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The Olde Cow House

(Ref. 3591)

Cardington, Shropshire Show on map


  • 11 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Hot tub
  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic property for both adults and children."

    All needs catered for. Great facilities in a beautiful area. House was clean and warm with multiple bathrooms.

    Reviewed by KimberlyNov 2023

  • "Some of the furnishings are shabby."

    Ie. Rips in chairs. There was an abundance of flies downstairs without any fly traps or fly catch devices. The patio had swarms of wasps which made sitting outside uncomfortable and stressful. Could do with moving bins away from property and placing fly and wasp traps around to dissuade the pests.

    Reviewed by SandraAug 2023

  • "Generally we all enjoyed the week, especially the children on the trikes."

    A very nice place to stay. Good scenery and walks available locally. Towels and kitchen sudries are supplied; not itemised in the listing at all. Only 1 egg cup for 11 guests! 1 toilet with water hammering; not repaired whilst we were there. Confusion over cost and time available for the pool; prices have increased since listing created but not changed. Allways some little things to niggle, but a very enjoyable week.

    Reviewed by ChristopherJul 2023

  • "A very sensitive and successful conversion of a listed former agricultural building to holiday accommodation."

    Very comfortable inside with all the facilities and utilities that are specified and that one would need (take your own bath towels). As a very minor criticism, one double bedroom and its ensuite are somewhat cramped, but given that in a conversion of this order not everything can be perfect, we quite readily accepted this. As a family of 11 with 5 grandchildren of varying ages we were very impressed with the range of games and activities that were provided for on site. Also, as most people live in fairly 'ordinary' homes, as the three households in our family do, it was an exhilarating experience to reside in a building of such antiquity and character, and with such lovely surroundings. It was expensive for the two days we were there, but self catering holiday accommodation for 11 with four separate double bedrooms and bathroom facilities is not that easy to find, and as this was for a significant family celebration, we bit the bullet. Absolutely no regrets and very happy memories for all.

    Reviewed by KathyMar 2023

  • "A beautiful and spacious converted barn."

    Extremely well equipped and Sara could not have been more helpful when we had small issues with two of the showers. Everything was fixed and sorted immediately. She was also extremely informative about places of interest to visit. The indoor pool is a brilliant facility and was very much appreciated by all in our party during the recent heatwave week. Feeding our fruit, vegetable and bakery waste to the pot-bellied pigs, pygmy goats and chickens was a daily delight. The countryside is stunning and there are masses of places of interest to visit.

    Reviewed by VeronicaJul 2022

  • "What a great place, exactly what we was after."

    Lots to do and beautiful countryside surroundings for walks and to escape the city life. We had everything we needed. The pool was clean, and a great system. We will be coming back to this lovely place. Thank you x

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2022

  • "Excellent host and facilities."

    Children loved the play areas and walks. The pool was excellent, but we felt too expensive when you have children to occupy as well. Also disappointed that got bumped off a booked swimming session because they wanted to accommodate a bigger group.

    Reviewed by ColinApr 2022

  • "Very enjoyable stay."

    Owners were welcoming - the barn was lovely and a perfect place to spend time with family.

    Reviewed by AndyApr 2022

  • "We had a great time and would like to thank Sara Jones for her help and advice on what to do in the area."

    The facilities, tennis court, games rooms, swimming pool were impressive and the kids made full use of them The property was presented really well and we’d recommend it to anyone wanting to stay in the area.

    Reviewed by PeterNov 2021

  • "Fantastic break in Shropshire."

    The barn conversion was beautiful and extremely clean. We were catered for in every way possible and the host was extremely accommodating. Beautiful surroundings with great facilities and lots for us all to do as a family. The perfect place for a special family weekend.

    Reviewed by KirenNov 2021

  • "We found the Olde Cow House extremely comfortable and spacious, with everything that we needed for our stay."

    The Pool and Gym were an added bonus, which we made full use of. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants a lovely quiet place to getaway for a break. Sara (Our host) was always happy to help with and small problems that popped up.

    Reviewed by DeborahOct 2021

  • "We have just returned from our stay at The Olde Cow House and what an amazing week we all had."

    The surroundings are beautiful and there's lots of places to visit that are not too far away. The owner was always on hand when we needed help and we were made to feel very welcome. It's a fantastic place to take children with the play area, go carts, animals and then there's all the farm to explore. There were even toys, books and colouring bits in the house itself which was so helpful. We would definitely recommend staying here and would not hesitate to go back.

    Reviewed by JuliaAug 2021

  • "Such a special place to stay."

    So much to do at the property that we hardly left! A complete chill which is what we needed. Sara the host couldn’t do anymore to make the stay more comfortable. The pool and gym are fantastic, to us well worth the £10 per person charge. We did do some hill walking but want to return to see a bit more of the beautiful countryside in the area in the future.

    Reviewed by SarahJun 2021

  • "This is a wonderful holiday destination."

    Exceeded expectations. The house is much larger than the photos portray. There is every conceivable convenience and equipment. Every bedroom has an ensuite or own bathroom. Beds very comfy. Lounge area warm, cozy and comfortable. Great location with great views. The spa was the icing on the cake. Such a luxury, beautifully done. Host very helpful and welcoming. We would definitely recommend and hope to be back.

    Reviewed by PamOct 2020

  • "The extra cost of spa facilities was very expense and although it was an amazing facility at £10 per person per day ( we were a party of 11 people ) this would of cost us £770 for the week ."

    I would suggest a discount for the cottages or one off fee for the duration of your stay

    Reviewed by LesleySep 2020

  • "I have stayed here twice now and can fully recommend for both families and groups too as it caters for all."

    First time I stayed here I was with my partner and her family and there are so many amazing walks and facilities to have a well deserved break. This time I come with a few of the lads for a little break and equally we had a super time. They have a tennis court, table tennis, swimming pool amongst other games and activities. Overall what a superb place! Highly recommend and Sara the owner is so accommodating and lovely! Cant wait to come back again soon

    Reviewed by DarrenSep 2020

  • "Beautiful barn with excellent facilities."

    The host, Sara was very welcoming and couldn’t have been more helpful. Would definitely recommend and intend on returning.

    Reviewed by TomAug 2020

  • "Fantastic accommodation and great hosts."

    Really enjoyed the weekend.

    Reviewed by RyanOct 2019

  • "A fantastic place for a holiday."

    The Old Cow House is lovely and comfortable, supplied with everything you need. The owners even supply cookies and fresh flowers to greet you. This is our second visit as we love it so much.

    Many thanks for your lovely feedback and we were glad to hear that you appreciated the cookies and flowers. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RachelOct 2019

  • "It was perfect for our whole family, with lots to do for our Grandchildren, and wonderful opportunities for us to enjoying staying on a working farm - eg collecting eggs for our own use at breakfast, and feeding the pigs with our table scraps, made the week really magical."

    The good weather was a great help too! The only slight negative for us adults was, the bed mattresses were a little lumpy and uncomfortable.

    Reviewed by AndreJun 2019

  • "Had a stag weekend here and it was brilliant, games rooms , enough beds, plenty of rooms, tennis court , pool Photos don’t do the place justice Pub 1."

    7 miles away Excellent 5*

    Reviewed by LeightonJun 2019

  • "Sara the owner was extremely helpful and available."

    Our first visit to Shropshire was wonderful. The olde cow house was very well equipped, efficient and ideal for a family holiday with two girls under 4years. It was like home from home with all the benefits of living on a farm.

    Reviewed by JenniferApr 2019

  • "The house was absolutely stunning, really well thought out, lots of toys for the children, spare wellies for those who forgot, well-equipped kitchen which had a jar of home-baked cookies which were delicious."

    This is a perfect holiday for families, so much to do just within the compound, there are two games rooms, swimming pool, spa, lots of gocarts that even adults can ride with babies on lap, pigs that can be fed from kitchen scraps and chickens that lay eggs that we collected to make an omelette with and a decent walk around the farm which is ideal to take the dog on. We had a great time staying here and would recommend to anyone and would definitely consider visiting again. Thank you

    Reviewed by DuncanMar 2019

  • "The cottage was excellent, including the facilities."

    Everything we needed was provided and the owner rang me the week before to check we had all the information we needed. Only downside was the price and time restrictions for using the pool area. We knew this on booking but it did feel expensive for such a limited time.

    Reviewed by FionaJan 2019

  • "The location is remote and can be difficult to get to if the weather is bad or if you are not a confident driver as it’s aingle track for the last 10-15 minutes."

    The arrival is worth the journey. This home is stunning and made the perfect Christmas week.

    Reviewed by KarensaDec 2018

  • "Really good accommodation for a big family and lots of space."

    We had a brilliant time and were made to feel very welcome.

    Reviewed by PenelopeSep 2018

  • "The Olde Cow House is an excellent cottage - beautiful, spacious conversion, comfortably furnished and very well-equipped."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by R dSep 2018

  • "Sarah the owner is very helpful and the farm is perfect for a family holiday."

    Our family ranged from 14 months - 63 years of age and everybody had a fabulous time.

    Reviewed by AngelaJul 2018

  • "Great family facilities on site, kept the kids occupied for hours."

    Owners very friendly. Would like to have used the pool but seemed a little expensive, for the price would have thought use would be included even for just one session. Would highly recommend staying here.

    Reviewed by CraigMay 2018

  • "Had a lovely stay at The Olde Cow House, the barn conversion was beautiful and rooms very spacious for our family of 13."

    They have thought of everything for the guests with including children’s toys, baby walkers, toys, films, board games etc being within the home. We managed to see a couple of the lambs being born which made our holiday alongside with being able to fully get involved with the farm life in collecting our own eggs from the chicken pen in a morning and feeding the pigs daily also. The only downside to this holiday was how costly the swimming pool and gym facilities were. At £10 a head including very young children is very expensive especially when you have such a big family and the slot being only 2 hours at that price. Unfortunately this was the only downside to our stay. Overall we had a lovely week away and would definitely return in the future.

    Reviewed by KatieMar 2018

  • "Nothing was too much trouble for Sarah and her family."

    they made us feel at home and it was an exceptional time. being my 60th birthday could not have been any better

    Reviewed by MargaretFeb 2018

  • "Fantastic accommodation, really well presented."

    The property has been renovated to an extremely high standard and full of character, and is really well equipped; everything you'll need for a self-catering holiday. Location is really quite remote, so ideal if you are after a peaceful holiday. Perfect location for a family holiday!

    Reviewed by AndyFeb 2018

  • "We had the most wonderful Christmas!"

    Thank you so much for such a beautiful, peaceful cottage. We will absolutely be booking here again! Everything was perfect. It was amazing to have a Christmas morning swim. Thank you to Kerry for looking after us. Happy new year. X

    Reviewed by LeoniDec 2017

  • "The holiday was for my wifes 60th birthday, and the site was perfect for the 9 of us, the grand children, aged 9,7, &5, had a wonderful time on all the equipment and animals at the farm."

    The internal lay out of the property was just superb for us, so interesting with all the features kept from its previous existence. So much space for everyone. Heating was great, no issues at all. The whole site was just brilliant. To use the swimming pool was extra, but £10 a head was okay for a one off treat for all the family, and the gym was included in that price. The pool itself is beautiful and we actually took out a weeks membership for us two, to use it twice a day. That was extra, but it really was special. Sarah was on hand if needed and very helpful. It really made the special get together for our close family for the birthday so unforgettable.

    Reviewed by StephenDec 2017

  • "Nothing was missing."

    Owner was most welcoming. Cottage was beautiful, well equipped, and clean. The homemade cookies and fresh cut flowers were lovely extras. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves including our dog. We will be returning!

    Reviewed by RachelSep 2017

  • "A fabulous property."

    Superb surroundings and views. Great facilities including bonus tennis courts, pool table, bar football and table tennis games room. Very comfortable and facilities were of a high standard. A house with lovely features.

    Reviewed by JaneJun 2017

  • "Amazing accommodation in a stunning location."

    Highly recommend

    Reviewed by RobertDec 2016

  • "The new pool complex is superb, the family had a fantastic time"

    Reviewed by SandraDec 2016

  • "Really nice cottage that accommodated us all easily."

    Decorated well and a great location. No issues with anything all weekend and would highly recommend! Very happy with the weekend, was very easy to plan and a great price to go with it. Alex

    Reviewed by AlexDec 2016

  • "Lovely location and accommodation enjoyed by all my family to celebrate my 70th birthday could not fault anything will Be back."

    Reviewed by RosalindSep 2016

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x family with king-size double, single & en-suite shower, basin, WC, 1 x family with double, single & en-suite shower, basin, WC (both bedrooms accessed via staircase off dining room), 1 x family with 3 x singles (zip & link, can be king-size double & single by prior arrangement) & basin, 1 x 3/4 double with en-suite basin & WC (accessed via small staircase from sitting room)
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle, basin & WC
  • Ground floor basin & WC
  • Handmade oak kitchen with Belfast sink & granite worktops
  • Utility/drying room
  • Oak floored dining room with patio doors
  • Large sitting room with woodburner.
  • Award winning environmentally friendly bio-mass central heating
  • Electric range cooker with double oven & 5 ring ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/ freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, wall mounted flat screen TV, DVD, 4 x combi TV/DVD, payphone, WiFi
  • Fuel, power & starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Extra wood can be bought from owner
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • One travel cot & highchair provided and additionals can be requested
  • Off road parking for 5 cars
  • Bike storage available
  • The following amenities are free of charge and open daily -
  • Children's play area
  • Shared use of full-size tennis court also with peddle go-karts
  • Two games rooms with a pool table & table tennis, and table football
  • Sand pit
  • Woodland farm animal walk
  • Farm walk to a conservation area and lakes with picnic benches
  • Ample off-road parking
  • One well-behaved dog is welcome, 2nd on request at an additional charge
  • Well-behaved stag and hen parties are accepted, and additional on-site leisure, fitness and retreat packages are available on request
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 7 miles, pubs 1.7 miles, Church Stretton train station 7 miles
  • Note: There is an onsite electric car charging point chargeable via the owner during your stay
  • Note: Onsite indoor 20-metre bespoke infinity heated pool/gym/relaxation area and integrated hot tub shown in the images is a separate chargeable facility, available for private bookings during your stay and is subject to an additional charge (no under 4's for safety and insurance rules)
  • These facilities can be booked directly with the owner prior to or during your stay at Plaishparkleisure
  • There are ample 90-minute sessions available 7 days a week
  • Note: This property may not be suitable for people with limited mobility due to different levels and steps
  • Hen parties welcome, stags on negotiation

The property

The Olde Cow House, dating from the 16th century, offers a superb mix of olde world charm and modern amenities, and has been beautifully renovated, retaining a wealth of exposed original oak beams, wall timbers, brick and stone walls throughout every room.

A very special property, one of four superb Shropshire cottages, in a lovely rural location.

Note: This property can be booked with ref 1020, 1021 & 1191 to accommodate 38.

Plaish Park Farm Cottages

Cardington 1.5 miles. Four very special conversions in an idyllic rural setting! Three of the cottages, Grade II listed barn conversions, are on the owners' 700 acre farm in the hamlet of Plaish near Cardington, with a fourth cottage, a quality stable conversion set just a few hundred yards from the farm. These quality Shropshire cottages are all full of character, with a host of features including woodburners, exposed beams and lovely views from the farm-based cottages, plus three of the cottages are heated by an award-winning, sustainable renewable biomass system using timber from the farm. All guests have use of a full-size tennis court, a children's play area, ride on go-karts, two games rooms and the owners' grounds, including a private 1.5 mile farm and woodland walk, conservation area with natural pools and picnic area, and an abundance of wildlife, plus the chance to feed the chickens and pigs. The cottages are perfect for a wedding reception or celebration; as well as sleeping 38, Plaish Park Farm Cottages can cater for parties up to 100 with the option of marquees in the gardens. Central to all of Shropshire's attractions and with the recent addition of an onsite luxury indoor bespoke infinity pool and gym available for private hire, these quality Shropshire cottages are a superb location all year round.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £400.

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About the location


  • Church Stretton 5.1 miles
  • Much Wenlock 9.4 miles
  • Ironbridge 14.8 miles

The pretty village of Cardington lies amongst the rolling hills of the South Shropshire countryside. Cardington boasts the oldest pub in Shropshire – The Royal Oak, mentioned in the Domesday Book! Its rural situation is ideal for sightseeing, with miles of country walks in all directions, not to mention the beautiful Shropshire hills - a draw for walkers, riders and nature lovers alike! A wealth of birdlife (including buzzards, woodpeckers and ravens) has its home here. Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, Severn Valley Steam Railway, Stokesay Castle, Shrewsbury, Ludlow and the Ironbridge Gorge, with its 10 museums, are each less than 15 miles away. The attractive market towns of Church Stretton (known as "Little Switzerland" by the Victorians) and Much Wenlock are both close by and offer a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. A superb location!

Note: Onsite indoor 20-metre bespoke infinity heated pool/gym/relaxation area and integrated hot tub shown in the images is a separate facility, available for private bookings during your stay and is subject to an additional charge (no under 4's for safety and insurance rules) these facilities can be booked directly with the owner prior to or during your stay. Note: This property is one of three properties on-site, they can be booked together; the references are The Old Cow House (3591) and Turnip House (1020)

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas