Close to Bishops Castle and Clun lies a delightful 18th Century, stone built barn converted to a holiday cottage, situated on a 4.5 acre Eco Friendly Smallholding that is the perfect retreat for peace and quiet. The holiday cottage is on the outskirts of the hamlet of Mainstone in the delightful South Shropshire Hills. The holiday cottage is surrounded by wooded pastures and distant views of Stiperstones and Long Mynd Hills.
The Old Cwm Barn is a comfortable, well equipped cottage that includes a spacious triple aspect sitting room with superb views and three lovely bedrooms (2 x double, 1 x single), a bathroom with corner bath and telephone style hand shower, basin and WC plus an extra downstairs toilet. The modern fitted kitchen with dining area includes an oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher. There is also a large entrance/utility area with a separate toilet, washing machine and dryer. Next to the kitchen is a light and airy comfortable sitting room with views of the rolling hills. The large garden boasts a spring fed stream, with decking over, ideal for dining alfresco. Within the 4.5 acres there is an enclosed nature area with a quarter acre duck pond teeming with birds and next door are rare breed pigs and Cotswold Sheep. Also on site are chickens and ducks for fresh eggs and a very friendly veteran horse.
Much wildlife is evident including badgers, foxes and a huge number of song birds as well as buzzards, sparrow hawks and owls - we have even had our own nesting kestrels. A short drive away are the market towns of Ludlow, Church Stretton and Welshpool, plus many more of the finest attractions of South Shropshire and the Welsh Marches.
The Old Cwm Barn is located one mile from Mainstone, five and a half miles from Bishop's Castle, six miles from Clun and sixteen miles from Ludlow.
Mainstone is a tiny, rural hamlet located in beautiful countryside known as the Marches, the English/Welsh borderlands. The hamlet is just five and a half miles from the fascinating market town of Bishop's Castle, which is situated in the outstanding natural beauty of the South West Shropshire Hills. Bishop's Castle boasts a medieval castle mound, a wealth of timbered buildings including the unusual Elizabethan House on Crutches, heritage trails and an impressive choice of quality shops, pubs and restaurants, including the famous Three Tuns Inn Brewery, which produces renowned real ales. The town enjoys weekly markets, festivals such as the famous Annual Real Ale Festival and regular fairs, with the Michaelmas Fair being particularly popular.
This is a great location for children, dogs, walkers, cyclists, anglers and birdwatchers and for touring the Welsh Marches and rural Shropshire. Take a two hour scenic walk, taking in Offa's Dyke, starting directly from the smallholding. Discover the Clun and Kerry Forests, the South Shropshire Hills, medieval Ludlow (with its historic racecourse where racing dates back to 1729) and Shrewsbury, Stokesay Castle and the Ironbridge Gorge, all within easy reach, while nearby attractions include Powis Castle and the Severn Valley Railway. Anglers can enjoy good coarse fishing for barbel and chub available not far away on the Teme, river trout and grayling on the Monnow and other Welsh Marches rivers, and a nice stocked stillwater trout fishery at Delbury Hall. Shooting is available at Minsterley Ranges on the way to Shrewsbury. Play golf at Ludlow or horse riding in Lydbury North. A superb holiday hideaway for that relaxing break.
Full oil central heating. Gas (LPG) oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, larder fridge, washing machine and tumbledryer in heated utility room, 48 inch flat screen TV with Sky Freeview, CD Player/Radio, DVD, free unlimited wireless broadband. All fuel and power included in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot, highchair and stairgate on request. Off road parking for three cars. Lockable bike storage. Enclosed lawned garden with natural spring fed stream and decked sitting area with garden furniture, BBQ and Wendy House. Well behaved dogs welcome. Sorry no smoking.
Shops/pubs/restaurants five and a half miles. Note: Property is accessed via farm track with a steep concreted descent at the end - take care during winter weather. Note: Although stream is shallow, please take care.
Shropshire, alternatively known as Salop or abbreviated Shrops, is a county in the West Midlands region of England. It borders Wales to the west. Shropshire is one of England's most rural and sparsely populated counties, with the population of the non-metropolitan/shire county 289,100 - making it the least populated two-tier governed area in the United Kingdom. The shire county and its districts will be replaced with a unitary authority on 1st April 2009. The borough of Telford and Wrekin, included in Shropshire for ceremonial purposes, has been a unitary authority since 1998.
The county town is Shrewsbury, which is culturally and historically important, although Telford, which was constructed around a number of older towns, most notably Wellington, Dawley and Madeley, is today the most populous. Other notable towns are Oswestry in the north-west, Bridgnorth in the south-east and Ludlow to the south. The Ironbridge Gorge area is advertised as the 'Birthplace of Industry', and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, covering Ironbridge, Coalbrookdale and a part of Madeley. There are additionally other notable historic industrial sites located around the county such as Broseley, Snailbeach and Highley as well as the Shropshire Union Canal.
The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers about a quarter of the county, mainly in the south. The Wrekin is one of the most famous natural landmarks in the county, though the highest hills are the Clee Hills, Stiperstones and the Long Mynd. Wenlock Edge is another significant geographical and geological landmark, and the River Severn, Great Britain's longest river, runs through the county. Shropshire is landlocked, and with an area of 1,346 square miles, is England's largest inland county.
|Weekly Rental Rates|
|High Chair Available|
The Cottage is available for the following types of breaks (up to 3 nights): Winter Break, Off Season Break, Last Minute Break.
Available: Throughout 'Winter' period.
Price: 3 night Winter Short Break price quoted in pricing panel. Extra nights charged pro rata of weekly rental.
|Off Season Break|
Bookable: Within one calendar month of the start date.
Available: From 27 September - 30 October 2010.
Price: 3 night price calculated as 75% of the weekly rental, or the Winter Short Break price if higher. Extra nights charged pro rata of weekly rental.
|Last Minute Break|
Bookable: Within one week of the start date.
Available: 'Low', 'Mid', 'High' and 'Peak' season weeks.
Price: 3 night price calculated as 65% of the weekly rental, or the Winter Short Break price if higher. Extra nights charged pro rata of weekly rental.
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