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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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  • Felin Rhosyn

    Shrewsbury

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W41604

    Easy reach of town and countryside

    Situated 2 miles from the centre of Shrewsbury, this end of terrace house is near to both shops and restaurants, and river and canal side walks. Two miles along the tow path is Haughmond Hill and Abbey or the town centre. A short drive to Attingham Hall and Park, Mytton and Mermaid Hotel, Wroxeter Roman city and vineyard and Ironbridge Gorge. Mid Wales is a few miles’ drive and Llangollen, home of the International Musical Eisteddfod, is easily reached within the hour. The West Midland Show can be visited in June and Shrewsbury Flower Show in August, with events throughout the year at the Music Hall in Shrewsbury and Oakengates Theatre in Telford. Shops and pub 200 yards, restaurants 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 room with pull out single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Video and small library. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • The Acton Scott Estate - Henley Cottage

    Acton Scott, nr. Church Stretton

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: ROO4

    A charming retreat tucked away in the South Shropshire Hills, a rural idyll made famous by the poems of A.E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad.

    Henley Cottage is a 19th- century former farm labourer’s dwelling, sympathetically restored to reinstate its original condition and located in a picturesque estate landscape which has remained unchanged for two centuries.
    This humble property, which sleeps up to five, has taken many a star turn on BBC TV, including hit series Victorian Farm and new for 2010, Escape in Time. Holiday visitors now have the opportunity to enjoy its simple and homely atmosphere and the unique opportunity to escape modern day living. Henley Cottage has been much written about and has been tipped by The Sunday Times’ Top 100 Cool Holiday Cottages (2010).
    Accommodation
    : The cottage (one of a pair) has three floors and at its heart is the kitchen/parlour, boasting a cast-iron kitchen range. State-of-the-art in 1888, it is in perfect working order. The simple, airy interiors, lime-washed in pleasing natural colours, are floored with oak or original quarry tiles. The atmospheric lighting is provided by oil lamps and candles and there’s a walk in larder for cool food storage.
    Narrow original stairs lead to the first floor and one double bedroom with wrought-iron bedstead heated by a small fireplace, steep open tread stairs lead to the top floor and a twin room with wood-burner and sloping ceiling. A fifth person can sleep on the third bedroom/landing. Beds are equipped with comfortable horsehair mattresses, linen sheets and blankets of pure wool.
    There is a fireside tin bath for bathing, while the laundry room includes original copper, mangle and dolly tub with fresh water drawn from a pump. Smoothly-cobbled paths edge the lawns and outside seating area.
    For the faint hearted, the single concession to the 21st century is a modern hot water shower and flush loo contained within an outhouse in the private garden.


    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 BBCTV 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 is 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 cottage.
    Henley Cottage is one of three holiday houses at Acton Scott. The Shooting Lodge, sleeping 8 + 3, reference RNP, and Henley Farmhouse, sleeping 20, reference RJJ3, are likewise finely restored character properties, but offer every modern day convenience. All three properties may be rented together or individually, to accommodate the needs of larger parties.
    Nearby and 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

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Lighting by oil lamps supplied by owner - oil included
    • Victorian coal grate - fuel included
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Solid fuel range - fuel included
    • Enclosed cottage-style garden with lawn
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Water supplied via cast iron outside pump
    • Home cooked food and farm shop deliveries by arrangement
    • NB: Because of the unique nature of this property, it cannot be compared with other properties and cannot therefore be awarded a grading value

    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.

  • Sodylt Hall Cottages - Stable Cottage

    Sodylt Hall, Sodylt, Ellesmere

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: QAU


    Two delightful cottages in the grounds of Grade II listed Sodylt Hall, carefully modernised and furnished, and equipped to the highest standards. Both enjoy a totally rural outlook in the unspoilt Border country close to the River Dee (fly fishing available) and the Welsh hills. Visitors enjoy shared use of the Hall’s grounds, which are delightful in springtime, and there are lovely woodland walks. Ellesmere 4 miles (boating lake). Shrewsbury, Chester, Ironbridge and Snowdonia, all within easy reach. Llangollen (International Eisteddfod), just 20 minutes’ drive. Shops 2 miles (open 7 days).

    Furnished and equipped to the same exacting standard as The Lodge and immensely spacious. Outstanding views down over the River Dee to the Welsh hills beyond and to the superb gardens of the Hall, a large part of which are available to guests. Modern fitted kitchen. Dining room. Large, light sitting room with open fire. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. All bedrooms with fitted wardrobes. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and ceramic-tiled floor.

    • Pet free of charge, to be kept on a lead at all times - sheep country

    • Open fire – fuel included
    • Electricity, full biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Hairdryer
    • Garden furniture
    • Shared use of Hall’s grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Use of owner’s tennis court (lessons available by arrangement, at cost)
    • Small trout lake (fishing by arrangement)
    • Parking

  • Little Loxley

    Shrewsbury

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 30272


    Less than 2 miles from the town centre, and a pleasant walk through the quiet, well-maintained residential area, this well-positioned semi-detached holiday property is ideal for those wishing to explore Shrewsbury - one of England’s finest medieval market towns. All areas of Shropshire are easily accessible, such as Ironbridge, Bridgenorth, Much Wenlock and Ludlow, plus the Welsh border towns. Visitors can enjoy the popular town centre of Shrewsbury, with narrow cobbled streets and timber framed buildings, castle, Severn River trips, world-famous abbey and Attingham Park (NT). There are many amenities within the local area, including a supermarket, dry cleaners, florist, chemist, vets and a holistic centre, all less than ¼ mile away. Pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 with single day bed. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Parc Uchaf Cottages - Granary Cottage

    Oswestry

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30847

    Stunningly situated with views over the Shropshire plain and the Welsh hills, these holiday cottages (refs 30846 and 30847) have been converted from fine original stone outbuildings, which benefit from a high position giving glorious views over the surrounding countryside. They are situated close to the market town of Oswestry, and make an ideal base for walkers, artists, birdwatchers, golfers, gardeners and for all family or shared-interest groups. The accommodation has been sympathetically restored retaining original oak beams and stone features. Parc Uchaf is 35 minutes’ away from the historic Roman city of Chester, with its excellent shopping and tourist sites, and 30 minutes’ away from the medieval county town of Shrewsbury. Both places are easily accessible by road or by train, the local station of Gobowen is 3 miles away. Offa’s Dyke, the famous Welsh border path that runs for over 180 miles from the North Wales coast to Chepstow in South Wales, is nearby. There is spectacular walking in the Berwyn hills, around Lake Vernwy and the Clun Valley in south Shropshire. Powys Castle, Chirk Castle and Erddig House are National Trust properties and can be reached within 30 minutes. Ironbridge Gorge, a deep gorge formed by the River Severn, is approximately 1½ hours away. Park Hall Farm museum, Llangollen Steam Railway and Museum and the Shropshire Union Canal are all within 30 minutes drive. Excellent trout fishing is available nearby (by arrangement). There are many golf courses within a 20-minute drive. The area is also a birdwatchers paradise, woodpeckers, red kites, nuthatches, buzzards, little grebes and many more can be seen in the area. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Level access to first floor: Living room with sofa bed/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Ty Maganda

    Bronygarth, nr. Oswestry

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30322

    Occupying an ideal position in a quiet, rural hamlet, not far from the market town of Oswestry, this semi-detached holiday cottage is a great touring base for Shropshire, mid Wales, north Wales and Cheshire. It is within walking distance across the local countryside to Chirk, with its famous viaduct and NT castle. There are good road links, which provide access to Llangollen, where guests can find a great variety of adrenaline watersports, the medieval town of Shrewsbury, which offers a great theatre and river cruises, and Chester, with its racecourse and beautiful city attractions. Offas Dyke runs close by and for walkers or heritage seekers, there are excellent walks for all abilities, as well as NT properties Erddig, Attingham Park, Powys Castle and Chirk Castle, all within a ½-hour drive. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional single sofa bed, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available at £5 per day. Garden and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Small water fetaure in garden.

  • Havelock Cottage

    Much Wenlock

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: RY6

    Set on the edge of one of Shropshire’s most quintessentially English towns, this well-presented, detached, limestone holiday cottage has been furnished to a high standard throughout. Set along a main road, there is easy access to Much Wenlock with its variety of shops and restaurants, as well as St Millburga’s Abbey, holy wells, whipping posts and Olympian artefacts. Most of the buildings are architectural gems from the medieval, Georgian and Victorian eras. Walks from the door lead along the magnificent Wenlock Edge escarpment, and easy drives to Church Stretton (with gliding centre), Cardingmill Valley, Ironbridge, Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury. Shops 500 yards, pub within a mile.

    Living room with electric ‘wood burner’. Dining room. Well-equipped kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Electricity ‘woodburner’ included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • No smoking

  • The Stables

    Maesbury Marsh, nr. Oswestry

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30776

    In the heart of Maesbury Marsh, adjacent to the village inn, a family friendly establishment and locally renowned restaurant, this semi-detached, Grade II listed barn conversion mixes traditional features with contemporary styling and facilities to create the ideal holiday home. In a superb location for exploring the delightful borderlands of England and Wales, with the historic market town of Oswestry with its fine selection of shops, restaurants and pubs just 3 miles away, the location offers a myriad of family attractions and opportunities for outdoor pursuits close by. Canadian canoes can be hired on the nearby Montgomery Canal and horse drawn boat rides can also be enjoyed. Wonderful walking, golf and fishing are all available nearby. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with low beam. 1 twin with additional single and low beam. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two travel cots. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Wii. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Hop Cottage

    Burford, nr. Tenbury Wells

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 19363

    Hop Cottage is a converted barn, finished to a very good standard, in a quiet holiday location, also bordering Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Within 1 mile of the beautiful market town of Tenbury Wells, with its famous round market and spa rooms. Within 10 minutes’ from Leominster. Berrington Hall, a National Trust property is also within 10 minutes’ drive, and Burford House and Gardens is 5 minutes walk. Plenty of countryside walks, local swimming pool, tennis courts and several good golf courses. Shops 1 mile, pub 1/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Beams throughout. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. CD. Gas and electric Range. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Payphone. Small enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

  • Shepherds Rest Cottage

    Clee Hill, nr. Ludlow

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W44079

    Perfectly positioned in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, set in a quiet private lane leading to the moor, this charming detached cottage provides good quality accommodation, away from the crowds. Its proximity to Ludlow and the Herefordshire borderlands makes it an excellent base for exploring. The accommodation itself boasts two wood burners with logs and coal provided, exposed beams and stonework. All three bedrooms have their own TV and there is a private garden and sitting-out area during the summer months, to the rear of the cottage, perfect for enjoying your favourite drink from the wine cooler. This is a perfect location for walkers as footpaths lead from the garden gate, and also those wishing to visit the medieval market town of Ludlow, with its reputation for quality food and drink, with many excellent restaurants and cafes. The dominant and imposing 11th-century castle is where several festivals and other events are held each year. Shropshire certainly has a wide variety of attractions and activities to offer from English Heritage properties, National Trust houses, castles, the world famous Heritage Site at Ironbridge Gorge, Severn Valley Railway, Secret Hills Discovery Centre and quad trekking, archery, segways and zipwires at The Edge Adventure Centre. Shops and pub within 1 mile, restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep narrow stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

    Wood burners in living and dining areas included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Four Freeview TVs (movie package). Blu-ray. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • The Old Dairy

    Craven Arms, Ludlow

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: E4670

    With the stunningly beautiful Shropshire Hills rising up behind, these converted and very comfortable traditional barns provide the perfect rural retreat within easy reach of a host of attractions. Set on the owners’ smallholding on the ancient Roman road of Watling Street, and with wonderful walking on the Shropshire Way footpath on the doorstep, they sit 1 mile from the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and 3 miles from Stokesay Castle – there is even a play barn only 100 yards away. Cycle hire is available locally and the National Trust’s 5,000 glorious acres of Long Mynd and Carding Mill Valley are a short drive. Craven Arms, 1 mile offers shops, pubs and a railway station.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors/kitchen. Utility area. Double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

    Note: A 10% reduction applies if both properties are booked together.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with terrace and furniture. Shared 1 acre grounds. Barbecue. Parking. Private hot tub. Wine, chocolates and flowers on arrival. No smoking.

  • Morton Grange Coach House

    Ellesmere

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: E5557

    This contemporary coach house conversion, with spacious rooms, lots of character and an enclosed garden boasting its own blissful hot tub. Nestling peacefully besides the owners’ home and it is just a short stroll from the centre of the delightful borderlands town of Ellesmere, located in the heart of the Shropshire lake district, with its fine selection of eateries, shops, beautiful freshwater meres canal and one of the oldest real ale pubs in Shropshire. This property makes a perfect location for a family holiday or short break whatever the season. The area offers a myriad of activities including beautiful country walks, fishing, golf, sailing and kayaking on the River Dee in Llangollen, which is also home to a steam railway and horse-drawn narrow boat rides. Chester and Shrewsbury are both easily accessible, as are Chirk and Powis Castle (NT). Shop, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors and tiled floor. Kitchen with dining area. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating and electricity included (£30per week, £15 per short break October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. DVDs. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. Hot tub. No smoking.

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