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Bishop's Castle Barn

Banks Head near Bishop's Castle, Shropshire (Ref. 920166)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "Wonderful property in a beautiful location and it lacks nothing ."

    Appreciated the personal greeting and then given total privacy to enjoy the location.Can fully understand why you get a lot of people returning and we would love to in the future.

    Reviewed by StuartJun 2022

  • "This was our third visit and it was as good as always."

    The landlord was great and very helpful. The cottage is lovely with all mod cons and such a beautiful location. When the council resurface the road it will be perfect in deed. Great holiday. Thanks!

    Thanks Keith! The council obviously heard you - they've resurfaced the road :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by KeithSep 2021

  • "An amazing place to stay, the piece and quiet of the setting and location is just perfect."

    Cleanliness of the property is second to none and an absolute credit to its owners.

    Thanks Paul! Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2021

  • "A fantastic barn that is exceptionally clean, tidy and has been renovated to the highest of standards."

    The hot tub is a perfect additional to a fantastic property. The location is perfect and the finishing touches and amazing. Can't wait to return.

    Reviewed by AlexOct 2020

  • "Our second visit and it was as good if not better than the first."

    The landlord was very helpful getting our shopping order sorted for us so it was all there ready when we arrived. The cottage was spotless and had everything we wanted. Warm, comfortable and very peaceful. A great place to get away from it all.

    Reviewed by KeithSep 2020

  • "Quality accommodation in a very rural setting along a gated track."

    A comfortable grown up space offering peace and quiet with lovely country views ideal for couples. Bishop’s Castle is a great base for walking and cycling with lots of country pubs in the area. Planning required. We had a lovely stay enjoying the glorious weather and jumping into the hot tub after a day out walking and cycling. Hosts live next door and provided helpful accurate information in advance of our stay which is really comforting in these Covid times. Highly recommended if you like to get away from it all.

    Reviewed by BSep 2020

  • "Another great find, we all loved our stay in this fab barn!"

    ! Would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by DionneAug 2020

  • "The holiday home had a lovely layout and nice to have two bathrooms."

    Exceed expectations as it was just much nicer and had a lovely feel. Also it was in the most beautiful setting

    Reviewed by NicolaAug 2020

  • "Fantastic, gorgeous place to stay!"

    Lovely views, so relaxing. Gorgeous view from the hot tub and very easy to use. The barn was very clean and had everything we needed including lots of fab board games!! Super warm and cosy, perfect for a stress free get away!

    Reviewed by EllieMar 2020

  • "Fantastic view from the hot tub, accommodation was lovely and a great place to relax and unwind."

    Reviewed by TerryMar 2020

  • "The Barn is the most hi-tech, user friendly accommodation that anyone could hope to enjoy."

    The location too is quite splendid. Can't fault it!

    Reviewed by GrahamOct 2019

  • "Lovely Barn in a lovely area and very welcoming and friendly locals"

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2019

  • "We had a fantastic weekend in the barn."

    We made full use of the BBQ and the hot tub, as well as the amazing surrounding countryside. We did a lovely 9 mile walk on the Saturday and then walked to a great pub called Bishop's Castle hotel, which the owner recommended us. Great beer garden! The barn was such a fantastic space, just right for the 4 os uf, with all the amenities you need. We loved how separate hot tub towels were provided, and the amazing shower and bluetooth speakers in the mirrors! Tim himself was lovely and very accomodating, answering all our queries promptly. We would highly recommend!!

    Reviewed by JennieApr 2019

  • "Our holiday was fantastic."

    The views, the accommodation, the beds and the hot tub all great and made our stay an absolute pleasure. I had fantastic company. Definitely one of my top holidays I've ever been on. I have been to many different places around the world and this one was the most relaxing. Also the jam and cake on arrival made us happy. Thank you Tim and Andrea.

    Reviewed by WilliamApr 2019

  • "A perfect cosy, retreat with a modern twist and a complete get away from everything if that is what you want and after 10 miles on Offa's Dyke, the hot tub was a real treat."

    The surrounding views from the barn are superb and the visits from the local sheep every morning was a pleasure to see. Sadly, we were a bit too early for the imminent arrival of their lambs. Bishops Castle is a great little town, boasting 6 pubs individual shops. Great to see there had been no invasion of any high street shops. I would definitely recommend that wonderful property.

    Reviewed by KateApr 2019

  • "The property has parking for one car but we were not aware that sheep had access to the parking area and they fast became a nuisance after licking the grit off the road they proceeded to lick and rub themselves all over the car which was covered in slobber and sheep muck."

    We had no idea what damage if any they were doing. Cars are an expensive piece of equipment and not something we would have parked with livestock. Tim and Andrea have no control on the sheep in the field but the parking area needs to be made secure from farm animals. We received no damage to the paint work on the car but the experience spoilt what would have been a 5* holiday in all departments.

    Reviewed by AnnemarieMar 2019

  • "It had fantastic views which we loved so much."

    It had everything you needed and more. The only thing which I can say about was the sofa in the lounge was not very comfortable , especially when you’ve been on a long walk , you just want to get cosy.

    Reviewed by RachaelDec 2018

  • "Bishop Castle barn is in a stunning setting and equipped to a very high standard, we found it very comfortable and warm during the cold weather during our stay."

    To access the property care needs to be taken as it is single track with poor road surface but once you get there it is worth it.

    Reviewed by glynOct 2018

  • "We all enjoyed our stay here ."

    Everything was there that was included and the owner was nice. No complaints . The price was fair . The venue lived up to our expectations. We will book with Sykes again if they keep the same level of prices and services

    Reviewed by AdrianSep 2018

  • "We have just enjoyed a very relaxing week at Bishops Castle Barn."

    The Barn is accessed along a single track road then down a private, steep track but its location allows you to enjoy some stunning views in splendid isolation and all less than a mile Bishops Castle. The facilities are excellent from the high spec gadgets in the Barn to the sole use of the excellent large hot tub. The owners of the Barn make you feel very welcome and are on hand if you need them otherwise, your privacy is respected at all times. The setting really is beautiful with far reaching uninterrupted views on your doorstep and from a cleverly framed kitchen window. It almost makes washing the dishes a pleasure! (Although there is a dishwasher too). If you don't fancy driving, there are public footpaths nearby including one into Bishop's Castle itself where The Castle Hotel (and on a sunny day, its garden) and Three Tuns Pub are especially worth a visit. A little more outdoor space that wasn't shared with the sheep would have been nice but there is a lovely decking area by the hot tub and we very quickly felt relaxed and at home which is not something you can always say after a few days away! Many thanks to Tim and Andrea.

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2018

  • "Lovely setting so peaceful and secluded but with all mod cons."

    Great cottage and very welcoming owners. There is a dirt track down to the cottage but this was no problem. The views are to die for and we were very warm and comfortable. The hot tub is a great treat when you have been walking or driving all day.

    Reviewed by KeithSep 2018

  • "We had a fantastic holiday at Bishops Castle Barn."

    The facilities and views of the surrounding area were brilliant. We only travelled 26 miles from Home to have this holiday, but it shows that you don't need to go far to enjoy yourselves! Shropshire really is a hidden gem. The Hot Tub was a luxurious bonus. Many Thanks to Tim and Andrea, who were there if we needed them.

    Reviewed by JasonJun 2018

  • "This barn is an absolute delight, totally exceeded all expectations."

    Beautifully presented with amazing attention to detail. Everything you needed and more. Hope to return before the year is out.

    Reviewed by JaimeMar 2018

  • "We had a wonderful, relaxing mini-moon at Bishop's Castle Barn- the perfect antidote to a couple of hectic weeks."

    The barn had everything that you could possibly need with plenty of thoughtful extra touches that made you feel like the owners really go the extra mile to ensure guests enjoy their stay. The location was perfect- very peaceful with stunning views across the countryside. No noise apart from the owls. Sitting in the hot tub and looking up at the sky was an incredible experience and we're so thankful to the lovely owners for allowing us to stay. They even gave us a card and some bubbly for our one-week wedding anniversary, which we loved. We'd definitely come back again :)

    Reviewed by LouiseNov 2017

  • "The venue is perfection."

    Location is peaceful and relaxing. Layout is perfect, bedrooms downstairs, living area upstairs results in spectacular views enjoyed throughout. Decoration is modern yet still relaxing and comfortable. The bathrooms are state of the art, love the rain showers. The bedroom on ground floor has a lovely knigsized bed, so comfortable. We have slept so well here. Not used the bedroom on lower floor. Star gazing is wonderful, no light pollution. The hot tub has been a real treat. The venue is in the middle of beautiful countryside located via a rural road. Yet only a few minutes from Bishops Castle village. Walks are from the doorstep. We are using the venue to sight see in general and visit more National Trust houses. The surrounding countryside is outstanding whatever direction you travel. There are DVDs, books, games and a drawer full of local information. We are really enjoying our relaxing, recharging time here.

    Reviewed by ElizabethSep 2017

  • "Brilliant cottage."

    Helpful hosts who left us to it but came over when needed which was very much appreciated. Beautiful views, lovely cottage, fabulous hot tub. Very relaxing and much needed holiday. Thank you x

    Reviewed by CarenAug 2017

  • "Amazing cottage, great views."

    Very clean, amazing hot tub. This cottage has it all. Great walks in the long Mynd + Carding Mill valley Nice town to visit is Ludlow And last but not least, very friendly and helpful owners.

    Reviewed by TamsinJul 2017

  • "We had a great holiday here, a wonderful hot tub, spectacular views and luckily for us fantastic weather."

    Surrounding area beautiful.

    Reviewed by AnneJun 2017

  • "Amazing place."

    ...amazing hosts we will defiantly be returning soon thank you so much

    Reviewed by MarkMay 2017

  • "The Bishops Castle Barn is gorgeous, total luxury in an idyllic location!"

    The barn itself is kitted out with all the mod cons, the beds are amazingly comfortable and the views are breath taking. We all adored the hot tub after a days walking too. We can't wait to go back.

    Reviewed by ZoeFeb 2017

  • "The cottage was superb, well equipped and in a stunning location with tremendous views."

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2016

  • "The owner was very friendly, beautiful views and perfect for a quiet get away,"

    Reviewed by EmilySep 2016

  • "South Shropshire beautiful, The Barn, peace and quiet, apart from sheep and bird song."


    Reviewed by BrianAug 2016

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  • Two ground floor bedrooms with TV: 1 x king-size double (zip/link, can twin on request) with Jack-and-Jill access to bathroom, 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor kitchen with dining area and four steps up to mezzanine sitting room with sofa
  • Heated drying room.
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, 3 x TVs with FreeSat, DVDs, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking for 1 car with 3-pin electric charging point, plus further parking available in Bishop's Castle
  • External bike rack and cleaning area
  • Elevated decking with hot tub, furniture and barbecue
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops 1.7 miles, pub 1.2 miles
  • Note: Four internal steps down to en-suite double bedroom and four up to mezzanine sitting area and external steps to decking, care to be taken
  • Note: Property accessed via 0.1 miles along an unadopted sloping track; this track also provides access to owner's home
  • The track may be unsuitable for vehicles with low ground clearance
  • Note: Owner can offer a pick-up service from local train station for walkers and cyclists on request
  • Note: Guests can order a Sainsbury's or Tesco delivery to be delivered to the cottage prior to arrival, please contact the owner directly to inform him of this and for more information
  • Note
  • Please note that the Hot Tub may not be up to the recommended temperature on the first night of your stay due to a water change
  • Note - If there are sheep in the field surrounding The Barn, they have access to the parking area.

The property

Bishop's Castle 1.5 miles or 30 mins walk across the fields.

A superb, detached stone cottage with a hot tub, in a rural location next to the owners home less than two miles from the popular market town of Bishop's Castle in the heart of Shropshire.

This delightful cottage offers stunning unspoilt views across the valley and access onto the Shropshire Way, and it provides excellent accommodation for families and friends to enjoy the area.

Guests can enter into the property to find a useful, heated drying room, ideal for drying off wet coats and boots after a bracing walk in the beautiful surrounding area.

With split-level, upside down living, the cottage feels bright and airy inside, entering into a double height entrance hall with staircase up to the mezzanine kitchen and dining area with high ceiling.

A further short flight of stairs leads into the L-shaped sitting room with balustrade overlooking the kitchen, giving a feeling of openness to the living space.

On the ground floor are a bedroom with a king-size zip/link bed (available as two twin beds on request) and a family bathroom with bath and electronic-controlled rainfall shower.

Four steps lead down from here to a welcoming double room with an en-suite shower room.

Outside there is a raised decking area which is the perfect location to sit and relax in the peace and tranquillity of the countryside whilst absorbing the breathtaking views.

At night, the sky comes alive with stars due to the lack of city lights and the luxury hot tub is the ideal location from which to lie back and enjoy the spectacle, perhaps with a glass of wine.

A footpath runs past the cottage leading onto the Shropshire Way and on into Bishop's Castle, or west and linking up with the nearby Offa's Dyke Path.

The owners have even provided an external 3-pin electric car charging point should this be required.

This lovely cottage has been well equipped and furnished throughout to provide a delightful holiday location all year round.

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About the location


Montgomery 10 miles; Ludlow 17 miles; Shrewsbury 21 miles.

The attractive market town of Bishop's Castle is surrounded by the South West Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The ancient town offers a weekly market and an excellent variety of shops, pubs and places to eat. It is famous for its annual Real Ale Festival, Tandem Triathlon and regular festivals and fairs, including Party in the Park and the particularly popular, Michaelmas Fair. The town is ideally placed for walking and touring the Welsh Marches, rural Shropshire and North Herefordshire, while the fascinating and well-known towns of Montgomery, Ludlow and Shrewsbury are all within easy reach. You can also enjoy the numerous nearby attractions, including Powis Castle, the Severn Valley Railway and walks along Offa’s Dyke and The Shropshire Way.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter