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Ratlinghope near Church Stretton, Shropshire (Ref. 915129)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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54 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful views over the countryside Easy access to walking in magnificent surrounding scenery."

    Reviewed by TimothyOct 2021

  • "We've rented many holiday cottages over the past few years - mostly through Sykes - and we can honestly say that none have been better than Brinks."

    A perfect, tranquil spot for a country getaway, in exquisite countryside with great hosts (living in the adjacent property) who went out of their way to ensure the warmest of welcomes. The cottage was spotlessly clean and very spacious, with a wonderful wood burner for the chilly autumn evenings. Brinks is ideal for walkers, set in some of the UK's finest scenery - dramatic hills and heathland, forests and sparkling rivers: a top notch cottage in the heart of what must surely be the best kept tourist secret in England.

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2021

  • "A really lovely cottage in a very peaceful setting."

    The cottage was spacious, comfortable and spotlessly clean. It was very well equipped with everything we needed for a week’s stay. The owners, who live next door, made us feel very welcome.

    Reviewed by GillianSep 2021

  • "Brinks is a wonderful place to stay."

    The cottage is in a tranquil location with wonderful views and plenty of places to visit. The accommodation is spacious and extremely comfortable. As well as a large lounge, there is a conservatory/sun room with lovely views over the valley, and outdoor tables in pretty garden areas at the front and back, so plenty of places to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. Hosts Jo and Dan live in the adjoining house, and were exceptionally welcoming and helpful. They even provided a generous 'welcome' tray of both goodies and essentials, including eggs from their own hens, to get our holiday off to a good start. All the little things that are so easily forgotten, such as washing up liquid, were provided: - they really have thought of everything! We had a fantastic stay at Brinks, and would highly recommend it to any couple looking for a peaceful and relaxing break. Thank you Dan and Jo for helping to make this a special holiday for us.

    Reviewed by BryonyAug 2021

  • "The cottage is very cosy and comfortable - it had everything we needed."

    The 'welcome' pack was also very much appreciated. We went primarily to walk - there's plenty of excellent walking nearby! We had a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2021

  • "A very relaxing week in a lovely comfortable cottage."

    The owners are very welcoming and helpful. Lots of birds to watch helped by the bird feeders being topped up daily. It's in the heart of the lovely Shropshire hills and the Shropshire Way is on the doorstep for walkers.

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2021

  • "Brinks holiday accommodation was the best cottage we have stayed in."

    It had everything we needed and more besides, exceptionally clean and comfortable. Our stay was for two weeks, we didn’t want to return home as it was so nice. The owners were lovely hosts , the welcome pack we had was greatly appreciated, and our dog enjoyed his welcome pack also. We would recommend this holiday property to our friends and family. The area was great for us to go walking, near some beautiful places Long Mynd the Shropshire canal, Wenlock edge and much more. Many places to eat nearby or back from our walks. Thank you to Jo and Dan we so enjoyed our stay in your beautiful cottage

    Reviewed by DorothyJun 2021

  • "Lovely and warm and cosy on arrival"

    Reviewed by SteveMay 2021

  • "We had a truly wonderful time."

    The owners really did outdo themselves with hospitality. They even accommodated our pups. Would highly recommend and stay there again.

    Reviewed by RhiannonApr 2021

  • "Great cottage, plenty of space for 2 people and 2 dogs although the gorgeous light coloured carpet a bit of a worry given the reservation for cleaning costs in the info book."

    Lovely location and benefitted from the nearby pub being shut although sad for them. Fabulous walks and cycling from the door. Secluded garden very good for dogs and gravel makes clearing up easy. Our one problem was the bed! Too soft too small too bouncy, no doubt ok for small people. The bedside tables a challenge for any hot drink! Lovely views all around especially from the very solid bench at the front of the cottage. Conservatory very useful because the weather was cold but sunny so a good warm place to rest and take in the views. Log burner made for cosy evenings. Sun on some part of the garden all day and lovely sunsets. The steep drive a bit of a challenge but worth it for the views. The owners live attached but are very discreet and helpful when needed. Lovely birds on the feeder including nuthatch and lesser spotted woodpecker. All that being said we had a fabulous week. Thankyou Jo and Daniel.

    Reviewed by PamelaApr 2021

  • "Truly magical experience from the moment we opened our welcome pack."

    The location is terrific and the setting is beautiful especially at night when the fairy lights brighten up the darkness.

    Reviewed by AileenApr 2021

  • "Lovely, clean cottage, dog friendly and lovely Hosts"

    Reviewed by SteveDec 2020

  • "Spacious lounge and bedroom."

    Small kitchen with not even an ice box in the fridge. Fortunately the owners let you use a bit of space in their chest freezer in the shed so worth bringing a few extra items with you as no local shops. The large wooden table shown in their pictures at the front of the house does get the early evening sun so great to sit out after a days walking. They fill the bird table each morning so great for bird watching.

    Reviewed by PamelaAug 2020

  • "The property exceeded our expectations, especially the outside space and views from the front patio area."

    The accommodation was spotless upon arrival and the welcome pack, which included something for our dog, was a lovely gesture and gratefully received. An added bonus is The Bridges pub at the bottom of the drive is friendly and serves good food. It is advisable to book a table especially if the weather is not suitable for sitting outside. Dan and Jo, our hosts, made us feel most welcome and although they live next door we’re not intrusive in any way. We will definitely be returning to Brinks in the future.

    Reviewed by RhiannonAug 2020

  • "One of the most spacious cottages we have stayed at (kitchen excepted) with very good facilities."

    A great place for a peaceful break but with good access to South Shropshire places of interest. Roads off the main route are narrow & "interesting" at times. Access drive to cottage is steep & rough, but it's elevation provides wonderful views. Immediate countryside is delightful & there are good dog walks, invariably with some hills, on the doorstep. Garden is very secure. The owners, Jo & Dan, were very pleasant & helpful. We had an extremely enjoyable break & would certainly return.

    Reviewed by IanJul 2020

  • "Really well equipped, located perfectly for a walk on the Long Mynd."

    Cosy, clean and just a real nice place to be. Every detail has been thought of, a great place to stay for a few nights.

    Reviewed by SimonFeb 2020

  • "This is a lovely cottage and the hosts are very welcoming."

    Being walking distance from a pub that does food, and only 3 miles from a really good pub with food, was an added bonus! We love walking and this proved to be an ideal base. After a long walk in the ( Unfortunately) not great weather, coming back to a warm comfortable and cosy cottage was just what we wanted. we loved the alpacas!

    Reviewed by BobbieOct 2019

  • "We had a very nice week at Brinks Cottage despite a few wet spells."

    The cottage is amazing and exceeded our expectations. It is very modern and very well appointed. Zoe left us some extras such as milk butter, biscuits etc. There is a nice country view from the bedroom window, a conservatory comfy lounges and modern bathroom. I would recommend this cottage to anyone who wants a quiet week in a country locale. There are many villages and towns to explore such as Ludlow, Church Stretton, Much Wenlock and Shrewsbury nearby. Ironbridge is also nearby as well as Stokesay Castle and various Abbeys to visit.

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2019

  • "Jo and Dan were fantastic hosts."

    The cottage has been beautifully maintained with all the facilities and comforts of home. Stunning view of the surrounding countryside. Across the road from the cottage is The Bridges Inn which serves lovely food and beer. We would definitely go back to The Brinks.

    Reviewed by YvonneSep 2019

  • "The cottage was excellent and was in a beautiful area with lovely walks with superb views from the cottage itself."

    A pub selling a number of local real ales and great food is only a short walk across the road. Our two dogs also settled in and were provided for with complimentary treats (as were we) and a secure garden so that we could let them out safely, when required. We would not recommend this property for anyone with mobility problems, however, as there is a steep and uneven drive up to the property. We used a flat parking area just outside the immediate garden to the property which still involved an uphill walk although it may be possible to drive into the area immediately outside the conservatory. In spite of this, we managed without any problems and would recommend this property.

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2019

  • "A wonderful rental!"

    Super accommodation and location. Lovely linen and towels, comfy bed and owners left us a welcome box and dog treats! Shower excellent, kitchen bijou but fine for 2, roomy and we loved sitting in the conservatory watching the birds, a real gem! We shall return!

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2019

  • "A remote location with bonus views, the local pub served good grub at a reasonable price."

    The cottage was great. The area was lovely although I did have palpitations driving from Church Stretton but I only did that once. The best cottage we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by BillJul 2019

  • "Having had over 100 dog friendly cottages, this was the best, a warm welcome on arrival, a comprehensive welcoming pack, a warm clean cottage, despite it being late June the heating was on."

    Reviewed by DorothyJun 2019

  • "Very comfortable cottage in beautiful scenery and even horrific rainfall during stay did not spoil visit."

    The welcome pack was very thoughtful and much appreciated.

    Reviewed by DerekJun 2019

  • "This accommodation was in the ideal location for us, with fabulous views across the valley, within easy reach of Church Stretton and just a few minutes drive from Stiperstones as well as the Long Mynd, and a 2 minute walk to the very pleasant real ale pub, serving good food, literally across the road."

    We had reservations about the 'annexe' type accommodation, as it is joined to the owners' property, but we need not have concerned ourselves. Joanne and Dan respected our privacy and we only saw them a couple of times all week. The cottage itself is very comfortable, cosy, warm and spotlessly clean and has a home-from-home feel about it, with very spacious light lounge, with conservatory off to the side, where we liked to sit in the evenings watching and listening to the numerous birds outside on the bird feeder. The en-suite bathroom has recently been tastefully refitted with a fabulous walk-in shower and all new fittings throughout (lovely!). The added bonus for us (having our dog with us) was having a private secure fenced garden. The kitchen is compact but has everything we needed for our stay and, with so many good pubs nearby serving food, we only ate in a couple of times. The Welcome pack of bread, eggs, milk, dog treats, etc. was very much appreciated on our arrival. We had a wonderful restful holiday and have already booked to return to 'The Brinks' later in the summer!

    Reviewed by LesleyApr 2019

  • "Exceptional cottage in a stunning location."

    Lovely hosts who are close enough if you need them (next door) but not at all intrusive. Log burner was gorgeous for cold March nights. It's a 12 mile drive to civilisation (Shrewsbury), but there is a pub across the road which does good food (and ale). So much to see in the area you would need several weeks to see it all. Can't wait to return!

    Reviewed by SteveMar 2019

  • "The roominess of the lounge and the location."

    One of the best cottages we have rented from you!

    Reviewed by ArnoldMar 2019

  • "Welcome pack and a fire already made was a lovely touch."

    Was expecting a bath from the site description so this needs updating but it didn't spoil holiday as shower was nice and powerful

    Reviewed by WendyFeb 2019

  • "We both had a fab break the cottage was fab and location was great we loved it thank you"

    Reviewed by RichardOct 2018

  • "Great cottage attached to owners house."

    Perfect location for exploring the Long Mynd and Welsh borders. Will be back again.

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2018

  • "Fantastic area with lots of things to do to meet all interests."

    Excellent helpful owners on site for whom nothing was too much trouble.

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2018

  • "People need to be aware that although the cottage is excellent and the pub across the road does really good reasonably priced meals, there are no local easily accessible shops, the nearest supermarkets are in Shrewsbury."

    Also sat navs may not take you the easiest route and some of the side roads are very narrow.

    Reviewed by MalcolmSep 2018

  • "The advert states there is a steep drive, this is true but my little 1."

    6 romped up there, wouldn't recommend it in anything flash with low chin spoilers etc. On to the good stuff, the place is lovely with an excellent shower and huge lounge area if you are unlucky with the weather; the kitchen is small but perfectly capable of catering for two, besides the pub serves lovely food and is just across the road but be aware you may need to book. There is a huge amount of local info in the cottage especially walk guides and maps (some waterproofed should you wish to take them out) and with walks and historic sights on the doorstep there is lots to do. Save time for admiring the alpacas that live by the parking area and the many wild birds that make use of the feeder by the conservatory (binoculars provided).

    Reviewed by GrantSep 2018

  • "Briefly, peace and tranquility."

    In the heart of the Shropshire hills there is so many different environments. Pleasant moorland walks just minutes away, my dog loving dashing through the heather. More strenuous walks for the more adventurous. The Brinks cottage is so comfortable and one of the very best I have stayed at. Spacious and well equipped, very friendly owners who soon got used to being welcomed by my dog. The local pub serves excellent food and it is a hard choice between going there to eat or to sit out in the private garden with some wine and cheese. So relaxing that time just flew by. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by MikeAug 2018

  • "Really lovely cottage, Brinks was everything we wanted and then some."

    We would highly recommend the cottage and the area. The walks we were able to do were varied, The Wrekin, the Long Mynd, Ellesmere, Llangollen and Montgomery canals not forgetting the gorgeous Ludlow and much more, with most being relatively dog friendly too. Great holiday.

    Reviewed by CatherineAug 2018

  • "We had a lovely break."

    The cottage was fantastic - very high spec & lots of additional touches, like the generous welcome pack and toiletries provided. The hosts were helpful but unobtrusive. We would highly recommend, and would definitely visit again. The website photos need updating - they show the bathroom with bath and shower over, but it has been updated to a very nice double shower. The pics don't do it justice.

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2018

  • "We had a wonderful time at the brinks from the moment we arrived to find a lovely welcome pack from the owners Jo and Dan which even included some treats for our little dog."

    The cottage had everything you needed it was lovely and the pub just across the road served fantastic food and dogs were made welcome! The cottage was set in an ideal location for a quiet holiday and walks straight from your door!

    Reviewed by KenJul 2018

  • "Lovely spacious cottage, very clean and in a great location for exploring the Long Mynd, Church Stretton and Stiperstones."

    On the Shropshire Way so walking from the door, great for our dog! Helpful and welcoming owners...we loved it here.

    Reviewed by DebbieJul 2018

  • "The owners were lovely and couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful."

    We received a very generous welcome pack, the cottage was spotlessly clean and extremely comfortable. We were made very welcome in the local pub 2 minutes away and the food was very nice. I would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location ..."

    Lovely cottage in a great location Very comfortable and very nice people We had a wonderful time and hope to be back soon time John and veronica Rivenhall end Essex

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2018

  • "Brinks is the best cottage we have ever stayed in everything you need ."

    Lovely owners good location

    Reviewed by AnneApr 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location for walking, cycling and sightseeing."

    Reviewed by BrianApr 2018

  • "This cottage is in a remote position with a steep driveway up to a parking area."

    It is set in an agricultural area and many of the roads are narrow and extremely dirt sodden during the winter. I would happily return to this location during the summer time. We spent Christmas at the property and the owners made the whole experience very enjoyable with a welcome pack plus a decorated Christmas tree. The kitchen was tiny but fully equipped, enough to enable us to cook a full Christmas dinner. The wood burning stove was very welcome and we spent happy nights feeling comfortable before it. The owners are really pleasant and had thought of most things to make our stay more comfortable. We would consider returning in the Summer as there are many interesting places to visit in the locality. We were blessed with a white Christmas which only served to enhance the views of the surrounding hills.

    Reviewed by DavidDec 2017

  • "Lovely welcome from owners, peaceful and comfortable, walks from the door and close to many other walks."

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2017

  • "It would be helpful to have directions from the south as well as the north!"

    Reviewed by ElizabethMar 2017

  • "Lovely cottage and very pleasant hosts."

    Reviewed by MaryMar 2017

  • "Lovely cottage, the owners Jo and Dan were very hospitable"

    Reviewed by HefinJan 2017

  • "The cottage is delightful and the hosts an absolute pleasure."

    Reviewed by PhillipJan 2017

  • "The Brinks was a lovely get away we stayed here on our honeymoon."

    It's a very peaceful romantic location. The owners were very helpful and accommodating everything we needed was provided for including logs for the whole week. I'd say the only slight down side was the kitchen is tiny and at times the cottage was a bit chilly.

    Reviewed by SindyNov 2016

  • "What a lovely location, the views are stunning, the cottage is extremely comfortable with a warm and friendly feeling, well equipped kitchen, comfortable bed and a really nice on-suit bathroom, overall we were really pleased with the cottage and will defiantly be returning."

    Reviewed by ValerieOct 2016

  • "Superb location."

    Cosy cottage. Lovely welcome pack from owner. Good WiFi (but no mobile signal).

    Reviewed by SteveSep 2016

  • "The owner was very friendly and generous but not intrusive."

    Reviewed by JacquelynSep 2016

  • "In a quiet corner of Shropshire is Brinks Cottage."

    A charming and comfortable property giving excellent views across the countryside. Very well maintained by the friendly owners who also provide a welcome pack including fresh eggs from their own hens. There are many local walks and a lot of places to visit all within half an hours drive. The nearby pub provides good food and beer.

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2016

  • "Super location and cottage"

    Reviewed by SylviaAug 2016

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  • Split-level all ground floor accommodation
  • One double bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and en-suite walk-in shower , hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, iPod dock, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent, extra wood available to purchase from owner
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Front patio with furniture
  • Enclosed gravelled garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no smoking and no pets
  • Shop 6 miles, Note: Babes-in-arms only
  • Note: There are 3 steps from kitchen into sitting room, therefore property may be unsuitable for guests with mobility issues
  • Note: The property is accessed up a steep drive

The property

This delightful cottage annexe, adjoining the owner’s home, is situated on the slopes of the Onny Valley, in the rural village of Ratlinghope, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, under six miles from Church Stretton.

In its elevated position, this Shropshire cottage provides wonderful views over the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve and surrounding hills.

This Ratlinghope cottage offers very comfortable accommodation, which includes a cosy woodburning stove, making it a lovely peaceful location for a couple in search of a romantic break.

There are wonderful scenic walks and cycle trails from the door of your Shropshire holiday home, or you can simply relax on the patio and watch the buzzards and house martins fly over the hills.

Discover picturesque Church Stretton, known as Little Switzerland, or Bishop's Castle, medieval Ludlow and Shrewsbury, all of which are less than thirty minutes' drive from your Shropshire cottage.

This welcoming Ratlinghope cottage is perfect for an excellent hill walking or birdwatching holiday, or a quiet break, at any time of year.

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About the location


Church Stretton 6 miles.

The rural village of Ratlinghope is scattered around a valley in the hills of the Long Mynd and Stiperstones, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It lies alongside the Darnford Brook, which originates at Wildmoor Pool in the hills above. This wonderfully scenic area provides beautiful walks and bike trails through the surrounding rolling hills, and the renowned Castle Ring, the earthwork of Ratlinghope Hill, is the fort described by Mary Webb in her novel "Golden Arrow". Only 6 miles away is the pretty town of Church Stretton often described as "Little Switzerland". The town is 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 medieval towns of Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Ironbridge, Much Wenlock and Bishops Castle are only a short drive away. This whole area is renowned for its beautiful hill scenery and wonderful walking.

Region Information

Please note: Babes-in-arms only.

Please note: the property was previously pet friendly, so there may be traces of dog.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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