Cheswardine, Herefordshire & Shropshire Cottages
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!
The Folly is set at the end of its own level track, off the village lane.
Entrance door into kitchen.
Kitchen is smart and made of solid oak with a granite worksurface; it's very well equipped, electric hob, oven and grill, fridge with freezer compartment, slimline dishwasher and microwave. There is a dining table with four chairs.
Living Room is super cosy, with sofa, armchair, wood burning stove, TV with DVD player (plenty of DVDs to enjoy).
Bathroom with walk in shower, WC and washbasin.
Door to garden area.
The property is surrounded by an enclosed garden and field beyond. There are paved and gravelled areas. Feature well with lighting and safety grill and Hot Tub, with towels provided too!
Cedar hot tub. Sorry no pets. No smoking. No Wifi, but 4G is picked up. Babe in arms welcome. Cot and high chair supplied. Washing facilities available with owner, upon request (lives nearby).
What an outstanding location and definitely one of those places that you think - 'why have I never been here before'? Situated on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border, The Shooting Folly is about an hour and a half's drive from Birmingham and Manchester which makes it a very convenient for a good weekend away.
The property is on the edge of a small village, but a few miles from the totally gorgeous village of Cheswardine which is relatively untouched and a typical Shropshire village. There are two pubs nearby, both recommended by the owners - The Fox & Hounds is two miles away and The Wharf Tavern 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. The owner's especially recommend 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.
"Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 08 July 2017. 5 of 5 stars."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2017-07-08
"Well what can I say...this place is like no other... we had such a lovely time and in the area in general but its the folly that`s the star of the show. Its everything and more that the brochure describes... cosy ,quaint, beautiful well equipped. The hot tub is to die for. If you live in the city you will never hear perfect quiet... you will here. We have re-booked to come back in September '17 and will probably come back again after that."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2017-02-14
"We came here for a few days after our wedding for a "mini-moon". It was ridiculously cute, peaceful, and luxurious. The owners were friendly and popped in to see us and to check on the tub, but mostly they let us get on with it, which was great. It is a lovely quirky cottage - tiny but perfect for two. Just be careful not to bang your head on the low beams upstairs! Everything you could possibly need was catered for: the kitchen was brilliantly stocked with equipment, there were brollies, blankets, films... and of course the hot tub! It was so cosy and tranquil. It's really in the middle of nowhere with cows for company and fields all around. Recommend bringing plenty of food supplies - we got a breakfast hamper provided by the owners which was filled with goodies (although a little on the pricey side). There are some lovely walks in the local area too. I couldn't recommend it enough! We will be back. :-)"Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2017-01-03