Xidong Cottage, Bucknell, Shropshire

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 an ornamental fishpond and waterfall. 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.


  • Superfast wi-fi
  • Hot tub
  • Free sat TV + DVD player
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Wood burning stove
  • Fully equipped kitchen

With superfast wi-fi broadband and a smart phone with wi-fi calling, you need not be completely out of touch unless you want to be – your choice!

You enter the cottage 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.

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