The Old Cwm Barn

Mainstone near Bishop's Castle, Heart of England (Ref. 1955)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

A delightful, 18th century, stone-built barn conversion situated close to the owners' farmhouse on a 4.5 acre eco-friendly 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 a 48 inch flat screen TV and superb views plus three lovely bedrooms. 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, hand-held shower, basin and WC. Ground floor basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area. Large entrance/utility. Sitting room.


  • Oil central heating
  • LPG oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, telephone (honesty box)
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair and stairgate on request
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Large enclosed lawned garden with a fenced off natural water feature and decked area with furniture and BBQ
  • Child's 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 and children to be supervised by the wildlife pond
  • Note: There is a spring-fed water supply to the property which is tested regularly.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “Wonderful walking in a beautiful area”
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    • “We three friends stayed for a week in this barn conversion with the express hope of finding some lovely walks. We were not disappointed. The accommodation itself was just what we wanted:well equipped,warm,enclosed garden for dogs and children, useful welly boot area and downstairs toilet.The owners, who live next door, were attentive and friendly without being intrusive. All in all The Old Cwm Barn is an excellent place for a holiday if you love country things.”

    488houndog, Corwen, United Kingdom, December 2014

    • “A restful holiday enjoyed by all especially the dogs”
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    • “Excellent accommodation well layout comfortable and dog friendly. Large fenced garden big enough to train the dogs in. Useful covered lobby to remove wet clothing and foot ware. The only thing missing was a log burner not because the property was cold but to make it a little more cosy. The owners who lived next door where friendly and helpful without being intrusive.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Bromham Near Devizes, August 2011

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    • “The owners were very welcoming and helpful without being intrusive. The surroundings were so peaceful and really beautiful. The decking area had the sun all day and was lovely to sit and eat al fresco. The garden was secure and plenty big enough for dogs to have a run round.”

    Mrs Hooton, Ulceby, June 2015

    • “The accommodation was very dog friendly, which enabled us to have a relaxing stress free holiday.”

    Kellett, Bury St. Edmunds, March 2015

    • “The barn is in a marvellous position for those who like peace and quiet, country life and walking. The arrangements for dogs are good: a well fenced garden and lovely walks just from the door.”

    Mrs Mortimer, Corwen, September 2014

    • “Warm welcome from extremely helpful owners who could not do enough to ensure we had a good stay. Beautiful, isolated location which was quiet and relaxing with plenty of wildlife just outside the window. A brilliant spot for stargazing.”

    Mrs Hardy, Lancing, August 2014

    • “Lovely area, dog friendly hosts & cottage and a good dog-safe garden with a stream that ours loved. It was peaceful and quiet.”

    Rev Kitchen, York, June 2014

    • “The wonderful location, away from it all, and the stream in the garden for the kids to play in. The lovely sitting room, and watching woodpeckers, kites and buzzards without even leaving the house. Excellent walking, including many child-friendly walks nearby. Bishops Castle is a lovely little town.”

    Dr Le Vaul-grimwood, Durham, April 2014

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About the location


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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