A former village pub has begun a new life as a B&B.
The former Buckingham Arms, in Maids Moreton, has reopened as the Meadow Bank Guest House.
Husband and wife team Emma and Steven Tysom have fully renovated the old building, with the help of Buckingham architect Rachael Wilson and builder Kevin Mortimer of JK Services in Newport Pagnell, to create a purpose-designed and built B&B.
As part of the restoration, they have refurbished the historic cast iron mileage marker outside the property, on which the raised letters misspell the name ‘Buckingahm.
With approval from the Maids Moreton Conservation Group, Maids Moreton Parish Council, Bucks County Council and Aylesbury Vale District Council, the local landmark was carefully removed and gently sanded and cleaned before being repainted and repositioned in its original spot.
It is believed the building itself, which dates back to the mid-1700s, started life as a farm cottage, before becoming a public house and inn.
It now offers two ground-floor rooms, one double and one twin, with en-suite facilities including walk-in showers, as well as their own private entrance and a private courtyard to the rear with views over open countryside.
Mrs Tysom said: “We’re really pleased with it. We’ve done the rooms really simply but good quality – what we would like when we go away.”
And she said the business has got off to a flying start.
“We opened in March and we’ve been blessed,” she said.
“We’ve had plenty of guests from the university and we’ve taken overflow from Villiers. The response has been fantastic. It’s been a really good start.
Meadow Bank still has availability over Silverstone weekend. See www.themeadowbank.co.uk