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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 Acton Scott Estate - Henley Cottage

    Acton Scott, near 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.

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  • Fiddler’s Green

    Bucknell

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 26662

    This comfortable, single storey holiday cottage is set on the edge of an unspoilt village and has its own large, south-facing garden. To take advantage of this aspect, solar panels have been installed to reduce the cottage’s dependence on oil. Originally built for a sea captain returning home from the war, the cottage offers visitors wonderful walking from the doorstep. Bucknell offers village shops, an inn and a stream with ducks within walking distance, as well as, surprisingly, a stop on the Heart of Wales Railway Line. Knighton, on Offa’s Dyke, 5 miles, medieval Ludlow, with its castle and town square, is 12 miles. Cycle hire locally. Shop and pub 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, (one 4ft), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Video. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Terrace and furniture. Parking.

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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

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • Castle Farm Cottages - Woodpecker

    Dudleston, near 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.

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  • The Coach House

    Llanymynech, near 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.

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  • Sandbank

    Obley, near Clun

    Grade
    6
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 93

    The steep, wooded hill country to the west of Clun is some of the most beautiful in Shropshire. This characterful, detached holiday cottage is in a lovely quiet position at the top of a hill overlooking the hamlet of Obley. It has over an acre of land including a good sized garden and a steep area of woodland. There is a roomy beamed living room with a large open fire and pretty bedrooms. It is a peaceful and tranquil location. Shop and pub 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath. Separate toilet. 2 single folding beds available.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Video. DVDs. Microwave. Washing machine. Payphone. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Garage (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring.

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  • Hart Cottage

    Ellesmere

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: W43468


    This beautiful, detached cottage is tucked away in a quiet location, within walking distance of the town centre, wildlife reserve and canal. Ellesmere has grown over the years into a pretty market town with medieval streets, Georgian houses and half-timbered buildings. There’s also a bundle of shops selling everything from antiques and gifts to exotic food, and a good selection of pubs, bars, takeaways and restaurants. Its position in the north of Shropshire makes it an ideal base for exploring Shropshire, Cheshire, mid and North Wales. There is a series of gentle walks in and around the town that will take you past the marina, along the canal to the mere or through the arboretum and Cremorne Gardens. Further afield you will find National Trust properties within a 40-minute drive. There is a sailing club on one of the meres, go karting and paintballing are also available near Oswestry, as is Park Hall working farm. Nearby Llangollen is home to horse drawn canal boat rides, white water sports, steam train and the National Eisteddfod. Shrewsbury, Ironbridge and Bridgnorth are an easy drive. Shop and restaurant 200 yards, pub 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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  • 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. 24hr laundry service. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. Hot tub. No smoking.

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  • Furlongs

    Hopesay, near Craven Arms

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W43524


    Tucked away in a quiet corner of Shropshire, close to the popular destinations of Clun, Craven Arms and Ludlow, this holiday property is a detached barn conversion situated on the owner’s estate and livery centre. Visitors to the area can enjoy the proximity to numerous tourist attractions, such as Ludlow with its castle, racecourse and festivals, the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Stokesay Castle, Acton Scott Working Farm, Long Mynd and its glider centre, and Cardingmill Valley. Shropshire is host to some delightful small towns, such as Church Stretton and Much Wenlock, both with a good variety of individual shops and pubs. Easily accessible are Bridgnorth, Ironbridge, Shrewsbury, Hereford, Worcester and mid Wales. Shop, pub and restaurant 11/2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with beams. Bathroom with spa bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Air source heat pump central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children.

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  • 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.

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