Place To Stay Category: Self Catering
Relax and refresh in these spacious beamed holiday rentals ideal for couples, with full equipment and linen and towels provided, which overlook “probably the best views in Shropshire”.
The previous barn buildings at Lower Farm have been lovingly renovated to self-catering holiday rentals whilst retaining the charm and character of the farmstead. Two self-catering holiday lets, each ideal for 2 people, have been created – one holiday cottage from the old cow byre as a bungalow within the central working courtyard, and one holiday apartment in what was agricultural worker’s digs above the barn on the first floor. Totally private and separate from each other, each self-catering holiday let has their own outside relaxing area ideal for dining al fresco or just enjoying the sun and taking in the fabulous view – described as “probably the best view in Shropshire” on a visit from the tourism board. Both self-catering holiday rentals are spacious with Cranberry Cottage having walk-through living area and a separate bedroom, while Stiperstones View has a large combined studio-type arrangement with bed and living area together plus a separate dining/kitchen. Being on the first floor these are possibly the best views on the whole property whilst giving intimate privacy.
The holiday cottages are in the tiny village of Shelve which is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with views of the Stiperstones Ridge round through the Rhadley hills, Mucklewick etc and on to Corndon in Wales. The Shelve lead mining field at one stage produced one-quarter of England’s lead and remains dating back to Roman times are visible. Close by are Church Stretton and the Long Mynd plus the Stretton Hills giving lots more walking opportunities while Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Bishops Castle, Welshpool and Montgomery are all within half an hour’s drive.
You are welcome to wander over our six acres of pastureland, which are home to about 24 sheep and half a dozen chickens. The vegetable garden, from which visitors enjoy produce in season, is run on organic principles. All guests receive a pot of homemade preserve using home-grown produce with the option to buy more to take home.
There is virtually no light pollution here in the Shropshire Hills, and with no street lights in Shelve and nothing for over a mile in our landscape we have clear, dark night skies which result in a fantastic array of stars (when it isn’t cloudy!). We welcome star gazers and have a large grassy orchard which is suitable for 360 degree observation of the night sky without intrusion from buildings.
Landscapes and Viewpoints
With fantastic views from your cottage window you may not want to explore further! We have been told that we have “probably the best view in Shropshire” and we provide outdoor tables and chairs so you can enjoy to the full. Looking for sweeping views off the top of a hill Corndon Hill is easily reachable on foot (or by car) with a little climb to be able to view over to Snowdon on a good day. Or visit Pole Bank toposcope on the Long Mynd which explains distances and directions for major landmarks. Manstone Rock on the ridge of the nearby Stiperstones is the second highest point in Shropshire – head east and the next time you are this high you are in Russia! Perhaps one of the reasons for the gliding club on the Long Mynd.
Trails & Tours
Our location right on the Welsh border provides lots of options for exploring the old Welsh Marches.
Take a trip to Ludlow, the mediaeval capital of The Marches and explore the best ruins of a fortified castle in the area. On the way call in at Stokesay Castle for a beautiful fortified manor house, or The Land of Lost Content at Craven Arms to discover things you thought you’d forgotten all about. Stop off at the Ludlow Food Centre for a snack in their cafe or to stock up in what must be one of the largest “farm shops” anywhere.
Or head for Montgomery and Welshpool, stopping at Mitchells Fold Stone Circle on the way to discover the fossilised witch. Take a trip on the canal in Welshpool, visit Powys Castle and meander round Montgomery – not forgetting the castle for its views and Bunners for the way a hardware shop should be.
Head south to Clun to visit the quaint museum (open Tuesday & Saturday) with its wealth of local knowledge. Walk up Burry Ditches and explore this well-preserved Iron Age Hillfort. Then call in to Bishops Castle on the way home to visit the grave of the faithful black slave, the houses zipped and buttoned together and some quality boutique shops. Have a pint in the 3 Tuns or the 6 Bells to taste their home-brewed beer, the 3 Tuns boasting it has been continuously brewing since before 1642.
Very locally explore “The Beach”. Start at The Bog visitor centre for homemade cake and articrafts, look at the preserved mine buildings at Tankerville and Snailbeach, pop up the hill to see how people used to live at Blakemore Gate, then finish off at St Luke’s Church to see exhibits on the life, work and times of Mary Webb – our local author of Precious Bane and Gone to Earth. On the way back call in to The Stiperstones pub for a drink and some food, or pop next door to the original “Open all Hours” where John Sproson has a cornucopia of delights from microwave ovens, pick axes, picture frames, fresh fruit and veg – plus the obligatory out of date items at ridiculously knock-down prices.
The Stiperstones and Long Mynd hills, plus all the area around, gives a great wealth of opportunities in the immediate local area for walks which have great countryside, few other walkers and lots of options for shortening or lengthening your walk. One favourite little ramble for us is to walk around Shelve Pool, a SSSI where the vegetation grows out over the water surface, taking in Flenny Bank. It takes around an hour and gives lovely scenic views of the Stiperstones and also Corndon Hill plus across into Wales.
The Adstone walk starts from the pub at The Bridges, and has a halfway stop at The Crown Inn, Wentnor – our favourite place for a pie. An inspiring 5 1⁄2 mile walk following the Shropshire Way over the summit of Adstone Hill. If you love a good view, you’ll love this walk!
Flenny Bank Walk: The view from Flenny Bank is one of the finest in the land! Discover the story of this landscape, said to have been shaped by the devil himself! This walk is circular and goes through the back garden!
Mucklewick Walk: Wander the hills and valley of this quiet borderland. If you want to get away from it all, this is the walk for you! Again a walk which can be joined through the field behind us.
Darnford Walk: Ramble along the Shropshire Way to discover a hidden, golden valley. Then enjoy panoramic views whilst following a 3000 year old thoroughfare. There are options of 4 or 6.5 miles
Walks from the door
A footpath runs through our land as part of the Flenny Bank walk (with the incentive of a stop at The Bog Visitor Centre half way) and also Walking with Offa walk 13 or an extended version Bog-circular taking 3-4 hours.
Or just amble in our grounds – we have 6 acres set over to wildflower meadow, an orchard and a small coppice.
7 days without a car
If you are wanting to get away and be green then here are some ideas for a week at Shelve. Some people want to walk everyday – which is perfectly possible with one of the densest networks of footpaths in the UK. But here’s some ideas to get you further afield, which still give a little walk to the bus stop:
Take the Shuttle bus onto the Long Mynd at summer weekends. Walk to the Glider station and watch them soar. It’s then possible to drop down to Wentnor, then follow the Adstone walk to Bridges to get the bus back.
Take the Shuttle bus to Church Stretton, explore this fascinating old town dubbed “Little Switzerland”, and visit the chalet pavilion in Carding Mill Valley which is National Trust
Mondays and Fridays the bus goes to Ludlow. On one of those days stop off in Clun and explore the castle, Bury Ditches, the ancient church and sample a pint in the Sun or White Horse. On the other day go all the way to Ludlow and explore the market, St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow Brewery, Ludlow Castle or an event at the Assembly Rooms
Tuesday the bus goes to Newtown in Powys. Enjoy the market and have an amble about. Visit W H Smiths and view their stunning onld tiles
Take the bus to Shrewsbury – visit the museum, market hall, old market hall, regimental museum and castle, the Abbey (setting for Cadfael), Bear Steps gallery and the ancient heart of old Shrewsbury. Take a boat ride around “The Loop”, and explore the ancient city walls.
Head to Bishops Castle by bus and explore this quirky town. Visit the Town Hall for local information on one of the oldest Rotten Boroughs. Enjoy a historic trip and the town with a local guide, and sample some beer at the UK’s oldest brewery at the 3 Tuns. Browse the boutique shops, find the castle walls or pick up a short walk around the area.
Plus lots of walking here, so you may need 2 weeks holiday!