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On the Map: Spectacular Stays in Shropshire

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Published 16/07/2021 On the Map: Spectacular Stays in Shropshire


The comic writer P.G. Wodehouse once described Shropshire as "the nearest earthly place to paradise" ... and really, who are we to disagree?

A haven for history buffs and creative minds, this magical Wales-bordered county boasts rich, unspoilt landscapes that have inspired many other literary greats, including D. H. Lawrence and Mary Webb, while the legendary King Arthur is said to have been born there.

Discover Shropshire's many enthralling stories for yourself, with a stay in one of these fittingly enchanting retreats.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: The Summer House | Wroxeter

Rest on the Hill

Rest on the Hill

Luxury, architect-designed, self-catering accommodation near Oswestry, Shropshire, close to English-Welsh border. Is there anything more perfect than relaxing back in luxurious contemporary surroundings, cosseted by the peace and seclusion of the countryside, all the while lapping up the most sensational panoramic views of the magnificent Welsh mountains?  If this is your idea…

The Knoll Tower

The Knoll Tower

Historic former hunting lodge in Shropshire's Weston Park - a romantic retreat for two.   For a romantic retreat they'll never forget, whisk them away to the Knoll Tower!  With gorgeous architecture, a private location, and a fairy-tale turret, this historic hideaway is nestled in Shropshire's Weston Park - and is waiting just for you. The Knoll Tower was built around 1865…

Temple of Diana

Temple of Diana

For a truly unique escape, the Temple of Diana blends classical architecture and a heavenly location, making for a stay you'll treasure for a lifetime.  Built in the 1760s, this wonderful building sits within Shropshire's Weston Park, an estate famed for 1000 acres of parkland landscaped by Capability Brown.  Today, the Temple of Diana offers a unique self-catering…

St Winifred's Well

St Winifred's Well

Nestled in a secluded woodland space in the hamlet of Woolston, you'd be forgiven for missing the minuscule wonder that is St Winidfred's Well at first sight. The legend of the 7th Century Welsh princess St Winifred is certainly an interesting one, she is said to have been decapitated as she ran to take refuge in a church, and subsequently pilgrims flocked to the well that was dedicated to…

Walcot Hall Glamping

Walcot Hall Glamping

Get ready for incredible dog-friendly glamping at Walcot Hall, where the fantastical blends with the fabulous for an unforgettable retreat.  Set within 30 acres of stunning grounds, you'll find yurts, traveller caravans, a caravan posing as a cottage, and even a fire truck at this spectacular South Shropshire location. The only tricky part is deciding which to choose! The Yurts…

The Summer House

The Summer House

An historically romantic, view-filled Shropshire country retreat for two, attached to a unique octagonal tower. Bathed in historic opulence, The Summer House has plenty of stories to tell! Built in 1607 by Sir Francis Newport, the building was originally used as his grand banqueting house, with guests treated to endless views of rolling Shropshire countryside. Dramatically, the main…

Rolling Hills

Rolling Hills

Rolling Hills are two aptly-named roundhouses nestled within expansive Shropshire greenery, close to the beautiful town of Bishop's Castle. There is surely no setting more lovely than acres of quintessential English countryside, completely undisturbed by noise and light pollution. Rolling Hills, a secluded duo of quirky roundhouses that sleep up to eight people in perfect rural…

The Tractor Shed

The Tractor Shed

Farmstead and foodie luxury awaits in this beautiful Shropshire barn conversion that's perfect for couples and families alike. Hankering after a refreshing life down on the farm, but without compromising on any luxury in the process?  Then a stay at The Tractor Shed is for you! Rurally located near Weston-under-Redcastle and situated on Maynard's Farm (whose foodie farm shop has…

Oswestry Church

Oswestry Church

A cool celestial conversion by the Welsh border, ideal for group breaks in a lively setting filled with art, style and colour. One of Britain's oldest settlements, and the former home of famed war poet Wilfred Owen, Oswestry dates back over three thousand years. These days there's a lively café culture feel to the town, which is set achingly close to the Welsh borders and features a bustling…

The Shooting Folly

The Shooting Folly

A glorious 19th century bolthole for two, romantically secluded amongst unspoilt Shropshire farmland. Perfect for aristocrats-in-waiting, the 19th century Shooting Folly feels like your very own country retreat, complete with gorgeously expansive views across unblemished Shropshire fields and woodland. Privately secluded and steeped in quirky comfort, the unique building features a…

Walcot Hall Estate Chapel and Cabins

Walcot Hall Estate Chapel and Cabins

Imaginative accommodation, set amongst 30 acres of picture-perfect grounds in the Shropshire Hills. With its stunning arboretum, glistening lake and flower-filled grounds peppered with statues, Walcot Hall Estate cuts a seriously impressive dash. Perfectly located in the picturesque Shropshire Hills, you'll be invited to treat the 30-acre estate grounds as if they're your own - so if you've…

Woodland Escapes

Woodland Escapes

Feel compelled to relax in a luxury dome retreat, soothingly set amongst 45 acres of magical Shropshire countryside. There's a certain kind of pedigree to Woodland Escapes.  Featured in the Daily Mirror's Top Ten Glamping Sites, and included on the BBC show Escape to the Country, you can be sure that this is far from an everyday countryside retreat. Set amongst 45 birdsong-filled,…

Nink's Wagon

Nink's Wagon

Run away with the circus, in an authentic showman's carriage that's perfect for two, secluded on a rural Shropshire estate. Now owned by former circus performer Nink (hence the name), Nink's Wagon is a genuine showman's carriage that dates all the way back to the 1920s. Once the travelling home of the circus ringmaster himself, you can expect a unique retreat for two that would once have been…

The Pink Cottage

The Pink Cottage

An idyllic country retreat, magically secluded amongst 1,000 acres of Capability Brown parkland in the heart of a private Shropshire estate. A haven of fairytale beauty and tranquillity, Shropshire's historic Weston Park estate is famous for its 1,000 immaculate acres of Capability Brown parkland. Set within the vast estate, Temple Wood was specifically designed by Brown, ‘England's Greatest…

Meadow View Hobbit House

Meadow View Hobbit House

A magical and gloriously romantic storybook retreat, gently nestled on an organic farm in Shropshire surrounded by rolling hills. If you love the idea of stepping into the pages of an epic and magically enchanting tale, Meadow View Hobbit House is the cosy hideaway of your dreams. Beautifully positioned on an organic farm next to the village of Clun, you'll be achingly close to both the…

Church Stretton Roundhouse

Church Stretton Roundhouse

A unique and quirky architect-designed circular retreat for groups of family or friends, complete with hot tub and beautifully nestled in Shropshire's hill country.Boasting unusual circular architecture and a camouflage grass roof, Church Stretton Roundhouse is the ideal retreat for those who love a good holiday talking point!Church Stretton itself is a Shropshire market town that's often…

The Railway Carriage

The Railway Carriage

A lovingly restored off-grid retreat, secluded in the South Shropshire hills for a blissful re-introduction to the magical charms of nature. If you're up for getting back to nature, but don't feel like struggling with tent poles in the rain, a stay aboard The Railway Carriage is a first-class choice! Restored and refurbished with huge helpings of love and care, you'll discover the vibrant red…

Sham Castle

Sham Castle

A historic, captivating, and luxurious Grade II-listed folly, gently elevated over immaculate landscaped gardens and a shimmering lake in rural Shropshire. Built all the way back in 1780, Sham Castle is imbued with a soothing sense of history, making the Grade II-listed folly an ideal retreat for romantic souls, whether part of a couple, or a small family. Surrounded by almost two acres of…

Redford Luxury Barn

Redford Luxury Barn

Enjoy a sociable, luxurious, and dog-friendly space for families and groups of friends to reconnect, rich in rustic style and set deep in the heart of rolling Shropshire countryside.Boasting direct access to some of the most stunning country walks you'll ever take, along with a wealth of fresh-air activity, Redford Luxury Barn is a rural retreat to savour.The stylish and spacious barn sleeps up to…

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