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The Zen

from £38 /night help Price for guests, Nights

Excellent 5/5

19 reviews

from £38 /night help Price for guests, Nights

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A tranquil haven in a busy world.

Chalet / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 2

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Chalet / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 2

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

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

Enjoy sitting in the stunning garden with a babbling brook running right under your bedroom window! A pond and waterfall host fish,newts and dragonflies which 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 ideal for a couple. The kitchen/diner is well equipped. The bedroom has a double bed with sprung mattresses and a 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 and a warm welcome!

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest railway: Gobowen 8 km
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, 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, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

The quirky 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 . Twin deluxe pocket sprung beds topped with memory foam ensure a deep and restful sleep .

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.

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 you can relax watching the sunset with a glass of wine!

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.

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 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 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 .

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 Cthere is some interesting architecture in Oswestry.

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Review 1-10 of 19

29 Oct 2013


"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!

24 Jun 2013


"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


"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!

17 Mar 2013


"Little haven"

Stayed in Zen for four days, working from 'home'. Chosen because of Wifi, it was perfect for my needs. Cute, clean and well equipped, I had everything I needed. Just wish I could have sat out in the garden but the sub zero temps outside put me off! Thanks Jan!

Thankyou for your positive comments. The Zen is probably an ideal place to find peace and quiet to work on a laptop. Shame it was too cold to sit out in the teahouse. It's groaning under 2 foot of snow now!!! Where is the Spring this year? Easter is only 5 days away!

15 Jan 2013



A lovely warm & cosy place to stay, with all that you need. (bed is fab!) Host is friendly and on hand for anything you may need, Location good and plenty of walks to do. Not to far to visit is Lake Vyrnwy which is beautiful. Nice little pub up the road with friendly locals. Will be visiting again. Kathy & Gord.

Thankyou for your kind review. We have been busy doing our yearly refresh for 2013 season. The Zen is even cosier now as we have installed larger radiators in the kitchen and bathroom this week. Just in time for the snow which is still falling and the return of our Irish guests last Thursday! Glad you enjoyed your New Year break, partying in the pub with the friendly locals and your bracing walks in what can only be described as "The great British climate",ie.gales,torrential rain and floods! I'd take my hat off to you but it's too cold! I'm also pleased that you found our new, deluxe bed nice and comfy. I got some strange looks in the shop when I was trying them out and lying on every bed for 15 minutes. I knew I had found THE ONE when I almost nodded off!!! Look forward to meeting up again, hopefully when the sun has reappeared!

8 Sep 2012


"Excellent way to relax.."

We stayed at Zen Garden during August and it was an amazing holiday. Our first day welcome was fantastic - Jan and Skip were so lovely and helped guide us to nearby amenities. The chalet itself was clean and welcoming. It was perfectly located - we could visit north Wales in no time at all and visit the nearby towns in equal measure. We spent a few days relaxing in sunshine in the garden which was a joy to chill out in. We have recommended this accommodation to all our friends and family. Will definitely be back!

Thankyou for such a lovely review. We try our best to be helpful but not intrusive. You will be glad to know that we now have a Scottish flag flying in honour of your stay!We have also made the garden shelter into a Japanese tea room. Look forward to seeing you next year for your 3 peaks challenge!

25 May 2012


"A Zen experience"

Peaceful surroundings, a delightful garden with visits from the local wildlife and a comfortable cottage. Had the best nights' sleep here in ages; maybe it was the sound of the brook running through the garden, or just the ambiance. Perfect location for exploring mid Wales and the many attractions of Shropshire. Don't miss Chirk and Powis Castles, Erddig House and the narrow boats at Chirk and Trevor. Several vintage trains also show off the beautiful Welsh countryside. Lots of lovely walks and drives all in close range (we went to the Welsh Coast one morning and we back in time for tea!) Lots of good food at local pubs - just ask your hosts, Jan and Skip . They were delightful, full of local knowledge and willing to share a chat and a laugh. They made sure we had everything we needed, including farm eggs! We left feeling relaxed but satisfied we had seen a fair sampling of what the area had to offer

Lovely review, thankyou! Our criteria has always been,"Would we be happy staying here?" It was a wonderful opportunity to show you, our Australian visitors, the true beauty of "secret Shropshire" and the Welsh borderlands. I am now considering doing guided tours of Oswestry and the locale myself! Nice to hear you appreciated all that hard work we put into making the private Oriental garden look fabulous. A labour of love methinks.The wildlife is incidental! Just for you to know, I have looked into the problem with the patchy wifi. It seems that laptops will receive it but ipods ,notebooks and phones may not. Hence your little forays around the garden! Apparently I can buy a cable to solve this problem. It is in hand. NO WORRIES MATE!

13 Feb 2012


"What a fantastic find"

This was just about the best week I have ever spent in a B&B. The setting and location was great. The Zen is a wonderful place to spend a holiday, and come back to after a day out. With the private garden the Zen suite is a gem of a find. I don't want to say too much or everyone will want to stay here and I won't get booked. Cannot wait to return next year. Jan was such a lovely lady and was so helpful, telling us the best places to visit locally and where to eat out. She has such a great sence of humor and was so welcoming I cannot recommend this place enough.

Well we like to think that we make our guests feel really welcome so I'm chuffed, thanks. Just to let you know that we no longer do B&B. We have now added a fully equipped kitchen/diner to "The Zen" , so it is now self catering.You can burn your own toast! We still provide the lovely fresh eggs, FREE, though!

Review 1-10 of 19

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