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Travel: Darwin's Townhouse - Boutique Bed & Breakfast in Shrewsbury


A Festive Break At Darwin's Townhouse

For this blog post, I collaborated with Original Shrewsbury on an arranged press trip to Shrewsbury. I was tasked with exploring and experiencing the accommodation, food, drink, and sightseeing Shrewsbury has to offer its visitors and afterward, share an honest account of my weekend experience with my readers - I hope you enjoy this post and find my recommendations useful for any future trips you have planned to Shrewsbury. 

If you're not already familiar with Shrewsbury, it's a quirky town packed full of genuine one-offs, independent shops and cool cocktail bars – great for those in need of a short break in an eccentric and buzzing medieval town, nestled in the heart of the Shropshire countryside. The town center itself is packed with timber-framed black and white buildings, steep narrow streets and alleyways - there's tons to explore! 

For the duration of our stay, we were conveniently located in Darwin's Townhouse; one of Shrewsbury's newest boutique hotels in the heart of the town center. With 20 perfectly sized rooms, we were excited about our bed and breakfast experience within this charming Grade 2 listed, Georgian townhouse.

Our room was located in the main house, a beautifully appointed deluxe room with a king size bed overlooking the immaculate communal gardens behind the house. All rooms feature creature comforts and bold tributes to Charles Darwin himself (he was born in the town!), ours, in particular, featured a rustic wooden map, detailing Darwin's travels and framed pictures of parrots above our bed.

Upon arrival we were in awe, this beautiful three-story townhouse felt like a home from home. With a huge circling staircase and a homely living room full of plush sofas and a huge Christmas tree stocked with presents, I wanted to move in and stay for Christmas!

With a fireplace beautifully decorated with festive holly sprigs, warming lights and bold red stockings we immediately felt like giddy little children at Christmas time. We checked in our bags, oohed and ahhed at the room then quickly wrapped up in our warmest attire for a quick evening walk around the town to see the Christmas lights.

We spent the whole weekend pottering about the town discovering Shrewsbury tourist sights; eating fusion tapas food and drinking quirky cocktails at House of the Rising Sun & finally, curing a Sunday hangover with comfort food at The Loopy Shrew, we definitely weren't short of places to indulge!

I urge anyone visiting Shrewsbury to consider Darwin's Townhouse as your bed and breakfast of choice. Deluxe rooms range from £75-£110 per night - very reasonable for such a central location in my opinion. 

Have you visited Shrewsbury before? If so, where would you recommend to eat, drink and stay?


(*) For this post I collaborated with Original Shrewsbury on an organised press trip where all food, drink, and accommodation was provided on a complimentary basis in exchange for an honest view of my experience on my blog. All opinions expressed here are my own. (*) 

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