An es­tate of bliss in beau­ti­ful coun­try­side

KAYLEE LAS­SETER lived it up at a for­mer monastery and coun­try house on the Cheshire-Shrop­shire bor­der

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IT’S per­fectly pos­si­ble to find a beau­ti­ful coun­try­side re­treat that re­ally isn’t too far from home.

Many will visit the Lake District look­ing for that, but if you are look­ing for a change of scenery and pace you should try Comber­mere Abbey in Shrop­shire.

This re­fresh­ing coun­try es­tate is just over an hour from Manch­ester city cen­tre and is more than worth the trip.

The es­tate is per­fect for those who en­joy coun­try walks and af­ter­noon tea in the gar­den.

Comber­mere Abbey is in the coun­try­side, yes – but it’s still close to a few small towns like Audlem, Ash­ton and Nantwich, so you’ll only be a short drive from some nice restau­rants and bars.

The Abbey has ten in­di­vid­u­ally de­signed, self-cater­ing hol­i­day cot­tages on of­fer, and is nes­tled within a green and se­cure es­tate.

I would rec­om­mend a stay at Stone Lodge: it re­ally is some­thing spe­cial with its own pri­vate en­trance, car park and dam­son orchard.

The cot­tage is sur­rounded by trees and feels very pri­vate – per­fect for those look­ing for a ro­man­tic get­away. This cot­tage of­fers a spa­cious dou­ble bed­room with its own mod­ern en-suite bath­room, in­clud­ing a walk-in shower.

The up­stairs has a twin room with its own in­di­vid­ual walk-in bath­room, in­clud­ing bath tub, and is beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated.

The cot­tage also has its own cosy kitchen, spa­cious liv­ing room and din­ing room.

The hol­i­day cot­tages are fully equipped with most things you could pos­si­bly need. And while Stone Lodge is a beau­ti­ful coun­try­side re­treat, you don’t have to worry about be­ing too se­cluded from the out­side world as you’ll also have in­ter­net ac­cess.

I would def­i­nitely rec­om­mend get­ting one of the ham­pers avail­able to guests. We had the English Break­fast Ham­per, which in­cluded free range eggs, lo­cally pro­duced ba­con, sausages, toma­toes, mush­rooms, bread, but­ter, muesli, Comber­mere Abbey es­tate mar­malade and juice.

The eggs were ex­cel­lent, but noth­ing could quite match how amaz­ing the ba­con was – it’s worth get­ting the ham­per for the ba­con alone!

The food in the break­fast ham­pers is of a re­ally good qual­ity and great value for money.

You can also get your ham­per in var­i­ous sizes, suited to the num­ber of peo­ple you will be host­ing.

The coun­try­side sur­round­ings of­fer great walk­ing and cy­cling trails and there is plenty to do within a short dis­tance from the Comber­mere es­tate.

We made a day trip to Ch­ester and en­joyed walk­ing the walls. There re­ally is a great his­tory sur­round­ing th­ese walls and it is worth tak­ing the time to read the in­for­ma­tion plaques.

We also made a visit to De­lamere For­est and en­joyed a short cy­cle around the trees and beau­ti­ful green­ery.

The for­est seemed end­less and we al­most got lost a few times, but it was re­ally en­joy­able to be sur­rounded by so much na­ture and wildlife.

One of my favourite parts of this trip were the lit­tle ex­cur­sions we made into Nantwich to sam­ple some of the lo­cal food.

We vis­ited the fa­mous Snug­bury’s Ice Cream farm, and what a treat it was. If you are a fan of home-made ice cream then you ab­so­lutely must visit Snug­bury’s.

There is a wide se­lec­tion of mouth­wa­ter­ing flavours at re­ally rea­son­able prices.

The salted caramel is one of my per­sonal favourites.

We also paid a visit to Swirly Whirlys for break­fast the fol­low­ing day. The crepes are de­li­cious and the staff more than happy for you to cus­tomise should you fancy some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent from what is on the menu.

My part­ner en­joyed a ba­con and syrup crepe.

The coffee there is also great, and I’m not much of a coffee fan. If it hadn’t been break­fast I would have got­ten one of the de­li­cious and enor­mous­look­ing cakes, which were very rea­son­ably priced.

I loved the look of Swirly Whirlys on the in­side. The decor is a shabby chic style with china tea cups and saucers, aged ta­bles and chairs and an over­all rus­tic meets fem­i­nine feel.

I think what im­pressed me the most about Swirly Whirlys was that all prof­its go to char­ity and all the staff are vol­un­teers.

●● The sta­ble yard en­trance; in­side Stone Lodge; and one of the break­fast ham­pers

●● An aerial view of the walled gar­den at Comber­mere Abbey

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