A parlour most magical
Life at Simply HQ is full right now! We are in exam season with offspring number one and full of summer energy to get stuff done. However, last week, there was a gorgeous hiatus in the middle of the mayhem that proved truly magic.
We were invited to the official opening of The Parlour – a simply stunning shepherds hut set in a secluded corner of the Churnet Valley in North Staffordshire. As you turn off the main road you trundle down towards the Parlour with you are yet to discover….until you turn a slight left and there it is. Quietly sitting with its back to you, a vision in oak that looks down over the Churnet Valley below nestled inferno of billowing meadows.
I know we are sounding romantic but it really is that – unadulterated romance. The Shepherd hut can come in many sizes and finished but The Parlour is something to behold. Made by Blackdown Shepherds Huts, you enter up some little steps in the entire of the hut and find inside a beautifully hand made kitchen area, a frankly luxurious en suite shower room and a miniature wood burning stove. The seating area is a revelation because it is difficult to see where you might sleep….until you see a slick little mechanism that quietly lowers your complete bed complete with cubby holes for your book and another hidden window from which to peek at the surrounding countryside.
David and Tessa have worked so hard to provide a truly luxurious experience for two in a secluded spot away from their already successful holiday cottage. We were treated to a delicious home made lunch of ham tart, watercress, new potatoes and the best mint mayonnaise ever. We were transported into the peace and tranquility that guests experience with authentic commitment to local, seasonal all things nature.
We are thrilled that The Parlour are new members of the Simply Great Britain membership – purveyors of authentic independent experiences with a business that gives a monkeys about your precious weekend away.