The Folly at Castlebridge

Near Mere, Wiltshire
Price: £500-£845 per week
Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
  • Dog friendly
  • Wood burner
  • Wi-Fi broadband
  • Non-smoking
  • Not suitable for the elderly/infirm, children or babies

What our guests say

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 accom....

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At the end of an impressive, tree-lined avenue, once the drive of a large country house, lies this enchanting folly. Built 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.

In a private setting within the grounds of the owners’ house, the Folly 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 throughout. Visitors will be intrigued and delighted by this extremely unusual hideaway, the perfect place to relax in this lovely area.


Access up lit, stone steps and pathway. Entrance into kitchen with oak fitted units and dining table. 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. Very fine, antique spiral staircase up to gallery bedroom with kingsize bed and small en suite shower room/wc.

Outside: private, paved and lawned garden areas on either side of the folly, separated from the main grounds by attractive stone walling. Views on one side across fields towards Mere. Gas barbecue.


  • Woodburning stove
  • Propane gas fired central heating
  • Wood, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels & generous welcome pack included in rent
  • Flat screen TV (Freeview) with DVD player
  • WiFi broadband
  • DAB radio with MP3/laptop connections
  • Automatic washing machine/tumble dryer
  • Worktop dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Designated, driveway parking area
  • Pubs and shops in Mere, approx 1 mile, accessible by car or on foot across the fields
  • One small, well behaved dog strictly by arrangement
  • Non-smokers only
  • Not suitable for elderly/infirm, children or babies


What our guests say

Beautiful peaceful setting

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, 13 July 2017. 5 of 5 stars.


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, 26 October 2016. 5 of 5 stars.

The Folly has a WOW factor!

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, 13 May 2016. 5 of 5 stars.
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The Fantastic Folly

The Folly is a fantastic place for a peaceful escape from everything. It is set in a beautiful peaceful location but close to many fantastic places to visit such as Stourhead which is only a short drive away and Stonehenge just over 30 minutes away. The Folly has everything you need, but if there is anything extra required the wonderful hosts are close at hand.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 29 December 2015. 5 of 5 stars.

Tiny cottage in beautiful countryside

The Folly is a lovely small getaway in beautiful countryside. Everywhere looked great with autumn colours doing their best. Very comfortable accommodation, with excellent welcome pack and well equipped cottage. Lots of dry wood supplied for the log burner. Good choice of books to browse through. Lots of places to visit nearby, including Stourhead and Bath, but lovely to come back to our temporary "home" to relax in the evenings. We would stay here again at any opportunity whatever the weather!

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 15 December 2015. 5 of 5 stars.

Thank you for the use of the beautiful Folly. We have been made to feel very welcome. The Folly has everything you need and is lovely and clean with beautiful surroundings, This is the most relaxed we have been in a long time (bed very comfy). Thank you also for the welcome pack - your jams are marmalade are delicous and the egg, bacon, milk etc was very much appreciated

Mr and Mrs Dunning, November 2015

Romantic tranquility

The Folly was everything which was promised and even more. Beautifully and stylishly furnished with generous welcome goodies and toiletries. On a cold wet day it was warm and welcoming, a perfect get away location. No need to rush around, as the sun came out, walking in the grounds, kicking up the autumn leaves and finding shiny new conkers bursting from their spiny cases was delightful. A bottle or two from Yapps winery in Mere was an additional bonus. We can recommend eating at the Bell and Crown in Zeals. We will definitely return to this secret, exclusive hideaway.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 17 October 2015. 5 of 5 stars.

Charming and delightful; the folly, the garden, the pond, 'mein hosts', Mr and Mrs Liddell and their splendid dogs, and the surrounding area - excellent on all counts. Thanks for a lovely week - we hope to return soon!

Ms Richardson, September 2015

Perfect honeymoon!

We booked this place very last minute for a 3 night stay as a short honeymoon. We wanted somewhere very quiet and relaxing to unwind after the stresses of organising our wedding. Well this place was everything we could have hoped for. Set far back from the road, surrounded by rolling hills and a beautiful pond with a waterfall. The manager had left us some champagne and smoked salmon on arrival and the fridge was stocked with breakfast items for the next day including the most wonderful homemade jams and marmalade. I liked the marrow and ginger jam so much I asked to have another jar to take home with me. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything we could need and the information packs are really useful. To be honest we needn't have brought anything but clothes with us because everything you need is there at the folly. If you need any food there is a short drive to mere where there's a co-op and pubs, restaurants, cafés and takeaways.

I would recommend a 20 minute drive to Shaftesbury. We found a lovely artisan cheese shop there, a good bakers and a proper butcher as well as loads of shops and restaurants. It's a great location for sightseeing as it's within an hour of Cheddar gorge or Stonehenge or Bath. I would recommend this to any couple looking for a romantic getaway. So beautiful, the photos don't do it justice.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 11 August 2015. 5 of 5 stars.

A fabulous holiday in an exquisite cottage. Ideally located for exploring Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset. Kind, thoughtful and generous hospitality coupled with a thorough knowledge of the area made our stay even better!

Mr and Mrs Chapman, August 2015

Folly de grandeur

We had a wonderfully relaxing time at this very stylish and comfortable property with enchanting gardens. The Folly was great fun and the local villages and countryside around it as good as anywhere we have been in England. A well equipped kitchen and charming hosts added to our enjoyment and we hope to return soon. Thoroughly recommended.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 08 July 2015. 5 of 5 stars.

Fascinating, quirky, made into a beautifully comfortable and sophisticated gem! Gorgeous countryside and villages - charming hosts, thoroughly enjoyed it.

Mr & Mrs Jeffries, July 2015

Great place to stay

We found The Folly very comfortable and well equipped and with the best welcome pack we've ever had. The owner,who lives nearby, is very friendly and helpful but not intrusive and has gone to a lot of trouble to make The Folly the perfect place to stay. It is ideally located for visiting nearby places of interest such as Bath, Wells, Glastonbury and the many stately homes in the area. Highly recommended.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 23 May 2015. 5 of 5 stars.

Everything we could have wished for and more!

The Folly was everything which we could have wished for and more. Sad to be leaving today as I could spend an infinite amount of time here. The Folly is beautiful, such attention to detail. The welcome was lovely from the people and the dogs! Our dog will not be happy once back in London. Thank you so much for the perfect retreat. We'll be back.

Kiran Hungin, February 2015.

Still talking about the Folly one month on....

This place is a total home from home. We felt very privileged to stay here for a week over Christmas. The owners went out of their way to welcome us and to give us any help that we needed. It is unique, beautifully decorated, is very well stocked, and totally peaceful. If you are lucky enough to find this Folly available, I'd recommend you to grab it with both hands!!

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 2 January 2015. 5 of 5 stars.

We have had a lovely, peaceful week at the folly and are so pleased to have found such a great hideaway. Thank you for all the thought and care you have put into this project.

Mr & Mrs Smith, October 2014


We stayed at the Folly for a week - I only wish it could have been longer! A great deal of time and effort has gone into the accommodation, which is first class. The surroundings were beautiful - I only wish my gardens were as well kept. Nothing was too much for the owners, who were always on hand to offer advice on restaurants and places to visit. We will definitely be back.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, August 26 2014. 5 of 5 stars.

Thank you for sharing your accommodation, the quiet and beauty of your garden, the luxury of your well-provided folly with flowers and delicious jams. We enjoyed the arcadian landscape and your rich history to explore.

Mr & Mrs Hettinga, June 2014

What a wonderful, peaceful, beautiful place. Lovely people, brilliant home-made jam. Attention to detail was first class.

Mr& Mrs Bedford-Clark, June 2014

We feel thankful to have had the opportunity to spend time in this unique and peaceful folly. The generous breakfast supplies were much enjoyed. The views from the folly are lovely.

Mr & Mrs Saker, May 2014

A unique and very beautiful hideaway. The owners have carried out a very sympathetic restoration and we were very lucky to be able to share it. Lacking for nothing with a superb location.

Mr & Mrs Bestall, April 2014
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