Place To Stay Category: Self Catering
These two delightful holiday cottages (sleeping 4 and 3 people), surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, are set high in the Shropshire Hills and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over the surrounding hills and valleys. The holiday lets provide spacious and extremely comfortable self-catering accommodation allowing guests to relax and enjoy this remarkably peaceful location. Heron and Curlew holiday cottages retain many original features and are bursting with character – beamed ceilings, natural slate floors and exposed stone walls. Heron Cottage has a wood burning stove and Curlew Cottage has an electric stove. The self catering holiday lets are well equipped to the highest standard and your comfort is our number one priority. A very warm welcome awaits you.
During the summer months we often have the most spectacular sunsets as late as 10pm in the evening and with some of the clearest night skies in England it is possible to get the most glorious views of the Milky Way along with all the other stars in the sky. We have some of the darkest skies here on a clear night so Hope Park Farm makes an ideal place for stargazers and if you don’t have your own binoculars we can lend you some. If you have your own telescope – even better!
Landscapes & Viewpoints
Facing south, the cottages enjoy stunning views over beautiful gardens towards the hills and valleys of Shropshire and Wales. No longer a working farm, Hope Park is tucked away from the road and surrounded by fields, offering a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Walks From the Door
You can forget the car and walk straight from our garden to take in spectacular views from nearby Iron Age hill forts and stone circles and to tread in the footsteps of ancient drovers.
A leisurely half hour stroll will take you directly from the garden across the fields to Bromlow Callow where the views are spectacular, taking in the Stiperstones, the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia. We also have a great selection of maps and walking books which you can borrow while you are staying with us.
The following circular walks all pass by Hope Park Farm:
Meadows & Mines, Coppice & Commons – A 7.5 mile circular walk through Stiperstones and Corndon Hill Country
Tranquility & Treetops at Bromlow Callow – A challenging four mile walk on grassland and quiet lanes, taking in Bromlow Callow and Castle Ring fort, taking around two to three hours.
Dormice & Archangels in Hope Valley – A leisurely four mile walk across farmland and through woodland with moderate climbs and descent and a short section along the main road taking two to three hours.
Myths & Mines on Stapely Hill – A challenging four mile walk on stone tracks, grassland and moorland taking around two hours, taking in Mitchell’s Fold stone circle and views across mid Wales.
Trails & Tours
Below are some suggestions for days out that we have put together ourselves based on the sort of things we know that our previous guests have enjoyed.
Wenlock Edge and Much Wenlock
Spend the morning exploring the thickly wooded escarpment of Wenlock Edge. Park in one of the three National Trust car parks and follow any one of the marked trails to discover dramatic views, dappled paths, historic quarries and limekilns, and abundant fossils, as well as rare flowers, mammals, birds and insects. Then head down into Much Wenlock, a stunningly beautiful medieval town and birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. After a heart warming, home-cooked lunch in one of the ancient coaching inns take a stroll around the town to discover the traditional shops, the Guildhall and Museum. Just a short walk from the town centre are the dramatic ruins of Wenlock Priory. After all this it will be time for afternoon tea in one of the many cafes or tea rooms and if you are then up for an ‘interesting’ drive home come back along Wenlock Edge to Church Stretton, taking the narrow road from there up over the Long Mynd to Ratlinghope and then over the Stiperstones back to Hope Park Farm. In our opinion this is one of the most scenic routes in the county but it is not for the faint-hearted.
Ludlow – Gastronomic capital of Shropshire
It’s easy to spend the whole day in Ludlow, a thriving market town and architectural gem. Spend the morning exploring the Castle, the finest of medieval ruined castles set in glorious countryside but still at the heart of the town. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to lunch, with more restaurants and inns than you will care to count, so take your time choosing the place for you as you stroll around the time. After lunch there is still much to discover with many speciality shops to explore. Hopefully you will also have time to take in St Lawrences Church, custodian of the ashes of AE Housman, the celebrated poet and author of ‘A Shropshire Lad’. On your way home why not stop off at the Ludlow Food Centre, a unique food shopping experience where farming, food production and retailing infuse together to create a very special environment? Stock up on some local specialities to take home with you.
Powis Castle has one of the few Baroque gardens to survive almost intact since the 1680’s. You can wander the grand Italianate terraces blasted from the solid rock. Spend the morning admiring the terraces, formal and informal gardens – a delight for enthusiasts as well as lovers of beauty and tranquillity. The gardens are of the highest horticultural and historical importance. After lunch in the National Trust restaurant there is plenty of time to explore the interior of the castle and before you leave you will want to browse the Courtyard and Stable shops for a souvenir, gift or plant. On your way home we recommend a stop off at Coed-y-Dinas Garden Centre and Country Store with everything you could need for the home, garden and country living. Set in magnificent old farm buildings there are some fine examples of Victorian architecture. The Howard restaurant is set in one of the oldest buildings and makes the ideal place to enjoy a speciality coffee and a cake. Next door to the garden centre is Llyn Coed-y-Dinas Nature Reserve – a haven for waterfowl and other birds. A short walk from the car park to the bird hide passes through a beautiful wild flower meadow – what better way to finish off your day?