The garden has been coming to life – it has been a pleasure to watch the apple blossom, clematis flower and the roses and peonies to show their faces! We just need some more sunshine now Mr Weatherman so we can enjoy the garden some more over coming months. Looking forward to the rest of the summer, especially the school holidays!
Welcome to our blog and welcome to the Old School House at Ellenhall in the rolling Staffordshire countryside (near to Eccleshall)! This blog will tell the story of our home regeneration project on a shoestring!
Myself, my husband Steve and super son Sebastian recently purchased this ‘wildcard’ of a property. The aim being to convert the derelict school (on the left of the piccy) into ground floor accommodation for my son who is differently-abled! We have no planning permissions and no budget at all to convert this but we have time (5-10 years) whilst Sebby is little… so we need to think outside the box! We have plans to use the annex in the garden as a holiday let/BnB/rent-a-room and any profit will be put towards the redevelopment of this beautiful building.
Please feel free to visit my son’s blog to find out more about his rare chromosome condition (1p36 deletion syndrome) and why we are attempting this project in the first place!!
More Background history…
We recently come into contact with some old pics of The Old School House and surrounding farm buildings. Take a look at some old photography… it has changed a lot since these were taken though!
1967 – here you can see the village hall that used to be attached to the School hall. Looks like the garden was used for allotments, possibly fr the neighbouring houses at the time. The barn on the left of the image has now been renovated by our lovely neighbours. A tractor, like the one in the photograph, rides past every day…!
The photo below shows the whole village (population 144 ish) which appears to be split in half. In the forefront of the image we have the Old School House opposite St Mary’s Church and the vicarage and next to The estate House and Manor House. In the distance you can make out Ellenhall Farm, other farms and The Estate Houses. Set in beautiful Staffordshire countryside we are just 2.5 miles from the town of Eccleshall.
Any comments at all would be most welcome,
Imogen, Steve and Sebastian Adams xxx