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We do now have an online booking system but feel free to still give us a quick call, or text, so we can have a chat with you. This is to ensure your stay with us is perfect!

Whether you're attending a local wedding and need an early check in or whether you are staying for a business trip & you need an early breakfast time.

You can contact Lorna at anytime on 07713189949 or email her at lorna@merebrookhouse.co.uk for an immediate response. We look forward to speaking to you soon.

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lorna@merebrookhouse.co.uk

Mere Brook House, Thornton Common Road,
Thornton Hough, Wirral, CH630LU

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Owners

Mere Brook House is owned by Donald and Lorna Tyson. Donald was born in Barrow and moved to Blackburn when he was three years old, as his father was transferred to a new position within the civil service. From an early age, despite living in an urban environment, he demonstrated his interest in animals and crops, breeding budgerigars and bantams, as well as buying and selling potatoes.

An entrepreneur in the making, Donald would sell potatoes to the local shop, send his mother to buy some and then have her return to the shop to report on how good they were. As a teenager, much of his spare time was spent working on the family farm of a school friend, which was always a more attractive proposition than his academic studies. On leaving school, he went on to work full time on the Wilsons' farm, which was run by Mr Wilson and his nine children.

Three years later, Donald went to the Lancashire College of Agriculture to study agriculture, initially for one year, but then extending his studies to a total of four years. He gained the top award within his group. While at college, he met Lorna, a farmer’s daughter from Cheshire who was studying dairying. On completing her course, Lorna gained a position as a chemistry technician at Myerscough College.

In 1975, Donald and Lorna married. At the time, Lorna was working as a Lecturer of Agriculture and Donald as a herdsman for Myerscough College. Despite having a secure position, Donald was determined to start farming on his own and in 1978 was successful in gaining the tenancy of an 80 acre Lancashire County Council dairy farm. Over the next nine years he developed the business, increasing the herd to 90 pedigree Holstein cows, with heifer replacements home reared and 2,000 turkeys reared and hand plucked for the Christmas market. The family also expanded, with the birth of Robert in 1981, quickly followed by Christopher in 1982. By now, Lorna was a course manager at the college and made history there when she was their first employee to ever take maternity leave. In 1987, having outgrown the farm, Donald and Lorna were fortunate to gain the tenancy of the much larger Leverhulme dairy farm, on the Wirral.

Donald has continued to grow the business and currently has 300 dairy cows, rears all heifer replacements and has developed a DIY livery yard. Over the years, Lorna held many positions at the college, including Marketing Manager, Section Leader Business, Head of Department and Director. In the latter part of her career, she developed a Rural Business Centre and Rural Business Incubator, offering courses and business development services to adults and small rural businesses. In 2004 she was awarded an MBE for services to rural enterprise in the North West.

Rugby dominates the family’s life with Donald, Robert and Christopher all playing for Wirral until recently, sometimes all in the same team and trying to set up family tries! Donald has reluctantly hung up his boots, but still enjoys riding his horse Boo, while Lorna prefers to keep her feet on the ground and is an active member of a local walking group.

Mere Brook House – Recent Developments

Donald and Lorna were attracted to Mere Brook House by its impressive external features, wonderful mature gardens and its large traditional rooms. In addition, there was the bonus of the paddocks and stables that run down to the Mere Brook. Perhaps the most important feature for Donald, though, was that the fourth team pitch of the rugby club could be viewed from one of the bedroom windows!

In early 2006, Donald and Lorna decided to embark on a major refurbishment and extension project. This would allow them to share their house with others by offering high quality accommodation, with visitors able to work or relax in comfort and luxury. Initially, the main house was renovated to provide four bedrooms, but, in 2012, the former coach house and garage was extended and refurbished to provide a further four bedrooms.

We hope this gives you a flavour of not only our facilities but also our personality. We want you to have a memorable experience and feel this is “home from home” and to indulge in our endless supply of homemade cakes!

Lorna Tyson

Owner

Lorna Tyson

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We do now have an online booking system but feel free to still give us a quick call, or text, so we can have a chat with you. This is to ensure your stay with us is perfect! Whether you're attending a local wedding and need an early check in or whether you are staying for a business trip & you need an early breakfast time.

You can contact Lorna at anytime on 07713189949 or email her at lorna@merebrookhouse.co.uk for an immediate response. We look forward to speaking to you soon.

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August 2020 Staycation Offer

STAYCATION OFFER - During August we are offering all our rooms at a discount if you book to stay with us for two nights or more. We may not be able to guarantee sun, but what we can promise you is a relaxing stay in a 5* guest house set in tranquil countryside surroundings and an award-winning breakfast ! Every booking of 2 night will receive £10 off per room per night and if you book for 3 nights you will get £20 per room per night discount! If you would like to book to stay with us in August please email Lorna to secure these preferential rates. Lorna@merebrookhouse.co.uk

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Mere Brook House to reopen 4th July 2020 for Bed & Breakfast

So we are delighted that the Government announced we can open on 4th July for bed and breakfast, and of course we will be adapting to meet the specific Covid 19 guidelines when published but we wanted to show you something we are very proud of especially relating to hygiene which we have achieved for many years.Visit England carry out an annual inspection and the most recent was 17th March 2020 (what a week that was!) when we maintained our 5* Rating with a Gold Award and Breakfast Award - all aspects and areas of our facilities and service are inspected in detail (beds stripped, dust on the skirting rails and behind the beds checked for etc - just like on the TV programmes) and once again we gained the perfect score of 100% for Cleanliness of Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Dining Area and Public Areas - see the extract from the report for more details.

 

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