Just over two years ago I went on my first yoga retreat – I was hooked! There was something about being away in a tranquil environment – good for the mind and the body! At supper I mentioned to the yoga instructor (and good friend Vicky) that we had a barn for conversion on the farm and the seed was sown! Two years later, Black Lion Barn is now finished!
Last week my son turned 13 and, instead of a birthday party with friends, we decided to move in to the barn for the night.
Although the barn is fitted with a yoga room with underfloor heating, my three children have also realised this is the perfect space to play table football and watch films in the comfort of colourful beanbags with their own kitchen to help themselves to drinks and snacks.
And Dan and I have realised that upstairs we can recline, relax and take in the countryside in total peace!
With stunning views in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) we are so glad we put in a gallery window to take in the scenery.
As well as a fully fitted kitchen for anyone wanting a self-catering holiday we took the opportunity to use our friend and local caterer Ed Potter to deliver us some delicious home cooked food (and amazing puddings) which we had delivered that day and heated up in the evening. My only problem now is keeping our family in our house and not move into the barn permanently!
Black Lion Barn would make a great venue for group accommodation with its six bedrooms, huge dining table and comfortable sofas. There are beautiful walks (including a 20 minute walk down country lanes to our local pub the White Horse in Pulverbatch) and on and off-road cycle trails.
There are numerous local pubs worth a visit and if shopping is your thing, our medieval town of Shrewsbury is full of boutique shops. Our local shop Shropshire’s Own is perfect for stocking up on local produce – or get a hamper delivered for your arrival.