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The Boars Head Pub

(Ref. 1027356)

Bishop's Castle, Shropshire Show on map


  • 23 Guests

  • 10 Bedrooms

  • 6 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Sauna
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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88 Customer Reviews

  • "We had an amazing time at The Boars Head, it was so cosy even though it’s a massive property, 23 of us from age 2 to 60 , something for everyone to do, the teenagers and grown ups loved the games room, the snuggle blankets in the cinema room was a lovely touch, all bedrooms we’re comfortable, everyone said how well they slept, the 2 rooms with adjoining bedrooms were perfect for us, for my grandchildren to be with their parents."

    The kitchen had every gadget going, and yes the pots wasn’t shiny and new, but very good quality and heavy duty what you would expect in a working pub, the town was lovely and friendly, and we was lucky to have the Xmas light switch on, the children[and adults] loved the lighted tractors driving past, we also got snow! Which everyone thought was so magical, lots of snowball fights and photos , the curly tail was fantastic and just perfect to give some that wanted a little more privacy, we loved running our own pub even if it was just for the weekend, 100% recommend for large groups that want something different, we was due to come before but lockdown stopped us, so so glad we finally got to come,

    Thank you so much for your comments it's just great that you enjoyed my property after waiting such a long time to visit. It is a great place for all occasions and ages and the fact that you identify all of that in your feedback really reflects what I hope my guests get from a stay at The Boar’s Head. Thank you for your booking and feedback I hope that have a great Christmas and New year. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Dec 2023

  • "The property provided an excellent location for my 70th Birthday."

    We were able to invite and accommodate a whole host of family and friends of all ages to celebrate with me. The facilities ensured that everyone could find something to do or find a place to chat or read. And if that wasn’t sufficient Bishops Castle has interesting shops and some lovely countryside walks. The support from Darren and his team was prompt friendly and very efficient. There is a real personal touch to the management of this property which for me is a key reason for recommending the Boars Head

    Oh Nick Thank you for your feedback, so pleased to hear the Boar’s Head provided such great experiences for an important milestone in your life. You were great to host and left the property in such good order. lovely to meet you, Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nic5.0Nov 2023

  • "Had a fantastic time, definitely looking to come back next year."

    All as good as the pictures suggest. Amazing fun for a surprise birthday pouring pints watching football and enjoying the facilities. Great communication with the landlord before, during, and after our stay. As a group we have done different events like this, hired boats in spain, took a rockstar style tour bus around the country, and we had just as much fun doing this. highly recommended!!

    Tom thanks for your feedback, you were a pleasure to host and I am so pleased you enjoyed my property. I look forward to your return and thank you again for your booking. kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Nov 2023

  • "The only thing I would say is the photos of bedrooms don't show or say the twin room and bunk bed room above the pub can only be accessed via a double bedroom and not of corridor."

    I had to change sleeping plans for guests luckily my guests didn't mind.

    Thank you Patrick for your feedback, There is a floorplan detailing the layout of the property, I am sorry you missed that, but pleased it clearly didn't impact your stay. I look forward to hosting you again hext year. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0Nov 2023

  • "We have just spent a fantastic weekend here in this lovely old pub."

    There was 22 family members from 10 mths to 69 yes. So much fun being able to 'run our own pub' and pull the pints. The games room was in use all the time and there was also so many board games to play. Large kitchen with everything you could need and lots of space in the fridges and freezer. The bedrooms were all spacious and the beds were so comfy we didn't want to get up in a morning. The outside space, with the hot tub and bar area was really good although didn't use it much because of the weather. Lots of family time memories were made Thank you

    Alison thank you for your feedback which is important for those thinking of booking my property. So nice to hear you had a great time. Hope to host you again in the future l, Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Oct 2023

  • "Fantastic, one of a kind venue!"

    Excellent facilities and plenty of space! The owner and team were very helpful throughout the process and happy to help whenever needed! Exactly what we wanted and will definitely be returning!

    Nathan thank you for this great feedback. You were a pleasure to host and I look forward to your return! I am glad my property provided you with the facility to enable you to enjoy your celebration. Thanks Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nathan5.0Oct 2023

  • "A truly unique experience in authentic pub with all the facilities you could need."

    Can order your own beer, the Ludlow Gold was particularly good, and would thoroughly recommend.

    Thank you Ian for your feedback much appreciated as it helps others when considering booking this unique experience that is much more than just another holiday rental. I look forward to hosting you again. kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2023

  • "Had a brilliant weekend staying at The Boers Head."

    We were a stag party and the idea of us having our own pub for the weekend was such a novelty and everyone enjoyed their stay here. The beer garden was definitely a draw with it being such a pleasant weekend, with the bbq used as well as the hot tub. The games room was certainly a social hub too. Bishops Castle is small picturesque town and we enjoyed seeing what there is and this was made easy with the pub being on the high street. There was also a park 2 minutes away which allowed us to play football and other sports. The main highlight was obviously the working bar and the only negative is that we should had ordered more kegs! Would certainly recommend for any groups who want a top weekend entertaining themselves, as it was certainly better and far more convenient than going abroad for a stag do!

    Thank you for your feedback it's great to see you enjoyed staying at my property. You were fantastic guests, hope to see you again in the future. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a fantastic stay at the Boars Head."

    Family holiday for 22 of us from ages 1 to 86, with another 5 people staying in a cottage nearby. The curly tail accommodation was lovely, very comfortable and clean. I stayed in curly tail 2 and this room was so spacious. Loved the blackout blind. The pub was great, fantastic facilities in the games room, the hot tub and kitchen. Bedrooms were done lovely. Other nice little touches throughout like fresh flowers and hand wash in bathrooms. Plenty of space for everyone and loved all the equipment in the kitchen from when it was still a working pub kitchen. We had three barrels put on and the guys loved this. Great communication from the owner before and during our stay. Area was good, so convenient to have the two shops over the road. Recommend the Three Tuns for food. Things to be improved - some items could do with updating in the kitchen like the fridge that had a leak, we did let the housekeeper know at the end and the childrens highchairs. More signs outside and on the gate telling people that it is not an open pub. We had numerous people come and try and get in. People let themselves in the gate at the back of the pub looking for a way in. They were all fine but it was awkward at times. We would definitely recommend the Boars Head and will hopefully get to return soon.

    HI Tammy thank you for your review so helpful not only to myself but others thinking of booking. So glad you enjoyed staying at my property, great to hear that you had additional guests nearby. Commercial fridge's do tend to condensate more than domestic, but as it works well I am loathed to replace it on environmental grounds, I will add a note to the information to explain the compensating. In relation to additional signage its listed and that makes it difficult as it is still a pub and bolting the inner gate to the garden area does stop them entering the property but I am afraid it is still a pub and therefore has to keep its authenticity which in turn is its charm. There is a sign on the front of the pub telling passers by how to rent it. Thank you for booking and I look forward to your return. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tammy4.4Aug 2023

  • "The property itself and the equipment were dated but that was expected."

    What wasn’t expected was the cleanliness which was poor particularly the kitchen. The inside of the food fridges were very dirty and the work tops still had marks on from the previous occupants. If you are prepared to do some cleaning when you arrive then this is a good place for a celebration.

    Thank you for your feedback Jon I only wish you had notified me on arrival so that I could have witnessed and dealt with this for you. It is difficult now to comment after your departure, cleanliness is not something I have had issues with previously, but commercial kitchens and its pots, pans and equipment are built to be robust, more than to be aesthetically pleasing, where as domestic are more the opposite. I am however pleased you had a great holiday. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by John2.2Jul 2023

  • "What can I say what an amazing place."

    Our whole family enjoyed every room in there (even the laundry room :) the games room, hot tub and cinema room were a big hit with the kids. The bar and seating areas were lovely lots of room to spend with the family. The curly tail accommodations were lovely (added bonus for guests who wanted to go to bed a bit earlier and have their own bathrooms) Only thing was I forgot to mention to Darren that there was a wasp nest next to curly tail 4, only there was a few wasps that kept coming into the room. Maybe a fly net in front of the window so you can still open it without the wasps getting in. Judy the housekeeper came a couple of times during our stay to check the hot tub, she was lovely and friendly. Darren was also only an email away if needed. Darren you have an amazing pub, it’s kept beautifully the bedrooms are lovely and the ones in the pub are very beautiful with lovely original features. Beams are low in the bar area few guests managed to bump their heads which only added to the laughter we had in there. Kitchen was very well equipped only thing I would suggest for the kitchen is a tin opener I know you have that big one but it was quite hard to use. We did washing nearly everyday which was fantastic so we could keep on top of it, there is a washing line in the car park which is great for sunny days but maybe a clothes maid for when the weather is not so good, a couple of our party had to go home for the day for work so brought a couple back with them which really helped. Everyone had the best time, oh and we would love to know when the property was built I forgot to ask you when we were having a chat, we were trying to Google it :) Thank you for a great stay Darren x

    Jodi such great feedback, thrilled you all enjoyed your time at the Boar’s Head incidentally it was built in 1597 and is the oldest public house in the town. I take on board your comments regarding the clothes drying but there is a tumble dryer and a clothes line. I wish you had said about the wasp I would have arranged for my pest guide to have dealt with it. The tin opener yes its a commercial one built to last and not easy to misplace. Thank you again for your booking. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jodi4.7Jul 2023

  • "We recently stayed at the Boars Head Pub for three nights for my brother's stag do and I have to say we had an absolutely incredible time there."

    Everyone loved the facilities available to us and the concept of pouring our own pints all weekend, watching sport, playing games and enjoying the hot tub simply never got old. As a group of guys who enjoy a pub lock-in, this place was the perfect setting for three such sessions in a row and I have to say Darren was the perfect host who was always available via email to respond to any of my queries or to help resolve one or two small issues. For anyone thinking of staying here with family, friends or for their own stag do then I can't recommend this place enough and you simply won't be disappointed. Our only issue now is trying to find another reason to stay again soon. Thanks again Darren for all your help mate, you've been a star.

    David Thank you for your feedback. What a great group of guys! appreciative respectful and fun loving. I am so pleased such an important occasion was made complete by your choosing of my property as your venue. It is so important to me that responses are timely when questions are asked, you had a clear plan for what you wanted from me and it was a pleasure to assist you in your preparations. You were great to host and I look forward to your return visit. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2023

  • "Our stay in the Boars Head was absolutely fantastic."

    All beds were fresh and comfy, Darren was an amazing host with all beer taps we bought and food we got delivered earlier in the day put away for us and made a huge difference to our time. The instructions for all the systems and facilities were clear and easy to understand and I would recommend it as a place to stay for anyone! James

    James thank you for your feedback, so pleased you had a great time at my property and that everything was as you expected. You were a pleasure to host and left the property in such good order far better than some families. It really makes a difference when you read the information that is sent to you in advance so that you are able to enjoy all that the Boar's Head has to offer without issue! Thank you for your booking and I hope to see you again in the future. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Jun 2023

  • "The pub is exactly what it says!"

    Good games room, bars and hot tub but....the small bar by the hot tub was very grubby with lots of cobwebs and behind the main bar was very tired and not very clean either. The kitchen was full of crockery and dishes, most of which weren't touched even with a house full, and the pots and pans had definitely seen better times. The contents of the kitchen needed a complete refurbishment; it was very obvious that all was just left as it was when the pub shut down. The sinks in the kitchen were at one end and the kettles etc were at the other end so a lot of time was wasted walking backwards and forwards. The small hand washing sink was filthy. A lot of the crockery and pans had to be washed before we could use them and I realised that a lot of reliance for cleanliness is placed upon the previous occupants. Unfortunately for us, they were not very clean. And a quick inspection by the housekeeper would have shown that. The glass washer behind the bar didn't work and the owner actually messaged me to tell me this and blamed the previous occupants but it can't have been used for some time as it smelt very unpleasant when it was opened. Someone tried to use the sauna but couldn’t get it to work. They only mentioned this later or I would have got in touch with someone but they couldn’t find any instructions so just didn’t bother. One of the guests had Curly Tail 4 and she said it was very dusty. She wiped the bathroom floor with some kitchen roll and showed me the results and she was certainly not being overly fussy. My husband and I were in Curly Tail 1 and it was fine but was in need of a bath mat to save slipping in the bath. One of the showers in the upstairs of the pub wasn’t easy to control and a few people reported not being able to make it any cooler. There are several single steps in the pub and I think it would be better if they could be marked in some way to prevent falling. Late on Saturday night I missed my footing on the way to the kitchen and ended up on my bottom on the floor. Luckily I just had a few bruises and wasn’t carrying anything so it wasn’t a disaster. I say all of this in the hope that it can be used to improve the place as we all had a great time there which could have been that bit better if cleaner and the kitchen set up to be more ‘user friendly’ for non-professional people.

    Thank you for your feedback and of course your booking, also for your observation that the pub is as it was when it stopped being open to the public! That is exactly why so many people have enjoyed staying at the property because I am not just offering a holiday home I am giving people a chance to experience having your own pub and all that goes with that plus additional extras! The kitchen as per the pictures on Sykes property page clearly show it is a commercial kitchen its not complexed in any way but as such it does not contain shiny pots and pans as they are industrial steel designed for heavy use. All the crockery you say needed washing before use but before you mention that your comment was that there is so much of it even though you had a full house hardly any of it was used or needed so I am somewhat perplexed as to which it was. Many of my guests hold various celebrations during the stay inviting other guests who maybe staying in different properties so the extra crockery etc is very much appreciated. The glass washer had been booked for repair as previous guests had broken it but the parts were delayed, but I had informed you in advice that there are two further dishwashers at the property, one being next to the ice machine a slimline one that you could use just for glasses, leaving the larger one for crockery. In relation to it smelling that is because one of your party decided to place used glasses in it causing the stale smell. The instructions for the sauna are contained in the information leaflet that I send out prior to your arrival usually 3 times, I did say to you as the booker please ensure you share the information with your guests but clearly that had slipped your mind and the sauna was checked on departure and works fine. The bar area is old the Inn was built in 1597 and the ware and tear you describe most people see as character. Room 4 bathroom floor dirty, I take it that must have happened as you had several changeover of guests, perhaps you had not cleaned the bathroom before the next arrived? Bath mats are provided they are draped over the side of the bath and you can easily pop one in the bottom of the bath should you need, but it is self catering and you also could have brought your won as the configuration of the rooms together with description show that room 1 is shower over bath. Both showers upstairs are easily controlled by turning the thermostat and pressing the button they adjust as they should do, also the water is set to a safe temperature. The steps in the bar have ben there since 1597 just one step up and have signage above but you had been at the property long enough to familiarise yourself with the layout. I do not usually write such a robust response but you had 4 visits form the housekeeper when she came to see to the hot tub ad assist you with the karaoke and not once did you bring up any of these issues, it also states in the information to notify us in the first 24hrs and we will return and rectify the things you have raised. Prior to arrival you had been in contact via email and you could have raised these with myself, you were more than happy to ask me if you could take your pets upstairs, so I find it disappointing that you did not give myself and my team the opportunity to deal with the issues but instead chose to notify me through your disappointing feedback. I am an experienced owner with 30 years plus in hospitality and it is my sincere hope that every guest who choses my property has the best stay that I can offer, and I think my many previous reviews reflect that, and perhaps the Boars Head was just not for you! Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Teresa3.1Jun 2023

  • "We had an amazing week in this fabulous, quirky property!"

    We were a mixture of 20 family and friends celebrating our Ruby wedding anniversary. We were very lucky to get great weather as a bonus and spent a lot of time in the garden area, enjoying the hot tub on most days. It was great pulling pints in the bar and spending evenings all together in “our” pub! We hired the chef for our anniversary 3 course meal - it was so good not having to lift a finger to set up, cook, serve or clear away! If you’re thinking of booking here for a special occasion, don’t think twice - you won’t regret it! Thank you, , for a fantastic week to remember in your unique property!

    Tricia I really appreciate your review. thank you for taking the time to share your experience at my property as it really helps others who are considering booking, especially as it is was for such an important occasion. I am surprised that you have marked me down for cleanliness as clearly you had such a great stay and as per my information sent to you prior to arrival should there be any issues such as cleanliness to let us know in the first 24hrs so that we can rectify these. We were in contact during your stay and there was no mention of this but you did say that the lights around the hot tub were not working and I was unable to get my electrician to attend before you left so I apologise. Thank you for your booking and feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tricia4.1Jun 2023

  • "The Boar's Head is fantastic."

    We had an amazing weekend and the facilities were everything we hoped for and more. Darren was always readily available and helped us with all our planning and queries. We definitely recommend this property. Thank you Darren!

    Chris thank you for your feedback I really appreciate this as it gives reassurance to those who are considering booking as it shows that srandards are continuing to be met and that property is what you hoped it to be, not to mention the town itself. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris5.0May 2023

  • "Our family had a great time at this ex pub."

    Lots of space for all 23 of us. Plus dogs. Would highly recommend.

    Thank you Sue for your feedback really appreciate your booking and that you hadxa great time at my property. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Apr 2023

  • "We had an absolutely amazing time at the Boar's Head, we were 6 families and the place is so perfect that we only left the pub once all week (to go to Ludlow)."

    The hot tub, sauna and games room (particularly the karaoke) were all very well used and pouring your own pint never gets boring!! Darren has thought of everything and is there at the drop of a hat if you have any questions. We had the caterers come in for Sunday lunch and one evening meal and they were great too, incredible value as well. The log burner was a lovely place to gather around in the evening and the TV room was well used. We all slept well in the rooms too, which I'm sure had nothing to do with the volume of beer consumed. Cannot recommend enough :)

    Jamie Thank you for your feedback it's great to hear my property gave you such a great time. It's so important to me that you and your group enjoyed it so much so that you only left once! Thanks for your booking and hope to host you again in the future. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jamie5.0Mar 2023

  • "Went to the boards head pub for my 30th and what a great weekend."

    The place itself has everything you need and would definitely recommend to friends.

    Thanks for the review I really appreciate hearing about your experience at my property and so glad it gave you a great 30th birthday. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Celynd5.0Mar 2023

  • "This was my 2nd time staying at the property so I knew just how good it is but, if anything, I enjoyed this stay even more!"

    All the other guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves too. I just need to think of another reason to come back again!

    Chris so good to read that a return visit beats the first! I'm sure you can find a reason to return to make it a hat trick! Thank you for your feedback so pleased you enjoyed it and you were a pleasure to host. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Mar 2023

  • "We stayed here for a hen do & it was so much fun!"

    There is so much to do just in the pub, the games room, kareoke, sauna & hot tub were great & we were able to pour our own pints behind the bar as we’d paid for the barrel. The kitchen is well stocked & made it easy to cook for large numbers of people. We would definitely recommend the pub & would love to stay again!

    Chloe thank you for your feedback you were a pleasure to host. I nearly cancelled my cleaners due to the way you had left the property. Looking forward to hosting you again in the future Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chloe5.0Feb 2023

  • "This place is wonderful!"

    It literally has everything and anything you may need. 19 of us had a fantastic weekend celebrating a big birthday. Darren was helpful and approachable leading up to our arrival and a great help when we needed him to get Sky TV working; someone was round within 10 minutes to sort it. Darren provided us with stock for the bar and organised Jerome’s team to come in and cook for all 19 of us one evening and I would recommend their services to anyone staying here. The kitchen is well equipped, the bedrooms are spacious and comfortable, the bar/lounge/dining area are cosy and the games room provided us with lots of fun; I hope no one filmed us on karaoke! The town is beautifully quirky with a good selection of shops and pubs. If you have a celebration coming up I couldn’t think of a better place to spend it!

    Rachel thank you for your feedback it was such a pleasure to meet and host you. Really appreciate how lovely you left it. Look forward to seeing you again. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Feb 2023

  • "We came for a stag party and had a great time - the place was absolutely perfect for what we needed and overall a great experience from booking through to finish."

    Darren was a huge help getting the draught order sorted including one that wasn't actually on the list, would definitely recommend to others - I have shown a lot of people the place who think it is a great idea and would be interested to do it in future. Thanks again!

    Lewis absolute pleasure to host such a great group. Really appreciate your feedback thanks again for your booking and hope to see you again in the future Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lewis5.0Feb 2023

  • "Group of 19 celebrating a 50th birthday-aged from 2-78."

    We had a fantastic week stay! There was something for everyone to enjoy. We didn’t realise that one of the twin rooms was off another room which meant we had a bit of a reshuffle in sleeping arrangements but I can see the listing has been updated now and it is clear so that’s good! Couple of little blips when we were there, but Darren was very responsive and everything was addressed and sorted quickly so thank you very much for that. (Just one suggestion-if there is something that should not be unplugged or switched off it might be an idea to put a sticker on it to advise this?) We had Jerome come in with the most amazing Sunday roast, I would thoroughly recommend that. We were easily able to cook meals for the whole group the rest of the time as the kitchen is so well equipped. Hot tub was fab, the games room kept everyone occupied for the whole week (when we weren’t out exploring the area which is beautiful) and we loved having our own bar! The whole place is amazing, bedrooms are very well decorated and comfortable, communal spaces are cosy, and we all hope to go back again one day. Book it now!

    Thank you Liz for uour review. I'm sorry the updated floor plan had not been sent to you, but pleased you were able to reshuffle. It's great that you had such an enjoyable time especially for such a special occasion. Thank you for your booking and hope you again in the future. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.4Feb 2023

  • "What an amazing place!"

    We feel very lucky to have stayed there. Generally everything was great, and the facilities were very unique and fun, we had a great time. We had a couple of issues while there but Darren responded quickly and helped where possible. Some things that could have made the stay even better: - We couldn't find any tea-towels or oven gloves which made cooking difficult. I'd recommend getting some if you don't have any, or putting them in a more obvious place if you do. - An amazon firestick for the TV in the games room would have been great, we had to use a laptop and HDMI to get YouTube karaoke on the screen. - The microphones for the karaoke were a bit dodgy and sometimes cut out. - Share the pin for the sky TV in the manual so you can watch shows on demand that are aired after 9pm. - Hot tub went cold for no reason in the middle of the stay so fix that if possible. - We ran out of loo roll after 2 and a half days and couldn't find any spare so had to buy some more so more stocks would be good. - It felt a bit strange to have to pay for the juke box and arcade machine, especially as no one carries cash anymore. Would be great if there was some way to be able to use it for free/some tokens available to use. Thanks again. We loved our stay and have already recommended the place to lots of people. Hopefully we'll be back again soon!

    Thank you for your review which I really appreciate as it helps other's who are considering booking. It's great that you had an enjoyable time at my property. I would like to address your issues We were in regular contact throughout your stay and I could of easily given you the code for the sky it's there to protect children as I provide a complete viewing package. I could of pointed you in the right direction for tea towels and oven gloves if you had asked, Judy my housekeeper who visited she also could of resolved these. The hot tub has never been an issue , it is serviced monthly and when Judy did her chemical check it was to temperature so I have no explanation for this, but it did regain its temperature so that you were able to use it, having spoken to the maintenance company it appears it most likely went into a purge cycle or the cover was not closed properly l, but I responded to you with instructions on what to do which rectified it. The Boars Head is self catering and toilet roll is something you provide yourself, although we do leave 2 full rolls in all 6 bathrooms and extra large catering rolls in the ground-floor toilets. I don't advertise that there is an amazon fire stick in the games room it was only that one of your party had previously stayed and on that occasion there had been, but there is a kareoke machine and a large selection of discs but I understand that you wanted specific songs which unfortunately I did not have. The microphones will cut out if you are using excessive volume as the system has a decibel monitor so that our neighbours are protected should you wish to enjoy yourselves into the early hours. The shop across the road has a post office with plenty of change and a cash machine open from 7am to 10pm daily. The pool, air hockey, darts football table etc are all on free play. You can't give tokens out free when you can win a jackpot of £100. It's so great that you have already recommended my property to others and thank you for leaving it so tidily. I hope that you return in the future. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Holly4.4Jan 2023

  • "The Boars head is a fantastic venue for celebrating with friends and family ."

    It has every amenity for everyone young or old to have fun . The bedrooms are comfortable and cosy . The hot tub area is amazing. The leisure space is plentiful and of course you have your bar to stand behind ! Darren is a great host . He is responsive helpful and organised . The use of a chef was just brilliant as there were 20 of us to feed ! The breakfast was plentiful hot and tasty and Chef Jerome cleared away all the dishes . On sunday we had a different chef who made us a pub lunch which was great . The lady helping was fab she laid tables served the food and again cleared away and let the kitchen clean and tidy . All of my family couldn’t say enough what a great time we had .

    Thank you Alex for your feedback which clearly shows what a great time you had at my property, the very reason it is meant for. It's always helpful to others when considering making a booking as the uniqueness of it is better understood through others who have experienced staying. Look forward to hosting you again. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alexandra4.7Jan 2023

  • "Our stay was excellent, the place gave us everything we wanted, what the premises did was create a fantastic environment that we all loved this was down to the working bar/pub."

    We would no doubt return if the opportunity was there and highly recommend this property to anyone. The owner Darren was extremely helpful when we had issues and resolved our problems when we had them.

    Thank you for your feedback I really appreciate it and for your booking it was a pleasure to host you. Hope to see you again in the future. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jonathan4.1Dec 2022

  • "The stay here was AMAZING!"

    The property is perfect, great spaces for families to be together or to spread out. The amenities are all you’d ever need, location is super cute. Darren is the best host, even with it being Christmas he was still on hand for any questions we had. We can’t wait to book again

    Thank you so much for the feedback which is so important to those looking to book my venue for a special occasion and Christmas is so special so your review is perfect. I hope to see you again in the future l. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Dec 2022

  • "Absolutely amazing and more we could not fault anything Darren the owner ..."

    Absolutely amazing and more we could not fault anything Darren the owner answered all of my questions by email within minutes it was such a warmly beautiful place to be even the coal fire was a great asset for us all felt very chrissamy nd that was the reason we went a friends early Xmas get together couldn’t of picked a better place the Xmas lunch cooked by Jerome ,ilia ,and Gemma was fantastic and there hospitality was fab nothing they wouldn’t do for you there was 23 in my group and everyone of us feels exactly the same so can’t wait to come back here next time we have the best memories that will last forever Thankyou so much to Darren and the team not forgetting Judy the housekeeper she was just as lovely you have a fab team Darren and the best pub you must be so proud 10/10 for us xxxxx

    Marie thank you so much for this wonderful feedback that I will be sure to pass on to Yulia l, Judy and Jerome!. The Boars Head is special to me and the fact that I am able to share it with others just makes me so happy. Thank you all so much and I am glad that you made memories that you will treasure l. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the Boar’s Head."

    Everyone enjoyed themselves and we had over 20 of us with ages from 2-73 years old. The hot tub was fab and it’s great to be able to order your own kegs of beer and just pour your own pint whenever you want! The games room is great too. We didn’t use the catering packages although you can use the full industrial kitchen and there’s also local takeaway’s available. Rooms and bathrooms and everywhere all nicely decorated to a high standard. A unique experience, will hopefully book again one day.

    Thank you for your feedback it was a pleasure to host you . Its great that you enjoyed my property and that the experience of staying in a real English 16th century coaching Inn created memorable times for you. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jamie5.0Nov 2022

  • "Great place to stay, there were lots to do in the pub and we all had a great time."

    Simon thanks for your feedback it really is important to me that my property helped you make such memorable times for you and your group. Thank you for your booking Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Nov 2022

  • "Wow , in fact 23 wows from everyone who stayed for a week at this amazing pub holiday cottage , very unique and all of us want to go back again so it's certainly been a positive experience ."

    The village is very interesting with stunning accessible countryside and has a handy coop plus a superb butcher / cheese monger and we found getting food deliveries easy to arrange for essentials. Darren, the owner, is especially helpful and kindly arranged for draught beer to be provided so we could hand pull ales and lager and took our own wine etc, likewise he sorted fuel for the huge log burner. He can also arrange a chef to make food but we opted for self catering and there is a huge clean and well stocked kitchen with commercial fridge freezer and a semi professional cooker etc and loads of implements and crockery etc. It's like the owner has just nipped out and left you in charge of the place for the week. The hot tub is massive and was well used and games room equally a boon with lots to do on wet days plus the cinema room where many a carry on film was shown. The pub , restautant area and rooms are very comfortable and again clean (everyone commented how good the beds are) if you are inside the pub you nip through the kitchen to upstairs and the rooms are massive plus another 4 that are ground floor across the private car park so ideal for anyone who's less mobile but still nice and private as the car park is gated. Couldn't be happier - clean comfortable and characterful. Thanks Darren

    Steve I really appreciate your feedback, great to hear you enjoyed your stay and that it lived upto your expectations. Thank you for your booking and hopefully see you again in the future. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Oct 2022

  • "Fantastic property and lovely village."

    Facilities are great at property we had lots of use of games room. Teenagers got most out of tvs in rooms. Bedding lovely, bathrooms are gorgeous plenty of room in pub. The owner was fantastic when corresponding to any questions. Definitely be booking again.

    Ah Jo thank you so much for this it's great to know that you had a good time. Look forward to hosting you again and thank you. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Oct 2022

  • "Absolutely fantastic venue for a 'big' birthday celebration."

    We comprised of 9 couples and The Boars Head couldn't have been any better. The accommodation is clean, comfy and authentic, the kitchen facilities are perfect (even for our professional catering friends!) and the pub is just amazing. It feels frozen in time - just like it was a working pub only yesterday. The outside bar area is great too (the hot tub was popular!) and the karaoke system and games room got plenty of use. Darren (the owner) was communicative and supportive throughout. We couldn't have asked for a better place to celebrate. The continued phrase from our group is "#itsanactualpub"!! We also enjoyed local walks and walks around the village. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this location for family and friends to celebrate. We made memories for a lifetime. Scott and Julie

    Wow Scott & Julie such praise! I have said it before and I will say it again! It is as important to ne as it is to you that you enjoy my property as I have for the last 24 years. It remains the same and will continue to do so. I very much look forward to perhaps hosting uou again, and thank you for your booking. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2022

  • "Wow - what a fantastic place!"

    We have just come home from a surprise weekend for my partner's 30th birthday and have had the BEST time at the Boar's Head. The pub is so cosy and authentic, with all the modern amenities to make your stay comfortable and really fun. Would highly recommend the property to anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion. We had so much fun, it was a perfect. Thanks so much Darren (and Judy!) will definitely be back at the next big birthday!

    Holly thank you for your feedback so pleased you had a great time especially for such an important occasion. Thank you for your booking Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Holly4.7Oct 2022

  • "The Boars Head is a fantastic place to stay ."

    We loved it from the minute we got there we had such a good time . We would recommend the chef especially for Sunday dinner .

    Lisa thank you for your feedback it's great it was all you hoped for. Thank you for your booking Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Sep 2022

  • "WOW! What an amazing property!"

    It couldn't have been more perfect! We were a Wedding party of 20 (sleeps up to 23) that stayed 2 nights. Being able to hire a whole pub was absolutely fantastic. Having the bar area was great, it was perfect that others who were staying close by in various airbnbs could join us for the evening prior to the Wedding, it was so much more intimate than meeting at a pub elsewhere. Following a delicious Chinese takeaway, we had a great evening playing games in the games room, singing along to the jukebox and generally enjoying the welcoming ambiance! The pub itself dates back to the 1600s and was 1st licensed in 1642. It has so much character, with oak beams and a beautiful fire place and a cosy snug. It was so much bigger than we imagined, the photos really don't do it justice! It has all you will ever need for a get-together! We had a lovely chef come to the property the morning of the Wedding and cook us a full english/continental breakfast, that set us up for the day! There is a great outdoor space with a hot tub and there is also a sauna, both of which we didn't get time to use, but we plan to return at some point. It would be a perfect venue for Christmas or New Year! It fulfilled our expectations and much much more! Thank you Darren, it was so nice to finally meet you after all of our email chit chat!

    Penny what a simply wonderful review... Weddings and celebrations are so important as they mark pivotal points in our life, so knowing that my property helped make an already special occasion even more memorable. You were a pleasure to host and I thank you for your booking and look forward to meeting you and your lovely family again soon. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Penny5.0Sep 2022

  • "Our highlights- pulling beer, endless kareoke, games room, comfy sofas, Friday night catering and the hot tub."

    Also a very responsive holiday host off-site. The improvements for us would be as much info as possible well in advance of coming as we are co-ordinating 22 people, a booking sheet for catering, a mannual on site mentioning second tv box and sauna info, coffee-beans for coffee machine in bar and as part of our original Sykes booking knowing two bedrooms are accessed through two others. Was a really fantastic stay overall. We loved the place. It was literally the keys to our own pub for the weekend. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Sep 2022

  • "Had a great week at the Boars Head."

    4 families ageing between 9 and 80 and there was something for everyone. Loads of seating for both eating and relaxing. Great cinema room where we all watched the match! Kids loved the games room and we all enjoyed the hot tub. Beer on tap an added bonus. We ordered the bbq hamper which was great quality and fed 15 of us for 2 meals. Comfy beds & quality bathrooms. Would highly recommend a fun stay here with big group of friends or family.

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a fantastic holiday at the Boars head."

    We spent a week with our parents and all our family to celebrate their wedding anniversary (although because of covid this was delayed by 2 years) . There was something for everyone here and suited all the age ranges in our family from 15-78 years. The bar and kitchen facilities were fantastic.. the younger generation enjoyed the games room , karaoke and hot tub whilst the older members enjoyed relaxing in the lounge bar area ion comfy leather settee surrounded by the original features of the pub. The bedrooms were clean beds were comfortable and it slept 22 of us comfortably. Darren the owner was contactable throughout our stay as we had a couple of issues and these were sorted immediately. I would recommend this place for a large get together of friends family definitely 5star rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Karey thank you for your feedback it was my pleasure to host you. So nice that you feel able to recommend my property, and that your stay was so enjoyable. Kr Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karey4.4Jul 2022

  • "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 Sue5.0Jul 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 Matthew5.0Jul 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 Barry5.0Jul 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 Matthew5.0Jun 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 Zena5.0Jun 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 Mark5.0May 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 Katherine5.0May 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 Tom5.0May 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 Jon5.0Apr 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 Charles5.0Apr 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 Frederick5.0Apr 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 Sonia5.0Mar 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 Adam5.0Mar 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 Dale5.0Mar 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 Melanie5.0Mar 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 Jake5.0Mar 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 Helen5.0Feb 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 Rebecca5.0Feb 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 Lauren5.0Feb 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 Katy5.0Jan 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 Jade5.0Jan 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 Lisa5.0Jan 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 Jennifer5.0Dec 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 David5.0Dec 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 Sharon5.0Dec 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 Kevin5.0Nov 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 Martyn4.4Nov 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 Debbie4.1Nov 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 Michelle5.0Nov 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 Jeanette5.0Oct 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 Alan4.7Oct 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 Jacob5.0Sep 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 Paula5.0Sep 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 Kirsty5.0Sep 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 Eloise5.0Aug 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 Trevor4.7Aug 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 Sam5.0Jul 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 Linda5.0Jul 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 Liz5.0Jul 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 R5.0May 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 Brian5.0Apr 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 Raymond5.0Sep 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 Belinda5.0Aug 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 David5.0Aug 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 Helen5.0Aug 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 Mark5.0Jul 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 Graham5.0Jul 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 Richard5.0Jul 2020

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  • Owner happy to accept up to 4 dogs
  • Owner will accept cats at the property
  • 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
  • Garden is enclosed however there is a park 5 mins walk away to exercise dogs
  • Has all Sky Sports, Movies and BT sports channels included
  • Open-plan living space with commercial kitchen, dining area and sitting area with wood burning stove
  • Utility
  • Snug
  • Cinema room
  • Games room including state of the art arcade style pac-man machine
  • Two high chairs and two cots available on request.
  • 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
  • Four 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 your stay
  • Please note: There is no electric vehicle charging at this property Please note: The owner is able to recommend catering companies in the local area to enhance your 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


Church Stretton 8 miles; Montgomery 10 miles; Shrewsbury 14 miles; Ludlow 18 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 farmer's market once a month, 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. A weekly market can be found in Lydham village hall, selling local produce. 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.

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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.

Upto 4 dogs allowed at property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas