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The Folly at Castlebridge

Mere, Wiltshire (Ref. 988942)

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi


    • “Great location and perfect hosts , the folly was such a brilliant place full of character and tastefully decorated with the plus of mod cons. Colin and Clair are great - friendly informative and always around to help. A great location as per usual for Sykes cottages highly recommended.”

    Mr O'neill, Eastbourne, January 2019

    • “My husband and I stayed here for a short break. The Folly was easy to find, following the instructions given. Clare and Colin were very welcoming, they kindly supplied us with some provisions such as bacon, eggs, milk, bread, butter, fresh fruit and some delicious homemade jam. The grounds the Folly are set in are beautiful (as is the main house gardens). It is a stunning building, with patio seating supplied to sit and admire the garden. The kitchen has everything you need. The lounge has some very comfortable seating, a log burner, writing desk and some lovely art work. Here there are three windows that look over the garden and beyond to the fields and Mere in the distance. There is a spiral staircase that takes you up to the bedroom and bathroom, both tastefully decorated. The bed is very comfortable, but we found the bathroom a tad on the narrow side, the shower is good to. We had a lovely stay here. It was so peaceful, to sit and read and listen to the sheep, birds and the sound of the wind in the trees. Would highly recommend The Folly.”

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor,

    • “We booked this place very last minute for a 3 night stay as a short honeymoon. We wanted somewhere very quiet and relaxing to unwind after the stresses of organising our wedding. Well this place was everything we could have hoped for. Set far back from the road, surrounded by rolling hills and a beautiful pond with a waterfall. The manager had left us some champagne and smoked salmon on arrival and the fridge was stocked with breakfast items for the next day including the most wonderful homemade jams and marmalade. I liked the marrow and ginger jam so much I asked to have another jar to take home with me. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything we could need and the information packs are really useful. To be honest we needn't have brought anything but clothes with us because everything you need is there at the folly. If you need any food there is a short drive to mere where there's a co-op and pubs, restaurants, cafés and takeaways.”

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor,

    • “The Folly was everything which was promised and even more. Beautifully and stylishly furnished with generous welcome goodies and toiletries. On a cold wet day it was warm and welcoming, a perfect get away location.\ No need to rush around, as the sun came out, walking in the grounds, kicking up the autumn leaves and finding shiny new conkers bursting from their spiny cases was delightful. A bottle or two from Yapps winery in Mere was an additional bonus. We can recommend eating at the Bell and Crown in Zeals. We will definitely return to this secret, exclusive hideaway.”

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor,

    • “The Folly is exactly as shown on the photographs. It is set in beautiful peaceful garden setting ideal for a relaxing holiday. We are extremely particular about our holiday accommodation and the cottage was exactly what we were looking for with everything you need and supermarkets close by. Stourhead House and Gardens are well worth a visit as is Shaftesbury and Salisbury Cathedral. Hoping to return again to The Folly.”

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor,

    • “Perfect weekend of peace, tranquility and relaxation. A place to get away from it all. Clare and Colin the owners are so welcoming , warm and friendly. Lots of great walks and lovely pubs that welcome dogs. We really enjoyed our stay at Castlebridge Folly. The Folly has been restored to the highest specification, it's warm and cosy. Would love to return in summer to take advantage of its beautiful garden and pond. Plenty of places to sit out and take in the landscape and soak up the sun's rays. Perfect for relaxation.”

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor,

    • “internally restored very well and it had everything we needed. It was like a home from home.”


    • “A fabulous holiday in an exquisite cottage. Ideally located for exploring Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset. Kind, thoughtful and generous hospitality coupled with a thorough knowledge of the area made our stay even better!”

    Mr And Mrs Chapman,

    • “We had a wonderfully relaxing time at this very stylish and comfortable property with enchanting gardens.\ The Folly was great fun and the local villages and countryside around it as good as anywhere we have been in England. A well equipped kitchen and charming hosts added to our enjoyment and we hope to return soon.\ Thoroughly recommended.”

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor,

    • “Fascinating, quirky, made into a beautifully comfortable and sophisticated gem! Gorgeous countryside and villages - charming hosts, thoroughly enjoyed it.”

    Mr & Mrs Jeffries,

    • “We found The Folly very comfortable and well equipped and with the best welcome pack we've ever had. The owner,who lives nearby, is very friendly and helpful but not intrusive and has gone to a lot of trouble to make The Folly the perfect place to stay. It is ideally located for visiting nearby places of interest such as Bath, Wells, Glastonbury and the many stately homes in the area. Highly recommended.”

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor,

    • “The Folly was everything which we could have wished for and more. Sad to be leaving today as I could spend an infinite amount of time here. The Folly is beautiful, such attention to detail. The welcome was lovely from the people and the dogs! Our dog will not be happy once back in London. Thank you so much for the perfect retreat. We'll be back.”

    Kiran Hungin,

    • “This place is a total home from home. We felt very privileged to stay here for a week over Christmas. The owners went out of their way to welcome us and to give us any help that we needed. It is unique, beautifully decorated, is very well stocked, and totally peaceful. If you are lucky enough to find this Folly available, I'd recommend you to grab it with both hands!!”

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor,

    • “We have had a lovely, peaceful week at the folly and are so pleased to have found such a great hideaway. Thank you for all the thought and care you have put into this project.”

    Mr & Mrs Smith,

    • “We stayed at the Folly for a week - I only wish it could have been longer! A great deal of time and effort has gone into the accommodation, which is first class. The surroundings were beautiful - I only wish my gardens were as well kept. Nothing was too much for the owners, who were always on hand to offer advice on restaurants and places to visit. We will definitely be back.”

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor,

    • “What a wonderful, peaceful, beautiful place. Lovely people, brilliant home-made jam. Attention to detail was first class.”

    Mr& Mrs Bedford-Clark,

    • “Thank you for sharing your accommodation, the quiet and beauty of your garden, the luxury of your well-provided folly with flowers and delicious jams. We enjoyed the arcadian landscape and your rich history to explore.”

    Mr & Mrs Hettinga,

    • “We feel thankful to have had the opportunity to spend time in this unique and peaceful folly. The generous breakfast supplies were much enjoyed. The views from the folly are lovely.”

    Mr & Mrs Saker,

    • “A unique and very beautiful hideaway. The owners have carried out a very sympathetic restoration and we were very lucky to be able to share it. Lacking for nothing with a superb location.”

    Mr & Mrs Bestall,

    • “The Folly is a fantastic place for a peaceful escape from everything. It is set in a beautiful peaceful location but close to many fantastic places to visit such as Stourhead which is only a short drive away and Stonehenge just over 30 minutes away. The Folly has everything you need, but if there is anything extra required the wonderful hosts are close at hand.”

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor,

    • “Charming and delightful; the folly, the garden, the pond, 'mein hosts', Mr and Mrs Liddell and their splendid dogs, and the surrounding area - excellent on all counts. Thanks for a lovely week - we hope to return soon!”

    Ms Richardson,

    • “The Folly is a lovely small getaway in beautiful countryside. Everywhere looked great with autumn colours doing their best. Very comfortable accommodation, with excellent welcome pack and well equipped cottage. Lots of dry wood supplied for the log burner. Good choice of books to browse through. Lots of places to visit nearby, including Stourhead and Bath, but lovely to come back to our temporary "home" to relax in the evenings. We would stay here again at any opportunity whatever the weather!”

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor,

    • “Thank you for the use of the beautiful Folly. We have been made to feel very welcome. The Folly has everything you need and is lovely and clean with beautiful surroundings, This is the most relaxed we have been in a long time (bed very comfy). Thank you also for the welcome pack - your jams are marmalade are delicous and the egg, bacon, milk etc was very much appreciated”

    Mr And Mrs Dunning,

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The Property

Set in wonderfully private surroundings within the grounds of the owners' house, The Folly is a real gem if you're looking for peace and quiet in an exceptional location. Arranged over three floors, the accommodation sits within unusual, hexagonal shaped rooms offering a unique experience. A lot of thought and care has gone into the renovation of the property and the interior is stylishly decorated and furnished to a very high standard throughout. Outside you have your own patio with lovely views over the surrounding area. You'll be intrigued and delighted by this extremely distinctive hideaway, the perfect place to relax in this lovely area.


Over three floors. One bedroom: 1 x second floor king size double with en suite shower, basin and WC.
Ground floor kitchen with dining area.
First floor living room with woodburner.


  • Central heating, woodburner
  • Oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Fuel and power inc in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc in rent
  • Private, paved patio with gas barbecue outside front door, exclusive use of the grounds surrounding the Folly comprising of rolling lawns, mature trees, attractive fishpond with stone seating
  • Off road parking
  • One well behaved dog
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: The bedroom is accessed via antique spiral staircase and there is not suitable for those with limited mobility, babies and children.

Regional Information

MERE Shaftesbury 7 miles. A delightful country town of old stone cottages set in a stunning conservation area, on the borders of Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset. This small, lively community is well served by a good variety of local shops and ancient inns, with much of the area to the north of the town designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ideal for walking and taking in the breathtaking views, the town is also well placed for exploring numerous National Trust attractions and historic houses. A visit to stunning Stourhead House and gardens, only 2 miles away, is not to be missed, while Longleat House and the ancient hilltop town of Shaftesbury featured in the Hovis adverts, are also close by. Stonehenge, Wilton House, Salisbury and the Dorset coast are all easily accessible by car, providing much to see and do for a variety of tastes.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas