Xidong Cottage

Bucknell, Shropshire, Away from it all

Check-in Time: 15:00
Check-out Time: 10:00

Outside Description

The enclosed garden has been landscaped with local stone and features a good sized ornamental pond, which has sadly developed a leak and is now a good sized wildlife wet area!! It is home to newts and frogs and we have had a hedgehog family in the garden in the past. Now is is private, walled and interesting with an inviting hot-tub sunk into decking from where you can see the surrounding countryside.

Downstairs Description

Xidong Cottage is a Japanese haven with a Chinese name meaning ‘Rising Sun’; an oriental retreat in the heart of Shropshire. It is converted from an old cowshed and has a private garden terraced with local stone and containing a hot tub, which can be used at any time of year. You enter through a cloakroom, with washing machine, dryer and small freezer and space for your dirty boots and wet coats. The large main room is open to the eaves and gives the feeling of space and luxury. It is decorated in a Japanese style using natural materials where possible. There is a locally made, bespoke oak table and chairs and a seating platform with futons and large cushions, which arrange into whatever comfort you desire! Large triple doors open out onto a small wooden deck and the garden with it’s hot tub. There is a modern well equipped kitchen with an extraordinary and unique curvy green glass division wall, which hides a slightly quirky but effective ‘wet’ room.

First Floor Description

A stone stairwell leads up from the living room to a little mezzanine bedroom with a low sloping ceiling. Specially made wooden dressing table and bedside tables feature as well as inset tatami mats for the Japanese feel. You do have a double divan bed to sleep on - not futons!

Windows Views Description

Stunning views of the beautiful Shropshire farmland with its green fields, sheep and cattle with every season a different scene.

Other Notes

The approach to the cottage is situated up 1/3rd mile of farm track, which is slow to negotiate, however the location makes a very safe and secluded hidaway.

Dogs Welcome: Squire’s Farm welcomes both Dogs and Horses if guests wish to bring the pets with them. Take a look at Squire Cottage located on the farm.
Hot Tub: Exclusive in cottage garden
Bring Your Horse: Ring for information
Open Fire/Multi Fuel Burner
Enclosed Garden/Patio
Romantic Hideaway
Tourist Attractions:
  • Clun Castle: Clun Castle is dominated today by the great tower, built into the side of the motte. A section of the curtain wall with two flanking, half-round towers also survives, as do the earthworks of the medieval garden, visible in the valley just across the river. Visit website
  • Ludlow Castle: Walk through the Castle grounds and see the ancient houses of kings, queens, princes, judges and the nobility - a glimpse into the lifestyle of medieval society. Visit website
  • Historic Farm At Acton Scott: Tucked away in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is the ancient Acton Scott estate. Visitors and holiday makers are encouraged to come and experience its timeless appeal and village character and in so doing help preserve it for future generations. Visit website
  • Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre: At Craven Arms where you can also meet the Shropshire Mammoth. Or indulge your senses at Burford House Gardens with its national collection of clematis. Visit website
Eating and Drinking:
  • The Baron Of Beef : In Bucknell which is 3 miles away. The pub has gained a reputation for the quality of dining establishments, in the county from fine dining restaurants to country inns. Visit website
  • The White Horse Inn: Which is a traditional real ale pub in the small town of Clun. They serve a wide selection of local real ales and a varied menu of home cooked food in a convivial atmosphere. Lunch and evening meals are served in the bar and dining room everyday. Visit website
  • The Jolly Frog : At Leintwardine for good French cuisine and pizzas cooked in their own log bread oven Visit website
Food Stores:
  • Harry Tuffins: In the nearby town of Knighton you will find Harry Tuffins, a supermarket with a difference, owned by a local family and also has a petrol station. Visit website
  • Tesco: But if you wish to pre order your grocery orders for delivery for the cottage why not order from Tesco online delivery. Visit website
Sporting Attractions and Activities:
  • National Cycle Network : Discover hundreds of miles of National Cycle Network routes along quiet lanes, explore traffic-free trails along old railways and waterways, follow the cycle rides from historic towns and get muddy on mountain bike tracks in woods and forests. Visit website
  • North Farm Riding Establishment: On Whitcliffe overlooks the historic market town of Ludlow, and is adjacent to Mortimer Forest. Both ponies and horses are available to suit the individual rider. Visit website