Mereside Farm was originally part of the Duke of Westminster’s estate, and whilst the farmhouse dates back to the 1770’s, The Shippon - originally a milking parlour - was built in 1904, before being lovingly converted into guest accommodation in 2007.

The Shippon has three ground floor apartments all with direct access into a south-facing walled terrace (with garden furniture and parasols provided for al fresco meals in the warmer months).

All the individually designed apartments have space to unwind (with comfy tub chairs and/or sofas, TV/DVD, table and chairs), comfortable bedrooms (with quality bedding, sprung mattresses, wardrobe, full length mirror and hairdryer) and en suite bath or shower rooms (with large bath sheets on heated towel rails and complimentary toiletries).

There’s underfloor heating throughout and free wi-fi too. In addition we supply a complimentary selection of teas, coffees, hot chocolate and biscuits and there is fresh milk for you in the fridge as well!

Friendly dogs are welcome to come and stay with their owners in The Shippon. There is a one-off charge for dogs. Please note that dogs must not be left unattended in the rooms at any time - The Boathouse and many other cafés and pubs in Ellesmere accept dogs. There are a lot of countryside walks from the doorstep.

The Old Dairy
A well-appointed one bedroom apartment with kingsize bed, en suite bathroom (shower over bath), sitting room and a NEW fully-fitted kitchen which includes an oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge with small freezer, and kettle and toaster.

No 1 The Shippon
With a single bed, en suite shower room and mini-kitchen (fridge, kettle, microwave and toaster) this studio apartment can be booked as stand alone accommodation for one person. Or it can be used as an additional en suite bedroom with No 2 The Shippon.

No 2 The Shippon
A one bedroom apartment with en suite shower room also suitable for those with reduced mobility (level entry shower and grab rails- please contact us for more information). Choose from twin beds or a super kingsize bed. The light and airy sitting room includes a mini-kitchen with useful extras such as toasted sandwich maker, slow cooker and single hob.

No 1 The Shippon can be used as an additional en suite bedroom with No 2 The Shippon creating ideal family accommodation as a two-bedroom apartment for up to 4 people. (Twin beds are available in No 1 The Shippon only when booked with No 2 as a two-bedroom apartment).

At a glance:

All our accommodation has:

En suite bath/shower rooms

Heated towel rails

Complimentary toiletries


Full-length mirror

Underfloor heating


Full or mini-kitchens with cutlery, crockery, glassware and cooking utensils

Complimentary teas and coffees, hot chocolate and biscuits

Fresh milk


Free wi-fi

Free parking

Secure bicycle storage

Country walks from the doorstep

The Shippon:

All ground floor

Walled garden


The Hayloft:

All first floor

Use of one-acre farmhouse garden

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Mereside Farm
Shropshire SY12 0PA

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Breakfast Options

Guests can self-cater as all rooms have full or mini-kitchens. Alternatively, The Boathouse, opposite The Mere and just a 5-minute stroll, opens at 8:30am daily and offers a full range of breakfast options - see here.


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Five cottage-style apartments on the edge of the pretty market town of Ellesmere in the heart of Shropshire’s lake district, next to one of the most beautiful canals in the country.