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Orchard Cottage

Church Stretton, Shropshire (Ref. 997144)


(33 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely roomy house in a beautiful peaceful location."

    We stayed here 3 years ago and it was so nice we decided to return this week. However, it is clear that the standard of cleanliness has declined and the property is in need of a deep clean and some new soft furnishings. Quite a few of the windows are blown, and the rest were filthy. 2 of the 3 exterior doors (including the patio doors) are broken and cannot be used. In spite of this, we had a lovely time and enjoyed the peacefulness of the garden and the hot tub.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2022

  • "A large and comfortable cottage in a lovely quiet location."

    The range of crockery, glasses, cooking utensils is somewhat limited which larger groups would struggle with. The owner does not permit the charging of electric vehicles. The hot tub offers a tranquil spot to enjoy the sunshine and splendid views.

    Reviewed by NeilApr 2022

  • "We had a wonderful time."

    It is a beautiful cottage with excellent facilities. The location is idyllic and Church Stretton has beautiful scenery. The cottage is clean - the only criticism would be the kitchen bin is dirty, but that is just a small issue. Overall I would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by HannahMar 2022

  • "Impressed when we arrived, looked beautiful, the views were to die for, private and really quiet, we had a lovely stay once l recovered from the initial shock, the bathrooms were spotlessly clean, however the kitchen table had crumbs on it, the fridge was clean but the freezer wasn’t!"

    The bin was just awful, inside it and the inside of the lid really not pleasant, the patio windows were filthy inside and out , really bad, the settees were tired and one in particular a lot of marks, pillows were stained however we had our own bedding so wasn’t a problem, a local dog had been in the garden and had done its business which unfortunately l trod in, it happens as wandering dogs can’t be controlled l appreciate that, cottage was lovely toastie warm and the hot tub was good although not all the jets worked but didn’t bother us, having said all this we did have a lovely stay, does need a good clean tho, a mop bucket and broom would be helpful, also perhaps a small welcome pack would be appreciated , some bulbs were gone also

    Reviewed by LindaFeb 2022

  • "It is lovely, spacious cottage just couple of things that could have been better, when we arrived we noticed that there was no toilet paper to be found anywhere, therefore we needed to get back in the car and find nearest shop, we have stayed in other holiday houses during pandemic and never came across not having a toilet paper, can be easily fixed just by letting people know to bring their own."

    As we stayed there in the second part of December, we really expected it to be decorated for Christmas, decorations aren't there to be touched but looked at therefore I would think it won't be an issue with pandemic. Views were wonderful and location is lovely, can't really see any neighbors and not much noise around, we went to church Stretton and had lovely walk in Long Mynd valley.

    Reviewed by GitaDec 2021

  • "Due to an unfortunate misunderstanding between the owner and the cleaner, the oil central heating boiler and controls were off when we arrived, the property temperature was about 5c."

    We quickly sorted that out, although there was no 'welcome book/instructions for the cottage' and no user instructions for the boiler. However, copious wood is provided by the owner Kath for the open fire, and as the central heating and the wood fire got going, the house temperature had climbed to 10c by bedtime (it's a lovely large cottage!)... but then the weather had other ideas - Storm Arwen hit and we lost power and water for several hours and the central heating went off during the night, so when woke, the house was unfortunately very cold again. The wood fire helped - but it only heats one room. Kath's own property - the farm opposite suffered heavy damage (roof off) from the cow shed, but despite this she made sure that plenty of wood supplies kept coming for us to stock up and she kept us informed of developments with the restoration of water and power, which was thankfully working later that day - and the central heating boiler again started to get the house to a comfortable temperature. By the end of our 2nd day, as we were approaching the 3rd night of our week's break the cottage temperature had climbed to 17c. The cottage as we have mentioned is large, surrounded by open countryside and has a bathroom with a separate shower and a downstairs shower room as well, the kitchen and utility room are very well equipped and the only white good that might be missing for those who may need it is a tumble dryer - however, we did not need one - we easily dried or washed clothes on the radiators. The hot tub is great - it's sheltered from the weather on 2 sides and has a roof canopy as well - its situation right by the side of the house, accessed through double doors is GREAT. There is a dairy only 200m away - you can buy wonderful fresh milk, cheeses etc from a self serve machine. Will we go back? ABSOLUTELY. Do we recommend the cottage as a place for 2 or 6 people to have a wonderful countryside break with provisions and shops all within a 10 minute drive? YES. We had a great stay - thank you.

    Reviewed by AdrianNov 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a fantastic rural area."

    Brilliant friendly owners who dealt with any queries we had very promptly. This was our second stay here and have already booked again for next year.

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2021

  • "We had the most loveliest week away, lovely cottage and the hot tub was a real treat with the beautiful views across the fields."

    The owners were fantastic when we had a problem with the boiler, acting on it and getting it fixed by the time we returned that day and we would definitely go back and recommend it to anyone wanting a nice break away!

    Reviewed by Jessica-roseOct 2021

  • "It was a shame that there was no DVD player but apart from that everything was spot on."

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2021

  • "Fantastic relaxed getaway, the cottage is well stocked , clean and tidy , the views are fabulous and the hot tub is amazing."

    Great communication with the owner, We will book again

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2021

  • "The location and view alone is worth the 5 stars."

    We loved our stay here and can’t wait to return. House is very clean and fully stocked, beds are super comfortable and the hot tub (with those views!) is the icing on the cake. Host is lovely and very helpful as we had a little technical problem with the hot tub but the problem was fixed. And best off all was the 3 dog visitors we had from the farm down the road. Very friendly ☺️

    Reviewed by ArlindaSep 2021

  • "The lounge furniture at Orchard cottage is in need of replacement - it is clearly tired, the foot rest on both the chair and one of the sofas will shoot out if you touch the back rest."

    Sadly it is uncomfortable and rather minimal if 6 people had been staying. The beds are very comfortable.

    Reviewed by SarahJul 2021

  • "We loved our stay at Orchard Cottage, clean and comfortable, well equipped, very helpful owners."

    Our dogs loved running around the garden and playing with our occasional visitor. Can't wait to come back again

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2021

  • "As others have said dogs not allowed past the kitchen, fortunately as the weather was fine we spent most evenings outside, but normally our dogs would be watching TV with us, probably just as well as the lounge furniture is well past its use by date, not very comfortable at all."

    Kitchen is lovely but there could be plenty more cooking equipment available. No dishes large enough to cook a meal for 6 in. Apart from that we enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by JudithMay 2021

  • "Fantastic location in a very roomy, well appointed property."

    Reviewed by BazMay 2021

  • "This place doesn't allow dogs, it tolerates dogs."

    When we arrived, we were greeted with laminated signs which said that dogs were only allowed in the kitchen and utility room. If that had been in the original listing, we would never have booked! I think it's crazy to think that people who would take their dog on holiday would expect to lock it in a room away from them the entire time or have to sit in the kitchen diner to keep it company. Excluding that, the house is really spacious, the hot tub is wonderful and the gardens a joy for the dog to play in. There's definitely no frills, half a roll of toilet roil, very little in the way of cleaning products such as dishwasher tablets or cooking essentials like oil, salt, pepper etc which I think you would expect to be provided for a three night stay. Little things like no bath mats etc are really frustrating. I think, it would be perfect if we return on a holiday with friends (without the pooch), unless they changed the policy as the layout is great for entertaining. Owners were great if you contact them, we had an issue with the shower and one of the owners came over straight away. Overall, a great place but with some hidden drawbacks, not made clear in the listing.

    Reviewed by SallyDec 2020

  • "To start with, the address provided didn't take us to the right place in satnav; fortunately after about 20 mins following the manual directions provided by Sykecottsge we located the place (afterwards we tried to pin it in Googlemap, it took us to an open field but not the cottage) ."

    However its such a hidden gem in the middle of an open field, we were welcomed by a lovely horse; my daughter loved him/her with amazing view. Please note you might need to do some shopping before arrival, there were only half used toilet tissue and hairdryer is not working. The decor of the cottage feels basic but I guess that's one of the locations if you are looking to get to the nature and simplicity. The other thing is that it seems the hot tub heats up very slowly as in the morning we used it once and thought it would carry on heating, but when coming back in the afternoon it didn't heat back up anymore until next morning. We only stayed 2 nights so those hiccups was a bit of a disappointment but the owner was responsive and tried her best to help. It's close to Carding Mill Valley which is magnificent, a must to visit.

    Reviewed by IvyOct 2020

  • "We had a great time at Orchard Cottage."

    On arrival we were met my the owner who was very friendly and helpful. The cottage was very clean, and had everything we needed and more. We enjoyed seeing the sheep and horse every morning. The hot tub was amazing! We enjoyed getting fresh milk daily from the farm next door. The cottage is ideally located to visit the local area. We enjoyed a walk at Carding Mill Valley and day trips to Ludlow, and Shrewsbury. Little Stretton has two lovely pubs which we enjoyed meals at. All in all a great cottage in a great location. We look forward to returning soon.

    Reviewed by MariaAug 2020

  • "Wonderful view and very comfortable."

    We had a wonderful week

    Reviewed by RachelAug 2020

  • "Fabulous views, insufficient cleanliness."

    I have taken a picture of the fetid bin swarming with flies which I would upload if I could. There were tubs of ice cream and several T shirts from previous occupants so things hadn't been checked. Owner was at pains to say everything was disinfected because of covid and we were asked to leave the property early; but granddaughter still pulled many things from the side of the sofa, including a knife! A previous tenant had written clean me on the bathroom window. Advice which had gone unheeded.

    Many thanks for your valuable feedback in relation to your stay at Orchard Cottage. We are very disappointed that one of our properties has seemingly let us down and not provided you with the experienced that we had hoped for. We will be contacting the owner of this property shortly regarding the points you have raised. Thank you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SianAug 2020

  • "Fantastic place to holiday , very quite and really dog friendly all garden eclosed so dog was safe."

    Anthing that was needed was only a txt away here within 10 mins.The house was clean and tidy and large as there was only 2 of us and the dog,but everything that we needed.The hot tub was great to relax on an evening while star gazing.Lots to see just on the door sept Ludlow was a great place and Ludlow food centre so good we had 3 visits,would have no hesitation booking here again in the future.

    Reviewed by IainOct 2019

  • "Beautiful location with fantastic views and ideally located for touring southern Shropshire."

    Church Stretton is a very short drive away and has all the amenities you may need. The property is very clean and well equipped and the enclosed garden is ideal for dogs and children. The only downside for us was that dogs are not allowed into the house past the kitchen. Kath was very helpful and had baked us an apple cake which we very much appreciated. She was always contactable if required. We definitely recommend this property.

    Reviewed by TimOct 2019

  • "A very relaxing week was had at Orchard Cottage where we were left to our own devices but Kathryn was on hand if we needed her."

    The dogs enjoyed the garden running around the which is of ample size, not something you always get with holiday lets. The scenary was unspoilt and a joy to wake up to each morning. Orchard Cottage is clean, well equipped and a joy to stay in with a kitchen that is well equipped with a lovely large table to sit at and a relaxing living room to watch the tv or read. The bedrooms are reasonable in size clean and comfortable. With there being a shower downstairs as well as upstairs it was easy to keep the dogs clean after an amble around the local countryside. Overall a beautiful, comfortable and relaxing home to come back to after exploring the countryside. Where you can leave your muddy boots at the door and enter a home feeling from home.

    Reviewed by TinaSep 2019

  • "The cottage was clean and tidy."

    The owner was very helpful and told us about all the things to do locally...... She even baked us a cake for our arrival. The country side around the cottage is stunning with breathtaking views and some spectacular walks. The perfect place to relax, very quiet and also had a nice private garden. We would stay here again.

    Reviewed by PhilipSep 2019

  • "Great cottage, highly recommended."

    Went with 3, 5 and 8 year old boys, they had a blast.

    Reviewed by AdriaAug 2019

  • "We had a 6 hour power cut due to maintenance work surely power company should give owner notice of work , this was not the case."

    Reviewed by EllenAug 2019

  • "Orchard Cottage is amazing."

    Children loved the hot tub, dogs loved the garden and we enjoyed the views of the Shropshire Hills. Cottage was very clean and well organised. The owner was very friendly and helpful. We all enjoyed the banana cake.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2019

  • "Absolutely fantastic cottage."

    Spacious, well-equipped, and with a countryside view to die for. The Hot Tub went down a storm with the family!! The cottage is very well located - just a short drive to Church Stretton. All surrounding towns/sightseeing areas are within easy reach by car. Kath was very friendly and always around to help if needed.

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2019

  • "Thanks. A very spacious and comfortable cottage."

    Very clean and tidy. The owner was very helpful.

    Reviewed by AndrewJun 2019

  • "What a wonderful cottage!"

    ! My mother and I spent a lovely 4 nights (which was not enough) at Orchid Cottage. The cottage is in beautiful condition and very spacious and couldn’t be more relaxing. The views surrounding it are just stunning and the outdoor area with hot tub is a lovely place to unwind. Kath has been a wonderful host and very friendly and just a phone call away. She was extremely accommodating when I asked if my sister and her children could stay a night (which turned into 2 because they loved it so much). Plus the banana cake waiting for us on arrival was a lovely touch and was truly delicious! Church Stretton is within a 10 minute drive and a lovely quaint town to visit or shop. Overall it was exactly what we were looking for and we enjoyed every minute!

    Reviewed by WendyMay 2019

  • "Was a fantastic break away is what I needed and everything was perfect, Kath did ..."

    Was a fantastic break away is what I needed and everything was perfect, Kath did ask if anything would improve the place but I can't really think of anything but my daughter thinks a bit of a play area for children but that all depends how many children visit your cottage and is it worth doing it, just like to say a BIG thank you, I needed to rest as I've had problems and that's what I did thank you once again, and Stanley is beautiful too xx

    Reviewed by AndreaMay 2019

  • "This cottage is by far the best place we have ever stayed."

    Perfect for dogs with it's enclosed garden. Its rural setting was gorgeous, and so peaceful. The cottage itself was beautiful and immaculate, the pictures really don't live up to it. The owners were so friendly, the lady was waiting for us on arrival showed us around and even baked us some cakes which were very welcoming, nothing was too much trouble for them. Perfect location for dog walking with Carding Mill Valley being a 10 minute drive or even just walking down the lanes, no cars in sight. Ample of parking space and the hot tub and open fire really do add the finishing touches for a relaxing break. We will definitely be visiting again.

    Reviewed by HannahMay 2019

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double and 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with open fire.
  • Open fire
  • Aga stove, electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, washing machine, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and high chair provided
  • Off-road parking for several cars
  • Enclosed lawned garden and patio area with furniture and hot tub
  • Two well behaved dogs are welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.1 miles and pub 1.9 miles. Charging of electric cars not permitted, if you have an electric car please discuss with owner about charging
  • The property has a Good Housekeeping Bond £125.00

The property

Church Stretton 3 miles.

Nestled in the pretty hamlet of Hatton, in the rolling countryside fields of Shropshire, is this superb detached, stone cottage.

Orchard Cottage offers a delightful base for...

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £125.

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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, the Acton Scott Historic Working Farm 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.

Region Information

Please note: This property can not accept booking's arriving on a Sunday.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas