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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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  • Wagtails

    Nr. Bishop’s Castle

    Grade
    3
    2
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    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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  • The Granary

    Greete, nr. 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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  • 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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  • Hope Park Farmhouse - Curlew

    Bentlawnt, nr. 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 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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  • Victoria Cottage

    Ironbridge, nr. 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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  • Crabapple Cottage

    Nantmawr, nr. Oswestry

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 28394

    A detached barn conversion within the owners’ grounds, in an elevated position overlooking the Tanat Valley and with a south facing patio and large grounds, the property is within ½ mile of the village of Treflach. The accommodation has been thoughtfully laid out, and visitors to the area will have easy access to Shropshire, Cheshire and Mid and North Wales. Offa’s Dyke National Trail runs within ½ mile of the property. Llanrhaedr waterfall, Powys Castle, Chirk Castle, Erddig, water sports at Bala, Lake Vyrnwy and Snowdon are all an easy drive. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, (one 5ft), both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. Access to adjacent field. Two dogs welcome (to be kept on a lead at all times, sheep country). No smoking. NB: Pond in owners’ grounds, 50 yards. Stream and steep banks in adjacent field.

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  • The Pitchford Estate - Tree House Barn

    Pitchford, nr. Shrewsbury

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: RDDJ

    Peacefully situated within the extensive grounds of the Pitchford Estate, these three properties offer superb holiday accommodation. Windy Mundy Farm (RNG) has been converted from an 18th-century threshing barn and deer shelter and is located on an old deer park at the centre of the estate. Built on top of a south-facing hill overlooking Row Brook, and part of a working arable farm, it is surrounded by fields of wheat and barley and has spectacular, far-reaching views towards the Shropshire hills. Enclosed by a long stone wall, the farm has its own courtyard garden with a terrace and barbecue. Stockbatch Granary (RJ6) is reached by a mile-long drive passing through the mixed arable land of Stockbatch Farm, with its fields of corn encircled by woodland. It comprises an 18th-century granary, clapperboard barn, stables and cowsheds, and nestles on a south-facing slope, at the bottom of which a stream wends its way gently along. A courtyard garden enclosed by a red sandstone wall provides a pleasant sitting-out area from which to survey the countryside views. Tree House Barn (RDDJ) is a sensitively restored detached barn conversion which enjoys views of the world famous Pitchford Tree House (the oldest tree house in the world).
    Within 6 miles of each property is historic Shrewsbury with its fascinating architecture, castle, museums, fine shops and wealth of traditional inns and restaurants. Easily accessible is popular Church Stretton, and Shropshire’s finest town Ludlow, framed by the gentle Clee Hills, with its impressive castle, magnificent church, many half-timbered buildings and Georgian red-brick houses. Bridgnorth has what is reputed to be the steepest cliff railway in Britain and superb cliff-top walks overlooking the River Severn below. From here, during summer, the Severn Valley Railway’s steam train chugs the scenic 16-mile route to Kidderminster. Attingham Park (NT), Benthall Hall (NT), Ironbridge Gorge and the old market town of Much Wenlock (with its medieval priory) are all within easy driving distance. Riding, sailing, fishing, golf, pubs and restaurants locally. Shop 2 miles, pub 6 miles.

    Open-plan wood-panelled living/dining room with kitchen area and tiled floor. Double bedroom with open-plan en-suite bathroom with toilet. Twin bedroom with open-plan en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Full underfloor central heating by air source heat pump included
    • Satellite TV
    • Washer/dryer
    • Large garden with patio
    • Natural water supply from well

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Ample parking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Clunton Farm Granary - Apt 2 Clunton Farmhouse

    Clunton

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: RCHT74

    This detached granary, set in a wonderfully tranquil and unspoilt English village, has been converted into two apartments, each retaining character and charm with beamed ceilings and oak floors. Bordered by a babbling stream with superb country views, these apartments provide ideal holiday homes in Clunton, a small Shropshire village located in the Clun Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Clunton is ideal for walkers, cyclists and riders, or those who simply want a retreat away from city life. Conveniently sited for Ludlow, famous for its historic castle and restaurants, and just a short drive from Powys Castle, David Austin Roses, the Severn Valley Railway and Wroxeter Roman Fort and vineyard. Clunton also has a village pub offering real ale and home cooked food which is within walking distance of the cottages. Craven Arms railway station is only ten minutes away and offers direct links to Manchester, Cardiff and London. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Uneven stone steps to entrance: All on first floor: Living room with double sofa bed, beams and wooden floor/dining room/kitchen with beams. 2 twin bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

    Both properties: Partial Economy 7 NSH, partial electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair available. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Small gated brook.

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  • Hilltop

    Trefonen, nr. Oswestry

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 24252

    Located on the edge of Trefonen in an elevated position to take in the border countryside this holiday cottage provides an excellent holiday base for small families to enjoy the delights of Shropshire, Wales and Cheshire. The historic market town of Oswestry is a 5-10 minute drive and offers good shopping, restaurants and pubs. From this position there are 3 NT properties. Chester and races approx 30 minutes’ drive, Llangollen with its steam railway, horse drawn canal trips is 30 minutes’ drive. Shops and pubs 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Sun room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Solid fuel central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and sitting-out area. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Steep steps from parking space to garden.

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  • Ford House Cottage

    Orleton, nr. Ludlow

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 2757

    Situated in the pretty village of Orleton, with its 16th-century pub, this semi-detached, 17th century holiday cottage is only a short drive from the historic towns of Ludlow and Leominster. It is of half timber and brick construction, and has been renovated and furnished to a good standard. The surrounding attractive countryside is excellent for walking and touring, two National Trust properties within 3 miles. A wealth of castles, museums and gardens within an easy drive. Village has good post office, stores and two pubs 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (reached by separate stairs from the kitchen). Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH and electricity included (by meter reading October-March). Bed linen included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Use of ½-acre garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There is a stream in the garden.

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  • Upper Stanbatch Cottage

    Wentnor, nr. Bishops Castle

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 19809

    This 19th century cottage at the head of a valley on the slopes of the Long Mynd, is accessed via a steep track. In a secluded setting it adjoins acres of NT land, within an AONB and SSSI with wonderful views and birdwatching. Walking from the door with the Shropshire Way, 500 yards away. Close by are Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Bishops Castle, Church Stretton and Ironbridge. Longmynd summit (517 metres) is a 30 minute walk. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 single (for alternative sleeping), both with beams and sloping ceilings.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. No TV (no reception). Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Large garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Pets welcome, dogs to be kept on lead at all times (sheep country). NB: Small stream in garden.

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  • The Larches

    Nr. Bishops Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: E4651

    With solar panels and wood pellet stove, this log cabin offers eco-friendly and cosy accommodation in a magnificent position high on the Kerry Ridgeway, with far-reaching views across the Shropshire Hills. This holiday cabin has been thoughtfully situated to offer privacy and outstanding views, and a tree and decorations for Christmas bookings are available. After a glorious day’s walking or cycling on quiet rural lanes, visitors can relax in their own blissful hot tub and delight in an opportunity to star gaze into the night sky with no light pollution. Bishop’s Castle, a charming market town with two breweries, shops, pubs and eateries is 5 miles. Ludlow, Shrewsbury and the Welsh borders are all a short drive.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining area. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    Woodburner in living room included. Central heating, solar panels (run by pellet stove), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Wii. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Hot tub. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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