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The Boars Head Pub

Bishop's Castle, Shropshire (Ref. 1027356)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 23

  • Bedrooms 10

  • Bathrooms 6

  • Pets Yes

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  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Sauna
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely, memorable stay at the Boar’s Head."

    This was a family gathering, our first in 3 years, celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary and several other ‘big’ occasions belatedly due to the pandemic. The facilities at this property are second to none. We had great fun in the pub and various family members enjoyed the sauna, hot tub and games room. The location in Bishops Castle is ideal with plenty of nearby attractions and facilities for everyone. We had a fantastic meal expertly cooked by Jerome and served by Julia. This was a real treat, they did everything, from laying the tables to clearing up afterwards, well worth the money. I would thoroughly recommend this property to anyone wanting a comfortable, but very different sort of holiday for a large group of people of any ages. Thank you Darren for making this available.

    Thank you Sue for this great feedback. Wow 3 years worth of celebrations delayed i am thrilled the Boar's Head was all you hoped it could be and more. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by SueJul 2022

  • "Excellent place."

    We had our friends stag do here and he loved every minute. Everywhere was spotless, the facilities were amazing and of course the bar was a real novelty and we loved having this to ourselves. Fantastic outside area to have a BBQ and chill in the hot tub. Would really recommend this place to anyone looking to accommodate a large group.

    Thank you Matt for your review It is always great to hear that my property has let you have a great time. Such an important time making lasting memories. Once again thank you for your feedback and booking. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by MatthewJul 2022

  • "Possibly provide more step by step instructions on how to use items in the pub, i."

    E. Karaoke machine, Glass washer, TV/Sky tv.

    Thank you Barry for your wonderful feedback. I will certainly take onboard your comments. I really appreciate constructive comments and so pleased that you enjoyed your time at my property. Thank you for your booking Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by BarryJul 2022

  • "Great venue."

    Great experience

    Mathew thanks for your feedback, so glad you enjoyed your time at my holiday pub. Thanks for your booking Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by MatthewJun 2022

  • "All i can say is What a fantastic place!"

    We went as a party of 20 for a hen do for 2 nights and had the bestest time, the pub literally does not fail to deliver, its so quirky and cute. It has everything you could ever think of needing for a get away place. We ordered the breakfast option which was a life saver when you are all too hungover to even think about cooking and what a cracking full english he prepared for both days of our stay. I would like to give a massive Thankyou to Darren the owner for just being responsive and helpful when i had any questions. Im already considering getting divorced just so i can have my next hen party here!

    Zena what can I say fantastic feedback and as much as I would love you to return I could not be responsible for your divorce! Thank you for leaving the property in such good order, I am thrilled that you and your party had a great time. I really appreciate the comments and of course your booking. I hope to see you again sometime in the future. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by ZenaJun 2022

  • "What a great place to spend time with family and friends."

    We were celebrating a 50th birthday and had a group with ages ranging from 7 to 70. The facilities were excellent and there was plenty for us all to do. We loved the hot tub, the games room and of course the bar. The local area had some lovely countryside which was great for walking our dogs. The accommodation in both the Curly Tail and the main pub was really good. All the bedrooms were large, comfortable, well equipped and maintained. We had 20 people staying and everybody was happy with their rooms. The bar and kitchen areas are extremely well stocked and everything you need is catered for. We ordered a variety of drinks which were all waiting for us when we arrived. Both Darren and Sykes were really helpful throughout the booking process and answering our questions in the lead up to our trip. Would highly recommend this property for groups who want to have fun and spend time together. We would definitely book again.

    Niel thank you for your feedback I'm thrilled you had a great time especially as you were celebrating your milestone makes it even more important to me that everyone in your group enjoyed the property. Thank you again for your booking I really appreciate it and eush you and the rest of your group well. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by NeilMay 2022


    I don’t know if words can truly express the magnificence of this property! It’s a beautiful, quirky, 16th century building. With all its fabulous amenities it’s in a class of its own. Infrared sauna, hot tub, cinema room, games room etc it’s got something for everyone. A genuine bar area, including pumps and coffee machine, fully equipped kitchen and laundry room including a washer and separate dryer and ice making machine. Just wonderful! Every bedroom beautifully furnished, modern bathrooms tastefully decorated. Full instructions for everything. Even a wonderful log fire to warm you on cold nights. My family and I have enjoyed the very best holiday with scrumptious cakes baked by the host himself on arrival in a classy dessert fridge on the bar. All pre-ordered drinks chilling in the bar fridges ready for us. You really couldn’t ask for more! The host was friendly and easily accessible, although we didn’t have any problems whilst here. It was hard to leave and we will be booking again next year.

    Wow such a wonderful review I could not wish for anymore. It was lovely to host you and your family and the fact that uou enjoyed every aspect of it just makes me so happy. Thank you for leaving the property so lovely hope to see you again in the future. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by KatherineMay 2022

  • "We had a party of 20 of us for a stag do and this place was perfect for hosting our weekend."

    Brilliant fun, facilities were great and the accommodation was top notch too. Would highly recommend and will be back for sure!

    I can't praise these guts enough for how they left the property. At first glance I wasn't even sure they had stayed as it was so immaculate. Most definitely would welcome you back guys. Thank you for your feedback and your booking. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by TomMay 2022

  • "It's literally a dream come true having an entire pub to ourselves, and our time at the Boar's Head Inn easily surpassed anything I expected or dreamed of before arrival."

    It had everything you would expect from a great pub, from the bar to the pool table, and even more with features such as the hot tub. My party was stunned and amazed when they realised the property contained it's own sauna. The kitchen was spotless and contained all the utensils we could need and more, and everything was prepared for us before arrival such as providing towels and setting up the pre purchased kegs.

    Jon thank you for your feedback it's really important to me that it meets and in your case exceeds expectations. Your party had a great time and I can't thank you enough for leaving it so nice. Thanks for your booking hope to see you again in the future. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by JonApr 2022

  • "The boars head was significantly better than we were expecting, the facilities were excellent the location was excellent it was clean and well made up everyone had an amazing time."

    The only things that could be improved would be the amount of sundries available for example toilet roll, kitchen roll, dishwasher tablets etc. And it needs some sharper knives. Otherwise excellent stay and have already recommended it to people.

    Thank you for your feedback which I really appreciate. I will speak to my chef and ask him to sharpen them up. Once again many thanks for your booking hope to see you again in the future Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by CharlesApr 2022

  • "Just returned from a brilliant week at the Boars Head,special birthday for 23 people,very comfortable and clean with excellent facilities."

    The chef did a remarkable job for such a large number..

    Fred thank you for the feedback it is so nice of you to let me know that such an important occasion in your life was made even more memorable by where you chose to celebrate it. Thank you for your booking Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by FrederickApr 2022

  • "Stayed here last week for my 40th and my dad's 60th with all the family and what a brilliant week we had."

    Great facilities and such a unique place to stay. The kids loved the games room and the adults loved the hot tub and pulling their own pints! Would definitely stay again and would definitely recommend it. Darren was very helpful when we needed him, overall 10/10 :)

    Thank you so much for choosing my property to spend such important celebrations. Really pleased it was all that you hoped. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by SoniaMar 2022

  • "A truly fantastic place Darren has got."

    Great host and service throughout. You don't want for nothing there. As a group of friends we've been to quite a few places that accommodate large parties etc but this was unanimously our favourite and we would all (20 of us) go back in a heartbeat.

    Thanks Adam for this superb review i really appreciate the feedback as so important to give confidence to those looking to book this unique property. Looking forward to hosting you again in the future Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by AdamMar 2022

  • "Absolutely fantastic experience renting a pub!"

    The accommodations was amazing everything was spotlessly clean, highly recommended hope to do it again sometime

    Hi Dale Thanks for the feedback. Really glad you enjoyed staying at the Boar's Head and that you were able to give us such a great review. Hope to host you again in the future. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by DaleMar 2022

  • "Booked the Boars Head for a girly weekend away and from the initial booking the owner Matt was extremely accommodating and there to answer any questions that we had."

    The property itself is absolutely beautiful. Well layed out and with lots to do. The hot tub and games room with karaoke, pool table, darts etc was a big hit. We had Matt to arrange a chef to come in on our first night to prepare a 3 course meal and WOW it was absolutely stunning. Well presented and great value for money. Would definitely recommend this for anyone that is booking. The pub itself is just across the road from a spar and within easy walking distance to local pub/restaraunt. Cannot wait to book again with Matt in the future, truly made our weekend staying in such a beautiful place ❤

    Thanks Mel for the fab review even though my name isn't Matt it's Darren lol but you can call me what you like as long as you enjoyed our property. Look forward to hosting you again in the future. Kr Darren x Property Owner

    Reviewed by MelanieMar 2022

  • "Fantastic place, completely original."

    Really accommodating owner. Can’t fault it one bit.

    Jake thanks for the review and your booking. So glad you had a great time. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by JakeMar 2022

  • "We had an amazing weekend at the Boar's Head for my birthday celebration."

    Fabulous accommodation and brilliant facilities. We all loved the games room, hot tub and of course the bar! Would highly recommend and would love to stay again.

    Helen such a great group to host. We really enjoyed meeting you all. Lovely people. So pleased our property met your ecpectations and helped you with your birthday celebrations. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by HelenFeb 2022

  • "We stayed at the property as a group of 11 adults and 4 children."

    We could not have asked for a better experience. The size of the pub was perfect for us, and every aspect of our stay was so well thought out, from the facilities to the little touches such as the books and the board games. We didn’t need to venture out at all, as the children had an amazing time in the games room and the den, and there was obviously plenty to keep the adults entertained at the bar! The accommodation was also extremely clean and comfortable. We were lucky enough to book in the Sunday lunch option, which was delicious and very reasonably priced. The trip really made our half term; thank you so much to Darren and Stuart for a brilliant stay.

    Rebecca Thank you for the feedback we are so glad you enjoyed your stay at our property and hope that we see you again. Kr Darren x Property Owner

    Reviewed by RebeccaFeb 2022

  • "We had a party of 18 staying at the property, there was plenty of space and rooms for all of us."

    The hot tub was amazing they kept it clean and topped up with any chemicals if needed. Thier was plenty of different rooms with loads of space. The kitchen had everything we needed in it, the coal fire made it very cosy. Would highly recommend this place and look forward to going back.

    Lauren thank you for your review the feedback is important to us do that we keep getting it right. Your stay is important to us from the moment you chose our property until you depart. We very much look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you for leaving it so tidy. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by LaurenFeb 2022

  • "I couldn’t have wished for a better place to spend my 30th birthday with my family and friends!"

    It was even better and more spacious than I expected it to be but somehow still very cosy and homely. All of the rooms are beautiful and the entire place is spotless. It can be quite stressful organising something for so many but Darren called ahead of our stay and couldn’t have been more helpful and accommodating. We had catering options for two evenings but wish we would have had this throughout the rest of our stay as it was such great value for money. The beer on tap, games room & hot tub were a huge hit with my family & made the weekend even more fun. The pub is surrounded with beautiful places to walk so whether you’re looking for somewhere for a big celebration or get together with a mixture of fun, relaxation and some beautiful scenery, I cannot recommend The Boars Head enough. I am so glad I chose it and we cannot wait to return. Thank you much for everything and being a huge part of a milestone birthday I will never forget

    Reviewed by KatyJan 2022

  • "Although I didn’t get to go on our weekend due to covid, everyone who managed to go absolutely loved it!"

    It was booked for my husbands 40th birthday and he had the best time! The facilities were fantastic, the show around and booking was made very easy and everyone can’t wait to go back! We will definitely be making use of the chef and stocked bar next time as well ! What a great place, highly recommended. Jade tayler (14/01/2022)

    Hi Jade So sad you didn't get to join the group but so pleased that your husband enjoyed his 40th celebrations. We hoped very much that people would enjoy our property and it seems that your party definitely did. Thank you and hope next time we see you there too! Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by JadeJan 2022

  • "The Boars Head comes highly recommended."

    It has everything you need for a fabulous stay. Comfortable bedrooms, a well equipped kitchen and bar. Luxurious bathrooms and a real pub feel with a bar and an open fire. Accommodated 23 of comfortably from the ages of 80 to 2 years. The games room, sauna and hot tub was a real hit with the youngsters - just wished the weather was warmer so we could have utilised the outside bar. The hosts are fabulous and Incredibly helpful. We would happily return

    Lisa thank you for your review really great you were able to give us full marks. Thanks again Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by LisaJan 2022

  • "This accommodation ticked all the boxes for us."

    It is a unique, character property and great location. The games room was perfect for a wide age range of 2-88 years. Jerome, their private chef must be congratulated for his excellent customer service & quality food. Our family all enjoyed their time here and any issues that cropped up, the owners were on hand to answer questions. Pleasant surprise to see the pub decorated for Christmas with 11 Christmas trees!

    Jen thanks for the fabulous review Christmas is such an important time of year especially after all we have been through. We are thrilled you had such a great time. Happy New Year to you and your family Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by JenniferDec 2021

  • "What a fantastic place."

    Everything you need for a truly memorable family weekend. Would highly recommend getting the chef in also. Jerome did a phenomenal job in both the party buffet and the breakfasts. The facilities were excellent. Kept us all highly entertained throughout the weekend. Rooms were clean, tidy and very comfortable. Local area was quaint and a shop was across the road for basics. The pub was decorated for Christmas which against the local pub theme, made the environment really memorable. Would definitely book this place again! Great weekend.

    Thank you Dave for your truly fabulous review. Such an important time of year with loved ones so its really great to receive such praise knowing you left having good times and would come back for more. Happy Christmas to you and your family and Happy New Year. Kr Darren and Stuart Property Owner

    Reviewed by DavidDec 2021

  • "A great place to bring family together, plenty of room to spread out in the games room, hot tub, the bar and cinema room or all to be together by the gorgeous log burner."

    Christmas decorations had been put up before we arrived which was a lovely suprise. Bedrooms all had luxurious beds/bedding, very clean and well presented. Highly recommend for large groups.

    Sharon Thank you for the review. We are thrilled that you felt you could give us full marks. It really does fill us with joy when we k ow our property has helped your family and friends come together and make happy memories after the difficult times we have all faced. Happy Christmas to you and your family and a prosperous New year Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by SharonDec 2021

  • "We hade a fantastic weekend at the Boars Head."

    Darren and Stuart were amazing hosts and we couldn't of asked for anything more. what a treat to stay in such a unique venue. Beer, wine, pool table, music, darts etc etc etc. Would highly recommend!!

    Thanks Kevin always great to revive feedback such as this, you were easy to host very respectful and look forward to seeing you again soon Property Owner

    Reviewed by KevinNov 2021

  • "Fantastic pub, fully equipped very efficient communication with owners."

    Downside was two of the 10 rooms were only accessible via other bedrooms which was not described on sykes nor were we advised at any point. We paid a £1000 deposit and left property spotless however we were accused of not washing a cheese grater and baking pan which was not us but chef supplied by owner!. In addition we were accused of cracking a glass cabinet in Bathroom and charged £99.99 by owner even though this was cracked when we arrived!. Owner told us he cleaned and checked bathrooms himself and knew it was fine before, even though he missed no soap in one of the dispensers and used cotton pad on floor. Very minor Petty things but owners poor reaction has led me to write. Excellent weekend soured by poor after sales service and being accused of something we didn't do with no right of reply.

    Thanks for your review we always appreciate feedback positive or negative so that we can continue to provide good customer service and address any issues you may have had. The description of the property is clear on the text and in the photographs on the the Sykes webpage so I cannot accept this point as it is down to you to read the property description and based on that decide if our property suite your needs. The bond was made to clear to you at the time of booking when you accepted the terms and conditions and I know that Sykes emailed everyone to remind them that the bond is payable a week before arrival to the owners b6 bank transfer. Regardless of what items need washing up it is again your responsibility to leave the property as you were handed it over. That includes washing up all dirty items and putting them back. Some of you left on the Monday and those of you staying in the curly tail did not wash the cups on the hospitality trays or remove the rubbish from the rooms. There was a wig found in the bar along with a cigarette holder, the cooker was not cleaned all the bathroom bins were left full. I am sorry if the soap dispenser was not full but they are there as a courtesy as are the tissues and other items. In relation to the crack on the table it was not there before your party checked in, had of been so then why did you not notify me of the crack immediately as it was found instead of me finding it then letting you know then the person who noticed it tells you only after they had departed that it was cracked when she picked up the mirror to take t9 he bedroom to put her contact lenses in??? I didn’t charge for the extra cleaning or the fixing of the cctv camera after one of your party decided to clean the lenses with a broom dislodging the power cable. It really is a shame you felt your stay was overshadowed by this but it is self catering the chef is subcontracted and ultimately works for you and you are responsible for the property when you hand it back to us, advice for future bookings you may make is to read through the property description and take better care of cleaning on departure, finally always notify the owners should you notice any damaged items. You had my mobile number and were in regular contact with em even asking me to keep you an en-suite room ahead of the others in your party as you had done all the work. Kr Darren and Stuart items and returning them to Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ashley MartynNov 2021

  • "As mentioned by a previous guest, two of the 10 rooms were only accessible via other bedrooms which although the owners stated that this was described on sykes it clearly wasn’t!"

    We had planned for ten couples to have their own room so was rather awkward for couples to have to access through double bedrooms, both are clearly designed for families. We paid the required £1000 deposit and left the property as we found it (taking video and photographic evidence) however were accused of marking a wooden table and in turn charged £150 for the repair even though we had photo evidence of the mark being on the photos advertising the property, when we explained this and sent the evidence the owner told us he cleaned and checked the table himself and knew it was fine before! Like the previous reviewer this may seem minor but I also found the owners reaction to my messages unreasonable, when asked for an invoice for the table to be sanded he could not provide a company name which was also concerning and then accused us of leaving the property in a mess, something that had never been mentioned previously. We had such a fabulous weekend in a wonderful property but have to agree with the previous poster that the owner provides poor after sales service and clearly has a history of accusing his guests of things that they have not done with no right of reply as can be seen by his response to the last negative feedback he received.

    Thank you for your review, I appreciate your comments and understand that the charge is disappointing but the damage was legitimate and I provided you with details of the carpenter who carried out the repair and who you made contact with to verify. None of the bathrooms are accessed through other bedrooms so I am not sure as to why you would say that but it has taken you sometime to place your review which is your right of course. You will see form our many other reviews that people enjoy our property and clearly do not feel the same way. Happy New Year and thanks for staying at our property. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DebbieNov 2021

  • "We have just had the most fabulous week celebrating a 50th birthday."

    The pub was an amazing venue that exceeded our expectations. Darren was most helpful in helping ensure all our needs were met and I cannot compliment the chef enough for the buffet, breakfasts and meals he arranged for us. We are already working out when to return thank you

    Thank you so much for your feedback but especially for leaving the property so perfectly clean and as you found it. We would love to see you again. Kr Darren x Property Owner

    Reviewed by MichelleNov 2021

  • "Everyone in the party was impressed with the whole experience ."

    We had a great time enjoyed the village atmosphere and the ambiance of the pub . What a week to party relax and enjoy family time. Our ages were from 4 months to 84 years .

    Thank you Walker family great to hear that it exceeded your expectations and look forward to maybe seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JeanetteOct 2021

  • "Really helpful owners, everyone in our party were very complimentary about the general pub, bedrooms and bathrooms."

    The only slight concern we had were the cooker (very slow to warm up) and glass washer in bar (couldn’t get it to wash hot so used other dishwashers). Already my daughter has said she would like to back next year and we’ll be asking others in our party and if all agree we’ll book again for late next year

    Alan thank you for your feedback we have noted your comments as we are always keen to address any issues and maintain our standards. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time at our property and hope to see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlanOct 2021

  • "Absolutely fantastic accommodation."

    Exceeded all expectation. The correspondence was easy with the owner and we were able to arrange some beer to be tapped in with and a chef to come and cook us Sunday roast (which was excellent). The rooms were comfy and the bathrooms clean and very nice. We fully utilised the hot tub, the games room and the bar and all were brilliant. I would highly recommend this place to any large groups 15+.

    Thanks Jacob you were great guests and we cant ask for a better review than this. Hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JacobSep 2021

  • "We went to the Boars Head for my Father in Laws 70th Birthday there was 16 of us & had the best time."

    This place is amazing & totally exceeded all are expectations. The rooms, bar, hot tub, sauna kitchen & games room were brilliant! Darren & Stuart are the nicest people who really looked after us. I can not recommend this historical place enough. As Darren showed us around I was blown away by the size & facilities. Jerome & Mike cooked Sunday lunch for us & it was truly a 5* meal. We will be back again in the future to make more memories. Thank you for an experience we will never forget!!!

    Hi Paula thank you so much for the review we really appreciate your feedback as it not only helps us but gives confidence to those wanting to book our property. form the very outset we wanted to create a space that all generations can feel safe with the space our property offers and also keeping them entertained. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulaSep 2021

  • "Boars head in is a great place to stay all the facilities are great and as described."

    All the bedrooms are nicely decorated and comfortable. We will definitely be back to stay again

    Hi Kirsty, Thrilled you had such a great stay that you would like to return. Cant ask for better than that. Once again thank you for your booking and see you again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by KirstySep 2021

  • "It was a really great holiday."

    Everything was clean and tidy and as expected. The only things I can really say I was disappointed with was being asked for £1000 cash one week before we went in our holiday as a security bond. We were under the impression that a card would be held and money taken out if anything was broken on our stay. The only other thing was the oven in the kitchen. It took forever to cook anything and this impacted us getting out anywhere in the morning as it took over two hours to cook breakfast.

    Hi Elouise, Sorry you were upset about the change in bond requirements, I did offer to take a credit card payment if you paid the commission of £25 to assist you. the property ahs always been subject to a £1000 bond which is made clear on the boking terms and conditions sent by Sykes. The oven has been tested and works fine we have not had any other feedback regarding it, I can only think you perhaps turned the electric grill on and not the actual oven, but I am sorry you experienced this. Its clear that you despite this you enjoyed your stay at our property and thank you for your booking, and maybe see you again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by EloiseAug 2021

  • "There were 4 generations of my family staying."

    From great grandparents to great grandkids. The location is quiet, but with just enough local amenities. There were 19 of us in total, but plenty of space. Sauna and hot tub were fantastic, kids and the big kids loved the games room and tv room. Kitchen was well equipped. One very small thing. I lost count the amount of people that tried to come in for a drink or food. In fact I gave a small tour to a couple, selling the idea of renting the place to them. Think there just needs a little more signage just stating it’s a private area, and not open to general public. That aside I can’t fault the place and we could of stayed another week, and will seriously think about returning.

    Hi Trevor, We have addressed the issue of signage, but feedback from guests now I think people are realising it is no longer open to the public. Like anything new it takes time for the word to get out there. Thank you for your booking and maybe see you all again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by TrevorAug 2021

  • "We went on holiday with five families so there was 22 of us in all and the Boars Head was absolutely fantastic for what we wanted, everyone of us really enjoyed the holiday, it’s in such a beautiful village and a great surrounding area that you can go and do loads of different things or the pub is so nice you could just stay and relax in there no problem, so it’s great for any kind of holiday whether you like being busy on day trips or staying and relaxing in comfort."

    We had about 13 kids ranging from 5 to 13 years old and they weren’t bored once! And as for the adults.....well it’s always great to feel like you’re having a Lock In till 2am every night in your own Pub!

    Hello Sam, thanks for the review I really appreciate your feedback it helps us to keep ensuring what we are doing is what our customers want from a stay in a 16th century pub. Its a great place for families as you clearly found out. Hope to see you again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by SamJul 2021

  • "We loved having the whole pub to ourselves."

    The bedrooms were very comfortable, particularly in the stylish Curly Tail accommodation. The games room and Hot Tub were great and the pub meal prepared by Terry was delicious! We wouldn't hesitate to return.Brilliant!!

    Hi Linda, So glad you loved the Curly Tail, its wonderful to be able to offer such a mix of accommodation. I will be sure to let Terry know. Take care and maybe see you again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by LindaJul 2021

  • "I booked the Boars Head for my partner's 40th birthday for us as a group of friends; several families, so a mix of adults and children."

    It was a last minute booking due to other accommodation we had booked having to be cancelled, and the owners, Darren and Stuart were great at sorting out the beer on tap that we wanted, and would have been open to catering requests even at a few days notice. They were responsive and helpful throughout the stay for the one or two queries we had. The accommodation was excellent - very clean and the rooms were good sizes with everything we needed. The pub itself was great for the novelty factor of pulling your own pint, and the games room, hot tub and outside area a hit for all the guests. We had a birthday BBQ which worked really well, and a take away Chinese one night. The whole stay worked really well for us, thank you for a brilliant time!

    Liz I am thrilled you had such and enjoyable time at our property, it really does make us so happy to hear about the great times you shared together and hope to see you again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by LizJul 2021

  • "This place is a delight."

    All the facilities you'd expect in a pub and all to yourselves. The games room was a lot of fun. Outside bar/garden/hot tub was a very relaxing oasis. Rooms clean and comfortable. We had the chefs in on a couple of nights and food was very high quality. We were just a family(dictated by lockdown) but the Boars Head plus Curly Tail would be excellent for a large family party etc. The town and area also rather lovely. Terrific friendly host on Darren.

    Thank you for the feedback, perhaps we will see you again with a larger crowd, but if we don't thank you for choosing to stay with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RMay 2021

  • "Incredible place to stay in a quiet town in Shropshire."

    Having a pub to yourself with beer on tap is a great perk, and the hot tub is perfect for relaxing after a day out exploring the Shropshire countryside. The owners were fantastic, friendly, and quickly on hand for any problems we had. Will definitely look at going again!

    Hi Brian, your own pub! Well that warms my heart to think that you felt at home and that you enjoyed your time with us. Hope to see you again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by BrianApr 2021

  • "Everything about the Boars head was superb."

    Had everything we needed for a fun filled family celebration weekend. It was totally outstanding. We ordered the Sunday lunch, which the chef came in and prepared for us. It was a stunning meal, which was served on time and piping hot. They even washed the dishes and cleaned the kitchen after they had finished. Everything was planned efficiently, the whole place exceeded our expectations, the games room, hot tub, outside garden area and the cinema room which included sky sports. Thanks to Darren and his team for making it an extra special weekend. We will definitely be coming back.

    Raymond we look forward to seeing you again sometime! It is so nice to hear that important celebrations that you chose to hold at our property were as good as you had hoped. I will be sure to let my chef know. Thank you for your review. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RaymondSep 2020

  • "The Boars Head is a wonderful destination for a bigger group of people."

    Perfectly clean and beautifully appointed. The hosts were very attentive and went to great lengths to ensure our stay went well. The extras such as hot tub, sauna, games room, outdoor garden space and use of the bar facilities made it rather unique. Lovely location to explore mid Shropshire and the town of Bishops Castle has a lovely vibe with all we required including a great Chinese takeaway which we utilised one evening.

    Thanks Belinda for your review we always appreciate feedback, especially when its clear you enjoyed our offering. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BelindaAug 2020

  • "The Boars Head is fantastic building with great character, and brilliant facilities for all the family."

    We were a family group of 13, and we loved the hot tub, and the games room - a good pool table, as well as darts, air hockey, table football, karaoke, board games etc. The "cinema room" was also popular with the younger ones, who watched most of David Walliams films! As we had quite a few wet days, it made our holiday to be able to entertain so well in the building. The pub is also really nice, with a nice seating area and a lovely log fire as well as a great sound system. The area has great scenery, and we visited some nice places such as Ludlow Castle, Powys Castle as well as Quad Biking near Welshpool and Trampolining near Shrewsbury. Darren and Stuart are very friendly and helpful hosts. and all in all I would highly recommend the Boars Head.

    The Kelleway family were just great. We were thrilled to host them they loved our property and on departure were clearly sad to leave but obviously had a great time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2020

  • "We spent a fabulous week here, it had everything we needed and more."

    The outside space is great for food, drinks & the hot tub, the pub itself is large but so cosy. The TV room was a brilliant chill out space and we had such a laugh in the games room on the karaoke. Their chef cooked for us a few times & the food was amazing! The hosts and the chef are all lovely and extremely helpful, we’ve already booked to go back next year!

    Thank you for your review and for you repeat booking, we really appreciate your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2020

  • "The boars Head was brilliant the pictures and description doesn’t do it justice."

    Cinema room was big enough for all 14 of us to watch a movie. Bar and lounge was so clean and tidy. The hot tub and jacuzzi was first class. Hot tub checked and cleaned daily . Bishop castle was a very picturesque village with breathtaking country views from the top. Overall and absolute gem of a holiday. Would recommend to anyone as a fantastic experience.

    So pleased we were able to to help you create those precious memories for you all. Thank you for choosing to make them at our property. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MarkJul 2020

  • "As a family of 12 we had the most enjoyable week."

    The pub facilities are first class and there is plenty to keep everyone occupied. The pub was very clean and rooms were comfortable. We had some lovely walks around the Shropshire area all starting at the pub. The owners were brilliant and were very responsive to any small questions we asked. Being able to pour draught lager was awesome and we all enjoyed being behind the bar. We all want to stay again. This place is awesome!!!

    Graham we can't thank you enough for your review, clearly you and your family had a great time and that's all we can hope for. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GrahamJul 2020

  • "The Boar's Head is fantastic!"

    All in our party had a great time and were beyond impressed with facilities of this place. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

    So pleased you all had a great time at our property Richard, its exactly what had hoped when putting together our business. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RichardJul 2020

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  • Curly Tail: All-ground-floor
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x family room with one king-size and one triple bunk with Smart TV and en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 2 x king-size and 1 Twin with Smart TV and en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC. Main pub: Six bedrooms: 1 king-size with Smart TV, leading to bunk beds and a toddler bed
  • 1 x Double with Smart TV, 1x King-size , leading to a twin with Smart TV, 1 King-size with Smart TV, 2 bathrooms 1 with freestanding bath, 1 with traditional bath, both with separate walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • 2 x cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Open-plan living space with commercial kitchen, dining area and sitting area with wood burning stove
  • Utility
  • Snug
  • Cinema room
  • Games room
  • Gas central heating and woodburning stove
  • Commercial gas oven and electric grill, induction hob, commercial dishwasher, 5 x fridge, freezer, 3 x microwaves, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, Smart TVs, WiFi and a selection of games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Off-road parking for 10 cars
  • Garden with furniture, hot tub, outdoor Bluetooth speaker and barbecue
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking or vaping
  • Shop and pub within 0.1 miles
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £1000 payable to the owners 7 days before arrival
  • Note: For catering and beverage enquiries please contact Sykes where we will be able to provide more information
  • This property accepts Stag/Hen or similar parties, however, you must agree to the housekeeper coming to check the property once a day for the duration of you stay

The property

This incredible former 16th century pub and inn rests within the centre of Bishop’s Castle in south Shropshire, offering superb accommodation with all the fantastic facilities you’d expect from a former pub and coaching inn.

Split into two sections, this accommodation is perfect for large groups of friends or families seeking a fun-filled escape to this charming county.

Park up in the pub’s private gated car park, hosting enough space for ten cars, and pick your sleeping spot for your holiday, choosing between the 'Curly Tail' accommodation and the main pub.

Curly Tail offers all-ground-floor accommodation, perfect for those less able or seeking to escape the excitement of the group, here you will find four en-suite bedrooms made up of three king-size rooms and a family room, each with their own Smart TV and bathroom, with a simple yet stylish interior to make you feel right at home.

The main pub hosts all of the fantastic amenities you could need on a self-catered stay, with all of its traditional fixtures and fittings of a pub, you can make full use of the commercial kitchen, with a range of wonderful appliances at hand to cater to the whole group; there's even a panini press, dessert fridge and so many more wonderful additions, perfect for your celebratory escape and delicious dining experiences, with the owner's offering catering too so you don't have to lift a finger!

For a sociable event you will have full use of the traditional bar with personal packages available from the owner to either supply a stocked bar with beers on tap or bring your own supplies!

The dining room can seat up to thirty people or just prop up the bar in the traditional lounge area soaking up the heat from the woodburning stove for that authentic pub feel.

Each evening, seek comfort in one of six bedrooms resting on the first floor, with all of a super-king-size, a king-size, two doubles, a twin and a bunk room, served by two beautiful bathrooms and also with their own Smart TVs, this property provides a wonderfully flexible sleeping arrangement for a variety of group needs.

Look forward to spending your time in the snug, cinema room for your relaxing evenings, or enjoy some family fun with a game of darts and pool in the games room!

During the warmer months, you and your loved ones can make the most of the outdoor garden area with a hot tub with Bluetooth speaker, seating and impressive, perfect for that morning coffee after an evening of celebrations in the pub!

If you don’t feel like cooking one morning the owners once again can offer a traditional full breakfast if required, or venture out into the local town and enjoy a treat in one of the many eateries just a stone's throw away.

Bishop's Castle is well-known for its art and craft as well as festivals, plus offering a further selection of pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes, while you can also find a number of shops to pick up any essentials for your celebratory dinners.

For days out, you can simply explore the town from the doorstep or head off on many different walks taking in the beautiful countryside, leading you past castles, gardens and much more.

Brush up on the local history by visiting the National Trust owned points of interest, including Powys or Ludlow Castle, each offering outstanding days out, or venture to Mid Wales or the Welsh coast for a fun day out.

The hill walks around this area are stunning including trekking on Offa’s Dyke or heading to the Long Mynd hills of Church Stretton and beyond.

Choose The Boars Head Pub for a memorable stay in Shropshire.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £1000.

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About the location


Montgomery 10 miles; Ludlow 17 miles; Shrewsbury 21 miles.

The attractive market town of Bishop's Castle is surrounded by the South West Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The ancient town offers a weekly market and an excellent variety of shops, pubs and places to eat. It is famous for its annual Real Ale Festival, Tandem Triathlon and regular festivals and fairs, including Party in the Park and the particularly popular, Michaelmas Fair. The town is ideally placed for walking and touring the Welsh Marches, rural Shropshire and North Herefordshire, while the fascinating and well-known towns of Montgomery, Ludlow and Shrewsbury are all within easy reach. You can also enjoy the numerous nearby attractions, including Powis Castle, the Severn Valley Railway and walks along Offa’s Dyke and The Shropshire Way.

Region Information

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £1000 payable to the owners 7 days before arrival.

Please Note: 2 highchairs and 2 cots can be made available on request.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas