We stayed here primarily because it is featured in the "Smartbox" "Unique Places to Stay" booklet. It is a family owned pub/hotel nestled in a valley just on the Welsh side of the border, near Oswestry. We were impressed by the quality of the rooms -ours was a lovely sized double, with a large ensuite and brilliant views onto sheep-filled hills on one side and the picturesque village centre on the other. The' Hand's owner, Martin De Luchi, has written a guide book of circular walks that can be enjoyed in the area, and we spent a very enjoyable few hours following his trail up hill and down dale, rabbits running across our path, yellow gorse brightening the way. In the evening we chose to eat in the pub's large restaurant – as the place is quite remote this is the only option is one wishes to imbibe! (booking is recommended -it was very busy even in February) – and we were spoilt for choice -the food is excellent, very well presented and delicious. Breakfast too was most enjoyable, and not a baked bean or tinned tomato in sight! All in all an excellent retreat for both keen walkers and those with more leisurely interests – and dogs are also welcome in some rooms. We very much hope to return and follow more of Mr De Luchi's well planned walks!