Situated in the tiny Shropshire village of Bucknell, the Baron is a pub with rooms. Nothing out of the ordinary about that, you may think. However, this year, they have created most amazing and luxurious garden rooms, elevating this establishment to something very special.
I came across them on Twitter @Baronatbucknell and spotted that they had a competition running on Facebook to win an overnight stay. Now you know I can’t resist a competition, so I entered and bingo! I was picked as the winner. Not one to let the grass grow, I booked immediately for the following week.
From the moment we checked in, we were made to feel very special. We were given a guided tour of the room and facilities (including a huge TV with Netflix, hot tub, swanky bean to cup coffee machine and….wait for it……a private wild swimming lake!). The room was tastefully decorated and had the most enormous bed, complete with top quality bedlinen and snuggly mattress. The fridge had fresh milk and chocolate (nice touch) and there were cookies laid out for us to sample. Lots of quality teas to choose from as well as the fresh coffee.
First things first, we hopped into the hot tub and gazed out over the adjoining fields, watching the sheep grazing and the rabbits darting about. We then put a toe in the wild pool and, gorgeous as it was, an English summer just doesn’t tempt me to jump in, especially as the day was cool and overcast.
For dinner, we nipped across the garden to the pub and enjoyed a tasty ribeye and a couple of drinks before heading back to our trendy lodgings to resume our nature watch.
Breakfast the next morning was again taken in the pub – lots to choose from: fresh fruit, yoghurt, full English, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.
We cheekily asked to look at the other rooms (there are three in total) and Phil, the owner was happy to oblige. Take a look at the décor. Wouldn’t you love to stay in one of these?