Is it an age thing? I didn’t have any ambitions to open a B&B until a couple of years ago. It all started during an especially stressful day at work where I found myself dreaming of living in a house in the country, surrounded by fields, chickens scratching around running free, maybe a sheep dog, where I would have at least three B & B rooms and would grow vegetables and become semi self sufficient. Oh and a couple of donkeys of course. I have also wanted to rescue donkeys.
That’s all it was at the time, a dream I would enter into every now and then when the going got tough, but now two and a half years on it has become a reality.
It all started with a move to Cheshire from Wales just over 18 months ago. We bought a cottage in the lovely village of Wrenbury just a stones throw from the canal. Our intention was to rent it out as we were still working in Wales and to move there when we retired but we loved it so much we didn’t want someone else to live in it so we moved in and continued to commute to Wales for our work.
Weekends were spent walking along the canals or country lanes and eating in some of the many fabulous country pubs in the area including the Dusty Miller which was conveniently directly opposite our cottage! Six months later we both knew we had made the right choice and this is where we wanted to stay. Time to put the next part of the plan into action.
In November 2017 I went on a “How to run a B&B’ 2 day course which only confirmed that this is what I really wanted to do. The next step was to find the perfect property, easier said then done let me tell you. After nine months of searching I had all but given up. I had viewed hundreds of properties, which were too small, too much renovation work, too expensive, wrong location etc. etc. Disheartened I stopped looking for a few months until I believe fate took it’s course.
Nearly every Sunday morning we would drive the six or so miles to the lovely village of Audlem and go walking along the canal and then visit the lovely Farm Made Tearooms for coffee and delicious home made cake. One Sunday en-route, roughly three miles from Audlem we passed a large bungalow for sale which caught my eye. It wasn’t your quintessential country house but it was in a lovely location, one mile from one of our favourite pubs, the Bhurtpore Inn and three miles from one of our favourite villages. When I got home I went on Right Move to check it out. Looking at the layout it was apparent with a bit of re-jigging of walls and addition of a couple of en suites, it would lend itself to a B and B perfectly, giving us three letting bedrooms and allowing us to have separate accommodation to our guests. Next step – book a viewing.
That was September 2018. The viewing confirmed that the property was perfect, our house went on the market and sold within a week, our offer was accepted on the bungalow and on the 10th January we moved in.