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View fromthe cottage over the village mere
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Magpie Cottage

Whitchurch, North Wales
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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
5 star
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / wood burner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Luxury
Romantic
Family friendly
Rustic
Thatched
Parking on site / nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Delightful, newly restored 17th century thatched cottage overlooking the village with the shining Mere, perfect for a relaxing time
  • Great for walkers, cyclists and bird watchers, exploring two English counties and North Wales
  • Join the Land’s End to John O’Groats Trail, walk Offa’s- Dyke and wild swim in Hanmer Mere
Property code: 79135

Picture postcard perfect and dating back to the 17th century, in a peaceful village setting overlooking the village Mere, Magpie Cottage is a perfect retreat for families and dogs

In the heart of Hanmer: a quintessential border village with a church and green, overlooking the Mere, a traditional village shop, butcher and florist all within walking distance. Perfect for a couple or family of four to enjoy this wonderful location and ideal geographical position. This fabulous thatched cottage, originally built circa 1668 during the reign of Charles II, is reputed to be one of the oldest dwellings in the village. It is perfectly positioned for exploring North Wales, Shropshire and Cheshire. The medieval town of Shrewsbury and the city of Chester, both of which date back to Roman times, and are within 20 miles. Great for cyclists, walkers and bird watchers, it is an excellent starting point for exploring the Shropshire Way, Offa’s Dyke, the Cheshire Sandstone Way, Snowdonia and many wonderful gardens including Erddig, Wollerton Old Hall and Cholmondeley.

This beautiful property has been recently sympathetically restored with all creature comforts including under-floor heating and a wood burning stove. As you enter this stunning detached property, you immediately feel welcome. There is a well-equipped kitchen with electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge. Standing at the traditional butler’s sink, you can soak up the view of the Mere. The kitchen leads into the parlour dining area which features the original oak beams and inglenook fireplace. The dining table is perfect for family meals and planning the day ahead. The lounge, just off the parlour, has comfortable seating for four and has a really relaxing feel, a Smart TV and an excellent view across the Mere. The ground floor also has the shower room with a shower and WC and a small lobby housing the washing machine. Oak stairs from the parlour take you to the first floor with an impressive open plan twin bedroom with WC en suite. The spacious principal bedroom has a super-king size bed. All the linen is top quality and bath robes are provided.

Outside, there is a lovely lawn garden with perfect places to relax overlooking the tranquil Mere or perhaps enjoying an al-fresco meal or morning coffee, contemplating the day’s activities. There is ample private parking for three cars and a lock-up bike shed.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 super-king size and 1 twin (Super -king size room accessible through the twin room)
  • 1 shower room and WC and 1 separate WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge
  • Utility lobby with washing machine and outside environmentally-friendly clothes line
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs provided)
  • Towels and bathrobes
  • Lawn garden with seating
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • Lock-up bike shed
  • Village post office and stores, butcher and florist all within walking distance
  • Smart TV in lounge
  • Travel cot and Highchair available with prior notice
  • Arrival: 16:30 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 1 dog allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £200 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £25. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

Hayley Hammersley

This property is personally managed by Hayley.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 21 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Andria 22nd December 2023

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Idyllic cottage for a cosy holiday with superb attention to detail for the comfort of guests.

Reviewed by Julie 27th October 2023

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A great cottage, very clean and tidy. Really comfortable bed and bedding. Fabulous friendly village with very convenient shop next door. Warm welcome from Lady Hanmar, would highly recommend.

Reviewed by Stephen 6th October 2023

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The cottage and the furnishings are beautiful and it is set in a lovely position overlooking the mere. There are walks from the cottage and it is easily accessible to other places to visit. I would highly recommend this property for couples.

Reviewed by Amanda 8th September 2023

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Best BnB Ive ever stayed in - by far. Hanmer is a wonderful relaxing place. Cottage is charming, and the village very welcoming. Lovely pub within walking distance. Loads of places to hike and towns within a striking distance.

Reviewed by Sharon 25th August 2023

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Beautiful cottage with all you need for a comfortable stay. Very comfortable with top quality bed linen and towels and kitchen ware. Great shower. Lovely and quiet and peaceful. Garden not 100% secure if you take a nosey or adventurous dog. But plenty of places to walk and.would be totally fab at Christmas time in the snow. Right next door to villaRead morege shop too. A real life ginger bread house/chocolate box cottage. Beautiful. Hide

Reviewed by Claire 21st August 2023

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Had a lovely family week away in this beautiful cottage. Lady Hanmer made us feel so welcome and she left us a lovely homemade Lemon Drizzle cake which you can purchase next door in the post office. The local pub is a short distance walk away and had fabulous food with lovely friendly atmosphere. My son loved swimming each day in the mere which wasRead more also very popular with locals too. I would recommend this wonderful cottage and its fantastic views to anyone. Hide

Reviewed by Michelle 12th August 2023

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Just returned from a lovely week at this beautiful cottage . Lady Elizabeth was attentive but respectful of our family space. The cottage is beautiful and is like stepping into the pages of Homes and Gardens . But for us ( all keen wild swimmers) it was the most stunning mere , a stone's throw away , that was the icing on a very delicious cake . WeRead more swam every morning and each evening , sharing stories and getting recommendations from the very friendly locals . Hide

Reviewed by Andy 28th July 2023

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Excellent accommodation, very nicely renovated, peaceful village life and a local shop/post office with locally sourced produce right on your door step. Unfortunately the pub reopened the day we left for home so we we unable to sample and comment on the local pub, but I expect it is a good community atmosphere.

Reviewed by Janet 28th April 2023

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Magpie Cottage is a delight.We enjoyed the comfortable,well appointed home and its idyllic situation overlooking Hanmer mere.

Reviewed by Elizabeth 20th March 2023

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Reviewed by Geraint 23rd October 2022

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Immaculate well-equipped cottage across the road from a beautiful lake. We didnt want for anything and our host was very helpful, even arranging for our daughter to see the local GP. We used Hanmer - with its local shop, butcher and a lovely church - as a base to explore other towns in Wales and England and it was perfect. Super, comfortable stay. Read moreHighly recommended. Hide

Reviewed by Joan 14th October 2022

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This beautiful little cottage is in a perfect location in a quiet and peaceful village. The tranquility is amazing with ever changing views of the mere and its wildlife. The cottage is spotlessly clean and well equipped. The local post office/shop is ideal for basic groceries and beverages!!!! Sadly the local pub has been closed, hopefully it will Read morebe reopened soon. Overall we would highly recommend a visit to this lovely area. Hide

Reviewed by Jennefer 9th September 2022

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A wonderful cottage in beautiful surroundings. There was everything we needed and the initial provisions/treats along with flowers were a lovely touch. Lady Hamner made us feel very welcome and was very informative about the local area. Plenty of dog friendly places to visit - various locks along the Shropshire and Union canal, Ellesmere and ColemeRead morere, Lake Vrnwy, Ironbridge and Blists Victorian museum and the aqueduct and viaduct at Ty Mawr. Shrewsbury is worth a visit if raining. Hide

Reviewed by Julia 21st August 2022

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A fantastic cottage and brilliant location! Make sure you pack a swimming costume to go swimming in the Hanmar Mere had a fab time swimming with my dog and the locals.

Reviewed by Clive 12th August 2022

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Exactly as it looks on the website, with the lake even nearer than it looks. Chocolate box cottage in a great "chill out" location. We had a lovely break, thank you

Reviewed by Kiran 4th August 2022

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This was the perfect place for some quality family time. We called the cottage variously a dolls house and a gingerbread house - it is so beautiful and the setting is exquisite. We swam in the mere and took advantage of lovely local walks. The shop next door was staffed by friendly people and well stocked, and Lady Hanmer was so welcoming. The toucRead morehes like cake, fresh flowers, butter and eggs were much appreciated. Book it - you wont regret it! Hide

Reviewed by Jonathan 1st July 2022

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What a fabulous stay and fantastic hosts. Greeted with homemade coffee cake, Elizabeth and her husband could not have been more kind and helpful to us.

Reviewed by Geoffrey 10th June 2022

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Fantastic immaculate cottage. Very high quality and so quiet and relaxing, especially at night. I don't sleep well at home, but slept like a baby here. Owner is very kind and welcoming. Highly recommend.

Reviewed by Paul 3rd June 2022

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A lovely cottage, immaculately clean and with every amenity you could want. Made to feel very welcome and would highly recommend.

Reviewed by Mary 29th April 2022

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The cottage is perfect. The location unbeatable. Wonderful welcome from the owner. Flowers everywhere and welcome pack very much appreciated. Will definitely visit again.Suitable for couples and family.

Reviewed by Itay 17th April 2022

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