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The Folly at Castlebridge

(Ref. 988942)

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Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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69 Customer Reviews

  • "This was our second holiday at The Folly within a year."

    It is the most charming, perfect hideaway for a peaceful week in the countryside. Colin and Clare are so kind and welcoming and do their utmost to ensure you have everything you need. The cottage itself is immaculate and is beautifully designed, and the garden is astonishingly lovely. We recommend The Folly to all our family and friends!

    Thank you for your lovely feedback and we are so pleased you enjoyed your second stay at The Folly just as much, we look forward to welcoming you back for visit No 3! Best Wishes Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2024

  • "Fantastic place to stay ."

    The Folly was immaculately clean and very well equipped , everything you could need was provided . Tastefully decorated to a high standard . The owners were very friendly and helpful and we were made to feel very welcome. Lovely gardens and pond and the beautiful countryside and wildlife on the doorstep . A good base from which to travel to many places of interest . We hope to make a return visit . John &Sally

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2024

  • "A lovely cottage in the garden of the large house, itself in acres of countryside, but still within easy reach of several towns and villages."

    Everything we needed was at hand and fittings were to a high standard. The owners are delightful and very helpful. The only thing people should be aware of is that the property is on three floors, with the kitchen down stairs,living room in the middle and the bedroom and bathroom on the top floor. Some one with mobility problems might have difficulty. All I can say is that we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0May 2024

  • "The Folly is so unusual, it’s a special place."

    We had a great time. It’s on 3 floors. The ground floor is a well equipped kitchen. The second floor is a nice lounge, with a log burning stove. The bedroom is a mezzanine above. The shower room off it is small but adequate. The bedroom is also small but with a decent sized comfortable bed. The building seems to retain its heat and was snug. The spiral staircase is a little tricky to negotiate, particularly with a case. The TV has Freeview stations, but nothing more. Colin the owner was so helpful & pleasant, and Clare’s jam and marmalade were delicious.

    We are delighted that you loved The Folly and had a cosy stay. We hope we can welcome you back again. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alistair5.0Feb 2024

  • "We lovede out stay here."

    Colin could not have been more welcoming or helpful, and Care's home made marmalade was as good as we hoped. A perfect romatic hideaway for two. The kitchen was particularly well appointed, which is not always the case, and was a real bonus as I like to ciik.

    Thank you for your feedback with regards to your stay at The Folly at Castlebridge. Its always lovely to hear when guests have enjoyed staying with us and we hope to welcome you back again very soon. Kind regards Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Jan 2024

  • "We had a fantastic pre-Christmas holiday at the Folly."

    This is our second stay there and we would be happy to stay again and again! The place feels very peaceful and tranquil. This is a true delight in any time of the year and any weather!

    Thank you for your wonderful comments. We do hope that we can welcome you back again for a third time. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Dec 2023

  • "Stunning property and surrounding area, hosts were amazing, I’m looking forward to returning next"

    Thank you for your feedback with regards to your stay at The Folly at Castlebridge. It is an amazing place to stay and it's so lovely to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We would love to welcome you back again very soon. Kind regards Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bex5.0Nov 2023

  • "A beautiful, secluded place to stay in a great location."

    Welcoming hosts who provided everything we needed for a perfect stay. 6 minutes drive to Stourhead House and Gardens, worth a visit! 20 minutes drive to Shaftesbury, beautiful place, the views from Gold Hill are amazing! The log burner in the Folly made the evenings warm and cosy after our day out walking. The bed was very comfortable and cleanliness was 100%. Perfect!

    Thank you for sharing your feedback. We are pleased that you were comfortable and enjoyed your stay. Thank you for recommending places to visit. We hope we can welcome you back again. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Oct 2023

  • "A quiet and relaxing location and a very distinctive cottage."

    Reviewed by Kevin4.7Sep 2023

  • "Second visit to the Folly and it doesn’t disappoint If you like peace and ..."

    Second visit to the Folly and it doesn’t disappoint If you like peace and tranquility but still close to many of the local attractions and facilities, then would recommend the folly 100% Eddie Wood

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased that your second visit was as good as your first. Hope to welcome you back a third time! Best wishes, Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Aug 2023

  • "Wonderful location, extremely comfortable."

    Everything you would need provided. Beautiful gardens in an idyllic setting. We will certainly return here again. Colin and Claire made us very welcome and the homemade preserves were delicious. Can't fault it in any way. David

    Thank you for taking time to leave this feedback. We are delighted to hear that you had a wonderful stay. Best wishes, Manor Cottage Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2023

  • "An excellently equipped, and peaceful little cottage."

    Had a fantastically relaxing stay.

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope we can welcome you back again in the future. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jul 2023

  • "I am so grateful for a beautifully maintained and spotlessly clean little home for the week."

    I was made very welcome, but also allowed my space. The only problem: I needed much longer to make the most of the magical garden and the tranquillity of the setting. No matter - will just have to return!

    Thank you for your wonderful comments with regards to your stay at The Folly at Castlebridge. It's a magical place to stay and full of so much Character. We would love to welcome you back again very soon. Kind regards Hideaways. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elspeth5.0Jun 2023

  • "A wonderful little hidden gem!"

    Beautiful surroundings, quirky, and everything you could possibly need is provided by the owners. Just wished we had been able to stay longer. We will definitely be returning in the future! Thank you

    Thank you for this lovely review. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay and also loved the surroundings. We look forward to welcoming you again. Best wishes Hideaway Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jun 2023

  • "This was one of the best holidays homes we have stayed at."

    Very quirky layout which made the absolute best of the beautiful surroundings. (Do mind your head I only made the mistake once C you said on arrival - it would only be the once )! The owners are close by and very approachable without being overbearing, they have a wealth of local knowledge and are happy to assist in any way they can. The homemade preserves have been mentioned in many reviews but they were marvelous. We loved this place and truly do hope to return. We enjoyed fabulous country walks and in Mere the facilities are great (co-op, grocer, pubs). We can highly recommend the Butt Of Sherry for good value, well prepared food and the chap front of house is such an asset he made us so very welcome - no need to drive anywhere if you don't want to just a 10 min walk across the Monarchs Way. Thank you C&C, Bunny and Biscuit from Andy, Elaine and Bess

    Thank you for the delightful feedback, we're so pleased you had a wonderful stay and enjoyed the warm welcome provided by the owners. It is a truly delightful property in a beautiful location and we'd love to welcome you back. Best wishes, HideAways Property Owner

    Reviewed by E5.0Feb 2023

  • "The property is lovely and as described the only thing that is missing is a description of the access to the building from the parking space which for some could be very difficult."

    We had a good stay and the proprietors were very friendly and helpful.

    Thank you for your comments, we are so pleased that you had a lovely stay. The Folly does enjoy wonderful views from its elevated position and we have now added in some additional images to show the pathway and steps that guests use to get from the car park to the front door. Best wishes, HideAways Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Jan 2023

  • "You thought of everything - a well-appointed, beautifully presented, stylish and comfortable home-from-home for a few days, in an atmospheric and imaginatively designed garden and large property."

    Obviously a shame about the hum from the Mere By-pass whenever one steps outside (maybe this should be mentioned in the information) - but for a November break, ideal. Really appreciated the home-made jams and generous provision of supplies to keep one going (for days, if need be!). I'd certainly come again.

    Thank you so much for this lovely review. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay and found the property so comfortable. We hope to welcome you again. Hideaway Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.4Nov 2022

  • "This was such a wonderful place to stay at."

    Colin was brilliant, the cottage was cosy and the area around was full of things to do, even when the weather was rather stormy!

    Thank you for this lovely feedback. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and found the cottage to be cosy, despite the weather. We would love to welcome you again especially when the sun is shining! Hideaway Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bryant5.0Nov 2022

  • "It’s a delightful property and surroundings - up there with my top 3 places."

    Hosts were really helpful and were very generous in the amount of food basics and washing provisions left as well as the welcome goodies. Very dog friendly too.

    Thank you for your lovely review. We're delighted you loved your stay at the property and enjoyed all the amenities. We hope to welcome you again. Hideaway Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Micharla5.0Nov 2022

  • "Lovely property in beautiful surroundings, this really is an ideal retreat to relax and unwind."

    Quiet and secluded, theres a nice well kept garden for the dog to run about in and a lovely pond to sit by and relax, with plenty of wildlife. Split over 3 levels, a well equipped kitchen/diner downstairs, living area in the middle and a mezzanine bedroom/ensuite accessed from a spiral staircase. There's everything you could need make your stay enjoyable, the only thing if I could pick fault and it's being really picky is the lack of a sofa, would have been lovely to curl up on a sofa in front of the log burner. (The logistics of getting a sofa into the property are not lost on me, would have been a nice to have that's all) The armchairs provided are really comfy though, just not much good for cuddling up with the other half.

    Thank you for this lovely review. We're delighted you (and your dog!) enjoyed your stay and managed to have a relaxing break. We would love to welcome you back in the future. Hideaway Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tony4.4Sep 2022

  • "An enjoyable and comfortable stay, excellent welcome pack, especially the home made marmalade and jam."

    The facilities and furnishings are to a high standard. Very good location for visiting not only Wiltshire but Dorset and Somerset too..

    We are pleased that you had a good stay and enjoyed the goodies in the welcome pack. It sounds like you made good use of the proximity to the 3 counties. We hope to welcome you back again in the future. Best wishes HideAways Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2022

  • "This is a magical place - quirky, peaceful, comfortable and spotlessly clean and well equipped."

    Ideally situated for walking and some local tourist attractions. I visited Stourhead, King Alfred's Tower and Wardour Castle.

    Thank you for your positive comments. we are glad that you enjoyed walking and visiting the local heritage sites. We hope to welcome you back again. Best wishes Hideaways Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Sep 2022

  • "Fantastic hosts, beautiful cottage and amazing location."

    We will definitely return

    Thank you for this lovely feedback. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and loved the location. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sonya5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a great time."

    The Folly is in beautiful gardens with stunning views. Plenty of local pubs to visit and very close to Stourhead which is well worth a visit. Colin and Claire were perfect hosts and provided a lovely welcome pack. Definitely recommend a stay here.

    Thank you for this lovely review and we're delighted you had a great time at The Folly, and also enjoyed the gardens. We hope to welcome you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Jul 2022

  • "The Folly is situated in lovely grounds close to the owners property."

    Great location for exploring the local area. Property was exceptionally well presented with a wonderful welcoming hamper provided. Owners could not have been more helpful. Brilliant stay!

    So pleased you had an enjoyable stay, loved the property and location. Thank you for the feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2022

  • "What a find!"

    Lovely setting and wonderful hosts Colin and Clare. The welcome pack was amazing which included Clare's homemade preserves. We had a great time.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments and we're delighted you loved the setting (and welcome pack!). We hope to welcome you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Denise5.0May 2022

  • "Huge thanks to Colin and his wife for a delightful stay at The Folly; it was a wonderful few days away centrally located in idyllic surroundings, perfect for exploring."

    The place was immaculate and very clean and they were great hosts making us feel very welcome and at home. Only thing we missed was curling up on the sofa, a few usb points and TV apps such as Netflix. The gardens looked amazing even this time of year and it was very well maintained throughout. Well done all for allowing us to stay at this amazing place. David, Julia and Scooby the sausage dog.

    Reviewed by David4.4Jan 2022

  • "Such an incredible place to stay for a perfect getaway complete with log fires, nice country walks just on the doorstep and shops and pubs within walking distance."

    The Folly was immaculate and fully functional with everything you might need. Clare and Colin were such great hosts too. We highly recommended a stay.

    We're glad you enjoyed your stay with us and you're welcome back anytime! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hugo5.0Dec 2021

  • "We had an amazing stay at The Folly the hosts were lovely and very welcoming."

    The area was lovely with fantastic country views. We will definitely return again. Very pet friendly was the added bonus our dog loved it for all the walks.

    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 Shaun5.0Nov 2021

  • "The folly is absolutely fantastic, we have been back 4 times now, and are ..."

    The folly is absolutely fantastic, we have been back 4 times now, and are rebooking for our next holiday Stunning grounds ,stunning property, you won't be disappointed

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoy your stay at The Folly so much you have returned 4 times! Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2021

  • "This little hideaway was more than we had expected!"

    You definitely won’t be disappointed!

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alisa5.0Jul 2021

  • "Fantastic location and accommodation and I would recommend it to anyone, and you do get your exercise steps in going from car to Folly and up and down the stairs its not for the unfit."

    As I have already said lovey in every aspect we sat out on patio every morning having breakfast watching the squirrels and birds in the trees, and at night sitting next to pond having a beer after a hard day sight seeing watching the stars brilliant. The owners left lovely welcome pack tea-coffee bread bacon and lovely home made jams all very nice. We loved are stay at the Folly the only problem we had was we stayed in July 2021 when temperatures where +29 degrees most days and the bed room gets very hot it has no windows and as a mezzanine floor in the apex of the roof heat rises so very warm at night we had two fans running every night "sorry if Colin's electric bill is higher than normal" There is one other thing that would have been nice in that the folly is ideal for romantic holiday it is lovely but in the lounge there are only two single seats we felt a nice sofa you can cuddle in on and watch a little TV at night would have been nice. I have no negatives about the folly we loved our holiday if you want a quiet stay in fantastic location with great accommodation you should try the Folly. regards Mike

    Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear issues regarding the heat. This will be passed onto the owner but we do hope that you were still able to enjoy your stay otherwise. We would love to welcome you back anytime in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2021

  • "The most stunning setting, georgeous place and beyond welcoming Hosts."

    Everything you need is there, it's spotlessly clean and a truely very place to stay..a gem.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jun 2021

  • "The Folly is beautiful and extremely well equipped."

    We loved the garden and were lucky enough to have glorious weather so we were able to sit by the pond almost every day to relax and watch the bees. We walked across the fields several times to visit Mere - a lovely little village with a beautiful church. We definitely recommend The Butt of Sherry for a fantastic Sunday lunch - the staff were so welcoming and friendly and the food was excellent. We also visited The Walnut Tree - a little further on but accessible via a public footpath opposite The George Inn. Another lovely lunch. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. We visited Stourhead - twice as it was so beautiful. It is literally a 7 minute drive but you can spend a whole day enjoying the beautiful gardens, and having lunch at The Spread Eagle. We visited Monacute House, which is another lovely National Trust site with lovely walks, and a few nice pubs for lunch. Colin and Claire are wonderful hosts, very friendly and helpful with lots of local knowledge - the homemade jam and marmalade were delicious! This week has been an oasis of calm during a very difficult year - we have had a wonderful time and are going home with recharged batteries and fond memories.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments on The Folly at Castlebridge and its surrounding area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jun 2021

  • "This is one of the most memorable breaks I have ever had."

    The folly was beautiful and maintained to a very high standard. Our hosts were so very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. Our home made preserves were beautiful and my purple geranium cutting that was kindly given is flourishing. A memory of my stay in this beautiful folly in outstanding countryside in my garden forever. I cannot recommend this place enough and hope to book again in the future.

    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 Sherean5.0Jun 2021

  • "The tastefully furnished Folly is situated in a slightly elevated position approached by an illuminated meandering path from the parking area within a charming tranquil private Estate surrounded by beautiful gardens, abundance of wildlife and countryside, a short walk from the village of Mere where we also enjoyed several hearty meals at the George Inn."

    Watching the deer and pheasants especially during breakfast was a real treat and hunted for the allusive hedgehog. A Welcome Pack stocked with local produce and beautiful home made marmalade and raspberry jam by Clare was a surprise. The level of cleanliness was extremely high. The antique style metal winding staircase may be slightly challenging for some people. We found both Colin and Clare to be very proud, warm and endearing owners making our stay very special. Our Yorkie, Poppy also enjoyed the freedom of the Estate. There are may exciting places on the doorstep and enjoyed visiting Mere's own Castle Walk, Heavens Gate at Longleat, Stonehenge, Salisbury with its Cathedral, The Bratton White Horse at Westbury, The Caen Hill Locks at Devizes, Bath, Glastonbury (The Tor) and for those who like to venture further afield, Poole and Sandbanks with their lovely waterfront bars, cafes and restaurants and white sandy beach.

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Oct 2020

  • "Fabulous cottage."

    Extremely helpful owners. The cottage was spotless and current covid rules were all adhered to. The cottage was comfortable and had everything you could need for a week of relaxation. Definitely would go again.

    Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent stay at The Folly at Castlebridge. We love to receive feedback about your stay and hope to welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Geraldine5.0Aug 2020

  • "The accommodation was extremely comfortable and tastefully furnished."

    The owners went to extreme lengths with cleaning because of Covid. The owners were friendly and helpful. The gardens are delightful and the whole ambience is exceptional.

    Thank you for your amazing comments on The Folly at Castlebridge! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Aug 2020

  • "Very clean, good hygiene and social distancing measures in place, so not at all worried about staying during the current pandemic."

    Lots of extra touches, eg fresh flowers on all three floors and home made jam in the generous welcome pack. Very comfortable, quiet and restful stay.

    The extra's touches do make a difference and we hope you enjoyed them! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2020

  • "It was greatly appreciated that Sykes offered me a discount to enable us to afford this beautiful property."

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2020

  • "Beautiful place to stay, the autumn colours were just fabulous."

    Definitely want to return spring/summer time when we would be able to make more use of the fabulous garden areas.

    We are glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pam4.7Nov 2019

  • "We enjoyed everything: the cottage beautifully and imaginatively furnished, the warm welcome and friendly helpfulness of our hosts and the setting with so many interesting and wonderful places to explore."

    We have very happy memories of our holiday.

    Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your stay at The Folly at Castlebridge. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed everything and made happy memories. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Oct 2019

  • "We were thrilled with The Folly!"

    A beautiful building and equipped to the highest degree. Colin& Clare were excellent hosts, always at hand to answer any questions and such lovely people. The grounds were super and we spend several sessions just relaxing by the waterfall and watching the gold fish swim amongst the water lilies. The weather wasn't wonderfully kind, but with such a lovely base we were happy just to put our feet up.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Aug 2019

  • "The owners, Colin and Clare are a delightful couple and very focussed on ensuring their visitors are happy."

    The Folly is a wonderful location and we cannot wait to return.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2019

  • "This property is spotlessly clean & equipped to the highest standard every thing ..."

    This property is spotlessly clean & equipped to the highest standard every thing You need is supplied You can park your car walk into the town and get everything you need

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely extra touches were included that made it feel like a home from home."

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Mar 2019

  • "Great location and perfect hosts , the folly was such a brilliant place full of character and tastefully decorated with the plus of mod cons."

    Colin and Clair are great - friendly informative and always around to help. A great location as per usual for Sykes cottages highly recommended.

    Reviewed by William5.0Jan 2019

  • "The Folly is a fantastic place for a peaceful escape from everything."

    It is set in a beautiful peaceful location but close to many fantastic places to visit such as Stourhead which is only a short drive away and Stonehenge just over 30 minutes away. The Folly has everything you need, but if there is anything extra required the wonderful hosts are close at hand.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "Charming and delightful; the folly, the garden, the pond, 'mein hosts', Mr and Mrs Liddell and their splendid dogs, and the surrounding area - excellent on all counts."

    Thanks for a lovely week - we hope to return soon!

    Ms Richardson

  • "The Folly is a lovely small getaway in beautiful countryside."

    Everywhere looked great with autumn colours doing their best. Very comfortable accommodation, with excellent welcome pack and well equipped cottage. Lots of dry wood supplied for the log burner. Good choice of books to browse through. Lots of places to visit nearby, including Stourhead and Bath, but lovely to come back to our temporary "home" to relax in the evenings. We would stay here again at any opportunity whatever the weather!

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "Thank you for the use of the beautiful Folly."

    We have been made to feel very welcome. The Folly has everything you need and is lovely and clean with beautiful surroundings, This is the most relaxed we have been in a long time (bed very comfy). Thank you also for the welcome pack - your jams are marmalade are delicous and the egg, bacon, milk etc was very much appreciated

    Mr And Mrs Dunning

  • "My husband and I stayed here for a short break."

    The Folly was easy to find, following the instructions given. Clare and Colin were very welcoming, they kindly supplied us with some provisions such as bacon, eggs, milk, bread, butter, fresh fruit and some delicious homemade jam. The grounds the Folly are set in are beautiful (as is the main house gardens). It is a stunning building, with patio seating supplied to sit and admire the garden. The kitchen has everything you need. The lounge has some very comfortable seating, a log burner, writing desk and some lovely art work. Here there are three windows that look over the garden and beyond to the fields and Mere in the distance. There is a spiral staircase that takes you up to the bedroom and bathroom, both tastefully decorated. The bed is very comfortable, but we found the bathroom a tad on the narrow side, the shower is good to. We had a lovely stay here. It was so peaceful, to sit and read and listen to the sheep, birds and the sound of the wind in the trees. Would highly recommend The Folly.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "The Folly was everything which was promised and even more."

    Beautifully and stylishly furnished with generous welcome goodies and toiletries. On a cold wet day it was warm and welcoming, a perfect get away location.\ No need to rush around, as the sun came out, walking in the grounds, kicking up the autumn leaves and finding shiny new conkers bursting from their spiny cases was delightful. A bottle or two from Yapps winery in Mere was an additional bonus. We can recommend eating at the Bell and Crown in Zeals. We will definitely return to this secret, exclusive hideaway.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "The Folly is exactly as shown on the photographs."

    It is set in beautiful peaceful garden setting ideal for a relaxing holiday. We are extremely particular about our holiday accommodation and the cottage was exactly what we were looking for with everything you need and supermarkets close by. Stourhead House and Gardens are well worth a visit as is Shaftesbury and Salisbury Cathedral. Hoping to return again to The Folly.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "Perfect weekend of peace, tranquility and relaxation."

    A place to get away from it all. Clare and Colin the owners are so welcoming , warm and friendly. Lots of great walks and lovely pubs that welcome dogs. We really enjoyed our stay at Castlebridge Folly. The Folly has been restored to the highest specification, it's warm and cosy. Would love to return in summer to take advantage of its beautiful garden and pond. Plenty of places to sit out and take in the landscape and soak up the sun's rays. Perfect for relaxation.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "Internally restored very well and it had everything we needed."

    It was like a home from home.


  • "A fabulous holiday in an exquisite cottage."

    Ideally located for exploring Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset. Kind, thoughtful and generous hospitality coupled with a thorough knowledge of the area made our stay even better!

    Mr And Mrs Chapman

  • "What a wonderful, peaceful, beautiful place."

    Lovely people, brilliant home-made jam. Attention to detail was first class.

    Mr& Mrs Bedford-Clark

  • "Fascinating, quirky, made into a beautifully comfortable and sophisticated gem!"

    Gorgeous countryside and villages - charming hosts, thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Mr & Mrs Jeffries

  • "We found The Folly very comfortable and well equipped and with the best welcome pack we've ever had."

    The owner,who lives nearby, is very friendly and helpful but not intrusive and has gone to a lot of trouble to make The Folly the perfect place to stay. It is ideally located for visiting nearby places of interest such as Bath, Wells, Glastonbury and the many stately homes in the area. Highly recommended.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "The Folly was everything which we could have wished for and more."

    Sad to be leaving today as I could spend an infinite amount of time here. The Folly is beautiful, such attention to detail. The welcome was lovely from the people and the dogs! Our dog will not be happy once back in London. Thank you so much for the perfect retreat. We'll be back.

    Kiran Hungin

  • "This place is a total home from home."

    We felt very privileged to stay here for a week over Christmas. The owners went out of their way to welcome us and to give us any help that we needed. It is unique, beautifully decorated, is very well stocked, and totally peaceful. If you are lucky enough to find this Folly available, I'd recommend you to grab it with both hands!!

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "We have had a lovely, peaceful week at the folly and are so pleased to have found such a great hideaway."

    Thank you for all the thought and care you have put into this project.

    Mr & Mrs Smith

  • "We stayed at the Folly for a week - I only wish it could have been longer!"

    A great deal of time and effort has gone into the accommodation, which is first class. The surroundings were beautiful - I only wish my gardens were as well kept. Nothing was too much for the owners, who were always on hand to offer advice on restaurants and places to visit. We will definitely be back.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "Thank you for sharing your accommodation, the quiet and beauty of your garden, the luxury of your well-provided folly with flowers and delicious jams."

    We enjoyed the arcadian landscape and your rich history to explore.

    Mr & Mrs Hettinga

  • "We feel thankful to have had the opportunity to spend time in this unique and peaceful folly."

    The generous breakfast supplies were much enjoyed. The views from the folly are lovely.

    Mr & Mrs Saker

  • "A unique and very beautiful hideaway."

    The owners have carried out a very sympathetic restoration and we were very lucky to be able to share it. Lacking for nothing with a superb location.

    Mr & Mrs Bestall

  • "We had a wonderfully relaxing time at this very stylish and comfortable property with enchanting gardens."

    \ The Folly was great fun and the local villages and countryside around it as good as anywhere we have been in England. A well equipped kitchen and charming hosts added to our enjoyment and we hope to return soon.\ Thoroughly recommended.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "We booked this place very last minute for a 3 night stay as a short honeymoon."

    We wanted somewhere very quiet and relaxing to unwind after the stresses of organising our wedding. Well this place was everything we could have hoped for. Set far back from the road, surrounded by rolling hills and a beautiful pond with a waterfall. The manager had left us some champagne and smoked salmon on arrival and the fridge was stocked with breakfast items for the next day including the most wonderful homemade jams and marmalade. I liked the marrow and ginger jam so much I asked to have another jar to take home with me. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything we could need and the information packs are really useful. To be honest we needn't have brought anything but clothes with us because everything you need is there at the folly. If you need any food there is a short drive to mere where there's a co-op and pubs, restaurants, cafés and takeaways.

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  • Over three floors
  • One bedroom: 1 x second floor king size double with en suite shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor kitchen with dining area
  • First floor living room with woodburner.
  • Central heating, woodburner
  • Oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Fuel and power inc in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc in rent
  • Private, paved patio with gas barbecue outside front door, exclusive use of the grounds surrounding the Folly comprising of rolling lawns, mature trees, attractive fishpond with stone seating
  • Off road parking
  • One small dog on request
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: The bedroom is accessed via antique spiral staircase and there is not suitable for those with limited mobility, babies and children

The property

Set in wonderfully private surroundings within the grounds of the owners' house, The Folly is a real gem if you're looking for peace and quiet in an exceptional location.

Arranged over three floors, the accommodation sits within unusual, hexagonal shaped rooms offering a unique experience.

A lot of thought and care has gone into the renovation of the property and the interior is stylishly decorated and furnished to a very high standard throughout.

Outside you have your own patio with lovely views over the surrounding area.

You'll be intrigued and delighted by this extremely distinctive hideaway, the perfect place to relax in this lovely area.

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About the location


Shaftesbury 7 miles.

A delightful country town of old stone cottages set in a stunning conservation area, on the borders of Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset. This small, lively community is well served by a good variety of local shops and ancient inns, with much of the area to the north of the town designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ideal for walking and taking in the breathtaking views, the town is also well placed for exploring numerous National Trust attractions and historic houses. A visit to stunning Stourhead House and gardens, only 2 miles away, is not to be missed, while Longleat House and the ancient hilltop town of Shaftesbury featured in the Hovis adverts, are also close by. Stonehenge, Wilton House, Salisbury and the Dorset coast are all easily accessible by car, providing much to see and do for a variety of tastes.

Note: The bedroom is accessed via antique spiral staircase and there is not suitable for those with limited mobility, babies and children.
Note: The beautiful views afforded by the property mean that there is an incline from the parking area to the front door, either via a sloping path or steps. Those with limited mobility may find the property unsuitable.
Please note £25 charge per pet.
Only one small pet allowed, not room for large dogs.
For guests with electric cars, there are two electric charging points located approximately a mile from the property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas