This peaceful backwater has a rich history and diverse wildlife. Retreating Ice Age glaciers left behind a series of pools, or meres, which now provide a watery habitat for a miscellany of kingfishers, herons, grebes, coots and moorhens. A web of barely-used lanes lead us into the Ceiriog Valley; along the Llangollen and Shropshire Union canals; to the meres at Colemere, Whitemere and Blakemere; to Whittington Castle; and over Thomas Telford's magnificent Chirk Aqueduct.
We stay at The Grange, a Georgian mansion on the edge of the little market town of Ellesmere. This grade II listed house is a real treasure with its oak-panelled dining room, croquet lawn, turf labyrinth, and wildflower meadows. The walled garden and Victorian glass houses provide most of our organic fruit and vegetables. The Grange's relaxed country-house atmosphere makes it an ideal Beano venue. There are twin, double and single en-suite bedrooms (2 singles not en-suite). The Grange (3-diamonds B&B) is licenced to sell wine, and gets in a barrel of local Salopian Brewery real-ale specially for us.
Ace cooks provide delicious vegetarian cuisine. Home-grown organic fruit & veg, Fairtrade, and local produce are used whenever possible. You don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy a beano, lots of non-veggies keep coming back because they like our food (meat and veggie meals are available at the lunch stops).
Note: The weekend begins with dinner on Friday evening and ends after tea and cakes on Tuesday afternoon. If you want to stay over on Tuesday night, B&B can be arranged at The Grange.
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