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7 Nights  

  • £565  to  £1250

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Short Breaks From

  • £198 p/night
    Off peak
    (2 night min)
  • £290 p/night
    Peak season
    (2 night min)

Key Information

  • Sleeps


  • Bedrooms

    3 Rooms

  • Min Nights

    2 (all year)

  • Children


  • WiFi


  • Dogs

    2 Dogs

  • Bathrooms


  • Access


  • Star Rating

    4 Star

About Woodpecker Cottage

Woodpecker Cottage is a 4-Star wheelchair-friendly holiday cottage with hot tub in the rural hamlet of Dudleston near Ellesmere in the Shropshire countryside. It's on the family-run Castle Farm (not a working farm), where they also have Nuthatch Cottage, glamping pods and a charming shepherds hut. The cottage sleeps five people in three bedrooms with a private enclosed garden (and outdoor hot tub!). It's an ideal layout for families, though it also suits couples and friends as there are two bathrooms and accommodation is over two levels. This is a fantastic location for being outdoors and active, but it also suits people who love easy days sightseeing, picnicking and relaxing in beautiful rural surroundings. The nearest pub is at St Martins one and a half miles away and the nearest supermarket is two miles away.

Dudleston is just five miles from the pretty town of Ellesmere that has grown up around a glacial lake. At its heart are winding medieval lanes lined with half-timbered Georgian buildings housing various independent shops, cafes, restaurants and other local businesses. A market has been held weekly for more than 800 years, with the Victorian Market Hall hosting it since 1879. More shops and amenities are only a few miles further away in Oswestry. Despite its long history, there is nothing old-fashioned or stuffy about Ellesmere. It has a vibrant community just five miles from Woodpecker Cottage and is popular with locals and visitors. Lake Vyrnwy and the waterfall at Pistyll Rhaedr are around an hour away, so pack a picnic and make a day of it.

There is always something fun to do or beautiful to see, no matter your interest or the season. Ellesmere is one of nine meres in an area sometimes called the Shropshire Lake District, with other lakes also giving opportunities for swimming, sailing, SUPping, fishing, and birdwatching. Cycle along the Llangollen Canal's towpath to Chirk Aqueduct. Being close to the Welsh border means castles: Chirk, Whittington and Powis are just three of many within reach. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Erddig Hall and Attingham Park are other historic places to see. Chester is only 45 minutes away with fantastic places to eat, drink and shop, an award-winning zoo, and Roman ruins. You can also go to Llandudno, Talacre beach and lighthouse, and Llangollen.

Woodpecker Cottage is a holiday cottage where you can spend hours out and about, seeing and doing something new every day. However, it's also somewhere you can park the car and forget it for a week, walking and cycling through the countryside and enjoying fantastic views. PRICES INCLUDE USE OF THE HOT TUB AT THE COTTAGE. DISCOUNT GIVEN AT TIME OF BOOKING IF HOT TUB NOT REQUIRED.

Contact the owner

Owner details:

Helen Reade joined Independent Cottages in September 2021

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Amenities / Facilities

  • Hot Tub
  • Off-Road Parking
  • Highchair
  • Golf Nearby
  • DVD Player
  • Washing Machine
  • Microwave
  • Dish washer
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Horse Riding Nearby
  • WiFi

Location (Shropshire)

Accommodation Comprises:

Woodpecker Cottage is a semi-detached cottage with accommodation over two levels. It is fully private and self-contained and adjacent to Nuthatch Cottage. Depending on availability, the pair can be booked together to accommodate extended families and friends.


  • Bright living/dining room with two sofas, a wall-mounted electric fire, and a TV with a DVD player. The floor has a rug but is not carpeted, making it a practical choice for guests who use a wheelchair and those with dogs. A solid pine table seats five people. A highchair is available.
  • Modern kitchen with fitted cupboards full of equipment and utensils for self-catering. Appliances include a microwave, electric oven and stove, and a dishwasher. There is also a washing machine.
  • Accessible twin bedroom with two single beds, hardwood floors, and proper storage. The ensuite wetroom includes grab rails and a seat in the shower.


  • Quiet room with a full-sized single bed. All beds are made up for the arrival of guests. Bath towels are provided.
  • Third bedroom with a double bed, bedside tables and reading lights.
  • Family bathroom with a shower over the bath, heated towel rail and WC.

Outside: The enclosed garden is paved with outdoor seating and a hot tub. There is a field opposite the cottage where guests are very welcome to take their dogs from March to November. There is parking close to the cottage.

Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen and bath towels are included. Guests to bring extra towels for using the hot tub. Woodpecker Cottage can be booked without use of a hot tub at a reduced price, all prices shown include use of hot tub. Between two to three well-behaved dogs are welcome by arrangement and for no extra cost. A £100 refundable security bond is required the week prior to your holiday. Smoking is not permitted.

Star Rating: 4 Star

Woodpecker Cottage Tariff & Supplementary Information

Bedroom Configuration:
Sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms (1 Double, 1 Twin & 1 Single)
2 dogs welcome
Wheelchair accessible, but check requirements with owner
No smoking
Prices for 7 nights:
From £565
To £1250
Preferred Arrival Day:
Payment Options:
Bank Transfer
Booking Conditions:
Please refer to the owner for accessibility requirements, booking terms / conditions and cancellation policy.
Help combat online fraud. Speak to the owner on our officially verified number: +44(0)1691 690801 before paying by bank transfer.
Please discuss any requirements regarding your pet(s) with the property owner.
Children must be supervised when around / using the hot tub.
Independent Cottages recommends that you take out holiday cancellation insurance.

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Helen Reade
Member Since September 2021

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