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Becky Sherman, The Squire Farm, Chapel Lawn, Bucknell, Shropshire. SY7 0BW

Tel/Fax - 01547 530530 E-mail - becky@squirefarm.co.uk

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The Squire Farm, Chapel Lawn, Bucknell, Shropshire SY7 0BW

Tel/Fax - 01547 530530 E-mail - becky@squirefarm.co.uk

Walk in and immediately feel the peace and tranquillity it inspires.  It may be unusual, but it is comfortable, spacious and is an ideal retreat from a busy life amongst the fumes and bustle of the city.  Furthermore, there is a hot tub in the garden, where you can lie and soak, gazing at the nearby hills. 

Book Xidong on-line or check availability here.


Xidong Cottage is a Japanese haven with a Chinese name meaning ‘Rising Sun’; an oriental retreat in the heart of Shropshire. Sleeping two, it is the perfect setting for a romantic weekend. It is converted from an old cowshed and has a private garden terraced with local stone and featuring what was an ornamental pond, but is now a wildlife haven.  There is also a luxurious hot tub, which can be used at any time of year and from which you can see the beautiful hills and woodland surrounding the property. You enter through a cloakroom, which houses a washing machine, tumble drier and small freezer and has space for dirty boots and wet coats. 

The large main room is open to the eaves and gives the feeling of space and luxury. It is decorated in a Japanese style using natural materials, particularly wood, where possible.  There is a locally made, bespoke oak table and chairs and a seating platform with futons and large cushions, which arrange into whatever comfort you desire!  Also, recently added lounging chairs complete your comfort.  Large triple doors open out onto a small wooden deck and garden with it's hot tub.  A stone stairwell leads up from the living room to a little mezzanine bedroom with a low sloping ceiling.  Don't be alarmed, you won't be expected to sleep on a futon on the floor!  There is a modern well equipped kitchen with an extraordinary and unique curvy green glass division wall, which hides a slightly quirky but effective ‘wet’ room.

Electric under floor heating keeps the cottage at a constant warmth and a wood burning stove can be lit to boost the evening temperatures, however please do not expect to be able to  wander round in t-shirts in winter.  It is an old stone building, this is the countryside and if the last three winters are anything to go by, you will need extra jumpers!  All bed linen and towels are included in the price and as there is no mobile phone signal here, emergency or important phone calls can be made from the farmhouse.  Babes in arms are welcome (please bring a travel cot), but the cottage is not suitable for toddlers because of the ponds and hot tub in the garden and there are no sleeping arrangements for older children. The cottage is not suitable for wheelchair users.

For more information about the cottage and access click here

‘XIDONG' is pronounced 'zheedong'

Xidong garden in spring Winter 2013

November 2016

“we had an amazing mini-moon weekend at Xidong. It exceeded our expectations. The cottage is clean, spacious and well equipped….usually when I go away I come back feeling exhausted from lack of sleep but I feel totally recharged and relaxed. Thank you so much”               Gemma

January 2013

‘Surrounded by snow, most amazing weekend.  No kids, no mobiles, pure bliss.  So surreal being sat in a hot tub surrounded by snow, will definitely be back.  Thank you for flowers, bread and eggs; would love to just move in.  The scenery and wildlife in the area are amazing.  Thanks.’

Rich and Claire

June 2012

Our stay at Xidong has been an experience that took us out of the ordinary world into one of tranquility, peace and relaxation.  The hot tub was wonderful and the welcome pack was much appreciated’

    Iain and Christine