A SOUTH Shropshire businessman is bringing people into the area after a busy season at his holiday site near the Ludlow.

But creating a holiday resort in the heart of the countryside where Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire meet is just part of the story for Paddy Brennon.

The Bluestone site at Bleathwood is set in 19 acres of countryside and serves as both a holiday resort and training centre for young people as well as the home of Tenbury Boxing Club.

A luxury club room with a bar and restaurant has been opened after an investment of £500,000 and the facility has linked up with European coffee company Lavazza.

“In the morning I may be teaching young people bricklaying skills, at lunch time I will be making coffee and in the evening serving in the club room with campers,” said Paddy.

The club room is also being increasingly used for community activities and is also available for bookings for wedding, parties and other activities.

There are currently eight glamping pods on the site with plans for caravans in the future.

“We are bringing people into Tenbury and the Teme Valley and they are boosting the local economy by spending money in local shops, restaurants and other businesses,” said Paddy.

“It has been a busy season and we were busy over the weekend of the Ludlow Food Festival.”

Glamping is an increasingly popular holiday option in which people stay in a specially made pod. It has some similarities to camping but is done in a small wooden chalet with heaters and insulated against the cold.

The Bluestone site has been the home for the Tenbury Boxing Club for several years and is open to people ranging from those who want to box competitively to people who just want a way of getting fit and healthy.