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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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  • Morrells Wood Farm - Shepherds Retreat

    Leighton, near Shrewsbury

    Grade
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    Ref: 30775

    Dating back to the 1600’s, originally a dairy farm and now a beef, cattle, and sheep enterprise, the beautiful holiday accommodation boasts five cosy semi-detached barn conversions (refs W43982, 30769, 30770, 30771 and 30772) in an idyllic farmyard setting, and three restful shepherds hut retreats (each with their own private bathroom facilities nearby, refs 30773, 30774 and 30775) located in the owner’s breathtaking valley gardens. All beautifully furnished and nestled at the foot of the glorious, majestic Wrekin Hill. In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Morrells Wood Farm is ’that perfect get away!’ Indeed, many regard the views from this vale of tranquillity as ’little Switzerland’, and as its name sake, the panoramic scenery is stunning. The central location makes it the perfect base if a day or two exploring (or longer) is on the agenda. If not, then simply enjoy Mother Nature at its best whatever the season. Shropshire is a beautiful county, which is becoming more and more popular with tourists, with towns like Much Wenlock, Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth and Ludlow, which are all easy to get to from Morrells Wood Farm. The relaxed pace of countryside life is complemented by a huge amount to see and do. You can enjoy Ironbridge Gorge and its museums or a trip to Wroxeter Roman city and the nearby vineyard. There are 4 National Trust properties within an hour’s drive, the closest being Attingham Park, then Powys Castle, Chirk and Dudmaston are slightly further afield but make for a great day out exploring the Welsh Borders. Ludlow Castle, food centre and racecourse, the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and Acton Scott working farm are all popular tourist attractions. The Glider Centre on the top of the Longmynd and Cardingmill valley are not to be missed, and for the more adventurous there are nearby outdoor attractions from quad trekking, mountain boarding, zip wire, high ropes, clay pigeon shoots and archery. Shop 3 miles, restaurant and pub 1¼ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living area with double bed/dining area/kitchen. Located in separate outbuilding 5 yards away: Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living area included. DVD. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Decked area. Barbecue. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Shared washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Wi-fi. No smoking.

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  • Lloyd Barns - Old Hall Barn

    Kenley, near Shrewsbury

    Grade
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    Ref: RGG5

    A fine example of a quality, detached conversion, Ridge Barn (ref RGGL) is conveniently appointed with excellent views, and Old Hall Barn (ref RGG5) is a former barn, now Grade II listed, dating back hundreds of years. Sympathetically converted to provide high class accommodation with modern conveniences by the adjacent owners, it has a tasteful interior and a good sense of space throughout. The properties are central to the medieval towns of Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth and Much Wenlock. The small hamlet of Kenley promotes peace and tranquillity, and nearby Much Wenlock is a quintessentially English town, where traditional independent shops and tea rooms rule; it is known as the birthplace of the modern Olympics and the magnificent Wenlock Edge escarpment. The Wenlock Edge, ever popular with walkers, is an ideal place for nature lovers and ornithologists. Shrewsbury town offers attractions and historic buildings, with its theatre, trendy bars and high street shops. Bridgnorth is a town split in two, with high town and low town linked by Britain’s steepest funicular railway - you will also find Rays Farm, the Severn Valley Railway and Daniels Mill. Shropshire’s other nearby areas of interest include Ironbridge and Ludlow (with its superb cuisine), and for those wishing to venture across the borderlands, mid Wales and Herefordshire are easily accessible. Shops 5 miles, pub 2½ miles. The properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 9 guests.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room: With digital TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With fridge, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    First floor:
    Bedroom: With super kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil underfloor central heating (£20 supplement October-March). Small patio with garden furniture. Stabling and grazing available on request. Private parking for 2 cars.

    Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Bike store. No smoking.

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  • Halford Farm - Apartment

    Halford, near Craven Arms

    Grade
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    Ref: 6347

    Super walks direct from the door

    These two properties are tastefully converted from farm buildings, in a small hamlet just outside Craven Arms, where the pilgrims are thought to have rested at the round house there, on their journey between Wigmore and Shrewsbury Abbeys. Surrounded by restful country, they provide some super walks direct from the properties. The historic towns of Ludlow, Shrewsbury and Ironbridge are within an easy drive. Locally there is fishing, horse riding and golf. Clun and Offa’s Dyke close by. Nearby towns within easy reach include medieval Ludlow, Knighton and Bishops Castle. A good holiday base for touring Shropshire and the borders. Shop and pub ¾ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Partial NSH, convector heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Separate shared utility area with washing machine and tumble dryer. Ample parking.

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  • The Pigsty Cottage

    Oswestry

    Grade
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    Ref: E2783

    Stunning views over open countryside towards the Welsh border are enjoyed by visitors to this delightful and very comfortable detached cottage. Enjoying a wonderful location for walkers with Offa’s Dyke long distance footpath just 200 yards from the door. The holiday property has an enclosed paddock with a wildlife pond, suitable for exercising dogs. Market town with good shops and restaurants 4 miles. The historic city of Chester and Shrewsbury are both under an hour’s drive and Snowdonia National Park is easily accessible. Village shop/post office and pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with additional single and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Wood burner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor central heating and electricity £20 per week, £10 per short break. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Steps in garden, pond in paddock.

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  • Victoria Cottage

    Ironbridge, near Telford

    Grade
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    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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  • Benjay Cottage

    Uffington, near Shrewsbury

    Grade
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    Ref: 12324

    This charming and very comfortable holiday bungalow is set beneath Haughmond Hill, close to Attingham Park and the River Severn and yet is only 10 minutes from Shrewsbury. It adjoins the owners’ home and is ideal for couples and small families seeking a rural retreat, whilst the access and wide doors suit the less mobile. There are walks from the door and views to the hills. A good touring, walking or cycling base for the mysterious Marches; Ludlow, the Long Mynd, Ironbridge, Acton Scott museums, and a wealth of houses, castles and gardens are within an easy drive. Golf and riding locally. Shop 3 miles, pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor. Living/dining room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with additional single (for child) and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating (from the owners’ home), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. CD. Washer/dryer. Electric cooker. Microwave. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden and patio. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Hope Park Farmhouse - Curlew

    Bentlawnt, near Bishop’s Castle

    Grade
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    Ref: RGB

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

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

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

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

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  • The Granary

    Greete, near Ludlow

    Grade
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    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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  • Wagtails

    Near Bishop’s Castle

    Grade
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    Ref: QQQ

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

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

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

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  • Hope Cottage

    Lurkenhope, near Knighton

    Grade
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    Ref: 14141


    A well positioned stone holiday cottage at a midway point on the Powys/Shropshire border between the popular towns of Clun, famous for its castle, and Knighton, a town on the Offa’s Dyke path with its pretty timber framed buildings many dating back to the 17th century, its narrow sharply climbing streets lined with antique shops and a good selection of coffee houses and traditional inns, plus of course its strong connection to Owain Glendwr. Visitors can easily enjoy trips to nearby Ludlow with its castle, racecourse and numerous festivals. Enjoy a trip to Bishop’s Castle with its market town and home brewers, Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Carding Mill Valley, Ironbridge, Bridgenorth, Attingham Park (NT) and Shewsbury. Other places of interest include Presteigne, home to the Judges Lodging, Churchstoke Country park, Powys Castle (NT) and Llanfair Light Railway. Shops and pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living/dining room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Payphone. Landscaped gardens with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). One well-behaved dog welcome (sheep country), free of charge. No smoking.

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  • The Old Rectory Cottage

    Selattyn, near Oswestry

    Grade
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    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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  • Ford House Cottage

    Orleton, near Ludlow

    Grade
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    2
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    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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