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Woodland Escapes

UK England West Midlands Shropshire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Good walks nearby
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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Facilities

Dome has 1 bedroom featuring a king-size bed and 2 single beds (bed linen included). Private bathroom includes running water with open-air gas-fired shower, washbasin and proper flushing toilet (towels included). Fully-equipped kitchenette features cooking utensils, grill, and sink for washing up. Dining room with full sized dining table and chairs provided, as well as child's high chair (upon request). TV included. No electricity – solar-powered electric box supplied for devices. Heating courtesy of the log-burner inside. Outside, Scandinavian wood fired hot tub (£65.00 extra charge) gas firepit, furniture, BBQ and hammock provided. 

Suitable For

Just glampers. No large groups. Dogs (maximum of 2) are welcome for an additional charge. 

Nearby

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 & 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. 

Opening Times

March – December. 

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Accommodation

A single geo-dome (sleeping up to 4 people).

Location

Contact Woodland Escapes, Bowketts Wood, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 3AF

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Getting There

From Clee Hill village outside the Golden Cross Public House, take the B4214 Tenbury Road. After 3/4 mile you will see 30mph signs either side of the road. Just after, turn right onto a rough track (there are coaches parked in the entrance) then take the first available left handfork. Drive down through the woodland to the house at the bottom. If using a SATNAV use the postcode SY8 3NL. This gets you on the right road. Do not follow any signs for Hope Bagot. 

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★★★★★

Quiet, remote and scenic location with very helpful host

We were immediately greeted by fern on arrival who experience loaned where to park and then met us again round at the dome. She showed and explained to us everything we could need during our stay and gave us contact details should we need anything 24/7 during our stay. Everything was ready when we arrived, the log burner had been set a while and was warming up the dome already. Everything was in good working order, fit for purpose, good quality and comfortable. We had a lovely break and would definitely return for another one and recommend it to anyone (with no mobility issues due to steep hillside it’s set in).
Dec 26, 2018 by Jenn
★★★★★

Beautiful location with amazing accommodation

Had such a warm welcome from Fern when we arrived. What a beautiful location hidden away for a relaxing break. The star dome was pretty magical with excellent facilities for a really comfortable stay. Can highly recommend a stay with Woodland escapes
Apr 30, 2018 by Eleri

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