Escape to the country and “Shelve all your worries” in our ideal retreats for couples. Try a luxury relaxing self-catering holiday in the beautiful Shropshire Hills – the perfect getaway destination. Stunning views, wonderful walking, peace and comfort, in easy reach of Ludlow, Shrewsbury, the Ironbridge Gorge, Long Mynd and the Stiperstones Hills.
There are two comfortable holiday lets at Lower Farm in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, each ideal for one or two people -Cranberry Cottage and Stiperstones View. Both provide lovely self-catering accommodation recognised with a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2017/18.
The small village of Shelve enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding hills, from the Stiperstones in the east to the majestic Corndon Hill just over the Welsh Marches border to the west, dark skies and tranquillity. Shelve is between Bishops Castle, Church Stretton, Montgomery and Shrewsbury.
The 21st-century conversion from a cow byre is a cosy and stylish holiday cottage hideaway for two people. This accommodation in the Shropshire Hills gives a luxury rural retreat with peace and tranquillity. Situated a short distance from the owners’ house, the old farmyard stone walls create shelter and privacy without impeding the interlocking views down the valley. The cottage accommodation consists: a large open-plan electrically heated living room with wood-burning stove, picture window and flat screen television; fully equipped kitchen/dining area with oven, hob, microwave, fridge, and dishwasher; one separate double bedroom (Kingsize Bed); shower room with hand basin and WC. There is a double sofa-bed in the living room for separate sleeping. Floor area is 44sq m, 475 sq ft.
A separate laundry room in an adjacent building has washing machine, tumble-dryer, indoor drying space and a shared freezer. There is a lot of space for car parking, and a sheltered courtyard area with garden table, parasol and chairs. The cottage is all on one level, with a ramp to the door, so it is suitable for some visitors with disabilities and/or restricted mobility – we would be happy to discuss the possibilities with you.
This cottage is pet-friendly for small well-behaved dogs, provided they are kept separate from the sleeping areas at night. We make a small charge of £15 per dog to cover provision and laundry of additional furniture covers. Dogs must be accompanied at all times and kept on a lead.
This comfortable holiday let provides the ideal location for a peaceful, relaxing break. The self-catering apartment is reached by a fairly steep staircase to an expansive space which once housed farm workers, and has perhaps the best views on the whole property, both to the east to Stiperstones and also south with a range of interlocking hills. The accommodation comprises a modern kitchen with fridge, oven, hob, microwave and dishwasher, plus a table and chairs for dining; a shower room with shower, hand basin and WC; and a large airy bed-sitting room with kingsize double bed, windows on two sides giving lovely views, lounge area with flatscreen television and DVD player. Total floor area is 45sq m, or 485 sq ft.
There is plenty of wardrobe and storage space in this holiday cottage, and always a choice of pillows and additional bedding, while a ceiling fan allows for greater circulation of air when it is hot. For those wanting to sleep individually, the bed splits into two single beds.
There is a separate laundry room downstairs with washing machine, tumble-dryer, indoor drying space and a freezer which visitors share with Cranberry Cottage.
There is ample space for parking and a private patio area with outdoor table and chairs, giving fine views down the valley, and catching the afternoon sun. This is an adult only property so no noisy children to disturb you.
For visitors with restricted mobility, Stiperstones View is not as suitable as Cranberry Cottage. Stiperstones View is pet-free, catering for guests with allergies to cats or dogs.
Rent includes bed-linen, towels and electricity. Also provided are normal kitchen consumables like washing up liquid, dishcloth, pan scrubber, tea towels and dishwasher tablets, plus hand soap for the kitchen and bathroom. We provide a small welcome basket with sachets of tea, coffee hot chocolate, sugar, biscuits and homemade preserves. Seasonal-dependent “Fruits of the farm” are available – fresh soft fruits and eggs in particular. One basket of logs is provided in Cranberry Cottage, additional baskets can be bought for £5, or you can obtain seasoned firewood from local shops.
Lower Farm is a smallholding in the Shropshire Hills AONB. The house and outbuildings have been lovingly restored using sustainable materials and traditional building techniques. This has created two generously proportioned, luxury, airy, beamed, holiday cottages. You are welcome to wander over our four acres of pastureland, which are home to a couple of dozen sheep. The vegetable garden, from which visitors enjoy produce in season, is run on organic principles.
Friday and Monday are normal changeover days in these holiday rentals, but short break enquiries of 2 nights or more are welcome.
Things to Do in the Shropshire Hills
Walking in the Shropshire Hills
This is walking country. Whether you want a half-hour stroll to Shelve Pool, a 2-hour trip to sample the cakes at The Bog Visitor Centre or a day’s ramble over the Devil’s Chair, Lower Farm is the ideal starting point.
There are a variety of walks starting from the property, ranging from a leisurely stroll to Shelve Pool (a SSSI due to the way the vegetation grows on the water surface), a trip round ancient mine remains, or a longer walk to Bishops castle on the Shropshire Way. All these walks are feasible without a car.
A short drive from Lower Farm, the Long Mynd and the Stretton Hills are a walker’s paradise, with many quiet footpaths through breathtaking scenery, and a good supply of friendly food-pubs. If visiting between May and September the Stiperstones & Long Mynd shuttle bus gives access to the area and more linear walks.
With the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve, just a short walk away the variety of birdlife is exceptional, and great variety can be seen straight from the window. Whilst being predominantly upland vegetation with the wet ground many waders call this home – in particular the endangered Curlew. Roundton Hill Nature Reserve is about 3 miles away, as is Hope Valley reserve. The Red Kite feeding station at Grigin Farm is just over an hour away
Ballooning across Shropshire Hills
We are midway between two launch sites for Ian Bridge ballooning, or he can even take off up the road if the wind is right. We tried it – and loved it, see the balloon page on our website
Eating and drinking
There are a range of local hostelries, breweries and basic through to fancy restaurants. Our most local is the Stiperstones Inn which has great value pub food with a superb welcome. It’s 40 minutes to walk there – and a bit longer on the way back:-) Then there is the Crown at Wentnor for pies – proper pastry filled with meat not just a pastry topping. Bishops Castle has 2 breweries, there’s another at Clun, one near Craven Arms and one in Ludlow plus another couple in Shrewsbury. Plus a couple of vineyards
We don’t keep fishing tackle , but if you have put in your rods then Onny Vale Trout and Coarse Fishery is close – if you wanted to walk, there is a public footpath from here, it’s probably a mile-and-a-half each way. Springlea Fishery is halfway to Shrewsbury with coarse and carp fishing, Delbury Hall has more than 5 acres of brown and rainbow trout fishing. Ellerdine Lakes is open to the public and Loynton Trout Fishery reckons it’s the Midland’s best trout fishery.
Cycling the Shropshire Hills
We can provide a secure locked environment if you bring your own cycle. Visit www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk/cycling/ to find routes in the area which are suitable for you – depending on length, difficulty etc. Try out their interactive map. There are Mountain Bike routes on the Long Mynd, downhill racing trails at Eastridge and some challenging road cycling if you want an adventure.
We have an excellent local shop- imagine “Open all hours” in real life with a phenomenal range of goods, well worth a visit. Our local market in Lydham is on a Friday and Harry Tuffin’s Emporium in Churchstoke is a great day out. We have loads of market towns with their markets – Montgomery, Bishops Castle, Welshpool, Newtown, Shrewsbury, Ludlow or even Telford for a modern shopping centre.
Shelve was once a significant settlement, being part of the estate of Worthen in the Doomsday Book. This is historic lead minig area – dating back to Roman times with 6 cartloads of lead sent to Tewksbury Abbey in the 12th century for the roof. The Abbey was sold to the local community to become a parish church at the dissolution of the monasteries for the value of that lead!
Places to Visit
We keep a wide range of guides to places to visit near here, from ancient bronze age remains, old lead mines, lovely National Trust and English Heritage places, medieval towns, vineyards – in fact, loads of information for you. Try some unusual places – the grave of the last Sineater in England at Ratlinghope, or St Mary’s Church in Bromfield (“The finest example of the worst eclesiastical style of paining”) which is an ideal starting point to follow a Cadfael Car Tour by car of the Ellis Peters novel “Virgin in the Ice“. Visit some of the extraordinary Yew trees like the 2,700 year old one UK champion at Norbury Church with a girth of 11m 75cm or the Twelve Apostles at Acton Scott.