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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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  • The Knowle

    Knowle Sands, nr. Bridgnorth

    Grade
    16
    7
    1
    4
    Ref: RCCL

    The Knowle is a large, Grade II listed, part-Georgian, part-Victorian house adjoining another property. Enoying a prominent position within a mile of Bridgnorth, it is located in the heart of the Shropshire countryside overlooking the River Severn. The spacious gardens of approximately ¾ of an acre feature a large barbecue area, plus a climbing frame and a swing for children. Internally, this holiday property boasts good-sized rooms ideal for family or group get-togethers, a snooker/billiard room and wi-fi. There is easy access to the town and the River Severn, and it is just a 2-minute walk to the local pub and restaurant. Local attractions include the Cliff Railway, the Severn Valley Railway and Visitor Centre, Ironbridge Gorge and Blists Hill Victorian Town museums. Walking, cycling, golf, fishing and horse riding nearby. Shop 1½ miles, pub 200 yards.

    Large living room. Dining room with three steps down to kitchen with breakfast area. Games room with TV. Utility. Two separate toilets. First floor: Sitting room. Double bedroom with 6ft bed, en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two double bedrooms each with TV; one with additional bunk bed (for +2 children). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom leading to twin bedroom (for +2). Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating included, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Eight TVs
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large garden with children’s play area
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Games room with snooker/billiard table
    • No smoking

  • The Coach House

    Craven Arms

    Grade
    18
    10
    0
    6
    Ref: 15812

    This spacious and comfortable detached property, part of which was an original Coach House dating from 1780, has been carefully restored to provide excellent holiday accommodation providing a superb base for an extended family to sample the delights of Shropshire and the Welsh Borders. The surrounding area has a host of year round attractions, there are excellent walks, Long Mynd just short drive away, fishing, riding, golfing, together with historic castles and museums are all an easy drive.

    Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 1 single bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 twin, one with en-suite shower room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Bathroom with corner bath. Separate toilet. Second floor: 5 bedrooms: 2 double, 3 twin (one 4ft). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room and open fire in second living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Aga. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Large garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. Family bookings only.

  • Halford Big Barn

    Craven Arms

    Grade
    18
    8
    0
    5
    Ref: 10359

    This superb, detached barn conversion is one of those uniquely rare properties that can accommodate the larger of family parties in true comfort and style! Its spacious living rooms, generous en-suite bedrooms (some of which suit partially handicapped guests), and wealth of extra facilities will delight guests, and the property retains many character beams, with fine joinery and decor. There are separate stairs to 2 ’wings’, so plenty of room to spread out. An ideal base for a year-round holiday, with fine walks to Stokesay Castle, a short drive to Wenlock Edge and Long Mynd, and about half an hour from Ironbridge museums. Offa’s Dyke and Clun are nearby. The village of Craven Arms has some charming and historic houses, including a round house, thought to be a recognisable rest house for pilgrim’s travelling between Wigmore and Shrewsbury Abbeys. Knighton, Bishops Castle, medieval Ludlow, home to nearly 500 listed buildings are within easy reach. There is half a mile of coarse fishing within walking distance. Shops, pubs and restaurants ¾ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Second living room. Dining room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with additional single and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor wing: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second staircase to separate first floor wing: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with additional single and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Two cots. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawn and grassed area. Large courtyard with patio and chairs. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. Family bookings only. NB: The first floor wings are not interconnecting.

  • Dinney Farm - The Rookery

    Bridgnorth

    Grade
    20
    9
    3
    9
    Ref: RGGQ

    Being at the heart of Shropshire, these beautiful holiday properties are set in the perfect location for a country retreat, and they enjoy wonderful views of Chelmarsh Reservoir. The Rookery (ref RGGQ) is an exceptional property designed specifically for holiday breaks, with its well-planned rooms and beautiful open views. All bedrooms are en-suite, and there is a large dining area and living room, as well as a separate gaming room to entertain. Kingfisher Cottage (ref RNN3) occupies an outstanding position overlooking the Severn Valley. The large family kitchen with glazed dining area overlooks the garden and outside patio area, whilst the spacious comfortable living room offers a wood-burning stove for cosy evenings in. The property has the added benefit of a ground floor en-suite bedroom, as well as five further en-suite bedrooms on the first floor. The gardens and barbecue area provide wonderful waterside views. They are very much geared for family groups and celebratory gatherings. Surrounded by the owners’ farmland, with footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes from the doorstep, these properties are the perfect country retreat. Another popular pastime in the area is fishing, which is available for guests of the cottages on Chelmarsh Reservoir and also on the River Severn (day permits can be purchased from local fishing tackle shops). Ideally located near to the historic town of Bridgnorth and the Severn Valley railway, with RAF Cosford a short drive away, the cottages make an ideal base for touring. The Ironbridge Gorge Museum and the hills of the Long Mynd and Wenlock Edge are about 10 miles away, whilst there are many interesting walks from the door as well as numerous picturesque villages waiting to be explored. Further afield a great place for a day trip is the West Midlands Safari Park. Shops 3 miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Games room with TV. Two double bedrooms; each with zip and link bed (can be twin on request) and en-suite shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor (right hand side of property): Double bedroom with additional single bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Double bedroom (5ft) with Juliet balcony and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Two twin bedrooms; both with zip & link beds (can be 6ft double on request) and en-suite shower room with toilet. Second staircase to first floor (left hand side of property): Two twin bedrooms, each with zip & link beds (can be 6ft double on request); both with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with Juliet balcony. Further twin bedroom with zip & link bed (can be 6ft double on request) with additional single bed and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Underfloor central heating included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two Freeview TVs (one Smart)
    • DVD
    • Two dishwashers
    • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Games room with Playstation and board games

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Grazing and stabling for horses available
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Lakeside location

  • The Acton Scott Estate - Henley Farmhouse

    Acton Scott, nr. Church Stretton

    Grade
    20
    10
    3
    9
    Ref: RJJ3

    This large and finely restored period property is situated within extensive and picturesque parkland and provides every modern day comfort and style.

    Dating back to the 16th century, Henley Farmhouse occupies an idyllic position affording uninterrupted views from south-facing lawns and patios, towards Wenlock Edge and Flanders Folly. Thoughtfully appointed and boasting a wealth of period features including beamed ceilings, oak floors and open fires, this is a desirable and spacious ten-bedroom character property.
    Restored to an excellent standard, it provides large relaxing and entertaining space including dining for 20, two spacious living rooms and a separate children’s play area. There is a bespoke farmhouse-style kitchen and convenient secondary kitchen/utility. Its ample bedrooms are thoughtfully appointed and there are nine bath/shower rooms, seven en suite. The property is furnished throughout with a mix of new and antique andthe use of traditional English fabrics.
    Very popular with families and groups of friends, Henley Farmhouse achieves many repeat bookings, not least as it can be adapted to suit the individual needs of larger parties, with six of the ten bedrooms offering either twins or doubles.
    Accommodation: Entrance porch/boot room. Large beamed living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace. Beamed sitting room with open fire in stone fireplace. Dining room with feature fireplace and table seating 20. Well-equipped, bespoke farmhouse-style kitchen with two gas/electric ranges and island. Children’s play area with adjacent kitchen/utility. Beamed double bedroom with 6ft bed (can form two 3ft singles). Wet room and toilet. Separate toilet. Three staircases to separate areas of the first floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, and one with oak floor. Two large double bedrooms, each with 6ft bed (can form two 3ft singles) and feature fireplace; one with inter-connecting door to bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, and one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two further double bedrooms, each with 6ft bed (can form two 3ft singles); one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, and one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Three staircases to separate areas of the second floor: Two double bedrooms, each with beamed sloping ceiling; one with en-suite bathroom with centre stage roll-top bath and toilet, and one with roll-top bath within bedroom and en-suite toilet. Twin bedroom with two 3ft single beds (can form 6ft double) with wooden floor and sloping ceiling.


    Location: You will discover a piece of British history at Acton Scott, for it achieved national fame as the setting for BBC2’s hit TV series Victorian Farm, acknowledging the Acton family’s championing of sustainable practices. It has been followed by another Acton Scott-based BBC TV series Escape in Time, new for 2010 and presented by Ben Fogle.
    Guests can enjoy a memorable setting and a multitude of activities on this lovingly preserved estate, including the Historic Working Farm - where the land is worked with heavy horses to preserve a way of life before the age of the tractor. This visitor attraction is a firm favourite with families. There’s the handy School House café (open April to October) and lovely guided walks and cycle rides.
    The prettiest market towns and traditional country pubs are all close at hand, including Shrewsbury to the north, on the banks of the River Severn; and Ludlow, to the south, in its medieval castle setting. This is a food paradise with Michelin star restaurants and artisan shops galore. The spectacular Stretton Hills and Welsh Marches offer riding, cycling and walking. Among the many nearby sites are Attingham Park, the famous Ironbridge Gorge and its many museums, the castles of Powis and Stokesay and Wroxeter Roman city.
    But if you simply cannot tear yourself away from Acton Scott, the finest local produce and home prepared meals can be delivered to your holiday house, with a la carte catering available to pre-book for special occasions.
    Henley Farmhouse is one of three holiday houses at Acton Scott. The Shooting Lodge is a finely restored and spacious character property set in its own private grounds, sleeps 8+3, ref RNP. Henley Cottage, an authentic Victorian farm labourer’s cottage, as seen on TV, sleeps 4+1, ref ROO4. All three properties may be rented together or individually, to accommodate the needs of larger parties.
    Three miles to the east of Shrewsbury, Rupert Acton is also the custodian of Cronkhill Farmhouse on the National Trust’s Attingham Park Estate. A spacious 17th-century timber framed property with spectacular views towards the River Severn, it sleeps up to 14, see ref RN5.

    For more information visit www.actonscott.com

    • Electricity and full gas central heating included
    • Two cots
    • Two high chairs
    • Two TVs
    • Two DVDs
    • Two gas/electric ranges included
    • Two microwaves
    • Two dishwashers
    • Two fridge/freezers
    • Wi-fi broadband available £15 per week, £10 per short break
    • Large secure south-facing garden with patio and furniture

    • Open fire(s) - initial fuel inc, thereafter avail at cost
    • Bed linen and towels inc
    • Video
    • Radio/cassette/CD
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • BBQ
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle storage
    • External table tennis room
    • Home cooked meals and farm shop food deliveries by arr
    • Ground floor facilities
    • Shop 2½ miles, pub 1½ mile

    The flexible accommodation at Acton Scott can be taken together by larger parties so that 36 people can stay for family gatherings and weddings etc. Thirty minutes’ drive to the north, near Shrewsbury, is Cronkhill Farmhouse, sleeping 14, which is also managed by the Acton Scott estate. See property ref RN5.

  • Little Brampton Farmhouse

    Clunbury, nr Ludlow

    Grade
    32
    11
    4
    9
    Ref: E3974

    Ideal for family reunions and celebrations, extended family holidays or team events, this spacious traditional farmhouse provides a wonderful venue, cosy and very comfortable, ideal for year round breaks, with the luxury of a 9-seater hot tub in the garden, a sauna, games room, a conference room, 50" plasma TV, 13 TVs and superbly appointed bathrooms and shower rooms (some with steam/shower cubicles). The dining room table will seat 26 guests and the kitchen table will seat 16. Set amidst beautiful Shropshire countryside and commanding stunning views over the Clun Valley and the little village of Clunbury. It is a superb rural location for wonderful walking, perhaps ending up at one of many good local pubs and restaurants. Further afield, visitors will find many places of interest. Ludlow, a gourmet’s paradise and home to an imposing castle and National Hunt racecourse, is just a few miles, and Stokesay Castle, the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Shrewsbury, Hereford Cathedral, the Ironbridge museums and many charming little border towns, with their fascinating small shops, are just some of the delights within an easy drive. Activities within a 30-minute drive include clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, paintballing, pony trekking, alpaca walking, mountain biking, fishing, golf and walking, with cycle hire also available. Shops 2 miles, pub serving food 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Games room. Cinema/conference room. 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room with toilet, one with en-suite wet room and toilet. First floor: 6 double bedrooms, one with two additional singles and en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet, one with two additional singles, two with additional single and en-suite shower room with toilet, two with additional single. Second floor: 3 double bedrooms, one (5ft) with 2 additional singles and en-suite shower room with toilet, one (5ft sleigh bed) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburners in living and dining rooms included. Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen and towels included. Three travel cots. Three high chairs. Satellite TV (full package). Additional 60" cinema TV. Twelve Freeview TVs (one with surround sound). DVDs. CDs. iPod dock. Aga. Electricity/gas range cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Three dishwashers. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Hot tub. Sauna. Games room with pool table, table tennis, air hockey table, TV and table football.

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