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Abbott's Retreat

Norbury near Bishop's Castle, Shropshire (Ref. 30240)



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  • Sleeps 7

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "It would be really useful when properties say they are dog friendly to know what, if any restrictions there are, because at this property as with some others dogs are not allowed upstairs which creates a big problem if your dog has anxiety issues."

    We always have our own dog bed and he is never allowed on the bed but because he had to be downstairs he kept us awake. We only knew that dogs were not allowed upstairs when i telephoned the owner for the keysafe number. The garden was not dog friendly at all because it was not fenced which meant we had to keep him on a lead in the garden at all times so he couldn't escape . I chose this cottage because someone had said how soft the mattresses were but when we stayed the mattressess must have been changed because i found them uncomfortable because they were really hard, memory foam which played havoc with our backs as we are used to a soft mattress at home. Also, the water pressure in the area means that the showers are very weak and slow. We had some cold nights when we were away and found that the only way of controling the central heating was to texed the owner which when the phone signal is poor is more than irritating. I would prefer to be able to control the thermostat as and when we need to. There was a log burner which we had to use every day to warm the house in the evening. The setting for the house is lovely and the property was clean and the gardens well kept. There was a bottle of wine, eggs and milk in the fridge which i thank the owner for. There were plenty of cleaning products which was useful, one piece of advise i would say take some extra toilet rolls as there are not enough provided.

    Reviewed by CarolApr 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage, very comfortable, extremely clean and well presented."

    Lovely location. Very helpful host. Hope to return in the future.

    Reviewed by JanetFeb 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a peacefull location."

    We even had some autumn sun...

    Reviewed by MarkOct 2021

  • "Abbott’s Retreat is a handsome spacious property in a lovely corner of Shropshire."

    Friendly and solicitous owner, good welcome provisions. Facility for a real fire which would have been welcome were it not for the mild weather and very effective central heating that made lighting afire seem a tad wasteful. The house is well equipped and generally very comfortable, with only one qualification.. three of four in our party found the beds to be too soft. In one case this resulted in choosing to sleep on the floor. Normally I would not comment on this.. since bed softness is generally an issue of personal preference.. but for three of us to feel this is unusual (and we have been doing these trips for over 20 years). I did not get any sense that this softness resulted from excessively worn mattresses.. in fact they felt like quality items.. rather that they are naturally very soft. Some people may well love them and I should point out that the fourth member of our party was perfectly content, so “your mileage may vary”. In spite of this we would still consider rebooking this property, because in every other respect it worked very well for us, but would come better equipped for floor sleeping!

    Reviewed by BrianOct 2021

  • "Home from home."

    Cottage was exceptional- both in furnishings and facilities. Kitchen so well stocked with cutlery/dishes/pans etc. Highly recommended. beautiful location and so peaceful

    Reviewed by JeanAug 2021

  • "The weather was simply amazing last week which meant that the countryside was beautiful to be in and we could enjoy all the outdoor activities we had booked as lockdown finally lifted."

    Reviewed by SpencerJul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in beautiful setting but we found navigating the country lanes with the road closures quite tricky."

    .. Many are just rough single tracks with large potholes (and tractors) ... The price you pay for an idyllic setting, I guess.

    Reviewed by VickyJul 2021

  • "A stunning cottage in a beautifully quiet setting."

    Very cosy and also with good facilities. Would most definitely return.

    Reviewed by SarahSep 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, lots to do despite covid, beautiful surroundings, great views from the house."

    Minor gripe with lighting the gas hob, happy to use matches but needed to press down the knob for a couple of minutes before it would stay on.

    Reviewed by ShirleySep 2020

  • "Booking only with Sykes was easy and abbotts retreat exceeded our expectations."

    Cottage was clean, comfortable and very well equipped with everything out family needed and in a absolutely beautiful location. We would highly recommend this fantastic cottage. I also spoke to the owner beforehand who was very helpful and recommended lots of places to visit.

    Reviewed by CarlyAug 2020

  • "Fab holiday house for us all."

    Didnt need to plan days out before hand as all is on ones doorstep! the beds are amazing and I took a sceen shot of the make..I soo want one lol.

    Reviewed by SharonJul 2020

  • "Lovely house in a lovely area."

    Well equipped but weighing scales would have been useful as baking tins and bowls there so we had to guess quantities when we made a cake. Otherwise a very pleasant place to stay. Thank you to the cleaner for leaving plenty of antibacterial wiped etc for us to use.

    Reviewed by DianeJul 2020

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our time in Abbott's Retreat and in Shropshire."

    Just the right place to get away from it all and relax - it was so peaceful. We would definitely recommend Abbott's Retreat.

    Reviewed by ShirleyMar 2020

  • "Beautiful location, very well equipped cottage."

    Large dining/lounge area, large kitchen, close to good walks and pubs. Shop nearby but didn't use. Wood burner really good and welcome pack including wine and fresh local eggs a very nice touch.

    Reviewed by ChrisJan 2020

  • "This is the perfect place to escape and relax with easy access to many places to visit."

    We had a wonderful week here and thoroughly enjoyed coming back to a real log fire after being out in the near winter weather.

    Reviewed by SueNov 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    Everything you could ever want in a cottage. Beautiful views from all windows lovely spacious living room and spotlessly clean well done to the house keeper (Shirley). So quiet and relaxing. Just check out the night sky with no light pollution. Garden not enclosed but that didn't bother us we just kept our little dog on a lead. So homely. Many lovely places to visit. Turn right when leaving the cottage and you can reach almost anywhere from there. Log fire a real nice touch its easy to light and manage. We will book again. Already got one of our friends very interested in a holiday there. Thank you for such a lovely holiday. Neil, Kim, Elesha and Little Lilly Belle (Dog) Local pub nice but food a bit expensive for us. The Crown Inn is just 5 mins away it serves the most brilliant food. The Sunday roast was just like home cooked food plus its very reasonably priced (they did let us take our Dog into the pub with us which was great)

    Reviewed by NSep 2019

  • "Lovely spacious cottage, we liked it so much in 2016 we came back again 2019."

    Reviewed by PatriciaSep 2019

  • "Enjoyed the location of the cottage and the area around the cottage."

    Really interesting villages and towns within 10 to 20 miles and also some really interesting NT and English Heritage sites eg Powis Castle in Welshpool

    Reviewed by BrianAug 2019

  • "This cottage is like something out of a country life magazine."

    It truly is a stunning place set in a beautiful part of the country. There’s virtually no light pollution in the evenings and very little traffic on the roads. All the locals were extremely friendly. The Coach House (a two min walk) is worth a visit as was The Inn on the Green (a 25/30 min walk). There’s a BBQ at the cottage on a lovely patio area. If you’re taking your dog please be mindful they can easily escape as the garden is not “dog proof”. Bishops Castle is about a 10mins drive where you will find shops, The Three Tuns Brewery and when we went the village carnival was on! I would definitely recommend this cottage for anyone wanting to “get away from it all” & would love to revisit one day. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by SarahJul 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely and in a good location."

    We would definitely return.

    Reviewed by RuthJul 2019

  • "The lounge/dining room is more spacious than it appears in the photograph."

    Another dining chair both inside and outside would have been useful, as there are 7 beds but only 6 chairs. Lovely private garden for barbecues if, like us, you get the weather. The Crown Inn in Wentnor is welcoming and good for food. Within walking distance if you don't mind the hill. Ludlow is worth a visit.

    Reviewed by SheilaJun 2019

  • "We all had a great time at Abbott’s Retreat."

    The cottage was lovely and the location stunning. We made use of the local walks and spent most of the time soaking up the tranquility of the place. Everything was at hand for us, which meant we had a comfortable stay. From beginning to end, we all had a wonderful time. Thank you for letting us share this lovely home for a little while. We will be returning in the near future and would recommend the cottage and Sykes Holidays to our friends.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2019

  • "An attractive house in a lovely rural setting, well equipped and problem free."

    My only comment would be that if one of the bedrooms was twin bedded rather than a double bed it would suit our family requirements better

    Reviewed by DoreenMay 2019

  • "Abbott’s retreat is a wonderful family friendly cottage."

    Nothing was too much trouble for Stuart, even when we left my daughters comforters there. We will definitely be staying again.

    Reviewed by ToniMay 2019

  • "The area is quiet, peaceful and very relaxing."

    The roads are a mix of A,B and farm tracks, gps will usually take you down the latter at some point so be prepared for no regular passing points. Lots of places to visit and mapped walks, our weather was brilliant which added to enjoyment. Sykes are a great company and we felt supported.

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2019

  • "An excellent house in a beautiful area."

    House was very well equipped and had plenty of space for 6 adults, could have easily managed 7. Lots of space in the garden to sit outside, always somewhere to get the sunshine. Very pretty little village, with lovely walks and cycles straight from the door, or a short drive to various parts of the Shropshire Hills and lovely little towns.. Good selection of places to eat: several pubs (a couple are a nice 30-40 minute walk, and the Coach House restaurant is a few steps away for something fancier (and delicious). Book Abbots Retreat, you won’t regret it!

    Reviewed by PhilippaApr 2019

  • "The cottage was well presented had every thing you wanted, only down side was your guest found the mattress in the back bedroom(bedroom 2) rolled to the centre, other wise all was good."

    Reviewed by LizFeb 2019

  • "Cottage was lovely."

    Large bedrooms and lounge. Plenty of space. Kitchen was well equipped with everything needed. Very relaxing.

    Reviewed by YasinDec 2018

  • "Abbott’s Retreat was a lovely cottage very well equipped."

    In a quaint rural village very peaceful. We had a very enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by AmandaOct 2018

  • "Perfect location in Shropshire if you love peace&tranquillity without being too remote."

    All the lovely walks&places of interest only about 20mins drive away.Stipperstones,Long Mynd,Bishops Castle&Montgomery to name but a few! Good food available at local pubs too&a village shop a mile or so away. Abbots Retreat great house &so comfortable you won't be in a hurry to leave!

    Reviewed by GillSep 2018

  • "Abbott's Retreat is a beautiful cottage, well equipped and comfortable for a large family."

    The lounge has lots of seating as too does the table. The beds were all lovely to sleep on and everywhere was exceptionally clean. The kitchen was well stocked nothing had been overlooked. The cottage is in the most perfect of places with amazing views all round; very peaceful and picturesque. The local pub is a few steps away and serves the poshest food I have ever eaten; service was great and the chef even came out to say hello! We locked ourselves out of the house as we were only given a single key, no key ring and a front door that locked when shut - keep the key somewhere safe! the gardens are not enclosed and therefore i would not say suitable for dogs - well not my dogs who would have been out down the road in a flash! Overall I would highly recommend this cottage for a big family holiday, lots of room and beautiful.

    Reviewed by StellaJul 2018

  • "The accommodation was excellent, very comfortable."

    The furniture and decor was of high quality. The garden is surrounded by trees and the birds tweeting was relaxing, interrupted by the sheep's 'baa baa', which did not spoil the atmosphere at all. We had a lovely week and the weather was excellent. We found it very peaceful and relaxing. However, considering this was a 'doggy' cottage there was nowhere we could take our dog and let him off the lead which was disappointing. The cottage was surrounded by sheep farms and narrow lanes. The villagers were very friendly. Do visit Green Inn, opposite the little shop, situated about 2 miles from the cottage. The food was excellent and reasonably priced. We were limited for places to take the dog on days out also. We accidently (by following the sat nav) went over Long Wynn, so scary. with it's sheer drops down the side of the road, never again.... Overall we had a fantastic week however. A nice touch was the eggs and bottle of wine left for us. Also tea, coffee and sugar supplied. I would recommend this cottage for anyone who likes walking and wanting a peaceful retreat

    Reviewed by KayMay 2018

  • "Very comfortable, even for seven people and a large dog, and in a wonderfully peaceful rural location."

    Reviewed by MaryApr 2018

  • "Mr Abbot was very helpful in adjusting the times of the central heating to meet the needs of early-rising toddlers."

    The whole house was beautifully clean and we wanted for nothing apart from slightly drier weather! The welcome pack of tea, eggs, etc was much appreciated.

    Reviewed by SMar 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in a fab location."

    Very clean and cosy

    Reviewed by StephanieNov 2017

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a beautiful rural location."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay but there were a few niggles. showers were temperamental due to low water pressure. No toaster. Otherwise we had a great holiday.

    Reviewed by AlanJun 2017

  • "Well equipped, spacious, but cosy cottage in beautiful location."

    We enjoyed walking in the area's stunning countryside, visiting castles and historic local villages and towns. There are also some pubs close by offering good food and local beers.

    Reviewed by HelenMar 2017

  • "It was a wonderful location and the accommodation was fantastic - warm, comfortable, well-equipped and perfect for a family gathering."

    Milk, eggs and a bottle of wine provided on arrival too which was a lovely welcoming touch. We fell in love with Shropshire and all the local attractions - so much to see and enjoy - and the walking trails are amazing and very well marked - didn't get lost once!

    Reviewed by LynneOct 2016

  • "Cottage was lovely in quiet surroundings."

    Location ideal for touring Shropshire and travelling into Wales. Couldn't have been better.

    Reviewed by IreneSep 2016

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  • Four bedrooms: 3 x double (one with en-suite shower, basin and WC), 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room (seats 6) with dining area (seats 6) and woodburner
  • Gas central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair and stairgate
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned garden with patio, furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.4 miles
  • Note: The car park area is on a slope with 6 steps to the front door, may not be suitable for less mobile
  • Note: There is an unfenced slope in the garden, children to be supervised

The property

Bishop’s Castle 4.7 miles.

This detached, elevated, stone-built cottage sits in the heart of the pretty hamlet of Norbury, right opposite the church, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just under five miles from the quaint town of Bishop’s Castle.

This delightful Norbury holiday cottage is very well appointed with a contemporary theme throughout, making it perfect for a holiday with family or friends in this beautiful part of Shropshire.

There are four bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room, while the well-equipped, contemporary kitchen is the perfect place to create culinary delights, and the welcoming sitting room with dining area has a woodburner, adding to the cosy, cottage atmosphere that this holiday home near Bishop’s Castle radiates.

The large gardens wrap around the property, offering ideal space for family fun and barbecues in the sunshine after a day of exploring the beautiful county of Shropshire.

This Norbury cottage is close to two real ale pubs and is surrounded by many wonderful walking and cycling routes that trail along the nearby Shropshire Way and through the scenic Long Mynd and Stiperstones hills.

Enjoy the Clun and Kerry Forests, wander the sweeping South Shropshire Hills, or spend a day in the historic towns of Ludlow and Shrewsbury.

The fine, fortified manor house of Stokesay Castle can be reached within twenty minutes’ drive, and for a memorable day trip, the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, with its 10 museums, can be discovered with an hour of this charming Shropshire cottage.

This Norbury cottage near Bishop’s Castle provides a perfect base for exploring the attractive towns and countryside that make up this stunning area of Shropshire.

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About the location


Montgomery 10 miles; Ludlow 17 miles; Shrewsbury 21 miles.

The attractive market town of Bishop's Castle is surrounded by the South West Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The ancient town offers a weekly market and an excellent variety of shops, pubs and places to eat. It is famous for its annual Real Ale Festival, Tandem Triathlon and regular festivals and fairs, including Party in the Park and the particularly popular, Michaelmas Fair. The town is ideally placed for walking and touring the Welsh Marches, rural Shropshire and North Herefordshire, while the fascinating and well-known towns of Montgomery, Ludlow and Shrewsbury are all within easy reach. You can also enjoy the numerous nearby attractions, including Powis Castle, the Severn Valley Railway and walks along Offa’s Dyke and The Shropshire Way.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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