Highgrove Barns - The Byre
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Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
The Byre is a recently converted 18th C barn halfway between Ludlow and Church Stretton. Surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with views up to 20 miles along Wenlock Edge, Clee Hill and towards Ludlow, our 18th C stone and wood framed barn is a peaceful countryside haven yet only a mile from the nearest town. The one double bedroom accommodates 2 adults plus baby and a child up to approximately 12 years at no extra charge.
Near to the Spa town of Church Stretton, (known as Little Switzerland) and Ludlow (regarded by many as the finest Medieval town in Britain) The Byre is ideally situated for touring Shropshire and the Welsh Marches border area with its wealth of ancient castles and churches.
Rated 4 Stars by Visit Britain and excellent by TripAdvisor, it features underfloor heating, woollen carpeted bedrooms and natural slate floors combined with original oak beams and high ceilings for that authentic country atmosphere.
Guests love our warm welcome of home made cakes, beverages with fresh milk and fresh fruit and flowers topped off with a bottle of good wine for longer stayers. A gourmet meal delivered by our neighbouring award winning chef can await your arrival and tempt your palate on any other day of your stay with us. Dining out is one of the prime attractions of this part of South Shropshire with restaurants from Michelin star winners to carveries and quaint English tea shops. A good range of takeaways a supermarket, shops, bank and petrol stations are found in Craven Arms just one mile away.
Ironbridge World Heritage site with the world's first iron bridge and ten museums is a 30 minute drive away and our visitors are eligible to use our free passes to any of the museums during their stay. The BBCtv Victorian Farm at Acton Scott is within easy reach. The modern Olympics originated in the picturesque small town of Much Wenlock where an annual Olympiad is still held each summer. The award winning Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and renowned Stokesay Castle are within easy walking distance from The Byre.
Relax in our pretty cottage garden with its two patios, Coalbrookdale furniture and barbecue and enjoy wonderful walks or cycle rides from right outside the gates. Once you have stayed at Highgrove you will surely want to return soon as so many of our visitors do.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham 97 km, Nearest railway: Craven Arms 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
About this location
The Shropshire region
The unsurpassable 12th Century fortified manor house of Stokesay Castle is close by and Craven Arms, one mile away is home to South Shropshire's award winning Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and the Land of Lost Content Museum as well as providing shops, post office and a main line rail station on the Manchester - Cardiff route.
Double room self-catering Craven Arms ShropshireBBC TV's Victorian Farm location is just a few miles to the north (see our FREE tickets offer above) and our other free entry destination, Ironbridge Gorge with its' ten museums is eastwards along Wenlock Edge.
Much Wenlock, a scenic country drive away, was recently named by Sunday Times and Savills Estate Agents, as one of the best British villages to live in. Much Wenlock is the birthplace of William Penny Brookes, recognised as the founding father of the modern Olympic Games. The Wenlock Olympian Games are still held in July each year and the joint Mascot of the 2012 London Olympic Games has been named Wenlock.
Right outside the gate to Highgrove and into Long Lane, the old Turnpike road is now a quiet byway and turning in either direction leads to wonderful walks or cycle rides up to Wart Hill and beyond or down to the River Onny meadows. Or perhaps bring your horse with you and board it out at the neighbouring Highgrove House stables?
A twenty five minute stroll towards the Long Mynd brings visitors to Wistanstow, famous for The Plough Inn and Wood's brewery, home of the prize winning Shropshire Lad and many other real ales. Talking of which, A.E.Housman's inspiration for his poem A Shropshire Lad, the villages around Clun - "the quietest under the sun" - are westwards just over Hopesay Hill and still sleepy timeless places for peaceful contemplation.
Within a few minutes drive are Cardingmill Valley and Church Stretton, known as Little Switzerland and Ludlow, reputed by many to be the finest medieval town in England. Famed nowadays for its Michelin starred restaurants it still holds its ancient street markets several days a week and annual culture and food festivals centred around its magnificent lofty castle. There is however, no necessity to travel far for good food as pubs and restaurants serving a range of mainly locally sourced foods are within easy reach . A Rare Breeds Society butcher, a rarity in itself, is based in Craven Arms. Ancient churches abound in idyllic towns and villages as well as modern, lively places of worship in local communities. Ironbridge's World Heritage sites are a half hour drive away close to Telford, with its shopping malls and large town attractions. North and South along the A49 are the county towns of Shrewsbury and Hereford respectively. Craven Arms itself is known as the gateway to the Marches, as this Welsh border country has been referred to over the centuries, and many villages have Welsh names although nowadays firmly in England.
We warmly invite you to come and sample the hospitality and friendliness of this relatively undiscovered, but stunningly beautiful part of Britain, and to stay with us at Highgrove whatever your interests and at any season of the year - this is truly an all-year-round holiday place.
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16 Feb 2015
"Cosy, quiet and relaxing stay in converted barn."
Owners were very friendly and welcoming but also stayed out of your way. Cottage had amazing underfloor heating throughout which as great for a winter stay. The kitchen was kitted with everything you … More
31 Aug 2014
"Charming, well presented and tranquil cottage."
Lovely owners who offered a very warm welcome, including a tray of tea and coffee fixings; welcome after a long drive! The cottage was immaculate, very artistically decorated and had everything one co… More
Thank you for your kind review. It makes all our efforts worthwhile.
29 Aug 2014
"Fantastic little cottage in beautiful rural surroundings"
Lovely little cottage in a idyllic location. Had everything that we needed for us and our 5 month old baby. Welcome pack including homemade treats was just what was needed after the long drive. Within… More
Happy guests make us happy hosts. Glad you were blessed by your stay.
11 Feb 2014
"Wonderful cottage in great location""
My girlfriend and I recently came back from a 3 night stay in the Byre, the intention being to escape London for a short period. Previous reviews drew me to this property and we really weren't di… More
Glad to hear you were blessed by your visit to Highgrove Barns. Thank you for your kind review.
21 Nov 2013
"Cozy & Comfortable Holiday Cottage"
We stayed at The Byre for a short break - Friday to Tuesday not having really been to Shropshire before. An excellent location, easy to find, with real home from home comforts (the cake was lovely by… More
Sorry for late response. We were pre-occupied at that time with a very poorly Mom in hospital and pleased to see we did not let our standards slip during that trying time and that you really enjoyed your visit to us.
11 May 2013
"The living accommodation in the Dairy is not suitable for the less able"
We arrived at the Dairy for a 4 day stay and the owners made us welcome. The kitchen area was lovely and well equipped as were the bedroom and bathroom and the welcome tray was a lovely touch.. … More
Sorry for the late response to your kind review. Always seeking to provide the best experience to our guests.
27 Jan 2013
We arrived to a kindly welcome with a Christmas tree and crackers (over holiday period). Everything was provided -towels, tea towels washiing up liquid etc; often missing in other lets-and the underf… More
Sorry we hardly saw you as my Mom was seriously ill in hospital at that time. Apologies for not responding earlier to your kind words.
2 Nov 2012
"Great for Shropshire walks."
What a find! We stayed in the Dairy for 3 nights and we had a great time. The cottage was tiny but had everything you could possibly want. The kitchen was very well equipped and the bed comfortable. T… More
Thank you for your kind words. It makes all the hard work well worth it. Hope to see you again soon.
15 Oct 2012
lovely cosy cottage adjacent another and joined to the owners houseLots of extras inluded games cushions for outside chairs etvcwelcome pack of cake and wine tea bags coffee and milkvery warm goo… More
Thank you for your kind review. Sorry about the hedge, it has bolted this year with the weather. That permitting, it will be done next week, all the garden contractors are running way behind. TV only 8 years old flat screen but outdated by latest digitals. We hate scrapping things that work fine but technology marches on! The Dairy has softer chairs.
We just got awarded our 4 stars again this week by Visit Britain inspector.
15 Mar 2011
"cosy and welcoming"
An ideal place to stay whilst exploring Shropshire. The welcome tray was a lovely touch and the books of walks and information about places to see very helpful. We really loved the big bath towels, … More
Thank you Jenny for your TripAdvisor review. We had forgotten you found us through the site. We particularly appreciated your observation on the bath towels as Chris deliberately chose decent size ones as so many places we have stayed at have disappointed in the past.
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