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“Stockbatch Granary - worked for family Christmas, but some of the earlier criticisms seem fair” 3 of 5 stars
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Shropshire, Shrewsbury, England   |  
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“Stockbatch Granary - worked for family Christmas, but some of the earlier criticisms seem fair”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

It's all been said in the previous reviews, but here's a - hopefully balanced - account of a Christmas week stay for 13 at Stockbatch Granary.

First impressions are that the place is quite tricky to find, and even once you're through the marked gateway, you do begin to lose confidence as you go down the potholed track (0.8 mile) that you have found the right place. OK, you're deep in the country, mud ’n’ all, but those without 4x4s may feel some concern for their tyres/suspension.

The building itself is a plain ex-agricultural structure, oddly configured. You enter via a hallway which leads to a dining room (capacious but very plain) one way and a farmhouse kitchen the other (as well as to two of the bedrooms, upstairs). From the kitchen, you access the sitting room (a large rectangular room with fireplace at one end; only that end is really of any use). This leads to the large sports hall (cold in winter, as you'd expect) and on to the main bedroom wing.

The good news is that the house worked very well for a family Christmas: there is lots of space, and the heating and hot water work very well. The beds are comfy. Cleanliness is good. Everyone had a good time. The children particularly enjoyed the sports hall.

The bad news is that there is, in my view, at least something in most of the criticisms that have been made. They all relate to a slight feeling that you're paying premium prices (heading for£5k at Christmas) for a slightly cheese-paring approach. So, for example…

• the lighting is poor pretty much throughout. Who puts in kitchens nowadays without under-cabinet lights? Six small spotlights in a large kitchen is a joke. In the sitting room, the choice of lighting is between unatmospheric (LED downlighters) or insufficient (even for people like me who like 'atmospheric' lighting). We stole lamps from the bedrooms to improvise something acceptable.

• the carpets were not quite grubby, but they were not quite clean either; the sitting room carpet was simply not of a quality likely to stand up to the sort of wear it is likely to get.

• not the slightest concession was made to Christmas; anyone spending several thousand pounds on a week's rent over the (four-week) festive season should not have to go to the fiddle of getting a tree delivered and bringing a stand and decorations. It's hassle you don't need, and can reasonably expect not to have.

• furniture is often basic. One of the best bedrooms, for example, has no wardrobe but a rail with miscellaneous tatty hangers; more squat than luxury retreat. The kitchen has insufficient seating/table space for a full house. Glasswear was rather miscellaneous (and no flutes). The oven is just about big enough to cook a Christmas lunch… but a plate-warmer would have made all the difference.

• Could firewood for a week's stay really not be included in the price?

I should emphasise that none of these points is a reason not to stay at Stockbatch Granary. They are, however, relatively simple ways in which the owners could transform this from a satisfactory venue to a really desirable one.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

We actually stayed at Windy Mundy for Christmas 2012 but I didn't write a review because a) we paid four times the cost of an average week and that was a bone of contention for me and b) I didn't really have another point of reference for a large property.

However, this year we are staying in a smaller cottage near shrewsbury and it is putting Windy Mundy to great shame. For a tenth of the price, but still sleeping 10+ we actually feel valued staying here. Windy Mundy was grubby, the furniture was falling apart, the kitchen was filthy, I had to clean everything before I used it, they refused to put up one single decoration including a tree, the toilet system blocked and to add insult to injury they had the nerve to charge us for extra firewood having already paid £4k for the week. Finally not one single person checked to see if we were okay on arrival, during or at the end of our stay.

We booked through the agency reached via the Pitchford website and they were appalling too. There are so many lovely cottages around Shropshire, please triple check before giving your money to the Scrooge of Pitchford estate.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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James N, Owner at Pitchford Estate, responded to this review, December 29, 2013
Windy Mundy Farm sleeps 16 and the pricing is set by the leading holiday cottages company in the UK. Christmas week 2012 worked out at £35 per person per night. During 2013 a brilliant new cleaning team and laundry company have started work at Windy Mundy Farm and the impact has already been welcomed by our guests. We have exciting plans for 2014 in terms of further enhancements to Windy Mundy Farm and look forward to our guests' feedback.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

A group of us all met up a the "buddymoon" of some friends who had come over from Australia. A group fluctuating from 5 to six couples and 5 children aged between 18 months and 4 years old had a fantastic time there. The children had plenty of space to roam through the property with the enclosed garden, games room and very big lounge us parents were able to relax at least a little bit!

The rooms were good, all en suite with comfy beds, and when the kids had gone to sleep there was plenty for us to do, with the bbq, dining room, basketball, table tennis and babyfoot.

I would highly recommend this property for family gatherings or group gatherings involving younger children.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

The bedding, towels and dishwasher have all been renewed in 2013 which has now made this rental very good.
With a group of mixed ages and interests there was plenty of room to spread out and do your own thing. Play barn is part of the main building which makes is easy to access and use. Kitchen well stocked with plates, cups glasses etc. Next renewal should be the cooker which was okay but not great if you love to cook, especially the hob!
Loved the dining room, could have seated 20. Great for dinner and for board games.
All bedrooms comfortable and some very spacious.
Good sized barbeque but not enough outdoor seating.
Wi-fi sluggish but we did have lots of gamers.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Windy Mundy: Fantastic accommodation, with the only small let down being that not all the rooms had their own en-suites. Stayed here for an all girls holiday, where the lack of showers (compared to the number of people) was most apparent. Otherwise I would definitely recommend.

Stockbatch Granary - again loved staying here. This time the men came along too. It did not disappoint! The only negative I would possibly say here was the dishwasher which I understand has now been replaced. The games room was very well used, although nobody ventured out to sleep in the Shepherd's Hut!

Overall both places are in a stunning location, with relatively easy access (by car) to the supermarket should you need it and ideally located for people coming from either end of the country.

We'll be back!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We stayed at the stockbatch granary with friends and had a wonderful time. Weather was kind to us and the kids loved the outdoors and play barn. The dining room was big enough for our party of 14.
Don't be put off by some of the negative reviews.
Only negatives are it could do with a few more large beer glasses and the dishwasher takes forever to complete a cycle.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

For the second year in a row we stayed on the Pitchford estate. This year we moved from Stockbatch Granary to Windy Mundy. It has the edge in terms of splendid views over the countryside.

We liked the bedrooms and well equipped kitchen but thought the dining area was a bit cramped for our party.

It was very cold when we arrived and we had to get the fire going to warm things up. Fortunately the weather warmed up the next day.

We can thoroughly recommend The Mytton and Mermaid, Chirk Castle, going for a walk on the estate and Oakapple Catering.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Shropshire, Shrewsbury, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Shropshire > Shrewsbury
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Shrewsbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The thousand acre Pitchford Estate is a dairy, sheep and arable farm with extensive woodland located six miles south of Shrewsbury in one of England's most rural counties, Shropshire. The Estate is home to Windy Mundy Farm, Stockbatch Granary and Tree House Barn, three spacious barn conversions available as holiday accommodation for groups of up to 16, 14 and 4 respectively. With stunning interiors and an idyllic location, these properties offer a country escape that we hope that you'll love as much as we do ... more   less 

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