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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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  • 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

  • Castle Farm Cottages - Woodpecker

    Dudleston, nr. Ellesmere

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 29364

    A fantastic conversion set in Dudleston at the heart of North Shropshire.

    These two semi-detached barn conversions (29363 and 29364), adjacent to the owners’ home, are set in a quiet and peaceful location - an ideal holiday base for exploring Shropshire and the surrounding borderland counties of Cheshire and North Wales. Each property has its own hot tub and private designated patio areas. Nearby tourist attractions include the picturesque Ellesmere Lakes, Old Hill Fort Oswestry, Park Hall working farm and Hawkstone Park. Go go-karting, paintballing and canoeing on the Shropshire canal, or visit historic Shrewsbury, with the River Severn flowing through. Across the border is North Wales, where guests will find Chirk Castle and Erddig (NT). The popular town of Llangollen is famous for its Eisteddfod motor museum, horse drawn barges and canal boat rides, plus the steam railway and white water rafting. In Cheshire, visit Chester Zoo, Bangor-on-Dee and Chester race courses. Also Pistyll Rhaeadr, the highest waterfall in Wales is close to Oswestry. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Hot tub. No smoking.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • West Windows

    Church Stretton

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 1961

    This detached house is situated on the outskirts of the Shropshire town of Church Stretton, with fine views of the Long Mynd hills. It is in a quiet cul-de-sac and is an excellent holiday base for walking in the surrounding hills and countryside. Guests can also enjoy use of a piano. Railway station in Church Stretton is less than a mile away. Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Wenlock Edge, Ironbridge and many interesting Shropshire towns and villages are all within easy reach. Shops and pubs within 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Sun porch. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower attachment. Separate toilet.

    Solid fuel burner in living room included. Partial NSH, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave.Telephone-outgoing and local calls only. Gardens. Garage (1 car). Parking (1 car). 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.

  • The Summerhouse

    Easthope, nr. Much Wenlock

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 27181

    This detached holiday property that stands alone in large gardens - there is a fabulous view of Wenlock Edge, an area of Shropshire that is well known by walkers. The Wenlock Edge links Much Wenlock with Church Stretton, the only market town in this AONB. You’ll find many attractions around these areas where the surrounding villages form an excellent base for the country lover or sportsman alike, in all seasons. Cross-country routes are well marked for hikers, horse riders and mountain bikers. Shops 4 miles, pub 1 mile, restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single, one with additional fold-up single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2-3 cars). Natural water supply from spring. 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.

  • Friary Cottage

    Ludlow

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: W44258


    Friary Cottage is a Grade II Listed, detached and renovated town cottage. Well-positioned and beautifully presented with some antique furniture, it boasts original, quirky features and is only a 5-minute walk from the centre of the town and a 3-minute walk from Ludlow’s train station. A cosy woodburner and gas fired Aga are amongst the treasures of the house. Guests can also enjoy a private enclosed rear garden, a separate, small walled courtyard, and it is located on one of the most prominent streets of this charming medieval town. Ludlow is overshadowed by its own majestic castle, as it was once, like York, a seat of Government in Tudor and Stuart England. Now hosting the famous food festivals and events throughout the year, there is always a lively atmosphere here. It has a reputation for fine foods, award-winning restaurants, speciality and antique shops and even a racecourse. An excellent base to explore the unrivalled countryside for picnicking and walking or nearby towns such as Bridgnorth and Bewdley (Severn Valley Railway), Ironbridge, Much Wenlock, Church Stretton, Tenbury Wells and Leominster. The cathedral city of Hereford with its chained library and Mappa Mundi are all within a short drive, as are historic houses such as Witley Court, Berrington Hall, Croft Castle, Stokesay Castle and Powis Castle on the Welsh borders. Acton Scott, an historic working farm and the Secret Hills Discovery Centre are all just a few of the nearby attractions, so you will never be short of something to see. Supermarkets 50 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with oak floor. Second living room with beams and oak floor. Kitchen/dining room with beams. Sun room. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), both with beams, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, toilet and beams (also accessed from hall), 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV/DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Gas Aga (October-May). Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with furniture. Enclosed courtyard with furniture. Gas barbecue. Car park 300 yards (at cost). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Steps to garden.

  • The Coach House

    Llanymynech, nr. Oswestry

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 28930

    This beautiful detached holiday property, with sole use of hot tub, is perfectly located for sightseeing around the counties of Shropshire, mid Wales, north Wales and Cheshire. Local attractions include many NT properties, the medieval town of Shrewsbury, conveniently placed along the River Severn, and Offas Dyke path which runs close to the property. Llangollen with its steam railway, horse drawn barges, white water rafting and motor museum is a 20-minute drive. Horse riding, paintballing and go-karting all available locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living room. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden. Ample parking. Hot tub. Pets welcome, to be kept on lead at all times. No smoking. NB: Small stream and pond in grounds.

  • 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.

  • One Piccadilly

    Trefonen, nr. Oswestry

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: RCCN

    A beautiful, detached holiday property in an elevated setting overlooking the countryside, occupying a quiet position within the peaceful village of Trefonen. This stone-built cottage, featuring a welcoming wood-burning stove and an enclosed garden, provides ideal accommodation for families. The village is on the Offa’s Dyke trail and is a mere 3 miles from the market town of Oswestry. Mid and North Wales, Shropshire and Cheshire are easily accessible. Horse riding and golf can be found locally. Shop and pub 500 yards.

    Living room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Spacious kitchen/dining room. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed; one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freesat TV
    • DVD
    • Blu-ray
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for up to 2 cars)
    • No smoking

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