It’s very rare that Nat and I manage to get away without the kids. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of that is down to choice, but still, it’s nice to escape as a couple every now and then. So, as it was our anniversary, we decided to take advantage and book a child-free break away. So, with a smug little skip and jump (as we dropped the kids off with their grandparents and retreated at a rate of knots), we headed to Shropshire and Offa’s Pitch for lie- ins, uninterrupted meal times and a bed that wasn’t going to be invaded by little people. Bliss.
As it was our anniversary we’d decided on a proper get-away-from-it-all break. We adore city breaks and seeing the sights but, on this occasion, that was ruled out. We also love hotels and having our every requirement and whim met by enthusiastic staff but again, on this occasion, that was also dropped from our list of potential destinations. What we wanted, above all else, was peace and tranquillity. Boy! Did We find it!
Located in the heart of the Shropshire hills, a long established AONB, and just a couple of miles from the village of Clun, is Offa’s Pitch. Sitting in its own paddock surrounded by rolling hills, babbling brooks and autumnally delightful trees, Offa’s Pitch is a romantic getaway to rival any other. What’s more, being just 200m from the Offa’s Dyke Path, we could also get plenty of quality outdoor time.
On arrival we were warmly greeted by the owner, Philip. He ran through all the basic operational instructions we’d need during the course of our stay, and finished by pointing out the complementary bottle of wine that was chilling in the fridge. If this sounds good, he’d also, prior to us arriving, got the Scandinavian wood-fired hot tub up and running should we wish to take an afternoon soak. It was a great first impression. So, after helpfully imparting to us his knowledge of the local hiking trails, Philip left us to it. We relaxed in an instant.
If the views that surround Offa’s Pitch aren’t enough, then the interior more than matches up. Beautifully designed in an open-plan style, it has everything you could possibly want. From the cosy underfloor heating to the many luxurious touches, this is somewhere that you can relax and unwind year round.
The living room area comes complete with an iPad Pro, loaded with Sky TV and Spotify, and a Bang and Olufsen portable speaker. It was a rare pleasure to be able to sit back and listen to our music for a change without having a demand for Peppa Pig thrust in our faces. Elsewhere, the very cool upcycled washing machine drum light added a multitude of colours and a relaxing ambience to our evenings, while we chose which of the supplied board games to play.
The kitchen came fully equipped with all of the necessary essentials, such as a dishwasher, oven and hob. But it was little touches, like the Lavazza coffee machine and complimentary range of pods that made our mornings just that little bit sweeter. At home, we’ll throw a hot drink down our neck in seconds in order to keep pace with the morning routine of the kids. Our stay at Offa’s Pitch moved at an altogether different pace.
The bedroom and adjacent bathroom also maintain these highest of standards. With hidden drawers in the walls to store your wears and a double width shower to soak under, every detail has been considered. At home, I just like having a single shower to myself without little intruders coming in and demanding ‘my turn!’ or, better still, bursting in to plonk themselves on the toilet. A double shower, without interruptions felt like a real treat. Furthermore, little luxuries in the shape of L’Occitane shower gel and shampoo which were provided demonstrated the level of thought and care that has gone into this awesome escape.
Outside and sheltered from view is a large decking area and Scandinavian hot tub. It’s fair to say that we made the most of this. Once up to temperature, this thing stays seriously hot! Despite it being November, we sat in it for hours every night of our stay. The fact that it was approaching midnight meant very little as we gazed up at the stars and were joined by a pair of local hooting owls to serenade us into the night. Being this deep into the rural Shropshire countryside meant very dark skies as there’s very little light pollution to spoil the atmosphere. Moreover, as Offa’s Pitch isn’t part of a larger holiday park, the only voices that we could hear were our own. Well, that and the owls.
When we finally decided that we needed a change of scenery, the Offa’s Dyke Path, and with it access to the Shropshire Way, is literally 200m up the lane. Being a self-confessed outdoors family we, of course, packed our hiking kit and again made the most of a rare outing without our beloved little people. Elsewhere, the small and quirky town of Bishop’s Castle is only 6 miles away and is well worth a visit. We had a great lunch at the Castle Hotel, which really does serve top-notch food.
I really can’t recommend Offa’s Pitch highly enough. From the incredibly friendly and helpful owners to the amazing design and décor of the place, it really is a perfect destination for a child-free luxury escape. We’ll most definitely be heading back there sometime in the not too distant future.