10 of the top Shropshire cottages  holiday cottages

10 of the top Shropshire cottages 

Laura Kerslake 10 January 2024

For the first time, ABTA (the Association of British Travel Agents) has named a domestic destination in their Top 10 Destinations to Watch Report. Amongst exciting countries and regions from across the world, they’ve named Shropshire as one of their top places to holiday in 2024.  

The beautiful county of Shropshire, which borders Wales, is renowned for its stunning landscapes and idyllic towns and villages. Despite it being the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, there are plenty of rural retreats where visitors can escape to the countryside. Shropshire also offers many tourist attractions, opportunities for water sports, bike routes, and walks, so visitors will have plenty to see and do on their holiday.  

We’ve rounded up ten of our top holiday cottages in Shropshire that are the perfect base for exploring the county whilst staying in style – along with some handy tips on where to go and what to do on your Welsh borders break.  

If you’d like to experience a holiday in this must-visit destination, here at Sugar & Loaf we have a wide range of gorgeous cottages right across the county. From romantic retreats to holiday homes ideal for family getaways, we’re sure to have your dream cottage in Shropshire.  

The Weir House, Ludlow | sleeps 12 + 2 dogs  

A four image montage showing the Weir House. The top image taken across the river shows a large property surrounded by trees. Above it on top of a hill is Ludlow Castle. Bottom left image shows a large velvet sofa in a living room. The middle photo shows the outside of the house. In the foreground is a fire pit. The right image shows the bar, with bar chairs around it. In the background is a dining table.

Set on the banks of the River Teme, and in the shadow of Ludlow Castle, this 5-star retreat offers a luxury experience perfect for large groups. Drive through the gates, past the landscaped gardens, and enter your own private paradise. Surrounded by woodland on the edge of the Shropshire Hills, you can lose yourself in the tranquillity and soak in the scenery whilst taking life at your own pace.  

The Weir House has a deeply sumptuous, relaxing feel, with its stylish and elegant design. A former Michelin-starred restaurant, you can try your hand at creating a culinary masterpiece in the kitchen or hire a private chef to conjure delicious treats for you and your party. All before relaxing in the snugs or sitting outside listening to the river.  

A top thing to do during your stay: Visit Ludlow Castle  

With The Weir House set in the shadows of this fine medieval castle, guests should definitely take the time to visit. Learn how kings, queens, princes, and nobility lived in Ludlow Castle during Tudor times and explore the beautiful castle grounds.  

Brook House Farm Pod, Church Stretton | sleeps 2  

A 4 photo montage of Brook House Farm Pod. The top image shows the wooden lodge. In the foreground is a wooden bridge over a river. The lodge is surrounded by grass and trees. The bottom left image shows a wooden picnic table with a bbq in the background. The middle photo shows the inside of the wooden lodge with a double bed. The final image shows a close up of a veranda with table and chairs. In the background is trees and grass.

Situated in a beautiful rural setting, this enchanting wooden pod is a tranquil haven for two that gazes over a gentle stream from its elevated position. With a cosy wooden-clad interior and a waterside BBQ area, guests will enjoy a wonderful Shropshire countryside stay at this warm and welcoming romantic retreat.  

From breakfast on the veranda, and al fresco evening meals to cosying up by the fire pit listening to the river babble, couples will love relaxing and reconnecting in this blissful spot.  

A top thing to do during your stay: Explore the Long Mynd  

Part of the Shropshire Hills designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Long Mynd is a 7-mile-long plateau of hills and valleys – perfect for exploring. Walkers can hike part of the Shropshire Way footpath through the area, or adventure through the area on bike or horseback. Or for even more of an adrenaline rush, visit the Midland Gliding Club to soar above the Shropshire countryside.  

Taylor’s Meadow, Bishops Castle | sleeps 10 + 3 dogs  

A 4 photo montage of Taylor's Meadow. The top image shows the large beamed farmhouse with gable windows and a brown roof. The bottom left image shows a beamed living room with a large fireplace and a L shaped sofa. The middle photo is of a wooden outdoor table laid with plates and flowers. The final image is of the property's dining table, laid with plates and glasses.

Enjoy holidaying in a piece of history at this beautiful Grade II-listed farmhouse in an idyllic rural setting within the Shropshire Hills. But don’t worry, you won’t miss your modern conveniences; Taylor’s Meadow was lovingly refurbished in 2023 and comes with all the fixtures and fittings for a dream holiday.  

Whether you’re looking for a winter stay, watching movies by the fire, or a summer stay with friends, exploring the gardens and dining alfresco, we’re sure guests will love this peaceful retreat.  

A top thing to do during your stay: Take a trip to Stokesay Castle  

Once a bustling centre of medieval life, Stokesay Castle is now a great day out for the whole family. Step back over 700 years in time to find out about those who have lived and worked at the castle. Whilst youngsters will love following the castle’s trail that’s based on the legend that the hills on either side are actually giants who have lost their keys.  

The Pool House, Ludlow | sleeps 6  

A 4 image montage with photos of The Pool House, a large modern looking property. The top image shows the outside of the property and patio with outdoor furniture. The bottom left image is of the living room, with sofas, a large glass circle in the floor and large patio doors. The middle image is a photo of the dining table with blue and yellow chairs. The right image shows the lounge, with it's glass floor from a different angle.

Built over an old swimming pool, this stunning 5-star property is a high-class, luxurious stay for six. The Pool House is a modern, gated residence on the edge of the beautiful town of Ludlow. With its stylish interiors and secure enclosed paved garden, it certainly has the wow factor.  

This contemporary home is a fantastic retreat for friends or family to get together in glorious Shropshire. The open-plan living space means everyone can be part of the action and we have no doubt it will be the perfect backdrop for making memories to last a lifetime.  

A top thing to do during your stay: Visit the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre  

There truly is something for everyone on this fabulous day out in the Shropshire Hills. Where else but the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre can you see a replica woolly mammoth, learn about the history of the area, and spot wildlife as you explore the meadows? Even better, there’s an on-site cafe, so you can end your day out with a delicious Shropshire cream tea.  

Badger Vale Barn, Cleobury Mortimer | sleeps 12 + 2 dogs  

A 4 image montage of Badger Vale Barn. The top image shows seating around a swimming pool, the bottom left image shows a large lounge, middle image is the contemporary kitchen with an island unit. The final mage is the games room with a pool table and darts board.

This sympathetically restored barn dating back to 1780 creates the perfect base for exploring Shropshire whatever the time of year. Set against the stunning backdrop of Shropshire’s rolling hills, Badger Vale Barn allows guests to immerse themselves in rural tranquillity whilst enjoying a holiday they’ll never forget.  

With its beautiful contemporary design and spacious rooms, everyone can relax in style whilst taking in the countryside views. The property comes with plenty of outdoor space for fun and frolics, and a games room for the competitive members of your group. However, its crowning glory must be the property’s private indoor heated swimming pool.   

A top thing to do during your stay: Walk an alpaca  

If your family likes to try new things or loves animals, a trip to Severn Valley Alpacas is a must. You can meet these beautiful creatures, feed them, give them a cuddle, and even take them on a hike – what a special day out for all.  

Limousin Barn, Ironbridge | sleeps 4  

A 4 image montage of Limousin Barn. The top image shows the exterior of the barn through foliage. Bottom left is the lounge, middle shows a section of kitchen with wood burner and dining table. Final image is a close-up of the table with breakfast items such as orange juice, jam and croissants

This stylish barn offers a cosy stay full of creature comforts and fabulous countryside views. Set on a working farm near the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, it’s an ideal family-friendly holiday home from which to explore this beautiful countryside.  

Perfect for getaways filled with walks and calm nights by the crackling wood burner, this gorgeous old cattle shed is full of character and charm. With farm animals for neighbours and wonderful views, you can truly escape the hustle and bustle of your everyday routine at Limousin Barn.   

A top thing to do during your stay: Step back into the Victorian era  

Did you know you could time travel in Shropshire? You can when you visit Blists Hill Victorian Town. There is so much to see and do at this fantastic attraction for the whole family. Exchange your modern money for pounds, shillings and pence at the town bank and live like a Victorian for the day. Head into the Blists Hill Mine, check out the printing press, visit the fairground, and finish off your day out with a bag of fish and chips cooked the Victorian way.  

The Light House Clun Valley | sleeps 4 + 1 dog  

A 4 image montage of The Light House Clun Valley. Top image shows the patio area with deckchairs and table and chairs with umbrella. Bottom left is the lounge with wood burner, sofa and coffee table, middle image is the kitchen shown from the dining table. Final image is a close=up of a comfy bed against an exposed stone wall.

This unique and contemporary barn conversion is set in a beautiful position on a 150-acre organic farm on the River Clun. Rich tones and sleek style meet cosy comforts and characterful exposed beams at The Light House. The open-plan living area offers a wonderful space for social evenings.  

Surrounded by rolling hills, lush landscapes, and footpaths both on and off the beaten track, this gorgeous home is perfect for a rural retreat. Sitting in the southern Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to the Welsh border, find plenty of adventures to fill your days. All before returning home for a cosy night in front of the wood burner or al fresco feasts sizzled up on the BBQ and savoured on the patio.  

A top thing to do during your stay: Walk the Offa’s Dyke Path  

Perfect for those who want to experience the beautiful scenery this corner of Shropshire offers, Offa’s Dyke Path is a wonderful way to spend a day. The entire trail, ordered to be built in the 8th century by King Offa, is over 170 miles long. But don’t worry you don’t have to walk the entire length in one go! You can hop on the trail in the Shropshire Hills and follow it at your own pace.  

Brook House Farm Lodge, Church Stretton | sleeps 4  

A 4 image montage of Brook House Farm Lodge. Top image shows exterior and patio with outdoor furniture and a BBQ. Bottom left is the lounge with exposed beam and a large sofa in front of the  wood burner. Middle image is the hot tub and sun lounger. Final image looks out from the living space to the patio through French doors

Escape to the stunning embrace of the Shropshire Hills and stay at this bespoke timber lodge, a masterpiece of design and comfort. Built with families in mind, there are beautiful sociable spaces indoors and out, perfect for spending time with your nearest and dearest.  

With the living space warmed by a crackling wood burner, and an outdoor dining area complete with a gas BBQ, this delightful lodge is ready and waiting whatever the weather or time of the year. And no matter when you visit this beautiful lodge, we’re sure you’ll also enjoy relaxing in the private hot tub at the end of a busy day.  

A top thing to do during your stay: Explore Shrewsbury  

Less than 10 miles away from Brook House Farm Cottage is the county town of Shrewsbury. This picturesque market town bustles with over 1,000 years of history. Visit Shrewsbury Castle, see if you can escape the prison in an exciting immersive adventure, or see the town from a different angle with a riverboat trip. Whatever your family enjoys, we’re sure you’ll love your Shrewsbury day out.  

Wrekin Lodge, Ironbridge | sleeps 2  

A 4 image montage of Wrekin Lodge. Top image shows the exterior of the property with steps leading up, a garden bench and lawn. Bottom left is the open-plan living area, middle image looks out of the door to the garden and the final image is of the bedroom.

Perfect for two, this cosy shepherd’s hut sits in a wonderfully rural location with walks from your door. The World Heritage Site of Ironbridge and AONBs are close to home, so you can enjoy days out exploring.  

And after busy days come home to this country-style home-crafted lodge. The wood burner effect electric fire welcomes you back from the great outdoors with open arms. Stay cosy inside or bask in the fresh air and fire up the BBQ for a sizzling banquet before bed.  

A top thing to do during your stay: Visit the Ironbridge Iron Bridge  

No trip to this part of Shropshire would be complete without visiting the world-famous Iron Bridge, erected over the River Severn in the late 1700s. Marvel at the extraordinary structure, check out the original tollhouse and make sure you grab a selfie in front of this iron icon.  

Ludlow Barn, Ludlow | sleeps 9 + 2 dogs  

A 4 image montage of Ludlow Barn. Top image shows the large, country-style kitchen with central island and seating. Bottom left is the private bar. The middle image shows a dog lying by the outdoor dining area on the decking and the final image is of the generous lounge with comfy sofas and wood burner

Set within 12 acres in the heart of the Shropshire countryside you’ll find the spectacular 5-star Ludlow Barn. With its stunning views and plenty of room to explore, this beautiful abode will be a wonderful base for your Shropshire holiday.  

Rescued from ruin with love, style, and a liberal application of effortless chic, this property is perfect for holidays with family and friends. The open-plan living areas are ideal for sociable fun with your fellow guests. As the sun goes down you can enjoy an al fresco cooking experience in the outdoor BBQ area with a relaxing drink and game of darts at the private bar.  

A top thing to do during your stay: Explore the town of Ludlow  

Ludlow is a beautiful medieval market town, perfect for a wander with the whole family. Some may enjoy a trip to the castle or Ludlow Museum while sunny days are made to be spent sitting by the River Teme feeding the ducks. Foodies will love this wonderful town, home to copious delicious restaurants, a food and drink festival, and a market filled with local produce to help you whip up your own culinary delights.  

If you’re feeling inspired to visit the top-rated destination of Shropshire and all its wonderful sights and attractions, make sure you check out all our holiday cottages in the county. Whether you want a rural retreat or a holiday in one of the county's bustling towns, here at Sugar & Loaf we have a wide range of properties to choose from.  

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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