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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
16
Bedrooms
7
Pets
1
The Knowle Ref: RCCL

The Knowle is a large, Grade II listed, part-Georgian, part-Victorian house adjoining another property. Enoying a prominent position within a mile of Bridgnorth, it is located in the heart of the Shropshire countryside overlooking the River Severn. The spacious gardens of approximately ¾ of an acre feature a large barbecue area, plus a climbing frame and a swing for children. Internally, this holiday property boasts good-sized rooms ideal for family or group get-togethers, a snooker/billiard room and wi-fi. There is easy access to the town and the River Severn, and it is just a 2-minute walk to the local pub and restaurant. Local attractions include the Cliff Railway, the Severn Valley Railway and Visitor Centre, Ironbridge Gorge and Blists Hill Victorian Town museums. Walking, cycling, golf, fishing and horse riding nearby. Shop 1½ miles, pub 200 yards.

Large living room. Dining room with three steps down to kitchen with breakfast area. Games room with TV. Utility. Two separate toilets. First floor: Sitting room. Double bedroom with 6ft bed, en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two double bedrooms each with TV; one with additional bunk bed (for +2 children). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom leading to twin bedroom (for +2). Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating included, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Eight TVs
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large garden with children’s play area
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Games room with snooker/billiard table
  • No smoking
  • Friday to
    Friday

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£1253-£3152
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Wharf Cottage Ref: 25662

Fishing rights on the River Roden

A fabulous, detached, single-storey dwelling within the grounds of the owners home, very well kept with good size rooms and manicured lawns. The River Roden runs along the edge of the grounds with fishing rights. In a lovely village, this property is well placed for exploring Shropshire and walking and cycling the Mysterious Marshes. The historic town of Shrewsbury, 5 miles, has excellent shops, restaurants, museums and river boat trips. Ludlow, Acton Scott Museum, Ironbridge, the Long Mynd, golf, horse riding, plenty of castles and NT homes and gardens are close by. Pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Large, enclosed, lawned garden. Ample parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Steps to garden. Unfenced river 250 yards.

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£225-£526
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Greyling Cottage Ref: 26252

A lovely three storey town house in the centre of Ludlow, down one of the most expensive rows in the town. With much to offer, the town itself is a lively and unspoilt market town, with great charm and character it breathes history at every turn. Alongside the independent shops are the traditional market and award winning restaurants. For those wishing to explore the countryside, the town’s outskirts are surrounded by the beautiful and unspoilt Welsh Marches. Tourist attractions are plentiful and include the Secret Hills Discovery Centre, Acton Scott Working Farm Museum, Ludlow Castle and racecourse. Horse riding nearby. Ideal for golf. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Wooden floor throughout. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

Gas central heating included (£30per week, £15 per short break November-March). Electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden. Public car park 200 yards. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 4 steps in garden.

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£305-£825
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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 5 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2

Situated in the heart of the south Shropshire countryside, Kingfisher Cottage occupies an outstanding position overlooking the Severn Valley and Chelmarsh Reservoir. This thoughtfully designed, spacious, detached holiday cottage is perfect for family gatherings and groups. The large family kitchen with glazed dining area overlooks the garden and outside patio area, whilst the spacious comfortable living room offers a wood-burning stove for cosy evenings in. The property has the added benefit of a ground floor en-suite bedroom, as well as five further en-suite bedrooms on the first floor. The gardens and barbecue area provide wonderful waterside views.
Surrounded by the owners’ farmland, with footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes from the doorstep, Kingfisher Cottage is the perfect country retreat. Another popular pastime in the area is fishing, which is available for guests of the cottage on Chelmarsh Reservoir and also on the River Severn (day permits can be purchased from local fishing tackle shops). Ideally located near to the historic town of Bridgnorth and the Severn Valley railway, with RAF Cosford a short drive away, the cottage makes an ideal base for touring. The Ironbridge Gorge Museum and the hills of the Long Mynd and Wenlock Edge are about 10 miles away, whilst there are many interesting walks from the door as well as numerous picturesque villages waiting to be explored. Further afield a great place for a day trip is the West Midlands Safari Park. Shops 3 miles, pub ½ mile.

Large living room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen/dining room. Twin bedroom with zip & link beds and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, two additional single beds (for +2) and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Four twin bedrooms, each with zip & link beds and en-suite shower room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 8 cars)
  • Grazing and stabling for horses available
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

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£944-£2715
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
The Pigsty Cottage 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.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Underfloor CH and elec £20 pw, £10 per short break. Bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. Freeview TV. DVD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking. Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Steps in garden, pond in paddock.

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£245-£523
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Views over Wenlock Edge

Near Much Wenlock, in the village of Harley in Shropshire, these 2 spacious, adjoining holiday cottages (refs 28382 and 28383)look out over fields to the ever-changing woodland of the Wenlock Edge. These holiday cottages have been converted from a large stone barn to offer spacious and comfortable family accommodation through the year. Decorated and furnished to a very good standard, with period features on show, the properties feature original wooden beams and stone walls. Centrally located between the medieval towns of Shrewsbury, a large town with shops, a castle, theatre, riverside boat trip, abbey and museums, and Much Wenlock, a stunningly beautiful, historic town home to the modern Olympics and many unique shops, inns, tea rooms, a popular family butcher, a 12th-century priory and museum. There is easy access to many attractions such as Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Blists Hill Victorian Town, Attingham Park and Cardingmill Valley (both part of NT properties), Acton Scott ‘Victorian Farm’ and the Severn Valley Railway in Bridgnorth. For the more adventurous, enjoy pony trekking on Wenlock Edge, clay pigeon shooting, hill walking, cycling and a glider centre. Garage 2 miles. There is a country pub 5 minutes walk from the property. Shops and restaurants 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with dining area. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom.

Large enclosed patio and furniture.

All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Ample parking. Shared cycle store on request. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£570-£570
Shortlist
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
Shortlist
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
2
Glebe Barn Ref: 26129

Set in beautiful countryside, Glebe Barn is the perfect location to enjoy the fabulous scenery of the surrounding area. Views all across Shropshire can be seen from all sides of the property. The popular market town of Bewdley is only a short drive away with quaint tea shops, restaurants and antiques shops. The River Severn runs through the town and guests can enjoy a spot of fishing or a riverside stroll. Cleobury Mortimer is also only a four mile journey away and offers pubs, restaurants and a golf course. Ludlow, Tenbury Wells, Ironbridge Gorge and the Severn Valley are all within an easy drive and good hill walking is accessible via Clee Hill and Long Mynd. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Ecomony 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Garden with sitting-out area. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Friday to Friday.

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£195-£578
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Bothy Ref: E2934

In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this historic 18th-century, Grade II listed cottage stands in the centre of the charming village of Clun, just a short stroll from two pubs serving excellent food and shops offering local produce. Skilfully restored in rustic style, with oak beams throughout and large inglenook fireplace in the living room. It enjoys a private patio and shared use of spacious lawned gardens leading down to the River Clun. Excellent circular walks are close by, and Ludlow (with gourmet restaurants), Shrewsbury and Ironbridge are easily accessible.

Ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen. Steep stairs to first floor: Double galleried bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, toilet and sloping ceiling.

Gas wood burner in living room inc. Elec heaters, elec, bed linen and towels inc. DVD. Stereo/CD. T/cot. H/chair. M/wave. Payphone. Patio and furniture. Shared garden. Parking. Fishing foc. No smoking. NB: Unfenced river in grounds.

WAS
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£245-£523
Shortlist
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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