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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 Malthouse

    The Malthouse

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: UKC21

    Set in the grounds of Wrockwardine Hall, this stunning luxury property has been thoughtfully designed and decorated throughout. Once a former malthouse, it dates back to the 1600s and is Grade II* listed. It lies in the heart of Wrockwardine village with its 13th-century church providing a pretty backdrop. The parish of Wrockwardine sits mid-way between Shrewsbury and Telford, and is exceptionally well-placed for exploring the beautiful counties of Shropshire, Staffordshire and bordering mid-Wales. Nearby attractions include Attingham Park (NT), Ironbridge Gorge and museums, Telford Town Park, RAF Museum in Cosford, Bridgnorth Funicular Railway and Severn Valley Steam Railway, Wroxeter Roman Vineyards, Ludlow racecourse, castle and festivals, Theatre Severn and the medieval town of Shrewsbury. There are activity centres nearby for those looking for water sports and adventures. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.Set in the grounds of Wrockwardine Hall, these two stunning luxury properties have been thoughtfully designed and decorated throughout. Wrockwardine Cottage has been converted from a traditional black and white cottage and The Malthouse was once a former malthouse, dating back to the 1600s and is Grade II* listed. They are positioned in the heart of Wrockwardine village with the 13th-century church providing a pretty backdrop. The parish of Wrockwardine sits mid-way between Shrewsbury and Telford, and is exceptionally well-placed for exploring the beautiful counties of Shropshire, Staffordshire and bordering mid-Wales. Nearby attractions include Attingham Park (NT), Ironbridge Gorge and museums, Telford Town Park, RAF Museum in Cosford, Bridgnorth Funicular Railway and Severn Valley Steam Railway, Wroxeter Roman Vineyards, Ludlow racecourse, castle and festivals, Theatre Severn and the medieval town of Shrewsbury. There are activity centres nearby for those looking for water sports and adventures. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Open plan living room with wood-burning stove/dining room with kitchen. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Spiral stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at £5 per basket
    • Electricity, gas, full biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Bluetooth sound bar
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at £5 per basket
    • Electricity, gas, full biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • No smoking

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Titchbourne Cottage

    Clee St Margaret, nr. Ludlow

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 9882

    An ’away from it all’ commoner’s stone cottage on a 200-acre farm and on the edge of a 560-acre common with walks straight from the door in an AONB with outstanding views. It has a studio in the garden and a large dog pen. Tastefully renovated with exposed oak beams and old flagstone floors, this detached holiday cottage is reached by a stone track, across moorland and within easy driving distance of Ludlow, Ironbridge Gorge, Hereford, Shrewsbury, Worcester, and more. Shops, pubs and restaurants 6 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Open stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Partial NSH, oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Oil Rayburn. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer.Telephone-honesty box. Phone. Enclosed garden with patio and chairs. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Two pets welcome under strict control (livestock).

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  • Hope Park Farmhouse - Heron

    Bentlawnt, nr. Bishop’s Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: RGA

    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 living room with exposed stonework and wood-burning stove. Down three steps to sitting room. Beamed, farmhouse-style fitted kitchen with dining area and door to patio and garden. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft, zip & link bed and en-suite shower room (no toilet). Twin bedroom.

    • Washing machine
    • Freezer
    • Enclosed garden with patio and 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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  • Cleeton Gate Barn

    Cleeton St Mary, nr. Kidderminster

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30076


    Perfectly located in rural Shropshire and surrounded by magnificent countryside and rolling hills, this detached, stone barn conversion is the ideal location for guests who want to explore the majestic beauty of the local area. Perfect for walkers, ramblers and cyclists, there are many public footpaths leading from the door and will lead guests into the heart of the surrounding countryside. There is a bridleway directly opposite the barn and this leads guests on a trail through the common – perfect for observing the local wildlife and nature. Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve is only 12 miles away and is a great spot for enjoying a picnic amidst unspoilt countryside and woodland forest. Bodenham Arboretum and Titterstone Clee Hill are both just a short drive away and offer amazing views over three counties and beyond. Although situated opposite the owner’s home, Cleeton Gate Barn is private and secluded and overlooked only by the local sheep. The market town of Cleobury Mortimer is only five miles away and offers a plethora of good quality pubs, restaurants and local shops. Guests will find the historic market town of Ludlow just a 15-minute drive away. A must visit location, perched on a cliff above the River Teme, Ludlow is surrounded by unspoilt, hilly countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh border country known as the Welsh Marches. For guests with an interest in history, Hartlebury Castle and Hanbury Hall are also closely situated, as is the Heritage area of Ironbridge with its famous gorge. Also ideal for small families, guests will find the West Midlands Safari Park less than a 30-minute drive away, where there are plenty of attractions and wild animals for guests of all ages to watch and enjoy. The Severn Valley Steam Railway is also a great treat for families who love the old locomotive steam engines. The historic market town of Bewdley is a 25-minute drive away and is perfect for a spot of afternoon tea by the river and a browse around the quaint shops and museum. The property is surrounded by 8 acres of the owner’s grounds and guests may feel free to amble and browse through the gardens and beyond. This really is a delightful spot! Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with two double sofa beds (one for alternative sleeping)/kitchen with dining area, beams and wooden floors. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine (in outbuilding). Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard with patio, terrace and furniture. Shared 8-acre grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Fenced pond in grounds.

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  • The Larches

    Nr. Bishops Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: E4651

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

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

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

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  • New House Farm - The Barn

    Neenton, nr. Bridgnorth

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W44249

    These well-appointed properties are situated in a quiet hamlet, midway between Bridgnorth and Ludlow, two of Shropshire’s most well-known and loved historic towns. They are well positioned to take advantage of the views across the open countryside. The Annexe (ref 29626), is semi-detached and stands 20 yards from The Barn (ref W44249), which is a detached barn conversion and has a private hot tub. The interior of The Barn has been thoughtfully designed with beautiful stone floors and a cosy woodburner. Set in a convenient location, they are within walking distance of the locally run pub, and a short drive away from the visitor attractions of Ludlow with its castle and racecourse, Bridgnorth, Ironbridge and Much Wenlock. Also worth visiting are the River Severn, famous for its tidal bore, the River Teme and the Severn Valley Railway. Other local attractions include Rays Farm, the inland funicular railway and Daniels Mill. This is an ideal touring base for people wishing to explore Shropshire and Herefordshire, as well as the mid Wales borderlands. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Most rooms with beams.

    High chair. Freesat TV. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store available. Hot tub.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

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  • Goosefoot Barns - Diddlebury Cottage

    Corfton, nr. Craven Arms

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 31026

    Nestling in a secluded valley in beautiful Corvedale, these delightful holiday properties (refs 31023, 31024, 31025 and 31026) enjoy attractive views down the valley and of the imposing Clee Hill, with nothing to disturb the peace and tranquillity. Approached via a rough track, each property has been converted from stone and timber barns, and furnished and decorated to a very good standard. There is a fantastic barbecue cabin on site, available to hire and by arrangement with the owner. It can seat upto 15 guests on cushions and reindeer hide rugs, with a central barbecue/fire pit. Being enclosed, it is perfect for a barbecue at any time of the year. South Shropshire is an ideal location for walking, cycling, sightseeing or simply relaxing and enjoying the spectacular scenery. Perfectly placed between Craven Arms and Bridgnorth, Goosefoot Barns are within easy reach of the Long Mynd, Wenlock Edge, Clee Hill, Mortimer Forest and the Welsh Border Hills. Shropshire’s literary notables include Housman, Brother Cadfael, Malcolm Saville and Mary Webb. The small market towns of Ludlow, Church Stretton, Much Wenlock and Bishops Castle have much to offer both historically and architecturally. Ludlow has golf courses, national hunt racing and regular markets as well as the renowned Ludlow Festival, which plays host to Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival and the Medieval Christmas Fayre, as well as boasting some fine tea rooms and Michelin starred restaurants. Castles can be found in Stokesay, Clun, Powis and Ludlow, which also has the splendid St Laurence’s Parish Church - one of the finest in England. Several National Trust properties can be found nearby. Other local attractions include the World Heritage Site Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Secret Hills Discovery Centre, Severn Valley Railway and Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, as well as golf, horse racing, gliding, trout fishing and pony trekking. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 11/2 miles.

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

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Fridge/freezer. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi in external games room. Shared sitting-out area and furniture. Shared, external games room with snooker table, table tennis, dart board, books and board games. Pets to be kept on a lead. No smoking.

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  • Allens Cottage

    Montford Bridge, nr. Shrewsbury

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W43422


    This well-positioned, detached holiday cottage is located in the Montford Bridge area of Shrewsbury. Adjacent to the owners’ home, it has superb views across the local countryside and the sitting-out area overlooks the River Severn. It is within walking distance of the local pub and only a few miles drive of Shrewsbury town centre, a medieval town offering a wealth of shops, restaurants, bars and theatre. The location makes it ideal for exploring the Shropshire and mid Wales borders with Ironbridge, Bridgenorth, Church Stretton, Much Wenlock and Ludlow all within a 30-minute drive. There are four National Trust properties easily accessible, the nearest being Attingham Park, Powys Castle, Chirk Castle and Erddig, just a little further afield. For the more adventurous, quad trekking, go karting and paintballing are available locally and hang gliding is available on the Long Mynd. Shop 11/2 miles, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

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

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: River flows through grounds.

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  • Broome Farm Cottages - Bequia

    Broome Chatwall, nr. Church Stretton

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: REET

    Broome Farm, once a small arable farm, nestles in the heart of the Shropshire Hills in an AONB. St Vincent, a former granary and Bequia, a former carthouse have been sympathetically restored and carefully furnished to preserve the character of the original buildings. Both take in the breathtaking views over the South Shropshire hills and valleys. Situated 8 miles form Much Wenlock, 7 miles from Church Stretton, also known as ‘Little Switzerland’ and 12 miles from Shrewsbury. Ludlow and Ironbridge are also within a half hour drive. Shop 3 miles, pub 2 miles.

    Living room with wood-burning stove. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Two single bedrooms. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet and sloping ceiling.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Decked patio with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Pond in owner’s fenced garden

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