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Woodpeckers Cottage

Church Stretton, Shropshire (Ref. 931018)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "We can't add any more to all the previous positive feedback from guests, but we have re-booked this same property within 2 days of returning from our first visit."

    Hope that says it all!

    That's wonderful! Thank you so much! We are looking forward to seeing you here again soon :0) Property Owner

    Reviewed by PhilipApr 2022

  • "Excellent location and accommodation - perfect for a couple for a week of walking in the Shropshire hills."

    The owners were really welcoming and helpful; the cottage is a very short walk into town and the town has a very good range of shops, cafes and good options. The cottage is comfortable and had everything we needed for a relaxing break.

    Thank you! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us in Church Stretton. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CarlaFeb 2022

  • "It was a really cosy cottage and had everything you could possibly want."

    The owners were very hospitable and friendly. The only observation we had was that we didn’t realise the bed was incorporated in the lounge but it wasn’t a problem. Maybe we didn’t read the description properly. We had a lovely time there and would be happy to return .

    Thank you. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and found our open plan living area to be nice and spacious! It's good to see that you would like to return one day. Property Owner

    Reviewed by VivienFeb 2022

  • "Really lovely cottage with beautiful views and very friendly hosts."

    We were nice and warm throughout with very effective electric thermostat controlled heating and the option of a log fire too. Highly recommended for a winter break. So convenient for the town and the hills.

    Thank you! So glad you enjoyed our cosy cottage and its locality. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PeterDec 2021

  • "Woodpeckers Cottage is lovely, tucked away with great views but only a few minutes walk into Church Stretton shops, pubs etc."

    I would say, however, that the foot access is not good for anyone who has even a minor problem walking as it is along a quite difficult surface. Uneven and stony. By car it would be fine. In general the cottage has all you need for a great stay. However for those who do not want to venture out to eat each evening the kitchen equipment is a little lacking. A baking tray for ready meals, pizzas or baking potatoes would be very useful, as would some dishing up spoons and a measuring jug. Despite a 20 hour power cut and the water going off for most of one day we enjoyed our stay and would certainly consider returning. Our hosts tried very hard to make sure we were OK once they realised the electric and water problems were continuing and sent their son to our rescue which was very much appreciated.

    Reviewed by PatriciaNov 2021

  • "Location was perfect for our needs."

    Reviewed by KevinSep 2021

  • "This was our third stay in this excellent cottage."

    As anticipated, we thoroughly enjoyed being back there in such quiet, restful and comfortable surroundings, yet only a few minutes' walk from the centre of town. The cottage itself is very clean, well-furnished and cozy. The owners live next door and are very helpful and friendly without being at all intrusive. It's a brilliant base for exploring this beautiful area, and there are plenty of walks straight from the door.

    Reviewed by AnthonyJul 2021

  • "Small but beautifully clean and very well equipped."

    5 mins walk to the centre of Church Stretton or 2 mins to the woods and then up into the hills. An ideal cottage to explore the beautiful Shropshire Hills.

    Reviewed by CatherineJul 2021

  • "Excellent location very private spot with nice views but only 5 min walk to pubs and shops owners on site but a lovely couple who left use a welcome package."

    In side everything you need with large new kitchen perfect spot for that area of Shropshire

    Reviewed by ElsaJul 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed aour recent stay at Woodpecker Cottage."

    It is ideally placed being a stone's throw from town with views overlooking parkland and with many walks available from the door. The compact accommodation is fully equipped, very clean and the welcoming owners have made thorough preparations for reservations in the current situation.

    Reviewed by StephenApr 2021

  • "This review is not about Sykes as a company but is meant to describe the cottage and surrounds This was my second time there and it didn't disappoint."

    It sits in a large open garden area with superb trees around , Just up the road is Long Mynd, a massive bevel topped hill that is totally surrounded by similar countryside.... magnificent and commonly known as "little Switzerland". Restaurants and takeaways are within 5 minutes walking distance as is the Co op. This is a wonderful area to holiday in a 5 star cottage.

    Reviewed by GrahamAug 2020

  • "Wonderfully comfortable, spotlessly clean, great location and friendly owners made for a restful retreat"

    Reviewed by ColinJul 2020

  • "Superb cottage which feels like it's in the middle of no where but just a 5 min walk to the town where you'll find pubs, restaurants, chippy, cake shop and other little quaint shops."

    Scenery is stunning and there are loads of walks to do right from the front door, no need to drive anywhere. Would definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by PeterMar 2020

  • "A very well - equipped cottage in a lovely environment only a few minutes away on foot to Church Stretton which is full of cafes, pubs and restaurants as well as independent shops."

    The local people including our hosts were very helpful and welcoming too. Many footpaths nearby to walk through the stunning countryside. Would go again in the summer time!

    Reviewed by SamanthaFeb 2020

  • "Nice location 5 min walk to town, some lovely pubs and eateries in the town."

    Catch a small wine bar was a fave. This cottage had everything you could want. Would highly reccomend

    Reviewed by JulieFeb 2020

  • "This is an excellent cottage - it is clean and has everything needed for a week’s break."

    It is also in a great location - peaceful and quiet but almost in the centre of Church Streeton. I would recommend this cottage to anybody.

    Reviewed by MikeJan 2020

  • "Woodpeckers Cottage is ideally placed with ready access to shops, pubs and restaurants in Church Stretton and for walks in the Shropshire hills without needing to use your car."

    The cottage is small but has all facilities we needed, was clean and warm. The owners, Ed and Debbie, were very welcoming on our arrival and left us to enjoy our break with minimum intrusion. We enjoyed our break enormously....thank you.

    Reviewed by JamesJan 2020

  • "I booked this cottage for a friend in hope that it would be ok."

    It was far more than ok - it was absolutely beautiful. On a cold, wet November night we walked into a warm and cosy little dream. The kitchen had everything you could want and the rest of the facilities certainly did not disappoint. It is very private, quiet, close to the very pretty Rectory Woods and only 2 minutes walk to Church Stretton centre. My friend thoroughly enjoyed her stay and would like me to recommend this delightful holiday cottage to anyone who is looking for accommodation in the Church Stretton area.

    Reviewed by LindaNov 2019

  • "Cottage was lovely, well kept and had everything required."

    Location also excellent, walkable to village centre and to the numerous walking routes

    Reviewed by MichaelOct 2019

  • "As always, booking with Sykes was straightforward and without problems."

    This cottage is compact but very comfortable and has good facilities. It's in a quiet, secluded location yet only a few minutes' walk from the centre of Church Stretton. Church Stretton itself is a delightful small town with excellent shopping and eating choices, and is central for visits to glorious scenery and many places of interest.

    Reviewed by AnthonySep 2019

  • "Upon arriving we were made to feel very welcome and shown how everything worked by Ed &Debbie."

    The cottage was superb,everything you could need and set in lovely surroundings and very quiet and peaceful,yet only 2/3 mins.walk to the high street,plenty of café`s,snack bars and restaurant`s with 3 hotel`s all serving food,all in all a great holiday and we will definitely return next year.

    Reviewed by AlbertAug 2019

  • "This is a lovely little holiday cottage."

    Perfect for a couple. Within walking distance of Church Stretton, yet set in a lovely quiet woodland close to the owner's home. Hosts very welcoming and helpful but did not intrude. Beautiful walks which can be done without taking the car out. Lovely towns and villages close by. Great.

    Reviewed by RosemarieJul 2019

  • "Wonderful location right next to a wooded park and to trails out into the countryside."

    Also just a short walk down into town. Appreciated the owner checking in with us upon our arrival. Church Stretton is a beautiful town.

    Reviewed by JuliaMay 2019

  • "Fantastic secluded location, quiet, close to local amenities and near to places to visit."

    This is a most lovely holiday cottage with lovely hosts.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2019

  • "Lovely, quiet and very clean holiday cottage, friendly owners."

    If you enjoy walking then this is the place to stay, lots of walking from the door there is really no need to use the car. We hope to return.

    Reviewed by RichardMar 2019

  • "Very peaceful and quiet cottage, in a convenient location close to shops, pubs in Church Stretton."

    I certainly would return there.

    Reviewed by MikeJan 2019

  • "Woodpecker Cottage is situated within a five minute walk of the centre of Church Stretton yet gives the impression of being in the heart of the countryside."

    It is in an ideal location for those who wish to enjoy walking in the Shropshire hills. The cottage is well appointed, quiet, clean and comfortable and benefits from a wood burner as well as electric central heating. The owners are helpful, friendly and make their guests feel very welcome. We enjoyed our stay in Woodpecker Cottage and can recommend it most highly.

    Reviewed by LynneDec 2018

  • "Ideal base for exploring the Shropshire hills and places of interest with plenty of walks from the door."

    Cosy Cottage in peaceful relaxing surroundings, but close to shops, pubs, cafes just 5 mins walk into the town. Everyone friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by MaggieOct 2018

  • "Woodpecker Cottage provided the perfect retreat, clean, comfortable and well located the cottage layout was exceptionally well arranged and prepared - even down to the bottle of wine in the fridge and the teas and coffee and milk all there to meet immediate needs."

    The owners are to be congratulated on an excellent facility and a warm and personal welcome. Many thanks Tim and Maria Wakeley

    Reviewed by AlastairOct 2018

  • "Woodpecker Cottage is perfect in every way."

    It's location is very quiet although it is only a few minutes walk from the centre of Church Stretton. Stunning walks close by meant we hardly used our car. The owners are a lovely couple who have achieved the correct balance between helpfulness and leaving guests to themslves. This little cottage is set to become a favourite haunt for us and we can't wait to go back.

    Reviewed by Ingrid ESep 2018

  • "Excellent cottage with facilities better than most."

    Large fridge freezer rather than simply a freezer section in the fridge. Amazing TV facilities, better than I have at home. Simple heating controls. Only one minor quibble is that I found it difficult to dry the lovely soft towels. Maybe some form of heated towel rail? Really good shower with room to stand away from the running water. Friendly owners with playful dogs that are kept apart from the cottage by a small fence. Simple walk across the vestry field to the town where the Bucks Head provided excellent Pub food.

    Reviewed by JamesSep 2018

  • "A wonderful cottage in a beautiful location."

    Within a few minutes you can walk into town or into the woods and up the hills. The owners are excellent and helpful hosts but not in any way intrusive. We could not fault the cottage in any way.

    Reviewed by JaneAug 2018

  • "We had a lovely few days staying at Woodpecker Cottage."

    The cottage is easy to find and key access was simple, the welcome pack was appreciated to. Everything you could possibly want was supplied by the friendly owners. Quality kitchen set up and unusual for self catering the sharp knives were indeed sharp! Plenty of towels for the bathroom. Very short walk to the High Street which has plenty of shops and eating places. Also local walks are just around the corner. Would not hesitate to recommend to family/friends.

    Reviewed by AnnJul 2018

  • "This cottage is in an ideal situation about a three minute walk from all the facilities of Church Stretton, yet in a secluded and quiet location on the edge of a wood with footpaths up onto the Long Mynd."

    Church Stretton itself is an ideal base for walking and exploring the area. It has good places to eat, and several independent shops to explore. Although small, the cottage is well-planned and we were very comfortable there. The owners are just next door and very helpful though not at all intrusive.

    Reviewed by AnthonyJun 2018

  • "A lovely couple's cottage with a secluded garden, backing onto a small stretch of trees and a small cliff."

    Location was perfect, as was 2 minutes from the high road, backed onto a decent short walk, and is about 5-10 minutes from Cardingmill Valley. Kitchen is fairly well stocked equipment-wise, though storage is a bit cosy, and they provided a coffee press & teapot with some supplies already there (which was a nice touch after a long train journey!). All in all a well maintained and well furnished, excellent location for a weekend away, would recommend, and we will likely rebook the cottage if and when we decide to come back for a longer stay!

    Reviewed by ThomasJun 2018

  • "A comfortable cottage in a peaceful spot but wirhin a couple of minutes walk to the delightful village."

    Loved the individual shops.Please hold on to them Church Stretton, they are worth their weight in gold. So much beautiful countryside for miles around, wonderful historic buildings and market towns. "Oh to be in England, now that spring is here."

    Reviewed by LindaApr 2018

  • "The cottage is beautifully positioned in the owners' garden and it is just a short walk into the town's shopping area and railway station."

    There are several excellent walks which can be done direct from the cottage. Church Stretton is very conveniently placed for visiting Shrewsbury and Ludlow.

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2018

  • "Peaceful situation and beautiful views from the windows."

    Owners were extremely pleasant.

    Reviewed by WendyApr 2018

  • "Excellent cottage, very comfortable and owners were very friendly and helpful."

    Well equipped ideal for a couple. Everything you need. Ideal location and access to the town and good walks.

    Reviewed by KenJun 2017

  • "Excellent property,situated in prime location."

    Very quiet and secluded,but only 5 mins walk from the town centre.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2017

  • "Warm welcome to excellent accommodation in an idyllic setting."

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2017

  • "Cottage and location were absolutely beautiful"

    Reviewed by SueDec 2016

  • "A fantastic cottage with lovely owners who went out of their way to make you feel welcome."

    Reviewed by SarahNov 2016

  • "Excellent position for walks within the area."

    Reviewed by CarolOct 2016

  • "Fantastic location, beautiful accommodation, lovely hosts."

    Very romantic and comfortable cottage at the bottom of the Long Mynd. Church Stretton is a lovely little town, Shropshire a beautiful place to explore. If there was any niggle, it would be that the sofas are a bit uncomfortable, especially for a romantic cuddle. But I am nit picking, 'cos the cottage was equipped to the hilt with every thing you could possibly need from picnic basket to bedside torches.

    Reviewed by RoseSep 2016

  • "The location of the cottage was spectacular as were the views all around."

    Walking suited to all types was brilliant and very picturesque. Although Church Stretton is a town it feels and looks more like a village with a lovely welcoming feel. The owners, Ed and Debbie, were very friendly, helpful and welcoming without being intrusive. The cottage itself was well set out and very comfortable. We would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone.

    Reviewed by KazimieraAug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Studio accommodation with one double bed, dining area and sitting area with woodburner
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen.
  • Electric panel heaters with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV with Freeview, Bluetooth speakers, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent, additional logs available at small charge
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Private lawned garden with patio, furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: Max occupancy 2 - Adults only

The property

A cosy cottage, located at the end of a private driveway and adjacent to the owners’ home, with a wood-clad exterior and cedar wood shingle roof, sitting prettily against a wooded backdrop, in the historic market town of Church Stretton.

This charming holiday cottage is perfect for a romantic getaway for two, near to Carding Mill Valley and less than five minutes’ walk from the town centre, in the heart of the South Shropshire hills.

Set all on one floor and beautifully-furnished throughout, this unique cottage has a well-equipped kitchen, leading through to the stylish double bedroom with a dining area and a sitting area.

The attractive sitting area comes complete with a warming woodburner, whilst French doors lead from the dining area out to the private patio, set within the cottage’s garden, with views across the nearby woodland.

Sit back and unwind on the comfortable sofas whilst watching a film, or enjoy some music by connecting a device to the Bluetooth speakers.

On warmer days, there’s no better place to relax than on the secluded patio, having enjoyed a gentle stroll into Church Stretton or an invigorating walk in the Carding Mill Valley, after tea and cakes at the superb National Trust tea room.

The Shropshire town of Church Stretton is a real delight to visit, with independent shops, cafes and pubs aplenty, not to mention spectacular views to the Caradoc and Long Mynd Hills.

Take a drive up the Burway or set out on foot from the cottage and it is easy to see why this part of Shropshire is known as Little Switzerland.

There is plenty to keep you entertained in the surrounding area, with quality golf courses, birdwatching, hang gliding, cycling, National Trust and UNESCO World Heritage sites and any number of interesting towns and villages nearby.

With all this and more just waiting to be explored, Woodpeckers Cottage is the perfect romantic base for discovering the numerous attractions splendid South Shropshire has to offer.

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About the location


Ludlow 15 miles; Shrewsbury 15 miles.

The pretty market town of Church Stretton lies in the heart of south Shropshire. It sits amidst striking scenery and has often been described as "Little Switzerland". The town is the main centre for Shropshire’s hill country and home to a variety of tea rooms, pubs and specialist shops. Other local attractions include walks on the Long Mynd, the Acton Scott Historic Working Farm and Stokesay Castle. The historic towns of Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Ironbridge, Much Wenlock and Bishops Castle are only a short journey away, making Church Stretton an excellent base for your Shropshire escape.

Region Information

Note: Adults only

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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