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The Cosy Retreat

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Bishop's Castle, Shropshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • lovely (16)
  • comfortable (14)
  • stay (13)
  • clean (13)
  • well (10)
  • town (9)

23 Customer Reviews

  • "Very clean and comfortable accommodation situated in a great location to explore Bishop's Castle and further afield."

    We will definitely be returning in the future.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely house, very clean, beds were super comfy and location was perfect."

    Plenty to explore in the area and owner was easily contactable when needed. I would definitely stay here again! Only thing that threw me off guard was that there was no washing machine as I hadn't planned for it but that was my own fault!

    Reviewed by Jacqueline4.7Oct 2023

  • "Lovely comfortable house fully equipped."

    Squeaky stairs slight issue at night. Night lights very useful. A veg knife and large scissors would complete it. Good location to visit places and Bishop's Castle nice quirky town with independent shops. Would definitely return.

    Thank you Beverley I appreciate your comments. I will be getting the scissors and veg knife and im glad you point these things out to me otherwise I don't know. Hope to see you again in the future Property Owner

    Reviewed by B5.0Oct 2023

  • "Very clean, well equipped and well located for the town, parks and walks."

    Helen was lovely. Welcome pack appreciated after long journey. Would definitely stay here again.

    Thank-you Amanda for your review it is much appreciated and hope to see you again in the future Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Sep 2023

  • "This was our second stay at this property, and it lived up to the same standards as last time."

    Clean, well-equipped, quiet location, secure garden for our dog and perfect for enjoying the short walk into Bishops Castle town centre or any number of walks in the surrounding countryside.

    Thank-you Steph really pleased you enjoyed your stay again and it was nice to meet you. Hope to see you again and I hope to have the patio area ready to use. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Aug 2023

  • "I highly recommend The Cosy Retreat."

    The property is extremely clean and well cared for inside and outside. The garden is enclosed by fencing to the rear and a lovely neat mature hedge to the front. We have a dog so the secure garden was important. There is one car parking space to the drive inside the driveway gates this was good to have when unpacking the car. There is further parking to the front of the property in a communal parking bay we found there was always space there during our stay. The house is a good size not obvious from photos. Everything very clean, windows, patio and patio furniture, neatly tended garden, fridge, oven cookware all super clean. There were two beautiful hanging baskets to either side of the front door and these to my mind reflected the high standard of care and pride the owner gives within the property. The beds are very comfortable and the bed linen and towels very clean high standard white style. We particularly appreciated that the sitting room and bedrooms rooms were carpeted and cosy for us and the kitchen, dining room and rear entrance room had practical hard flooring ideal for pets. The only bathroom/toilet of the property is downstairs and is a wet room style with shower and a small hand basin. My partner did remark on this arrangement during the night, but not a huge issue for us. I would highly recommend the area in general being on the Welsh border with so many beautiful places to visit and plenty of enjoyable walking in particular exploring Offa’s Dyke and The Ridgeway. The nearby town of Montgomery both the town and castle plus ”Bunners” the unique hardware store are well worth a visit. Also, Lake Vyrwy and Lake Vyrwy Hotel are highly recommended. Bishops Castle has good eateries and characterful unique shops it’s a pleasure to spend time musing around and unwinding in “BC”. Some shops and cafes in BC are closed Monday and Wednesday so do check opening hours so as not to be disappointed. I would not hesitate to stay at The Cosy Retreat again.

    Thank you so much for your lovely review I'm very pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jun 2023

  • "The place was really well equipped and very comfortable."

    We really enjoyed our stay. Very handy for local eateries of all different types. Lovely walks near by too.

    Your review is important to me so thank you I really appreciate it. Hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Apr 2023

  • "A very pleasant stay in a very spacious, clean, comfortable and well maintained property."

    Ample safe parking, well equipped, all we needed. the 'welcome pack' of cake and milk etc. a nice touch. Overall an excellent cottage, quietly situated but within an easy walk of local shops. We would definitely consider booking again.

    Reviewed by John4.7Nov 2022

  • "Excellent property, close to town centre, very clean and well presented with some nice touches on arrival, we would definitely recommend."

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2022

  • "Just had a lovely week stay, great place to stay, lovely space outside, children loved the garden."

    Very comfortable beds & great sized master bedroom. Perfect location for the town too. Will look forward to returning again next year

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Aug 2022

  • "We loved The Cosy Retreat - it was well equipped, comfortable and so lovely to have the garden to enjoy during the good weather too."

    It is perfectly located for accessing Bishop’s Castle and everything that it has to offer. We would recommend it as a place to stay, if you want a quiet holiday and we would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Aug 2022

  • "Such a comfortable, clean and spacious place to stay."

    Had everything you need. Fantastic location and lovely owner. We would definitely go back there.

    Reviewed by Rosalind5.0Jul 2022

  • "Very Clean and comfy place, indeed you can have a Cosy Retreat."

    Reviewed by John4.7Jun 2022

  • "Immaculately clean, great location and very relaxing."

    We had a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Meryl5.0Jun 2022

  • "Really well equipped property with a small garden and driveway parking."

    Clean and comfortable holiday home in an ideal setting within a few minutes walk of the centre of Bishops Castle. There is a park with children's playground nearby and footpaths leading into the surrounding countryside. Bishops Castle has interesting little shops, good cafes and pubs and two small supermarkets. It is also an ideal centre from which to explore further afield in Shropshire and the Welsh Borders. I can't wait to return to The Cosy Retreat.

    Reviewed by Yvonne4.7Apr 2022

  • "Lovely home from home."

    Immaculately clean. Very comfortable. Well equipped kitchen. Within walking distance of town centre. Very friendly community.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Feb 2022

  • "This was a lovely holiday property situated in a very interesting little border town that had lots of facilities."

    The property itself had everything that we needed, and the beds were very comfy! Many thanks to Helen, the owner, for providing this, and for being on hand should we need anything. The weather was not great all of the time we were there, but there is plenty of room to relax in the cottage, and it's just a few minutes walk to the shops.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2021

  • "Exceptional area for walking."

    Lovely owner Helen, excellent communication ensuring we were comfortable throughout our stay.

    Reviewed by Tina4.7Sep 2021

  • "We were pleasantly surprised by the quietness of the immediate locality."

    The property owner is very helpful and open to suggestions for minor changes. The beds were wonderfully comfortable and we slept very well. The only downside was no washing machine and also very restricted drying space, the latter could be easily improved. There are numerous country walks from the house and also further afield. We dined twice at the Castle Hotel which allows dogs in some dining areas. We also enjoyed the food at Three Tuns pub. For lighter meals and snacks, the Postcard Cafe at nearby Clun is a gem not to be missed. A trip to the Space Centre near Knighton would be good, but being in Wales, it was not open to visitors in Sept 2021. We enjoyed the dark night skies in Shropshire with the Milky Way clearly visible. Thank you, Helen, we hope to return to The Cosy Retreat.

    Reviewed by A3.8Sep 2021

  • "The house was more spacious than it appeared in the photo's with even a little separate area by the back door for the dog's bowl's etc."

    The garden was secure for our lively Labradoodle and though we were there in summer, the heating was easy to operate for those chillier days. The outdoor plug was a fantastic bonus as our car is electric. Our host was very kind, leaving some lovely treats on our arrival and making sure we had everything we needed for our stay. A small downside was that the only loo was downstairs meaning that if you needed the loo in the night (that would be me then!) you had to make your way down the creaky stairs trying not to wake the whole house up!! However, though the stairs seem loud, apparently no-one was disturbed and all was well. The boiler is a bit of an eyesore in the dining area and takes up a bit of space, but again nothing massive. There is a grass area to one side of the drive which my boys and the dog loved and a table and chairs around the back to use on warm days, or warm evenings with the lovely lighting. There aren't any really good views from the house but you don't have to walk far at all to get to beautiful wooded walks and gorgeous views. All in all, a very good experience.

    Reviewed by Rachel4.4Aug 2021

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage which was perfect to unwind in and set in a lovely little quaint village of Bishop's Castle with plenty of local pubs to enjoy."

    Reviewed by Josh4.7Jul 2021

  • "Lovely house in a pretty little town in shropshire, the welcome pack was appreciated."

    The place was spotlessly clean with everything you need on holiday and the beds were the most comfortable ive ever slept on. will definately be coming back . thanks Helen

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Jul 2021

  • "The Cosy Retreat is a lovely place to stay."

    As a family of five we were very comfortable during our week long stay. We enjoyed the local pubs and there are lovely walks and countryside nearby. We had a day at the seaside in Aberystwyth too. We would recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Katy5.0May 2021

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Ground-floor wet room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher, Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power (complementary basket of logs, firelighters provided on arrival) inc in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and high chair available
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Road side parking available on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • Enclosed rear patio garden with outdoor seating area and secured bike storage
  • One well-behaved small dog welcome (to be kept downstairs and off the furnishings)
  • Welcome Pack on arrival
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: Two steps up to property, please take caution
  • Note: There is a £20 charge to bring a pet to the property
  • Please note: Dogs are welcome at the property but they are the responsibility of their owners and they should not be left unattended at any time
  • Please note: There is a local EV charging station nearby within a minute or 2 drive
  • ( Please do not use the property to charge E.V's)

The property

Tucked away in the heart of Bishop's Castle, you will find this charming holiday home, The Cosy Retreat.

Surrounded by the magnificent scenery of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this humble abode is the perfect for a small family or group of five who wish to discover the beautiful English countryside.

Step inside this wonderful dwelling and be greeted by a pretty sitting room with a woodburning stove, where you can spend many of your evenings unwinding with loved ones.

Make yourself feel right at home as you take to the quaint yet well-equipped kitchen and prepare a hearty home cooked meal for all to enjoy whilst gathered in the dining room and indulging in a delicious bottle of bubbly.

Head out into the garden, where you can delight in dinner alfresco as you bask in the last of the day's sunshine.

Back inside a quaint utility awaits you.

From here a light and spacious shower room completes the first floor, whilst three restful bedrooms consisting of a king-size, a twin and a single sit peacefully on the first floor.

Uncover the hidden gems of Shropshire with days spent wandering the centre of Bishop's Castle where you will find a sea of amenities such as a well-established store and a handful of pubs and restaurants, as well as attractions such as The House on Crutches and the Bishops Castle Heritage Resource Centre where you can learn of the local history.

Step back in time at the Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, a pleasant drive away, or head for the town of Craven Arms to visit the Land of Lost Content Museum and the Medieval English Heritage site of Stokesay Castle.

Embark on a breath-taking hike through the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or grab your bikes and head for a thrilling cycle through Harton Hollow Nature Reserve.

Climb to the top of Ragleth Hill and admire 360-views across the open landscapes, or cross the border to Wales and discover the opulent manor house of The Naissance Experience at Glansevern Hall Gardens over in Montgomery, and the National Trust owned Powis Castle and Garden.

Head into the neighbouring town of Church Stretton and explore the Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd, or travel to Shrewsbury to tour the National Trust owned Attingham Park Estate, Shrewsbury Prison and the 11th-century fortress of Shrewsbury Castle.

With all this and so much more to look forward to, be sure to book a stay at The Cosy Retreat.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Church Stretton 8 miles; Montgomery 10 miles; Shrewsbury 14 miles; Ludlow 18 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 farmer's market once a month, 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. A weekly market can be found in Lydham village hall, selling local produce. 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.

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Please note: There is a local EV charging station nearby within a minute or 2 drive. ( Please do not use the property to charge E.V's) .

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas