Local Area & Interests
As the old adage says, location location location. For easy access to amenities, entertainment, attractions and countryside, Common Farm is ideal.
The canal pubs of Fradley or the homely Royal Oak in nearby Kings Bromley mean a good meal and real ale are close at hand. If you would like somewhere to walk off your pub lunch, there are more miles of canal tow paths in Staffordshire than in any other shire county providing plenty of opportunities for you to take a leisurely stroll or a more demanding walk.
Lichfield and Staffordshire contain a wealth of wonderful sights, sounds and attractions. The Lichfield skyline is dominated by the majestic Cathedral, the only three-spired monument of its kind in the country and a fine sight as you approach the city. The cathedral has a top class choir of men and boys which sings services on most days of the week and has made many broadcasts on both national radio and TV. Orchestral and choral concerts held there are certainly worth attending. Indeed the music calendar in Staffordshire is always full. Rock concerts and firework displays take place at nearby Alton Towers and outdoor classical music is staged at Shugborough Hall. With the legendary V-festival at Stafford Park and numerous jazz and real ale festivals, there is something for everybody to enjoy.
The Tudor houses of Vicar's Close, the lakes of Stowe and Minster, and the streets of timbered buildings, have all helped to make Lichfield a popular destination for tourists. Old meets new with a recently revived shopping complex and a wide selection of good pubs, restaurants, and sandwich bars.
From a historical perspective, Staffordshire boasts many churches, castles and large country homes. Tutbury Castle, with its spectacular views, was built in the 11th Century for one of William the Conqueror's barons. Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned there on three separate occasions. It is rumoured her ghost still haunts the castle. Nearby, the Norman Tamworth castle has fifteen period rooms including a Great hall and a dungeon.
The bedrooms at Common farm are named after two of Lichfield's most famous citizens, Dr Samuel Johnson and Erasmus Darwin, both of whose lives are celebrated in museums in the city, which are open all year round.
The 18 hole Seedy Mill golf club and fitness complex, which is only a mile away from Common Farm offers some fine golf for those who would like an alternative to The Belfry.
Staffordshire is home to Cannock Chase, which contains a maze of mountain bike tracks, footpaths, bridle ways and forest tracks, making it a popular weekend venue for cyclists. It offers some of the best and most arduous mountain bike trails in the county. A new purpose built stunt track has been built complete with fast, tree-hugging descents and jumps.
Within an hour's drive from Common Farm you can be deep in the Peak District National Park. Established in 1951 and the first National Park in Britain, visitors come from across the country to experience some of the best climbing, caving, cycling and walking on offer.