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COCKFORD HALL, A VERY SPECIAL PLACE TO STAY
By Pam Hobbs
Clun, Shropshire: Talk around the breakfast
table is of bathrooms. Theirs against ours.
The diplomat and his wife boast French doors
opening to a private bridge that lead to a
wooded trail. We have an anatomically correct
pig leaping into a pond. The serving platter
arrives loaded with crisp sausages and bacon,
black pudding, fried bread, eggs and
tomatoes. Juice is freshly squeezed, home-baked muffins delivered in a birch-bark
basket from Canada. Bathrooms are forgotten
momentarily as we stoke up for a day's
walking in the magical hills of Shropshire.
But it took more than extraordinary
bathrooms and power breakfasts to win
Cockford Hall's coveted "two crowns deluxe"
from the English Tourist Board, and a glowing
report in the latest "Special Places to Stay
in Britain Guide". It's the whole delightful
package: a historic stone farmhouse lovingly
converted to a B & B by one of London's most
respected interior designers, the wonderfully
lush farmlands all around, the quiet, and the
extra touches owners Burkhard Stemman and
Roger Wren provide.