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The Swift

(Ref. 1099570)

Whixall near Wem, Shropshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

Reviews & Ratings

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  • lovely (12)
  • lodge (8)
  • everything (8)
  • clean (8)
  • peaceful (8)
  • location (8)

22 Customer Reviews

  • "It is in a lovely Peaceful and quiet location surrounded by fields and canal paths an ideal place just to sit and listen to the wildlife ."

    The lodge was spotlessly clean with everything you needed for your stay there plus a barbecue on the decking .My only criticism would be the sofa being a bit uncomfortable, but this wouldn't stop me from returning.

    Reviewed by Steven4.7Jul 2024

  • "My second visit and, for the moment, a great place to stay."

    It is a shame about the building works which have disturbed my usual tranquility. The joy of staying here has been the peacefulness of the location - do not let this be spoilt by over development. Love the welcoming tea and biscuits.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Apr 2024

  • "Very good,lovely site and area to explore, very very peaceful for me and my wife ..."

    Very good,lovely site and area to explore, very very peaceful for me and my wife ideal for us two , hope to be back, we used the local pub quite a few times the Bull and Dog , great food, just over 2 miles from the Whixall marina, yes a very enjoyable holiday,

    Reviewed by Hywel5.0Apr 2024

  • "Lovely lodge with all the amenities you could wish for."

    Surrounding areas and cleanliness are excellent. Similar to other reviews we found the lounge suite a little uncomfortable but not to the point that it affected the overall experience. We were allowed to check in an hour earlier after contacting the owners. A 4.00pm check in when the surroundings are unfamiliar and its almost dark in winter seems a little late to me. Overall a very relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by John4.7Dec 2023

  • "Everything was thought of from milk in the fridge and some biscuits as well as teabags, coffee and sugar."

    We were able to unpack and relax with a cuppa within half an hour. The marina is beautiful and the residents are really friendly. The cafe on site is competitively priced if you don't want to cook, but everything from crockery to cooking utensils and pans, is provided in the lodge if you do. I highly recommend this venue.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 2023

  • "The only downside to this property is that if the weather is hot, it gets very warm inside."

    A fan is available which does help. Otherwise absolutely perfect for a couple.

    Reviewed by Pat4.7Sep 2023

  • "A delightful chalet with all amenities."

    The location is fantastic - so quiet and chilling. Love the sounds of sheep, birds and the occasional chugging of the barges. Loved clocking the birds in the hedging to the side - whitethroats, lesser whitethroats, blackcaps, chiffchaff, robins, etc.,etc. So peaceful. Love it and will return some day soon.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Aug 2023

  • "Very clean, comfortable and set in a lovely peaceful position."

    So relaxing for us that we booked for an extra two nights.

    Reviewed by John4.7Aug 2023

  • "Nice lodge comfortable & well planned out fully equipped although no washing ..."

    Nice lodge comfortable & well planned out fully equipped although no washing machine really quiet location will definitely return

    Reviewed by Donald5.0Jun 2023

  • "Immaculate lodge for a couple or couple with 2 young kids."

    High quality fixtures and everything you need for self-catering. The lodge is set in a beautiful location with lovely views to admire from the high quality outside furniture. Very comfortable bed, though the bed/settee is not the most comfortable. Bathroom is roomy with lovely large shower. Owners are very friendly and efficient. I would not hesitate to return.

    Reviewed by Dilwyn4.7Jun 2023

  • "Lovely clean and inviting place to stay."

    Really enjoyed our time was lovely to watch the barges go by while sitting on the deck outside.

    Reviewed by Cynthia5.0May 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at The Swift, a beautiful lodge and surroundings."

    Very clean and well maintained. We hope to be back in the future and will definitely recommend to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Apr 2023

  • "Everything was perfect Nice clean property and facilities were excellent ..."

    Everything was perfect Nice clean property and facilities were excellent Only thing I would mention is the settee was not the most comfortable Everything else perfect

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Feb 2023

  • "This is our second time staying in the Swift."

    It is a lovely location with so many local places to visit. A nice cafe in the Marina and a number of good eating pubs in the area. We hired a dayboat from the Marina through Anglo Welsh and had a peaceful day out on the canal. No doubt that we will be back for a third time.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2022

  • "Amazing few days in the Swift, everything was thought about , nothing that we could say I wish they had ."

    ... The weather was lovely and it was very peaceful, all in all a lovely break

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2022

  • "It was such a pleasure staying in this lovely lodge, situated in a secluded position yet conveniently located to explore Shropshire."

    Everything is brand new and spotlessly clean. It is beautifully furnished and very well equipped. We enjoyed every minute. The reason we have given 4 stars for comfort is due to the fact that it gets unbearably hot and it was only in the low 20s. Thankfully, we had taken our own fan. There is one provided in the bedroom but the extra one we used in the living area. I must add that the bed is extremely comfortable. This is definitely one of those rare hidden gems.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Aug 2022

  • "Nice peaceful location."

    Exactly what we wanted. Everything was spot on. The only downside is the main gate into the marina as it becomes annoying if you want to go out and come back after 6. This is the only negative point. Will definitely be looking to book another stay at The Swift!

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Aug 2022

  • "A really lovely quality lodge, so well organised and thought out with all you need for a stay plus it was very clean."

    A bonus for ourselves with it being pet free. In a superb location at Whixall Marina again so well presented and with a friendly team.. We are returning. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2022

  • "Really nice accommodation, well appointed, clean and relatively comfortable in a quiet area in reach of plenty of places of interest."

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Jun 2022

  • "Excellent cottage ."

    nice peaceful place to relax for a few days

    Reviewed by Jeffery5.0Jun 2022

  • "Generally excellent only bugbear was the sofa come bed was extremely uncomfortable"

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Jun 2022

  • "I had a lovely stay with my family at Swift cottage."

    I really enjoyed going to the on-site cafe and chatting to other people staying / living there. The facilities were good. The guidelines were just enough so everything ran smoothly. I commented in the messages book that the Swift was a lovely place to stay with a young family. We all enjoyed the local attractions such as Bewilderwood and the zoo with Dinosaur Land. One final comment, we were staying with our six- and four-year-old. As you can imagine, bed times went out of the window. We swapped the boys from the bedroom to the fold-out sofa bed once they were asleep. A four-person family in the single bedroom and fold-out sofa worked very well. ;-) Thank you, team Swift.

    Reviewed by Cher4.7May 2022

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  • Single-storey
  • One king-size bedroom
  • Note: Two of the sleeps are on the double sofa bed suitable only for Primary school aged children
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with a sofa bed and electric fire
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher
  • Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking available
  • Enclosed decking with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 4.7 miles, pub 2.3 miles
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm, check-out at 10am
  • 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.

The Swift is a charming, detached lodge located in the picturesque Whixall Marina area of Whixall near Wem, Shropshire.

The Swift is a wonderful base for couples or a family of four seeking a restful retreat, enjoying a fabulous location along the Prees Branch of the Llangollen Canal and the popular Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve.

Leave your vehicle on the spacious driveway, before being greeted by a private decking and furniture, great for enjoying your morning coffee or dining alfresco.

A wide corner sofa, which can be converted into a sofa bed, ideal for little ones, is the perfect place to unwind after your journey as you select a film to enjoy on the Smart TV in the warmth of the electric fire.

Look forward to preparing great meals for your family and friends in the well-equipped kitchen, which has a dishwasher for your convenience, ready to savour at the dining table for four as you recount the days adventures.

Wash away the day with a refreshing shower in the well-appointed shower room, before catching your rest in the sumptuous king-size bed.

If you don’t feel like cooking, wander down to the Waterside Café, serving a tasty menu of breakfasts and lunches and enjoying views of the marina.

Book your stay at The Swift for an unforgettable holiday in Shropshire.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1066187, 1066188, 1066189 & 1066190 together sleeping up to 24 guests.

Note: Two of the sleeps are on the double sofa bed suitable only for Primary school aged children

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 £250.

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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: Two of the sleeps are on the double sofa bed suitable only for Primary school aged children.

From 25th September 2023 this property will be accepting dogs.

This property can only accept weekend bookings that are a minimum of 3 nights duration

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas