Meet the Team
Eagle House is owned and run by the husband and wife team, Helen and Andy. It has always been their dream to own a bed and breakfast and they are proud and privileged to be the current custodians of Eagle House.
Helen is the Eagle House head gardener! She particularly loves growing fruit and vegetables and her produce can sometimes be sampled by our guests at breakfast.
She has recently planted a variety of fruit trees and bushes in the garden and can’t wait to make jams from them for our guests to try.
Helen also enjoys going for walks in the beautiful countryside around Eccleshall, reading books and researching the history of Eagle House.
Our own “handy Andy” is a whizz at DIY, which comes in useful in such a large house. Andy studied Physics at the University of Birmingham and was an engineer for several years. He still loves nothing better than an afternoon of tinkering in his garages. Andy spends many happy hours working with wood, metal and electronics.
He is also creative in the kitchen, producing all the yummy breakfasts that we serve.
6o second Interview
What is your main Role?
Helen: Hosting our guests, showing them around and making sure they have a restful and comfortable stay.
Andy: As a small, family-run business, Helen and I have to wear many hats but my main role is preparing breakfast for our guests.
What do you love about Eagle House Bed and Breakfast?
Helen: I love the views of the garden and the surrounding countryside as well as the peace and calm of the library.
Andy: The whole house is beautiful but my favorite bit is probably the hall and the staircase. It feels very grand and sets the scene for the rest of the house.
What is the best thing about living in Eccleshall?
Helen: The charity shop! I love antiques and curios and love shopping for beautiful objects for the house.
Andy: The surrounding countryside is beautiful and Eagle House is very peaceful but, at the same time, Eccleshall has everything you need. There are lots of pubs, restaurants, shops and things to do.
What do you enjoy most about running a Bed and Breakfast?
Helen: I enjoy meeting new people and seeing their faces when they look around the house.
Andy: Working for myself and the short commute!
What are your top tips for starting a small business?
Helen: Do lots of research into all the relevant legislation and get organized with several spreadsheets.
Andy: There will probably never be a perfect time to start, there will always be a reason not to do it. Try to focus on the reasons to do it now. Do your research and have confidence in yourself.