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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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  • The Granary

    Greete, near Ludlow

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W4583

    Quiet country location

    This delightful first floor barn conversion with exposed beams has been converted to provide cosy accommodation within a 30 acre small holding accessed via a rough track. Surrounded by peaceful countryside this cottage is ideal for the relaxing holiday. Medieval Ludlow with its 13th century castle, renowned architecture, famous restaurants and beautiful antique shops is only a short drive away. Discover Croft and Stokesay Castles, Burford House Gardens, and Ironbridge Gorge, all within the local area. Shrewsbury and the wonderful Long Mynd Hills known as little Switzerland and the Secret Hills are close by, as well as the Shropshire Discovery Centre. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Steep stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet. Beams throughout.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric oven. Microwave. Lawned garden and furniture. Courtyard. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Victoria Cottage

    Ironbridge, near Telford

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 30983

    This 19th-century, terraced, Victorian holiday cottage is in the heart of Ironbridge. Restored and comfortably furnished with contemporary amenities including free wi-fi internet access. Within easy walking distance of the world’s first iron bridge and the major attractions of this unique World Heritage village, this property is a perfect base. Drinks and BBQs can be enjoyed on the private patio or pop next door for a delicious meal at the oldest pub in Ironbridge. First licensed in 1728, the pub provides a wide range of traditional ales, excellent food in the bar or restaurant, and the warmest of welcomes for visitors. Or of course you could try any of the 20 other superb pubs and restaurants that are within walking distance of the cottage! Victoria Cottage is within easy reach of the local museums, and has great road networks linking Shropshire, Herefordshire, Cheshire and mid and north Wales. The historic towns of Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Much Wenlock and Bridgnorth are all within easy driving distance as are National Trust properties such as Powis Castle, Chirk Castle and Attingham Park. No matter what your interests are you will be sure to find a wide variety in and around this beautiful county. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 step to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio and furniture. Car park, 5 yards (foc). No smoking.

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  • Wagtails

    Near Bishop’s Castle

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: QQQ

    A holiday location with a difference! This comfortably furnished former granary, with its own terrace and gardens, is a naturalists’ paradise. It stands in the grounds of the Conservation Centre for Wolf Watch UK, surrounded by 70 acres of owned woodland overlooking 16 acres of red deer park in lush valley and forest, with an abundance of wildlife, including badgers and many species of birds. The rescued wolves, seen in the BBC’s Wildlife on One programme, can also be seen in their enclosures. The cottage stands in a courtyard across from the owner’s home, and close to Offa’s Dyke ½ mile. Bishop’s Castle, with pubs, restaurants, shops and swimming pool, 5 miles. Visit Surf Snowdonia in the Conwy Valley, the UK’s first artificial surfing lake.

    Entrance hall leading to two pretty beamed bedrooms; one double and one single. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Beamed and carpeted open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and compact kitchen area.

    Wood-burning stove – fuel included. Electricity and NSH by meter reading. Electric heaters and bed linen included. No TV. Use of CD. Microwave. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. No children under 18 yrs. No smoking.

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  • Hope Park Farmhouse - Curlew

    Bentlawnt, near Bishop’s Castle

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: RGB

    The two delightful cottages (ref RGA and RGB), surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and adjacent to the owner’s own property, are set high in the Shropshire Hills and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views. Both are spacious and extremely comfortable allowing guests to relax and enjoy this remarkably peaceful location. Wonderful walking from the garden gate and just a short drive away are The Stiperstones and The Long Mynd. Historic Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Ironbridge are within easy travelling distance as are the smaller, equally interesting towns of Bishops Castle, Montgomery and Church Stretton. Many country houses, castles and gardens nearby. Fishing, riding, cycling, birdwatching, ballooning and gliding available locally. Shop 800 yards.

    Beamed sitting/dining room with large bay window, exposed stonework and wood-burning stove. Farmhouse-style fitted kitchen with door to patio. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft, zip & link bed can be twin beds on request, leading to cosy single bedroom (for +1).

    • Use of owner’s washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed patio with furniture

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Full NSH £20per week or per short break
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • Unsuitable for the infirm
    • No children under 5 years
    • NB: Deep, unfenced pond in garden

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  • The Old Rectory Cottage

    Selattyn, near Oswestry

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC347

    This delightful, self-contained, semi-detached cottage abuts The Old Rectory on the edge of the pretty village of Selattyn, near the market town of Oswestry. The discreet owners also live next door to the cottage. The area is renowned for its spectacular position on the border of England and Wales and where Shropshire meets the neighbouring counties of Cheshire and Powys. The National Trust properties of Powys Castle and Garden, Chirk Castle, Erddig Hall and Attingham Park are within a 30-minutes drive from the cottage. Llanrhaeadr Waterfalls and Lake Vyrnwy are excellent picnic spots and certainly worth visiting. Bala Lake and Llangollen are home to some extreme water sports from canoeing and kayaking to white water rafting and tubing. There is also a go-karting track and paintballing nearby, and a working farm experience at Park Hall which is an all weather family visitor attraction. The town of Oswestry is 3 miles away and has a range of fine eateries, bars, and a good selection of shops. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Living/dining room:
    With oil burning stove, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Fuel provided for oil burning stove (mid October - mid April). Travel cot and highchair. Garden with garden furniture. Grounds with wildflower meadow. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Little Gable

    Little Hereford, near Ludlow

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: E5490

    Enjoying a supremely peaceful location, this smartly furnished and tasteful, detached barn conversion offers a relaxing holiday base, set within the grounds of the owner’s 4-acre smallholding with some sheep and chickens. It enjoys its own private terrace and lovely views across its own lawn towards the fields beyond. Ludlow, a historic town renowned for its selection of gourmet restaurants, annual festival, interesting shops, magnificent castle ruins and national hunt races is just 8 miles. Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Bewdley Safari Park, Shrewsbury and Hereford are all under an hour’s drive. This is superb walking country. Golf and horse riding are both within 5 miles. Shop 3 miles, restaurants 8 miles and village inn serving food 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Broome Farm Cottages - Bequia

    Broome Chatwall, near Church Stretton

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: REET

    Broome Farm, once a small arable farm, nestles in the heart of the Shropshire Hills in an AONB. St Vincent, a former granary and Bequia, a former carthouse have been sympathetically restored and carefully furnished to preserve the character of the original buildings. Both take in the breathtaking views over the South Shropshire hills and valleys. Situated 8 miles form Much Wenlock, 7 miles from Church Stretton, also known as ‘Little Switzerland’ and 12 miles from Shrewsbury. Ludlow and Ironbridge are also within a half hour drive. Shop 3 miles, pub 2 miles.

    Living room with wood-burning stove. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Two single bedrooms. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet and sloping ceiling.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Decked patio with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Pond in owner’s fenced garden

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  • Rose Cottage

    Selattyn, near Oswestry

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: E4791

    Amidst the beautiful rolling countryside of the borderlands of England and Wales, these charming renovated barn conversions offer stylish and very comfortable accommodation including their own blissful hot tubs. Decorations and tree for Christmas bookings are provided. Set within the grounds of the owners’ smallholding, they lie just 1.5 miles from Oswestry, a historic market town with good restaurants, shops and pubs. The surrounding area holds a wealth of delights including magnificent castles at Powys and Chirk (home to the Myddelton family for over 400 years) and Erdigg House with its woodland walks and horse drawn carriage rides (all NT). Also within easy reach, the Ironbridge Gorge museums make a fascinating day out, and LLangollen boasts a steam railway and narrow boat canal trips crossing the famous Pontcysyllte aqueduct. Wonderful walking on the Offa’s Dyke long distance footpath, golf and fishing are all available nearby. Pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. Shower room (no toilet). First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Sloping ceilings throughout.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided).

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Three Freeview TVs. DVDs. iPod dock. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Garden. Patio and furniture. Parking. Hot tub. Stabling and paddock for horses foc (by arrangement). Private water supply. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Upton Cressett Hall Cottages - The Coach House

    Upton Cressett, near Bridgnorth

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC769

    These two award winning, period, historic properties have been given the highest luxury ranking by Shropshire Tourism and are situated in the grounds of Grade I listed Upton Cressett Hall, in the sleepy hamlet of Upton Cressett, surrounded by the beautiful Shropshire countryside. PG Wodehouse was brought up cycling through the countryside around Upton Cressett which he described as ‘the Paradise of England’.
    The Upton Cressett Estate is accessed by a winding country lane with spectacular views over the Shropshire Hills. The poet Sir John Betjeman described Upton Cressett as ‘a beautiful place’ in his Shell Guide To Shropshire, and Sir Simon Jenkins describes Upton Cressett as an ‘Elizabethan gem’.
    Guests have access to the gardens at the hall, which are open to the public for occasional tours. Also standing in the grounds is the Grade I listed Norman church of St Michael which features 12th-century wall paintings.
    The Gatehouse at Upton Cressett which is also Grade l listed, resembles a romantic Elizabethan hunting lodge with beautiful brick turrets and has been featured on the cover of Country Life magazine. The Gatehouse is regarded as one of the finest in the country, having been awarded ‘runner up’ in the entire country for Best Luxury Heritage Accommodation at the Hudson’s Heritage Awards. There are impressive entrance gates and a gravelled driveway leading into its own private garden with a fountain. Guests can eat in the private garden or have dinner prepared by the estate housekeeper (arranged direct with the owner). The dining room is accessed externally through a door in the Elizabethan archway next to the old estate cheese press.
    The Gatehouse has hosted many famous visitors over the centuries including Prince Rupert of the Rhine and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Sir Denis Thatcher. One of the bedrooms, (the Gatehouse honeymoon suite), accessed by a carved oak spiral staircase, is named after Prince Rupert and offers a stunning four poster style bed with fine views across the historic deer park. A large claw bath sits under a mullion window in the huge bedroom making it perfect for romantic breaks, as well as special anniversaries and honeymoons. Oak panelling, 17th century ornate plaster work, mullion windows, a secret tunnel, turret bathrooms and working Tudor fireplaces all add to its romantic and historic appeal. There are also contemporary luxury bathrooms with fittings by Lefroy Brooks and exquisite fabrics from top interior designers including velvet curtains and upholstery for Zoffany by the Elizabethan fabric artisan artist Melissa White.
    The Coach House also sleeps four and dates back to the 19th century. It stands adjacent to Upton Cressett Hall and has been beautifully converted by a top interior designer whilst retaining exposed beams and original brickwork. The property has a large master bedroom with Sky TV, and the spacious sitting room also has a hunting lodge feel with a dark red wool sofa and tartan curtains. The south facing patio, reached through French windows in the sitting room, is the perfect place for outdoor dining and a barbecue.
    Both properties have received various awards with Shropshire Tourism awarding The Gatehouse five stars and The Coach House four stars. The Upton Cressett Hall Estate is a previous winner of the Hudson’s Heritage Award for ‘Best Hidden Gem’ as a heritage holiday destination in the UK.
    Historic Bridgnorth with its ruined castle, Severn Valley Steam Railway and bustling market (Friday and Saturday) is just a short drive away. The pretty market town of Much Wenlock is 5 miles away and Ludlow is nearby with its gourmet pubs and restaurants, timber framed buildings and medieval castle. The Ironbridge Gorge Museum is also worth a visit, as are m...

    All on the ground floor.
    Living room: With electric wood burner, Sky TV (full Sky package), DVD player, CD player, iPod dock and French doors leading to patio.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, American style fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed and digital TV.
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bathroom: With bath and toilet.

    Calor gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair. Lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are spiral stairs to an unused mezzanine.

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  • Masher’s Barn

    Chapel Lawn, near Bucknell

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 25772


    Conveniently appointed in the small rural hamlet of Chapel Lawn, between Clun and Bucknell, this fine example of a detached barn conversion has been lovingly restored to retain many original features. The holiday property has an open plan living space where visitors can enjoy a south facing patio area, ideal for barbecues in the summer and a large lawned garden. The pub/restaurant is well known locally for serving great food and beer, and local visitor attractions include Clun Castle, Ludlow medieval town, home to many festivals, period shops and fine eateries. Shop 4 mile, pub and restaurant 31/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Little Duckling Cottage

    Farlow, near Kidderminster

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W43685

    This detached holiday cottage is located in a peaceful location. The owners live on-site and take care of hens, ducks, geese, quail, ponies and pigs. Little Duckling Cottage is quaint and quirky and enjoys a cosy woodburner and access to the owners 7-acre grounds. It is within easy driving distance of the Wyre Forest, West Midland Safari Park, Severn Valley Railway and the Museum of Carpet. Canoeing on the River Severn, mountain biking and Go Ape are available near Kidderminster. Nearby is Ludlow, a beautiful medieval town best known for its famous eateries, castle, racecourse and festivals. All areas of Shropshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire are an easy drive. Shop 11/2 mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Open tread, spiral stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double leading to 1 single with additional pull-out single.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared 7-acre grounds with furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Sodylt Hall Cottages - The Lodge

    Sodylt Hall, Sodylt, Ellesmere

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: QAG


    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).

    The furnishings and equipment of this spacious detached lodge are of high quality and immaculately maintained. All on the ground floor: Spot-lit fitted oak kitchen. Large sitting/dining room with open fire. Small step up to hallway. Large twin bedroom. Small twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and ceramic-tiled floor.

    • Secluded patio and garden

    • 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

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