So I’ve just got back after 10 days camping in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park and Nolton Haven in Wales (blog on its way!), and after a week of thinking about what my first post on Festival Brides will be, I’ve decided to share with you a place that is very special to me. In fact, it’s in this quirky hidden gem where Festival Brides really first started although I hadn’t realised it yet! This is where Bob proposed and it couldn’t have been more perfect. If like me your idea of the perfect honeymoon is donning a pair of walking boots and exploring the big outdoors or relaxing with a glass of wine looking out at a stunning view then you will love this place rain or shine – trust me!

“From the moment you arrive you’ll sink into the place, drink in the details with a glass of red wine, shut the curtains and curl up together in a unique, moorishly loved space just for two.”

The Bothy, owned by the lovely Tim Dicker and Mary Wraith, is a gorgeous stone built single story barn perched on a hillside overlooking the rolling hills of the South Shropshire countryside. Completely secluded in the most romantic setting, you can’t help but be drawn towards the quirky yet relaxed atmosphere the barn creates.

The interior, all decorated by Tim and Mary, is full of character with sculptures and original artwork by Tim and his family; a dangling trapeze artist with a glass of champagne toasting you as you walk through the door; walk in shower and an amazing queen sized bed!! Your locally sourced breakfast can either be delivered to your door or served in Tim & Mary’s equally quirky home! They’ve even provided a selection of CD’s, DVD’s and books to satisfy all tastes. Every detail is taken care of but not over done at all and that’s why I loved it so much. It was special yet felt like home.

Game of cards, bottle of red wine and an amazing view – just lovely!

There’s loads to do in the area and Tim and Mary will point you in the right direction depending on what you want to do. For Bob and I it was a long walk along Offa’s Dyke, and then lots of bottles of wine and champagne!!

Our stay there couldn’t have been more perfect. Tim and Mary were the perfect hosts – attentive when needed and equally discrete. Thank you both for making us feel so welcome.

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