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Find cottages in Shropshire

Although Shropshire could be considered a quiet corner of England, this rural county near the Welsh border has plenty of visitor attractions, a rich cultural and historical heritage, beautiful gardens and fascinating museums.

Shropshire has many picturesque historical towns and villages, for example Ludlow, which John Betjeman once described as “the loveliest town in England”. This bustling market town has a huge number of listed buildings, mostly from the Georgian period, fine restaurants, traditional inns and speciality shops.

Shrewsbury, the counties principal town is of Saxon heritage which was further developed by the Tudors. Located close to the River Severn the town is renowned for its castle, rising spires, abbey and green open parkland. It’s also the perfect place to see some wonderful medieval buildings.

The county is the epitome of the most perfect rural countryside you can find, a place that has been formed over millions of years into a tranquil landscape of rolling hills and river gorges. Speaking of which the Iron Bridge Gorge Museums are a series of museums located in the Iron Bridge Gorge near the town of Telford. It’s here that the beginning of the industrial revolution first took hold. Spanning the River Severn the outdoor and indoor museums offer a fascinating glimpse into the past.

The regions strategic location tells the tale of a turbulent past, evidenced by the hill forts, earthworks and castles which can be found throughout the Welsh borders. These include Ludlow Castle which was built in the 11th century and the Iron Age Hill Fort at Oswestry which covers some forty acres. Moreton Corbet Castle built in the 13th century was later extended in the 16th century. As well as these fascinating structures to Shropshire’s past, the county has some lovely English Heritage properties like Stokesay Castle.

Other great days out ideas include a visit to the RAF Museum at Cosford, where you can see over 70 historical aircraft housed in 3 wartime hangers including world’s oldest Spitfire and Lincoln Bomber. For more nostalgia visit the Severn Valley Railway, which run steam trains along the line from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster.

So if you hanker after a relaxing self-catering break in a most beautiful, untouched part of England, take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Shropshire today.

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  • The Hurstings

    Bridgnorth

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 29383

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • Little Gable

    Little Hereford, nr. Ludlow

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: E5490

    Enjoying a supremely peaceful location, this smartly furnished and tasteful, detached barn conversion offers a relaxing holiday base, set within the grounds of the owner’s 4-acre smallholding with some sheep and chickens. It enjoys its own private terrace and lovely views across its own lawn towards the fields beyond. Ludlow, a historic town renowned for its selection of gourmet restaurants, annual festival, interesting shops, magnificent castle ruins and national hunt races is just 8 miles. Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Bewdley Safari Park, Shrewsbury and Hereford are all under an hour’s drive. This is superb walking country. Golf and horse riding are both within 5 miles. Shop 3 miles, restaurants 8 miles and village inn serving food 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Honeysuckle Cottage

    Minsterley, nr. Shrewsbury

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 23774

    Built in the 1850s, this semi-detached holiday cottage has been upgraded and is located on the outskirts of Minsterley with its own gardens and countryside views. Walking, fishing, horse riding and a number of NT properties are all available locally, and a short drive will take you into local towns such as Shrewsbury, Church Stretton, Ludlow, Ironbridge and Bridgnorth, and in less than 15 miles you can cross over the border into mid Wales. Shop and pub 500 yards, pub serving food 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 2 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Internet connection. Front garden. Rear courtyard and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There is a pond in the front garden.

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  • Buckshead Eco Cottage

    Brynmawr, nr. Clun

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30591


    Buckshead Eco Cottage offers the perfect place to relax, enjoy the breathtaking views and unwind or, for the more active, there is ample opportunity to explore the local countryside and wildlife, with many footpaths and cycle paths close by. The cottage is located within its own grounds on an organic hill farm in the Clun Valley, where electricity is generated by wind power and hot water provided by solar panels, and is the ideal holiday location to reduce your carbon footprint whilst taking in the landscape and experiencing organic hill farming. Carefully renovated to a very good standard, using local materials, both to retain its traditional characteristics but also to fully accommodate eco-friendly design principles. Wi-fi is available in a separate unit on site. The Shropshire Hills are located adjacent to the Welsh border and the southern part of the region, in particular the Clun Valley, has outstanding beauty and peaceful character allowing unlimited opportunity for those that love nature, cycling and walking to enjoy the beautiful rolling landscape. Visitors can enjoy the quietness of the Long Mynd, the secret beauty of Caer Caradoc and the Stiperstones, or follow Offa’s Dyke Path, which runs just outside the local village. Other local attractions include Clun Castle and the Secret Hills Discovery Centre at Craven Arms. Further afield, day trips can be made to Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons, Elan Valley reservoir, various Welsh coastal resorts, historic Ludlow, Hereford, Shrewsbury and Bishops Castle. From the door enjoy breathtaking views and wonderful landscapes. Brynmawr Farm, the holding where Buckshead Eco Cottage is located, includes the Shropshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve, a beautiful large expanse of upland moorland, designated as a SSSI. Explore the farm, which hosts a range of wildlife and includes ponds, meadows and a brook. There are a number of local country pubs that offer excellent pub food and traditional ales or, alternatively, why not visit local towns such as Bishops Castle or Ludlow for a range of places to eat out. The farm leading to the property is proud to support Care Farming West Midlands. Shop 7 miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: 1 step to living/dining room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Woodburner in living room included. Partial electricity and solid fuel central heating, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Gas cooker. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. External games room with pool, table tennis, darts and skittles. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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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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  • Crabapple Cottage

    Nantmawr, nr. Oswestry

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 28394

    A detached barn conversion within the owners’ grounds, in an elevated position overlooking the Tanat Valley and with a south facing patio and large grounds, the property is within ½ mile of the village of Treflach. The accommodation has been thoughtfully laid out, and visitors to the area will have easy access to Shropshire, Cheshire and Mid and North Wales. Offa’s Dyke National Trail runs within ½ mile of the property. Llanrhaedr waterfall, Powys Castle, Chirk Castle, Erddig, water sports at Bala, Lake Vyrnwy and Snowdon are all an easy drive. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, (one 5ft), both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Access to adjacent field. Two dogs welcome (to be kept on a lead at all times, sheep country). No smoking. NB: Pond in owners’ grounds, 50 yards. Stream and steep banks in adjacent field.

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  • Mytton Oak

    Shrewsbury

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 31146


    Spend the day exploring Shrewsbury and its many listed buildings, or enjoy one of the various outdoor activities nearby. Shrewsbury is one of England’s finest medieval market towns, surrounded by glorious countryside and near to the Welsh Borders. It boasts over 600 listed buildings, including the castle, now a regimental museum, and the world-famous Shrewsbury Abbey, home of the fictional Brother Cadfael. Charles Darwin was born and educated in Shrewsbury, and all around you will find reminders of his association with the town. The River Severn forms a loop around the town centre, offering gentle riverside walks, or you can enjoy a trip on the pleasure boat Sabrina. Next to the river, you can relax in the beautiful Quarry Park, location for the annual Shrewsbury Flower Show. All areas of Shropshire are easily accessible, including Ironbridge, Bridgenort, Much Wenlock, Long Mynd and Cardingmill Valley. There are NT properties within an hour’s drive, the nearest being Attingham Park, Powys Castle, Chirk Castle and Erddig. Activities in and around Shropshire include quad trekking, paintballing, mountain boarding, gliding, clay pigeon shooting and a wide variety of walks. Shop 50 yards, pub 1/3 mile and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor and bi-fold doors. Second living room. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (6ft), one with wooden floor, 1 single. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating (underfloor central heating downstairs), gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Four Freeview HD TVs. Digital home cinema. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large, lawned garden with decked patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Slate sitting-out area and furniture. Fire basket. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Havelock Cottage

    Much Wenlock

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: RY6

    Set on the edge of one of Shropshire’s most quintessentially English towns, this well-presented, detached, limestone holiday cottage has been furnished to a high standard throughout. Set along a main road, there is easy access to Much Wenlock with its variety of shops and restaurants, as well as St Millburga’s Abbey, holy wells, whipping posts and Olympian artefacts. Most of the buildings are architectural gems from the medieval, Georgian and Victorian eras. Walks from the door lead along the magnificent Wenlock Edge escarpment, and easy drives to Church Stretton (with gliding centre), Cardingmill Valley, Ironbridge, Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury. Shops 500 yards, pub within a mile.

    Living room with electric ‘wood burner’. Dining room. Well-equipped kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Electricity ‘woodburner’ included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • No smoking

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  • 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.

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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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  • 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.

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