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Forrester House

(Ref. 1066187)

Whixall near Wem, Shropshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic house everything you would need Exceptionally clean ."

    Great garden .

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2024

  • "A beautiful house in a lovely location."

    Had everything we needed and more. Spotlessly clean. Comfy beds. Look forward to returning.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0May 2024

  • "Amazing house and spotlessly clean and tidy ."

    The kitchen was really well equipped with plenty of crockery and cutlery. The biscuits were a nice touch on arrival. A great location and so nice to have the marina to walk to for a coffee in the morning . If we had a slight negative comment would be that to sit 8 adults comfortably in one lounge area so we could all be together was a tight squeeze and not that comfortable. We moved a couple of chairs though from the bedrooms so it certainly wasn’t a negative comment and if needed there is the other lounge area ( we all wanted to sit together) Other that that a great stay in a wonderful house.

    Reviewed by Debra4.7Apr 2024

  • "Beautiful presentation Great facilities Perfect for a get together with ..."

    Beautiful presentation Great facilities Perfect for a get together with friends Good location for some nice walks by the canal and surrounding countryside Loved watching the Barn Owl

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Mar 2024

  • "Very comfortable stay."

    No complaints. The Marina cafe is next door so very close by but shuts at 3 or 4pm and the nearest pubs or shops are a drive away. Sykes website description should be amended regarding bathrooms. There are 2 ensuite bedrooms with toilet and shower, one bathroom with shower over the bath and toilet which is shared by 2 bedrooms, one of which has direct access to it. The remaining "bathroom" is a cloakroom toilet downstairs with no shower or bath.

    Reviewed by Judith4.7Mar 2024

  • "A very pleasant family retreat - sad it was only the weekend but will certainly consider coming back."

    LOVED the cleanliness of the house and the fact it was so well equipped - it was just perfect and a true home from home. This was booked as a surprise for my wife’s special birthday and I know how particular she can be, but needn’t of worried as she loved the house, the beautiful decor and the furnishings. Communications when booking were seamless - thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jan 2024

  • "Forrester House was used as a pre-Christmas gathering for myself and my partner, and his family."

    His family are spread out across all corners of the country and we took the week to reconnect with each other. The house was perfectly suited to our needs as a family of 7, plus dog - areas to be close and spend quality time with each other, and areas to hide away and escape. Our favourite room was the small lounge (we nicknamed it 'The Snug'). The utility room was ideal for dog owners post-walk, especially if your pooches like to get a bit muddy! All bedrooms were very spacious, as well as the en-suites and bathrooms. The kitchen is well-equipped with everything you need, and the Christmas tree was a nice nod to the festive time of year. The house is well presented, down to the decor and the layout of each room. We enjoyed exploring the local area's towns and villages during our stay. On departure, there were many tears, and we don't know when the next time all of us will be all together again - but they were happy tears, filled with the memories we created as a family. Thank you to Lou and her fantastic team! We will never forget our time at Forrester House.

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Dec 2023

  • "Stunning property!"

    Beautifully decorated and immaculately clean, show home standard! Very well equipped with everything you'd need. Great location with beautiful walks and rolling countryside. Booked to go back next year we loved it so much!

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Dec 2023

  • "First class accommodation."

    No complaints at all. We had an excellent weekend get-together with the family

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Oct 2023

  • "An absolute gem and so accommodating."

    Excellent communication. The house is beautiful, filled with lovely pieces of art and all the essentials you need. We arrived to a pint of milk and some delicious biscuits, which was a nice touch. We would definitely come back again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Sep 2023

  • "This is a beautiful property, lots of thought and care has been given to providing a comfortable and well equipped house."

    Lovely and clean, comfy beds and good showers. It has a private spacious garden, a perfect patio area and close to the Marina and its cafe ! Thank you to Lou and the team for our box of biscuits and leaving us coffee, tea and milk to start us off on our weekend. We had some lovely long awaited family time so thank you all and we'd love to come back.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Aug 2023

  • "A wonderful stay in Forrester House."

    One of the best properties we've stayed in. Children loved being able to play safely around the house & in garden. Comfortable beds & excellent showers. Needed more loo rolls, bread basket, some serving dishes, wooden tray, wash powder for washing machine. Otherwise excellent.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Aug 2023

  • "Fantastic property which was spotlessly clean ."

    Everything looked new , plenty of room for everybody and kitchen well stocked . The showers were amazing and hot water constantly for people to shower at the same time . Great location too.

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Jul 2023

  • "Lovely house, very comfortable."

    Just one small thing. Not enough sofas or armchairs for everyone in either room.

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0Jun 2023

  • "A clean comfortable cottage"

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Jun 2023

  • "Another great stay , Lou and the team keep everything at a high standard."

    The house is extremely comfortable and it feels like home as soon as you walk through the door . It has a lovely garden for both the grandchildren and mutt who had great fun in it . There is plenty to do in the area , lots of lovely walks along the canal and the Marina has a great cafe to go too afterwards. We love the area and will be returning again.

    Reviewed by Deb5.0Jun 2023

  • "Forrester House was everything we hoped it would be."

    It's in a beautiful and peaceful location. We walked to the Marina for breakfast. It's close to Chirk Castle where we had a lovely day out. We would definitely recommend staying at Forrester House.

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0May 2023


    Reviewed by David5.0May 2023

  • "The property is of a high standard, well equipped and immaculately kept."

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely warm spotlessly clean property, perfect for getting away from everything, very big secure garden my dog loved it."

    Area was lovely very relaxing and nice cafe at whixall marina , would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0Apr 2023

  • "This property was a delight in stay in!"

    We were impressed within the first few minutes. The house is outfitted to a very high standard, is in a quiet and peaceful location and communication with the owner was excellent. The facilities are also top notch and the views are fantastic to wake up to. We will be definitely returning!

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Mar 2023

  • "Forrester House is a very comfortable property and we would definitely recommend it for a holiday in a very nice part of the country."

    Would have liked a DVD player connected to the TV, this was the only item that was missing for us in a very well equipped house.

    Reviewed by Barry4.7Mar 2023

  • "This is our second stay at Forrester House, my daughter booked it last year and we loved it so much we wanted to return."

    We were a party of 5.. 3 adults and 2 children and our dog Tommy. This house is beautiful, warm clean and comfortable and has everything you need for your stay.The bedrooms are great having 2en-suites and a shared bathroom for the 2 other rooms….lovely beds and plenty of towels. The garden is spacious and secure… great for the children and the dog. There is a lot to see around this area, good walks where you can take your dog

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Feb 2023

  • "I loved my weeks trip at Forrester House and can't wait to return."

    No expense spared with the quality of furnishings. Very tastefully decorated. A beautiful large garden and quirky rounded windows. Pics don't actually do it justice - it's that good. I didn't even spend any time in the main living room as I couldn't tear myself away from the stunning view and sunsets while lounging in the dining room seating area. You will not regret booking this place!! There is also a lovely little cafe next to the canal which is a stones throw away from the house. A fantastic example of a Sykes property - I will use this as my go-to company going forward as I regularly stay away from home.

    Reviewed by Chloe5.0Jan 2023

  • "The house was amazing."

    Perfect for our needs and group. The location is remote but we knew that and is exactly what we needed for a getaway from it all holiday. It was lovely to visit a property that is so well equipped and furnished.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Dec 2022

  • "A lovely warm inviting holiday home , we have stayed at lots of holiday homes but this one is one of the best ."

    A true home from home tastefully decorated with everything including the kitchen sink . We stayed as a party of three couples so we each had our own bathroom. We all said we would love to re visit in the summer .

    Reviewed by George5.0Nov 2022

  • "Fantastic well equipped house."

    High end fixtures and fittings. Nothing to much trouble for the owners. Short walk to marina and cafe.

    Reviewed by Barrie4.4Nov 2022

  • "Fabulous house, very clean and comfortable."

    Plenty of Crockery, cutlery and glasses. Great location by the canal with lovely walks. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Nov 2022

  • "The house is of high quality and cleaness, sat in a very good garden."

    Very well equipped house, the only thing was some of us found the mattresses hard and more Sykes fault is it's 3 bathrooms and 1 cloakroom not 4 bathrooms. Good walks around and if you have children some good amenity. Unfortunately as many places a few of the pubs are closed down, but a good meals at The Bull & Dog, a little drive to the shops, would be nice to see a little shop at the marina which has a nice café.

    Reviewed by Sylvia4.4Sep 2022

  • "Forrester House has everything you could possibly need to have a great holiday, Louise and gang have thought of everything."

    There was three generations of family staying here, we all agreed we would be back for another stay. There is plenty to do in the area, the children and mutt loved playing in the large garden when we weren’t out exploring. The canal walks are literally down the road which was ideal for the dog’s early morning walk. A great find

    Reviewed by Deb5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a fabulous holiday at Forrester House with our children (7yo and 3yo twins)."

    We arrived on the Friday of a heat wave so stayed on site initially and made best use of the outdoor space with the kids. Went to the Marina on the Sunday for lunch - was a nice spot and only a 2 min stroll. Beds weren't too firm for us but after entertaining 3 kids all day and a few wines at night, sleep is never an issue (until said kids wake us in the night!). Had lovely days out at Hoo Zoo and BeWILDerwood - both recommended (to tire out said kids). Property was ace, spacious, biggest property we've stayed in, no issues. Decor was fantastic, though sadly my partner now wants me to redecorate half our house because it was so lovely. Had a great stay, would stay again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2022

  • "Excellent property in a superb location to enjoy Shropshire, Cheshire & North East Wales."

    Accommodation was exactly as described with excellent facilities, especially for larger families or groups. Easy check-in & check-out and the team at Whixall Marina were readily on hand to deal with any issues. Highly recommended, hope to return again in the future.

    Reviewed by Alistair5.0Jul 2022

  • "The house was exactly as advertised only better."

    It was extremely clean and tidy. Really quiet and relaxing. The garden was ideal for a quick wonder in any weather. The biscuits were a welcome gift. We felt very looked after but not intruded upon.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jun 2022

  • "Excellent house decorated to a very high standard, very well equipped, only drawback was the beds were very hard."

    plus could have benefitted from a non slip bath mat in the jack and Jill bathroom.

    Reviewed by Rachael4.1Jun 2022

  • "The facilities and garden were excellent."

    We had a dog and 2 toddlers and there was plenty of space. The garden was large and secure with a fence around. The 4 bedrooms with ensuite were lovely, although the bed mattresses were a little firm. There were additional things for the dog like mats and bowls which we had brought with us because we didn't know they were available. The kitchen was well equipped. The house is in a nice area and we enjoyed a day trip down the canals from the marina. We found the food shops in Ellesmere better than Whitchurch which seemed to be largely closed on a Saturday apart from the Supermarkets. There is plenty to do close by and Hawkstone Park is worth a visit and Hoo zoo. . .

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Jun 2022

  • "The property itself was excellent, the best we have experienced and the setting lovely, though the hyper-sensitive may find the usual odours that are to be expected when among farms a little intrusive, especially after rain."

    We found the owners extremely helpful coming promptly on the weekend to deal with plumbing problems. Definitely recommended

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0May 2022

  • "Beautifully appointed house in a peaceful setting, ideal for exploring local walks."

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2022

  • "This is a very well appointed property in a relatively quiet location."

    It is close to Whixall Marina which has a nice cafe and there are pleasant walks along the canal. It is furnished to a high standard with ample crockery and utensils. We booked for 6, but in the end only 4 of us could make it so there was plenty of room for us.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2022

  • "One of the nicest decorated, fitted and furnished holiday rentals we’ve ever stayed in."

    The house layout worked perfectly for our party of 3 couples and an infant (especially the duel bathroom door and built in stair gates). There was plenty of parking, amazing views and space to enjoy. Would definitely stay here again or, on the basis that they will be as nicely done, one of the two smaller properties next door.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Apr 2022

  • "We stayed at this wonderful modern house during the February half term break, (3 adults 2 children and a dog) the house itself is immaculate, we have stayed in many rentals and this was by far the best equipped with everything u could need, we had a lovely home made cake on arrival which was a lovely touch."

    There are 2 lounge areas, WiFi, 2 smart TVs, Bluetooth speakers, games (the kids loved this) The outdoor area is huge and if you have a dog the area is enclosed. You are a short drive to many different attractions, Overall I would highly recommend this house, you won’t be disappointed. It caters for all needs and I look forward to going back in the summer months.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Feb 2022

  • "Forrester House is a lovely property and has been renovated to a high standard."

    We booked for the weekend and had a great time celebrating two family birthdays. The heating is effective but we did find that it was either very warm or not hot enough. some instructions on how to set the thermostat or the radiators would be helpful. To improve the experience, much better towels would be of benefit. The property details say that bedding and towels are supplied - but in reality you get a hand towel and one a bit smaller each - you really need a bigger towel (like a bath sheet). smaller issue is that the tea towels are poor quality and be great if there was an apron. It's obviously a new renovation and will require some tweaking - it;s not cheap to hire and the interior design is spectacular - for the towels and some instructions for the heating and it'd be just about perfect.

    Reviewed by Derek3.8Feb 2022

  • "A beautiful house with all the things you want in the kitchen, bath/shower rooms etc."

    Very comfortable, light and spacious, lovely décor, comfy beds, a modern and thoughtful renovation. Plenty of parking, quiet, close to walks and nature with a lot of conservation going on. Nice to get in at the start of a property's life as a holiday retreat, good luck with it, it's an excellent place to stay!

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jan 2022

  • "A gorgeous house, refurbished to a very high standard."

    Kitchen very well equipped and all rooms very comfortable, Only minor suggestion would be a pint of milk in the fridge on arrival would be most appreciated and some larger bath towels. Nice places to visit nearby - including lovely brunch at the Marina!

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jan 2022

  • "Seven of us stayed at Forrester House for 3 nights over the new year period."

    The house was perfect for what we needed and is very well furnished & well equipped. We had a lovely stay and would definitely recommend to others. We would suggest updating the listing to make people aware there is an iron under the stairs and also that the house benefits from a nespresso machine - we would have bought our own pods if we would knew as we ran out quite quick.

    Reviewed by Henry4.7Dec 2021

  • "Forrester House is very well appointed and truly luxurious."

    Someone has taken a lot of time to really make the house comfortable. We stayed over Christmas and couldn't fault anything. Having two separate rooms for sitting and relaxing is a great benefit.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Dec 2021

  • "A fantastic stay, the house was just perfect and all furnishings were brand new."

    The house was warm and comfortable and the ensuite bathrooms provided privacy, the welcome gift was a wonderful surprise. We also appreciated the quiet location of the house but with plenty of nearby place to visit including Ellesmere. A couple of small suggestions; the showers would benefit from a place to put your toiletries and the the garden would be improved by securing the fencing at the rear as we had a dog. Overall we happy a really lovely stay ... Thank You.

    Reviewed by Matt5.0Dec 2021

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request) with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size and 1 x twin with Jack-and-Jill access to bathroom
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Utility
  • Snug with electric fire
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • Iron/Ironing board, Hairdryer in each bedroom, Travel cot/Highchair available on request, Nespresso coffee machine, 2 x bluetooth speaker
  • 2 x TVs and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Rear garden
  • One well behaved pet welcome and Dog wash available
  • Bike Storage
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4.5 miles, pub 2.2 miles
  • Note: This property can only accept weekend bookings that are a minimum of 3 nights duration
  • Please note: no stag/hen or similar. Please note, this property does not accept check in's on a Saturday or a Sunday (Any other day is available)

The property

Wem 4.6 miles.

Resting on the edge of Whixall Marina in Whixall near Wem, Shropshire is the marvellous, detached Art Deco home of Forrester House.

Lying just a stone's throw away from the Fenn's, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve and tucked away in the unspoilt scenery of the countryside, Forrester House is the perfect retreat for a family of eight.

Upon entering the property, you will find a tastefully furnished open-plan living space, where a kitchen can be found with contemporary units housing all the appliances required to make mouthwatering meals for your group.

These meals can be enjoyed at the dining table, before you gather around the TV and watch a family favourite in the cosy lounge area.

Across the way you will also find a charming snug with an electric fire giving the space a toasty feel, making for another, more intimate spot to unwind after dinner.

Completing the ground floor is a handy utility with washer/dryer and a cloakroom.

Choose between four fabulous bedrooms to savour a well-deserved rest - Discover a well-presented super-king-size and a king-size, both enjoying far-reaching views of the countryside out of the Art Deco windows and access to their own en-suite shower rooms.

You will also find a king-size and a twin room with views over the garden and Jack-and Jill access to a bathroom.

Soak in your calm surroundings from the rear garden, which also has access to a quaint orchard, where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the trees.

For a break to remember, look no further than Forrester House.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1066188, 1066190 and 1066189, together sleeping up to 18 guests.

Whixall Marina

Whixall Marina consists of a fabulous array of lettings, including an Art Deco House, two barn conversions and a group of lodges, settled next to an idyllic marina in Whixall near the town of Wem, Shropshire. This collection offers holiday homes boasting contemporary décor and are tucked away in the Shropshire country, so you can enjoy a peaceful holiday with style, whilst also being provided allocated parking and private outdoor spaces to unwind in. Guests can wander a short distance to the Marina for a spot of lunch by the waters, before embarking on one of the several walking paths branching off from the location. Venture on a scenic drive south to find the market town of Wem, where all your amenities can be found in one, convenient setting, including a range of restaurants, pubs and local shops; Wem isn't far from the fantastic hall of Hawkstone, where stunning gardens, a spa and gym can be found, along with the Park Follies with 100 acres of parkland and rugged caves to explore. A range of restaurants, pubs, independent shops and a two Michelin star restaurant can also be found in nearby market town of Whitchurch. Further south lies Shrewsbury, a great day out for all the family, with the stunning Quarry providing you with ample walks along the River Severn, the historic delights of the Shrewsbury Museum and Castle waiting to be explored, along with a vast selection of independent shops boasting unique wares. Other fantastic locations can be easily reached from the holiday home, including the market town of Oswestry, where ample fun is waiting to be had at their attractions and landmarks. A marvellous stay is waiting for you at Whixall Marina.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £450.

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About the location


Whitchurch 9 miles; Shrewsbury 11.2 miles; Oswestry 19.2 miles

This small market town in Shropshire has a welcoming and quaint feel about it, nestled just north of the Shropshire Hills AONB, near borders of Wales and England, it is the perfect base for touring a wonderful region of Britain. This town is the administrative centre for the northern area committee of Shropshire council and occupies a town hall, train station, real ale pubs, cosy cafes and welcoming restaurants, as well as a few specialty shops bursting with delights. Surrounded by bountiful countryside, this is the ideal place to visit if you enjoy walking, with many trails and routes taking you among picturesque scenery. Visit the Tudor town of Shrewsbury nearby, with its historic castle, stunning abbey and fascinating museum and art gallery at your fingertips. Interestingly this town was the birthplace of Charles Darwin, and his statue can be seen outside the public library. Just outside the town is the National Trust's Attingham Park, a splendid hall and deer park with a beautiful walled garden waiting to be discovered. Another wonderful attraction worth a visit if you enjoy local history is Wroxeter Roman City; its fascinating ruins and new Roman Town House were featured on Channel 4’s ‘Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day’ and stand to impress its many visitors. There are pretty gardens in abundance throughout Shropshire, along with walking, fishing and outdoor pursuits. Hawkstone Historic Park & Follies is a unique place, offering visitor’s hours of delight and excitement with stunning vistas of the Shropshire countryside and beyond. For those looking to relax while they are away, nearby Oswestry boasts Lion Quays Hotel and Spa, a tranquil oasis of luxury and leisure with a superb dining experience, rejuvenating spa and beautiful rolling countryside enveloping the spectacular grounds. This delightful holiday destination offers an all-round wondrous experience to everyone.

Note: This property can only accept weekend bookings that are a minimum of 3 nights duration
Please note: no stag/hen or similar.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas