Magic Mushroom Cabin is located in the grounds of Honeymoon cottage where further accommodation is offered - the Honeymoon Cottage Garden Room (sleeps an additional 2-4 people) and a Beach Hut Summerhouse (sleeps an additional 2 people).
The 'Magic Mushroom Cabin' with its chunky log walls and wonky, grass-covered roof sits by the pond and the veg patch in Amanda’s garden, and its location just up from the house is no coincidence. It’s been Amanda’s favourite spot for years, mostly because of her Auntie Annie, who often worked among the trellises and plants, singing as she went.
First the idea was a bench, then an arbour and then an octagonal summerhouse, but none of them seemed enough. A small inheritance after Annie’s passing sparked an idea, and a carpenter friend was engaged to make “something” out of reclaimed tree trunks from the nearby Fawsley Estate. Soon, farmers passing on the nearby road would stop and offer turf or wildflowers for the roof, and the quaint space slowly took shape.
The end result is a song in itself. Amanda has kept the space simple but amazing, with rugs over the rough stone floor, bright Indian patterns on the sofa beds and lighting from strings of fairylights, bunches of lanterns and the wood-burner, although more prosaic electricity is available. The toilet cabin is just outside. Get the pizza oven going and, when you’re sitting out on the deckchairs with a hot slice of fresh pizza and a drink in your hand, take a moment, as Amanda always does, to say a quiet, “thanks Annie” for The 'Magic Mushroom Cabin' and the peaceful place it’s a part of.
Surrounded on one side by farmers' fields and on the other side by the owners’ house. You’ve got the whole garden to explore, probably a couple of minutes walk.
Between the 'Magic Mushroom Cabin' and the fields are some raised vegetable beds and a pond with plenty of dragonflies and butterflies flitting around in the summer months. There are fish in the pond which are happy to be fed and plenty of garden birds plus a pair of nesting buzzards nearby. Every year a pair of ducks make the pond their home for the brief mating season. There are also swifts that nest in Magic Mushroom's rafters. And don't forget Phil the Pheasant who wanders through the garden with his entourage of lady pheasants.
During April/May it is possible to see a pair of Egrets which fish in the stream in front of the cottage. There is also a beautiful heron which you might spot early mornings!
Living in the countryside, rabbits are plentiful and can often be seen hopping around the garden. Horse riders amble past most days. The field opposite is full of sheep.