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Hillgate House

(Ref. 1661)

Hemford near Churchstoke, Shropshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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55 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a wonderful week at Hillgate House, setting was amazing, so peaceful and the garden was great for our children and dog."

    We hope to return soon.

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Apr 2024

  • "A lovely cottage in a quiet rural setting."

    So peaceful - perfect for walking. Wonderful garden and very dog friendly. Ideally located for visiting the area.

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Jul 2023

  • "Modern hot water system, new kitchen, storage radiators, all guarantee a very comfortable stay."

    Beds / bedrooms are lovely, ditto dining and sitting rooms. Plenty of dog secure outside space. All in all superb accomodation Plenty of walks direct from the property or within a miles drive, Shelve woods are great. The nearest pub is 2 miles away, it's hilly so only for the diehard walkers.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2023

  • "We enjoyed another week at this lovely dog friendly cottage."

    ...spotlessly clean, and everything you could need is here..... the garden is secure and beautiful for dogs ,........ its such a lovely cottage steeped in history , it never fails to impress.....have stayed here many many times. and will do again ! many thanks to tony and sheena....and di...

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2023

  • "As a returning customer we knew it was a lovely place, excellent for dogs and very peaceful."

    will book again

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2023

  • "Stunning location, beautiful cottage."

    Great location, it was perfect, thank you.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0May 2023

  • "One of the best places we have stayed."

    So quiet and scenic. Lots of birds, Deer and Hares.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Apr 2023

  • "Love this cottage and location have been at least 3 times and will definately return"

    Reviewed by Barry4.1Sep 2022

  • "Another lovely stay."

    ..as repeat visitors over many years, this is the most wonderful place to stay .....we so enjoyed the sound of silence,the absencee of wifi, is a positive.!..the location so peaceful, and loads of walks on your doorstep.. the birds, so many species, and the lovely garden .. Our dog feels at home here, and enjoyed it enormously the house is just perfect. our week flew by so quickly ....cannot wait to return as soon as we can !

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2022

  • "This is a really charming cottage, in a very quiet peaceful part of Shropshire."

    The interior decoration is lovely and the wood carvings that are dotted around are really amazing - they are done by one of the owners. The cottage is very clean, comfortable and has everything you would wish for. The garden birds were great to watch and the owners even leave bird food to feed them. We loved watching them, and the garden was very pretty too. There are some good walks from the cottage but we stayed when it was very hot so we didn't do much walking! We did manage to walk to the Stables Inn which has very nice food - it is about 2 miles away. We would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a lovely peaceful break, and would love to return one day.

    Reviewed by Catriona5.0Aug 2022

  • "This was our third visit to Hillgate House we love it and so do our dogs."

    It is very comfortable and we love the location great walks from the doorstep and so many things to do within an easy distance.

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Jul 2022

  • "Wonderful cosy cottage in tranquil setting."

    Large dog friendly garden with plenty of birds and wildlife to watch. Walks from the cottage with amazing views. We look forward to our next visit and would thoroughly recommend to others.

    Reviewed by Thea5.0Jul 2022

  • "Loved the cottage."

    Very comfortable chairs and bed. When can we move in!? Easy to find. Good communication with owner the week before. Enjoyed the wildlife. So many birds who are used to getting spoilt with full feeders! Loved the hares in the field behind. Laid in bath watching the woodpecker! Just one slight thing the living room smelt slightly doggy for the first few days. There were also some dog hairs on the rugs and cushions.

    Reviewed by Lynn4.4Jun 2022

  • "A beautiful cosy warm cottage, it had everything u could possibly need, The garden was fabulous ,very big, very secure for the dogs who loved having a good sniff around ."

    Watching the beautiful birds come for the food was so lovely ,we will take more with us next time as there are a lot of mouths to feed, and thats with the owners leaving us some as well .Fantastic very scenic walks just down the rd from the cottage ,you come out of your gate and after a very short walk go through another gate and the views take your breath away ,we didnt want to stop walking and our 2 dogs Bella the Rotti and Zena the Shepherd felt the same you could tell they were in their element bless em .Lovely country pub about a mile from the cottage very easy to find and walk to .The cottage just at the top of the rd sold fresh eggs and very tasty sausages,lovely ladies.So all in all we had a fab time and can not wait to return. The owners Anthony and Sheena are lovely,Anthony phoned us up before we went and ran through a few things and was so friendly and also rang us up when we got back to see how the holiday went and to check if all was ok ,how nice was that.Would recommend 100% .Thank you for sharing your home so that other people get the chance to enjoy such a beautiful place .

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had an amazing stay at Hillgate House."

    The cottage had everything we needed (and more!). It is quietly remote, detached and surrounded by fields which makes it peaceful. The garden was a true blessing, thoroughly enjoyed by both our children and dogs (the garden is fully secure). We were able to see a range of birds, a great spotted woodpecker, deer and an owl. We enjoyed our stay so much we will be returning next year (and probably many more to come)!

    Reviewed by Mark5.0May 2022

  • "A wonderful cottage, one of the best we have stayed in, very peaceful and beautiful walks close by always sad to go home."

    No Internet no phone signal just what the doctor ordered!

    Reviewed by Andy5.0May 2022

  • "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 John5.0Apr 2022

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

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Apr 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 Graham4.1Oct 2021

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

    Reviewed by Andy4.7Oct 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 Mason5.0Sep 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 Louise5.0Sep 2021

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

    Reviewed by Kaye5.0Sep 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 John5.0Aug 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 Alison4.7Aug 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 Martin3.4Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in a beautiful quiet setting."

    Would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0May 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 Carol4.7Apr 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 Mason5.0Sep 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 Clive4.4Sep 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 John5.0Aug 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 Elizabeth4.4Aug 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 Mandy4.7Jul 2020

  • "Wonderful garden, our dogs loved it."

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

    Reviewed by Clive4.1Sep 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 Jane5.0Aug 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 Jo5.0Aug 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 Mandy5.0Jul 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 Judith4.7Jun 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 Glyn4.7Jun 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 John5.0Oct 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 Anita5.0Sep 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 Graham5.0Sep 2018

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

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 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 Oliver5.0Jul 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 John5.0Jun 2018

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

    will be booking again.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jun 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 Derek5.0May 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 Angela5.0Apr 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 Sue4.7Mar 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 Francine2.2Sep 2017

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

    Reviewed by Kaye5.0Jul 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 Graham4.8Jun 2017

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

    Reviewed by Kristie5.0Sep 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 Barry5.0Sep 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 Derek5.0Aug 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.