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Shepherds Cottage

(Ref. 1062)

Church Stretton, Shropshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic holiday cottage."

    Second time staying here and just as amazing as the first time. Never get bored of the views or the walks from the cottage. The owner Mr Sedgebeer was so helpful, such a lovely man, thank you for another amazing stay.

    Reviewed by Janet4.7Jun 2024

  • "Location just above Cardingmill valley and walking distance into town was ideal."

    Reviewed by Christine4.4Apr 2024

  • "A nice property in a stunning location."

    Had a lovely time and would definitely recommend the property. So many amazing walks from the doorstep. Mr Sedgebeer the owner was very helpful and courteous.

    Reviewed by Paul4.1Apr 2024

  • "Brilliant location, warm and comfortable."

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Mar 2024

  • "I can't say enogh good things about Shepherds Cottage, it is a wonderful, homely and cosy cottage with beautiful views over the lush rolling hills and fantastic walks literally from the door."

    Every window I'd walk pass I couldn't help but stop and stare out at the view. Fantastic having a National Trust centre 5 minutes away too, detailing the surrounding walks, with adjoining café. We enjoyed being in the living room, amazing views of course, but also cosy in the evenings snuggled up, with plenty of books/maps to choose from, plus a tv. Bedrooms were lovely, comfortable beds and nice linen, each room with storage and more glorious views! The bathroom was decorated to a high standard, and soft towels provided, which is always a nice touch. The only thing I would mention would be to provide a dog food/water bowl, I didn't think to bring ours for the dog (Unless there was one hiding somewhere that I didnt notice, apologies if so) We will definitely come and stay again, looking forward to it already!

    Reviewed by Sadie5.0Dec 2023

  • "Access to cottage for unloading/loading the car was a bit challenging with steep steps and would have been a bit too cramped with four people staying but for the two of us and puppy it was just right, warm, cosy and with lovely views."

    Secure garden for the puppy was a bonus.

    Reviewed by Julia3.8Nov 2023

  • "Sensational location on the long mynd and overlooking carding Mill valley."

    The cottage is a cute olde world,very warm and cosy great place to relax in. No traffic noise yet a 10 minute walk into Church Stretton for provisions via Rectory wood. Loved Vine and Co. They literally sell everything, the butchers, bakery and Thai restaurant. Mortimer forest from Black Pool carpark (free) is huge and its a nice walk into Ludlow afterwards. Ensure you have GPS or footpath app with live location as it's not very well signposted to find the trails. Small gripe, the oven trays and small frypan have burnt on grease and there was no brillo pad to remove it so I didn't use them and anyway it was an excuse to buy a cooked breakfast at the Hollybush cafe. I couldn't find a first aid kit for a plaster after lots of walking either

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Sep 2023

  • "What's not to like 2nd Visit already booked 3rd on return go experience it and ..."

    What's not to like 2nd Visit already booked 3rd on return go experience it and have a lovely warm cosy walking holiday :) Like to keep it a secret but so many just love this place it is hard to get booked in Love it and thank you very much , see you in 2024

    Reviewed by Elaine4.7Sep 2023

  • "We loved the cosiness of the cottage, lovely warm kitchen."

    The location and views wonderful. On the minus side we couldn't work out how to get the towel rail in the bathroom to work, not a problem really as it was quite warmish weather-wise. The shower was super, which makes such a difference, and it was all comfy and clean. You said no Wi-fi but we picked it up from the router and that worked well using our iPhones. Lots of books, maps etc. The one drawback that I feel worth mentioning is the parking. It says own parking space which is a bit of a stretch! You need to be fairly intrepid to back into the very small and cambered pull in, and this is not something to do at night, so we parked just below the cattle grid and walked to and from the cottage which was fine, and on leaving parked just over the grid at the start of the track, and walked our luggage to the car. Might be worth mentioning to others. Other than that that it was a lovely stay. Julia and Kathy

    Reviewed by J4.7Sep 2023

  • "Lovely location and well described."

    Reversing back to the road wasn't a problem. My 4th visit to Church Stretton & I loved it again. Walking & nature wonderful. We did two walks straight from the door. Only negative thing was the oven need cleaning desperately.

    Reviewed by Stephany4.1Jun 2023

  • "Was a beautiful cottage - warm and comfortable with all we needed for self catering."

    Location was great - town in walking distance with good food stores and plenty of pubs, cafes and more specialist stores. View from lounge was stunning. So many great walks starting from the front door - very happy. One small issue instantly fixed with no fuss - very friendly and helpful owner, and neighbours very friendly and chatty too. Parking was fine - reversing back to road was no problem.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0May 2023

  • "Amazing location, perfect for access to Carding Mill valley and Church Stretton."

    Looking out the window felt so calming.

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Mar 2023

  • "This cottage is a little gem situated as the last house in the row leading up the burway."

    The views are beautiful over Cardingmill valley from the dining table and bedrooms. Bathroom has been recently modernised and the storage heaters make the place really cozy along with the electric fire. We were lucky enough for it to snow while we stayed which added a magical touch to our break. Stretton is a walk away to the shops, pubs & restaurants. If you can cope with the short row of steep steps from the parking space to the cottage I would highly recommend this place. Wonderful.

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Mar 2023

  • "Shepherd's cottage is just lovely."

    It is fairly basic but has almost everything you might need. It was really warm and cosy! Such a delight to watch the constantly changing views from the windows, and to be able to access so many walks straight from the cottage. We hope to be back. On a minor note, some of the kitchen utensils are so well-used that they don't look clean. That didn't detract from the holiday, but thought we should mention it.

    Reviewed by Sue4.1Jan 2023

  • "The cottage was clean and warm and suited us perfectly for our 2 day stay."

    We did have a few challenges. The kitchen is very tiny so when the grill is on you can't get to the sink. There is no welcome pack but this may be normal with Sykes cottages. Better instructions to the cottage would have been helpful as the post code doesn't take you to the cottage and parking is difficult. Very helpful owners.

    Reviewed by Kate4.1Dec 2022

  • "Absolutely fabulous little cottage, very peaceful and relaxing, exceptionally clean and surprisingly homely and lovely little garden that was secure for the dog."

    Everything we needed was included. Breathtaking scenery, fabulous walks from the doorstep. We managed to complete quite a few of the walks in Carding Mill and The Long Mynd and again the scenery on these walks was absolutely breathtaking. If like us you don't drive, going into Church Stretton for shopping, nearly everyday was a bit of a pain especially carrying the shopping back uphill, we found it easier coming through the Carding Mill Valley carpark. We did find that Sainsbury's will deliver to the cottage which was a godsend. A massive thank you to the owners for one of the best cottage holidays we've had.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Aug 2022

  • "A charming cottage in a beautiful location."

    Very good for walking

    Reviewed by Sabina4.1Mar 2022

  • "Amazing location!"

    Nothing beats the view the cottage has. Perfect for dogs and was comfortable for our baby. Nice and clean and had everything needed to stay. Can’t wait to go back

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Mar 2022

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

    It's location is fantastic and we didn't use the car during our stay, enjoying walks on the Long Mynd right from the cottage gate, and the convenience of a 10 minute walk into town. The cottage is comfortable and so peaceful - just what we wanted. The owner was very pleasant and helpful. We would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Susannah5.0Mar 2022

  • "All is good thanks"

    Reviewed by Shaun5.0Dec 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at the shepherds cottage."

    Location couldn't be better lovely walks right on the doorstep. shops and restaurants only 10 min walk but uphill on way back. Cottage was basic but comfortable and cosy. One parking space is available outside cottage with steps down to the cottage. Definitely a must stay if you like walking. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Neil3.8Jul 2021

  • "A lovely cosy cottage in an amazing location."

    The cottage was clean and we were well looked after. There is a large amount of books with information about the area including loads of walks which were very useful. Lack of WiFi meant we couldn't use the laptop we took with us, which would have been handy for photo storage, but not enough to ruin a peaceful getaway. We will be back.

    Reviewed by Angel4.7May 2021

  • "The location of the cottage was wonderful, access to lovely walks , good views ."

    Accessible by train . The owner was very kind and helpful.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Dec 2020

  • "It is a simply breathtaking location for a cottage that the photos don’t really capture until you arrive!"

    Reviewed by Steven4.7Oct 2020

  • "Brilliant location for walking and exploring the Shropshire county, the cottage is well equipped, and comfortable."

    Enjoyed the holiday so much already booked for next year, making it our third stay at this lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Sep 2020

  • "Spectacular scenery."

    Wonderful location for walking, with so many footpaths accessible from the door. We did not use the car for the whole week. Really useful to be in easy walking distance of the town too. Cottage was very comfortable and had a remarkable outlook. The absence of wi-fi was a little surprising and disappointing.

    Reviewed by Martin4.7Sep 2020

  • "Lovely, comfortable cottage with beautiful scenery."

    Our dog (Murdoch) loved walking straight from the cottage door onto paths that went over the hills for miles. We love it in this beautiful part of England!

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Jul 2020

  • "My wife and I stayed at Shepherd's Cottage for four nights in February, 2020."

    Before making the trip, I spoke to the owner on the 'phone, and I was impressed by his friendly and helpful nature. We were expecting the cottage to be a little cool, what with having no central heating. However, we needn't have worried as we were perfectly snug. The cottage was clean and furnished well, and enjoys views we wished we could take home with us. We even spied a fox on the hillside across from the living-room window. Can't wait to return! :)

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Feb 2020

  • "Prime location."

    Lovely views from the cottage. We didn't use our car all week as cottage is central to lots of walks and only 10 mins walk to the town.

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Sep 2019

  • "Living room, bed rooms and bathroom (new) all fine."

    KITCHEN AND GARDEN NOT FINE. KITCHEN (a) smell (musty/mouldy) from cupboard under sink, where plates are stored, pipes from washing machine pass through this cupboard (b) washing machine is very old - had to enter each bit of cycle in turn rather than once at start (c) smell in larder (from pipes?) (d) dirt/debris to side of washing machine (e) dog chew under heater in kitchen and (f) hot tap in sink drips if not turned tight. GARDEN (a) overgrown (b) moss on steps/patio and (c) overgrown hedging at top of steps rubs against body. We have photos for many of these issues. Lastly, storage heater instructions confusing - said to keep on at each heater whilst information in cottage said to ensure they were on before leaving. We had to turn them off as far too hot (Jul/Aug) to have on; I set reminder on my phone to turn on before I departed cottage. In short, kitchen needs some items addressed immediately (the smells), a modern washing machine is not an unreasonable ask and the garden needs attention.

    Reviewed by Stephen3.1Jul 2019

  • "I have stayed in this lovely cottage before but it now has a wonderful new bathroom with shower."

    It's very comfortable & 'homely' & very well-equipped. I love the fact that we can compost our waste (only seen this once before in a holiday cottage) & it's dog friendly. Stunning location above Carding Mill Valley - I never want to leave!

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage with great character in beautiful location - stunning views, great scenery, delightful walks from the door and attractive shops and cafes locally."

    Our eleventh visit. Certainly NOT our last!!

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Mar 2019

  • "Delightful cosy little cottage, suitable for 1-2 people."

    Great views. The access steps can be difficult for the infirm and Wi-Fi would be a great benefit. It benefits from being a second home rather than a commercial let. All in all a little gem.

    Reviewed by Martin4.4Dec 2018

  • "Wonderful walking."

    Beautiful views from the cottage. Kitchen needs updating.

    Reviewed by Andrew3.8Jul 2018

  • "The location was well positioned with great views of the surrounding countryside."

    The property was much larger than expected and suited our purposes completely.

    Reviewed by Steven4.4Jul 2018

  • "This was our 3rd visit to Shepherds Cottage."

    Its all about location. It is inside Long Mynd as you have to cross the cattle grid to reach it and it is the last property so you have open views all round.You overlook the high hills of the Mynd fron the living room kitchen and bedroom windows.The sheep and lambs walk past your gates to the property and you see them all day through the windows.12 minute walk to Church Stretton centre which is lovely but a 15 minute hike back up the hill.Good exercise.You can walk for miles from your own door.If you arrive by car it gives you good practise with your reversing skills.

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Apr 2018

  • "We had the most wonderful stay at Shepherd's Cottage."

    Could not recommend it enough. Lovely, simple, cosy house, very clean, with views of the hills and in a perfect spot for walks - you step out of the door and into beautiful countryside. Short walk to the town, with nice shops, pubs etc. We'll definitely be coming back.

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Dec 2017

  • "Shepherds Cottage is in a great location with stunning views."

    The cottage is warm and cosy and we really enjoyed spending Christmas week there. We have stayed in a lot of cottages in this country over the years and have both agreed that Shepherds Cottage is the best yet. We will definitely return again soon. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Nancy4.4Dec 2017


    Reviewed by Barry3.8Sep 2017

  • "Lovely cottage in lovely location."

    Clean and tidy, maybe a small amount of decoration in the bath required. We found a few woodworm beetles in the small bedroom. We have already booked for next year.

    Reviewed by Shaun4.6May 2017

  • "This is an extremely cosy cottage in a beautiful setting with hills all around but with easy access to the town, There were good walks straight from the cottage door up to the Long Mynd, The enclosed garden was very good for our small dog who is a bit of an escapologist but did not manage to get out."

    I would certainly recommend this cottage to friends and would come again.

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0Nov 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with exposed beams, 1 x single (with additional folding bed on request)
  • Compact bathroom with bath, Electric shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with small pantry and breakfast bar
  • Cosy sitting room and dining area with exposed beams.
  • Storage heaters with electric fire
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, TV, video, DVD, radio
  • Electricity inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Enclosed terraced garden area with patio, furniture and BBQ
  • Off road parking for one car
  • One well-behaved dog welcome at £10
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop, pub and village amenities 10 mins walk
  • Note: Property is accessed via 15 descending steep steps.

The property

Church Stretton 0.5 miles.

A charming detached cottage in a superb elevated position, half a mile from the popular village of Church Stretton, with its many pubs and tea rooms and excellent antiques centre.

Furnished in a traditional style, the cottage offers cosy and comfortable accommodation with a pretty main bedroom with exposed beams and a cosy living area with exposed beams and lovely views over Church Stretton.

The cottage is in a fantastic location at the foot of the Long Mynd, on a bridle path to Carding Mill Valley and boasts truly unique views, whilst being ideally placed for taking advantage of the superb walks the area is famous for.

Less than half a mile from the amenities of Church Stretton and within easy touring distance of Shropshire's numerous attractions, Shepherds Cottage is an ideal base for a break in a wonderful location at any time of year.

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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 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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas