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Birchope Byre

Ratlinghope near Wentnor, Shropshire (Ref. 953030)

4.9

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "A really beautiful cottage in a picturesque location with so much to do in the area."

    We had an amazing few days and would definitely return.

    Reviewed by MikeMar 2022

  • "Fabulous stay."

    Beautiful location in the midst of the most stunning parts of the Shropshire Hills and an authentic cottage finished to perfection. Gordon and Becky were really thoughtful hosts too, letting us stay on for an extra day of sunshine after storms delayed our arrival. Thank you, and hope to come back!

    Reviewed by MikeFeb 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Birchope."

    The cottage is beautiful with absolutely everything we needed, a lovely a quiet place to unwind and a view to die for.

    Reviewed by GrahamFeb 2022

  • "Good location, good land lord."

    everything was perfect. Cleaning house and welcoming.

    Reviewed by AndrewDec 2021

  • "Fantastic holiday cottage, rural, gorgeous views, very cosy, well equipped, quiet and relaxing."

    The owners are there if needed but very private. Lovely walks, visited Bishops Castle, Church Stretton and near by places. We had lovely meals out at several pubs. Enjoyed evenings by the log fire and spending time with the family. Will definitely be back

    Reviewed by AlexaOct 2021

  • "We've stayed at Birchope a number of times as we love it so much."

    The tranquility of the surroundings is incredible. The views from the private garden are just perfect, we never tire of seeing all the cows, sheep, ducks and birds. The cottage is a gem - always immaculate, lots of original charm and really cosy with the fire on in the evenings. Gordon and Becky are wonderful hosts, really friendly but completely respect your privacy. Lots of brilliant walks on your doorstep, The Crown is lovely for food and you can walk (takes about an hour) and The Bridges in the other direction (takes around 30 mins walking) is lovely for a drink. I know we'll be back.

    Reviewed by GailAug 2021

  • "Fantastic wild bird life."

    Reviewed by AllisonJul 2021

  • "Such a lovely cottage, with lots of traditional wooden features."

    Beautiful cottage garden with fabulous views. Wonderful isolation; back to nature! Friendly, helpful owners.

    Reviewed by WendyJul 2021

  • "Great holiday in beautiful surroundings."

    Only drawback was the half mile track to get to the cottage, which my mother had to walk as it was too uncomfortable in the car.

    Reviewed by MarcMay 2021

  • "A charming cottage set amongst rolling hills."

    Simply stunning views. Cottage is well equipped and very comfortable and clean. It has a huge roll top bath!

    Reviewed by NinaMay 2021

  • "The cottage is cosy, warm, attractive and well maintained."

    We were a little worried beforehand about privacy, but there is complete separation between the Byre and the owners’ house, and a private parking area. Nor can their house be seen from the Byre’s garden (which is lovely – the main area laid with interplanted gravel so no muddy feet, surrounded by raised banks cleverly planted for year-round interest, and all of it looking onto beautiful hill views). The cottage is surrounded by undulating countryside. A few miles in one direction is the Stiperstones ridge (walkable) and in the other direction is the Long Mynd – both offer breathtaking views and lots of walking opportunities. We loved having a choice of footpaths right from the door – so our car could take a few days off too. Other aspects of the cottage we liked included the warm and luxurious bathroom (unlike most downstairs ones which tend to be chilly and unwelcoming), and the downstairs layout; although it was open-plan, the different levels made the kitchen-diner, living and entrance area feel like three different spaces. The interior also makes the most of the lovely old beams and is sumptuously decorated. There were a few minor drawbacks. Church pews look great but aren’t really designed for comfort, and they definitely need seat-pads (we used cushions from the sofas). Additionally, the bedrooms (and beds) are small, and the dressing/storage area in one of them is awkward with low headroom. Plus although it had the advertised view, you can’t see it from the bed. However, we adapted to the space quickly, and these niggles weren’t enough to spoil our time in this wonderful place.

    Reviewed by IsabelMay 2021

  • "A beautiful, characterful property, extremely well equipped for self catering."

    Stunning views from the private garden and we loved the call of the curlews and night skies. New to Shropshire, we spent the week walking the hills and enjoying the stunning panoramic views and scenery. Plenty of walks available from the door. Yes, the track is rough and stony but guests are given plenty of warning. Ok taken with care in our Skoda Fabia. We loved Birchope and had a wonderful week, helped by sunny weather.

    Reviewed by Peter & JanetApr 2021

  • "No door to bedroom - just a curtain."

    No sound 'privacy' generally between all rooms. Little freezer space. And there isn't really any local shop to 'pop' to as no one can just 'pop' down that farm track. Shame the 'local' pub wasn't open. But none of the above adversely affected our holiday. Bathroom lovely and warm at all times! No traffic noise at all - just sheep, pheasants & curlews! No light pollution - stars were great.

    Reviewed by PeterApr 2021

  • "Such a peaceful place, stunning views all around."

    Reviewed by AnneApr 2021

  • "The location of this cottage is stunning, nothing but beautiful scenery and cows that great you in the morning."

    We had a 3 night stay and it wasn't nearly long enough, the cottage has literally everything you could ever need, there is nothing in the kitchen that you could wish for, that isn't in a cupboard somewhere! The log burner was beautiful and a wonderful treat, you could easily go to Shropshire and never leave this place, it's a proper get away from it all experience.

    Reviewed by TriciaOct 2020

  • "Very comfortable cottage, easy to stay put but very secluded, not easy to find first time but if you follow the directions from the owner you will get there, beware of the drive."

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2020

  • "Loved being here, the cottage was utterly beautiful."

    Exactly what we needed, to be away from everything. Walks on our doorstep so we didn’t need to use the car much. The roadway up to the cottage is somewhat ropey, especially with mud when it has been raining hard. Our car being a small SUV seemed to manage ok but I think a normal car would struggle in winter. Great directions, didn’t struggle to find it. Felt like home from home. Can’t wait to return, we already miss the cows as our alarm clock that we had each morning! Brilliant!

    Reviewed by HelenOct 2020

  • "We thought the house was really well equipped."

    Lovely and warm. Great fire. Good to have milk, chocolate cake, and wine on arrival. Very rural which was just what we wanted as we live in a city. A beautiful setting with amazing walks from the door.

    Reviewed by JoanneSep 2020

  • "Guests should be made aware that at this time of year duck shooting takes place in close proximity to the property."

    It did not particularly bother us but it might affect some people.

    Reviewed by EdwardSep 2020

  • "Couldn't fault anything at all about the property, in fact it exceeded expectations and was nicer than the pictures with lot's of thought to detail and the overall appearance."

    WiFi and TV worked perfectly, everything we needed was in the property and we cooked every night. Long bumpy drive to arrive at the property was rewarded with a nice rural view, dark skies and public footpath's literally right outside the door. 10/10

    Reviewed by RobinSep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage & beautiful scenery."

    Birchope Byre was spotlessly clean, comfortably & attractively furnished, thoughtfully equipped. It was clear that a great deal of care had been taken in every aspect of the cottage & we loved it. We particularly appreciated the milk that had been left for us in the fridge, and the chocolates & wine were a lovely surprise. Thank you so much - we will definitely recommend to others.

    Reviewed by DeniseAug 2020

  • "This cottage is a gem!"

    It’s our third time (myself and 3 children - 11, 15 and 17) here is less than a year. It’s surrounded by the most beautiful landscapes and wildlife. There’s loads of walks on your doorstep. Inside the cottage has lots of original features, it’s cosy and has everything you need. The welcome cake and treats are a lovely touch. The Bridges pub is a 20 min walk away and does great food. Becky and Gordon (and their new puppy) are brilliant hosts - not intrusive in the slightest but available if you need anything. We had a brilliant time and hope to be back soon.

    Reviewed by GailJul 2020

  • "Fantastic property, just be aware of the long (bumpy) farm track up to it from the road."

    Reviewed by DeborahMar 2020

  • "A very well appointed accommodation that is peaceful and relaxing."

    The facilities within the cottage are second to none and nothing has been left out. Cosy nights in front of the log burner are a real treat. Ideally located for walking out onto nearby Stiperstones and Long Mynd. Ludlow and Bishop's Castle are also near to hand for shopping and sight seeing. The property owners are very welcoming and instantly make you feel at home. An all-round exceptional place to spend your holiday.

    Reviewed by IainDec 2019

  • "One of the most delightful holiday cottages I have stayed in, both in terms of location and the aesthetics of the property."

    Superbly designed and decorated

    Reviewed by MichaelDec 2019

  • "Beautiful"

    Reviewed by AdamDec 2019

  • "This cottage, which is relatively new to Sykes, certainly lived up to the description and exceeded our expectations."

    The setting has fantastic views across open farmland to the Stiperstones which are a mile and a half walk away. There is negligible light pollution so the stars are spectacular on a clear night. No expense has been spared in the conversion and decoration of this byre (cattle shed) but, as in the description, the layout is a bit quirky and unsuitable for anyone with mobility problems. Space is tight around the beds.The half mile farm track access is stone and a bit bumpy but was in good condition and no problem. We had a week of almost continuous rain which limited walking but there was plenty else to do in the area. If you are looking for a truly rural property, this is it.

    Reviewed by IanNov 2019

  • "This cottage is a hidden gem."

    We arrived and were welcomed by a homemade chocolate cake, fresh milk and wine. The location is stunning, beautiful unspoiled views, quiet with lots of walks right on the doorstep. The cottage itself is cosy with lots of lovely original features.

    Reviewed by GailOct 2019

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage."

    Can't wait to go back.

    Reviewed by NickSep 2019

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Summary

  • Two bedrooms: 1 x family room with 4’ double and a single, and 1 double
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Sleeps 4 adults & 1 child.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hobs, microwave, fridge, TV, Freeview, DVD & video
  • WiFi and a selection of books about the local area and games
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc (extra wood available to purchase) in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • 2 x hair dryers
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed gravel garden with furniture
  • Cycle storage available
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2.8 miles, pub 1.8 miles
  • Please note: The property is situated half a mile up an unmade farm-track which is bumpy and uneven in places
  • Please take care and be aware that in severe ice or snow the track may not be accessible without four wheel drive
  • The track passes through 2 gates over farmland which may sometimes contain livestock so appropriate footwear may be needed to open gates in wet weather
  • Please always leave gates open or closed as found
  • Please note: The property may be unsuitable for the elderly or infirm due to the nature of the stairs and garden steps
  • Please note: that there is no signal for most mobile phone networks. Note: The property is situated half a mile up an unmade farm-track which is bumpy and uneven in places
  • Please drive slowly with care and be aware that in severe ice or snow the track may not be accessible without four wheel drive
  • The track passes through 2 gates over farmland which may sometimes contain livestock so appropriate footwear may be needed to open gates in wet weather
  • Please always leave gates open or closed as found. Note:The property may be unsuitable for those with limited mobility due to the nature of the stairs and garden steps. Note: Please note that there is no signal for most mobile phone networks.

The property

Birchope Byre is an idyllic peaceful retreat, completely surrounded by farmland in the spectacular walking country of the South Shropshire Hills ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ with uninterrupted views of the Stiperstone ridge which forms part of the Shropshire Way, and is perfect for a short romantic break or a more active holiday. The beautifully converted Byre is finished to a high standard whilst retaining its character using solid oak timbers, stone flooring and hand forged fittings made by a local blacksmith.

The open plan living area holds a traditional feel whilst retaining a homely environment where you can snuggle up into one of the sofas in front of the woodburning stove to unwind.

Full central heating makes the Byre a cosy cottage at any time of the year. From here a few steps lead up to the kitchen offering a dining area under a vaulted ceiling with reclaimed church pews providing authentic seating at a rustic oak table.

This room certainly adds to the charm of the cottage with pine units and granite worktops it merges traditional with contemporary touches to give you the ideal room for your self-catering stay. Up from the kitchen you can find the luxury bathroom with grand gold furnishings and fixtures, relax in a Victorian style roll-top bath or use the large separate shower, whilst admiring the reclaimed Gothic style hand-carved mirror and door. The two bedrooms are up in the eaves, accessed up separate sides of the large wooden stairs that lead up from the sitting room and offer privacy and period features.

The family room has a 4’ double plus single whilst the other also has a 4’ double bed and space can be made for a cot (available on request – no bed linen provided).

Both have fantastic views over the countryside – there’s no better spot to stargaze or appreciate the sunset. Literally ‘off the beaten track’ the Byre is accessed via a farm-track and situated across from the owner’s farmhouse, separated by their private garden (not in use when the cottage is occupied to ensure guests’ privacy), it has its own private front entrance and please be aware there is restricted off-road parking for a single vehicle.

Lockable indoor storage for bikes can be offered by prior request. An enclosed gravelled garden with patio area has a table & chairs for you to relax and enjoy the views while watching the abundance of wildlife that makes Birchope a special place to stay – Buzzards & Red Kites soar overhead along with the chance to spot the increasingly rare Curlew and Lapwing – a nature lover’s paradise, although guests should be aware that there can be some activity in the surrounding farmland during the shooting season for game birds (beginning of September to end of January).

We also have resident Tawny Owls and Bats. Ratlinghope is a short drive to the village of Wentnor where you can visit the local store to pick up all of your basic amenities for your stay.

Pubs serving tasty home-made food can be found in both villages should for when you want to eat out.

There are also several other good pubs serving food within a 15 – 20 minute drive. The nearby town of Bishop’s Castle has a wealth of history in its museum and heritage centre and is perfect for immersing yourself in the culture of the area.

Within easy reach across the heather clad moorland of the Long Mynd, criss-crossed by tracks suitable for both hiking and/or mountain-biking, is Church Stretton (known as ‘Little Switzerland’) and the National Trust’s Carding Mill Valley, making Birchope Byre the perfect base for you and your family in the heart of Shropshire and the West Midlands.

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About the location

WENTNOR

Church Stretton 6 miles; Bishops Castle 6 miles.

This quiet village stands at the foot of the Long Mynd Hills directly between the delightful towns of Church Stretton and Bishops Castle in the heart of south Shropshire. Church Stretton is set amid striking scenery and 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 superb walking on the Long Mynd, the Acton Scott Working Farm, the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and magnificent Stokesay Castle. The historic towns of Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Ironbridge, Much Wenlock and Bishops Castle all provide wonderful architecture and a variety of attractions are only a short journey away.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season
  • Christmas
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