My fiancé David and I both turned 30 last week, so to celebrate we went on a mini break to the beautiful Church Stretton in Shropshire. We stayed at the Victoria House B&B which has won the Visit England Breakfast Award and quite rightly so, their French toast with cinnamon, crème fraîche and toasted banana tasted amazing!
We arrived Friday afternoon and spent our time walking around the town to familiarise ourselves with the shops and places to eat. I particularly loved wandering around Kaboodle, Rainbow’s End and Chocolate Haven. If you’re an antique collector or a foodie, there are plenty of gems to be found in the unique and specialised shops.
In the evening we went to The Bucks Head and had a delicious three course meal in the restaurant. The staff were friendly and made us feel very welcome, as did everyone else we met during the course of the weekend, it really is a lovely part of the world.
With only a few months to go until our wedding, we headed to Powis Castle the next day to re-visit the exact place where we got engaged back in 2014. Despite the flowers not being in bloom yet, the garden was still wonderful to look at and the Castle itself was as impressive as ever. Afterwards we headed to Carding Mill Valley to take in the stunning views from the top of the Long Mynd.
Before checking out of the B&B on Sunday, we walked around the Allen Coppice Woodland. You will spot all kinds of animal sculptures such as bears, otters and even a crocodile as you make your way through the trees.
Once we’d found our way out of the woods and packed up our things, we went to the 18th-century mansion Attingham Park. I was delighted to find that we were allowed to take as many photographs as we liked (providing we didn’t use flash). I really enjoyed our visit there and I’m very pleased they will be continuing their wonderful restoration work on the remaining rooms.
We could have gone home after that, but we didn’t want to leave such a beautiful place so soon. Instead we decided to go back to Carding Mill Valley for lunch and then climb to the top of the waterfall. It was getting late by that point so we reluctantly headed back, but hopefully it won’t be too long until we return!
You can see more photos on my Instagram page 🙂