Looking for bespoke accommodation in the Cheshire countryside? Situated in Knutsford, Cheshire, this working farm will be exactly what you’re looking for!
A few weeks ago I was treated to a two-night stay as part of my birthday present at The Tens at Owen House Farm. We’d arrived late after a birthday meal. As we approached the wedding barn entrance and parked up, Richard approached us with a warm smile and welcomed us to The Tens, escorting is to our room.
During our stay, he was on hand with helpful advice on where to eat and nearby ‘things to do’. He was also available throughout our stay with any helpful advice via text message and in person as he was always around. His wife Caroline was also incredibly helpful as I’m sure the rest of the Owen family would have been if we’d of met them too, as this is a family run business.
In 2013, the Owen family diversified the farm and outbuildings. The farm is still a working farm with many animals and fields being tended to daily. The Owen family decided to expand on the farm and create a bespoke wedding venue that the two daughters now run with the help of their husbands. On the day of our departure, Caroline talked us through the Owen House Farm history and explained how they enjoyed both the design and project aspect of creating The Tens, The Wedding Barn, Bridal Cabin, and newly developed ‘Chicken Coops’.
In total, they offer 18 rooms for accommodation, The Tens makes up 10 rooms with eight double and two family rooms. Each space has a unique design.
Our room was called No 47. This was because all the rooms have a ‘spirits’ theme and our room was designed to pay homage to the dry gin brand Monkey 47. All rooms have the same specifications and furnished with Graham and Green or Rockett St George. The rooms felt luxurious and personal and were creatively decorated. We expected good things from their 5 star reviews and were not disappointed. “The bathroom is stunning. The whole room is absolutely stunning,” said my boyfriend.
Cloud 9 hairdryer (yes, I said Cloud 9!)
Flat screen TV (close enough to snuggle in bed with)
Nespresso Machine (unfortunately, neither of us drink coffee but we both appreciate it as an art and this for coffee lovers!)
Tea making facilities (a glass kettle, mugs and tray. Two yummy packets of biscuits, a selection of Twinings teas, brown and white sugar and LOTS OF MILK)
Trust me, their Villeroy and Boch designed bathrooms are even fancier in person. I was glad to see they offered a walk-in shower, and I can say the power shower stayed hot for the whole time I was in the shower! It was an ideal bathroom size, everything was very clean and nothing was chipped, loose or faulty.
I sent Owen House Farm a text message a week before our arrival letting them know I was a vegetarian. I think it’s only polite to give your accommodation an advance on your dietary requirements. I wasn’t sure what they would offer with COVID but to my delight, and situated in the breakfast barn- were a range of cereals, jugs of cow’s milk and a milk alternative, a variety of fruit and yoghurts and boiled eggs and a toast and tea/coffee making facility. Here’s my favourite bit…they leave a bacon or veggie sausage bap in a heated cabinet. You simply slide the door and look for your room name and there should be a bag each. I thought this was a good alternative to a buffet cooked breakfast.
My boyfriend wanted me to mention that the bacon was very thick and said it was good, thick-cut bacon which is hard to find and would have been expensive. He’s a massive foodie and really appreciated the quality of food (so did I! And the variety too!).
The wedding barn
Refurbished antique Massey Fergusons peppered the farm detailing the history. Alongside modern versions working on the nearby fields, added a balance to the industrial farmhouse style that weaves into Owen House Farm.
On the day of our departure, we booked a walk around The Wedding Barn with Caroline. She greeted us inside the barn and was very helpful with any questions we had and what they offer as a wedding venue. The inside of the barn was adorned with I am a massive fan of oak beams and the barn had plenty of them! With a large space that had lots of hidden doors, including a bar and secret breakout room, a ceremony room, bridal and groom sheds complete with bathrooms, and makeup and hair stations. We really liked how much detail they’d gone into decorating the rooms and what they can provide for their weddings.
Situated in Knutsford, Cheshire, The Tens at Owen House Farm is a wonderful choice of accommodation for short and longer stays. It is close to Manchester Airport without the disturbance of planes ruining your sleep. Mobberley is a lovely little village with places to eat like The Barnshaw Smithy just a few minutes walk away. I would make a reservation though as it can get quite busy with local cyclists. The value for money is worth paying for if you’re after a plentiful breakfast and quality furnishings nestled in the country.