During your course or retreat you will probably find that there is little time to explore much further afield than Ellesmere - you can walk from the house to the town (5 minutes on foot) or/and the Mere (5-10 minutes). There is an excellent Boat House cafe on the waterfront at the Mere and you can follow the path half-way around the Mere (half is in private ownership). There are other meres in the area too if you have a car - Blakemere, Colemere and Whitemere.
Ellesmere itself is a pretty market town with some lovely old houses up St John’s Hill and in various places around the town. There is also a canal wharf (next to Tesco) and marina that you can walk to. We have a very good local delicatessen, a couple of good butchers, a few second-hand and antique shops and a good ladies-wear shop up Market Street. By car, you might like to visit the local garden centre at Eastwick (towards Overton) and the nearest farm shop at the Plassey.
Oswestry is a larger market town (about 25 minutes by car) and has a market, small department store, and excellent book shop (with cafe).
However, you might like to know of other attractions in the vicinity in case you should choose to tag on to your stay with us a holiday in the area.
A few miles away is Thomas Telford’s famous Froncysyllte canal aqueduct near the lovely riverside town of Llangollen. For something a little further afield you can visit the mountains of Wales and the Welsh coast. Mount Snowdon and the lovely resort town of Llandudno are not very far away.
There are some historic houses to visit nearby as well - like Attingham and Erddig and the border castles of Powys and Chirk. The superb Ironbridge Gorge and its world heritage museums are just thirty miles away. See the links page for these and other notable places to visit from Ellesmere.