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St Winifred's Well

England / Woolston, Shropshire
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Nestled in a secluded woodland space in the hamlet of Woolston, you'd be forgiven for missing the minuscule wonder that is St Winidfred's Well at first sight.

The legend of the 7th Century Welsh princess St Winifred is certainly an interesting one, she is said to have been decapitated as she ran to take refuge in a church, and subsequently pilgrims flocked to the well that was dedicated to her for Centuries, believing that its spring water brought miraculous healing qualities.  The well itself is comprised of three main pools, the innermost of which forms the well chamber.  The tiny building above this chamber is the chapel itself where the accommodation lies, acquired by The Landmark Trust in 1987 to sympathetically restore the original design as much as possible, including the original roof structure.

The chapel interior is necessarily compact and simple, the comfortable double bed being located in the living space, with an open fire, dining table and comfy sofas to the opposite end and separate partitioned kitchen area including an electric oven, fridge, crockery and cutlery.  A private bathroom has been built just a stone's throw from the main building, including a bath. An unfenced pond is also situated within the well's pretty grounds. Electric heaters and the roaring stove mean it's atmospheric and cosy year-round getaway for two, and packed with character and charm.

The very nature of the spring setting means its wooded location is hidden and intriguing, accessible only via public footpath, however one dedicated parking space is provided just 90 metres from the property.
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Region: Woolston, Shropshire
Cost (from): £152 (4 nights)
Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Property ref: 429

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