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The Wren

(Ref. 1066189)

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

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Really lovely stay, very peaceful."

    The lodge was immaculate with absolutely everything we needed for a comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jul 2024

  • "Absolutely 5 star holiday, thank you so much for a wonderful stay, absolute peace and quite and cabin had everything we needed, will definitely be returning again."

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jun 2024

  • "Well equipped, everything you need."

    Apart from a few cobwebs, but to be expected in the countryside, it was very clean and fresh. would definitely stay again. Very peaceful, and ideally located for exploring the area. The only concern was the bedroom fire door closer, needs adjusting. It slams shut instead of closing gently the last couple of inches ,and caught the back of my ankle.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Apr 2024

  • "Lovely setting."

    . quiet and off the beaten track.. bed very comfortable.. just what we had wished for...

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Mar 2024

  • "Every thing was perfect except the sofa it was so hard and uncomfortable ."

    Reviewed by John4.1Dec 2023

  • "We had a wonderful relaxing holiday at the Wren everything you needed to make your stay as comfortable as possible."

    The lodge was cosy and welcoming surrounded by the beautiful Shropshire countryside making it an amazing place for a much needed break. We will definitely be returning in the near future. Thankyou for the lovely biscuits very enjoyable.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Nov 2023

  • "Beautiful lodge, owners have thought of everything to make stay there comfortable, perfect modern decoration, clean, warm and welcoming, thoughtful welcome pack and all the basics to start holiday."

    Location just what we needed, plenty of walks and places to visit, we're already planning a return visit. Thankyou to Louise and team. Margaret & Francis

    Reviewed by Francis5.0Oct 2023

  • "Accommodation excellent, clean, comfortable, just perfect, oh I nearly forgot PEACEFUL."

    Best week for a long timei

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Sep 2023

  • "Wonderful lodge by the canal clean and tidy with everything you could want even a barbecue and coffee maker well done."

    Does get hot on sunny days though no opening windows in living room. But a well deserved 5 star rating.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at The Wren in August ‘23."

    It’s THE best self catering place I’ve ever stayed in and fully equipped with everything you could possibly need AND all those little extras that just make it feel like a ‘home from home’. The sofa (as mentioned in other reviews) is quite hard but then we didn’t go away to sit in front of the tv, we spent most nights sitting outside on the decking, gazing at the stars! Luna (my working cocker spaniel) thoroughly enjoyed the freedom she had with the enclosed decking. There are plenty of walks straight from the cabin and so much to do in nearby towns. We loved it so much, we’ve already booked a return stay for next year!

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Aug 2023

  • "Lovely property, very peaceful, clean, everything you could need for a nice relaxing break even a dog towel and dog bowl."

    The cafe on the marina is great too and very convenient for a breakfast, lunch or snack. We thoroughly enjoyed getting away from it all in this lovely lodge.

    Reviewed by Mrs Linda5.0Aug 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay at the Wren but found the settee uncomfortable in the lounge (as others have said)."

    We had a huge number of 'sugar babs' floating around from the overgrown canal banks that got a bit irritating. It would have been nicer if the bank had been cut down so the canal was visible as well so we could view the passing boats better. The Marina and cafe were lovely and the site was very nice as a whole. The lodge was well fitted out in the kitchen. Fridge a bit small but we enjoy cooking so tend to have quite a bit of food with us. For younger fully fit people who enjoy walking or fishing it is ideal . Very clean and nicely finished.

    Reviewed by Susan4.1Aug 2023

  • "The Wren was an amazing place to stay."

    Clean, well equipped with a modern feel. Beds were comfy, shower great and it has good space inside and out to relax. It really was a nice place to be for the week especially with our small dog. The location is nice and quiet with good walks along the canal. On site the marina has a cafe too which was excellent. Nearby villages had good shops. Hope we can stay there again. Thanks again to the owners.

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Jul 2023

  • "2nd time to Whixall Marina and it won’t be our last!"

    The accommodation was well equipped and clean. Shower was just amazing! I enjoyed the absolute peace & quiet, apart from the odd moo and the barge going past. Just sitting on the deck and relaxing. My frenchie enjoyed the grounds and going to the cafe. They do a mean full English! Will be back soon!

    Reviewed by Sabrina5.0Jul 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our recent stay at the marina (The Wren Lodge)."

    We were allowed to bring our pet and enjoyed spending time outside on the decking watching the narrowboats and being close to nature and beautiful scenery. It was the perfect place to unwind, I spent a lot of time on the canal on my paddle board. We had some nice walks and we managed to visit a few places nearby. The lodge was very clean and comfortable, very modern in design..t The staff were very helpful too.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lodge was excellent."

    Only comment was that the sofa was a little uncomfortable and a higher backed sofa would have been better.

    Reviewed by David4.7Jun 2023

  • "Fabulous stay in the wren, so clean with everything you could possibly need for a relaxing stay."

    Great for dogs too ,we felt like we were very private no passing public just the canal boats coming past occasionally. A great base to stay with lots of places to see , we enjoyed walking along the canal paths too.

    Reviewed by Val4.7Jun 2023

  • "We loved our week at The Wren, including being serenaded by wrens!"

    It's a comfortable lodge with everything we needed for a quiet, relaxing week. Especially loved the terrace and bbq for special evening meals. Lovely to find provided a leaflet with local walks which we enjoyed, especially the route to and through the local nature reserves. The breakfast at the marina is a must. Brilliant location to get away from it all, get back to nature and be able to see the sights in Shrewsbury, Llangollen, Chester and Liverpool.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Jun 2023

  • "We love the Wren and it's location for a relaxing break."

    Dog friendly, with canal side walks and a great Whixall Marina Cafe. The lodge has everything required for a self catering holiday and is modern & well maintained. This was our 2nd visit to the Wren and highly recommend it. We, including our husky were very pleased to discover the new path to Dobson's Bridge providing access to the canal walks. Thank You

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0May 2023

  • "Wren Lodge was beautifully set out it was home from home, kitchen had everything you need for preparing meals, decor of lodge was lovely and exceptional clean and comfortable."

    Just missed having iron and board which would of fitted perfectly in bathroom cupboard. Perfect for peaceful getaway to switch off.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cabin, well appointed, extremely clean and great peaceful location with walks straight from the door."

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Feb 2023

  • "Absolutely first class holiday home."

    Really well equipped and spotless. Also ideal place to get away from it all and watch the narrow boats go by. Perfect.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Dec 2022

  • "Lovely cottage / cabin in a lovely location."

    Stayed here a number of times while working in the area and will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Diarmuid5.0Nov 2022

  • "Had a wonderful holiday here."

    So peaceful and relaxing. The lodge was spotlessly clean, beautifully furnished, very well thought out, with an abundance of lovely kitchen essentials and top quality extras. The decking area is perfect for a cuppa while watching the passing canal boats or stargazing after dark. The dog wasn't forgotten, he got a cosy blanket and bowl. My dog is a good boy but doesn't always get on with other dogs. He likes his own space and he got plenty of it, as the lodge is in a private field, and the one other lodge is pet free. We enjoyed the canal walks from the charming marina, guided by the excellent walking leaflet/map provided. There's loads of dog friendly things to do in the area. Plenty of National trust sites etc. We enjoyed Pontcysyllte aqueduct, Llangollen, Beeston castle and the Wroxeter Roman city. Thanks Sykes, your properties never disappoint. I'm just trying to decide when to rebook!

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Sep 2022

  • "A quiet quiet and peaceful retreat."

    Reviewed by Gordon4.7Aug 2022

  • "We stayed at the Wren for 5 nights it was a lovely place to stay, private, ..."

    We stayed at the Wren for 5 nights it was a lovely place to stay, private, quiet, clean, the accommodation was excellent throughout with lovely homely touches

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2022

  • "Very clean and comfortable lodge."

    Good location although slightly difficult to find. Alders Lane is split in two with a bridle way in the middle stretch which is not suitable for cars. NB. We found the fire door on the bedroom difficult. Strength needed to open!

    Reviewed by Penny5.0Jul 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, sitting area 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
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, 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.

Tucked away in the idyllic site of Whixall Marina in Whixall near Wem, Shropshire, is this lovely, detached lodge, The Wren.

Enjoying superb surroundings settled on the Prees Branch of the Llangollen Canal and the popular Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve, The Wren is a fantastic pet-friendly dwelling for couples or a family of four, plus their canine companion.

Park-up on your private driveway, before being greeted by your very own private decking with furniture, the perfect spot for savouring your morning coffee or dining alfresco.

Be welcomed into the contemporary open-plan living space, where you can look forward to whipping up delicious meals for your loved ones in the well-equipped kitchen, featuring a handy dishwasher, ready to enjoy at the dining table for four over a bottle of wine.

After dinner, retire to the generous corner sofa, which converts into a sofa bed ideal for two little ones, where you can relax and enjoy a family favourite on the Smart TV, as your pooch takes up their favourite spot in front of the electric fire.

As your eyes grow heavy, retreat to the well-presented king-size bedroom to catch your rest in, with plenty of storage for your belongings.

In the morning, prepare for the day in style in the beautifully tiled shower room, before treating your loved ones to a hearty breakfast at the Waterside Café whilst enjoying picturesque marina views.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1066187, 1066188, 1066190 & 1099570, 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

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