The Shooting Folly

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Cheswardine, Shropshire
2 + cot

Standing on its own in open farmland with long views over fields and woods, this former shooting folly has instant appeal. The building is wonderfully quirky and unusual with a crenelated mock church tower at one end, a stepped gable at the other and in between a simple, brick and timbered thatched cottage. Transformed from a ruin by its current owners back to its former glory, the cottage is a unique ‘hideaway’, perfect for walkers, honeymooners in fact anyone seeking peace and tranquillity in a remote rural environment.

Situated on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border, an hour and a half's drive from Birmingham and Manchester, it is well situated for exploring this attractive area. For walkers there is a network of public footpaths all round, the 7½ mile circuit from Cheswardine via Hales and the folly itself being mentioned in The Times article “A good walk” of 30 April 2011. The Shropshire Union canal and the Shropshire Cycleway are nearby and medieval Shrewsbury and Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage site are about half an hour each by car. The Stoke-on-Trent Potteries, walled city of Chester, Alton Towers theme park, Biddulph Grange (NT), Offa’s Dyke Path on the Welsh border and Housman’s ‘blue remembered hills’ all make an ideal day’s outing.

The owners have restored the cottage with utmost care using high quality materials and have made imaginative use of the available space to provide comfortable and attractive rooms full of unusual features.

Tourism & Leisure Awards.

The Shooting Folly has been graded 4 Stars by Visit England and was deservedly 'runner-up' in the Shropshire Star Tourism & Leisure awards 2013 (self-catering category).

Articles about The Shooting Folly.

The Shooting Folly was featured in The Guardian "Valentine's escapes" article of 26 January 2013, in The Guardian travel series "Cool Cottages in the UK" in Britain magazine's June 2013 article, "Fabulous Follies and in The Sunday Mirror, 13 September 2014." (see Useful Links)

What our guests say

Everything We Wanted!

We needed to get away and disconnect. The Shooting Folly was a perfect place for this. Peace and quiet all around us, a wood burning stove and a hot tub! Who could ask for more?!? The surrounding area is beautiful with lots of areas to hike. We had such a wonderful time we're already planning another visit.

Guests' review on TripAdvisor, 10 December 2014. 5 of 5 stars.

Absolutely Perfect!

We stayed here for Easter and really didn't want to leave. The thought that has gone into every part of the Folly is evident everywhere. Small but perfectly formed, everything has been thought of. It is comfortable, well equipped and the perfect place to get away from it all. The addition of the hot tub is excellent and a perfect place to enjoy the peace and quiet. If you want somewhere that is quirky, comfortable and the perfect escape, then you don't need to look any further than here. We will definitely be returning.

Guests' review on TripAdvisor, May 14 2014. 5 of 5 stars.

Just wanted to say thank you. The Shooting Folly was as beautiful as it looked. It was perfect for a lovely few days of peace and quiet. The owner was lovely and everything was as it looked from your description....and more. We had a lovely time and will hopefully book with you again at some point in the future. Just wanted to thank you for your help in sorting this out for me at very short notice. Really appreciate it.

Mrs Allwood, May 2014

A perfect romantic retreat - fabulous building carefully restored and a warm welcome.

Had a wonderful 4 days at the Folly - we found it to have everything we needed, the snug was perfect on a cold winter evening (and the underfloor heating meant the wood burner was a treat rather than a necessity and feet stayed warm even without slippers!) We found lots to do in the surrounding area (car needed though), the owners were very friendly and welcoming, and the farm tour was a real treat. We would thoroughly recommend a stay here.

Guests' review on TripAdvisor, December 2013. 5 of 5 stars.

Perfect way to spend our long weekend and celebrate our engagement.

Mr & Mrs Clark, November 2012

A relaxing peaceful location. It has rekindled our hobbies of sketching and writing. Beautiful countryside, beautiful folly.

Mr & Mrs Wakefield, September 2012

We have just spent a long weekend at The Shooting Folly in Shropshire. I just wanted to say how lovely the property is - warm and cosy and very, very cute. The owners made us feel very welcome (fresh eggs in a basket) and even popped in to turn up the heating when we were out! Highly recommended and an excellent addition to your properties.

Mr & Mrs Thornton, March 2012




Access along a level track to gravelled approach/parking area. Entrance door into kitchen with solid oak fitted units and granite work tops; dining area. Small, cosy sitting room with woodburner. Steps from kitchen down to passageway with double doors out to the garden. Shower room/wc. Solid wood stairs from kitchen lead directly into a dressing room under the eaves with useful clothes storage space. Low doorway ('mind your head') gives access into the double bedroom. WC with wash basin and vanity unit.

Paved and gravelled garden areas. Feature well with lighting and safety grill. 'Urban cedar' hot tub. Barbecue.


  • Woodburner
  • Underfloor heating throughout downstairs
  • Logs, electricity, bed linen and towels included in rent
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Colour TV/ DVD player
  • Slimline dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Use of washing machine in main farmhouse utility room
  • 'Urban cedar', circular hot tub
  • Owners' farm "shop" available from April to October
  • Ample parking
  • Pub & shops 3 miles
  • Sorry no pets
  • Non-smokers only

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