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The Dipping Shed - Cabin in Shropshire, United Kingdom

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Walcot Hall

Suitable for children of all ages

Pets welcome

Both kids and pets are welcome

Candlelit nights, 40 swans and an over-sized bear – it must be Walcot Hall!

You'll find The Dipping Shed on a little hill overlooking the West lake of Walcot Hall. It’s one of the six incredible places hidden in the sprawling grounds. The Hall is a Georgian beauty, home to The Parish Family since 1957, Robin & Lucy, their three children and 15 pets (and counting): all of which are fairly free-range. Entering the gates you are instantly drawn into its deep other-worldly embrace, with no distracting phone or internet connection to pull you back to life beyond.

In the old days the Dipping Shed was where they used to dip the sheep, but it’s come a long way since then. The inside has a distinctive hunting theme and the most intriguing treasures: Cow hides, gleaming brass objects, hunting paraphernalia, and a chandelier made of antlers to name but a few. For Tudor-style feasting there’s a massive wooden table. In every room, including the bathroom there are tonnes of wooden candlesticks - light them all for warm, flickering nights. By day, light streams in through the stained glass windows. Peel back the wooden shutters to reveal the paved seating area and views out to Long Mynd.

There’s oodles to do in the grounds and you’re invited to treat it as your own. Take the boat out on the lake to meet the swans, wander through the lush botanical garden, hide in a huge tree stump, pass the time with a huge wooden bear, go riding – the list goes on…

The nearby Shropshire Hills are yours to explore, although the clues in the name! Make sure you pack good shoes. Leave a stew bubbling all day in the Aga for when you get back, or treat yourself to a very good dinner out - nearby Ludlow hosts the most Michelin starred restaurants outside of London!

Our guests say...

Fantastic place. Had a lovely weekend with friends. Very relaxing and perfect for a winter break.



We really enjoyed our stay. The dipping shed was magical, and we thoroughly enjoyed searching the grounds. We enjoyed helping with the apple harvest and juicing the apples. There are so many positive things to say, but also two minor points I would suggest for improvement: the weather vane could do with an oil as it's very noisy, and a bracket to hang the shower above the bath would be very welcome. We have recommended the dipping shed to friends and I know a number are looking to place a booking. A truly unique place to stay (particularly for a four year old, who loved climbing a ladder to bed, the rocking sheep and riding her bike along the driveway).



We had a lovely 4 night break in the dipping shed. It's wonderfully enchanting and surrounded with quirky treasures and beautiful Shropshire countryside.



This is without a doubt exactly what is says on the tin, lol, totally relaxing, beautiful location, fabulous surroundings and just wants needed to relax and unwind.



Beautiful place, gave us a sense of adventure, very warm, cosy and fascinating. Kids loved it.



Amazing, we felt as though we were the only people staying there, it was so peaceful and we were not at all bothered by the owners but when we needed them they were just a phone call away and they were very helpful.



wonderful ! peaceful beautiful location comfortable romantic in a lovely part of the country



We had a wonderful time. The place was perfect. It was peaceful and remote and rushing we had hoped for. I'm glad we took heed of the instructions for bring a torch as without it we would have had trouble locating the instructions to turn the generator on. Such a charming place to stay for a special celebration. We hope to return one day. Many thanks.



Excellent, our second visit will book again



We arrived and found the dipping shed in the estate using the instructions. The lights were on ready for us which helped as it was dark when we arrived. A badger crossed in front of us as we drove through the estate and we heard owls when we were getting tucked up for bed. Highlights were turning the generator off and the children having a bath by candlelight. Pony rides at the stables The sleeping platform where the children slept. Cooking with the Raeburn Exploring the estate with the children & finding exciting old cars, other accommodation (showmanship truck etc.) The quiet and stars



"Yes, it was perfect for a completely relaxing break. The lodge was very cleverly styled & very unique. The best thing was the unusual lodge together with the beautiful surroundings."



"Absolutely lovely thank you. We stayed in the Dipping Shed which is an amazing place and the estate is a beautiful peaceful environment."



"Best was what it provided overall - eclectic style, cosy and comfy, log burner, well equipped kitchen, fantastic views, super peaceful."



"Walcot Hall was amazing, so yes! Unique place, tranquil, a real get away from it all holiday."



"Had a fab time. Total chill out . No good for people who rely on internet/tv as there is none, and no mobile signal if you are on o2. Fascinating interior, was still finding new things after 3 days! Beautiful walled garden and arboretum to walk round. We didn't get enough instructions on how to find the dipping shed and it took a while to locate. Don't think we would have ever found it in the dark."



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The important stuff

  • Check in time is 4pm
  • Check out time is 10:30am
  • There are some farm animals and water hazards you should be careful of and some areas are for the family only and off limits to guests.
  • On rare occasions that the site is not booked exclusively for wedding parties, please note that wedding celebrations take place in the Ballroom and around the Hall.
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • Two doubles, one upstairs, one down

Extra space available

Space for 3 pets no charge.

Space for 1 baby no charge.

Kids & Pets

Both kids and pets are welcome


  • Full kitchen with all crockery, cutlery etc


  • Shower and bath, flushing loo
  • Hot and cold running water in bathroom and kitchen

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Solar-powered lighting, candles and matches provided along with logs and newspaper for the fire. Please note that the solar power is not suitable for highly powered electrical items, but fine for smaller items such as phones and lights
  • Central heating and an AGA for chillier months
  • All linen is provided
  • The Dipping shed is run from a generator but there are plug sockets for guests use


  • Selection of books and games (no tv)


At Walcot Hall and nearby

There's the giant Arboretum for exploring, horse riding, fishing in the arboretum pools, walking and bike rides (there's an interesting selection of old bikes to borrow if you like). There's a selection of rowing boats that you can take out on the lake, and a croquet lawn that can be used as long as there's no wedding on.

In nearby Bishop's Castle there is a leisure centre with a swimming pool, squash courts, tennis courts and a play park for the kids.

Places to Visit

Shrewsbury (18 miles)

Church Stretton

If you have children, Acton Scott is a working Victorian Farm and is a great place to go - they teach you how to make butter and cheese, and you'll get to see and pet all the farm animals too!

Outdoor & Active

Walking - Walcot Hall is very close to the Long Mynd, Jack Myttons Way and the Offa’s Dyke path.

2 miles away in Bicton there is an outdoor adventure centre where you can go paintballing, build rafts and lots more. Advance booking is essential.

Food & Drink

Lydbury North has some small shops and there is a bigger Co-op and a butcher's in Bishops Castle, 3 miles away. Or in the other direction, there is a supermarket about 10 miles away in Craven Arms. There is also lots of good food and home made ales/beers in Bishop's Castle and Ludlow.

Pubs & Restaurants

The Powis Arms pub, just a short walk at the end of the main driveway, is under the ownership of Walcot Hall and serves wonderful home-cooked food and local ales. 

Bishop’s Castle (3 miles away) has a good selection of pubs that serve great local ales and home made food. The Three Tunns or The Castle Hotel are both good choices, but do make sure they are booked in advance. 

Ludlow is about 20 minutes away and has a lot more choice from pub grub, afternoon tea’s to fine dining. Try The Clive, Mr Underhill’s, Ludlow Food Centre restrant which has just opened and has been getting great reviews.

Meet your hosts

In 1956 the Woodbine Parishes bought Walcot from the Stevens and are still here! The Parish family have been at Walcot since 1957.  Robin spent his childhood here with his family.  In December 1997, Robin married Lucinda Rogers-Coltman and they have lived together at Walcot Hall since. They have four children, five dogs, a guinea pig, three horses, several chickens and a couple of ducks.  Arthur (12), George (11), Nancy (9) and Edward (7) all roam around fairly free-range.  They have grown up with the house being run as a business and not just a family home, so enjoy meeting and greeting new visitors to Walcot. Occasionally a guest might unwittingly come across them playing a game of hide and seek in the house, or stumble into one of their dens in the arboretum. The whole family hope that you will get as much pleasure from your visit to Walcot as they do living there and they invite you to share it with them.

In the arboretum there are peacocks and pheasants nesting. On the lake there is an amazing selection of  swans and other wildlife, and the lake is filled with carp, perch and tench. The two pools in the arboretum are filled with tiddlers which you are welcome to fish if you bring your own kit!

Getting there

Walcot Hall, Lydbury, North Shropshire, SY7 8AZ

By public transport

The nearest train station is Craven Arms and the nearest bus station is Lydbury North. There is a bus stop within walking distance.

By car

The entrance to Walcot Hall is

through the village of Lydbury-North (B4385). Some SatNavs will attempt to direct you to Walcot Farm. Please ignore this advice. Once in the village, you will see the Powis Arms public house, and the turning for Walcot Hall is just adjacent to this. The spaces at Walcot Hall are widely scattered so there can't always be someone on hand to check you in on arrival. Please bring these directions with you to help you find your accommodation. The lodge houses on the left on either side of the road to the rear of the house, is where the caretaker and housekeeper live. Please contact them if you have any concerns during your stay.

arry on along the driveway, go over the two lakes, pass a turning on your right, and take the next right hand turn which will take you up a steep bank until you reach a small car park with a gate. From the car park you will proceed on foot. Go through the gate and follow the path to the right, pass a boot tree on the right (a very unique tree with old shoes and boots stuck to it!), and keep going until you see a giant 12ft wooden bear on your right. Take the smaller footpath in front of the bear, which will lead you to the yurts. Crazy Horse Yurt is the first and Buffalo Springfield Yurt is the second.

Proceed along the drive, over the lakes and bear left at the fork in the road. Proceed to the top of the drive and over the cattle grid. Bear right and go through the clock tower you see in front of you. Park in the stable yard.  It is advisable to arrive in daylight as it is harder to find The Chapel in the dark. Go through the green double doors on the left hand side of the stable yard signposted Plassey, along the cobbled path and up the steps. Go through the gate and follow the woodchip path up until you see a path, go straight. Walk along the side of this up the bank.  You will see the Green Tin Chapel on your left.

 Once in the village of Lydbury North you will see the Powis Arms public house. The road to Walcot Hall is adjacent to this. Proceed down the road, over the lake and turn left in the fork in the road for all apartments. To reach the Dipping Shed take the next right and then turn right again up the steep slope. You will see the Dipping Shed roof with the turquoise peaks on your right. Continue to the top of this track to the stone car park. Park here and continue on foot back down to your right, across the grass and through the heavy iron gateway. Carry on ahead, there is a path through the grass and you will come to the smaller gate leading into the Dipping Shed garden. Please make sure all gates are closed behind you as there are sometimes sheep in the fields. If arriving after dark please bring a torch as there are no outside lights and wellies are also useful if it has been wet.

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Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

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  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.


The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.


1. Booking and payments


1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).


1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email ( Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.


1.3 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.


1.4 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.


1.5 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.


2. Cancellation and Amendment by You


2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email ( and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.


2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  


2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.


2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.


2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 


2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.


2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.


2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.


Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.


3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.


4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.


5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.


6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;


(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;


(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.


7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.


8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.


9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.


10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.


11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.


12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.


13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.


14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.


15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 


16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.


17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.


18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.