Our home is approximately one hundred years old, semi-detached and with a country-cottage feel. The ground floor is open-plan, light and airy. The oak kitchen has many traditional features, a range cooker, dishwasher and washing machine. Off the kitchen, there is a utility area leading to a small shower room. At the other end there is a bright dining / music room leading to a play room / spare bedroom. The cosy living room has two sofas, one of which is a large corner leather sofa, and a wood burning stove, flat screen digital TV and music system. We have wi-fi and a large collection of DVD's. Upstairs there is a double bedroom and two single bedrooms. A cot can be provided. The bathroom is bright and contains a bath with a two-way mixer shower and WC. There is also a studio apartment in the grounds which contains a further double bedroom, a WC / basin, and an exercise bike for those active exchangers! We have a safe, enclosed garden with a patio area, outdoor seating, table and parasol lawn, large summer house, shed, children's play house, trampoline, slide, seesaw, hammock, barbecue etc. We also have two adult's and two children's bikes at your disposal. At the end of the garden live our friendly hens, Wendy, Wilma, Willa and Wooshie, who are very low maintenance and who will provide you with fresh eggs during your stay. They are very high-tech chickens who have their own automatic door opener, so you don't need to worry about shutting them away at night or getting up early to let them out into their run!
We are in a residential area ten minutes walk from the centre of the renowned medieval town of Ludlow, in Shropshire, described by Betjeman as 'probably the loveliest town in England'. It is famous for its beautifully preserved historical buildings, its fine Norman castle, parish church and the pretty rolling countryside that surrounds it.
Food lovers will be aware of Ludlow's reputation as a gastronomic hotspot, with its Michelin starred restaurants, its traditional pubs, its world famous food festival, its local markets and its strong tradition of top quality local produce.
The river Teme flows through the town, and there is lovely woodland, gentle hills and open countryside all within walking distance.
Our home is two minutes walk from a local shop and a post-office and five to ten minutes walk from pubs, restaurants, open air markets and large shops.
Further afield you can enjoy the larger historic towns of Hereford and Shrewsbury, both approximately twenty-five miles away. The cultural and commercial centre of Birmingham is just over an hour away, or you can get away from it all by going west into Wales, which is only a few miles away for some rugged mountain walking, or a trip to the Welsh coast, about one and a half hours drive. Walkers will also appreciate the beautiful 'Long Mynd' area of the Stretton Hills, known as 'Little Switzerland' just fifteen miles North.
We are only five minutes walk from a direct train link between Cardiff and Manchester, and there is an extensive bus network.
I am a music therapist and my husband is a music teacher, so we are looking to exchange during school holidays. We have two young children (6 and 8) and love travelling, cooking, walking, eating out and making / listening to music. I speak French and also some German.
Unfortunately our daughter has a severe cat allergy so we cannot consider any exchanges with houses that have cats - even if the cats aren't around at the time!