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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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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

This charming and historic Grade II listed ironworker’s cottage featured at Blists Hill Victorian Museum retains original features including a restored 1840 Victorian cast iron bed, an original Coalbrookdale fireplace as well as a feature inglenook and Belfast sink in the kitchen. The holiday cottage stands at the end of a small terrace in this World Heritage Site, only a few yards from the Iron Bridge with views over the River Severn in the gorge. Much Wenlock, Bridgnorth, Ludlow and NT properties are an easy drive. Walks include the Wrekin, Wenlock Edge and the Long Mynd. Fishing, golf and leisure activities. Shops, pubs and restaurants 150 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Narrow stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

Open fire in living/dining room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. 24hr laundry service available. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Extensive enclosed garden. Enclosed patio and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking.

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£196-£604
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Situated in a peaceful location

These beautiful barn conversions are situated within the grounds of Woodhouse Farm. Both holiday properties have been tastefully furnished throughout with a private patio area to the rear and lawned gardens. An excellent holiday base for exploring the Shropshire and mid Wales borderlands. Close to the villages of Minsterley and Pontesbury, and a short drive from medieval Shrewsbury, Attingham Park (NT), Long Mynd and glider centre. Visit Church Stretton, a quaint town full of independent and antique shops and Ludlow with its castle, famous eateries and racecourse. Home cooked meals can be provided by arrangement from the farmhouse kitchen. Properties 15965 and 28099 can be booked together to accommodate up to 11 guests. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Oil central heating, gas, electricity included (£25per week, £15 per short break November-March). Bed linen and towels included. travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared large garden. Private patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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£274-£728
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
20
Bedrooms
10
Pets
3

This large and finely restored period property is situated within extensive and picturesque parkland and provides every modern day comfort and style.

Dating back to the 16th century, Henley Farmhouse occupies an idyllic position affording uninterrupted views from south-facing lawns and patios, towards Wenlock Edge and Flanders Folly. Thoughtfully appointed and boasting a wealth of period features including beamed ceilings, oak floors and open fires, this is a desirable and spacious ten-bedroom character property.
Restored to an excellent standard, it provides large relaxing and entertaining space including dining for 20, two spacious living rooms and a separate children’s play area. There is a bespoke farmhouse-style kitchen and convenient secondary kitchen/utility. Its ample bedrooms are thoughtfully appointed and there are nine bath/shower rooms, seven en suite. The property is furnished throughout with a mix of new and antique andthe use of traditional English fabrics.
Very popular with families and groups of friends, Henley Farmhouse achieves many repeat bookings, not least as it can be adapted to suit the individual needs of larger parties, with six of the ten bedrooms offering either twins or doubles.
Accommodation: Entrance porch/boot room. Large beamed living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace. Beamed sitting room with open fire in stone fireplace. Dining room with feature fireplace and table seating 20. Well-equipped, bespoke farmhouse-style kitchen with two gas/electric ranges and island. Children’s play area with adjacent kitchen/utility. Beamed double bedroom with 6ft bed (can form two 3ft singles). Wet room and toilet. Separate toilet. Three staircases to separate areas of the first floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, and one with oak floor. Two large double bedrooms, each with 6ft bed (can form two 3ft singles) and feature fireplace; one with inter-connecting door to bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, and one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two further double bedrooms, each with 6ft bed (can form two 3ft singles); one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, and one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Three staircases to separate areas of the second floor: Two double bedrooms, each with beamed sloping ceiling; one with en-suite bathroom with centre stage roll-top bath and toilet, and one with roll-top bath within bedroom and en-suite toilet. Twin bedroom with two 3ft single beds (can form 6ft double) with wooden floor and sloping ceiling.


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 BBC TV 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’s 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 house, with a la carte catering available to pre-book for special occasions.
Henley Farmhouse is one of three holiday houses at Acton Scott. The Shooting Lodge is a finely restored and spacious character property set in its own private grounds, sleeps 8+3, ref RNP. Henley Cottage, an authentic Victorian farm labourer’s cottage, as seen on TV, sleeps 4+1, ref ROO4. All three properties may be rented together or individually, to accommodate the needs of larger parties.
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

  • Electricity and full gas central heating included
  • Two cots
  • Two high chairs
  • Two TVs
  • Two DVDs
  • Two gas/electric ranges included
  • Two microwaves
  • Two dishwashers
  • Two fridge/freezers
  • Wi-fi broadband available £15 per week, £10 per short break
  • Large secure south-facing garden with patio and furniture

  • Open fire(s) - initial fuel inc, thereafter avail at cost
  • Bed linen and towels inc
  • Video
  • Radio/cassette/CD
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • BBQ
  • Ample parking
  • Secure cycle storage
  • External table tennis room
  • Home cooked meals and farm shop food deliveries by arr
  • Easy walking access
  • Friday to Friday
  • Shop 2½ miles, pub 1½ mile

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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£1871-£5249
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Rose Cottage Ref: E4791

Amidst the beautiful rolling countryside of the borderlands of England and Wales, these charming renovated barn conversions offer stylish and very comfortable accommodation including their own blissful hot tubs. Decorations and tree for Christmas bookings are provided. Set within the grounds of the owners’ smallholding, they lie just 1.5 miles from Oswestry, a historic market town with good restaurants, shops and pubs. The surrounding area holds a wealth of delights including magnificent castles at Powys and Chirk (home to the Myddelton family for over 400 years) and Erdigg House with its woodland walks and horse drawn carriage rides (all NT). Also within easy reach, the Ironbridge Gorge museums make a fascinating day out, and LLangollen boasts a steam railway and narrow boat canal trips crossing the famous Pontcysyllte aqueduct. Wonderful walking on the Offa’s Dyke long distance footpath, golf and fishing are all available nearby. Pub 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. Shower room (no toilet). First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Sloping ceilings throughout.

Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided).

Both properties: Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. Three Freeview TVs. DVDs. iPod dock. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Garden. Patio and furniture. Parking. Hot tub. Stabling and paddock for horses foc (by arrangement). Private water supply. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. Friday to Friday.

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£270-£704
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Crabapple Peace Ref: RW9

Set in the heart of rural Shropshire, Crabapple Peace is a traditional stone-built cottage and is the ideal base for touring and exploring this delightful corner of England. Standing detached, the cottage has been sympathetically renovated and provides modern facilities yet has retained a feeling of an ‘olde-world’ cottage, with a multi-fuel stove within an inglenook fireplace. Excellent walking and cycling is available and makes the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful countryside.

Beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace, and sofa-bed (alternative sleeping only). Galley-style fitted kitchen. Separate toilet. Original winding stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • Video
  • Microwave
  • Laundry facilities (by arrangement with owner)
  • Garden with patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 1 car)

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£289-£503
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Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
0
Pets
1

Perfect touring location

This cosy, detached, studio bungalow, more suited for a couple, stands in the grounds of a large house. It is a perfect location for exploring some of England’s most beautiful countryside. There are local walks, cycle trails, horse riding, golf and fishing close by and the famous Clee, Caradoc and Long Mynd Hills, known as Little Switzerland, are within easy reach. Enjoy famous Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury and Ludlow with medieval castles, excellent shops, pubs/restaurants and riverside walks. Discover The Severn Valley Railway, Bewdley Safari Park, Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Wroxeter Roman city and much more. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining/bedroom area with double bed. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared enclosed garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£150-£358
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2

Magnificent views

This detached stone farmhouse nestles on the hillside, 25 yards from the owner’s house and surrounded by farmland in this AONB with magnificent views south to the Long Mynd. It has its own access and parking. Four pubs and the village shop are within easy reach of this tranquil setting. Several other pubs are within a short car journey. The town of Bishop’s Castle is ten minutes away, with a wonderful delicatessen and several interesting cafes and pubs, two of which brew their own beer. The gastronomic centre of Ludlow with its market and castle and the fascinating Coalbrookdale museums at Ironbridge are about half an hour away as is the county town of Shrewsbury with all modern facilities including theatre, multiplex cinema and many restaurants is 20 minutes’ drive. Walking, gliding, paragliding and pony trekking are amongst the numerous outdoor holiday activities the area is famous for. The Long Mynd, Offa’s Dyke, the Shropshire Way and the Stiperstones are all nearby. Shops, pubs and restaurant 1¼ miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating £40per week October-March, £30per week April-September. Electricity and towels included. Bed linen hire. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from borehole. Two dogs welcome (to be kept on lead at all times - sheep country). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£773-£1500
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

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 toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Partial NSH, oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Video. 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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£281-£761
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

This peaceful, rural retreat, awarded ‘5 Stars’ by VisitBritain, enjoys views over open countryside and mature woodland. A detached, period, listed cottage, with exposed beams, it is set within the owners’ 5-acre grounds. An ideal holiday base from which to tour the spectacular countryside of Shropshire and The Marches, medieval Shrewsbury, Ironbridge, Ellesmere Lakes and Llangollen are accessible. Hawkstone Park follies, Oswestry, Wroxeter’s Roman ruins and vineyard are within easy driving distance, as are many National Trust properties. Riding, swimming, fishing and golf available locally. Shrewsbury 3½ miles. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Entrance via secluded garden. Ground floor: Hall. Beamed living room with open fire and door to garden. Dining room with beams and quarry-tiled floor. Fully fitted kitchen. Single bedroom with en-suite bathroom with electric shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Two beamed double bedrooms, each with sloping ceiling; one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Open fire - logs included
  • Electricity, full central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large lawned garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Welcome grocery pack
  • No smoking
  • NB: Stream with steep banks at garden boundary

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£397-£753
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Sun Cottage Ref: RT5

A visit to Sun Cottage will be a delight, with a warm welcome, comfort, peace and tranquillity. At the heart of the conservation village of Norbury, famous for its ancient yew tree, the adjoining holiday cottage offers a relaxed atmosphere with wood-burning stove, south-facing terrace and garden. It is perfect for those seeking to explore the area on foot, bicycle or by car. Horse riding can also be found locally. South Shropshire and the Marches have myths and legends as well as delightful market towns, castles and villages. The Long Mynd, Shropshire Way and Stiperstones are accessed from front door and Offa’s Dyke is just over the hill. If guests can drag themselves away in the evening, the Coach House restaurant lies in the village, whilst pubs offering local beer and home cooked food are a mile or so away. Shop and pubs 11/2 miles.

Living room with wood-burning stove. Fitted kitchen/dining area with feature fireplace. Steep stairs to first floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • 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
  • Radio/TV/DVD
  • Video available
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed south-facing garden and terrace
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • No smoking

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£437-£437
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Bulkeley Wing Ref: RD8

Built in 1720 by Bulkeley Mackworth, and set in a prominent location within 18 acres of parkland, the apartment [right in photograph] of this Queen Anne mansion has been restored with character and style. With views to the Welsh hills over open countryside, the accommodation offered is of a very high standard, with comfort and all modern conveniences. An enormous games room with a full-sized snooker table, table tennis and darts allows for friendly competition in front of a roaring fire. Within the grounds lies a lake, with coarse fishing available by prior arrangement, whilst guests have use of their own secluded courtyard area.
Home of the gingerbread, the attractive town of Market Drayton was once famed for its Damson Fairs, and many Draytonarians continue the tradition with damson feasts each autumn. Keen walkers can follow the trails of the famous Clive of India or the unusual bloodthirsty ‘Murder and Mayhem’ track, whilst a wild animal trail offers a rather more sedate option for the children! Market Drayton is the ideal base for touring Stoke and the Potteries, Ironbridge, Shrewsbury and North Wales. The Shropshire union canal winds it way close to the town, its tow paths, flights of locks and breathtaking aqueduct well worth a visit. Nearby you can find award-winning gardens, such as Hodnet, Wollerton Old Hall and Hawkstone Park, with its golf course and unique landscape of caves, woodland and follies. Horse riding and golf nearby. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

Spiral staircase to first floor: Large living room with open fire. Spacious modern fitted kitchen with dining area. Three double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, one with en-suite shower room with high pressure shower and toilet, and one with wash basin and toilet. Two twin bedrooms with an interconnecting door (and each with a separate entrance from corridor), each with en-suite bathroom with shower attachments and toilet.

  • Open fire – fuel included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Three Cots
  • High chair
  • Sky TV
  • DVD
  • Video
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Small courtyard with patio and furniture
  • Shared grounds of 18 acres with fishing by arrangement
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (3 cars)
  • Games room with full-size billiards table (shared with adjoining cottage)
  • Unsuitable for the infirm (steps to first floor entrance)
  • NB: Lake in grounds

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£634-£1953
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Cottage Farm Ref: E5044

Peacefully situated in a delightful rural location, this charming detached cottage offers supremely comfortable and spacious accommodation with a wealth of exposed beams, period features and a log fire. Its lovely garden encompasses lawns and patios overlooking the beautiful Shropshire countryside, and glorious country walks can be enjoyed from the doorstep. Just 6 miles away, the medieval black and white town of Much Wenlock offers a fine selection of shops, inns and restaurants and wonderful views over Wenlock Edge escarpment. This is the town that inspired today’s modern Olympics and visitors can explore a magnificent collection of Olympian artefacts in the local museum. Further afield, there are numerous places of interest including Ironbridge Gorge, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and now the picturesque setting for fascinating museums. The ancient town of Shrewsbury, almost completely surrounded by the River Severn, is known for its beautifully preserved timber-framed buildings and elegant Georgian architecture while historic Ludlow boasts two Michelin starred restaurants and some very fine food shops. Its castle is also impressive, as is nearby Stokesay Castle. Golf, pony trekking and quad biking are all available nearby. Shop 6 miles, pub serving food 4 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Second living room/snug with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. Second kitchen with sitting area and sofa bed. Utility room. Separate toilet. Most rooms with wooden floors. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 3 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel inc). Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. Freeview TV/DVDs. CDs. M/waves. W/machine. D/washers. Freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Gas BBQ. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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