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Hillgate House

Hemford near Churchstoke, Shropshire (Ref. 1661)



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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Sky TV

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a fabulous cottage with bags of character."

    It is really well furnished with comfortable beds. Surrounded by fields with birdsong the only distraction, it is perfect for those seeking a peaceful escape. The large, well-tended garden is ideal for dog owners. The location is also great for local walks and short car journeys to access all that the Shropshire hills has to offer.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2022

  • "Absolutely fantastic cottage, highly recommended, garden is great especially if you like birds, so peaceful and relaxing, couldn't fault anything."

    Reviewed by JaneApr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage good location super garden for dogs only minus there is a small ..."

    Lovely cottage good location super garden for dogs only minus there is a small girls school opposite which can be a bit noisy when sitting in the garden apart from that a great holiday destination lots of local walks nearby would certainly consider returning in future

    Reviewed by GrahamOct 2021

  • "A wonderful cottage, so peaceful and everything we needed, apart from wifi or phone signal!"

    Reviewed by AndyOct 2021

  • "We have visited Hillgate House several times now and love it every time!"

    The garden is amazing and our dogs love roaming the completely secure garden. The house has everything you need for a complete escape from the daily grind and also a bonus that there is no internet for that reason! Thank you for sharing this amazing property

    Reviewed by LouiseSep 2021

  • "Our second visit to Hillgate House."

    It was wonderful to be back and it felt just as warm and welcoming as it did the first time round, a peaceful oasis, tranquil and serene, so warm and cosy and everything is thought of for your four legged friends, dog blankets , bowls and treats , the enclosed garden is just perfect for dogs , even our Great Dane had room to gallop around the garden at high speed , the garden wraps around the cottage and is much better than it looks on photos , I may have said this on my last review but the photos really do not do this beautiful house the justices it deserves! Beautiful walks on the doorstep and surrounding areas , am absolutely gutted that we can’t go back next year due to prior commitments but will definitely be seeing Hillgate again in 2023 Sue Barry Desmond the Dane and Raymond the cocker

    Reviewed by SuzanneSep 2021

  • "Been here several times before and it is just like coming home"

    Reviewed by KayeSep 2021

  • "We have been to this wonderful cottage numerous times over many years."

    ..And it never fails to impress.....super clean,well kept , it is not like a rental cottage...its a home for the week,. the garden is wonderful for our dog....and safe from escape, the numerous birds seen on the feeders is simply a joy to behold.. The location is absolutly ideal for us.....it is peaceful, picturesque, and an ideal location to explore Shropshire and the welsh borders Although we have just returned....we cant wait go back soon

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, very peaceful and dog friendly."

    Only one thing which would have made it perfect would be to have one bedroom with twin beds instead of a double.

    Reviewed by AlisonAug 2021

  • "Owner was really lovely & helpful despite not being there."

    Unfortunately the children’s home opposite the cottage got very noisy, making us feel like we were back home in our urban area rather than the rural area we had hoped to arrive at. There wasn’t much room to put our food, dog food etc… so we put our dog’s mixer which was in its own cardboard packet under the sink. The following day, the cardboard was shredded & some mixer had been eaten. We sellotaped the hole, put a rubber band around the cupboard under the sink to keep whatever was eating it at bay & transferred her mixer to the kitchen unit. The following day, it had again ripped the cardboard with it strewn everywhere so we moved plates from the cupboard & put it there. It was fine after that. Please put all food away in cupboards high up. If you have problems getting a t.v signal, it is likely the scart lead has come out. We had numerous problems with this but easily rectified. A lot of drivers that use the road next to the cottage drive far too fast. Be careful walking or driving along that single track road. It can get quite busy for a rural road. The cottage itself was beautiful, as is the area. Lots of beautiful birds & pheasants visit the garden & rabbits can be seen in the field at the back of the garden. I would like to thank the owner for all of his remote help during our stay. Martin, Carol & Lucy the lab - Halifax

    Reviewed by MartinJul 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in a beautiful quiet setting."

    Would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by LouiseMay 2021

  • "Lovely Homely Cottage, stunning views, very peaceful."

    Our dog loved the large enclosed garden. Shower is amazing, Plenty of towels left for you. Impressed by the basket with items left that had dettol spray, masks, anti bac wipes etc. Negatives are no wi fi, so when Sykes send a email re leaving the property you can't receive it. No freezer and no outside washing line, to hang out towels etc. During this time cupboards should be cleared of all food stuff items, found some well out of date. But would still recommend this lovely property.

    Reviewed by CarolApr 2021

  • "Owners contacted us in advance which was welcome and I was given some really useful information regarding the cottage and also informed of a walk from the doorstep which is a must if you stay here the views along this walk were simply breathtaking, the garden !"

    !! loads of room for the dogs to run around in one of which is a Great Dane so really appreciated the huge garden , it’s even bigger than it looks in the photos , the photos really do not do this place the justice it deserves , it’s stunning !!! it actually took my breath away as we pulled up at the gates , it’s so pretty !

    Reviewed by SuzanneSep 2020

  • "Same as last year, difficult to get enough hot water just using economy 7."

    Needed to boost. Items for sanitising much appreciated. Dogs ecstatic with garden. One of them started screaming with excitement as we turned into the lane. Would have appreciated wifi but it got me out of zoom pilates!

    Reviewed by CliveSep 2020

  • "We have been here many times, and so needed a holiday this year."

    ...On arrival at the cottage,,,,,it was lovely ...every thing thought out perfectly , everything we needed, totally covid secure......Diane has been the cleaner for years....shes A STAR !....... We had another wonderful week here. , beautiful cottage.....we love it.....peaceful surroundings. This cottage is loved.. and anyone coming here will feel that too .x

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely as usual and the setting is marvellous."

    Perfect for a get away this summer particularly. Everything was very clean and well set up - thank you. It was our third visit and we loved it just as much - perfect for the dogs as well, they love the garden.

    Reviewed by ElizabethAug 2020

  • "This was our second visit to Hillgate House."

    It is a fantastic cottage for dogs. The garden and walks from the door are wonderful. The cottage is full of character and well equipped. Everything you need with the exception of a freezer and WiFi but we enjoyed the peace and quiet. The beds are comfortable and the rooms pleasantly furnished. It makes an excellent base for exploring the Shropshire hills and Longmynd.

    Reviewed by MandyJul 2020

  • "Wonderful garden, our dogs loved it."

    Great cottage, lovely location. Excellent walks and easy reach of main towns. Will visit again.

    Reviewed by CliveSep 2019

  • "What a find!"

    Home from home with lots of extra special touches too. The beds were so comfortable and the birds in the garden were an absolute delight. Fantastic value for money and unbeatable quality all round. We can see why so many people return time after time. Would heartily recommend booking this cottage - if you can find a time when it's available!!!

    Reviewed by JoAug 2019

  • "Beautiful setting , a complete escape from the stresses of daily life."

    Very clean and comfortable with lots of thoughtful added touches. Fantastic garden for the dogs and us. Great walks in the area.

    Reviewed by JaneAug 2019

  • "A wonderful place for a relaxing holiday."

    Great for our dogs and very comfortable. The cottage is beautiful and very well placed for walking and visiting places. We have already booked a return visit!

    Reviewed by MandyJul 2019

  • "The cottage was extremely comfortable and the garden was fantastic for our dogs!"

    plenty of room for them to run and play.

    Reviewed by JudithJun 2019

  • "Arrived at cottage to see this wonderful place, in a garden so big and natural, the bird feeders were a bonus, so many different birds and animals in the garden, most of the time in the cottage was spent taking photos from the kitchen."

    The property itself was bigger than expected, with plenty of room for us, clean and tidy ( which we do not find in ALL the cottages booked), fair play to the owners and cleaners, perfect place to chill out for a week or so, didn`t want to go home, we may have to come again soon. One thing only I must say, as an Asthma sufferer, the FEATHER cushions and pillows were very bad for chest, had to remove them to a different room and buy new pillows to use while there, just a helpful thought for the owners maybe. apart from that, which was not the fault of anyones, it was BRILLIANT!!

    Reviewed by GlynJun 2019

  • "Have stayed at Hillgate house many times, and hope to stay here many times more."

    We always have the most relaxing holiday here, and our dog loves to explore the big garden and surrounding beautiful areas, its a haven of wildlife on your doorstep, and many different birds visit the feeders in the garden....Highly recommended !

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2018

  • "Wonderful cottage, with enclosed secure garden and very dog friendly as promised and included in initial cottage search ( surprisingly not always true on other sites)."

    Easy to search, book, pay and all stages timely and accurate. Would definitely trust Sykes to book cottages in future.

    Reviewed by AnitaSep 2018

  • "Very comfortable cottage with everything you need to make it a home from home, ..."

    Very comfortable cottage with everything you need to make it a home from home, located in a quite position ideal for dog lovers

    Reviewed by GrahamSep 2018

  • "Great description of this cottage,well equipped and beautiful setting."

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2018

  • "Hillgate house was extremely clean and lovely and cosy."

    The owner was really attentive and kind. Lots to see and do in the area and further afield. Local wildlife was great. A nice place to base yourself for a week of exploring. We would definitely be back. It's quite unique to find such a nice please that allows dogs.

    Reviewed by OliverJul 2018

  • "Another enjoyable relaxing stay at Hillgate we have been many times before and it never disappoints ,we take our dog with us each time which he enjoys exploring the secure garden and many walks around the beautiful cottage and beyond, many thanks to Tony and Sheena for the use of the cottage and a special thank you to the cleaner who does an excellent job."

    We hope to return very soon. John Wendy and Teddy ( the beagle)

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2018

  • "The cottage and location was absolutely fantastic, everything you needed for a restful getaway, would recommend highly."

    will be booking again.

    Reviewed by JaneJun 2018

  • "We have stayed at Hillgate House several times now, it has become our home from home minus the hustle and bustle!"

    The cottage is always spotlessly clean and the cosy welcome you get as you walk through the door gives a calm and peaceful feeling. The large secure garden is surrounded by beautiful countryside and you are only a short walk from the spectacular views of the Shropshire Hills. If you want peace and quiet you will love it here, just as we do!

    Reviewed by DerekMay 2018

  • "Lovely clean, warm and cosy cottage with everything you could ever need provided."

    Situated in a large garden surrounded by countryside, it was bliss despite the weather (spent most of the week shrouded in fog). Hillgate House is quiet and remote and yet has good access to A roads for touring the various market towns of Shropshire and beyond. Lovely to curl up with a good book in front of a roaring fire in the evenings....not that the fire was necessary for warmth - it just had to be done. Loved it!

    Reviewed by AngelaApr 2018

  • "Hillgate House is a real gem."

    Extremely well appointed, warm and very clean. Superb peaceful location - perfect for dog owners with walks practically on the doorstep. Within easy reach of historic towns such as Clun, Bishops Castle, Church Stretton, Ludlow etc. Perfect for birdwatchers, walkers and explorers.

    Reviewed by SueMar 2018

  • "Sofas were old and not really enough space for four people to sit comfortably."

    The kitchen is a small galley kitchen, like a caravan... the worst thing was a council run home for teens with issues across the road to the house. The whole week we could hear shouting, screaming, crying, swearing and abusive language, This was most nights up to three in the morning, This was far from ideal to say the least. We will not be returning.

    Reviewed by FrancineSep 2017

  • "Everything, location places to go, great all round!"

    Reviewed by KayeJul 2017

  • "Very clean & comfortable cottage, home from home, very well equipped."

    quite location if you want peace & relaxation, great for walkers & the large enclosed garden is excellent for dog owners.

    Reviewed by GrahamJun 2017

  • "Lovley cottage very dog friendly great location didn't want to leave"

    Reviewed by KristieSep 2016

  • "This well-furnished cottage has everything you are likely to need and is ideal for a quiet break in lovely countryside."

    However, there is no landline, mobile signal or wi-fi, but we found this an advantage as we were 'away from it all' and therefore could relax more easily. Actually, our vodaphone mobiles could get a signal if we walked/drove to the top of the hill. There is a shepherd's hut in the large tree filled garden, complete with bed-settee and heater if your teenager fancies a night out in the great outdoors. The owner also has some wood carvings for sale and one of them now sits on one of our bookcases. There are some nice small towns within driving distance, with a bakery, interesting shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs and produce markets. The pace is unhurried and everyone we met was friendly. We loved it.

    Reviewed by BarrySep 2016

  • "We have found a little gem here!"

    Hillgate House is the perfect place for a quiet and peaceful holiday. Clean and well equipped with a lovely cosy atmosphere. The large wrap around garden is secure and very private with views across the surrounding countryside. A great base for exploring the Shropshire Hills with good walks from the gate. This was our second visit and we hope to return next year.

    Reviewed by DerekAug 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 2 x double, with additional cast iron frame single bed on first floor landing
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over and basin
  • Separate ground floor WC with basin
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room with ornamental Victorian fireplace
  • Sitting room with multi-fuel cast iron stove.
  • Storage heaters with cast iron multi-fuel stove in sitting room
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV with basic Sky, DVD, radio
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for multi-fuel stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Large lawned garden with small orchard, garden furniture and Shepherd's Hut
  • Well-behaved dogs welcome, Downstairs only - please bring your own pet bedding
  • Shop 5 miles
  • Pub/Restaurant 1 mile
  • Note: Check-in 4pm.

The property

A detached 18th century stone-built farmhouse, standing in half an acre of enclosed grounds in the hamlet of Hemford, close to the Welsh Borders in the area known as The Marches.

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, this traditional cottage offers simple and comfortable accommodation with a cosy atmosphere.

The property boasts a wealth of original beams, a warm and welcoming sitting room with cast iron multi-fuel stove and a large garden, perfect for dining alfresco whilst enjoying the views of the nearby Callow and Corndon Hills.

The garden also boasts a Shepherd's Hut which is ideal as a quiet retreat or for watching wildlife.

Hillgate House makes a wonderful base from which to enjoy walking, cycling and horse riding, or visiting the historic towns of Shrewsbury, Bishop's Castle and Ludlow.

With many attractions within easy reach amid scenic countryside, this is an ideal location for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.

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About the location


Churchstoke 8 miles; Bishops Castle 8.5 miles.

Hemford is a tiny hamlet situated at the top of the Hope Valley, amidst lovely countryside and with views of the surrounding hills. Ideally placed for walking and touring the Welsh Marches and rural Shropshire, this pretty area is also close to the delighful market town of Bishops Castle, which offers a weekly market and an excellent variety of shops, pubs and places to eat. There are numerous nearby attractions including Powis, Montgomery, Clun and Stokesay Castles, the Severn Valley Railway, the World Heritage Centre of Ironbridge and walks along Offa's Dyke, Shropshire Way and the Stiperstones.

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