Townhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 9
This old street house has its origins in the 17th century, but large parts were rebuilt in the 19th century. It has some exposed beams and some original tiled and flagstone floors.
The property has:
A spacious living room, with inglenook fireplace containing a powerful wood burning stove, chairs and sofas and a television.
A kitchen/dining room, with a fitted kitchen, electric hob and oven, a dishwasher, a microwave and a fridge/freezer. It also has a large airer for drying clothes.
Five bedrooms: Bedrooms A and B have double beds; Bedroom C has two 3 ft beds; Bedroom D has a 4 ft double bed (narrower than the usual 4ft 6", but possible for very good friends) plus a 3 ft bed; Bedroom E is very small and has one 3 ft bed.
Two bathrooms: the upstairs bathroom has a bath, basin and lavatory; the downstairs bathroom has a shower, lavatory and a basin, and also a washer/dryer for clothes.
The house is at the end of a terrace and backs onto a mews courtyard (not suitable for ball games), facing an old stone stables (used as a storeroom, locked and not safe for children), and other outbuildings. Our "garden/field" (very suitable for ball games, about 10 yards by 50 yards, surrounded by hedges) is about 50 yards down a footpath past the house.
Heating is by night storage heaters and by electric heaters as well as by the wood-burning stove. The water is heated by off-peak electricity (a boost is available during the day).
There is a payphone in the house. It is factory set to a minimum of 20p per call, and you may prefer to use your mobile.
There is a broadband wireless system in the house which you are free to use.
This is our own holiday home, and furnishings are in keeping with a comfortable (rather than a smart) holiday home. The house is best with only 8 visitors, though it can sleep up to 9.
Due to relatively steep stairs and steps down to the kitchen/dining room, the house is not suitable for disabled people, although "active elderly" will have little problem.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Barmouth 80 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Craven Arms 17 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access|
|General||TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (5), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 9, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden|
The Heart of England/Peak District
Bishops Castle is in the hill country of South Shropshire. Ludlow (18 miles to the South) and Shrewsbury (25 miles to the North) are the nearest larger towns, both of which have their own castles and other historic attractions. Ludlow, with its ancient streets, Michelin-starred restaurants, and food market, has become a centre of food tourism, and has a large local produce centre on the edge of the town. Shrewsbury has walks by the river, a mediaeval centre, and an abbey, which is the location of the "Caedfel" mystery novels by Ellis Peters.
There are other interesting smaller towns nearby, such as Clun (6 miles to the south), which has good pubs and an unusual ruined castle on a steep mound. Montgomery (9 miles to the west) is a pretty Welsh town with a spectacular ruined hill-top castle, with long views into Wales. Church Stretton, the town which serves the Long Mynd, has the feel of an Alpine resort. It is 10 miles away. The bravest drivers can approach it directly - and almost vertically - across the Long Mynd, on what is without doubt the scariest road in Britain! Much Wenlock (23 miles to the east) has an old centre of black-and-white half-timbered houses and a ruined priory.
About 30 miles to the east of Bishops Castle is the industrial archaeology centre of Ironbridge, the cradle of the industrial revolution, with many sites and activities including a reconstructed Victorian village.
If you want to go further afield, Lake Bala (50 miles to the north-west) is the largest natural lake in Wales, with fishing, horse-riding and watersports, including windsurfing, sailing and canoeing. It also has a narrow-guage railway. From Bishops Castle to Barmouth on the Welsh coast and the edge of Snowdonia is a journey of about 60 miles.
Bailey End is situated in Bishops Castle, a very small, picturesque market town in the Shropshire hills, 4 miles from the Welsh border. Although a car is advised, it is not necessary. You can travel by train to Craven Arms, about 17 km away, and take a taxi to the house. Once there, there is no need to travel beyond Bishops Castle.
Although it is smaller than many villages, Bishops Castle provides all you need for a long or a short stay. It has a post office, bank, butcher, chemist, grocer, delicatessen, somewhere to buy clothes and walking equipment, second hand bookshops, and antique shops. It also has several places to eat, and good pubs, including two which brew their own beer, and most of which also do meals. There is no main road running through the town so it is quiet, and safe for children.
You can walk directly into the surrounding country from the house. There are also many good walks within 7 km on the Long Mynd, Offa's Dyke, Stiperstones and the Corndon hills.