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The Shippon

(Ref. 1051835)

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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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73 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic cottage !"

    Everything about the place is perfect, absolutely no negative points. We found the property to be perfectly clean and all fixtures and fittings were lovely. Everything you need is available and the cottage was so welcoming and cosy to provide the ideal place to relax. The owner Matt and his family were very helpful and immediately made us feel at home. Beds were comfortable and and relaxing and the quality of the bedding and towels was absolutely first class. The hot tub in the garden was ideal and well used by all our family. Fantastic weather over the full week we stayed so the picnic table in the garden was perfect for sitting in the evening sun ! The cottage is in a brilliant location with the Cheshire Oaks and Chester Zoo only minutes away. Lots of other fabulous attractions within an hour’s drive so there is something to suit all tastes I could continue for ages with superlatives but suffice to say the Shippon is the perfect place to stay and enjoy a wonderful holiday ! Thanks again to Matt for letting us stay there and best wishes for the family in future.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2024

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our second visit to The Shippon."

    It is conveniently situated for Chester and Liverpool and the facilities are excellent. .

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jun 2024

  • "First class accommodation everything that you would need with little extras lovely king size beds, ideal place to stay for sight seeing in the area."

    Thankyou to the owners for making this a wonderful place to stay

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2024

  • "Lovely property, very clean and well equipped."

    Gorgeous setting and hot tub was a bonus.

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Apr 2024

  • "We all really enjoyed our stay."

    Everything we needed was provided in the kitchen and in the rest of the cottage. Lovely, relaxing, peaceful and near to all the local places to visit. We would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Mary4.7Mar 2024

  • "Cottage absolutely perfect."

    Immaculately clean, facilities covered everything we needed and furnishings comfortable. Loved the Barn Owl watch and the location was perfect for visiting Chester. Will definitely want to come back.

    Reviewed by Jules5.0Mar 2024

  • "A great location - lovely comfortable cottage - loved the welcome basket."

    Lovely added extras - robe & slippers, lovely towels, hand wash etc... A picturesque garden and the animals were fun to watch. Amazing hot tub. We really enjoyed our week.

    Reviewed by Suzie5.0Feb 2024

  • "A beautiful cottage with everything we needed."

    It was nice to be provided with all the basic necessities as you would have at home; toiletries, spare toilet roll, bin liners, dish washer tablets to name but a few. Plus a generous welcome pack including milk, coffee, tea, biscuits and prosecco! The hot tub was very relaxing after a days sight seeing. All in all we had a very comfortable stay. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Feb 2024

  • "Had a lovely weekend staying in the Shippon."

    Great decor and layout for two couples, well equipped, lovely location, excellent hot tub and the little extras like milk, prosecco, tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits etc was a nice unexpected surprise. Loved the animal cams, being able to watch the barn owls, birds, alpaca's and goats in real time was fab! Would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Feb 2024

  • "Beautifully maintained, clean and comfortable cottage."

    Excellent location and just what we needed on this break Hot tub was amazing Thanks so much

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Dec 2023

  • "Second time we have stayed here now, this time we brought friends with us as we enjoyed the first time so much."

    The hot tub is great and the beds are really comfy. Great location for getting to Cheshire oaks and Chester. Lovely lay out in the place and plenty of activities for the kids too from board games to little toys. Would highly recommend staying here we will be back again.

    Reviewed by Jordan5.0Dec 2023

  • "This was the cleanest, most comfortable holiday cottage I have ever stayed in."

    Everything has so much thought and care put into it. I loved waking up and watching the barn owls on the wee cameras, and taking a dip in the hot tub in the evening. The welcome package was a lovely surprise. We can’t wait to return!

    Reviewed by Megan5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with everything you need even a cupboard full of games."

    It's close to Chester where there is loads to do. The welcome pack was a fab gesture with tea, coffee, hot choc, biscuits, jam, milk & prosecco

    Reviewed by Angela4.7Nov 2023

  • "The shippon was clean, comfortable and well looked after."

    The basket of things (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits, jams) was a lovely surprise and you put milk and wine in the fridge which was great after a long journey. The garden was lovely with the wooden animals telling the story from the book. The animals in the owners garden was lovely to see on the web cam and in person. The location was great for Cheshire oaks, Zoo and other places in the area. The owners of the place were very helpful and friendly. We will come again.

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Oct 2023

  • "An amazing cottage , everything you needed was supplied , lovely and warm and you can tell no expense spared on the quality of the buildings."

    Cannot fault anything. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Sep 2023

  • "Very enjoyable stay, the holiday home did exactly what it had promised, very ..."

    Very enjoyable stay, the holiday home did exactly what it had promised, very clean and tidy and enjoyed the owl cam each morning

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a great week, enjoyed the facilities including the welcome pack and bottle of Prosecco."

    The owners were great and made you feel welcome. Would return.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely stay in a beautiful property."

    Nice touches like the welcome pack really helped make the stay. Ideal location for visiting attractions like the Zoo and Chester itself. Hope to return soon and would recommend without hesitation.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely fantastic stay in The shippon."

    The welcome pack was great and the cottage was just perfect. It was clean and comfortable. The orchard was a great addition for the children. The location of the cottage was brilliant. Easy access to chester, Liverpool, cheshire oaks and the zoo. We will definitely be back. The owners were friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0Aug 2023

  • "Very well clean & maintained cottage, lovely selection of extras waiting for us on our arrival."

    Beds were really comfortable, the Jacuzzi was clean, warm and had great pressure jets. Even our toddler loved the cottage & area, the owner was really friendly letting our little one stroke his dogs and the orchid with the different animal characters making a story was lovely & well maintained. They provided a good size cot and high chair when requested, there was even a good selection of toys and games for him. It's in a great area for both a peaceful getaway and lots of places to visit close by, even for families (with a car, but parking is provided)

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a great stay , cottage immaculate and well equipped Hot tub a plus and ..."

    We had a great stay , cottage immaculate and well equipped Hot tub a plus and owners very receptive and friendly In a lovely setting , will definitely be back

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Jul 2023

  • "Beds very comfortable, bathrooms great, lounge area a little cramped."

    Well equipped kitchen. Owner fixed a couple of problems quickly. Enjoyed the story and alpacas.

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Jun 2023

  • "Absolutely amazing."

    So well equipped and beautifully furnished. The Orchard and alpacas were an added bonus. Cottage set in lovely countryside but centrally situated for visiting the area. Could not fault a thing and will definitely love to return.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2023

  • "We had a lovely weekend at The Shippon cottage."

    It was immaculate and the owners have clearly put a lot of thought into making it special for their guests. We will definitely return and I’ll be recommending it to friends.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Apr 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in ideal location."

    Perfect for our family holiday. Owners went above and beyond when our little one was unwell.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Mar 2023

  • "Will definitely be coming back!"

    Had a great stay here the cottage was lovely, the perfect location for a relaxing time with friends/family.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2023

  • "Brilliant, cozy property."

    Perfect for me, my husband, 3 and 1 year old. Hut tub is in the front garden which doesn’t have any privacy but that wasn’t a problem for us. Home owners have thought of a lot of little things that usually gets forgotten. Milk and Prosecco in the fridge on arrival and an amazing tub of teas, coffees, biscuits and more as a welcome package. Extra details also went along way eg more than enough bin bags, dishwasher tablets, clingfilm, tin foil etc. Tv cabinet had alot of kids toys in which went down well with the kids and lovely robes and slippers for the hot tub transfer. 10 minutes from Chester, perfect location for a day at the zoo. Loved our holiday…..thank you x

    Reviewed by Janine5.0Mar 2023

  • "Such a loverly place to stay!"

    Exactly what it says and looks like. Location is fantastic for any sort of occasion. So quiet and peaceful. Hosts had excellent communication before staying - very helpful with lots of things. Would definitely be returning. Thank you so much :)

    Reviewed by Abbie4.7Mar 2023

  • "We had a problem with the water pressure."

    We mentioned it to the owner. We hoped it might have been seen to but this did not happen so were quite disappointed as it did impact on our stay as we could only run one tap/ shower at a time. We found the sofa very uncomfortable. The large cushions kept slipping down and there was no back support. The cottage was nice and warm although the heating controls were quite complicated. Not enough crockery/cutlery. Beds very comfortable.

    Hi, We are so sorry to hear the problem with the water pressure affected your stay. We were working very hard behind the scenes to source parts and get them fitted in a timely manor, we had temporally reduced pressure in order to maintain an acceptable temperature and we are sorry this meant you couldn’t run two showers at once. The problem has since been rectified and we are back to full temperature and full pressure! Acting on your feedback, we have also now posted clear instructions next to the heating controls. Kind regards, Lower Farm Holiday Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by David3.4Feb 2023

  • "Very good stay overall, the owner provided a comprehensive range of items which is really convenient."

    The property is very comfortable and have 2 separate toilets/bathroom which is also very handy. Most importantly it is at good location, close to chester zoo, the outlet and a lot of other things as well. Would strongly recommend.

    Reviewed by Shuqiang5.0Feb 2023

  • "This property exceeded our expectations and is highly recommended."

    The location is amazing, in the countryside but a short ride to several pubs and chester town centre. The cottage has everything you need, dressing gowns and slippers provided which were great for the hot tub. Tea, coffee and prosecco on arrival....modern, clean and comfortable, we will be booking again for same time next year.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Feb 2023

  • "Beautiful place, spotlessly clean."

    Comfy beds. Had everything we needed and more. Lovely welcome pack and toys and games in the cupboard were brilliant for my son. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Jan 2023

  • "Just got back from our second stay in the Shippon, had a lovely relaxing stay in this amazing property."

    Everything was spotlessly clean, lovely comfy beds, dressing gowns & slippers provided for use in the hot tub. The owners had left a welcome pack of tea, coffee, biscuits, milk and a bottle of presseco. Loved watching the Alpaca cam & owl cam on the Tv. Would highly recommend a stay here and look forward to returning ourselves.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Dec 2022

  • "Lovely cozy stay , comfortable roomy beds , nice to have en- suite in both bedrooms , we enjoyed the hot tub ."

    We got to meet the owner and have a chat Thank you for the fizz and goodies

    Reviewed by Sharon4.4Dec 2022

  • "Fantastic property- great location, comfy beds, all the amenities you could want, generous welcome basket."

    Will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Nov 2022

  • "Superb place for us to stay, close to our daughter, easy to get about to see the sights."

    Would most definitely recommend staying here, one of the best places we have stayed at.

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Oct 2022

  • "A fantastic cottage for our holiday."

    It had everything we needed and made a good base for our stay in the area. The spa was wonderful. Plenty to do in the area too. In fact too much! We will have to return for another stay!

    Reviewed by James5.0Sep 2022

  • "Very impressed with our stay at Lower Farm holiday cottages, we stayed in The Shippon."

    Excellent cleanliness and was provided with everything we needed, from tin foil to an iron, the cottage was well equipped with every day essentials. We couldn’t fault our stay at all, everything was at a very high standard and a lovely renovation done on the property keeping original pieces like the wood beams to add character. We enjoyed the hot tub and looking around the orchard, a lovely place for adults and children to enjoy and we picked some delicious fruit from the trees. Friendly owners and were quick to contact us with a reply to any queries we had. Would definitely stay again and recommend to anyone, good location and we enjoyed the scenery and had a nice walk around.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Aug 2022

  • "Just returned from a lovely week away at the shippon cottage!"

    Location was amazing, cottage really clean with a fab hot-tub! We travelled with our one year old daughter and absolutely loved the toys/practical items/orchard. We had the best week - Thankyou so much!

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at this lovely place."

    We will be returning later this year and next year. The hosts were lovely, so friendly, kind and helpful Thank you

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jun 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a lovely area."

    Reviewed by Megan5.0May 2022

  • "We have not long returned from an absolutely wonderful stay at The Shippon (Lower Farm Holiday Cottages)."

    We have stayed in a number of holiday cottages around Chester over the years and this was certainly one of the best we have ever stayed at. The location is fantastic and very easy to get to all the main attractions around Chester, but still with the feeling that you are out in the countryside. The facilities at the Lower Farm Cottages are perfect and The Orchard area is wonderful. Our children spent many a happy hour playing over there. The family who own the cottages are lovely and couldn't be more accommodating towards us. We can't wait to return and would certainly recommend these cottages to anyone looking for a home away from home near Chester.

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Apr 2022

  • "The Shippon was absolutely super."

    Thank you for taking so much care.

    Reviewed by Dianne5.0Mar 2022

  • "What a fantastic cottage."

    Lovely! Spacious for us and our little boy. Close to alot of attractions /activities. There was a lovely welcome pack on our arrival and there was additional things in the cupboard to make our stay even more relaxing and enjoyable eg. Information packs, films and a box of toys for our little boy. Thank you for such a lovely stay!

    Reviewed by Sian5.0Mar 2022

  • "Beautiful barn conversion."

    Every attention to detail. 5 Star decor, cleanliness, interior design, and the imaginatively kept garden. The hot tub is very welcome after a day out. And the nature cameras are lovely to watch. A real credit to the owners.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Mar 2022

  • "Beautiful location and exceeded expectations"

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Feb 2022

  • "Excellent stay!"

    The cottage had absolutely everything we could have wanted and more. Our two children loved the games, the orchard with toys, the hot tub and the novelty of a tv in their room. For us adults the location was perfect, the property exceedingly clean and everything so thought out. Thank you so much, we will be back.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Feb 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage!"

    Has all home from home amenities! Beautifully furnished. Hot tub is a fab added extra! Chester and Cheshire Oaks are on the door step. Would highly recommend. This is my second stay and will certainly be back.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Feb 2022

  • "4 of us have just stayed here for 3 nights."

    I have stayed here before which is why I booked again. It’s perfect!! Clean and tidy and the hot tub is amazing! We asked if the hot tub could be turned up slightly, it wasn’t cold at all but we just like it that little bit warmer. It was turned up no issues. Chester centre is only a 10 minutes drive away, as is Cheshire Oaks so it’s in the perfect location. As we was going away with another couple the two bathrooms are so handy! The kitchen is fully equipped for everything you need to make food! Thankyou so much again for a perfect stay!

    Reviewed by Sophie5.0Jan 2022

  • "Had a lovely stay in the Shippon over the new year period."

    The property was very well presented and immaculately clean. The welcome pack of tea,coffee, sugar, biscuits & milk was a lovely touch. Loved the hot tub, would definitely recommend staying here.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Dec 2021

  • "We had an absolutely wonderful stay."

    Perfect location - great facilities inside - we brought things along with us such as kitchen utensils and extra toiler paper but none of this was needed. Lovely deco Close to the Centre - we used a taxi that was in an information book left by the owners - this was a cheap price A lovely little welcome hamper filled with hot chocolate tea, coffee and biscuits - We thought this was a nice touch We had a perfect stay. Only point was one of the light bulbs in the large lights seemed to be out but as there was another large one, small one and spot lights it did not make a difference to our stay. Wonderful place - Highly recommend and will be coming back!!

    Reviewed by Lydia5.0Nov 2021

  • "The holiday cottage was really nice and accessible."

    It was well equipped with kitchen utensils, and the bathrooms very well maintained. The grounds were nice to wander. The owners were very helpful when we queried the wifi, which is very good when you get the signal. Our only criticism is the lounge seating was not really adequate for 4 adults. The corner settee would not seat 4 people.

    Reviewed by Theresa3.8Sep 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at The Shippon."

    The cottage is immaculate with plenty of space and everything you need. The hot tub was great and our children enjoyed playing in the large garden. There is lots to do with children in the local area and we had a fantastic week.

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Aug 2021

  • "A lovely well maintained cottage which was perfect for a week with family."

    Hot tub was amazing and the owners were lovely. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Alison4.4Jul 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay both the cottage and location was perfect with everything we needed."

    Only reason it’s a 4 star not 5 was the 10pm curfew for the hot tub was a bit early for us but we do understand why it’s in place and respected it.

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Jul 2021

  • "Absolutely wonderful relaxed holiday, the owners exceeded all expectations and made our holiday lovely."

    Reviewed by Rebekah5.0Jun 2021

  • "Everything about the property was amazing, it was all exceptionally clean, the ..."

    Everything about the property was amazing, it was all exceptionally clean, the welcome pack was a lovely gesture and the owners were very friendly

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful little cottage."

    Highly recommended to stay. We will be returning. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0May 2021

  • "Ideal location for the city and for a countryside feel."

    Very enjoyable and comfortable stay - Beautifully furnished to a high standard with a lovely private hot tub too. We will be returning :)

    Reviewed by Alex5.0May 2021

  • "We stayed here for 4 nights and it was absolutely perfect!"

    The location was brilliant, so close to the city centre, Cheshire Oaks, the zoo, etc, but also far enough away to feel like a little country retreat. The cottage itself was beautiful, bed extremely comfortable and the hot tub was lovely. I would definitely recommend this place and we will be back ourselves. Thank you very much to the hosts for such a wonderful stay

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Dec 2020

  • "Absolutely beautiful property and a fantastic location highly recommended!"

    ! Would stay again in a heartbeat.

    Reviewed by Will5.0Oct 2020

  • "Well equipped cottage and excellent location."

    Relaxed and recharged, thank you.

    Reviewed by Adrian4.7Oct 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our week at The Shippon and would definately return."

    Loved the attention to detail in the cottage's features and decoration. The beds were comfortable and the location, whilst in the countryside, was only a 10-15 minute drive to all amenities and attractions. A perfect and relaxing break. Thanks.

    Reviewed by Marie4.7Oct 2020

  • "We had a most relaxing break."

    The accommodation was FIRST CLASS ( 5 star standards). It was easy to find, close to everything, and far enough away not to impede on our experience. The amenities on site were brilliant. Easy safe parking.Gardens to relax in, decked area for shade. Rachel and Matt were very welcoming, their welcome pack was very tasteful, along with their brief of the surrounding area and places to go/visit, it helped our overall experience. Can't find any faults.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Sep 2020

  • "Just the lovely special touches milk wine water and an assortment of biscuits ..."

    Just the lovely special touches milk wine water and an assortment of biscuits jams tea and coffee all beautifully presented great owners who nothing was too much trouble for them all together made a terrific break

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was amazing and even better than we had hoped!"

    The extras the owners had left on arrival were very much appreciated. The owners went out of their way to help us when we needed advice again really appreciated. The cottage was so central for everything but tucked away enough to feel like you were in the middle of the country. We enjoyed the Zoo which is literally on your doorstep. The Ice cream farm was a hit with not only my 2-year-old granddaughter but all of us! There are plenty of local pubs offering delicious food but if we wanted to cook for ourselves, the supermarkets were very close. We visited Cheshire Oaks a few times and got some great bargains. Finally, it was lovely to relax in the pristine hot tub after being out all day, then getting a good night sleep in the super comfy beds. I would highly recommend these cottages; I don't think anyone would be disappointed. Thank you so much, exceptional value for money.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Aug 2020

  • "Great location base with good facilities including Netflix."

    We had a fab family holiday and the kids loved the Hot tub.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2020

  • "We recently visited this cottage and were very impressed."

    The welcome supplies including cereal, milk and fizzy wine were really appreciated. The location of the cottage was excellent being around 2 miles from Cheshire Oaks and around 5 miles from Zoo and Chester. The cottage was well equipped with dishwasher and appropriate supplies. The Netflix was greatly appreciated by the kids and we loved being able to watch catch up TV via IPlayer and 4OD. WiFi speed was adequate for our needs. There was a selection of things to entertain our boys too. Nice orchard with fruit trees to play in. Only suggestions were that under sofa and beds needed vacuumed otherwise cleaning was spot on. Would also suggest as no laundry that might be benefit in providing different towels for use with hot tub so that could segregate and keep bathroom ones dry for only showering.

    Reviewed by Craig4.7Jul 2020

  • "We had a very comfortable stay at The Shippon."

    The accommodation was clean and well equipped, including some little extras that we weren't expecting! Thank you for making our holiday so relaxing.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Jul 2020

  • "The house is absolutely stunning, the hosts extremely accommodating and the extra touches outstanding."

    We had a fantastic time at the Shippon and will definitely be back. Thank you.

    Jul 2020

  • "Amazing lodge, would highly recommend."

    Perfect facilities and location

    Jul 2020

  • "What a lovely place!"

    Really well decorated and spacious, comfy sofa and bed, well equipped kitchen and lovely hot tub. Little extras provided by the hosts really made the holiday, and we will definitely be booking to go again. Couldn’t fault it at all!

    Jul 2020

  • "The cottage was excellent in every way,we had everything that was essential to our daily needs."

    The welcome pack full of goodies for all the family to enjoy was really appreciated but didn't expect it so lovely surprise, The family were lovely, very welcoming and they also let us use apples from their trees too which were nice of them. The hot tub was fantastic,there were even your own slippers n robes for each family member to use going to and from the hot tub area which was a great idea. We will be certainly making this one of our favourite cottages and recommending these cottages to friends n family, can't wait for our next visit to the Shippon. Thank you Matt, Rachel n Olivia it was lovely meeting you all.

    Mrs AshcroftJul 2020

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x super-king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC (both bedrooms have zip/link can be twin on request)
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge, Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car and additional parking maybe available on request
  • Gated front courtyard with seating and hot tub which will be ready to use as soon as you arrive
  • Carved wooden animal trail
  • Wildlife cameras are set in the grounds with viewing available in the property
  • Opportunity to meet the animals that live onsite
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking allowed
  • Shop 1.3 miles, pub 1.7 miles
  • Within 2 miles of Hoole
  • Four pubs serving food within 2 miles
  • Chester city centre 5 miles away
  • Note: Check in is after 4pm
  • Please be advised this property is only able to accept Monday and Friday check-ins

The property

Set in the Cheshire countryside in Picton, not far from the homely suburb of Upton-by-Chester is this delightful ground-floor cottage, The Shippon.

Set between its neighbours on either side, it is a perfect spot for a country getaway with your loved ones and friends.

Begin by coming into the social hub of the property, the open-plan living space, head left and sink into the corner sofa before the Smart TV, a great spot to wind down in at the end of the day.

Move across to the kitchen where you'll be preparing picnics for walks out in nearby nature, or cooking an evening meal for the group to be served up on the wooden dining table.

Use this space for gathering round to plan the rest of your trip, or spread out with a board game.

To either side of the living space are the two super-king-size bedrooms, both benefiting from en-suite bathrooms and zip/link beds, so you can request for them to be twin rooms instead, great for accommodating different party setups.

Expect to find exposed brick walls and wooden ceiling beams throughout, as well as bespoke features like the rope light fitting feature.

Relax out in the hot tub in the front enclosed courtyard, it can't get better that this!

Take your time to meander through the surroundings and see if you can spot some special visitors, the owner of The Shippon has published a Children’s bedtime storybook called Fudge’s Evening Adventure, the idea from this story came after the Owners Daughter was treated at Alder Hey Childrens Hospital.

The tale follows Fudge, a miniature dachshund, as she embarks on a quest to find a cozy place to rest her head for the night.

Along the way, she encounters various animal friends on and around the family farm.

A beautiful wooden sculpture trail to accompany the story can be enjoyed by guests, all proceeds from the book will go to Alder Hey Children's Charity, to thank them for their wonderful service, the book is able to be purchased directly from the owner, and so far over £13000 has been raised for this amazing charity.

To add to the wonder there is also a carved animal bug hunt, and guests can watch the wildlife in comfort as wildlife cameras have been set up and can be viewed live in the property.

The animal adventures don’t stop there, as guests will have the opportunity to meet the animals that live onsite, and with ample space and areas for children to play The Shippon really is a great choice for animal lovers and families alike.

Enjoy the surrounding countryside for walks, or take a trip into the Roman city of Chester for some sightseeing.

Note: This property is part of a group and can be booked with Refs. 974556, 974561, and 1051836, together sleeping 12 guests.

Lower Farm Holiday Cottages

Resting in the peaceful hamlet of Picton are the four charming terraced dwellings of Lower Farm Holiday Cottages. Suitable to sleep up to twelve people, they provide captivating accommodation for a family gathering or getaway with friends, ideal for exploring both the countryside and the historic excitement of Cheshire. Each of the properties boasts an open-plan living space with high ceilings and traditional features, making great spots to gather in individual groups for some quiet family time or to come together to celebrate a wonderful holiday. Two of the properties also benefit from hot tubs, so you can soak in your scenery from the relaxing waters, or choose to spend some time on the lawned area with a picnic in the summer months when youre not exploring the local delicacies of the area. With exposed brick walls, beams and wooden furnishings, each of the properties holds its own rustic charm amongst contemporary fixtures and features to assist you in your self-catering requirements. Wander up the steps to the owners Orchard where you can relax in the sun and when in season sample the fruit or take some back home with you. Later on do some star gazing at night, but make sure to keep an eye out for the Barn Owls, as there are several mating pairs in the area. Within close reach by car is the Roman city of Chester well known for being one of the best preserved walled cities in Britain; complete the circuit of the Walls, wander along the Rows with their black and white timbered galleries, visit the historic Amphitheatre, or have a classic day out at Chester Races. A wide range of attractions are ideally situated near these lovely dwellings including Chester Zoo, one of the top attractions and most visited zoo in the UK, Blue Planet Aquarium show-casing Europes largest collection of sharks through their 71 metre underwater tunnel, or indulge in some shopping at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet and Coliseum Leisure Park, where you can pick up some bargains and then catch a film at the cinema after or maybe a game of ten-pin bowling. Lower Farm Holiday Cottages provide the best of both the tranquil countryside and bustling city life, perfect for your retreat to this area of Cheshire.

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About the location


Liverpool 17 miles; Manchester 36 miles.

Chester has quite rightly been described as 'the jewel of the North-West of England'. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the city is that within a very small area there is evidence of every period of history - from the old walls and amphitheatre of Roman times, through medieval churches, Elizabethan timber-framed townhouses and Georgian terraces, to Victorian restorations and 21st century architecture. The city has much to offer the tourist, including excellent shopping in and around the famous Tudor 'Rows' and lovely walks along the Roman Walls, beside the River Dee and through the picturesque Grosvenor Park. Explore Chester's beautiful medieval cathedral, visit Chester Racecourse or spend a day at the world renowned Chester Zoo. Further afield, the stunning Welsh mountains and coastline, the quaint market towns and villages of Cheshire and the Wirral Peninsula with its first class golf courses, are all within easy touring distance, whilst frequent rail services make Liverpool, Manchester and the North Wales coast readily accessible.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas