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Woodland Escapes

Shropshire Sy8 3 Af, England
1 acre hosted by Fern B.
A luxury geo-dome set in a private Shropshire woodland, with all mod cons including a Scandinavian wood fired hot tub

Never has a place been more aptly named than Woodland Escapes. Set within 45 unspoiled acres on the edge of the Shropshire Hills AONB, each dwelling here enjoys its own private slice of wildlife-rich woodland so guests can truly relax in the utmost sylvan seclusion. Home to badgers, foxes and all manner of squawking birdlife, Bowketts Wood is awash with vibrant flora including dazzling bluebells at spring – the perfect setting for re-connecting with the great outdoors.

Helmed by three generations of the Bowkett family (Fern, Penny and Janet), this tranquil retreat offers an array of accommodation from a charming bed and breakfast to a couple-friendly woodland lodge. But the star of the show (in name and nature) is undoubtedly The Star Dome. The perfect marriage of innovation and style, this luxury dome sleeps up to four on a king-sized bed plus two singles, with cosy duvets and pillows provided as standard. Its geodesic design means the dome is well ventilated and nicely temperate, and the expansive front window allows the dawn light to flood in when the drapes are drawn. A proper log-burner warms the interior, while solar power provides some limited juice for devices. Despite its eco-friendly credentials, facilities are far from primitive with a private gas-powered shower delivering piping hot water and sleek furnishings throughout. Outside atop the wooden veranda, the gas-powered button-operated wood burner and comfy outside furniture sets the scene nicely while the Scandinavian wood-fired hot tub calls for an indulgent evening soak under the star-studded night skies.

While woodland walks and general idleness onsite should be top of your agenda, the local area boasts a wealth of attractions to draw you out. Innumerable charming towns and villages dot this corridor between the Severn and Teme valleys, and its proximity to the Welsh border means the region is rich in history. Sate your castle cravings at Stokesay, Croft and Ludlow, the latter town decreed by Poet Laureate John Betjeman as the 'loveliest town in England'.

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Shropshire Sy8 3 Af, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Fern B.Joined in November 2017
From the host
Here at Woodland Escapes you can enjoy everything you love about the great outdoors before retreating to a little bit of luxury at the end of a busy day. If its been too long since you enjoyed the thrill of waking up somewhere that takes your breath away and stepping straight outdoors beneath trees rustling in the breeze then, Woodland Escapes has the perfect retreat for you. Set in 15 acres of natural woodland, our estate is not only a site of outstanding natural beauty but also a site of special scientific interest too. This due to the wealth of wildlife and rare flora and fauna that inhabits and grows in this tranquil place of escape. You will find this a beautiful place to unwind and relax at any time of the year.
Nearby attractions
The site sits on the edge of The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so there is no shortage of scenic walks to enjoy. Or why not explore the surroundings via the Severn Valley Railway, an atmospheric steam locomotive that runs for 16 miles through Shropshire and neighbouring Worcestershire. With a exotic animals from around the globe, amusement rides and a fantastic dinosaur animatronics experience, West Midland Safari Park (01299 402114) is perfect for a day out with the kids. The medieval market town of Ludlow (just 6 miles away) has plenty to see and do, not least a visit to the 11th century Ludlow Castle (01584 873355). Open daily, the castle hosts regular tours and events, with a lovely tearoom in the grounds too. And if this doesn't sate your castle cravings, Stokesay Castle (0370 333 1181) and Croft Castle are also nearby, and the neo-classical mansion of Berrington Hall (01568 615721) in Leominster is also worth a visit. Ironbridge Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site features a string of fascinating museums and experiences detailing the region's industrial heritage. If you like your history decidedly quirky, seek out The Land of Lost Content (01588 676176) in Craven Arms – the country's foremost museum of pop culture ephemera.
Food and drink
Among the nearest local pubs are The Golden Cross (01584 890741) at Clee Hill and the Bennetts End Inn at Knowbury. The latter, featuring a fine selection of ales, hearty pub grub and spectacular views of the Shropshire Hills from the beer garden, is a welcoming 17th century inn that makes for a perfect pit-stop if you're out for a walk (muddy boots and muddy dogs permitted!). For restaurants, Tenbury Wells (4 miles away) is your best bet with The Peacock Inn (0843 5065 444) offering a sophisticated spin on traditional favourites. The town also boasts an array of takeaways and supermarkets. Ludlow can lay a strong claim to being the UK's gastronomic capital, with a whole host of artisan food shops, butchers, bakers, cheesemongers, delis, and organic food stockists to be found there. Head to the town's 12th century street market or the Ludlow Food Centre (01584 856020) to sample the best of Shropshire local produce. And if you're staying in September, the Ludlow Food Festival is essential visiting for all foodies. 

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