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For a truly unique escape, the Temple of Diana blends classical architecture and a heavenly location, making for a stay you'll treasure for a lifetime. 

Built in the 1760s, this wonderful building sits within Shropshire's Weston Park, an estate famed for 1000 acres of parkland landscaped by Capability Brown. 

Today, the Temple of Diana offers a unique self-catering experience for up to six guests - a luxurious escape with a difference.  All the comforts of modern living now feature alongside this building's exquisite architecture, making it even easier to relax in this tranquil location.

The Temple of Diana was designed by architect James Paine, whose work can also be seen at Alnwick Castle and Chatsworth.  Intended as a multipurpose garden building, this truly impressive abode combines two very different architectural styles that still intrigue today.

The accommodation is set over three floors, with the main living areas on the ground floor.  The magnificent orangery is a stunning space to enjoy coffee over the morning papers, or breakfast at the central dining table.  Elegant columns, an ornate plasterwork ceiling, and stunning floor-to-ceiling windows combine to make this room a very special place to be.

You'll also find a circular sitting room on the ground floor - a cosy place for relaxing around the fire.  Originally where the lady of the house took her tea, this intimate room is decorated in soft greens, yellows and corals, in keeping with the building's heritage.  The Temple's former music room is now a gorgeous dining room; unusually octagonal in shape, it's a fabulous space to enjoy long dinners late into the evening.

You can also find the first of the Temple's three bedrooms on the ground floor - a double room decorated in soft sage and creams.  With traditional sash windows looking out to the surrounding foliage, it's a wonderfully calming room that makes waking each morning a pleasure.

The second two bedrooms are situated on the first floor, accessed via the stone spiral staircase that connects all three floors.  The unusual circular bedroom has a double bed, as well as an en-suite bathroom.  Next door, you'll find a third double room, which can be configured as a twin bedroom if required.

The kitchen is located on the lower ground floor - a beautiful, circular room, set in the vaults of the building.  With a modern central island, complete with a large breakfast bar, it's a wonderful place for both cooking and socialising.  Leading through is another table and chairs for informal dining or board games, followed by the cosy snug.  Complete with comfy sofas and a television, it's perfect for curling up after another wonderful day is over.  The family bathroom with a luxurious bathtub and shower is also located on this lower floor.

There's any number of ways to fill your days during your stay in this beautiful parkland.  Take a stroll in Temple Wood or around the Temple Pool (from which you can see the Temple of Diana in all its glory).  Ride the miniature railway, enjoy a spot of fishing, or take up one of the many activities that can be arranged, from clay pigeon shooting and archery, to hot air ballooning and horse-drawn carriage rides!

Weston Park is also home to the fabulous Granary Grill and Deli.  From a light lunch to a Sunday roast, enjoy delicious, seasonal meals at the Grill, or tuck into breakfast, coffee or snacks at the Deli, before picking up your favourite produce to take home with you.  Beyond Weston Park, there is a wide range of excellent pubs and restaurants, as well as the rest of the Shropshire countryside to explore.

The Temple of Diana is truly one of a kind, which makes a stay here so very special.  Surely it's time to wake your inner god or goddess...?

Things to note

Minimum 3 night stays, no pets permitted, no smoking, NB the property has steep spiral staircases - younger children should be supervised.

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The basics

Region: Shifnal, Shropshire
Cost (from): £1679 for a 7 night stay
Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Property ref: 181

Facilities

Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms, 2 ensuite shower rooms, one family shower room, fully equipped kitchen, electric hob & oven, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, dining room, circular lounge, oil-fired central heating, snug/ games room, open fireplace, TV with Freeview, iPod docking stations, parking, wifi, gardens & parklands, welcome hamper provided.

Local activities

Wildlife, parklands, zip wiring, miniature railway, swimming, tennis, golf, fishing, caves, galleries, museums, archery, clay pigeon shooting, falconry, quad biking, duck herding, ferret racing, hot air ballooning, horseriding.

At a glance

  • Former 18th Century garden building offering luxury self-catering accommodation in Weston Park, Shropshire
  • Sleeps 6 between 3 double rooms (one can be converted to twin)
  • Stunning orangery with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of Weston Park
  • Explore 1000 acres of Capability Brown's parkland
  • Excellent onsite restaurant and deli, as well as huge range of activities to be arranged
  • Ideally located for exploring stunning Shropshire countryside
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