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About Shropshire

Shropshire perfectly captures the rural English idyll of open moors, gentle, heather-clad hills, postcard perfect farming villages, good food and peace and quiet. This is wonderful countryside to explore at your own pace, and our Gurus have plucked their recommendations for the best places to say in Shropshire from the region’s pretty centres: Tudor Shrewsbury, industrial Ironbridge, and foodie favourite Ludlow, as well as from more rural spots within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or just pretty rural villages. In Shropshire we favour a pub or restaurant with rooms, historic country house escapes, and rural escapes.

If you fancy a spot of Shropshire sightseeing, Shrewsbury castle and abbey are good places to start, and the medieval market town’s charms deserve a closer look. Amidst the timbered Tudor houses and winding lanes leading down to the River Severn you can see the birthplace of Charles Darwin, the Old Market Hall, and Henry Tudor House, where Henry VII stayed before the Battle of Bosworth. Ironbridge is almost the polar opposite to Shrewsbury’s timber, a town of industrial discovery and all that entails, including the world’s first iron bridge. If you’re here to taste Shropshire’s wares, one of the best places to stay in Shropshire is Ludlow, with its independent grocers, bakers, butchers, cheesemongers, and corresponding restaurateurs.

If it’s the scenery, and the promise of a rural escape you’re travelling towards, the best places to stay in Shropshire may well be close to the Welsh border, or dotted around the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or in the surrounding towns and villages. There are many, many wonderful walking routes. There are also a very healthy number of National Trust properties in Shropshire, plus a falconry centre and the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, which is a fantastic day out for families.

The Best Places to Stay in Shropshire

For a Country House Hotel

  • Soulton Hall is a very splendid, Elizabethan-era manor house steeped in romance and history, and now converted into a comfortable country escape, with four rather romantic bedrooms in the main house, and four self-catering cottages in the grounds. Inside the manor guests will discover oak panelling dating from the 15th century, stone mullioned windows, and ancient plasterwork; these old floorboards may well have been trodden upon by Samuel Pepys — he was a friend of the family who still own the manor. It’s been run as a hotel for around 30 years, and it’s certainly a place to return to over and over again. Expect a daily changing menu, sumptuous decor and lovely walks in picturesque grounds.
  • Meeson Hall is a stunning country manor, built in 1640 of rosy brick with ornate chimneys. The main hall is now a lounge, with a cosy fire and intricately carved, wood-panelled walls; next door is an impressive dining room. Most of the six rooms and suites are upstairs, and are all uniquely, and beautifully, furnished with antiques. Over 16s only, and while there’s no restaurant, they offer a fine breakfast, and other meals by arrangement.

For a Rural Escape

  • Kinton Escapes is a child-free glamping retreat on the edge of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Set on a farm, the accommodation is in a yurt, a horse box, hut, or bedroom within the farmhouse. Whatever you opt for you can expect serenity and bucolic scenery aplenty. Each of the spaces is cosily decorated, with wonderfully practical and welcoming attention to detail, including wood burners in winter. Take magical walks right from your door.
  • The North Wing at Combermere Abbey is a stunningly preserved abbey just metres from the shore of a mirror-like lake. The north wing has just two guest rooms, both huge, and beautifully decorated. The grander features oak panelling, and the second has an enormous bath with incredible views. There’s a guest lounge too, and you’re welcome to explore the grounds. There’s no restaurant, but they offer breakfast.
  • Ludlow’s Old Downton Lodge is a wonderfully refurbished farmhouse, where the new additions and updates have been expertly blended with the original building with all its quirks and charm. There are nine rooms and suites, in a range of shapes and sizes — the largest have high ceilings and four-poster beds, and all of them have new bathrooms. The Downton Gorge National Nature Reserve is on your doorstep, if you fancy a walk, and come the weekend they offer meals in the elegant dining room.

For Families

  • The Clive Arms in Ludlow is a pretty country inn on the 8000 acre Oakly Park Estate, with a boxy red-brick facade. The pub is bright, cheerful, and more chi-chi than you’re probably expecting, and serves modern British cuisine. The 17 rooms and suites are channelling rural charm, with just the right amount of wooly tartan and chintz. There are very comfortable family rooms, and free-standing baths if you fancy one.
  • Grove Farm House is a family home, welcoming guests to feel at home too, so it’s a great choice for families. There’s accommodation in the main house, but also self-catering options in the rolling countryside surrounding the house. The rooms are simply, and unfussily decorated. there’s no restaurant, but they do offer breakfast and afternoon tea, and there are wonderful walking routes starting right from the doorstep.

For Walkers

  • The Castle Hotel was reworked from an old motte-and-baillie castle, using the original grey stone and enclosed courtyard. There are 12 rooms and suites, and, despite being called a hotel, it’s also got an excellent pub, which for some is the main event. It’s a rustic old pub too, with a warren of small rooms and bars, a panelled dining room and a lovely beer garden. The rooms themselves are uncontroversially contemporary, with bathrooms that are new and smart. Walking routes start right from the doorstep.
  • The Coach House is a very charmingly rustic country house turned hotel, close to the Welsh border. It’s more of a converted farmhouse than a grand manor, but warm, and welcoming, and picturesque still. Its seven rooms, and communal areas, are traditionally decorated, making the most of the original exposed beams and pitched ceilings, and there’s an atmospheric restaurant too. Peaceful.
  • The Graig is a charming stone farmhouse turned five room B&B, in a great location in the Shropshire Hills, just outside Ludlow. The individually designed rooms all have a country feel, and a cosy, pastel palette, and boast spacious en suites. Breakfast is a hearty affair, and the owners will pack you a lunch too, if you’re heading out walking.

Best Pubs and Restaurants with Rooms

  • Sebastians is an award-winning restaurant with rooms that has been converted from a 17th century building in Oswestry. You can expect beamed ceilings in all of the six bedrooms, along with fireplaces and pitched roofs. The decoration leans towards the period as well, with brass beds and heavy oak furniture. Downstairs in the restaurant guests can expect five-course dinners, with the full service of aperitifs beforehand, and a cosy fire afterwards.
  • The Pheasant at Neenton is a charming country pub in the pretty Shropshire village of Neenton. Welcoming and cosy, as well as three rooms, The Pheasant also has a very good restaurant. Come here for hearty British fare, crisp, white linens and a fond welcome for pets.

For Romantics

  • Shrewsbury’s The Lion & Pheasant is a 16th century building, housing an innovative interior, with a very cool, 2 AA Rosette awarded restaurant, a chic bar, and 19 stylishly minimalist rooms — with original features and wrought iron beds. The exposed beams, flagstones, and whitewash feel bright and lively here, and there’s a nice collection of antiques and a friendly welcome. The restaurant has a taste for local produce — as local as The Lion’s garden if possible, and the location is great for exploring the region. 
  • In a stunning setting, on 17 acres of its own picturesque parklands, sits Rowton Castle, a 17th century built charmer, complete with towers, stone crenelations and Gothic details. Inside, the 19 rooms and suites are decorated with antique luxury, and feature chandeliers, heavy, dark wood furniture, and sumptuous four-poster beds. The reception rooms and restaurant are grand, and the food is excellent.
  • The Dinham Hall Hotel is an imposing townhouse hotel in the historic market town of Ludlow. Its 13 rooms and suites are all traditionally, and uniquely, decorated, with antiques to match the high ceilings, sash widows and other original details. The restaurant is very good — competition in Ludlow is high — and you’re close to a farmer’s market, a golf course, and plenty of sightseeing and antique shopping opportunities. Bring your dog too.

For the Views

  • The Baron at Bucknell is a charming inn, set just within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to Bucknell and the River Redlake, and surrounded by picturesque countryside. The inn itself is a traditional choice with a feature ancient flour mill, and a cosy, wood-heavy bar. Upstairs are five rooms and suites, but The Baron also has three newly built garden rooms, which are like private contemporary lodges, with cosy fires and wonderful views.
  • Pen-y-Dyffryn is right on the border between England and Wales, with views over the Shropshire Hills in all directions. When you arrive you’ll be offered a complimentary afternoon tea, and each morning there are different walking routes recommended, weather reports and other local titbits. The 12 rooms aren’t cutting edge, but the hospitality couldn’t be better, with hearty breakfasts and very good four-course suppers.

For Great Value

  • Shrewsbury’s The Silverton is a smartly converted period building close to the River Severn. Its gourmet restaurant is what puts it on the map for us — expect modern, locally sourced produce creatively concocted. The seven rooms above the restaurant are simple and very comfortable.
  • The Haughmond is a charming local inn in the pretty village of Upton Magna, just outside Shrewsbury. The restaurant is much more exciting than your average pub restaurant, it’s headed up by the owner, who has won many gongs for his contemporary British cuisine. There are five guest rooms, simply decorated with solid, pale-wood furniture, and with a range of doubles and twins.

Best B&Bs

  • Converted from a library building, The Library House is a stylish, four room B&B, by the banks of the River Severn, and within a very short, pleasant stroll of the pubs and historic sites of Ironbridge. The four rooms are very light, and simply and comfortably decorated. Guests also have use of the charming sitting room, shady garden, and breakfast room.

Prefer a Private Apartment or Cottage?

  • If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Manchester Airport is probably your closest international airport, though East Midlands Airport and Birmingham are worth considering too. If you’re flying into the UK and visiting Shropshire first, it might be convenient to head for Heathrow, London City Airport, or London Luton Airport. If you’re travelling by train out of London it’s about three hours journey, leaving from London Euston.
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • Shropshire’s climate is mild, but unpredictably British. Generally speaking winter is wetter and cooler; add to that the shorter days and it’s not the best time to visit. Spring and summer are the most popular seasons for tourists. Autumn, especially September, is also usually sunny and warm, and will be a lot quieter than during the school holidays. It’s a nice time for a short walking break, or holing up somewhere to write your novel.

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Best Hotels in Shropshire

  • The Silverton Shrewsbury 7 rooms from £75

    Local markets  -  Ludlow town, with its abundence of farmer's markets as well as sprinkling of Michelin stars, is a foodies mecca.
    Great walks  -  The Shropshire hills, after which the hotel's rooms are named, provide many excellent walking routes.
    Sights nearby  -  Stokesay Castle, the Royal Air Force Museum and Blists Hill Victorian Town are all worth a visit.
    Sailing  -  Take a boat trip along the River Severn.
    RestaurantDisabled accessParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    Period on the outside, modern from within this property enjoys a prime location close to the River Severn. Chic, minimal rooms are decorated with natural colours. Michael Jordan runs a popular restaurant, serving modern, locally sourced British cuisine. A smart, inexpensive base for local exploring. See More

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  • Kinton Escapes Shropshire 5 rooms from £85

    Local exploring  -  Kinton Escapes is the perfect base for exploring the wonders and sights of Shropshire and Wales
    Country Escape  -  Unplug from technology and relax by the fire with a good book and a glass of wine
    Minimum Stay  -  Two night minimum stay
    No restaurant
    ParkingNo pets

    Adventurous-minded couples and singles will enjoy the blissful tranquility, beautiful bucolic scenery and glamping options of this wonderful farmhouse. Sleep in a yurt, horsebox, hut or farmhouse bedroom. Child-free. See More

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  • Sebastians Oswestry, Shropshire 6 rooms from £85

    Foodies  -  The award-winning restaurant serves a five-course monthly changing menu in an atmospheric dining room
    Active Holiday  -  Get out into the countryside and hike, cycle, or horse ride
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Old Oswestry Hill Fort, built during the Iron Ages, and still one of the country's best preserved
    Great walks  -  Hike along the Offa's Dyke Path which follows the English/Welsh border for 177 miles

    A historic 17th-century restaurant with rooms. Rooms are individually styled but each is packed full of character with oak beams and brass or four-poster beds. The award-winning restaurant serves exemplary five-course dinners and aperitifs are served beforehand by the fire. A cosy foodie getaway. See More

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  • The Clive Arms Ludlow 17 rooms from £87

    Foodies  -  The restaurant is the focal point with good modern British fare served, and much of the produce sourced within 3 miles
    Country Escape  -  Expect interiors offering modern comforts with a cosy traditional feel, hearty food, and beautiful walking country
    Romantic Break  -  For couples, pick one of the rooms with an in-room freestanding bathtub
    Sights nearby  -  There are several stately homes and castles in the area to visit including Croft Castle and Ludlow Castle
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    A pretty red brick country inn boasting a spectacular setting amidst the 8000-acre Oakly Park Estate. Interiors are contemporary rural with exposed beams, chequered blankets, & some rooms with freestanding tubs. The restaurant is the real lure with modern British fare. Laidback rural perfection. See More

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  • The Pheasant at Neenton Shropshire 3 rooms from £90

    Country Escape  -  A rural inn set in picturesque countryside and playing host to a fantastic restaurant.
    Great walks  -  Discover the Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge Gorge.
    Full of character
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyParking
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A community run pub in a pretty Shropshire village. Three simply styled rooms feature white washed walls, crisp white linen and contemporary bathrooms. A fantastic restaurant offers up hearty British cuisine prepared with finesse. A delightful spot for a country escape. See More

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  • The Haughmond Shrewsbury 5 rooms from £90

    Foodies  -  The award winning fine dining restaurant is headed by the owner and is worthy of a visit alone.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the nearby Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks in the National Trust’s Attingham Park.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A charming owner-run Inn set in the quaint village of Upton Magna. The five rooms are individually styled and boast oak wood furnishings, modern bathrooms and deep-pile carpeting. The restaurant, Basil's, is the real show stopper offering award winning contemporary British cuisine. See More

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  • Soulton Hall Shrewsbury, Shropshire 8 rooms from £94

    Birdwatching  -  At least 83 varieties of field birds can be found in the surrounding countryside
    Great walks  -  Great walks from the front door
    Restaurant  -  Daily changing menu
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    A splendid Elizabethan manor located in rural Shropshire. Steeped in history (it features oak panelling from the 1400s), romantic, atmospheric, yet comfortable and hospitable. Highly recommended for a country getaway with self catering cottages for those who prefer more flexibility. See More

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  • The Library House nr Telford, Shropshire 4 rooms from £95

    Total relaxation  -  An extremely comfortable and laid back B&B, enjoy long evenings by the fire and afternoons on the terrace.
    Sights nearby  -  Shrewsbury Castle and Ludlow Castle are driving distance and worth a visit.
    Great walks  -  The Wrekin offers great walks and stunning views.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    Immaculate intimate B&B on the banks of the River Seven and walking distance from the historical sites and gastro pubs of Ironbridge. Light, contemporary rooms exude comfort as does the sitting room and well kept garden. Conveniently sited and decorated with skill and taste, a truly memorable stay. See More

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  • The Baron at Bucknell Shropshire 8 rooms from £95

    Romantic Break  -  The contemporary and secluded garden rooms are ideal for couples.
    Country Escape  -  A rural inn set in picturesque Shropshire countryside.
    Great walks  -  Explore the picturesque walking trails that start straight from the hotel.
    Birdwatching  -  Find a host of species in the area including Red Kites and Buzzards.
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    A charming rural Inn complete with three recently constructed contemporary garden rooms. The main property is traditional in style with an atmospheric restaurant complete with an old cider press and sunny conservatory. A quiet and picturesque spot for countryside breaks. See More

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  • The Castle Hotel, Shropshire Bishops Castle, Shropshire 12 rooms from £95

    Sights nearby  -  You are spoilt for choice for things to do including characterful towns, ancient castles and bountiful gardens.
    Restaurant  -  Hearty modern pub grub. Eat in any of the three bars or the oak panelled dining room.
    Great walks  -  Great walks straight from the door plus the South Shropshire Way and Offa's Dyke
    Spa  -  Comprehensive range of in-house treatments which are available on request.
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Comfortable country hotel in a charming Shropshire town, with stunning views - reminiscent of a French hilltop village. The 12 bedrooms are contemporary in style. Downstairs you'll find bars, dining room and a glorious garden & terrace for balmy summer days. See More

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  • The Lion & Pheasant Shrewsbury (Shropshire) 19 rooms from £104

    Local markets  -  The fantastic food markets and Michelin star restuarants of Ludlow are a must visit.
    Sights nearby  -  St.Chads Church, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Attingham Park are all close by.
    Sailing  -  Boat tours along the picturesque River Severn can be arranged.
    Great walks  -  Meandre through The Quarry's scenic 29 acres.
    RestaurantGardenParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Sawdays

    This property, dating back to 16th century is located in Shrewsbury's historic centre. It is where old meets new: exposed oak beams and flagstone floors juxtaposed with retro metal chairs. Rooms are light and airy with wrought iron beds and Louis XI print throws. Prebook a table at the restaurant! See More

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  • The Coach House Shropshire 7 rooms from £105

    Country Escape  -  Great food and a beautiful tranquil setting.
    Great walks  -  Find beautiful walking trails starting straight from the property.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Bronze Age Mitchell's Fold Stone Circle.
    Full of character
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyViewsParking

    A charming country house boasting a secluded setting in a pretty part of Shropshire. Traditionally dressed rooms are cosy and unfussy. The atmospheric restaurant offers an exemplary à la carte and tasting menu and there's plenty to keep everyone occupied in the surrounding area. See More

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  • The Graig Ludlow (Shropshire) 5 rooms from £115

    Foodies  -  Although The Graig does not serve dinners, Ludlow is renowned for its excellent retaurants and annual Food Festival
    Local exploring  -  The Graig is ideally located for exploring Ludlow and the surrounding countryside.
    Great walks  -  The Graig is located on the edge of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty, which has a wide range of great walks
    Sights nearby  -  You're just 3 miles from historic Ludlow
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    An elegant B&B situated in the Shropshire hills just outside Ludlow. The five bedrooms are individually decorated and all boast luxurious touches including Egyptian cotton linens and walk in wet rooms. Lovely mature gardens and stunning panoramic views. The perfect base for local exploring. See More

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  • Rowton Castle Shrewsbury 19 rooms from £124

    Weddings  -  The elegant reception rooms, stunning setting and experienced staff make this an ideal wedding venue.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Wattlesborough Castle dating back to the 13th century.
    Great walks  -  take relaxing strolls through the parkland and surrounding woods.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    A stunning 17th century castle set in 17 acres of picturesque parkland. Atmospheric bedrooms are filled with heavy antique furniture, traditional paintings and chandeliers. Elegant reception rooms, a fantastic restaurant and rural setting make this an ideal wedding venue or country escape. See More

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  • Pen-y-Dyffryn Oswestry, Shropshire 12 rooms from £136

    Foodies  -  From the pan-fried wood pigeon to the Pantysgawn goat’s cheese mousse the ever changing menu will never fail to satisfy.
    Hideaway  -  In room massages, Daffodil filled walks along the river and long evenings by the fire- hard to get away!
    Sights nearby  -  Within 25 minutes there are four major National Trust Houses (Powis Castle, Chirk Castle, Attingham Hall and Erdigg House)
    Fishing  -  Many rivers such as the Seven, Wye and Teme spread across Shropshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire.
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    Resting in a valley on the Wales/England border is a country house hideaway ideal of nature lovers. Glorious views, comfort and antique furnishings make up the large rooms. Breakfast in bed, or on the terrace, is the perfect way to start your day in the green green grasses of Shropshire. See More

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  • Dinham Hall Hotel Ludlow 13 rooms from £145

    Local exploring  -  Set in a beautiful market town, the whole region offers numerous cultural and outdoor activities.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through the picturesque Mortimer Forest.
    Local markets  -  Peruse the famers market in Ludlow's Market Square.
    Sights nearby  -  Take a tour of the neighbouring Ludlow Castle.
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    An imposing town house located in the historic market town of Ludlow. Traditionally dressed rooms feature antique furniture, high ceilings and large sash windows draped with heavy curtains. The restaurant is worthy of a visit alone and the surrounding region has plenty to do. See More

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  • The North Wing at Combermere Abbey Shropshire 2 rooms from £150

    Country Escape  -  A touch of the very good life in a beautiful and wonderfully quiet rural spot.
    Birdwatching  -  The 143-acre lake that the property stands by plays host to numerous birds.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through the abbey parkland.
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 16
    GardenViewsParkingNo pets

    A stunning historic abbey set on the shores of a pristine lake. The north wing houses two guest rooms both of epic proportions and opulence. The best is entirely oak panelled and the other boasts an enormous bath with beautiful views. A grown up space for a country escape. See More

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  • Meeson Hall Shropshire 6 rooms from £165

    Country Escape  -  An elegant rural house set in a secluded spot amidst beautiful countryside.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the World Heritage site of Ironbridge Gorge, in Telford, often regarded as the birthplace of the industrial revolution.
    Great walks  -  Explore the cliffs, crags, caves and deep woods of the historic woodland of The Hawkstone Follies.
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 16s only
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A stunning country house dating back to 1640. The downstairs offers a cosy lounge filled with antiques, a roaring fire and intricately carved wood panelled walls. Meals are served communally in the smart dining room. A quintessentially British stay in a glorious corner of Shropshire. See More

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  • Grove Farm House Shrewsbury, Shropshire 4 rooms from £180

    Great walks  -  There are many walks directly from the property. The South Shropshire Hills and Cardingmill Valley also have many walking paths.
    Local markets  -  Ludlow, with its many Michelin star restaurants, also has several popular farmer's markets.
    Sights nearby  -  The National Trust property, Attringham Park is just a ten minute drive away.
    Full of character
    GardenDisabled accessParkingNo pets

    Grove is a family house and guests are treated as such. Stone built, with an array of self-catering cottages, it sits in Shropshire's rolling countryside. Rooms are decorated in duck egg blue and cherry reds, with magnolia backdrops, antique pieces and artworks. There is breakfast and afternoon tea. See More

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  • Old Downton Lodge Ludlow 9 rooms from £195

    Foodies  -  Enjoy locally sourced seasonal produce crafted into an innovative and creative tasting menu by their award winning chef
    Back to Nature  -  With Downton Gorge National Nature Reserve on your doorstep, this is the perfect spot to get back in touch with nature
    Country Escape  -  Old Downton Lodge is the ideal place to rejuvenate far away from the hustle and bustle of modern life
    Fishing  -  Ludlow has plenty of top fishing spots, head out with Peter Giles, their Advanced Instructor
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    This stunning refurbished Shropshire farmhouse, expertly blends old with new. Some rooms come with four-poster beds and all have modern bathrooms. Enjoy meals in the elegant dining room over the weekend. This 18th-century getaway is a great choice for a quiet country retreat! See More

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