Green Holiday Barns
Spectacular views and perfect peace are two of the qualities that guests value most about Green Holiday Barns, modern and comfortable self catering accommodation created from ancient farm buildings overlooking the Shropshire countryside.
They also love the sounds of contented sheep and cattle grazing the pastureland around, along with the buzzards and other wildlife that pop over to visit.
Situated in the dramatic Clee Hills between Ludlow and Bridgnorth, Green Holiday Barns are two very reasonably priced barn conversions which are tastefully decorated, fully equipped and furnished to high standards, retaining their character charm. Stable Barn sleeps six in two doubles (one en suite) and a twin room. Cow Shed Barn has a double and a single room plus a wetroom shower.
A shared patio makes the most of those striking views, but many visitors strike out on local footpaths including the Shropshire Way. The village of Wheathill, within walking distance, has a convivial pub in which to enjoy a meal and a sociable evening.
Owner Judy Harvey and her husband, Peter, live next door and are always on hand to ensure guests have everything they need.
“We love it here because of the peace and quiet,” says Judy. “If a car goes by you crane your neck to see if it’s anyone you know!”
Lower Hill Campsite
Panoramic views of unspoilt Shropshire countryside are among the priceless qualities to be enjoyed at Lower Hill Farm Campsite. With glamping accommodation and pitches for caravans, motorhomes and tents, the spot is exquisitely sited against the woodland of the Wenlock Edge. It hugs the boundary of the celebrated Long Mynd Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty managed by the National Trust.
This family run site is on a 230 acre working farm which adjoins the Shropshire Way long distance path. It is only seven miles from Ironbridge Gorge, the ‘Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution’, with its famous museums and scenic section of the River Severn. Other places within easy reach include the historic towns of Shrewsbury and Ludlow and the shopping hotspot of Telford.
The glampsite has a variety of pet friendly accommodation including four pods sleeping two or four people, five spacious fully equipped yurts with log burners and – perfect for larger families – a safari tent with log burner, fridge, comfy seating and TV. A shepherd’s hut and a log cabin are being added new for 2019 by owners Rita McCowan and her mother, Barbara Corfield.
Rita says: “Every pitch has got a fantastic view and there are many beautiful walks. It’s a very central location, so absolutely ideal for family meet-ups.”
Three generations go comfortably into one spacious self catering holiday home at The Holt in Church Stretton, a large house overlooking the famous hills of the Long Mynd in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Holt is exceptional family friendly accommodation which now wins the Living in the Shires magazine Award of Excellence as Self Catering Accommodation of the Year in the Church Stretton area.
This hillside house has a balcony with seating and a barbecue offering amazing views of the Long Mynd, which makes this area famously good for walking, cycling, horse riding and even gliding and ballooning.
The Holt has a comfortable living room and well equipped kitchen/diner both opening on to the balcony, then there are three bedrooms, two with king sized beds and one en-suite with space for an extra single bed and cot. The third bedroom has twin beds and there is a family bathroom with bath and shower, a downstairs shower room and a utility room for laundering muddy clothes. A sofa bed sleeps two more people.
“I’ve really aimed for quality,” says owner Di Roach. “It’s not posh but it is comfortable so people can really relax and enjoy their holiday.”
Church Stretton itself is a market town full of high quality independent shops, tea rooms and amenities providing everything needed for an enjoyable stay.
Holidaymakers can relax in stylish 4 Star self catering accommodation at Rowton Manor Cottage, part of a Grade 2 listed 17th century manor house hidden away in beautiful Shropshire countryside near ancient Ludlow and Ironbridge Gorge, the ‘Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution’.
Rowton Manor Cottage wins this magazine’s Award of Excellence as Cottage Accommodation of the Year in Craven Arms on the borderlands between England and Wales. known for both gripping history and breathtaking scenery.
The ancient cottage, part of the Grade II listed manor, has been expertly converted to modern holiday accommodation designed to be flexible with four large double or twin bedrooms and home comforts including an Aga cooker, a wood burning stove, washing machine, dishwasher, TV and DVD.
The main house has three bedrooms, a kitchen/diner and a comfortable sitting room. The second floor suite has a super king sized bed which can be split into singles, an en-suite bathroom and an open plan living area with a kitchen/diner and seating area.
“It’s very peaceful here but there’s a lot to do,” say owners Linda and Charlie Prince.
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