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Excellent 5/5 15 reviews

A tranquil haven in a busy world.

Chalet | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The Zen chalet is set in it's own , private, Oriental style garden in a corner of the owners' property. Ideal as a base from which to explore Secret Shropshire and the stunning Mid Wales borders.

Be wowed by the garden, with a brook running right under the bedroom window. Frogs and newts spawn in the pond in early spring . A sight to behold, if a little noisy! The koi will join them in May/June whilst irridescent dragonflies hover over a myriad of irises and water lilies during the summer months. Relax in the Tea- house , keeping cosy out of the wind and rain and be part of nature. Enjoy a BBQ on a sunny summer evening, surrounded by hundreds of twinkling solar lights... MAGIC!

The Eastern themed Zen is comfy and clean. The kitchen/diner is well equipped. The bedroom has a double bed with sprung mattress and memory foam top layer to ensure a great night's rest. It doubles as a sitting room with TV and free wifi. The en-suite bathroom has a shower attachment for hair washing only. Not enough headroom, sorry. Books, DVDs and games are provided for your enjoyment. There are 2 pubs in walking distance!

This area is off the beaten tourist track, just waiting to be discovered. Life here is rural, slow paced and governed by the farming calendar!

Take a leisurely stroll, locally, along canal towpaths or ancient woodland. Alternatively enjoy rock climbing and hill walking nearby. Offas and Wats Dykes are within walking distance and the views are stunning.

Vibrant market towns abound. Foodies are spoilt for choice, Historic Oswestry, Welshpool, Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Chester all abound with fresh and tasty local produce.

There are 4 local NT properties including Powis castle and Chirk nearby.

The "River in the Sky", aquaduct, recently given world heritage status, at Pontysyllte, will take your breath away.

The sight of Wales' highest waterfall at Llanrhaedr will too. Even those who are unable to make the arduous climb to the top can stand at the base and be mesmerised by the height of the falls and the thunder of the water as it cascades down the cliff through rocks and magical caves.

The busy tourist town of Llangollen, famed for it's annual International Eisteddfod in July, is a must. Enjoy a tasty, home cooked lunch , sitting on a platform over the rushing river rapids, then take a leisurely trip in a horse drawn canal boat along dreamy waterways. Alternatively, catch the steam train which takes you through the picturesque ancient woodlands , hills and valleys of Mid Wales.

Rugged Snowdonia, Betwys y Coed and the unspoilt Llyn Peninsula are a fantastic day out, as is the Italianate village of Portmerion where "The Prisoner" was filmed. Portmerion pottery is famed the world over and is still produced to this day.

Oswestry boasts one of the finest Iron Age hill forts in Britain and is reputed to be the birthplace of Guinevere, wife of King Arthur. With a rich heritage of ley lines, stone circles and pagan sites, myths and legends abound. A welcome booklet tells some of the stories of local, lost palaces, ghostly minstrels, giants and faerie folk.

Be prepared for a holiday to remember!

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Family friendly Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Completed in 2011 the cozy Zen is ideal for a romantic break, exploring the area, walking or just simply chilling .The Oriental themed, private garden comes with a summerhouse, pond and babbling brook.

Clean , comfortable and tastefully decorated . A deluxe double bed with pocket sprung memory foam mattress ensures a deep and restful sleep .Comfy seating, TV , DVD, CD player and desk, for those who wish to bring their laptops and free WIFI available.

There is a ensuite bathroom with shower attachment for hair washing only. For those who prefer a shower there is a power shower in a toilet block on our single caravan pitch, nearby.(April-October)

The kitchen/diner is , light , airy and well equipped with a full size gas cooker/oven , extractor, microwave and slow cooker . The dining table faces out onto the pretty garden and patio area where guests are welcome to use the fire pit and BBQ.(wood provided).

Secure storage for cycles/motorbikes.Hosing down facilities available.

Laundry service available at extra charge..

Games, books , local information leaflets and OS maps are available for guest use.

Further details outdoors

The private, Oriental style, Zen garden hosts several endangered species to our guest's delight.

Fall asleep listening to the owl softly hooting in the trees and wake up to the distinctive trill of the song thrush. Buzzards soar on the thermals during the daytime and the garden teems with wildlife. Goldfinches, woodpeckers, sparrowhawks and peregrine falcons are just some of our visitors. Bring your binoculars!

"Percy" ,the peacock is a regular visitor as are the rabbits and squirrels. Guests can feed the chickens and help collect the eggs .

A Tea-house provides all year shelter for reading, alfresco dining or a cigarette.

Further details

Pick up available from local bus/train station.(Gobowen)

Laundry facilities available on site at extra cost.

Guests are welcome to smoke outside. Ashtrays provided.

The Powys/Brecon Beacons region

The Welsh Marches. A land of bitter wars between the Welsh and English with castles changing hands on a regular basis. Now a land of peace and tranquility the two countries live together, mutually benefitting from the rich heritage, farmlands and unspoilt beauty of the Borderland countryside.

Secret Shropshire is a hidden gem. As yet unspoilt by touristy commercialism it sometimes seems like the land time forgot! A truly rural area. Dont be suprised if a journey that should only take 15 minutes takes half an hour when you are stuck behind a flock of sheep or a tractor on a narrow country road! Take a leisurely drive off the beaten track and crawl behind a Kamikaze pheasant or baby rabbit. Watch kestrels, hawks and buzzards on the wing and breathe in the smells of the countryside. Fresh hay, fields of golden rape, newly ploughed fields , not to mention the earthy aroma of local farms and muckspreading! Once covered by a 3 mile deep ice sheet this area has many bottomless "meres" or lakes and natural springs. Llynclys lake is a field away and houses giant pike and a ghostly castle complete with singing minstrels so it is said. Myths and legends abound including the one in which Guinevere was supposedly born at the Iron age Hill Fort in Oswestry.

Whilst Shropshire is a land of gentle rolling hills and plains, Mid Wales is a land of majestic mountains , waterfalls and lakes just waiting to be explored!

Oswestry

Oswestry showground has events every weekend throughout the summer, ranging from Ozfest music festival and Antiques fairs to Truck and Poultry Shows.

Locally there is Offas Dyke built by King Offa to protect the Welsh people.

The Hoffman Lime kiln is of interest and the view from the top of the limestone cliffs is spectacular on a clear day.

Oswestry Iron age fort is one of the best examples in the country.

Welshpool has a Woodfair every year and also has a small operating cinema which was built in Art Deco style. You can transport yourself back to that era with the tip up seats complete with brass ashtrays and usherettes!

Oswestry was the birthplace of Wilfred Owen the famous WW1 poet , Barbara Pym, the writer and was the second place in England to have a school for all children. It became a rich and thriving community from its' trade in sheep and wool. It still houses a thriving market and on a Wednesday and Friday it is good to hear both English and Welsh being spoken in the town. Although many buildings were destroyed by fire in the 18th C

there is some interesting architecture in Oswestry.

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10 Jul 2014

5/5

"GREAT FIND!"

Wonderful few days stay at The Zen! Lovely accommodation - everything you could need for a couple - and beautiful gardens! Plenty to do in the surrounding area and very friendly and helpful hosts - … More

Thankyou for taking the time to do a review and such a great one at that!
Skip and I loved having you both here and were pleased that you had such a lovely time. You certainly packed a lot in! We look forward to meeting up with you, your family or friends in the future.
PS. Your garden watering was also appreciated. After you left it didn't need it!

21 Jun 2014

5/5

"Brilliant - lovely accomodation, beautiful garden & great hosts"

We booked a short break at The Zen for a relaxing few days after reading the great reviews on TripAdvisor. We were not disappointed! Janet & Skip are very welcoming hosts, nothing was too much trouble… More

Thankyou so much for your super review. We try our best to be friendly and helpful and it makes it easier when we have guests like you two!
We've taken your suggestion regarding the railway "on board" and will put it in our advertising for those who are interested in vintage railways on the doorstep. Thanks! Hope to see you in September!

25 Mar 2014

5/5

"Excellent as usual which is why we keep coming back."

Weather was inclement, But we had a most enjoyable time just chilling. Excellent hosts who always leave you and respect your privacy. But, having send that they are always on hand for information, or … More

How nice to think that even in bad weather you still enjoy staying here! Thankyou for taking the time to review us. Hope to see you both again soon.
Jan and Skip

6 Jan 2014

5/5

"A cosy and friendly Christmas break"

I would like to thank Janet for our warm welcome to 'The Zen', from the Birthday card to the fresh eggs, there were some lovely touches that made our weekend away very special. This cabin is… More

Thankyou for your kind review. I always like to do something a bit personal, especially if it is a special occasion.
We are busy at the moment erecting a new , more luxurious patio set as my old dad fell through one of the chairs last week when he came to stay. I'm surprised they have held ME so far this summer!!!
Diolch!

7 Nov 2013

5/5

"Nice and relaxing stay"

Had a lovely couple of nights' stay at the Zen. Janet and John (the owners) were most welcoming and helpful, they should be very proud of what they've achieved and we would love to stay aga… More

Thank you for your review. It's always nice to receive feedback from our guests, especially when it's all so positive! I apologise for the delay in responding but I have only just found out how to do it!
Skip and I look forward to seeing you both again, although the garden is changing this year, as I have realised I'm getting a bit long in the tooth to keep it all looking so fabulous. Raised beds are the order of the day( though not in the ZEN garden as it would spoil the ambience). Veg patch is being laid to lawn next year I'm sorry to say.
The Zen garden has grown like wildfire this year,due to the mild winter and I'm pleased to say that the tree fern survived and has grown lots of new fronds. We may have to move the lava-rock temple as is has been taken over by the cherry tree,camellia and acers. Another job for Skip!

29 Oct 2013

4/5

"Best night sleep in months!"

We stayed in the Zen this year for three nights during a period of heavy snow. Although there was about 5 inches of snow all around, which didn't thaw whilst we were there, we stayed warm and cosy. There was everything we needed in the kitchen and bathroom and the bed was so comfy I've never slept so well. As the Zen is detached and surrounded by countryside it is really peaceful and relaxing. We have stayed twice, both times out of season and have yet to enjoy the garden. The pretty Japanese garden would be lovely to sit out in to read, have a meal and a glass of wine. We just haven't stayed yet when the weather is warm. Jan is such a great host and nothing is too much trouble. We were so impressed we've tried the Tardis as well!

Thankyou for taking the time to write a review. It always nice to have feedback and even nicer when guests return!
I apologise for the delay in responding but I've only just found out how to do it! You should know me by now!

12 Sep 2013

5/5

"Yogi's Home From Home"

Jan and Skip were the best hosts we could've wished for. We came to stay for a week with our Siberian Husky 'Yogi', Jan was worried the two of us plus dog, would be a bit too 'cosy… More

We are so glad that you all enjoyed your stay here. I admit to being slightly concerned when the "small dog" turned put to be a huge, fur ball of a husky! However I needn't have worried. As responsible owners, you had brought all that was required such as bedding and old towels. Very useful after a roll in the muddy field. So glad we provide a hose, bless him!
We're always happy to impart our knowledge of the area to our guests and to lend out our OS maps and tour guides. It works both ways though, as sometimes our visitors suprise us with tales of places they have found, that we had no idea about!
We hope to see you again next year for more giggles and alternative therapy testing!Lastly, I hope the Welsh doormat is causing amusement!

24 Jun 2013

5/5

"The holiday in the middle of a trip"

In a busy month away from Australia, our week at the Zen was a real holiday. From the Australian flag flying at the entrance to the warm welcome from the hostess and the parking instructions from her … More

Thankyou for giving us such a glowing report. Skip and I are so glad that you enjoyed your little holiday at the Zen.It was a pleasure to meet you both. I didn't realise that John and yourself were having so much fun in the bathroom! It would have been so much easier for him to have used the wetroom power shower. It's big enough to hold a party in!!! Us Brits still like our baths and unfortunately we don't have the headroom for a stand in shower in the Zen.
Thanks for leaving us "johnny Robin" the little koala momento. He sits on the shelf welcoming the guests! Might get to call when we visit Melbourne in 2015 . ( That's the plan, anyway!)

24 Jun 2013

5/5

"Welcoming, peaceful and great."

Thanks for the great, relaxing stay at the zen. Jan and Skip are brilliant with lots of local knowledge of were to go and what to see. As for the zen it is clean and welcoming, it has all you needed for a perfect stay including the fresh eggs. the garden is great to sit out in watching all the wildlife that comes and goes. had a lovely time out there in the sun. Would be a place we will return to, hopefully in the near future.

Thankyou for the lovely review. We hope our guests can make the most of their break by finding out their interests and by sharing our local knowledge. You two were easy to please. The gardens and wildlife in the Zen pond kept you well occupied, and the camera clicking!
I forgot to tell you that those stunning dragonflies' larvae will emerge next Spring, as the most curious , ugly creatures you can imagine!
The frogs have become quite cheeky. Sitting on the lily pads catching the "midgets", as Skip calls them. Hopefully we'll see you in the not too distant future for another break away from the Big Smoke!

15 Apr 2013

5/5

"Love, love, love The Zen!"

My sister and I were in the area for family buisness and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Zen. The cottage is delightful. Full of windows overlooking a beautiful garden with a brook, bridge, flowers just waiting to bloom and a meanduring path. A pitcher of daffodils greeted us as we entered. That was the first day we arrived. On the second day the snow started falling and didn't stop until 18" had covered everything. No matter, The Zen was cosy and warm. Each evening upon arriving back at the Zen we felt as if we were coming home. Jan and Skip exceeded our expectations as delightful hosts. The Zen is also ideally located. We still have further business to attend to in Wales and we hope The Zen will be available because we definitely want to come back!

Thank you for your kind comments. We were glad that you appeared to take the snow back across "The Pond" when you left. Skip and I like to think we make our guests feel welcome and we look forward to your return. Just don't bring any of those nasty tornados you get in the States with you! You can bring some Californian sunshine though! Hopefully we'll get to show you around a bit next time.Look forward to meeting up again soon!

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