Without any doubt The Shooting Folly is as unique a holiday home that we have ever come across.
Standing all on its own, surrounded by glorious Shropshire farmland and with long views over fields and woods, it is an unbelievably romantic bolt hole in some of the most attractive countryside in England.
Its history dates back to the 19th Century, once believed to be an old shooting lodge, the building is wonderfully quirky with a crenelated mock church tower at one end, a stepped gable at the other and in between a simple, timber thatched cottage!
In recent years the folly has been transformed (from a ruin) by its current owners back to its former glory using high quality materials, to create a very homely and unique 'hideaway' filled with period features and all mod cons you'd expect from a high quality home, including a super Cedar Hot Tub.
In our opinion the Folly is just as perfect for honeymooners as it is for walkers, in fact anyone seeking peace and tranquillity in a remote rural environment.
There is little not to love in this gem, not least that there are two pubs within a few miles too!
One bedroom: 1 x double, also access to a dressing room. 1 x ground floor bathroom with shower, basin and WC, 1 x first floor WC and basin.
Kitchen with dining area.
Living room with woodburner.
About the location
Market Drayton 5 miles, Ellesmere 27 miles, Shrewsbury 22 miles
The totally gorgeous village of Cheswardine is relatively untouched and is a typical Shropshire village. There are two pubs in the village, The Fox & Hounds and The Wharf Tavern which sits right on the canal. For walkers (and the non-walkers too!) there is a network of public footpaths all round from your front door. In particular the seven mile circuit from Cheswardine via Hales, where the folly itself is mentioned, within The Times article "A Good Walk" of 30 April 2011. As well as good walks there are also plenty of good cycle routes - and we noticed that the roads were especially quiet. 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.
Sorry infants only, no children