The Shippen is an open-plan, single-story, light and spacious detached barn conversion with an oak and glass gable end overlooking stunning views. Double doors lead out onto a large veranda with table, chairs and BBQ. Excellent insulation, central heating and wood-burning stove make for a cosy break even during colder months. There is a king size bed and double sofa bed, a well-stocked, fitted kitchen area with breakfast bar, a shower room with under floor heating and a smart TV with NetFlix, FreeSat and a PlayStation 3 in sitting area. Available to hire all year round.
There is guest parking directly outside the barn on our gravel drive with a flag stone entrance. Come prepared with groceries for self-catering or Sainsbury's will deliver and there is a large, well-stocked wholefood store, Harvest Wholefoods, a 10 minute drive away in Lydham near Bishop's Castle.
The detached barn is a short distance from the house, is completely independent from it and not overlooked. We aim to give guests privacy whilst also being available to answer any questions.
The property is surrounded by the most beautiful Shropshire countryside with miles and miles of fields and woodland walks and a brook for paddling at the bottom of the valley. Steeped in peace and quiet, there are stunning views and star-filled night skies. Located on the Shropshire Way, within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and just a 10 minute drive to the Long Mynd and 3 miles from the Stipersones, designated a site of special scientific interest, the immediate area is great for bird watching, romantic walks or more challenging hill walking, cycling, riding, golfing, hang gliding, nature loving and kite flying!
There are lots of pretty villages and market towns, castles, book and arts festivals, houses and gardens to explore. Eat out nearby The Bridges, a lovely riverside pub in Ratlinghope serving great food and locally brewed ale just a couple of miles away, or visit the market towns of Shrewsbury, Church Stretton or Bishop's Castle with their attractive streets, cafes, museums, breweries and arts and antiques. The county town of Shrewsbury, on the banks of the river Severn, is just a 25 minute drive away; much loved for its fine buildings, cobbled streets, museums, restaurants, and independent and high-street shops. Ludlow, famed for its castle, food fair, Michelin starred restaurants and beautiful architecture is a 40 minute drive away, and the drive passes medieval Stokesay Castle.
A little further afield are the famous gardens at Powys Castle and The Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, and for book-lovers Hay-on-Wye famed for its antique and book shops is about an hour's drive away and hosts a great literary festival every year.
A car is essential for exploring the local market towns and bringing luggage/supplies. There are regular buses to/from Shrewsbury from Bishop Castle (Minsterley Motors). Masses of great walking and cycling. The property is in a valley which makes a wonderful walking/cycling circuit, approx. 7K.
Other Things to Note
We don't provide a cleaning service but happily provide weekly fresh bed linen and towels. Storage for bikes in our barn can be arranged.
Beds: A king size bed and double sofa bed
Check In: From 4:00 PM
Check Out: By 10:00 AM
Bed linen and towels provided
Smart TV, Freesat, Netflix, Wifi internet
Playstation 3 with games, board games and books
Central Heating and wood burner
Easy, free parking