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The Shooting Folly

Cheswardine, Shropshire (Ref. 988985)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

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53 Customer Reviews

  • "Really comfortable property in great location."


    Thank you for your feedback and we're so glad that you found The Shooting Folly comfortable during your stay. It is certainly is a great location and we hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by StephenMar 2022

  • "What an amazing place."

    We had such a relaxing stay. Everything has been done to such a high standard. It truly was like a home from home, including lovely little extras like fresh milk and eggs from the farm. Thank you for such a lovely stay.

    Thank you for your kind review - we're so glad you had such a relaxing stay and look forward to welcoming you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AmyFeb 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay which was above any beyond our already high expectations."

    The folly itself is every bit as good as it looks in the ad but the extras really do make this an excellent place to stay. We hope to stay again soon.

    Thank you for this lovely feedback. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay, we look forward to welcoming you on your return! Property Owner

    Reviewed by JeffDec 2021

  • "My boyfriend and I visited the folly for three nights and it was just perfect!"

    Lots of little extras that were well thought out. The fire was well stocked and the hot tub warmed up for our arrival, even some fresh eggs and milk from the farm left on the table for us. It's so cute and cosy and great for some romantic time away in the countryside! The nearest pub is about an hours walk away. Although don't do what we did and have too many drinks you can't walk back home! All in all a wonderful little stay-cation and we will be back again for sure. Thanks very much Stephen. :)

    We are delighted that you both enjoyed your stay at the Shooting Folly so much. We look forward to greeting you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AbbieDec 2021

  • "Fantastic relaxing time, it does what it says on the tin."

    Thank you for providing us with your feedback. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and would love to welcome you back any time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SteveNov 2021

  • "Idyllic property, perfect for a relaxing get away."

    We have a wonderful time, enjoying the charm and quirk of The Shooting Folly; we loved waking up to seeing the cows in the field and taking dips in the hot tub surrounded by mist hanging over the fields.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back any time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MatthewNov 2021

  • "An amazing property."

    Loved having the history of the cottage & the before renovation photos included in the welcome folder. Lovely touch with the fresh farm milk, eggs & local ginger biscuits on arrival. The cottage was warm & cosy for our autumn visit. The only negative I have is that our week was up far too quick & we didn't want to leave

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back any time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2021

  • "The bedroom was very cramped for space, especially for the person on the window side."

    The bedroom loo door was noisy and a quiet visit to the loo in the night was not easy. Very small sitting room.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so sorry to hear of the issues that you encountered during your stay and hope that these did not leave a lasting impact. We hope to welcome you back any time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AllenOct 2021

  • "Great unique Folly beautifully presented in an idyllic location, loved the hot tub under the stars, can't wait to return."

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back any time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by StewartSep 2021

  • "The Shooting Folly was an absolutely wonderful little place to stay at, our favourite of all the Hideaways properties we have had the pleasure of holidaying in."

    Very well equipped, clean, comfortable and so peaceful, just the occasional mooing of the cows, what lovely, friendly neighbours to have. It was also fantastic to sit out in the hot tub, so relaxing in a fabulous environment. My wife and I can not recommend this little oasis of a place highly enough, we would just say that everyone should go there! Finally big thanks to Stephen for his warm welcome and knowledge regarding walking around the locality, and also for recommending a visa to Bidulph Grange (N.T.) stunning gardens. If you can - just book it!

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back any time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ChrisSep 2021

  • "It was lovely and peaceful"

    Thank you for your feedback and looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by YogendraJul 2021

  • "This is a lovely location and fantastic way to relax"

    Reviewed by PeterJun 2021

  • "The Shooting Folly was all it had promised in the advertising."

    Steve was really welcoming and made it easy for us to feel we could relax and have as much or as little contact as we needed.

    We're delighted that you had a relaxing stay at The Shooting Folly and were able to meet Steve! Thank you for your feedback. We hope to welcome you back in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by ChrisMay 2021

  • "Pretty area and cottage."

    Loved the log burner and hot tub. Very helpful staff on phone at Sykes.

    Reviewed by RachelMay 2021

  • "We had the most relaxing time ever!"

    Just what we needed.

    Reviewed by SamanthaOct 2020

  • "It was so private and relaxing just what me and my partner needed abit of piece and quiet away from reality."

    Would definatly recommend and hopefully will return to this beautiful property.

    Thank you for recommending The Shooting Folly and we would love for you to return in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by YvonneOct 2020

  • "From booking our holiday to arriving at our lovely cottage, everything was perfect!"

    Thank you.

    We are glad to hear everything was perfect at The Shooting Folly. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JuliaSep 2020

  • "Great break"

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2020

  • "From ringing Stephen asking him where the key was to then ringing him 2 days later to ask where to leave the key just went by in a flash."

    .!! The sight of him driving down his field in his Quad to give us the key just made us smile, and to be honest his warm & friendly nature kept us smiling throughout our small break..!! Loved every second of our trip & would love to come back

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. It's always fantastic to hear how much you have enjoyed your break away. We will pass on your comments to the owner and hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2020

  • "The Folly was by far the best accommodation we have stayed in."

    A magical place for our honeymoon. The pictures do not do it justice. We will be back

    Reviewed by SusanDec 2019

  • "The cottage was immaculate and everything you could think of was provided."

    We had a lovely honeymoon and have already booked to go back again. The hottub was awesome overlooking the fields and cows. Highly recommend.

    We are pleased to hear you had a lovely honeymoon and we will see you again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by LauraNov 2019

  • "This is the most beautiful cottage."

    Clean, comfortable, quiet and relaxing. Great place to recharge the batteries. Owner was friendly and helpful. We will highly recommend a stay here and hope to go back.

    Thank you for your comments on The Shooting Folly. We are pleased to hear you would highly recommend the cottage and we hope to welcome you back soon, Property Owner

    Reviewed by DebraOct 2019

  • "This cottage is lovely and the owners couldn't be friendly enough, i would defiantly stay here again just not as long but loved seeing the cows every day, the cottage was clean, cleaning stuff was provided, and generally everything you need to cook!"

    its very secluded and generally we didn't leave the cottage / hot tub and it was fabulous!! lovely place, nothing around and that's what we were looking for, only thing i will say is if you dont like spiders you'll either have heart attack or get over your fears

    Reviewed by Sarah-jayneAug 2019

  • "This Gem is well worth a visit, quiet relaxing and just what we needed, a ruin lovingly restored."

    Well done Steve xx

    Reviewed by JayneAug 2019

  • "Very enjoyable stay, very peaceful and quiet."

    Beautiful scenery lovely walks. This really was a hideaway

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2019

  • "The Shooting Folly is a brilliantly unique holiday bolthole."

    The owner is very friendly and incredibly helpful. This was, without doubt, the best holiday home we've enjoyed. The only thing we would have changed would have been to stay for longer!! Simply wonderful!!

    Reviewed by SarahMay 2019

  • "Beautiful place, incredibly peaceful, we'll definitely visit again."

    Reviewed by BMay 2019

  • "The Fooy is just perfect."

    Super location and so well set up.

    Reviewed by JulianApr 2019

  • "Lovely place to relax and unwind."

    Reviewed by WendyApr 2019

  • "What a lovely place did not want to leave ."

    Definitely be going back

    Reviewed by SharonMar 2019

  • "Such an amazing location."

    .. Nice and peaceful, didn't even see another human unless we ventured into Market Drayton... The fire was so nice in the snug, made it so cozy... Hot tub was clean and well maintained, lovely way to spend the evenings... Highly recommend

    Reviewed by AndrewMar 2019

  • "The Shooting Folly is a magical place."

    Stunning location.The snug is really cosy on an evening with the woodburning stove.The honesty bar with a selection of your" favourite tipple",and lovely bottles of wine and champagne was a lovely touch but we had brought a good supply of our own.

    Reviewed by JanetMar 2019

  • "A stunning property."

    Beautifully restored. Superb location. The hot tub under a sky full of stars was amazing. Highly recommended for a perfect getaway from it all.

    Reviewed by KathrynMar 2019

  • "Really beautiful restored cottage, excellent facilities."

    Lovely, helpful owners. Peaceful, relaxing, completely private except for a few cows and great location for walking. They had thought of everything and more, plus little extras. It was far better than we'd expected, we had a great time and want to thank Steve and Tracey for such a great holiday and for their hospitality. Thank you Helen & Dave Wirral

    Reviewed by HelenMar 2019

  • "Such an amazing place to stay."

    If you like cozy, warm and secluded this is the place to go. One of the nicest places I've stayed.

    Reviewed by StuartFeb 2019

  • "Hideaways provided up to date information on travel etc."

    as the break got closer. Easy to use website. The accommodation and host were perfect in every way! A wonderful, tranquil break following our marriage. The folly is cosy, clean and very well equipped. The hot tub a welcome luxury after a day exploring on our bikes. We will definitely be returning for our anniversary.

    Reviewed by HannahJan 2019

  • "Everything about the Folly is magical."

    Can't wait to go back!

    Reviewed by DawnOct 2018

  • "Fantastic restored cottage, great attention to detail."

    The location is stunning with the added bonus of the Hot Tub. One of the best we have visited.

    Reviewed by JoSep 2018

  • "A relaxing peaceful location."

    It has rekindled our hobbies of sketching and writing. Beautiful countryside, beautiful folly.

    Mr & Mrs Wakefield

  • "We needed to get away and disconnect."

    The Shooting Folly was a perfect place for this. Peace and quiet all around us, a wood burning stove and a hot tub! Who could ask for more?!? The surrounding area is beautiful with lots of areas to hike. We had such a wonderful time we're already planning another visit.

    Guests' Review On TripAdvisor

  • "Perfect way to spend our long weekend and celebrate our engagement."

    Mr & Mrs Clark

  • "Had a wonderful 4 days at the Folly - we found it to have everything we needed, the snug was perfect on a cold winter evening (and the underfloor heating meant the wood burner was a treat rather than a necessity and feet stayed warm even without slippers!"

    ) We found lots to do in the surrounding area (car needed though), the owners were very friendly and welcoming, and the farm tour was a real treat. We would thoroughly recommend a stay here.

    Guests' Review On TripAdvisor

  • "Just wanted to say thank you."

    The Shooting Folly was as beautiful as it looked. It was perfect for a lovely few days of peace and quiet. The owner was lovely and everything was as it looked from your description....and more. We had a lovely time and will hopefully book with you again at some point in the future. Just wanted to thank you for your help in sorting this out for me at very short notice. Really appreciate it.

    Mrs Allwood

  • "We stayed here for Easter and really didn't want to leave."

    The thought that has gone into every part of the Folly is evident everywhere. Small but perfectly formed, everything has been thought of. It is comfortable, well equipped and the perfect place to get away from it all. The addition of the hot tub is excellent and a perfect place to enjoy the peace and quiet. If you want somewhere that is quirky, comfortable and the perfect escape, then you don't need to look any further than here. We will definitely be returning.

    Guests' Review On TripAdvisor

  • "This is a beautifully restored building set in the middle of nowhere."

    Excellent kitchen facilities meant we had no need to leave! The snug with wood burner made for a cosy room. The hot tub offered great views in the day and lights at night. A great place for a romantic break and to recharge the batteries!

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "Perfect setting."

    Great that there is no Wifi - no distractions from the outside world. Sorry to leave the peace and quiet - would love to come back.

    Mr And Mrs Platt

  • "We loved staying here."

    It is conveniently and thoughtfully laid out. We were able to make meals, relax in comfort, sit outside, sleep well. And it is well away from the noise and hubbub of our usual life. Many thanks.

    Guests' Review On TripAdvisor

  • "My wife and I visited The Shooting Folly hoping for a tranquil break and it didn't fail to deliver!"

    With beautiful country views and dozens of lovely walks on the doorstep it was just what we needed and, after a long walk, the hot tub was most welcome! The property has been amazingly restored to a very high standard. We certainly intend to return.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "Well what can I say."

    ..this place is like no other... we had such a lovely time and in the area in general but its the folly that`s the star of the show. Its everything and more that the brochure describes... cosy ,quaint, beautiful well equipped. The hot tub is to die for. If you live in the city you will never hear perfect quiet... you will here. We have re-booked to come back in September '17 and will probably come back again after that.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 08 July 2017."

    5 of 5 stars.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "We came here for a few days after our wedding for a "mini-moon"."

    It was ridiculously cute, peaceful, and luxurious. The owners were friendly and popped in to see us and to check on the tub, but mostly they let us get on with it, which was great. It is a lovely quirky cottage - tiny but perfect for two. Just be careful not to bang your head on the low beams upstairs! Everything you could possibly need was catered for: the kitchen was brilliantly stocked with equipment, there were brollies, blankets, films... and of course the hot tub! It was so cosy and tranquil. It's really in the middle of nowhere with cows for company and fields all around. Recommend bringing plenty of food supplies - we got a breakfast hamper provided by the owners which was filled with goodies (although a little on the pricey side). There are some lovely walks in the local area too. I couldn't recommend it enough! We will be back. :-)

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "We have just returned from a surprise 50th birthday treat my husband booked for me."

    I have to say I am very impressed, he could not have found a more perfect place to have a chill out weekend to celebrate. The cottage is delightful with glorious views from all sides. It iss fully equipped for your every need but the icing on the cake has to be the hot tub. We were lucky enough on the 1st night to have clear skies and a full moon, we soaked away for hours enjoying the pure peace and quiet with a bottle of red.......heaven !!!!!!! The cottage has been very tastefully restored and decorated and Steve was just across the field if we needed anything. I would like to say I would NOT like to recommend The Shooting Folly to anybody but purely for selfish reasons, I would love to keep this little gem to myself so we could book whenever we wanted to go but that would be selfish. Everyone should get to sample this little corner of paradise.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "We have just spent a long weekend at The Shooting Folly in Shropshire."

    I just wanted to say how lovely the property is - warm and cosy and very, very cute. The owners made us feel very welcome (fresh eggs in a basket) and even popped in to turn up the heating when we were out! Highly recommended and an excellent addition to your properties.

    Mr & Mrs Thornton

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  • One bedroom: 1 x double, also access to a dressing room
  • 1 x ground floor bathroom with shower, basin and WC, 1 x first floor WC and basin
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Living room with woodburner.
  • Underfloor heating, woodburner
  • Electric hob, oven and grill, fridge with freezer compartment, slimline dishwasher and microwave
  • TV, DVD and selection of DVDs, 4G signal (no WIFI but 4G is picked up)
  • Fuel and power inc in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Enclosed garden , paved and gravelled areas, cedar hot tub, feature well with lighting and safety grill
  • Charcoal BBQ available please note only charcoal to be used as Thatched Cottage
  • Off road parking
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Sorry infants only, no children Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: Washing facilities available with owner, upon request (lives nearby).

The property

Without any doubt, The Shooting Folly is as unique holiday home that we have ever come across. Standing all on its own, surrounded by glorious Shropshire farmland and with long views over fields and woods, it is an unbelievably romantic bolt hole in some of the most attractive countryside in England. It’s history dates back to the 19th Century, once believed to be an old shooting lodge, the building is wonderfully quirky with a crenelated mock church tower at one end, a stepped gable at the other and in between a simple, timber thatched cottage! In recent years the folly has been transformed (from a ruin) by its current owners back to its former glory using high quality materials, to create a very homely and unique ‘hideaway’ filled with period features and all mod cons you’d expect from a high quality home, including a super Cedar Hot Tub. In our opinion, the Folly is just as perfect for honeymooners as it is for walkers, in fact anyone seeking peace and tranquillity in a remote rural environment.

There is little not to love in this gem, not least that there are two pubs within a few miles too! The gorgeous village of Cheswardine is relatively untouched and is a typical Shropshire village.

There are two pubs in the village, The Fox & Hounds and The Wharf Tavern which sits right on the canal.

For walkers (and the non-walkers too!) there is a network of public footpaths all round from your front door.

The Shooting Folly is a brilliant getaway for couples that are looking for a honeymoon destination, or just a space to get away from everyday life.

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About the location


Market Drayton 5 miles, Ellesmere 27 miles, Shrewsbury 22 miles

The totally gorgeous village of Cheswardine is relatively untouched and is a typical Shropshire village. There are two pubs in the village, The Fox & Hounds and The Wharf Tavern which sits right on the canal. For walkers (and the non-walkers too!) there is a network of public footpaths all round from your front door. In particular the seven mile circuit from Cheswardine via Hales, where the folly itself is mentioned, within The Times article "A Good Walk" of 30 April 2011. As well as good walks there are also plenty of good cycle routes - and we noticed that the roads were especially quiet. The Shropshire Union Canal and the Shropshire Cycleway are nearby and medieval Shrewsbury and Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage site are about half an hour each by car. The Stoke-on-Trent Potteries, walled city of Chester, Alton Towers theme park, Biddulph Grange (NT), Offa's Dyke Path on the Welsh border and Housman's 'blue remembered hills' all make an ideal day's outing.

Region Information

Sorry infants only, no children

Please note Charcoal BBQ available - only charcoal to be used due to Cottage being Thatched.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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