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THE SQUIRE FARM
The Squire Farm, Chapel Lawn, Bucknell, Shropshire SY7 0BW
Becky Sherman, The Squire Farm, Chapel Lawn, Bucknell, Shropshire. SY7 0BW
Walk in and immediately feel the peace and tranquillity it inspires. It may be unusual, but it is comfortable, spacious and is an ideal retreat from a busy life amongst the fumes and bustle of the city. Furthermore, there is a hot tub in the garden, where you can lie and soak, gazing at the nearby hills.
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Xidong Cottage is a Japanese haven with a Chinese name meaning ‘Rising Sun’; an oriental retreat in the heart of Shropshire. Sleeping two, it is the perfect setting for a romantic weekend. It is converted from an old cowshed and has a private garden terraced with local stone and featuring what was an ornamental pond, but is now a wildlife haven. There is also a luxurious hot tub (read about it here), which can be used at any time of year and from which you can see the beautiful hills and woodland surrounding the property. You enter through a cloakroom, which houses a washing machine, tumble drier and small freezer and has space for dirty boots and wet coats.
The large main room is open to the eaves and gives the feeling of space and luxury. It is decorated in a Japanese style using natural materials, particularly wood, where possible. There is a locally made, bespoke oak table and chairs and a seating platform with futons and large cushions, which arrange into whatever comfort you desire! Also, recently added lounging chairs complete your comfort. Large triple doors open out onto a small wooden deck and garden with it's hot tub. A stone stairwell leads up from the living room to a little mezzanine bedroom with a low sloping ceiling. Don't be alarmed, you won't be expected to sleep on a futon on the floor! There is a modern well equipped kitchen with an extraordinary and unique curvy green glass division wall, which hides a slightly quirky but effective ‘wet’ room.
Electric under floor heating keeps the cottage at a constant warmth and a wood burning stove can be lit to boost the evening temperatures, however please do not expect to be able to wander round in t-
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‘XIDONG' is pronounced 'zheedong'
About the hot tub:
Last year (2017) was the 10th anniversary of our hot-
The hot tub is enjoyed by all our guests and often gets a mention in the reviews. It is also a large factor in our guests’ decisions to come to stay in Xidong. It is a great boon.
Important water health issues:
A fact of life is that the water cannot be changed after every guest; there is not enough time between changes of visitor. It is therefore very important that everyone using the hot-
With the tub being outside, the water is prone to get leaves, twigs and soil brought in on people’s feet (and falling in off the trees), so the more careful you are about cleaning the debris off your feet before getting in, the better.
Being in the hot-
One of the most surprising things some of our guests do is allow their dogs in. This may seem to be a reasonable thing to do for some dog-
The chemical levels and colour and condition of the water are checked every week before new guests arrive; there is no reason why the water shouldn’t be in more or less the same state when they leave. We have had some instances when guests have taken it upon themselves to alter the setting on the bromine dispenser. This does not make the water cleaner or healthier; it just upsets the water balance and can be damaging to your health and the components of the hot-
Other things which affect the condition of the water are spilled drinks and body fluids. Obviously spilling your drink is not something you would want to do or do deliberately, but care can be taken. Body fluids are inexcusable!!!
Loved it here (again) -
Love love loved our stay in Xidong Cottage. The remote location was wonderful to get away from it all. The cottage itself is beautiful and very well equipped. The lovely welcoming touches of local milk, eggs, butter and fresh bread was so thoughtful and gratefully received. We took advantage of the private hot tub which was a perfect addition to our stay, star gazing in it at night was fantastic.