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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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0771 318 9949

lorna@merebrookhouse.co.uk

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

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Weddings

Here at Mere Brook House we like to help create truly remarkable memories and we work tirelessly to ensure your big day is everything you dreamed of. Set in beautiful grounds, this Edwardian country house is wonderfully romantic at any time of year. 

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Now that our glorious Garden Room is licensed, you are able to hold your ceremony at Mere Brook House as well as your wedding breakfast. The Garden Room is a lovely bright room with views of the gardens wherever you look. 

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You and your guests have exclusive use of Mere Brook House on your wedding day and we encourage you to take over all parts of the property including the stunning gardens that extend to four acres.

Mere Brook is ideal for the more intimate and relaxed wedding. We can accommodate up to 62 guests for a formal, sit down wedding breakfast or, if you prefer a more informal buffet style, we can accommodate up to 120.

We can provide a range of canapés during a drinks reception, which can be held in the spacious hall area featuring a real log fire - ideal for the colder months - or in the light, bright Garden Room where you and your guests can spill out onto the patio, overlooking the gardens and pond. We offer a choice of starters to your guests, which are served to you at the table and then we like to provide options for the main course and sweets by bringing your guests through our country kitchen and letting them see what we have to offer. We actively encourage guests to try some of everything instead of only having one thing. However, if they only want one thing, we are always happy to pile it up!! The sweets are followed by a local and regional cheese board served in the conservatory with tea and coffee.

As farmers, we are passionate about our food and so tend to favour traditional dishes. For example; roast rib of beef, honey glazed ham, grilled salmon or vegetarian scouse, all of which are served with potatoes and seasonal vegetables. However, we are always excited to try new dishes so if you have your heart set on a particular dish, we would be more than happy to discuss this with you. Our chef, James, sources local and regional produce wherever possible including using fruit and vegetables from our own garden and even Mere Brook honey from our very own hives! 

The real joy of planning your wedding here at Mere Brook is that is completly tailor-made to your prefrences rather than offering Package 1, Package 2 and Package 3, with little room for manoeuvre!! This means that we don't have set charges as the price is entirely dependant on the final menu choices of the bride and groom... For example, we have served everything from a Lancashire hot pot to roast rib of beef to an afternoon tea for a wedding breakfast!

Giving you and your guests the option of having a taste of everything or just having a lot of one thing means that we order much more food than is the standard, recommended amount per person at events and due to that, we can even offer second helpings! This always goes down very well with any teenagers who might be attending!!

After the speeches and toast, guests can choose to relax in any of the three lounges and later join in the dancing in the Garden Room to your chosen entertainment.

In the evening, we can provide a light or more extensive buffet for your guests including any additional evening guests that you may wish to invite. For example, bacon and speciality sausages cooked on the BBQ served with fresh bread and homemade coleslaw followed by flapjack and shortbread, or, a more substantial BBQ including chicken thighs, burgers and lamb kebabs followed by crumble, cheesecake and trifle – the choice is yours! The evening buffet can be served to up to 120 guests.

For more information on event food, please visit our 'Food' page.

The Bride and Groom (overnight stay)

Lorna says, "When choosing the furniture and colours for the Balcony and Queen Bee rooms, I always had in mind that these would make wonderful bridal suites and I am thrilled that we have had several brides and grooms choose these rooms."

If you are hosting your reception elsewhere, we suggest bringing your belongings prior to the wedding where we will give you your keys, including a front door key. This means that you can arrive back at Mere Brook House whenever it is convenient for you.

Preparation for the Big Day!

Mere Brook House is a superb venue for the evening before your wedding and provides an ideal place for getting ready on your wedding day. Even if your reception is elsewhere, we are happy to host the bridal party or the grooms party, or both! We regularly provide a pre-wedding supper on the eve of the wedding for guests staying with us, along with any staying locally. On the big day the house becomes a fun but mildly chaotic place with an array of various helpers including hairdressers, makeup artists and florists, and we have become experts not only at providing flutes for Champagne and homemade cakes to keep you going, but we also have an endless supply of safety pins, plasters, nail files and needle and thread.

Accommodation

We have eight bedrooms and they currently vary from £90 per night to £130 per night for two people, including breakfast. This includes free access to homemade cakes, cheese, fruit juice and tea and coffee at all times. Free WiFi throughout the property is also available.

Testimonial

“The team at Mere Brook House hosted our wedding in September 2013. From the outset they demonstrated an invaluable and experienced understanding of our needs as customers. Their suggestions as to how to improve our ideas for the event were helpful yet unobtrusive and they never pressured us to make any changes we did not want. In this respect they showed a willingness to go the extra mile and meet all our requirements – they were particularly helpful and considerate towards our disabled guests. In essence, their warm, friendly and professional approach to business, without compromising attention to every detail, was their outstanding quality.

They proved their adaptability in meeting the precise timings required throughout the weekend long celebration, including hosting an impromptu birthday celebration on the eve of the wedding.

All food served over the weekend showed a high degree of commitment to quality and taste with the emphasis being on produce that had been sourced on the Wirral. Overnight guests were encouraged to help themselves to home-made biscuits and locally sourced cheeses from the fridges in the kitchens, which contributed to the feel of this being a celebration in a comfortable home.

It was particularly pleasing that young people were employed as part of the team and had clearly been mentored to develop their talents; they clearly were also committed to continuing the Mere Brook House ethos.

All in all the extremely high standards of the food, accommodation, and the comfort of the venue contributed to all our guest commenting with high praise on all aspects of the wedding. The whole ambience of the venue successfully recreated the atmosphere you would expect from such a celebration in your own home.” (Paul & Kate Spence (Married at MBH September 2013)

Costs

Cost is dependent on many different factors so if you wish to enquire about a wedding or particular event at Mere Brook House, please do not hesitate to get in touch so we can arrange a full viewing including seating arrangements, the grounds and the bedrooms, so you can get a real idea of what we do. We will be more than happy to answer all of your queries and questions in person or via email.

 

FULLY BOOKED FOR 2020 NOW TAKING ENQUIRIES FOR 2021 AND BEYOND!

We limit the number of weddings we hold per year to ensure every Bride & Groom has exclusivity. We are delighted to say, we have just taken our last available booking for 2020 and we are now taking enquiries for 2021 and beyond! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested... As mentioned, we have limited availability!

For more information, or to arrange a viewing, please email Lorna - lorna@merebrookhouse.co.uk

I am still amazed that every event we do here is different but also such fun. I make sure that if you are hosting an event at Mere Brook you can relax on the day knowing that we will take care of everything.

Sarah

Events Manager

Check Availability

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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The Mere Brook Bees

Last week Lorna and Donald were invited to St John Plessington School to talk to 120 pupils about beekeeping. This was part of a week long project learning about the environment. We were so pleased to have been involved and hopefully to have highlighted the importance of bees to our planet 🐝
 
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Mere Brook House have also pledged to take park in #NoMowMay. Although we have to mow the lawns to prepare for weddings, we won't be mowing the paddocks until after the end of May. This will encourage wild flower growth and provide essential nectar stores for pollinators like the Mere Brook Bees. did you know that a three acre meadow can be home to 9 million flowers producing enough nectar to support ½ million bees every day?
If you would like more information or are looking to take part in #NoMowMay please visit the No Mow May website . Check back soon to see our progress!
 
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The History of Ann Davison

ANN DAVISON 

Ann Davison was, at the age of 39, the first woman to single-handedly sail the Atlantic Ocean. She departed Plymouth, England on 18 May 1952 in a little 23 foot, wooden-hulled sloop, built in Cornwall and named Felicity Ann.

Margaret Ann Longstaff was born on the 5th of June 1914; Ann had a passion for horses and a desire for travel. In 1934 Ann got her first taste of flying and she was hooked, from then on horses took second place to her love of aeroplanes. Ann gained her aviation certificate on 5th February 1935 at Hanworth, she was one of only a handful of women in the UK to hold a commercial pilot’s licence at that time. Over the next few years Ann made a living as a professional pilot delivering mail around the UK, however her life was to change when in 1937 she answered an advert for a joy-ride pilot at Hooton airfield. There she met Frank Davison, whom she married in 1939.

Ann and Frank lived happily in a house on Rivacre Road in Eastham, until the start of World War II when the airfield had to be closed and their home was requisitioned to the RAF. The house still exists today on the perimeter of the old Hooton Aerodrome now mostly covered by Vauxhall Car Plant. 

Ann and Frank moved to a five-acre smallholding named Mere Brook House on Thornton Common Road, which Ann described as “an uninspired stucco villa, the outside belying an interior of pleasantly proportioned rooms, with an adequate range of outbuildings and a stable-yard”

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MERE BROOK HOUSE

In 1939, not long after they were married, Frank and Ann Davison moved into Mere Brook House. Frank was Running his late father’s merchanting business and had become the proud owner of two quarries in Flintshire. Very soon Ann’s energies became absorbed in the “agricultural reform” of the land surrounding the house

“There were two orchards, two minute paddocks, several small gardens for kitchen produce, soft fruit and flowers, leading off one another and enclosed by hedges. There were lawns and rose beds, a sunken garden, and a lily pool. And all in the most appalling tangle. And the land appealed to me because it was in such an awful mess” Ann said of Mere Brook House in her book “Last Voyage”

Ann stated that the years that she spent with Frank at Mere Brook House were the happiest of their lives. The couple lived off the land and the two became passionate farmers, filling the land with livestock and crops. It was during this time that Ann discovered a particular fondness for goats, starting with one goat, and ending up with a herd of 10.  

The couple embraced the rhythm of country life and worked hard to produce their own butter, cheese, preserves and pickles. In 2017 a blue plaque recognising Davison was unveiled at Mere Brook House by the Mayor, some of Anns descendants were in attendance along with members of the local community.

Unfortunately, after an unprecedentedly frosty winter which rendered the quarry inoperable, mortgage payments fell overdue and the quarry was foreclosed. The couple stayed at Mere Brook for a year, supporting themselves on the resources of the farm. This, sadly, was unsustainable for Ann and Frank and they made the tough decision to leave Mere Brook.

Upon their departure from Mere Brook House in 1944, The Davisons purchased an island farm named Inchfad off the coast of Loch Lomond in Scotland. Ann and Frank quickly set about restoring the farm to working condition. Everything was brought up by train from the Wirral, including livestock. After they succeeded, they sold the island, and set off in a converted fishing vessel, named Reliance. Ann wrote about their time on Inchfad in her autobiography, “Home is an Island”

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RELIANCE AND DEATH OF FRANK DAVISON

In 1947 Ann and Frank Davison had just purchased a 70ft ketch moored at Fleetwood Quay, named ‘Reliance’. They paid £1450 for the boat which was a wreck. The couple laboured for two years to restore it to a “seaworthy” state. In early 1949 the ship was finished. Frank had always been a keen sailor, it was him who had given Ann her first sailing lesson on Lake Windermere, and he was eager to get Reliance out to sea. Due to financial issues the boat was threatened with repossession, so the couple set sail even though the boat was not ready to go.

On the 17th of May 1949 the Reliance set sail for Havana, Cuba. Unfortunately for the couple, after setting sail with minimal fuss, not long after they left the shore, disaster struck. A storm was brewing, they struggled to keep the Reliance afloat for days while the storm raged on, neither Ann nor Frank was nearly experienced enough to keep the ship afloat. The steering seized and the couple inevitably lost control, The shipwrecking on the rocks of Portland Bill. Ann and Frank struggled against the elements with only life vests and a small life raft to keep them afloat. Hours passed and again and again the waves threw them both off the raft and into the violent waters. Each time they battled the current and fought their way back onto the raft.

Devastatingly, Frank succumbed to exposure and exhaustion. Seemingly through sheer willpower alone, Ann managed to survive the storm, and after it had passed, she scaled a 50ft cliff to safety. She had lost the love of her life and her dreams had been dashed against the rocks.

Following this incredible loss Ann penned the book “Last Voyage” 

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TRANSATLANTIC VOYAGE

For any other person, the death of their spouse in a tragic sailing accident would probably be the end of their sailing career.  This was not the case for  Ann Davison, the enormity of the tragedy somehow never dulled her adventurous spirit. “Three years later I sailed again, alone, but it was not in any spirit of defiance, or revenge, or expiation, or vindication, that I chose to return to a way of life that had barely begun before ending so disastrously. From the start, even as I climbed those cliffs, I knew I would, I had to, though at the time it would have been impossible to explain why.”

Soon after Frank's death, Ann found work in a boatyard.She released her book “Last Voyage” about her ill-fated journey on the Reliance, and her husband Frank's death. In 1952 with the profits from the sales of the book she had written, she purchased a 23-foot wooden sloop named “Felicity Ann”.  The vessel had been designed and built in Cornwall at the Cremyll Shipyard by Mashfords Brothers Ltd and had originally been built under the name “Peter Piper”, but delayed by World War II, it was not completed until 1949, when the sloop was purchased by a West Country yachtsman who commissioned her for a cruise to Norway and renamed the boat “Felicity Ann”. This gentleman, however, changed his plans and sold the boat to Ann.

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Ann set herself the challenge of a lifetime, she was to embark on a solo transatlantic journey aboard the Felicity Ann. After two years of restoring the boat and  teaching herself to sail. She departed from Plymouth. She was still relatively inexperienced but she had learned from the mistakes that had been made on her ill-fated voyage with Frank. She taught herself to navigate with a sextant and learned to accept help from people she crossed on her journey. Fishermen towed her into France, people performed work on the sloop for free, and people opened up their homes to her. In an ironic twist it was a solo voyage that finally taught her that despite being fiercely independent it was ok to rely on others. She was incredibly grateful for “the kindness that did so much to chip away the rock of cynicism.” 

She was met with many challenges, but all the while her towering resolve and strength of character helped her overcome the many hurdles she faced. Ann endured storms, difficult situations and long periods of isolation. After a number of stop-overs, she finally set off across the Atlantic on 20 November 1952. Storms pushed her off course, but she eventually made land in Dominica on 23 January 1953. She spent time recuperating before sailing up to Florida and finally arriving in New York on 23 November 1953. Ann and Felicity Ann, or “FA” as Ann fondly referred to her as, were the featured guests at the 1954 New York Boat Show to celebrate her historic achievement. Ann Davison became the first woman to single handedly sail the transatlantic ocean.

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FOLLOWING THE VOYAGE

After Anns monumental achievement, between the years of 1970-1980,  the Felicity Ann was owned by a lady named Phyliss Gottshall. Not much is known of what happened to the vessel from 1980 onwards - but in 2008 the Felicity Ann came to Haines, Alaska undergoing initial restoration, but has now been donated to the Northwest School of Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, Washington for further restoration. The original design for the Felicity Ann and three other identical hulls are from 1936. The Felicity Ann has been almost fully restored, and on 6 August 2017 the title was transferred to the Community Boat Project in Port Hadlock, WA by the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding where students and volunteers did most of the planking restoration. The boat was finished by volunteers and on May 1st 2018 made its debut on a 3 week, 8 port, voyage manned by an all female crew. Since then the boat has been on show at various locations, and the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding have been recounting Ann’s incredible story Anacortes Public Library's Maritime Series.

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After selling Felicity Ann, Ann was looking for another adventure. She set her sights on single-handedly circumnavigating eastern North America aboard a 17-foot outboard-powered cabin cruiser, unfortunately Ann had been diagnosed with cancer, but as usual she was not about to let this ruin her plans, once again defying the odds she beat cancer and set off on her last solo adventure, which she achieved! In her later years, Ann settled into retirement in Florida and passed away at the age of 78 in 1992, leaving behind the most incredible legacy, and a handful of books she had authored detailing her wondrous journeys.

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