
Special Occasions, Sebastian’s, Willow Street, precise and good cooking, smallish portions, slow and a little formal for our taste but shouldn’t disappoint- around £40 a person, depending on your choice of wine
The Townhouse: cutting edge for Oswestry in terms of décor and design- so a bit old hat for most other places. A nice civilised place for a drink, food is currently very good.
Wilsons wine bar, next to and owned by the Wynnstay Hotel, is reliable. As is the Wynnstay.
Leopone’s, Italian, can be good when it’s not too busy.
There are several Indian restaurants – we like Kolim Fine Dining.
Only one sitting in Chinese, the China Palace - it’s reliable
Nahling Thai on Beatrice St - we don’t much rate the food here, and the restaurant lacks atmosphere - but we haven’t tried it in six months.
There are loads of takeaways and delivery services but we’d stick with the take away from the main restaurants.
OUT of TOWN
Best of the local country pubs with food are the The Cross Keys in Selatynn, about three miles, (but Thursdays to Sundays only at time of writing) and the Hand Hotel or the West Arms in Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, about 12 miles. We have been recommended The Navigation in Maesbury. The Queens Head in Queenshead (just outside Oswestry) features and enormous menus of honest pub grub.
The nearest proper gourmet experience is Checkers in Montgomery, 20 miles.
We have a very good local brewer, The Stonehouse Brewery and they are very welcoming, have a bar and sometimes serve food. There are brewery tours.
There are lots of local taxi firms but basically, they are all the same company. You need to be aware that they do not operate 24 hours a day and it’s hard to get one after midnight on a weekday.