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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 Hurstings

    Bridgnorth

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 29383

    This stunning detached holiday lodge is located in a superb position, on the same site as the largest waterwheel powering a corn mill, still working in England today and virtually unaltered since the 18th century - still in ownership of the same family for over 250 years. Set in the idyllic Shropshire countryside, deep in a wooded valley, crossed by the 19th-century viaduct, this is one of Shropshire’s finest locations. Visitors to the area are a 1-mile walk from the town centre, where you will find High Town and Low Town, plus the famous cliff railway. Other attractions nearby include Rays farm, Cosford Museum, Dudmaston Hall NT and the ever popular Ironbridge gorge and museums. There are good road links to the rest of south Shropshire including Ludlow, Much Wenlock and Shrewsbury, where you can enjoy anything from castles, festivals, and horse racing to the events at Theatre Severn. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating (underfloor on ground floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds.

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  • Red Lion Lodge

    Myddle, nr. Shrewsbury

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W43584

    Located in the small village of Myddle in north Shropshire, this detached, lodge house is presented to a very good standard and lies adjacent to the village pub, having shared use of its garden. It is located midway between the market town of Ellesmere and historic Shrewsbury. Both towns have lots to offer and the Shropshire canal at Ellesmere offers peace and quiet. Shrewsbury is a busy town, with its riverside walks, theatre and plenty of excellent shops, eateries and bars. This delightful location is ideal for those wishing to explore mid and north Wales, and the Cheshire borders. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden with patio and sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Old Toll House

    Coalport, nr. Ironbridge

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: 30125


    The Old Toll House is a traditional, detached country holiday cottage in the heart of the Ironbridge Gorge and is ideally placed to explore this world famous Heritage Site. It sits less than 110 yards from the River Severn and is a short walk from the popular Coalport China Museum, or only a 5-minute drive away from Ironbridge. This detached holiday cottage benefits from close proximity to a variety of great pubs and restaurant’s. People who enjoy the outdoor life are spoilt for choice; there is a National Cycle Route 55 yards from the property and cycle hire is available in the close by village of Jackfield. For the more adventurous, canoe hire is available in Ironbridge. There is a free shuttle bus, from April to September, 550 yards from the cottage which can be used as many times as you wish and will take you round the 7 museums in the immediate area. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Open-sided, open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Small pond in garden.

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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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  • Walkmill Holiday Cottages - Walkmill Lodge

    Norbury, nr. Bishop’s Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: RVV7

    Winners of 2010/2011 tourist board Gold Awards, these two delightful, detached holiday cottages are tucked away in the heart of the rolling Shropshire countryside near the village of Wentnor, with the East Onny river running through the garden. Each has its own garden and guests are welcome to enjoy the shared grounds with orchards. There is a network of paths in the area for walkers and cyclists and the Long Mynd and Carding Mill Valley are close by. Bishop’s Castle with its ‘House on Crutches’ and other historic buildings tumbling down the main street is well worth exploring and the Acton Scott Working Farm is also within easy reach. Golf in Church Stretton. Shop and pub ¼ mile.

    Beamed living room with wood-burning stove, French doors and wooden floor, open plan with beamed kitchen with breakfast area and wooden floor. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with French doors to decked area and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • iPod dock (iPod on request)
    • Lawned gardens surrounding property and large enclosed patio to rear with furniture
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi on site
    • Patio with furniture
    • Grounds with orchard
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • NB: Unfenced river in grounds

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  • Parc Uchaf Cottages - Stable Cottage

    Oswestry

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30846

    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.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen.

    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.

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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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  • Netley Hall - Poppy

    Dorrington, near Shrewsbury

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC454

    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.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with steam shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and en-suite with bath and toilet. (No external windows).

    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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  • The Old Forge

    Knockin, nr. Oswestry

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 25686

    This beautiful detached holiday barn has been restored from a former cow shed and pig sty. Situated in the garden of the owners’ home, formerly the blacksmith’s forge, it enjoys views across countryside. Visit castles, lakes, canals, steam railways and World Heritage sites such as Ironbridge and Poncysyllte Aqueduct. Why not try canoeing, paintballing or go-karting, and over the border into Wales, white water rafting or sailing. Fishing, cycling, walking, golf and horse riding locally. Shops 200 yards, pub 20 yards, restaurant 2½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double) 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.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs. DVDs and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer (external utility room). Wi-fi. Large enclosed garden patio. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Oak Cottage

    Trefonen, nr. Oswestry

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 28764

    This 18th-century, stone-built, mid-terrace barn conversion is set within a courtyard in a rural location overlooking the beautiful Tanat Valley and Offa’s Dyke Pathway. The shared garden and 20 acres are perfect for relaxing or dining alfresco. Located on the beautiful Shropshire/Wales borderlands, just 4 miles from Oswestry, 20 miles from Shrewsbury and 30 miles from Chester, this holiday property is ideal for visiting the wonderful Lakes Vyrnwy and Bala, or Erddig, Chirk and Powis Castles (NT). Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. CD. Washing machine. Use of owner’s tumble dryer (at cost). Freezer. Shared enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Shared 20-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. NB: 4 steps in garden, sloping banks in grounds.

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  • Callow Lodge

    Bromlow, nr. Minsterley

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W44273

    A stand alone lodge, adjacent to the owner’s home, overlooking the magnificent Shropshire and Powys county borderlands. The lodge is located on farmland in a central location for easy access to the historic town of Shrewsbury with its great shopping, theatre, bars and river cruises. Walkers and nature lovers can enjoy the peacefulness of this fabulous position, whilst knowing the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve, Long Mynd with its glider centre and Carding Mill Valley are close at hand. Both Powys Castle and Attingham Park (NT) are nearby and Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Ludlow Castle and racecourse, and Montgomery Castle are a short drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Table-top freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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  • Clunton Farm Granary - Granary Apartment 1

    Clunton

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: RCHT73

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room with patio doors, beams and wooden floor/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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