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Magpie Cottage

Whitchurch, North Wales
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
5 star
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Luxury
Romantic
Family friendly
Rustic
Thatched
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

Hayley Hammersley

This property is personally managed by Hayley.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 36 guest ratings

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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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Reviewed by Ruth 8th March 2022

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What a fantastic little cottage! Really well equipped - all the little things (and big things) you need for a great holiday. The welcome from the owner (fire lit, flowers and immediate food essentials) were the 'icing on the cake' and made us feel truly at home. A real little haven in a lovely friendly village. Would highly recommend it and would dRead moreefinitely stay here again. Hide

Reviewed by Lutz 19th February 2022

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Beautiful cottage with good space for four. Very nicely refurbished. Good location for walks, cycle rides and visits to i.e. Chester. Very tranquil and a superb opportunity to relax and recharge these run down batteries

Reviewed by Margaret 29th January 2022

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This was a wonderful cottage Ideally situated It is cozy and impeccably furnished. If you are looking for a quiet retreat this is for you. It is also close to some lovely villages and towns. Lady Hanmer made us very welcome and couldn't be more helpful. Would love to return

Reviewed by Bopage 19th November 2021

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Beautiful piece of work letting you enjoy the particular details

Reviewed by Deborah 12th November 2021

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We have just returned from what I can only describe as the most perfect quintessential English cottage!! The cottage is stunning and set in the most beautiful little village of Hanmer. Everything in the cottage is high end from the bed linen right down to the cutlery. We were greeted with a very warm welcome from the lovely Lady Hanmer who even broRead moreught us a homemade cake. All the little extra's were an absolute delight. We will return!!! Hide

Reviewed by Jane 1st October 2021

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A beautiful cottage in a beautiful location!

Reviewed by Penelope 17th September 2021

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Fabulous holiday 5star+. Thank you Elizabeth for loaning us beautiful Magpie Cottage for the duration of our stay in Hanmer.

Reviewed by Julie 10th September 2021

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Perfect in every way we did not want to leave. Beautifully furnished and tasteful. Spotlessly clean. We were blessed with sunshine and enjoyed a drink in the garden admiring the view of the mere. We would love to return in the spring. Thank you Jules and Geoff

Reviewed by David 3rd September 2021

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An absolutely amazing place, we also appreciated the beautiful fresh flowers in every room, fresh bread ,eggs and lovely cake. Lady Hanmer was very welcoming and friendly. We would love to return one day to Hanmer Village again. David & Lisa

Reviewed by Tanya 20th August 2021

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Just looking at photos of the beautiful views of swans swimming on the lake in front of Magpie Cottage takes me back to how relaxing it was. Lady Hanmer was so hospitable and welcoming, and did everything she could to make our holiday a great one. We cycled and walked from the cottage and had a delicious takeaway from the Hanmer Arms. We had lovelyRead more days out at Chirk Castle, Hawkstone Follies, RAF Museum at Cosford and a canal boat trip at Llangollen. A wonderful holiday thank you so much! Hide

Reviewed by Jilli 13th August 2021

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Reviewed by Rebecca 6th August 2021

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Weve had a wonderful week at Magpie Cottage. Its such a lovely location and the cottage is heavenly. We enjoyed the hedgehogs in the garden and the swifts over the mere in the evening. We visited Chester, Alderford Lake, Hawkstone Park for happy hours exploring, Cosford air museum and the wonderful Chirk Castle - lots to do! Our two small boys enjoRead moreyed it all and slept peacefully in the comfy beds each night. The personal touch from Elizabeth is what made it most memorable however. Thank you! Hide

Reviewed by Matt 30th July 2021

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We loved our stay in Magpie Cottage - it was so comfortable, especially the beds and sofa, we all slept so well, and this isn't always the case with holiday cottage beds in my experience! The cottage was very well fitted out, we had everything we needed and the quality of the crockery, etc, was all excellent. We loved the location; our children lovRead moreed the outside space and the fact they could swim and walk on their own to the local shop only a few steps away. Hide

Reviewed by Barbara 9th July 2021

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This is an idyllic Tudor cottage in a beautiful location. The village is small and friendly and the property overlooks the mere so has a beautiful view. Take care if you want two private bedrooms because one bedroom is a converted landing with access to the downstairs. This is fine for children but may not be private enough for a couple.

Reviewed by Gina 2nd July 2021

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Reviewed by Nicola 18th June 2021

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The cottage was perfect in every way it was truly beautiful. We felt very welcome not only by the the owner but the whole village was friendly. Its location was ideal most of the places we went were within a 30 min drive. A lot of care has been given to the property even as far as a phone number and address for a local vet. We had a great time it rRead moreeally was perfect. We hope to go back sometime in the future. Hide

Reviewed by Colin 11th June 2021

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The cottage was really amazing, I've stayed at many cottages over the years, but this one was outstanding, no detail was too small, fresh flowers in every room, chocolate gateau, eggs and bacon available, small things that made you feel welcomed. This is a thatched cottage with a difference and I would recommend it to anyone.

Reviewed by Elaine 6th June 2021

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What a lovely relaxing mini break at Magpie Cottage. Elizabeth is the perfect host, nothing is too much trouble. We loved the cake waiting for us, lovely idea. Would definitely return again.

Reviewed by James 4th June 2021

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Lady Hanmer is a wonderful host. She couldn't do enough for us. After my daughter said in passing that she'd never tried a turkey egg, Lady Hanmer turned up with fresh turkey eggs for breakfast the following morning. The cottage renovation works are exceptional; and it's in a perfect spot for a relaxing break.

Reviewed by Lily 29th May 2021

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We really enjoyed this cottage, beautiful location and extremely comfortable.

Reviewed by Sue 21st May 2021

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Beautifully renovated cottage, superbly put together. Beds super super comfy. Our, hostess lady Hanmer left us a very generous welcome pack and provided us with lovely fresh milk from the farm. Super location, a few walks from the door around the mere and above the village. Plenty to see and do around Whitchurch we found. Nice little pub up the roaRead mored, The Hanmer Arms, we had a takeaway from there on our last night. Would highly recommend the cottage. Hide

Reviewed by CJ 14th May 2021

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Reviewed by Peter 30th April 2021

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Everything was absolutely perfect! Very attentive host and fantastic place to stay! It was nice to be welcomed by fresh groceries, fabulous cake and many other things we liked. This place was a true five stars and we will definitely be back!

Reviewed by Carole 23rd April 2021

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Reviewed by Sarah 12th April 2021

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This is an extraordinary cottage. It blew all our expectations & then some. Positioned just a few meters from a breathtakingly beautiful & unspoilt lake, and in a village marked by tranquility & friendliness, Magpie Cottage is a find like no other. Lady Hanmer has generously & extravagantly thought of everything you could possibly need from freshlyRead more cut flowers on every window ledge to luxurious bedding to wonderful crockery to freshly baked cake...and so much more. You'll never want to leave. Hide

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