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Swallows Cottage

(Ref. 940214)

Harley near Much Wenlock, Shropshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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63 Customer Reviews

  • "We've stayed in our fair share of holiday cottages and this was definitely one of the best."

    It was beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean, and fully equipped. It was very easy to navigate the area. As soon as you are out of the village you are on to an A road and there are plenty of B roads to get you where you are going. No need for single track country lanes. Having said that I couldn't get over how quiet the roads were. It was a very pleasant area to explore and a beautiful cottage to come back to. We'd definitely stay here again if we're ever back in the area.

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Mar 2024

  • "We stayed 4 nights in Swallows Cottage."

    We have stayed in many cottages in Shropshire over the last 40 years and Swallows is probably the best. It's a 'home from home'. The decor is fresh, modern and uncluttered. Lovely and clean everywhere. The beds are very comfortable. It's good to have a lovely big shower cubicle. There is a convenient WC and washbasin upstairs - no trying to find your way downstairs during the night! The hosts have placed sensor activated plug-in nightlights in the hall and upstairs landing which proved very useful. I always take my own, but didn't have to use them this time. The property was easy to find and the area is so quiet and peaceful (you could hear a pin drop), and is conveniently placed for the shops and eateries in Much Wenlock or on the outskirts of Shrewsbury. We will definitely be returning and I can foresee Swallows Cottage being our go-to destination when we visit relatives in the area again in future.

    We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Swallows and thank you for your lovely feedback, it really is appreciated. We will look forward to seeing you again when you return to Shropshire. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Oct 2023

  • "We loved staying in Swallows Cottage in Harley and enjoyed a very special week there."

    It is a beautiful, extremely stylish and well equipped cottage, in a lovely quiet village setting. It was really nice to meet the owners of the cottage who live next door. They were so welcoming and helpful. This was our first visit to Shropshire and this cottage provides easy access to many parts of the county. We managed to travel on public transport to Much Wenlock, Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Bridgnorth. We also drove to Iron Bridge and the David Austin Rose Garden Centre at Albrighton. We will be highly recommending this cottage to all our family and friends.

    Many thanks for your kind comments Jan. It was lovely to meet you and Barrie and glad that you enjoyed your stay in the cottage. It was great to hear of your experiences using our local bus and train services to explore the area. We hope to see you again if you come back this way. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janette5.0Jun 2023

  • "The cottage is perfect, the quality is of a high standard, very well equipped and very clean."

    Every effort has been made to make the holidaymaker feel comfortable. A lot of thought has been given to this holiday cottage. The location setting is idyllic and perfect for exploring Shropshire. The owners are very welcoming and ensure your stay is good. My only wish is that we had booked for a longer period of time.

    Thank you Barbara and Chris for your lovely feedback. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Swallows Cottage and, we too, wish you could have stayed longer! We look forward to seeing you again if you come back to Shropshire. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a really pleasant stay and it felt like home from home."

    Lovely village. Julia, Nick and Sam were charming hosts. We would highly recommend this property and location.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2023

  • "Very comfortable enjoyed our stay very much."

    Would recommend

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Dec 2022

  • "A very comfortable cottage."

    We had a warm welcome from the owners, who were on hand if needed. We would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Alan4.4Sep 2022

  • "Swallow Cottage was a perfect location for our stay in Shropshire."

    The cottage was all we could wish for, clean, well equipped and very comfortable with a generous ‘welcome’ package. A real home from home. I hope we will have the opportunity to return. Our hosts were charming and helpful in many ways. I would highly recommend Swallow Cottage as a holiday venue…..and there really are swallows!

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Aug 2022

  • "Swallows Cottage is beautiful; a really cleverly designed farm building conversion."

    The cottage is tastefully decorated, the quality of finish is high and everything is well thought out. We appreciated the welcoming touches too! The location, close to Much Wenlock, is ideal to get around the Shropshire countryside and sites. The hosts, Nick and Julia, could not have been more helpful or friendly. We'd be very happy to come back.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely modern property with everything needed for a relaxing stay quiet location ..."

    Lovely modern property with everything needed for a relaxing stay quiet location quiet back lanes and walks hosts very helpful no negative issues

    Reviewed by Harry5.0Jun 2022

  • "Beautiful place to stay."

    Owners very friendly and helpful.not too far from lovely places to visit or to get a nice meal.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jun 2022

  • "An absolutely fantastic homely comfy well appointed property with fantastic hosts who provide an awful lot of information with a number of local walks and some further afield."

    It is for us one of those to go back to

    Reviewed by David G5.0May 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in quiet but convenient area."

    The cottage was well equipped, extremely comfortable and, though finished in a modern style, was still full of character and quality touches. Julia and Nick could not have been more welcoming and helpful but very much left us to get on with our holiday in peace. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Apr 2022

  • "Very welcoming and comfortable, all needs catered for."

    In a very quiet location. Everything was excellent.

    Reviewed by Dennis5.0Apr 2022

  • "Nick and Julia were fantastic hosts, very welcoming and accommodating."

    The cottage was very cosy and comfortable for a winter break away. It was very well equipped and had everything I needed to cook when I wanted to.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jan 2022

  • "A beautiful holiday home with everything you could ever need."

    Spotlessly clean. Very high standard. We had a relaxing week. Nick and Julia were very welcoming. We will definitely visit again

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0Jan 2022

  • "Everything just perfect."

    Our second visit to this lovely property. Owners are welcoming and friendly.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Nov 2021

  • "Superb holiday in the Shropshire countryside in a superb cottage."

    Very comfortable and tasteful and equipped with everything you need. The owners were very friendly and helpful too and went out their way to accommodate us. The location was great too - set in the peaceful relaxing little village of Harley near to Much Wenlock, Ironbridge and Ludlow which were all wonderful to visit. Canoeing on the River Severn was definitely a highlight.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jul 2021

  • "Quality of the accommodation was fantastic."

    Reviewed by Clive5.0Jun 2021

  • "A very nice clean well equipped cottage in a very pretty area."

    Reviewed by Diane5.0May 2021

  • "Wonderful stay in a picturesque Shropshire village."

    Can’t wait to return, the cottage was everything you could wish for just perfect. Thank you again to Julia,Nick & Sam See you again soon

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Apr 2021

  • "Accommodation was of an excellent standard, and the host were very friendly and helpful with finding things to do in the area."

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Apr 2021

  • "Nick and Julia were the perfect host and Swallow Cottage has been done to a very high standard."

    The cottages is situated in a perfect location for you to be able to visit Shrewsbury, Ironbridge and Bridgenorth.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Oct 2020

  • "As our hosts live on the property, they personally introduced themselves which was a nice touch, and they were approachable and helpful right to the end of our visit."

    The cottage has a great feeling of space and is light and modern. The surrounding area is very beautiful and the cottage is in such a picturesque location.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Oct 2020

  • "Swallows Cottage is lovely - scrupulously clean and thoughtfully provisioned with everything you need for a comfortable stay."

    The hosts are welcoming and helpful. The surrounding area is beautiful with lots to do within a short drive. This was our second stay at the cottage and it was lovely to know that we didn't need to pack extra kitchen equipment as everything you need is there!

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Jul 2020

  • "The pictures did not do this lovely cottage justice."

    Great helpful hosts . Lovely location for exploring Shropshire.

    Reviewed by Wendi5.0Jul 2020

  • "An excellent holiday cottage - met all our expectations and is just as pictured."

    Very well thought-through, with tasteful and beautiful decor throughout. In a peaceful rural location. Owners are friendly and helpful, but not at all intrusive: they live just across the courtyard. We've rented lots of holiday cottages from Sykes and this is up at the top, with the very best of them.

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0Nov 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely and the owners friendly and helpful, definitely going back there next year."

    Reviewed by Cathy5.0Sep 2019

  • "We had a lovely, relaxing stay in Swallows Cottage."

    Nick and Julia were very kind and made us feel very welcome. The cottage is very comfortable and a great base to explore all that Shropshire has to offer. We particularly liked the beautiful walks and fascinating historical sites. There was so much to see and do that we ran out of time.......we will be back!!

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was beautiful and fully equipped in a lovely area with lots to do and see."

    The cottage owners are very friendly and informative, we had a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Aug 2019

  • "Beautifully converted holiday cottage from a former cow shed."

    All the kitchen amenities are there. Excellent location as a base for exploring the West Midlands.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage is beautifully finished and very thoughtfully equiped."

    It's really comfortable and there are lots of great places to visit within a short distance.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Jul 2019

  • "We found this cottage to be excellent."

    Also the owners were very helpful & friendly.

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0Jul 2019

  • "This is the second time we have visited Swallows Cottage."

    It is a perfect setting for a holiday in Shropshire. The cottage is perfect in every way and the owners are such lovely people. We would highly recommend it!

    Reviewed by Terence5.0Jun 2019

  • "Absolutely wonderful cottage in a lovely peaceful village."

    Hosts could'nt have been more helpful. We had a problem with our car on arrival and Nick rang his friend who came by on the Monday and we were sorted out in no time. Lovely area, lots to see and do. We will probably return next year. Thank you. Chris and Len .

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jun 2019

  • "An immaculate house and the owner made us feel very welcome."

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Jun 2019

  • "Our experience of Swallow Cottage was confirmed by many entries in their visitors book which all enthused about the warm welcome with flowers, cakes and milk, the superb accommodation with every facility one could wish for for, and then some."

    We were blessed with a sunny week to thoroughly enjoy walks, visits to the local countryside and towns - and of course Ironbridge a few minutes away. It is difficult to really express our excellent week in South Shropshire.

    Reviewed by Frank5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely cottage with tasteful decoration and furnishings."

    Owners were very friendly and helpful whilst being unobtrusive. Would book this cottage again if we revisit the area.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7May 2019

  • "We loved this cottage."

    Cottage itself was so cute with all amenities needed. Perfect location for nice country cycling. Great to explore ironbridge. Easy walking distance to lovely pub. Owners were lovely perfect hosts. Left homeade muffins for us. Lovely. Would definitely go back. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Apr 2019

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Swallows Cottage which we found spotlessly clean with absolutely everything provided."

    The location is so pretty and the host very friendly and welcoming. So much to see and do in the surrounding area we didn't know where to start. The Blist Hill Victorian town is a must - we went twice - so interesting and good value. A visit to pretty Ludlow for the market with so many listed buildings is also recommended and the small town of Bewdley is delightful. There are plenty of good local pubs and restaurants if you don't want to cook every evening. We would recommend Swallows without hesitation and really hope to do a return stay at some point. A week is not long enough. Loved it.

    Reviewed by Cathryn5.0Mar 2019

  • "The cottage was very homely,the owners made us feel welcome."

    The little touches were a very good idea, everything was there.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Mar 2019

  • "Fantastic break away."

    We had some brilliant days out walking including iron Bridge, church Stretton,Bridge North and the Wrekin. Good area with plenty to do. Hosts were on hand, very helpful but not intrusive. Cottage very well equipped, clean and tidy, very comfortable. Would recommend to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Feb 2019

  • "Swallows is a lovely cottage finished and equipped to a very high standard."

    The owners, who live next door, were very friendly and welcoming, but never intrusive.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Dec 2018

  • "The hosts and the the cottage were excellent."

    The cottage is in a great location, with the Wenlock Edge, Long Mynd etc all very easty to access. The cottage had plenty of off road parking, was very clean and very well equipped, even had a coffee machine in the kitchen.

    Reviewed by Vince5.0Sep 2018

  • "Beautiful, clean and well equippped cottage."

    Probably the best we've stayed in over the last 7 years

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Sep 2018

  • "This property was everything we hoped for and more - spotlessly clean, comfortable, well equipped."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Swallows Cottage and made the most of touring the area.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Sep 2018

  • "The house was lovely with quality furniture and fittings."

    The king size bed was comfortable. The owners were very nice and helpful. There are lots of National Trust and English Heritage places to visit nearby as well as the Severn Valley Railway. You do have to be careful in bedroom to not bang your head on the beams.

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Sep 2018

  • "We have been with Sykes before so our expectations are always high."

    I think this cottage was probably the best we have stayed in so far. It was spacious, clean and extremely well equipped and the owners were friendly and helpful. There was lots to do in the area (we particularly enjoyed the Severn Valley railway and the various English Heritage and National Trust properties nearby). Thanks for a wonderful fortnight, Julia and Nick.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jul 2018

  • "Great hosts and a superb cottage in a great location."

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Jun 2018

  • "Swallows Cottage is beautiful."

    Set in very quiet countryside with only the birdsong to listen to. Great for a relaxing break. In a good position for exploring Shropshire. The cottage is extremely well set out with every thing one needs for a holiday. Lovely décor and very helpful and friendly owners. I didn't want to leave!

    Reviewed by Anna-jane5.0Jun 2018

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay at Swallows cottage the owners were really friendly and on hand should you need anything."

    The cottage is very well presented with modern décor and fittings. The beautiful weather was an added bonus. There are so many lovely places to visit in the surrounding area. We would love to return.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jun 2018

  • "The cottage was perfect."

    Thank you to the hosts, Julia and Nick, who were very welcoming and the cottage had everything you could want. It was beautifully presented, very clean and comfortable, and all facilities were there that you might want on holiday. Excellent base for visiting many attractions in the area. Will certainly be back for more!

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Mar 2018

  • "Very comfortable cottage in an excellent location to explore Shropshire, the owners Nick and Julia are lovely people, very friendly and helpful."

    We had a relaxing week and would return to Swallows cottage when visiting the area in the future.

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Oct 2017

  • "Immaculate cottage was everything we could have wished for, great level of comfort and facilities, the owners couldn't have been more friendly and helpful."

    We will definitely consider staying here in future are there is so much to do in the area.

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.8Sep 2017

  • "Very comfortable cottage, lovely areas to visit with my elderly mother, would not return to cottage as we like to holiday in different areas of the U."

    K., hope next year we will find another lovely cottage through you in different area.

    Reviewed by Julia4.6Sep 2017

  • "What also decided us on this cottage was the fact that no pets were allowed."

    Reviewed by Lynne4.8Jul 2017

  • "The cottage was beautifully presented in a quiet village and the hosts were most pleasant and helpful."

    It gave us easy access to many interesting places and the surrounding countryside was stunningly beautiful and full of history.

    Reviewed by Terence5.0Jul 2017

  • "Very nice cottage comfortable good base for touring the area owner very friendly"

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Jun 2017

  • "We found this to be an ideal location for holidaying in Shropshire and Swallows Cottage offers a very high standard of accommodation."

    The owners, Nick and Julia, were extremely welcoming and we would love to return for another holiday in the future.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0May 2017

  • "Lovely cottage with everything you needed."

    Very clean and tidy. Nice greeting from friendly owners who were always on hand. Great position for touring Shropshire.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0May 2017

  • "A beautifully presented cottage, absolutely immaculate."

    Helpful owners but not intrusive. Great to have a bus passing every hour if one wished to use it. Everything one could possibly require was in the cottage. A lovely area to explore with fantastic scenery.

    Reviewed by Audrey5.0Apr 2017

  • "The accommodation and location where even better than listed."

    Facilities and the general décor in the cottage are superb with lovely tasteful touches added by the owners Nick and Julia. Nearby Much Wenlock is a little gem of a place with great pubs and shops with plenty to do and see in the beautiful surrounding Shropshire countryside. Go back there again? You bet we would.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Apr 2017

  • "Swallows cottage is finished to an extremely high standard in beautiful ..."

    Swallows cottage is finished to an extremely high standard in beautiful surroundings Nick and Julia are very friendly and helpful and knowledgeable of surrounding area and places to visit, they even booked a table for us at local restaurant before we arrived you couldnt be disappointed with this cottage

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • First floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with electric fire.
  • Electric radiator heating throughout with electric fire
  • Electric oven, halogen hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Side patio with furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, Pub 10 minutes walk
  • Note: There is a regular bus service to Much Wenlock, Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury
  • Note: Sloping ceilings in bedrooms and on landing
  • Note: Property has a mezzanine style landing with glass balcony
  • Note: Children over the age of 12 only
  • Please note that this property is for holiday makers only, sorry no workers allowed

The property

This pretty cottage built, in part, with local stone, is located opposite to the owner’s own home in the idyllic south Shropshire village of Harley, surrounded by glorious countryside.

This lovely cottage is perfectly placed for exploring the many delights of Shropshire and is the ideal base for friends and family looking for a relaxing rural retreat.

This immaculately-presented character cottage has everything needed for a relaxing holiday from the well-equipped kitchen to the comfortable sitting room exuding quality and style.

There are two attractive bedrooms with sloping ceilings and exposed beams, separated by a lovely mezzanine style landing with glass balcony overlooking the central hallway.

The ground floor shower room is complemented by a first floor cloakroom.

Outside, there is a patio to the side of the cottage equipped with table and chairs making it an ideal spot to sit back and relax whilst admiring the lovely countryside views.

The charming village of Harley is close to the popular market town of Much Wenlock with its many beautiful period buildings, historic Abbey and plentiful shops, tea rooms and pubs.

Fabulous walks can be found nearby, stretching across Wenlock Edge and on to Church Stretton with breathtaking views across the Long Mynd, home to grazing sheep and local wild ponies.

A day spent exploring the World Heritage Sites around Ironbridge with its iconic iron bridge and its many museums is a must, as is a trip to Ludlow, with its wealth of interesting architecture, castle, 13th century church, racecourse and riverside walks.

A lovely Shropshire base.

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About the location


Much Wenlock 2 miles; Ironbridge 8 miles; Bridgnorth 10 miles; Shrewsbury 10 miles

Harley is a pretty Shropshire village with a wealth of history situated just to the west of Wenlock Edge, not far from Much Wenlock. Recorded in the Doomsday Book in 1086 as “A manor with enough wood for a hundred swine” and the pretty village Church of St Mary is first recorded in 1291. The site of a Roman Villa has been found nearby. Harley is also a ‘thankful village’ one of the very few villages which saw no men lost in the First World War. The surrounding countryside is lovely and there are many fine views towards Wenlock Edge and the local landmark of the Wrekin Hill.

Note: Children over the age of 12 only.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas