THE OLD DAIRY, pet friendly, character holiday cottage, with open fire, en-suite in Church Stretton, Ref 1034
This ground floor barn conversion, pet friendly cottage on a working farm sleeps 4 people and can be found in the village of Stapleton near Church Stretton in Shropshire. Within driving distance are the historic towns of Shrewsbury and Ludlow. The Old Dairy, as its name suggests, was originally built as part of a dairy house. It has been sympathetically restored to offer accommodation for 4 people, retaining much of its original character through features such as exposed beams and the original cattle stall, which now partitions the lounge from the dining room. The accommodation is arranged across one level and the property has a rear patio, from which to enjoy a spot of outdoor-dining. Visitors also get shared use of a games room, which includes a snooker table and a netted trampoline. There is plenty of parking and the local amenities are merely a stroll away.
Amenities: Storage heaters with woodburner in sitting room. Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, TV with digital box, DVD, radio/CD, WiFi. Shared use of washing machine and tumble dryer. Fuel, power & initial supply of wood for woodburner inc. in rent. Bed linen inc. in rent. Cot & highchair on request. Shared use of covered games barn with snooker table, table tennis, badminton, cricket, football net & 14' netted trampoline. Front patio with furniture, small rear walled patio with furniture. Ample off road parking. Sorry, no smoking. 1 small, well-behaved dog welcome by arrangement. Shop and pub 1 mile.
Region: A E Houseman once wrote that Shropshire was "the quietest place under the sun" and today the county remains something of a rural idyll, recognised as one of the least crowded and most peaceful regions in England.
Town: Church Stretton's glorious setting in a narrow valley earned it the name 'Little Switzerland' from the Victorians who tried to establish it as a spa. It has some of the most dramatic and spectacular hills in the British Isles; Long Mynd guards the West and the escarpment of Wenlock Edge lies to the East. Caer Caradoc, formed by volcanic ash and lava over 560 million years ago, once had an Iron Age hill-fort on its summit. The geology of the area is intriguing and has earned the hills acclaim as a Site of Special Scientific Interest as well as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ragleth Hill allows you to take in stunning 360 degree views, taking in the Long Mynd, Caer Caradoc, the Lawley, Wenlock Edge and the Clee Hills. Church Stretton also draws visitors for its famous 18-hole golf course, which claims to be the highest in England.
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“Superb stay in beautiful Old Dairy nestling under the Shropshire”
Left on 01/10/2013 for a stay in November 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jan 10, 2013Stayed Nov 2012
We would greatly recommend a stay in this beautifully furnished cosy Old Dairy in Shropshire. After travelling it is great to arrive to find fresh flowers, a homemade cake and a log fire waiting. The cottage is in a a very quiet and restful setting with lots of good varied walks and good pubs and restaurants nearby. Shrewbury is close, as it the lovely town of Church Stretton, and lots of National Trust land, including the Long Mynd and also the Carding Mill valley which has a great National Trust tea room.
The accomodation includes a good kitchen, dining area,lounge and two bedrooms and a bathroom all of which are well appointed.
The owners live on the farm next door and are exceptionally friendly and helpful
“Delightful cottage; in a great area of outstanding beauty; a rel”
Left on 09/06/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 6, 2012Stayed Jun 2012
A lovely welcome awaited with tea/coffee/sugar/milk/flowers, and best of all - home made cake! The rustic charm of the cottage and the decor just made it feel so relaxing, and having Teeny Bop the cat to stay was such a bonus. She's getting older and not having to put her to the cattery was great! She had a great time exploring the cottage and loved the little chair by the back door! The cottage is well situated to allow travel to many interesting places, and even a few trips into Wales. Loved the scenery; the location; the family couldn't be nicer, and the play barn was great - even for us older kids! We will definitely be back as there's still so much to see on the doorstep. A week was no where enough!
Left on 07/22/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 22, 2012Stayed Jul 2012
The cottage on first view seems impressive, on closer inspection the property is covered in cobwebs these are not newly spun ones but instead old as they are covered in thick layers of dust. The serving dishes and the chopping board when removed from the cupboard were covered in cobwebs and had dead insects in them. The play barn and recycling area were infested with large rats entirely unsanitary and inappropriate for children. We live on a large working farm ourselves and know what to expect from a farm but this goes way beyond farm life, the rats seemed undisturbed by humans. There was hardened aged cow dung on the floor of the play barn this could've easily been power washed off prior to this being converted into a play area for children but attention to detail was obviously not a high priority! The cottage itself was in a great location and had it had a thorough regular clean and a new sofa it would have been quite beautiful!
Left on 03/02/2012 for a stay in December 2011 | tracyReviewed Mar 2, 2012Stayed Dec 2011
The Old Dairy is a fantastic country holiday retreat. You can walk for miles and miles without even getting in your car,,, our dogs loved it. The cottage itself is extremely comfortable, warm and inviting. We spent our days walking our dogs, coming back, lighting the fire, making dinner and cozying up in front of the fire and a DVD. It was our idea of heaven for our Xmas break. No stress and wonderful hosts,
Left on 12/03/2009 for a stay in March 2008 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Dec 3, 2009Stayed Mar 2008
left very much alone by owners, just how we like it. nice arrival pack, house clean and well stocked with equipment. cottage is a barn conversion with some nice features created from the original structure giving the place a lovely specious feeling. only gripes are the ancient sofa which was on its last legs and the storage heaters are not very warming, ok for us but a bit cold for our daughter who was only 7 months at the time.
Left on 12/02/2009 for a stay in May 2009 | THE PITMANSReviewed Dec 2, 2009Stayed May 2009
RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRYSIDE ON ARRIVAL WE WERE MET BY THE OWNER WHO COULDN'T DO ENOUGH TO WELCOME US. WITH TWO YOUNG KIDS THE BARN WAS A SAVIOUR CONSIDERING THE WEATHER WAS NOT THAT GOOD DURING THE WEEK. THEY WOULD HAVE STAYED IN THERE THE WHOLE WEEK IF WE LET THEM. THE FARMER ALSO SHOWED THE KIDS AROUND THE ANIMALS WHICH ADDED TO THEIR ENJOYMENT. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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