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Shropshire

Although Shropshire could be considered a quiet corner of England, this rural county near the Welsh border has plenty of visitor attractions, a rich cultural and historical heritage, beautiful gardens and fascinating museums.

Shropshire has many picturesque historical towns and villages, for example Ludlow, which John Betjeman once described as “the loveliest town in England”. This bustling market town has a huge number of listed buildings, mostly from the Georgian period, fine restaurants, traditional inns and speciality shops.

Shrewsbury, the counties principal town is of Saxon heritage which was further developed by the Tudors. Located close to the River Severn the town is renowned for its castle, rising spires, abbey and green open parkland. It’s also the perfect place to see some wonderful medieval buildings.

The county is the epitome of the most perfect rural countryside you can find, a place that has been formed over millions of years into a tranquil landscape of rolling hills and river gorges. Speaking of which the Iron Bridge Gorge Museums are a series of museums located in the Iron Bridge Gorge near the town of Telford. It’s here that the beginning of the industrial revolution first took hold. Spanning the River Severn the outdoor and indoor museums offer a fascinating glimpse into the past.

The regions strategic location tells the tale of a turbulent past, evidenced by the hill forts, earthworks and castles which can be found throughout the Welsh borders. These include Ludlow Castle which was built in the 11th century and the Iron Age Hill Fort at Oswestry which covers some forty acres. Moreton Corbet Castle built in the 13th century was later extended in the 16th century. As well as these fascinating structures to Shropshire’s past, the county has some lovely English Heritage properties like Stokesay Castle.

Other great days out ideas include a visit to the RAF Museum at Cosford, where you can see over 70 historical aircraft housed in 3 wartime hangers including world’s oldest Spitfire and Lincoln Bomber. For more nostalgia visit the Severn Valley Railway, which run steam trains along the line from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster.

So if you hanker after a relaxing self-catering break in a most beautiful, untouched part of England, take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Shropshire today.
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  • Riverside Apartments - Cottage Studio

    Buildwas, nr. Ironbridge

    Grade
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    Ref: 27515

    Situated on the banks of the River Severn, close to the beautiful historic Ironbridge, these three properties (Ref 27514, ref 27515 and ref 27516)benefit from the tranquillity of rural Shropshire, yet only a few minutes drive from all that Ironbridge and the gorge has to offer. Its difficult to believe this picturesque town was once the centre of the industrial world. Tourism is now the most precious resource. The many museums trace Ironbridge’s history and the ’Iron Bridge’ itself is a reminder of its importance. Ironbridge has a wonderful cluster of craft and souvenir shops, some great bars and restaurants, and no less than ten museums spread along the banks of the River Severn. For those wishing to explore beyond the beauty of Ironbridge you can step outside the gorge and get a taste of modern hubs to medieval market towns including, Bridgnorth, a picturesque historic town split in two but connected by a unique Victorian cliff railway which still runs today, Madeley which is just over a mile out of Ironbridge and has many listed buildings scattered throughout, one of the grandest being Madeley Court, medieval Much Wenlock and Newport with its bustling high street with interesting independent shops and plenty of places to eat and drink means visiting the town on a market day is a must. Telford is home to family attractions including Telford Town Park and Wonderland, delicious restaurants and the town centre. Wellington, whose market is one of the oldest in the country, is also worth a visit. Shropshire has an array of outdoor activities on offer from kayaking and canoeing to cycling, walking, gliding, golf, fishing and horse racing. The area is never short of places to visit from castles, abbeys, farms, museums and discovery centres to gardens, parks and historic houses. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room/bedroom area with double (6ft) zip and link bed (can be twin) and en-suite shower room and toilet. Dining room/kitchen.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. DAB radio. Electric cooker. Shared laundry service (by arrangement with owner). Wi-fi. Shared enclosed garden with patio and terrace. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: River in shared grounds.

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  • Lavender Cottage

    Bicton, nr. Shrewsbury

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 26497

    Originally a farm building built around 1890, this detached holiday cottage now lovingly converted to provide a very good level of accommodation for couples wishing to enjoy the delights of Shropshire, and glorious countryside near to the Welsh Borders. The Severn Way, walking, cycling and touring are all on the doorstep. Golf can also be found locally. Shrewsbury is one of England’s finest medieval market towns, packed with timber-framed black and white buildings including the castle, now a regimental museum and Shrewsbury Abbey. The River Severn forms a loop around the town centre offering gentle riverside walks, guided walks or a trip on the pleasure boat, Sabrina. Shop, pub and restaurant 2/3 mile.

    Ground floor: Step to living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared sitting-out area. Parking (1 car). Pet to be kept on a lead. No smoking.

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  • Meadow Barn

    Pennerley, Minsterley

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: RBBU

    Meadow Barn is set in a beautiful rural location and has all the ingredients needed for a relaxing break for two. This historic, romantic, detached hideaway dates from 1750 and is built from local stone and oak. Surrounded by meadowland with wonderful views over the dramatic Shropshire Hills, steeped in myth and legend, peace and quiet preside over this location. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, nature lovers will be enthralled with the abundance of wildlife that can be seen from the window. Set in the pretty rural hamlet of Pennerley, the barn nestles between the Stiperstones Nature Reserve and the Welsh borders. Close by are the towns of Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Bishop’s Castle and Clun. Horse riding can be found nearby. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

    Living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Galleried double bedroom with 5ft bed.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, underfloor oil central heating (ground floor), electric heaters (first floor), bed linen and towels included
    • Freesat TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with patio with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • The Bothy

    Clun, nr. Craven Arms

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: E2934

    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this historic 18th-century, Grade II listed cottage stands in the centre of the charming village of Clun, just a short stroll from two pubs serving excellent food and shops offering local produce. Skilfully restored in rustic style, with oak beams throughout and large inglenook fireplace in the living room. It enjoys a private patio and shared use of spacious lawned gardens leading down to the River Clun. Excellent circular walks are close by, and Ludlow (with gourmet restaurants), Shrewsbury and Ironbridge are easily accessible.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen. Steep stairs to first floor: Double galleried bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, toilet and sloping ceiling.

    Gas wood burner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Travel cot. High chair. Microwave. Wi-fi. Payphone. Patio and furniture. Shared garden. Parking. Fishing foc. No smoking. NB: Unfenced river in grounds.

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  • Netley Hall - Honeysuckle

    Dorrington, near Shrewsbury

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC456

    These four thoughtfully designed cottages lie in a courtyard setting, on the Netley Hall Estate, in a designated area. The extensive grounds are well preserved, carefully tended and cover approximately 160 acres. Much of the grounds are free for guests to explore and the lakes on site are a haven for wildlife, and create stunning backdrops for holiday photographs. The tennis court is available for use by guests, with prior arrangement with the owners.

    The cottages are located in the village of Dorrington which has a local shop, pubs/restaurants and a family butchers, and is approximately 5 miles from Shrewsbury with its black and white framed buildings, steep narrow streets and alleyways, and over 600 listed buildings. This medieval, market town boasts many bars, shops, restaurants and bistros, the Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury Castle and cruises on the River Severn. The picturesque market town of Ludlow is 20 miles away, situated on a cliff above the River Teme and hosting events and festivals throughout the year. Other places of interest and attractions within close proximity include Long Mynd with a glider centre, Church Stretton, Much Wenlock, Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, an historic, working farm at the Acton Scott Estate, Condover Hall Activity Centre, Ironbridge and museums, Bridgnorth and National Trust’s Carding Mill Valley. Shop, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.
    Camelia (UKC449), Jasmine (UKC452), Peach Tree (UKC455) and Honeysuckle (UKC456) can be booked together to sleep up to 12 guests.

    All on the ground floor:
    Living room:
    With Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with corner spa bath and toilet.

    All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi (£10 per stay). 24 hour laundry service (payable locally). Shared landscaped grounds. Shared tennis court. Parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a lake in the grounds, 500 yards away.

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  • Morrells Wood Farm - Shepherds Rest

    Leighton, nr. Shrewsbury

    Grade
    2
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    1
    1
    Ref: 30774

    Dating back to the 1600’s, originally a dairy farm and now a beef, cattle, and sheep enterprise, the beautiful holiday accommodation boasts five cosy semi-detached barn conversions (refs W43982, 30769, 30770, 30771 and 30772) in an idyllic farmyard setting, and three restful shepherds hut retreats (each with their own private bathroom facilities nearby, refs 30773, 30774 and 30775) located in the owner’s breathtaking valley gardens. All beautifully furnished and nestled at the foot of the glorious, majestic Wrekin Hill. In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Morrells Wood Farm is ’that perfect get away!’ Indeed, many regard the views from this vale of tranquillity as ’little Switzerland’, and as its name sake, the panoramic scenery is stunning. The central location makes it the perfect base if a day or two exploring (or longer) is on the agenda. If not, then simply enjoy Mother Nature at its best whatever the season. Shropshire is a beautiful county, which is becoming more and more popular with tourists, with towns like Much Wenlock, Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth and Ludlow, which are all easy to get to from Morrells Wood Farm. The relaxed pace of countryside life is complemented by a huge amount to see and do. You can enjoy Ironbridge Gorge and its museums or a trip to Wroxeter Roman city and the nearby vineyard. There are 4 National Trust properties within an hour’s drive, the closest being Attingham Park, then Powys Castle, Chirk and Dudmaston are slightly further afield but make for a great day out exploring the Welsh Borders. Ludlow Castle, food centre and racecourse, the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and Acton Scott working farm are all popular tourist attractions. The Glider Centre on the top of the Longmynd and Cardingmill valley are not to be missed, and for the more adventurous there are nearby outdoor attractions from quad trekking, mountain boarding, zip wire, high ropes, clay pigeon shoots and archery. Shop 3 miles, restaurant and pub 1¼ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living area with double bed/dining area/kitchen. Located in a separate building 5 yards away: Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living area included. Electric heaters (in kitchen and shower room) included. DVD. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Decked area. Barbecue. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Shared washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Wi-fi. No smoking.

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  • Garden and Studio Flats - Studio Flat

    Kenley, nr. Shrewsbury

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: 26236

    Situated down a quiet country lane adjoining the owner’s thatched cottage, these studio apartments (refs 26236 and 26480) make for an ideal holiday retreat. They both have patio areas which overlook the fields and open countryside beyond. Well positioned for exploring the delights of Shropshire including Ironbridge, Bridgnorth, Ludlow and medieval Shrewsbury, renowned for its historic buildings, huge variety of shops, eateries, wine bars and Theatre Severn. Guests can enjoy walks from the door or a little further afield is Church Stretton’s gateway to the Long Mynd and Cardingmill Valley, ever popular tourist areas. Horse riding nearby. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    All on first floor: Living room/bedroom area with double bed. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet.

    Satellite TV. Wi-fi. Decked area. Garden with summerhouse. NB: Steps to decked area.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Well in grounds.

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  • Morrells Wood Farm - The Dairy

    Leighton, nr. Shrewsbury

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 30769

    Dating back to the 1600’s, originally a dairy farm and now a beef, cattle, and sheep enterprise, the beautiful holiday accommodation boasts five cosy semi-detached barn conversions (refs W43982, 30769, 30770, 30771 and 30772) in an idyllic farmyard setting, and three restful shepherds hut retreats (each with their own private bathroom facilities nearby, refs 30773, 30774 and 30775) located in the owner’s breathtaking valley gardens. All beautifully furnished and nestled at the foot of the glorious, majestic Wrekin Hill. In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Morrells Wood Farm is ’that perfect get away!’ Indeed, many regard the views from this vale of tranquillity as ’little Switzerland’, and as its name sake, the panoramic scenery is stunning. The central location makes it the perfect base if a day or two exploring (or longer) is on the agenda. If not, then simply enjoy Mother Nature at its best whatever the season. Shropshire is a beautiful county, which is becoming more and more popular with tourists, with towns like Much Wenlock, Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth and Ludlow, which are all easy to get to from Morrells Wood Farm. The relaxed pace of countryside life is complemented by a huge amount to see and do. You can enjoy Ironbridge Gorge and its museums or a trip to Wroxeter Roman city and the nearby vineyard. There are 4 National Trust properties within an hour’s drive, the closest being Attingham Park, then Powys Castle, Chirk and Dudmaston are slightly further afield but make for a great day out exploring the Welsh Borders. Ludlow Castle, food centre and racecourse, the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and Acton Scott working farm are all popular tourist attractions. The Glider Centre on the top of the Longmynd and Cardingmill valley are not to be missed, and for the more adventurous there are nearby outdoor attractions from quad trekking, mountain boarding, zip wire, high ropes, clay pigeon shoots and archery. Shop 3 miles, restaurant and pub 1¼ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Shared washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Wi-fi. No smoking.

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  • Crabapple Peace

    Stanton Long, Much Wenlock

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: RW9

    Set in the heart of rural Shropshire, Crabapple Peace is a traditional stone-built cottage and is the ideal base for touring and exploring this delightful corner of England. Standing detached, the cottage has been sympathetically renovated and provides modern facilities yet has retained a feeling of an ‘olde-world’ cottage, with a multi-fuel stove within an inglenook fireplace. Conveniently, the owners’ house is located in the grounds of the property. Excellent walking and cycling is available and makes the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful countryside.

    Beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace, and sofa-bed (alternative sleeping only). Galley-style fitted kitchen. Separate toilet. Original winding stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally.Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included. TV. Microwave. Laundry facilities (by arrangement with owner). Garden with patio and furniture. Parking (for 1 car).

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  • The Old Church

    Hopton Cangeford, nr. Ludlow

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: 28611


    For a truly unique and memorable self catering holiday experience, The Old Church is a property that is hard to beat. On the site of a medieval chapel, (an incumbant is recorded as early as 1355), the present church was designed by Thomas Farnolls Pritchard, and is of sufficient architectural merit that it was included in the guides of the architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner. Situated in the quiet hamlet of Hopton Cangeford, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this professionally converted nave of a 1766 Grade II* listed church still has many of the original features such as squire’s pews, oak dado panelling, font and pulpit. The mix of 21st century décor and facilities such as flat screen TVs in both the living room and bedroom, a fully fitted kitchen with hand-painted tiles and underfloor heating blends effortlessly with the original stain glass windows and architecture. The double bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and an en-suite bathroom, tiled extensively with travertine and granite, providing both a shower enclosure and a Jacuzzi spa bath. If you love unusual properties then The Old Church ticks all of the boxes. You can even dine by candlelight in the vestry! You will never stay anywhere like this again and it’s a true gem hidden away in the Shropshire countryside. A once in a lifetime experience! The quiet country lanes surrounding The Old Church are ideal for walking and cycling. Just 4 miles from Ludlow, surrounded by the unspoilt hills of the Welsh Marches, this historic market town offers a medieval castle, fine restaurants and, in September, the famous Ludlow Food Festival. Visit Tenbury Wells, Ironbridge, Stokesay Castle and the breathtaking Long Mynd. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas underfloor central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 50’’ Freesat plasma TV. Blu-ray home cinema system and small library. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Shared utility room with washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared enclosed, lawned garden. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pet must be kept on lead at all times. No smoking. NB: Fish ponds in garden.

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  • The Roost

    Ashford Bowdler, near Ludlow

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: UKC753

    The Roost, a detached barn conversion, occupies a quiet position in the picturesque village of Ashford Bowdler. The property has a well-tended garden and sitting out area, where guests can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and peaceful surroundings. Nestled in the grounds of the owner’s home, this property is just a short drive from the medieval town of Ludlow, with its year round festivals, castle, eateries and a great selection of shops, bars and delicatessens. There are many National Trust properties close by, including Berrington Hall, Croft Castle, Attingham Park, Powys Castle, Chirk Castle and Erddig.
    Guests looking for some adventure can visit the Long Mynd Glider Centre, and Cardinghmill Valley. Horse racing is available at Ludlow and Hereford, and a number of outdoor activity centres can be found around Shropshire. The Edge Adventure Activity Centre near Much Wenlock offers quad trekking, grass boarding, archery, clay pigeon shooting and high ropes courses. The cycling around Shropshire is fun and varied, and there is a great selection of walks for all abilities. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on the ground floor.
    Living room:
    With 32" Freeview TV.
    Dining room: With French doors leading to patio.
    Kitchen: With electric hob, microwave/oven/grill combi, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Patio with garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Streatley Mews - Streatley Lodge

    Ludlow

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 28539

    Situated right in the heart of the market town of Ludlow, the perfect holiday location to enjoy all amenities and attractions that the area has to offer. Perched on a hill above the River Teme, Ludlow is surrounded by unspoilt countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh border country, known as the Welsh Marches. There is an abundance of history surrounding the town and guests are within walking distance of Ludlow Castle and St Laurence Church. Streatley Lodge (ref 28539) and The Studio at Streatley Mews (ref 28538) are the perfect accommodation for guests wishing to enjoy a romantic break. Every September there is the famous Ludlow Food festival where guests will be able to sample top quality local produce and Michelin star food. A great base for walkers and cyclists with many excellent foot and cycle paths running through the centre of the town and taking guests through some of the most picturesque countryside. A little further afield but within easy driving distance, visit Tenbury Wells, Leominster, Bridgnorth, Bewdley, Ironbridge and Stokesay Castle. Fishing, golf and horse riding can be found within 5 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    13 external steps to entrance. First floor: Living room/kitchen. Separate toilet. Second floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Dishwasher. Wi-fi.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children.

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