THE GRAIN SILO , APRIL 2017

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We started building the glamping Silo way back in October, we bought it after buying it at an auction from a nearby farm. It’s getting quite exciting now as we have the finishing touches to do before we open in June. Phil calls them the fiddly bits!!

Dismantling it was amazing, with the help from a friends JCB to lift off the roof. Then thee were hundreds of bolts to undo, with Me on the nut side and Phil on the bolt side. You may think that was tough going, but we had them all to do again when we started to put it back together back on home ground. There were some precarious moments when undoing the roof with flapping sheets of metal waving about as we took it apart!

Phil had a small winch crane which we used to put up the the first couple of rounds of sheets, but we soon found that neither the height of the crane or our determined efforts were not going to enable us to make this a double story structure. Our first thoughts were to make two rooms joined with a door or tunnel, but the end result is a unique separate kitchen diner. It is quite quaint and works out ‘just the job’!

The interior of the silo is like a funished circular spacious hotel room with a double bed, cupboards and a large leather settee that you can curl up in. Lining the  ceiling was a work of art, Phil became a mistro, in fact genius springs to mind!! And he was determined to have a circle cut out for the skylight too!

There was a lot of painting to do after lining the walls and reclaimed windows and doors for extra light. The silo also has its own solar panel so Phil can add his quirky mood lighting…. after visiting a place which sells replica vintage car lights!!
It is located in its own private setting by a wild life pond, there will be a chimenea, (must order one) picnic table and a BBQ… or will it be a pitza oven?

 

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Address

The Acorns Smallholding

Ellesmere, Shropshire

SY12  0JX

Please call 07815072481 for more information.

Travel
Please note if you are using a sat nav it may only take you as far as English Frankton. These are instructions for those people using an in car sat nav. These are important as your sat nav will not get you to our place. It will bring you to English Frankton, which is a collection of houses and farms a mile long. There is no centre, no church or village hall,no streets or street names. When you arrive you will see a large three story house and a large farm conversion under construction.Take the road next to this farm ( it is signposted to Burlton and Shrewsbury). Go around the bends and after two or three minutes you will see free range eggs for sale on the left. We are Acorn Smallholding.
If you are arriving via the B5063 turn by the Loppington village post office. Follow the road for a mile and turn second left.(signpostedo Shrewsbury and Burlton)Go around the bends and go slow until you see free range eggs for sale on the left. We are The Acorns.
If you are arriving via the A528 turn by the Cockshutt village shop( now closed down). It is opposite the Leaking Tap pub. After the sign for English Frankton continue for quarter of a mile and turn right towards Burlton and Shrewsbury. Go around the bends and go slow until you see free range eggs for sale on the left. We are The Acorns.

Go Glamping and the Silo

From today we have increased our advertising and we can be contacted through the hopefully high profile Go Glamping site!

We are getting ready for our first visitors in the Bow Top this Easter weekend. I am having fun painting pictures on the front panels.

Phil is fitting solar panel lighting. Lots to do while waiting for the leaves to grow in the woodland!

 

Geese Eggs and goslings

We lost one laying goose to the fox in May and another died as a result of a fight. So sad, so we now have 8 geese. We failed to ring them gendar tags after we raised last years goslings. This year we only managed three goslings, but probably a blessing as we can’t keep too many and we are not good at killing them for the table!

I have blown 20 goose eggs for my latest craft project.

I have frozen them raw and made some yummy cakes too.

The Bell Tent

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The bell tent sleeps two, it has a double bed and side tables with reading lamps.

There is a small sofa and we have added a huge leather chair for you to curl up in!

Close by is the outdoor space where you have privacy to enjoy some time to chill out.Here you can swing on the double swing seat , enjoy morning coffee on the raised decking or prepare a meal in the quirky horse box retro kitchen. In the evening you can build a campfire, create a romantic atmosphere with flickering tea lights and drink a glass of wine. Enjoy the peace and quiet and watch out for shooting stars!

You may wander around the numerous woodland pathways and sit by a secluded pond. The wildlife here is abundant. Hear owls hoot and wake to a dawn chorus. You may spot a tiny blue or red damselfly or the larger beautiful green dragonfly. Guests often use our binoculars to spot bird life. Buzzards fly overhead, green finches, the robin and the wren are just a few regulars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great location to discover the beauty of Shropshire