Well Spring starts here! it’s finally March and we are looking forward to a busy season meeting lots of new guests and having some familiar faces return – our favourite kinda guests! This week I have planted some lovely daffs… joining the hundreds of bulbs that will hopefully start to flower soon in the garden… This month, work has also started on the School Hall gable end whoop whoop – which has been missing since out arrival in 2015. This is part of what we are calling ‘phase 2’ (phase 1 was the recycled roof). Our aim is to get the building watertight, sandblasted and windows repaired this year ready for architects to design Master Sebastian’s future home.
This blog post is dedicated to the lovely Pat Marsh – you are a treasure. A one of a kind Angel – so thank you for starting the ball rolling or should I say the cement mixer mixing.
Well this Summer has certainly been busy at The Old School House. I have managed to land a new job starting in September, Sebby has graduated from Grennhall Nursery and is heading to big people’s school soon and the BnB has been chocker! This is wonderful news as having been open for just 1 year, we are now seeing many a repeat customer – these are our favourite sort of customer! The chickens are doing well and have fully settled in laying eggs every day. The lavender is hanging to be dried, the raspberries are fruiting gradually and the apple tree is in full bloom so this Autumn should bring a good harvest! We are off on hols soon to The New Forest, one of our favourite places. Hope everyone is having a good summer too!
So in the month of May, we made the decision to look into keeping chickens! It wasn’t long before Juliet Bravo, Jessica Fletcher and DCI Jane Tennison were coming home to roost. All 3 are totally different in character. Jane is our red headed friend – a Buff Orpington, apparently a bit of a lazy layer Staffordshire chicken farm said! She is my fave at the min! The other two are Cream Legbars which lay blue eggs! Again quite lazy layers but they all make up for it in taste I can vouch for that already! It is really lovely to be able to offer all our guests freshly laid hen eggs for breakfast! Delicious!
So after 12 months of being in business, we finally had enough profit to part fund the roof recycling! All tiles have been removed, cleaned and recycled and the old school bell hangs once more where it belongs! Next plan is to tackle the exposed gable end… for those that are not aware, our BnB business is funding this renovation project to help give my differently-abled little soldier Sebastian ground floor living accomodation and a future proof home. If you want to take a look at Sebby’s blog please do as it tells his and our journey so far…
‘Tis the season to be jolly… fa la la la laa l la la laaaaaa… Wishing all our lovely guests a happy Christmas and New Year 2017 – may it be your best year yet love from us three at The Old School House. Looking forward to next year and all the adventures it will bring…!
Over the summer we have been busy making use of garden goodies and turning them into delicious jams. Rowan berry jelly – who would have thought? Raspberry jam, strawberry jam and marmalade. Yum yum! This weeks job is to harvest our apple tree and have them pressed by the experts at Shugborough – can’t wait to taste – perks of this job! This morning we have been designing a little specials menu as a treat for our guests that stay for several nights… here are some American style blueberry pancakes…!
We have enjoyed a couple of weekends of good weather – these have enabled us to give the front of the Old School House a lick of paint to match the Dorm. We have changed the colour of the windows to a pale pistachio – think it looks lovely! Just need someone who is not afraid of heights to do the upstairs and the eaves now!
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