Place To Stay Category: Self Catering
There are 2 properties – The Cow Shed and the Stable Barn. The Cow Shed is a single-storey, open-plan building with a spacious lounge with comfortable seating and a fitted kitchen area with washing machine, microwave, fridge, cooker etc. There is a stable door that leads on to the patio from where the rural Shropshire view can be admired. A short passage leads to two bedrooms – a double and a small single and a good sized wet room, which is useful for our less mobile guests. The Stable Barn is two storeys, centrally heated and double-glazed for cooler months of the year. There is a comfortable lounge with attractive brick fireplace and woodburning stove and access to the large patio through French doors. The separate dining room is well-furnished with heavy oak table and chairs which seats six and a pretty dresser, leading to the large kitchen, fully-fitted with dishwasher, fridge, washer-dryer microwave etc. and breakfast table and chairs. A back door leads out to the small rear garden and car park. There is also a downstairs cloakroom. Upstairs, there is a good-sized master bedroom with tiled en-suite, a further double,and a twin-bedded room, together with a family bathroom.
There is an excellent chance of stargazing in Shropshire, owing to the lack of light pollution. On clear nights, a breathtaking array can be enjoyed from high points such as the Long Mynd and the Clee Hills where we are situated.
LANDSCAPES AND VIEWPOINTS
From our barns in the Shropshire Hills AONB, we look across the valley to Titterstone Clee, the third highest hill in the county at 533 mtrs. (1,749 ft.) above sea level. It is a striking landmark, as unlike Brown Clee, it’s summit is bare of trees, and it rises majestically from the surrounding landscape.
It is possible to reach the top of this hill by car, via a track leading off the A4117 near Clee Hill village which nestles on it’s southern slopes. There is parking available,and the actual summit can be reached on foot, providing one of the best views in England. On a clear day ,it is possible to look towards Snowdonia, The Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons in the west and south to the Cotswolds and Malvern Hills .It is said that there is nothing higher between this hill and the Ural Mountains in Russia and that a local pub in the village renamed itself The Kremlin, as it could receive Radio Moscow on it’s juke box !
Most of the summit is affected by man- made activity over the years from hill fort construction during Bronze and Iron Ages to coal mining and quarrying in more recent years. Today, several radar installations monitor aircraft movements within 100 miles or collect weather data for The Met Office.
TRAILS AND TOURS
There are many fascinating places to visit from our area. Ludlow is a must- see medieval town with markets most days in Castle Square and a variety of interesting shops and eateries, not to mention the castle itself, built to protect the town from Welsh invaders. Head north to Bridgnorth, an attractive town rich in history, the River Severn flowing through it, dividing into High Town and Low Town, linked by a steep funicular railway. For vintage steam enthusiasts, the Severn Valley Railway, runs along a 16 mile stretch by the riverside.
For a day trip, a visit to Wales is possible. We always enjoy the Elan Valley, near Rhayader where a reservoir was constructed many years ago to provide clean water for Birmingham. The Visitor Centre gives a fascinating insight into how it was built using steam cranes, and lots of other information about the area. A drive round the edge of the lakes allows striking views of the several dams.
There are plenty of opportunities for walking in Shropshire. The Shropshire Way is a waymarked long- distance footpath running through some of the most beautiful countryside in the county. Part of it runs through Wheathill, but for local walks from our door, there are footpaths and bridleways to explore, using our maps.
The following walk lasts approximately one hour (depending on how many times you stop to admire the views and take memorable photos !) and requires stout shoes or boots.
Go through the “Bridleway” gate opposite the house. Follow the way markers through field, copse and meadows, climbing as you go until you come to a gate leading on to a stoned track. Turn right and continue up the track to “crossroads” at the top of the hill. Turn right for home, or, if you are thirsty, left for the Three Horseshoes Pub !