Mere, Wiltshire Cottages
The Folly enjoys a private setting within the grounds of the owners' house. The accommodation is arranged over three floors with interesting, hexagonal shaped rooms. The layout and design have been carefully researched and the accommodation is stylishly decorated and furnished to a very high standard throughout. Visitors will be intrigued and delighted by this extremely unusual hideaway, the perfect place to relax in this lovely area.
The Folly is approached by stone steps and a lit pathway.
Enter into kitchen with oak fitted units and dining table. There are stairs to first floor.
Sitting room with woodburner, comfortable seating, writing table and sash windows with internal shutters affording fine views over the owners' grounds; access to exterior spiral staircase.
An elegant antique spiral staircase takes you up to a gallery bedroom with kingsize bed and small en suite shower room/wc.
Private, paved patio with gas barbecue outside front door. Exclusive use of the grounds surround ing the Folly comprising rolling lawns, mature trees, an attractive fishpond with stone seating. Guests can marvel at the view from a hill top position across to the attracive market own of Mere. The area is set apart from the from the owners lawned garden and is secluded with shrubs and stone walling.
One small, well behaved dog by arrangement. Unsuitable for infirm adults, babies or children due to spiral staircases. No smoking. Pubs and shops in Mere, 1 mile away and a 20 minutes walk across fields.
The Folly lies at the end of an impressive, tree-lined avenue, once the drive of a large country house. It is situated in an elevated position in the mid 19th century as an observation tower for the ladies of the big house to watch the Hunt over neighbouring fields below, the building has been painstakingly restored and imaginatively converted by its current owners to provide highly unusual, tranquil and interesting accommodation for two people - a very special place to stay in a beautiful setting.
On the borders of Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset and about a mile from the village of Mere (shops, pubs and a well-known wine importer), The Folly at Castlebridge is particularly well-placed for a wide variety of visitor attractions. The magnificent Palladian mansion of Stourhead (NT) and its world-famous gardens are only 2 miles away, while The Georgian city of Bath (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Salisbury and Wells with their superb cathedrals, Stonehenge, Longleat Safari Park and Cheddar Gorge and Caves are all less than an hour's drive. The South Dorset coast and the New Forest National Park are not much further. The Folly also offers superb walking (route maps provided), with “The Monarch's Way” accessible just off the driveway.
"The Folly is exactly as shown on the photographs. It is set in beautiful peaceful garden setting ideal for a relaxing holiday. We are extremely particular about our holiday accommodation and the cottage was exactly what we were looking for with everything you need and supermarkets close by. Stourhead House and Gardens are well worth a visit as is Shaftesbury and Salisbury Cathedral. Hoping to return again to The Folly."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2017-07-13
"Perfect weekend of peace, tranquility and relaxation. A place to get away from it all. Clare and Colin the owners are so welcoming , warm and friendly. Lots of great walks and lovely pubs that welcome dogs. We really enjoyed our stay at Castlebridge Folly. The Folly has been restored to the highest specification, it's warm and cosy. Would love to return in summer to take advantage of its beautiful garden and pond. Plenty of places to sit out and take in the landscape and soak up the sun's rays. Perfect for relaxation."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2016-10-26
"My husband and I stayed here for a short break. The Folly was easy to find, following the instructions given. Clare and Colin were very welcoming, they kindly supplied us with some provisions such as bacon, eggs, milk, bread, butter, fresh fruit and some delicious homemade jam. The grounds the Folly are set in are beautiful (as is the main house gardens). It is a stunning building, with patio seating supplied to sit and admire the garden. The kitchen has everything you need. The lounge has some very comfortable seating, a log burner, writing desk and some lovely art work. Here there are three windows that look over the garden and beyond to the fields and Mere in the distance. There is a spiral staircase that takes you up to the bedroom and bathroom, both tastefully decorated. The bed is very comfortable, but we found the bathroom a tad on the narrow side, the shower is good to. We had a lovely stay here. It was so peaceful, to sit and read and listen to the sheep, birds and the sound of the wind in the trees. Would highly recommend The Folly."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2016-05-13