Recently I photographed a wedding in The Lake District and with a few days available before my next wedding, we stopped off in Shropshire for four days at a wonderful former Shooting Folly in Cheswardine, near Market Drayton. This is a wonderful cottage, which the owners renovated in 2011.
The Shooting Folly, Cheswardine, Shropshire
It is tastefully decorated throughout and includes features such as a shower room, dressing room and an honesty bar. It also has a hot tub outside, which was particularly special at night under the stars. Away from everywhere, it has everything you need for a quiet break for two people or for a minimoon.
Nothing was pre-planned so it was a great opportunity to simply chill out, review and update my business & personal goals and also to check out the local pubs, canals and countryside.
Chill out time
One of the great things I like about getting away is that you can simply chill out. With only having cows as neighbours, this location really was away from it all.
Wharf Tavern in Market Drayton
A fellow photographer had recommended to me to try out the Wharf Tavern, which is by the Shropshire Union canal. It provided friendly service, a good menu selection and the food was delicious food with plentiful portions.
Shropshire Union Canal
On one of the days, we took a leisurely walk along the Shropshire Union Canal. We parked up at Audlem and first of all walked along the bank to the Overwater Marina. From there we wandered back along the towpath going past all of the locks.
In total there are 15 locks on this relatively short stretch of canal. Speaking to one of the narrowboat owners they said that it takes approximately three hours to get through all 15 locks!
Nighttime at the Shooting Folly
Another benefit of being out in the country was the big wide open spaces. There were fields as far as the eye could see and it also had big skies with nothing blocking the view. The last evening and night provided me with lots to look at and to photograph