Splendid place. With a history going back to the Crusades (1100s or so) and before. The local pub in Shirley Village, provides a reminder—Saracen's Head. Crusaders did a good bit of carnage of course. Saracens were on the receiving end—but not always. I looked for a 'Crusader's Head' pub, but was unsuccessful. ...All the English wars and conflicts—domestic, foreign and Civil War—had links with/ impact upon this locale. ...As for the B&B aspect; others in their TripAdvisor reviews have summed it up well. For my wife and I it was, regrettaqbly, only an overnight stay. Hostess Ruth Crabtree, a County lady and proper Countrywoman, gives class a good name. Really puts herself out for her guests. Lived here all her life—with a break—she is a fount of useful info and guidance. The Crabtree Home Farmhouse—which this is—was altogether a special treat. Special place and special lady. I shall hope to return for longer on a future trip.
Dr. M. Vickers,