We get artists coming to sketch and paint in the grounds and beyond; we get a lot of families using it as a base to visit local tourist attractions; we get groups of people that are attending local weddings or functions; and we get a lot of people attending equine events at Somerford Park Farm; people from abroad that have relatives in the local area book it to use as their base for visits.
We also make sure that for families, we cater for all age groups - we know what it's like to take a sulky teenager somewhere where they can't get internet access, so we provide a Wii with games, and a dongle, which also allows poor parents that still have to check into the office to access emails etc.
We have high chair, cot and sterilizing equipment for the little ones, and games and toys to play with. There is also a trampoline for the children, although we do insist on proper adult supervision whilst bouncing! We provide free range eggs - when the hens are laying! Buff Orpingtons are a rare breed for a reason and whilst we love them, they aren't the best layers in the world - but their eggs are gorgeous so we enjoy them when we can get them!
Being close to the Peak District and Macclesfield Forest is also great for the Outdoorsy Folk! I used Shuttlingsloe for my training when I was doing the climb up Ben Nevis for Macmillan this year. The views at the top are breathtaking and it's such a lovely walk - even the kids love that one!
We have been so lucky to have welcomed some really lovely people in the last 2 years, some of which have been back two and three times. Horseshoe Cottage works it's magic to de-stress and unwind, and we would love you to try it for yourselves!