Currently our breakdown of guests is roughly 50% hen parties, 25% 40-somethings wanting to host a birthday party but have their children with them and 25% three generations of a family getting together because none of them have a house large enough to accommodate the ever increasing, extended family!
The General Stores is very popular as it is centrally located and fairly accessible and we spend a lot of time, money, effort and thought trying to equip the house in such a way that all ages and types of guests are catered for and entertained.
The house is basically an amalgam of an old pub called The Jovial Colliers (hence the internal Edwardian casement window between the sitting room and blue twin room) which previously was a bakers (hence the bread oven in the hall).
This is linked to a medieval long hall, which was used as a village shop for many years (hence the large windows onto the street – now partially screened in to afford privacy and some noise insulation).
And finally, the Malt House Barn, which forms the final side to the courtyard and has internal access on the first floor between the Four Poster Room and The Upper Malt House Dining space. It is not necessarily the most logical layout as it is three properties joined together, but what it lacks in logic it more than makes up for in charm and character.