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The Old Schoolhouse and Cottage

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  • 17 Guests

  • 9 Bedrooms

  • 5 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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71 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic house and location."

    We had a great stay and Andy was very welcoming and helpful. Would not hesitate to book again.

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Mar 2024

  • "Just returned from an amazing weekend with my 11 lady friends."

    This superb property has all the amenities and comfort you could wish for. We met the owner who was so friendly and helpful. Close to all the amenities Bishops Castle has to offer. Nearby pubs and walks. For large groups and families it is so well stocked with equipment, we made use of the hot tub which was great.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Nov 2023

  • "A group of 18 friends stayed at the Old Schoolhouse, Bake House and Brew House for a reunion weekend in November, our second time at the property."

    It is perfect in terms of accommodation, comfort, facilities and location and we would thoroughly recommend it to any large group of friends or families.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Nov 2023

  • "We had a fantastic time ."

    4 generations went to celebrate our pearl anniversary. I have only ever rented villas in Florida before so had no experience over here. Adrian was there to greet the first arrivals and we could not have asked for more facilities. Tennis, croquet ball, boules, hot tub, children's toys, books galore and plenty of mugs, plates kettles toasters, and cooking pots. I defy anyone to find any shortage of equipment. We were even invited to help ourselves to the ripe apples. My grandaughter had fogotten to pack the pushchair and Adrian sorted one for us from a friend in the village. The only mark lost was the cleanliness and it is impossible to get a house of this age and size to look anything like the clinical condition of american villas(in general) but for a welcoming homely place, wonderful scenery and plenty of places to visit and things to do 5* all the way. A big THANK YOU. I hope we played our part in leaving it as we found it. Maureen

    Reviewed by Maureen4.7Oct 2023

  • "We had such a great time at the Old Schoolhouse."

    It was ideal for a group of friends getting together and very convenient for lots of places to visit. Very well equipped and with a beautiful garden. Very helpful owner.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Sep 2023

  • "First Class House, had All and more than we expected."

    17 of us had a week celebrating our Golden Wedding and it was ideal, Great for Families and a great Garden and even a tennis court and a Hot Tub. The Owner Dr Penny was very helpful a Lovely man and his son often drops in around the garden. Would Strongly Recommend.

    Reviewed by Eddie5.0Sep 2023

  • "The house was a real home, incredibly well equipped and super for a multi generational stay - the cottage was perfect for the younger members of the family."

    The garden was glorious - really well maintained, beautiful flowers and trees and the Owner was most generous in sharing the produce. The hot tub was a real hit with the youngsters. Despite the disappointing weather, the house was always warm and comfortable, with plenty of facilities for washing clothes and drying them. Masses of parking and such easy walking into the small town with well stocked shops. The Castle Hotel was excellent for a celebratory meal.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Aug 2023

  • "This was our third visit to the property with our family of 17 ranging from 13 to 98 years."

    We love it here. The rooms are spacious with plenty of seats. It is extremely well equipped for a large party. The garden is beautiful and there is a large area for outdoor games and the hot tub is well maintained and a bonus . The house is conveniently located to the town.

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2023

  • "The Old School House and Cottage is a great place for a large gathering."

    It oozes with character.The grounds are beautiful, especially the walled garden and is conveniently situated on the edge of Bishops Castle near the beautiful Shropshire hills.The resources ( for cooking ,dining, children etc) were more than enough for a large group and Dr Penny was friendly, welcoming and helpful.

    Reviewed by Judith4.7Jul 2023

  • "Very welcoming , and easy going owner."

    Helped us with anything we needed. the cottage is lovely. well catered for a big group. We throughly enjoyed our stay, and couldnt reccomend this place enough to anyone wanting to book.

    Reviewed by Toby5.0Jul 2023

  • "Interesting house in an interesting little village."

    Superb setting for our family reunion. Great facilities and ample kitchen equipment. All 17 of us could sit round the table, indoors or outdoors. All 10 cars easily fitted into the car park. We had lovely weather and made good use of the intriguing garden, which became the subject of one member of our group's water colour day. Owner very helpful & friendly. A very special week. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Jun 2023

  • "Wonderful property throughout, particularly the gardens at this time of the year (spectacular)."

    Owner was very attentive and hospitable. Made us all feel very much at home.

    Reviewed by Anthony4.4Jun 2023

  • "Amazing weekend for our four families."

    Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a wonderful weekend in the Old Schoolhouse."

    The gardens were absolutely stunning and the house felt really welcoming. There is everything in the house that you could possibly need. We loved it so much we have just booked again for next year!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0May 2023

  • "Excellent location - we all really enjoyed our stay a very quirky building but fantastic"

    Reviewed by Carol4.7May 2023

  • "We chose this property as it accommodated 4 families and their children, and the main reason for booking was for the huge hot tub that would be useful for all the adults."

    The property had everything needed to entertain all (adults, teenagers, and children from as young as 6). There was a tennis court, rackets and balls (which we all made use of on a sunny spring Saturday) large garden, and footballs to use in the garden. It had additional mattresses for the children so they could all camp out where ever they liked. Loads of room in the house itself. I think we even lost a few children in the process from time to time, lol. We were greeted soon after arriva by the son of the owner, Theo (the owner was away). He showed us how to use the Aga oven and gave us reassurance to contact him if we needed anything. As the Cottage was literally next door, it gave us an additional kitchen/oven to use, so it was easy to prepare food for all of us. Two huge fridges in the main Schoolhouse and the huge dining table came in handy for all to eat and family games and adult games in the evening. We did need to contact Theo throughout our stay and he was on hand to help out as advised. He popped by from time to time to check things over (hot tub temp etc). From a customer service perspective, this is exactly what you hope for in an event that you need something resolving. The quaint village was within walking distance and we made use of the Indian takeaway whilst we were there. The village has some amazing artwork on some of the houses, made a lovely walk and had a co-op for convenient shopping and a number of pubs. Next time we will book in for the brewery tour. Unfortunately we did encounter an unforeseen problem with the hot tub, which was unable to be resolved during the stay (out of anyone’s control). We were able to use another hot tub on site (although it was smaller). I was contacted by the owner, Adrian after our stay and felt that he took our concerns seriously, reassuring me enough to make another booking.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.4Apr 2023

  • "Great location."

    ....great welcome...roomy premises...ample facilities....

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Mar 2023

  • "Fabulous property in a perfect location."

    Ideal for our family birthday celebration. Everything you could possibly need was provided from a beautiful range cooker to plenty of cutlery and crockery. One of our party said she could bake a three tier wedding came as all the equipment was in the lovely floor to ceiling cupboards. The garden and hot tub were superb and was used daily. We will definitely book this house again in the future.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Nov 2022

  • "Adrian and his staff were wonderful hosts , helpful and friendly."

    Everyone loved the place. The hot tub was particularly enjoyed.

    Reviewed by Ian4.1Nov 2022

  • "This is our group's second visit to The Old Schoolhouse."

    We are old university friends and partners, and this place suits us down to the ground. You have to master the Aga but the quantity of cooking utensils, crockery & glassware is up to the task of self-catering, along with fridge & freezer space and two dishwashers. Love the garden (free flowers and produce, games for the lawn), tables for al fresco whatever, relaxing hot tub. Umpteen books. Very comfortable and homely, informal property. Owner Dr Penney on hand to welcome us and check we settled in; he enjoys that we enjoy the house. House Notes need updating eg. ref. recycling.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Sep 2022

  • "We had the most fabulous week in The Old Schoolhouse!"

    After having to postpone twice due to covid, it was well worth the wait. The house and cottage are extremely well equipped, with plenty to keep the kids entertained. Beautifully maintained gardens, with some lovely spots to hide for a peaceful 5 mins, the photos really don’t do it justice! Everything was clean and the beds extremely comfortable. There are some lovely local walks, and great local pubs. The Three Tuns has lovely food, and is within staggering distance!

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Jul 2022

  • "The Old school house and cottage was fantastic!"

    Its exactly what our group of 17 needed! Clean and Comfortable. The garden was wonderful also, well kept and beautifully designed. We were able to forage some mint and rosemary for our recipes when we couldn’t find them in the local shop and enjoyed wondering through the paths taking in the beautiful view and scents. The host was so lovely, friendly and helpful. He even stopped by the last day to check if we had change for the bus to Shrewsbury. I would recommend this place again and again and can’t wait to return!

    Reviewed by Shuwanna5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely place to stay!"

    The house & cottage are characterful, spacious and comfortable. Owner was friendly and very helpful. We very much enjoyed it.

    Reviewed by Darren5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely house with lots of character."

    Friendly nearby owner - on hand for any issues and helpful at all times. Every room clean and tidy. Perfect amount of clean bathrooms for the 16 guests. Two large fridges, a freezer, 2 kettles, 2 toasters and 2 dishwashers were really useful for our large group. Hot tub was great. Views from the house were lovely, house was warm, beds comfy and the water always hot. The town is delightful, pubs very welcoming (Castle Hotel has breathtaking views). Was also great to have so much on site parking. We loved it!!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a really enjoyable stay at the Old Schoolhouse and Cottage for a family celebration."

    The house is huge with lots of space for a large group and well equipped. The gardens are also huge and beautifully tended. The hot tub and shared tennis courts are great facilities. It's just a short walk down the hill to Bishop's Castle which has shops, pubs and several good takeaways. The owner was very helpful on arrival explaining the range cooker etc. and was on hand without being intrusive. Thank you for a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had an amazing weekend at the Old Schoolhouse and Cottage."

    The owner Adrian was extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the area and helped us so much with a medical emergency. He helped us so much. The walled garden is beautifully looked after and it was a joy to enjoy the sunny weather in the spacious grounds. The kitchen is very well equipped and lounge is very spacious. There are beautiful walks in every direction so we didn't use the car at all and the house is very close to all the local shops and pubs. Highly recommended and we'll be back.

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Mar 2022

  • "7 of us had an excellent three days in the Old Schoolhouse, we had a room each!"

    The accommodation is very spacious, all the rooms are a good size, plenty kitchen equipment and loads of bathrooms. The garden is lovely, we used the hot tub once but didn’t have time to play tennis! Adrian was most helpful with advice and info. The quaint old town of Bishops Castle has some great pubs to offer (our favourite the Three Tuns just a couple of minutes walk), an odd assortment of shops and food places (though opening times seem rather random) and the Co-op was open long hours. Really picturesque, and great walking options from the town itself or a short drive. Pretty sure we will return to the Old Schoolhouse!

    Reviewed by James5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a wonderful weekend."

    The house and cottage were warm, with amazingly well equipped kitchens, comfortable beds and plenty of space to spread out. The hot tub was a real bonus and used by three generations on both days. Dr Penny was most helpful both with queries beforehand and explaining the cooking range when we arrived. We would love to go back for the next family celebration!

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2022

  • "Our group of 16 had an absolutely fantastic time staying at the old school house."

    The home is enormous with plenty of room and great facilities for hosting big groups and was spotlessly clean. The hot tub and tennis courts are the cherry on top. The local pub and COOP is just a 5 minute walk away. The owner couldn’t have been anymore helpful and was on hand to help us throughout our stay. We will definitely be coming back!

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Feb 2022

  • "Ideal for large family holiday very well equipped and maintained."

    Amount of parking a bonus . Owner helpful and available without being intrusive

    Reviewed by Kath5.0Oct 2021

  • "I'd say that those who were able to go had a good time!"


    Reviewed by Anne5.0Oct 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at the old schoolhouse."

    The house is well equipped with everything you need and more. The sleeping arrangements were great, plenty of scope to accommodate large groups. We were blessed with great weather so made good use of the gardens and hot tub. Owner was extremely helpful and accommodating. We would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Adele5.0Sep 2021

  • "What a wonderfully equipped house - big pans and lots of crockery and cutlery, perfect for a big group, and better thought out than many for catering for a big group."

    The owner is visible, helpful, and very pleasant. Plenty to do at the house but also in the area, both for those not wanting to drive and those wanting to drive out to "sights".

    Reviewed by Katie4.7Aug 2021

  • "We were welcomed by Dr Penny who was very warm and hospitable."

    We were very impressed by the cottage and how spacious it was. We enjoyed our stay and the facilities that were available.

    Reviewed by Slinder3.8Aug 2021

  • "The owner, Dr Penney, who lives next door, is a thoughtful and very helpful landlord."

    We have stayed in the Old Schoolhouse before (5 years ago), and we knew all its many virtues and those of Bishops Castle and the beautiful surroundings. Though we chose to limit our party because of Covid-19, the house and cottage provide very adequate space for 17. And what is more the 'Three Tuns', only a few yards away, is a wonderful pub - excellent beer and very good food. Why it has been omitted from the 2021 edition of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide is a mystery and a sacrilege.

    Reviewed by John4.7Oct 2020

  • "This house was absolutely ideal for our largish family party ( 9 adults, 6 children ( 2-5 years old ) and a baby !"

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    Reviewed by Lianne5.0Aug 2020

  • "The Old Schoolhouse and Cottage provides lovely, spacious accommodation for large groups."

    We were a family gathering with ages ranging from 94 years down to 6 months and we had plenty of room and space for the week. The dining room is quite tight to seat 17 but we managed it. The kitchen is extremely well equipped. The gardens are lovely to walk around and the lawn is big enough for a game of French Cricket. We thoroughly enjoyed the hot tub too. Bishops Castle is a very pleasant town with 2 small supermarkets, an excellent butchers, gift-type shops and plenty of pubs. The Three Tuns pub and brewery is just 2 minutes walk away. The property owner was very friendly and helpful. We will be back.

    Reviewed by Lauraine5.0Jul 2020

  • "Lovely setting for our annual family girlie weekend away."

    Best equipped kitchen ever providing more than needed supplies of crockery as opposed to the normal 1 plate per person. Excellent hot tub. Very comfortable beds. We had a fabulous time. Owner was very welcoming and on hand if we required any assistance

    Reviewed by Linda4.4Nov 2019

  • "The short break was so enjoyable that we have booked it already for next year."

    Superb location - just a shame we picked wettest weekend of the year but it did not dampen our enjoyment.

    Reviewed by Alistair5.0Oct 2019

  • "The house and gardens were wonderful."

    We had gone as a group to celebrate my 50th birthday. We loved the green house and the flowers in the garden. There was a BBQ and quite frankly I had the most amazing jacket potato I have had for years cooked in the ever hot oven. The hot tub was lovely and the fire in the lounge was toasty. I loved that the house was well stocked with books and I wish our stay had been longer. The 3 tuns pub, literally round the corner was brilliant. We were there for the Michaelmus fair which was lovely. We would dearly love to return again.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2019

  • "We had a wonderful weeks holiday with family all 17 of us."

    The weather was very mixed but It did not matter as we enjoyed all the indoor games .We were able to use the tennis court and the large garden is beautiful.There was a plentiful supply of out door tables and chairs.The hot tub was popular with all ages. The house was clean and comfortable with a large supply of cutlery utensils,saucepans and crockery.In fact everything you would need for preparing and cooking a meal for a family of 17. The house does not have a tumble dryer but we were able to dry clothes easily on the overhead airers. The house is very close to the town but is in a quiet location and we did not need to worry about my noisy family playing their outdoor games.It is in a good location for visiting many stunning beauty spots. We all loved this house and hope to return in 2021.Unfortunately we have already booked our 2020 holiday elsewhere. We forgot to take our first aid kit and were suprised there was not one in the house as someone had a nasty graze after a fall on the tennis court. All in all I could not recommend this house more.

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2019

  • "We found the owner exceedingly pleasant and approachable and would love to come back in the future."

    The house had everything we had for a mixed group with kids - they loved the tennis courts and we loved the hot tub!

    Reviewed by Ellie4.7Aug 2019

  • "Very comfortable and well-equipped house."

    Friendly owner and family who ensured we were welcomed. Lovely town on the doorstep and great location for exploring Shropshire.

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Jul 2019

  • "Tess and adrian welcoming and helpful."

    ...even to rearranging bedrooms with a smile on our arrival. lots of tips of local attractions. lovely house ....brilliantly equipped. loads of outdoor games. fabulous for 10 adults and 6 children. thank you very much

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jul 2019

  • "Everything was perfect for our mixed group of eleven unrelated people, even the weather was ideal!"

    We appreciated the owner of the house being on hand to give us tips on where to go and what to see.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jul 2019

  • "We found the house extremely spacious and particularly loved the hot tub!"

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0May 2019

  • "We had a fantastic holiday at the Old Schoolhouse."

    We had chosen the house based on the wonderful pictures, and it still far exceeded our expectations in person! We were at full capacity (17 adults) and still found the house to be more than big enough for us all. We are able to all sit down at the dining table and enjoy dinner and, thanks to the wonderful weather, we made full use of the garden and the amazing views of the local countryside. The hot tub was another great bonus to the weekend, and it was great to arrive to it turned on and ready to be used! We were also pleasantly surprised by the ample amount of parking, as we had 7 cars and plenty of space. We also visited the Three Tuns pub, which is a few moments walk from the house, and can definitely recommend. All in all, a truly idyllic weekend - thank you so much Adrian.

    Reviewed by Cecily5.0Apr 2019

  • "What a lovely house with all the facilities needed for a party of 14 people with varying ages and mobility capabilities."

    We booked a table at The Three Tuns pub round the corner for Friday night and the food and welcome were excellent. The hot tub was a lovely addition after a long day's walking and sightseeing on Saturday - Bishops Castle is a very pretty town with coffee shops and walks, Ludlow is very picturesque with a market in the square on a Saturday, so, many different levels of entertainment depending on how active members of your party wish to be. Indian and Chinese takeaways were the order of the day for Saturday night and then we were back to The Three Tuns for a Roast on Sunday. The house and cottage are extremely comfortable with a lovely big lounge in the Schoolhouse that can accommodate everyone and the logburner made it really cosy. We had a lovely weekend and would thoroughly recommend the house and surrounding area for a lovely weekend away. Hopefully we will be back on another occasion!

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Mar 2019

  • "We had a thoroughly enjoyable time."

    This was our second time at this property and enjoyed it even more the second time. It's comfortable without being pristine. Lots of space for everyone. Seating in the dining room is a bit cramped with 14 adults but it's a matter of a different layout.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Feb 2019

  • "We were a group of 14 adults who went to university together."

    The cottage fit us all very comfortably, and the rooms were lovely and big. The kitchen was fully equipped, and made it easy to arrange for big group meals between us. The hot tub and tennis courts were wonderful, and we were all quite happy hanging around the local area for the week we were there.

    Reviewed by Eli5.0Feb 2019

  • "The Old Schoolhouse and cottage is perfect for big family gatherings."

    We had three families and the grandparents all staying there together. It is a lovely house and very easy to feel at home staying there - the kids lovely playing Sardines in the house. The hot tub is a real treat and we enjoyed lovely walks from the house.

    Reviewed by Inga5.0Dec 2018

  • "The property was very good and provided us with all that we needed for a party of 17 celebrating Christmas and a 50th wedding anniversary."

    The rooms were very comfortable and we all had plenty of space. The oven did take some getting used to but we were still able to cook a big a Christmas dinner. The surrounding area was fantastic as were the nearby pubs which had some great local brews.

    Reviewed by Stuart4.7Dec 2018

  • "We all really enjoyed our recent 5 night stay at The Old Schoolhouse and Cottage."

    There was lots of space for 15 of us to spread out with lots of seating areas. The main sitting room had nice seating with a log burner. There was a large dining room with an extendable table to get us all round at mealtimes. The kitchen was big and well stocked with utensils and had a smaller table and chairs and a window seat for smaller gatherings. There was also an AGA which took a bit of getting used to and you could not cook anything if you were in a rush but there was also microwave for ‘emergencies’. The property had 2 dishwashers which were very useful for larger families. There was a washing machine in the utility room but no tumble dryer which we found slightly problematic at times and, other than the fridges and freezer there was nowhere to store other food. The grounds surrounding the property are nice and the small children played croquet whilst the older ones played tennis. The 9 seater hot tub was a huge bonus. There was a separate cottage with 2 bedrooms (1 double bedroom and 1 single). The cottage was entirely self-sufficient with a kitchen and shower room and was only a few steps from the main house. On our arrival we were met by the owner who showed us around and how things worked etc which was useful. We had his phone number if we needed him and did not feel that it was necessary for him to keep coming back and letting himself into the house to check on us. That aside we had a wonderful time.

    Reviewed by Bev4.7Nov 2018

  • "Such a great house, feed back from the friends I went with was really good with bed comfort high on list plus the use of such a lovely garden."

    Hot tub was a hit even when the heavens opened up which thankfully was only the once. Parking was plentiful with good recommendations and information of local produce so all good on that front. Can only really think of a couple of bad points which concerned some of the group both of which were just things that will probably never arise again. So would we go back probably yes but as a group we do like to wander around the country so not for a few years. So there we have it a great base to stop at with lots of stuff to do, so what more do you want

    Reviewed by Timothy4.1Sep 2018

  • "We had a wonderful extended family holiday at the Old School House and it was perfect for our large group."

    The house had plenty for room for everyone and we never felt over crowded. The beds were comfortable and clean. We were blessed with fabulous weather too and spent lots of time in the beautiful gardens and had lots of time in the hot tub. We managed to fit 15 of us in it on one occasion! Adrian, the owner and staff were also very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jul 2018

  • "We were a group of 14 aged 20-35 celebrating a 30th birthday and a 28th birthday and we all had a fantastic stay."

    There were plenty or bedrooms over the schoolhouse and cottage, enough for everyone to sleep comfortably, and for all of the couples to have a kingsize bed. There were plenty of toilets and showers so minimal queuing, and the facilities in general were great. We had never used an aga cooker before but the owner gave us instructions when he took us around the house and it was easy. The living room is large and very comfortable. The grounds were beautiful; the tennis courts were great fun, the greenhouse and flowerbeds were lovely to walk around, and the lawned area was large, with a big table and chairs to sit and enjoy breakfast and BBQs alfresco. The hot tub in the garden was one of the best features which we all loved. We had a fabulous weekend and will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2018

  • "A wonderful garden to relax in and an owner who took a real interest in our welfare, calling round regularly and asking us to report any issues to him so that they could be dealt with immediately."

    What a refreshing change from other owners!

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Jul 2018

  • "Local amenities are good, but as a large group we found it easier to book a delivery to our holiday home from one of the larger supermarkets, which are about 40 minutes drive away."

    It worked well for us and saved us a lot of time. Our accommodation was superb, would highly recommend a visit to The Old School House at Bishop’s Castle.

    Reviewed by Monica4.7Jun 2018

  • "Get arrival time correct"

    Reviewed by Martin3.8May 2018

  • "Lovely relaxing accommodation and everything you needed both in cottage & the lively village of Bishops Castle."

    Reviewed by Sheila4.7Mar 2018

  • "The old school house and cottage isn't posh but it was perfect."

    The old house had everything we needed for a fun fiftieth birthday party for we and my friends. The hot tub sat 8 of us very comfortably. The kitchen was so very well stocked with crockery, pot and pans and cosy Aga. The bedrooms were spacious and nicely decorated. Three settees in the lounge and the log burner too. I'd definitely recommend this house to friends and family and would like to visit again. The town of Bishops Castle is a lovely to with beautiful walks on the door step and a few really nice shops and pubs.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Feb 2018

  • "This comfortable well-equipped and spacious cottage had everything we needed to celebrate a big family birthday."

    The hot tub was a great hit with everyone and there were plenty of bathrooms to make sure no-one had to wait. The owner was anxious to make sure we had all we needed, without being intrusive. Thank you so much for a weekend to remember.

    Reviewed by Josephine4.8Nov 2017

  • "A great house for a large family gathering."

    Very well equipped. Owners friendly and very helpful.

    Reviewed by Margaret4.4Oct 2017

  • "Location, facilities, hot tub, grounds and garden."

    Felt like home.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2017

  • "Fantastic property in a beautiful village, very convenient shops/pubs/cafe's."

    Felt instantly at home was ideal for a family gathering.

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0May 2017

  • "Superb in every respect."

    The owner was attentive without being intrusive. We were disappointed not to be able to re book for next year.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Apr 2017

  • "Excellent property very comfortable and well equipped."

    The hot tub was wonderful.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Mar 2017

  • "Adrian, the landlord, was very helpful sorting out a problem with the central heating."

    We had a great time in a great house in a lovely part of the world!

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Jan 2017

  • "Excellent location close to a busy town with all the essential amenities required by a large family complemented by lots to do and see in the area."

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Dec 2016

  • "Adrian was extremely helpful and responsive, even met me in the car park at nearly 11pm to show me where the door was (hugely appreciated)!"

    Beds were made up to our specification which made coming with children much easier, and the house and gardens were lovely. Thanks for having us!

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Nov 2016

  • "The house was even better than it looked from photographs - provided perfect accommodation and equipment for a large family holiday of several generations."

    Space to be all together, or to find quiet , cosy areas for smaller groups. Fabulous!

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Oct 2016

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  • The Old Schoolhouse
  • Over three floors
  • Seven bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor super-king-size (zip/link can be twin on request), 2 x super-king-size, 1 x double, 1 x twin (zip/link can be double on request), 1 x second-floor twin, 1 x second-floor super-king-size (zip/link can be twin on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower only
  • Ground-floor wet room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Second-floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with breakfast area (seats 8)
  • Utility
  • Dining room (seats 17)
  • Sitting room (seats 14) with woodburning stove
  • Second-floor sitting room (seats 6)
  • The Cottage
  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Oil central heating
  • Log burner
  • The Old Schoolhouse: Four-oven electric Range cooker, microwave, 2 x fridges, freezer, washing machine, 2 x dishwashers
  • 2 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, 4 x radio/CD, iPod docks, WiFi, selection of DVDs
  • The Cottage: Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine
  • TV with Freeview, DVD, radio/CD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • 4 x travel cots and 4 x highchairs on request
  • Off-road parking for 10 cars
  • Bike storage
  • Large walled lawned garden with patio, 9-seater hot tub, summerhouse and vegetable garden which guests can use when in season to rear of Old Schoolhouse
  • Private lawned garden with furniture to rear of the Cottage
  • Shared use of tennis court (with Refs
  • 4140 and 15515)
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking (including vapes and e-cigarettes)
  • Shop 0.3 miles, award-winning real ale pub/restaurant 0.1 mile
  • Note: Ramped access to property
  • Note: Local authority prohibits use of the hot tub between the hours of 11pm and 8am
  • Note: There are 5 steps up to the front door of The Old Schoolhouse, level entrance to rear
  • Note: Check-in 5pm, check-out 11am

The property

The Old Schoolhouse and Cottage are a wonderful pair of self-catering holiday homes, situated just a short walk from the centre of the historic market town of Bishop's Castle.

A large, detached, early 18th century traditional Georgian house and an adjacent detached, stone-built, single-storey barn conversion cottage, which was the old surgery, set in 1.5 acres of grounds, makes up The Old Schoolhouse and Cottage.

The Old Schoolhouse is a wonderfully spacious building set over three floors, and provides traditional, character accommodation, which seamlessly combines with homely facilities, including a bubbling hot tub and two very large TVs, to provide a house of real merit.

Three zip/link beds give this Bishop's Castle holiday home flexible, partial-ground-floor accommodation to suit the whole family, while the dining room, seats 17, so everyone can gather together in the evening for a delicious meal, then retire to the sitting room for fun and games, or to watch a film.

The farmhouse kitchen in this wonderful Shropshire holiday home benefits from an Everhot cooking range with four individually-controlled ovens, great for rustling up a tasty snack after a long day out and about.

The large walled garden beside The Old Schoolhouse is ideal for relaxing in the hot tub, enjoying a drink after an exciting day, and in season, guests also have access to the vegetable garden.

The adjacent Cottage offers cosy ground floor accommodation for three, and is perfect for a couple, small family or even the grandparents to enjoy some quiet time after all the excitement of a day with the extended family.

With its own private garden area, and full kitchen and sitting room facilities, it's a wonderful place to escape to for some 'me time'.

This Bishop's Castle accommodation sits in a wonderful location, with an award-winning, real ale pub and restaurant on the doorstep, and all of Bishop's Castle's amenities a stroll away.

This is a wonderful location for walkers, cyclists, and birdwatchers, with Offa's Dyke and the Shropshire Way very close by.

Explore the Clun and Kerry Forests, the lovely South Shropshire Hills, medieval Ludlow, and Shrewsbury, Stokesay Castle and the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site with its ten museums, which are all within easy reach.

With the private hot tub and the shared all-year-round tennis court, these two adjacent properties combine to provide charming, spacious accommodation, perfect for a family gathering or large group of friends who wish to enjoy this beautiful part of Shropshire.

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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 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.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas