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Bishop's Castle 5.5 miles; Clun 6 miles; Ludlow 16 miles.
Mainstone is a tiny, rural hamlet located in beautiful countryside known as the Marches, the English/Welsh borderlands. The hamlet is just 5.5 miles from the fascinating market town of Bishop's Castle, which is situated in the outstanding natural beauty of the South West Shropshire Hills. Bishop's Castle boasts a medieval castle mound, a wealth of timbered buildings including the unusual Elizabethan House on Crutches, heritage trails and an impressive choice of quality shops, pubs and restaurants, including the famous Three Tuns Inn Brewery, which produces renowned real ales. The town enjoys weekly markets, festivals, such as the famous Annual Real Ale Festival, and regular fairs, with the Michaelmas Fair being particularly popular. The area is ideal for walking, cycling and for touring the Welsh Marches and rural Shropshire. The delightful towns of Ludlow and Shrewsbury are within easy reach, while nearby attractions include Powis Castle, Stokesay Castle, Acton Scot Historic Farm (as seen on TVs 'Victorian Farm') and the Severn Valley Railway.
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A delightful, 18th century, stone-built barn conversion situated close to the owners' farmhouse on a 4.5 acre smallholding with rare breed pigs, sheep, ducks, chickens, a horse and a wildlife pond, on the outskirts of the hamlet of Mainstone. The property is surrounded by wooded pastures and distant views of Stiperstones and the South Shropshire Hills. The cottage offers comfortable, well-equipped accommodation including a spacious, triple aspect sitting room with superb views and three lovely bedrooms, whilst the large garden boasts a spring fed stream, with decking over, ideal for dining alfresco. This is a great location for walkers, cyclists and birdwatchers with both short and long scenic walks, taking in Offa's Dyke and The Shropshire Way, starting directly from the smallholding. Discover the Clun and Kerry Forests, the South Shropshire Hills, medieval Ludlow and Shrewsbury, Stokesay Castle and the Ironbridge Gorge, all within reach. A superb holiday hideaway for that relaxing break.
Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x single. Bathroom with corner bath, telephone-style hand shower, basin & WC. Ground floor basin & WC. Fitted kitchen with dining area. Large entrance/utility area. Sitting room.
Oil central heating. LPG oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, wireless Broadband available on request. Telephone (honesty box). All fuel & power inc. in rent. Bed linen & towels inc. in rent. Cot, highchair & stairgate on request. Off road parking for 3 cars. Lockable bike storage. Large enclosed lawned garden with a fenced off natural water feature & decked area with furniture & BBQ. Child’s swing & Wendy House. Wildlife pond. Two well-behaved dogs welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shops/pubs/restaurants 5.5 miles. Minsterley shooting ranges and trout/carp fishing nearby. Note: Property is accessed via farm track with a steep concreted descent at the end - take care during winter weather. Note: Although water feature is shallow, please take care. Children must have adult supervision at all times by the wildlife pond.
Previous visitors' comments about The Old Cwm Barn:
A good situation and easy access to many local walks. Privacy very good. Helpful hosts.
Mr Pinder, Rotherham, July 2012
The area is beautiful and peaceful. The owners are very friendly and helpful and extremely patient with children.
Ms Giddings, Doncaster, March 2012
Peace and beautiful countryside. Lovely welcome from the owners, who were concerned that we enjoyed the best of the amenities and surroundings.
Mr Adie, Castleford, September 2011
A lovely remote getaway, somewhere to relax whilst the kids entertained themselves in the garden and paddled in the little stream. The owners were friendly and helpful, a great experience all in all!
Mr Blencowe, Hove, July 2011