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Newly restored 200-year-old farmhouse ‘The Fitzherbert Farmhouse’

The owners of the award-winning Fitzherbert Arms and Mainwaring Arms, Tim Bird and Mary Mclaughlin, are delighted to be adding a Staffordshire hotel to their offering with their newest venture, the Fitzherbert Farmhouse.

Having fallen in love with Staffordshire when they first took over the Fitzherbert Arms in 2016, Tim and Mary of Cheshire Cat Pubs and Bars are hoping to encourage more visitors to experience all the county has to offer.

The Fitzherbert Farmhouse, affectionately known as the ‘Fitz’ Farmhouse, is a newly restored 200-year-old farmhouse in the heart of the historical village of Swynnerton, part of the Swynnerton Estate. It is just steps from the award-winning Fitzherbert Arms pub, which has been named Staffordshire’s ‘Pub of the Year’ by Pub & Bar Magazine several years in a row.

The renovation started in the Autumn of 2023 in collaboration with the Swynnerton Estate, and included sandblasting the outside of the building to reveal the original brick, and a full restoration of the interior. The building itself has many beautiful original features, including a sweeping staircase and exposed beams.

The farmhouse contains ten bedrooms, all furnished to the highest of standards with furnishings and artwork hand-selected for each room. The bedrooms are named after fincas in Porto, paying homage to the Fitzherbert Arms’ unrivalled collection of port, for which it is widely known.

The guest entrance, located to the side of the building, opens into a welcoming reception lounge and shop area. The sound of a record player welcomes you, and there are some lovely products on sale for guests to take home with them after their stay.

The farmhouse is then divided into three distinct areas. There is the ‘Farmhouse’ which is the front part of the building, with its original tiled entranceway and stairway. This area is adorned with colourful wellies for guests to borrow on their trip, and there are two rooms leading off the entranceway on the ground floor, and two more up the stairs which have picturesque views of the cottages beyond.

To the right of the shop, through a hidden door, you’ll find the ‘Cottage’ bedrooms nestled. There are three bedrooms upstairs, and one off the reception lounge which is the largest room of the Cottage bedrooms with a fireplace and seating area.

Through a separate entrance entirely with its own plant-filled potting shed, the two ‘Port House’ bedrooms are located. The larger of the two has both a shower and roll-top bath in its generous bathroom, and is a firm favourite so far due to its quirky furnishings.

The rooms are all equipped with Nespresso machines, Tea Pigs teas, and complimentary nibbles which pay homage to the farmhouse’s association with port, and owner Tim’s Yorkshire connections.

Ensuring the establishment was both as comfortable and sustainable as possible, the luxurious eco NaturalMat mattresses were chosen for the beds, promising a great night’s sleep. When choosing toiletries for the rooms, Tim and Mary also wanted something that was great quality, sustainable, and in-keeping with the nature of the surroundings. They chose the Welsh luxury skincare brand Farmer’s, which is a small business from Hay-on-Wye producing beautifully scented small-batch products made using lavender grown on their own fields.

After a restful night’s sleep, guests are greeted with a delicious home-cooked breakfast inside the pub. With Kelly’s homemade granola to begin, and a choice of cooked options made with local ingredients, all accompanied by our own blend of coffee, it is a breakfast designed to set you up for a day exploring the Potteries.

The Farmhouse opened for bookings just a few wees ago, with one of the first independent online reviews being 10/10:

“The room was incredible! Immaculately clean, extremely classy, warm, comfortable, well equipped and in a beautiful location. The pub opposite, to which it is linked, and where breakfast is served, is one of the best we’ve ever visited. The ambience second to none, and the food was un unforgettable; delicious. The staff couldn’t do enough for us, and their welcome and service was outstanding.” guest.

The location of the farmhouse is the perfect starting point for exploring the heritage and surrounds of Staffordshire including the famous Potteries, local attractions and gardens, and of course as a destination for wonderful food and drink, too.

Tim, Mary, and their dedicated team hope to encourage more visitors to come and enjoy this wonderful site of national heritage, and hope to showcase Staffordshire as the ideal place to visit for a wonderful weekend break.

The Fitzherbert Arms, Swynnerton, NR Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 0RA

01782 796782


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