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Wilstone Cottage

(Ref. 1011277)

Cardington near Church Stretton, Shropshire Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a wonderful weekend at Wilstone Cottage as a group of 6 celebrating our 40th birthdays."

    The cottage is probably nicer in real life than the photos - very clean and comfortable. The old doors and beams add a lot of character but make sure you pay attention to the 'mind your head' signs - we had a few bumps on the head going up the stairs! We had amazing weather so the immaculate lawn and outside space was brilliant and the views were stunning. We were extremely lucky to see the Northern Lights which made our stay very special and I'm sure the peaceful surrounds and lack of light pollution helped us take full advantage. The surrounding area is so beautiful - it felt a bit like the Cotswolds without paying the prices. Local village pub (The Royal Oak) is a short walk from the house and the staff were really welcoming. Great service and lovely food. The owner of Wilstone Cottage was super helpful and great at communicating including helping with recommending a walk etc. It was lovely to arrive to some flowers and cookies left by the owner as well. A memorable and very comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2024

  • "Just a lovely property, beautiful views from all aspects."

    Very comfortable, had all our requirements . wood burner made the cottage very cosy. Very interesting area.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Feb 2024

  • "Another wonderful trip by our walking group to the cosy and comfortable Wilstone Cottage, a perfect location for exploring the Shropshire Hills, and a delight to return to after a day out, whatever the weather."

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jan 2024

  • "Lovely property in great location for walking."

    Would recommend a break here. Clean, warm, comfortable and beautifully kept. Well stocked crockery, cutlery and utensils. Nice to have extra crockery and cutlery so able to use dish washer and still have spares to use. Thank you Rhiann

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Dec 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely but we were cold and there were no instructions on how to turn the heating on for longer and there was only one fire lighter and no kindling for the fire, which was disappointing."

    Having to depart at 10am Sunday morning was far too early and we all felt very rushed. The cake was a nice touch that we all enjoyed.

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the cottage and the homemade cake. I’m so sorry to hear that you were cold during your stay. I did check the heating system was working correctly on your departure, as guests always find the cottage very cosy and snug. I did discover that some of the radiators had been turned down. I have since updated the information pack for guests, stating to check the radiators are turned up. Best wishes, Rhiann Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine3.4Nov 2023

  • "Wonderful cottage."

    Very spacious, lovely and warm, great location with the pub just down the lane and very close to Church Stretton for walking and shops. Owner has clearly thought of all the little things needed to provide a home from home and touches like fresh flowers, maps, logs and a huge cake were greatly appreciated. Only improvement I could suggest would be a hair dryer and outside tap to hose down our very muddy boots!

    Hi Marian. Thank you for your lovely review - I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay at Wilstone Cottage. I’m so sorry that you didn’t find either the hair dryer or the outside tap. The hair dryer is kept in the blue room in the drawer, and the outside tap is located on the back wall of the outside shed. Best wishes, Rhiann Pennington Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marian5.0Oct 2023

  • "We found Wilstone Cottage to be well equipped, characterful, providing peace and comfort."

    It's well located for walking and visiting all parts of Shropshire and the owners were never far away if there was a problem. Would I stay here again, yes.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely week-long stay at Wilstone cottage."

    It is a charming property and we felt most welcome and comfortable. We loved being able to go on hikes and walks straight from the front door and particularly enjoyed the beautiful dining room where we spent lots of time playing games and eating together.

    Reviewed by Carissa5.0Aug 2023

  • "Gorgeous views from every window!"

    Cottage was spacious and comfortable. Incredibly quiet and peaceful (I am writing this in my home city, with a constant hum of traffic audible...sigh!) Appreciated the care of the owner who called in to check all was well and whether we needed to have the central heating on as it had turned unexpectedly chilly.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jun 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our week at Wilstone Cottage."

    Everything was very clean and well equipped. All of us especially enjoyed the Victoria sponge cake….thank you for that. Gorgeous views from the cottage, of the surrounding hills.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely house and surrounding area."

    My only suggestion would be that in our experience milk and butter at least are normally in the fridge on arrival at a holiday rental. It would be especially helpful to find it at Wilstone cottage too, being that the location is so remote. I understand the owner had literally just had a baby so maybe it was an oversight this time.

    Reviewed by Karen4.7May 2023

  • "Wonderful stay in this very comfortable cottage, very warm and cosy with all the facilities you will need ."

    The views are spectacular ! We will absolutely be back

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Apr 2023

  • "The most amazing view from all windows."

    The property is set in the most idyllic area. The property is comfortable and cozy warm. Very well equipped and maintained. We only wish we had longer to stay there. So pretty. Thank you

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Feb 2023

  • "Excellent stay."

    Very comfortable and really good for a family break. Extremely clean and welcoming cookies, daffodils and eggs were a lovely touch. Thank you

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0Feb 2023

  • "A wonderfully warm, spacious, light and comfortable cottage in a fantastic location with lovely views and fine walking straight from the door."

    With 6 adults in our group the facilities and space were excellent, and after a days walking in the beautiful Shropshire hills it was always a pleasure to return to the welcoming comfort of the cottage. We all agreed a return visit would be a must.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jan 2023

  • "Very nice property, clean and well equipped."

    Nice touch with the welcome biscuits and eggs. Thank you,

    Reviewed by Matt5.0Oct 2022

  • "Excellent house in a marvelous location,walking routes from the door and very quite roads for cycling."

    The house has good parking and bike storage which was an important reason for our choice.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a great week in peaceful, quirky Wilstone Cottage."

    The many steps did keep us fit! So peaceful with lovely views. Clean and comfortable with everything we needed. My friend commented she found the oven a bit low, but that was all we could say as a negative. The eggs and biscuits were all enjoyed. Thank you. Would recommend and would be happy to stay again

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Sep 2022

  • "Wilstone Cottage is one of the loveliest cottages we have stayed in."

    So peaceful, beautiful views and very comfortable. So much thought and care has been put into making it feel like home. We were very touched by the welcoming gifts of eggs and cake and by Rhiann’s visit to check we were ok. Spending time with our family in such a lovely place was a real joy. This is a perfect cottage from which to enjoy walking and we did plenty! Discovering Shropshire was a real treat and it is such a beautiful place. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Aug 2022

  • "Nothing to add - perfect"

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2022

  • "This was our first stay in Shropshire & it didn’t disappoint."

    Willstone cottage is situated in the most beautiful & peaceful area, with views of surrounding hills all around. Great walks from the door. The cottage was clean & comfortable & complimentary cake & farm eggs were most welcome. The owner popped by to check all well & was very open to suggestions to improve guest experience & a list of mainly kitchen equipment was left with her. Overall lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Tamsin4.7Jul 2022

  • "We had a great time in Wilstone cottage."

    Remote but therefore very quite. Only birds, cows and sheep are your neighbours. Yes, it takes some time to get to a bigger road to get somewhere but we didn't mind. We enjoyed the eggs and the cake that waited for us in the cottage. Rhiann is a great host and always there for questions. And after a few days the beams and the steps are no longer a problem, you take them very easy. We liked the walks in the area, especially Caer Caradoc. What a views. For us people from the Netherlands absolutely fabulous.

    Reviewed by Jan4.4Jun 2022

  • "The property was lovely, peace and quiet, it’s ok if you don’t mind driving down narrow lanes to go anywhere,"

    Reviewed by Linda5.0May 2022

  • "This is a really smashing property."

    It's out on its own in gorgeous countryside with beautiful views all around and a big, safe garden for the children. Plenty of space indoors with super facilities. Good pub within walking distance. Friendly owners also came to check we had everything we needed upon arrival. A welcome package of home made cake and fresh eggs was also much appreciated. It's a character property so expect some 'duck or grouse' low beams, a quirky layout, many stairs and some poky bathrooms - but that's an expected trade off for all that gorgeous architectural history. The original timber frames, fireplaces and bread ovens are stunning. We're honestly struggling to find anything to criticise and can only suggest that the owners may want to replace some of the older kitchen pans and maybe freshen up some of the finishing touches (pictures, flowers etc) for a more sophisticated, cohesive décor throughout. A favourite moment was waking up in the blue bedroom to the sound of birdsong and miles of country views out of the two windows. This house is a bit of a gem, we loved it and would happily recommend.

    Reviewed by Laura4.4Apr 2022

  • "A lovely property, full of character and well situated for walking some of the best bits of Shropshire."

    The cottage was as described and has magnificent views in all directions. It has been restored with great care. For us the only downside was it was that it was very cold on the first and second days although the radiators were on full. I don't think it had been occupied for a few days prior to our arrival and it had got very cold. Once we mastered how to light a wood burner it soon warmed up and then became cosy.

    Reviewed by Janice4.7Apr 2022

  • "Fabulous little gem of a place to stay - off the beaten tack and very peaceful."

    Beds spotless and very comfortable. Couldn't fault it.

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Mar 2022

  • "Fantastic character cottage, very spacious and well appointed."

    Wonderful, quiet location ideal for walking, cycling etc. Lots of logs for the woodburning stoves, which were much appreciated as were the eggs and biscuits from the farm. Ten minute walk to the pub. Overall, we had a wonderful break at Wilstone Cottage.

    Reviewed by Quentin4.7Mar 2022

  • "Thoroughly enjoyable stay in this comfortable cozy cottage."

    Lots of great walks in the area with splendid views.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, comfortable and warm."

    Just right for our family reunion. Plenty of room for 6 adults and a baby, in a lovely area. We easily parked 4 cars, and there was room for another one (however, they were all small cars). Re-reading the description, I note that there is a warning about low beams and split level - however, before going I didn't understand what you meant by "split level" - ie that there were quite so many steps down and up into various rooms, also I think you should say that the stairs are pretty steep. However, it was fine for our party, and the baby can't yet climb stairs. Another strange thing that I didn't mention to Rhiann (therefore wasn't a great problem to us) - but the water went off for a few minutes quite regularly (maybe once a day) - a bit awkward if you are in the middle of showering, and disconcerting the first time, when you don't know that it will come back again soon.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Feb 2022

  • "WOW is the only word that best describes Wilstone Cottage it was truly the ..."

    WOW is the only word that best describes Wilstone Cottage it was truly the chocolate box accommodation you dream about and the location just adds to its charm Great walks on your doorstep our party of 6 Adults loved Ironbridge and also Powis Castle and Gardens which are National Trust We didn’t try any local restaurant because eating in the cottage with the log fire roaring couldn’t be beaten Thank you for a memorable week James and Rhiann Best wishes Jeff, Maz, Penny and Debs

    Reviewed by Jeff5.0Nov 2021

  • "We had a great time at the cottage it was lovely and Clean and a lot of original features the owner had made a cake and left us some fresh eggs she was very nice ."

    The scenery was amazing and so quiet we found plenty to do and see especially the castles and the snowdownia hills I would highly recommend this cottage you wouldn’t be disappointed thank you for giving us the chance of a memorable time for a week

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2021

  • "Great large comfortable cottage."

    High standard of renovation with unique period features. Lovely countryside views and plenty of outside space for parking,enjoying the fresh air or star gazing after dark. Very helpful owners. All set in beautiful Shropshire countryside.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Oct 2021

  • "The location was fabulous as we wanted great walking from the doorstep and a little stroll to a pub."

    The cottage was well maintained and comfortable. We had a little hiccup whilst we were staying and the locally based owners were very hospitable and well organised and did everything they could to help straight away. Thank you James, much appreciated. The stoves were fabulous and warmed the cottage up a treat. Just the perfect place to escape and unwind.

    Reviewed by Antony4.4Oct 2021

  • "This is a very well appointed detached cottage, very clean and comfortable."

    We particularly enjoyed sitting outside looking across the lawn to the sheep in the next field watching the sun go down before trotting off down the lane to the pub. Great base to meet up and explore the area, we will be back.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Sep 2021

  • "Marvellous location - surrounded by wonderful countryside on the doorstep."

    An easy few miles drive to Church Stretton for all shopping. Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Ironbridge and Ludlow all within half an hour's drive and worth visiting. West Midland Safari Park an hour away was a huge hit with the 'big' children and grandchildren. So peaceful and relaxing after the frenetic activity of London life. We were welcomed to the gorgeous cottage with fresh eggs, home-baked cookies and flowers. We quickly felt at home and were reluctant to leave. Perfect for our three generation post covid treat vacation!

    Reviewed by Noreen5.0Aug 2021

  • "We booked this amazing holiday cottage after seeing the pictures and we loved the look of the area and how spacious yet full of character the property was."

    It didn't let us down - it was fabulous and we couldn't have asked for a better time. Everything was so clean and the kitchen was perfect- as we're our hosts. We hope to come back.

    Reviewed by Timothy5.0Aug 2021

  • "This is a lovely comfortably modernised old cottage, standing on its own in acres of space, surrounded by low hills, on a charming sunken lane between the rather sleepy village (with its very tempting pub) and an impressive farm at the foot of Caer Caradoc (the top of which you can see from the garden)."

    It has a big garden facing the fields and trees towards Wenlock Edge - it's gloriously quiet, much quieter than the valley over the hill to the west through which runs the A49. A delightful place to reach after the pains of motorway driving and city life! The cottage has lovely old oak doors and beams, and a perfectly preserved old baking oven. One of the best things about it is that you can go on some excellent hill walks straight from the front door - up Caer Caradoc, the Lawley hill, Hope Bowdler Hill, and beyond - from all of which there are wonderful views for miles around. The owner provides flowers, delicious eggs and cake as a welcome, and will probably call by and check you are OK. Our stay was blessed by good weather. Strongly recommended.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage is in a beautiful setting and met all our needs."

    It is very comfortable, well equipped and spotlessly clean. We loved being able to walk to the pub and to Caer Carradoc. (We were happy to find the pub seemed less a mile, perhaps only half a mile away? It might be worth changing this on the listing.) We very much appreciated the warm welcome we received from Rhiann especially the cake, eggs and beautiful flowers.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jul 2021

  • "Cottage is ideally situated for what we wanted which was good walking and the cottage for filled all our expectations."

    Our host was very friendly and made us feel really welcome with a fresh baked cake, free range eggs and the beautiful flowers. We hope to return as soon as we can.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jun 2021

  • "This is an excellent property for people who wish to experience the true English countryside."

    Located in the Shropshire Hills it a delightfully secluded cottage within easy walking distance of a good pub and a very picturesque village. It has unspoiled views of the roiling green countryside The recently renovated property is comfortable, well equipped and the helpful owners are nearby should there be any issues to discuss. There are a wide range of walks of varying distances and difficulties with many interesting towns, villages and places to visit. A first class property in a wonderful part of the countryside.

    Reviewed by Kelvin5.0Jun 2021

  • "Superb rural/ village location and extensive views in all directions."

    Attractive restoration but lacks a little comfort on ground floor. Would love to go again soon.

    Reviewed by Peter3.8Jun 2021

  • "Wilstone Cottage is the best self catering cottage we have hired."

    Immaculately clean and extremely well appointed. There is everything you could need to cater, a home from home. We had poor weather, but the plentiful supply of logs were a boon. The cake and eggs provided were top class. The cottage is surrounded by fields and has outstanding views of the hills. There are plenty of walks available from the door. We have already rebooked for next year.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0May 2021

  • "The quietness and the amazing views."

    Unfortunately the weather did not allow us to make full use of the garden!

    Reviewed by Judith4.7May 2021

  • "We had a wonderful time at Wilstone Cottage!"

    It has been beautifully renovated to capture the beauty of the old cottage while also feeling modern and comfortable (including good water pressure in the shower and reliable wi-if). The cottage was wonderfully clean and we were delighted to find fresh flowers, cake and eggs. The location is so peaceful and the views from all around the cottage are spectacular. We would love to stay again!

    Reviewed by Erin5.0Apr 2021

  • "Perfect cottage and wonderful hosts ."

    Clean and in a fabulous spot . I would certainly like to book again Magnificent stay Kind regards

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Apr 2021

  • "Wilstone Cottage is absolutely wonderful."

    It was spotlessly clean which was very reassuring in a Covid world. The location is absolutely stunning. Set in beautiful countryside in the rolling hills of South Shropshire, no neighbours other than the working farm up the lane, we were surrounded by new born lambs in the Spring sunshine, great walks and hiking from the door. Very comfortable accommodation with all mod cons, but in an historic cottage building with exposed beams and wood burners to make a cosy feel. The welcome cake and free range eggs from the farm were a treat too. Top tip - fresh organic milk straight from the cows at nearby Hatton manor farm on the way to Acton Scott farm museum is also a real treat. All in all our stay was a real tonic in the best of British countryside after lockdown. Highly recommended and five stars from us.

    Reviewed by Marianne5.0Apr 2021

  • "Wilstone is a delightful cottage in a gorgeous setting with a terrific garden."

    There's a wrap- around drive, and the gate closes and locks for complete peace of mind if you have little ones running amok. Inside there's loads of room; our family of 5 found it the perfect size, in fact quite ample. The two woodburning stoves were a big plus! The kitchen has everything needed for an extended stay. It was spotlessly clean throughout. The kids loved exploring the rambling layout, and adored the wardrobe in the master bedroom. We loved having basically a 'wing' to ourselves, with the children's bedrooms at arms' length down the hall - bliss. Rhiann was terrific in communication, and couldn't have done more for us. The homemade mince pies and farm fresh eggs were icing on the cake!

    Reviewed by Tom4.7Dec 2020

  • "We particularly loved the fact that the cottage was completely on its own, and surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside."

    We had some memorable walks from the doorstep. The cottage itself was cosy and warm, and really characterful with the old wooden beams and different floor levels.

    Reviewed by Jane4.4Oct 2020

  • "We were fortunate enough to be the first-ever guests in this pristine cottage."

    The beautiful condition of the characterful property came right up to the mark. The no-pets policy for the cottage will stand it in good stead for the future. Rhiann was a lovely and helpful host.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Sep 2020

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  • Split-level accommodation
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be two singles upon request), 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility room
  • Dining room with woodburning stove
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stoves (logs are provided but please bring own kindling & firelighters)
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TVs and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available (No soft mattress provided)
  • Off-road parking available for 3 cars
  • Enclosed wrap-around garden with lawn and outdoor seating area, BBQ and secure storage for bikes in garage
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub 1 mile; shop 4.7 miles
  • Note: This is a split-level accommodation, please take care
  • Note: Low exposed beams on the first floor, take caution
  • Note: Minimum 2 night bookings. Note: Electric car charging not permitted at the property. Note: No stair gate at the property Note: Self catering property - Enough basic essentials to get you started.

The property

Church Stretton 4.9 miles.

Hidden within the magnificent landscapes of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you will find the stunning Wilstone Cottage.

Wilstone Cottage sits at the foot of the iconic Caer Caradoc Hill; the hill offers panoramic views of the Wrekin, Wenlock Edge and The Long Mynd!

The summit has an Ancient British Iron Age hill fort, which the hill is named after - Caer Caradoc is Welsh, meaning Caradog's Fort.

This traditional chocolate box cottage offers the perfect setting for an unforgettable holiday to the countryside.

Show off your culinary skills as you take to the pretty country kitchen and prepare a delicious feast with the help of the contemporary electric appliances and useful utensils.

Take your seat at the spacious dining table, admiring the eye-catching stone fireplace with woodburning stove and charming exposed beams that line the walls and ceilings.

Snuggle in front of the woodburning stove that takes centre stage in the striking inglenook fireplace within the sitting room, as you sink into the plush sofas and enjoy a quiet night indoors.

Open up the patio doors and step out into the well-kept garden boasting views of the luscious rolling countryside and a pretty outdoor dining area, perfect for indulging in a chilled glass of champagne and a mouth-watering meal on a warm summer evening.

The ground floor is also home to a bright and airy shower room benefitting from a heated towel rail, as well as a convenient utility room where you can keep on top of the washing thanks to the handy washing machine.

Climb the fabulous wooden staircase up to the first floor which splits into three directions, each leading to a homely and well-decorated bedroom including two super-king-size bedrooms that can be transformed into twins upon request, and a quaint twin bedroom with hanging space for your belongings.

Escape the excitement with a long soak in the bathtub, located within the tranquil family bathroom, or prepare for the day ahead with a quick rinse under the overhead shower.

Make the most of this idyllic setting with a breath-taking hike through the Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd, before descending down to the village of Church Stretton and delighting in a hearty breakfast in one of the many local cafes.

Learn of times gone by with a trip to the Victorian farm of Acton Scott Historic Working Farm.

Head to the village of Horsehay for a relaxing ride on the Telford Steam Railway or a tour of the living museum of Blists Hill, a fun-filled Victorian town.

Venture north to the historical market town of Shrewsbury where you can enjoy a trip to the National Trust owned Attingham Park Estate with the iconic Town Walls Tower and take an eery tour of the old local prison or 11th-century castle.

On your return to the cottage, stop off at the famous The Royal Oak Pub for a refreshing pint of bitter and some tasty pub grub.

Spend quality time with your loved ones on an escape to Wilstone Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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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.

Note: Minimum 2 night bookings.
Note: Electric car charging not permitted at the property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas