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Abbott's Retreat

(Ref. 30240)

Norbury near Bishop's Castle, Shropshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 7 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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51 Customer Reviews

  • "Fabulous cottage - clean, welcoming, warm and comfortable."

    Beautiful countryside, but you will need a car at all times. Needed some extra dishwasher tablets (but the owner did offer to reimburse us if we bought some) and the single bed is a bit creaky, albeit very comfortable. Would thoroughly recommend - dark skies, peace and quiet, woodburner - glorious :-)

    Reviewed by Celia5.0Feb 2024

  • "We had the most wonderful time, it enabled us to all spend christmas together with our new grandaughter."

    The Kitchen was well stocked with all the appliances for cooking our christmas dinner, wood for the fire, lovely walks just a shame we didn't have an extra day to explore more. The only down side for me was sleeping in the single bed, not sure if it was the base but it was very creaky!! But overall a lovely place to stay :)

    Reviewed by Clare3.4Dec 2023

  • "We enjoyed a relaxing time at Abbott’s Retreat and really appreciated the peaceful location."

    The house is comfortable and well equipped. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Wendy3.8Oct 2023

  • "A lovely comfortable, well equipped and furnished spacious property, situated in a quiet village."

    We booked this as a base to explore the Shropshire towns and countryside and visit family just over the border in Wales. We were three generations, plus our dog, and all thoroughly enjoyed a very peaceful stay. We actually arrived, having travelled through a terrible storm with heavy rain and flooding on many roads. Despite this, it was like an oasis and once we settled, and the flooding abated, the rest of the week was brilliant.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Oct 2023

  • "House is ideally situated in quiet rural village opposite stunning church with many walks nearby."

    Very comfortable bedrooms and good kitchen facilities. One minor inconvenience is that freezer/fridge doors hinged on right - if swopped to left then access less awkward . Otherwise a superb place !

    Reviewed by Aleksander4.7Oct 2023

  • "Lovely, comfy, well equipped house in the Shropshire countryside."

    We used the local shop and local pub, both very handy. There are walks directly from the house which was great for the dog. The church just across from the house was also interesting. Lots of seating and benches outside the house to sit out on. We had to ask the owner for an extra duvet, and he came out within hours - very responsive. Great week, thanks.

    Reviewed by Trudie5.0Jun 2023

  • "What a lovely week we spent at Abbott’s Retreat."

    The cottage was as beautiful as ever, with everything we needed. It was extremely clean and maintained and a credit to the owners and staff. Norbury is an excellent place to find peace and tranquility. We felt a world away from any hustle and bustle, yet near enough to reach interesting places, with walks right on the doorstep. We were sad to leave but that only means we are that much closer to our next visit. Thank you for sharing your lovely cottage with us. Carole.

    Thanks so much, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay We love it too Please come again , we'd love to see you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2023

  • "This was the 2nd time that we had been to this property and we still think it is a lovely house and would consider returning."

    However, we think in order to make it a definite potential 3rd stay for us, the following would possibly need to be addressed: 1/ The beds seem a little old and hard and some of the bedding (pillows and pillow cases in particular) is also uncomfortable and render sleep difficult. 2/ The owner's insistence on controlling the heating and guests' inability to access the central heating controls (cupboard locked) and fact that have to keep phoning the owner to adjust heating if weather changes could annoy a lot of potential guests as is quite tiresome and also means house is unnecessarily at the wrong temperature a lot of the time. We were only there for 3 days and the weather really varied in that time and at 1 point house was too hot and at other times far too cold. We have never stayed in another holiday house in which we cannot control the heating ourselves. We do understand, to a certain extent why this being done(current prohibitive energy costs etc). However, think this could prove a false economy for the owner as will stop some guests from returning. However, we still love this house, these comments are meant to be constructive suggestions and we would still consider returning.

    Thanks for your feedback. The problem I have is that some guest think the beds are too hard whilst others think they're too soft Most think they're ok It's a bit like Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. I can't provide mattresses that will suit all but I'll look into a better option The thermostat can be controllable by the guests however you may need to ask if it's not immediately obvious to you. I'm only a call away When you say the temperature was too hot and too cold it would have been set at exactly the same temperature of 21C so I can only comment that you can call and I'll tell you how to control the heating There is a free supply of wood for the wood burning stove and full instructions are supplied in order for guest to enjoy the benefits only this type of heating can provide. I do want everyone to enjoy their stay and I appreciate a new type of thermostat can be a bit confusing but there's no need to suffer in silence Thanks Stuart Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue4.4Apr 2023

  • "We really enjoyed staying at Abbots Retreat."

    It was warm, comfortable with everything we needed. The property is in an excellent position for visiting Shropshire and, for us, visiting family in mid Wales. We have stayed in a lot of holiday cottages and this is now on our favourites list and we would happily stay there again. Also, it was really lovely to have a Welcome pack. Thank you.

    I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay Please come again, we'd love to see you Kind regards Stuart Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison Jane5.0Apr 2023

  • "Abbotts Retreat is such a delightful cottage to stay, the kitchen is fully kitted with every utensil you could ever need, great to see a vast array of dinner sets, and pans."

    The cottage is by far one of the nicest stays we’ve had, nestled in a beautiful hamlet, with history and local walks on your doorstep. The beds are super comfy and the lounge is spacious and cosy, perfect for our group of friends. The owner, Stuart was lovely, with lots of local knowledge and he was just a phone call away …. Don’t hesitate in booking… everything was just perfect.

    Thanks for your comments. You make everything we do feel appreciated I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and you found the beds comfortable Please return when you're next in Shropshire Kind regards Stuart Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Mar 2023

  • "A delightful spacious and well equipped cottage beautifully situated in a quiet and peaceful hamlet."

    Great and numerous local walks in spectacular scenery. We would definitely recommend this property and hope to return.

    Thanks for your positive comments I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and you found the house spacious and well equipped Please come again, we'd be glad to see you Kind regards Stuart Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2022

  • "This cottage had everything you need for a comfy, cosy time off."

    .. cottage is very clean, well organised and very spacious. .we had an amazing family break. .so many nature walks on coutry side and exploring closeby attractions, waterfalls etc.. .we went on kayaking and a trip to Snowdonia mountain train journey as well...would love to go again in Autumn or in winter time for another cosy comfy stay. ..thank you so much for everything. ..

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Aug 2022

  • "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 Carol3.4Apr 2022

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

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

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a peacefull location."

    We even had some autumn sun...

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Oct 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 Brian4.7Oct 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 Jean5.0Aug 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 Spencer5.0Jul 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 Vicky5.0Jul 2021

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

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

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 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 Shirley5.0Sep 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 Carly5.0Aug 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 Sharon4.7Jul 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 Diane5.0Jul 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 Shirley5.0Mar 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 Chris5.0Jan 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 Sue5.0Nov 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 N5.0Sep 2019

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

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Sep 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 Brian5.0Aug 2019

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

    We would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Jul 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 Sarah5.0Jul 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 Sheila5.0Jun 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 Michael5.0Jun 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 Doreen5.0May 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 Michael4.4May 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 Toni5.0May 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 Philippa5.0Apr 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 Liz4.4Feb 2019

  • "Cottage was lovely."

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

    Reviewed by Yasin3.8Dec 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 Amanda4.7Oct 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 Gill5.0Sep 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 Stella5.0Jul 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 Kay4.7May 2018

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

    Reviewed by Mary4.7Apr 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 S5.0Mar 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in a fab location."

    Very clean and cosy

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Nov 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 Alan4.2Jun 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 Helen5.0Mar 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 Lynne5.0Oct 2016

  • "Cottage was lovely in quiet surroundings."

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

    Reviewed by Irene4.8Sep 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

Bishops 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 Bishops 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 Bishops 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 Bishops 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


Church Stretton 8 miles; Montgomery 10 miles; Shrewsbury 14 miles; Ludlow 18 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 farmer's market once a month, 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. A weekly market can be found in Lydham village hall, selling local produce. 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.

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Please note: On the 27th February, the outdoor LPG tank is being replaced. This will only take 2-3 hours during the day but gas will be disrupted during this time.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas