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Swallow's Nest

(Ref. 24740)

Strefford near Craven Arms, Shropshire Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "Ideal property for a couple."

    Comfortable and well appointed accommodation and convenient location for exploring the Shropshire countryside.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Mar 2024

  • "This is my first experience of booking a cottage through Sykes and it didn't disappoint, in fact I found the package to be excellent value."

    Swallows Nest is located on the entrance to Strefford Hall, also a working farm. The host was super helpful in every way, nothing was too much trouble. The cottage was quite large for 1 person and a small dog and had all the comforts of home plus fantastic walks/runs which we could do over the beautiful Shropshire countryside. Craven Arms is the nearest locality for shops / pubs etc., you can walk there through the lanes as long as you have plenty of time as wouldn't recommend navigating the lanes in the dark, otherwise its a quick drive along the A49. The farm has 2 dogs which bark when someone enters/leaves but apart from that you don't hear from them, personally as a lone female I found this quite reassuring as you knew there was no one around if the dogs are quiet. I have already made another booking through the app, easy, stress free and definitely value for money.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jan 2024

  • "In many aspects the property was fine."

    The bathroom needs a complete overhaul and the central heating system doesn’t work correctly, if at all (the radiators only warmed up once!). The farm dogs do tend to bark but that’s what dogs do! - don’t be put off by that - it didn’t worry our dog. Strefford itself is a very pretty little hamlet and for anyone who enjoys walking it’s a great place stay with loads of walks from the doorstep - we’d recommend the walk along the riverbank to Craven Arms - refreshments at Shepherd Hills cafe a must!! Overall we had a good time.

    Reviewed by John3.4Sep 2023

  • "Despite the atrocious weather we still had a lovely week."

    Lovely cottage and on arrival found complimentary milk, apple juice and cake, very welcome after long journey. Beautiful white bedding and soft towels .

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "The property is in a great location, close to some interesting walks, towns and villages."

    Bedroom was very comfortable, and the bed and storage was excellent. The welcome pack of cake, milk and apple juice was very kind. The property is a barn conversion and the sound insulation is inadequate as noise from the Robins Nest above interfered with our enjoyment through the night and during the day, when TV and conversations were easily understood. This noise disturbed our dog and us particularly at night when creaky floor boards woke us all up! The proximity of the farm and the close vehicle access was unclear from the description and any movements of people or vehicles made the farmers three dogs bark - day and night! This disturbed our dog and ourselves resulting in a lack of sleep. The bathroom was in poor condition and lacked any shelving for soaps/shampoos etc in proximity to the wet room shower head. Towel hooks would be useful as the towel stand was too small for bath towels when wet. Somewhere to hang wet coats and hats would also be useful, during wet weather - which we experienced throughout our stay.

    Reviewed by Alan3.4Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Great location and friendly helpful owner. Would recommend and may return in the future.

    Reviewed by Robin5.0Aug 2023

  • "Did hear people walking around upstairs more so when we were in bed."

    The garden was very small for our dog it’s the smallest one we have ever encountered. Dogs opposite barked every time we went outside. Lights went out 3 times while we were there the trip switch kept tripping. Bed was very comfortable. Lot of flies might have been due to a dead sheep in a bin on the farm there was a lid on the bin but it’s head and legs we’re hanging out.

    Reviewed by Pamela3.4Jun 2023

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Swallows Nest."

    The cottage was well equipped and was really a home from home. Bed was very comfy. We loved sitting in the garden watching the goats. Caroline and John were always available if we had any queries. A few lovely walks from the cottage and plenty brochures from roundabout. The cottage is ideally placed for exploring Shropshire.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0May 2023

  • "Enjoyed our stay but felt a little updating wouldn’t go amiss to bring up to standard."

    Such as lamps in living room and bedroom and the bathroom could do with fresh flooring. The dogs at the main house bark at every movement which became a bit tiresome.

    Reviewed by Nicola4.4May 2023

  • "Clean,comfortable,cosy."

    We had a wonderful weeks stay. Thankyou very much for our goodies on arrival much appreciated. Lots to do in the area.

    Reviewed by Duane5.0Apr 2023

  • "Great accommodation and good to have the outside space to relax after days out."

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Oct 2022

  • "We had everything we could possibly wish for and were situated within easy access of places to visit."

    We would definitely come again

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2022

  • "Clean well equipped and comfortable cottage."

    We felt at home and the owners were friendly. Good walks from the door

    Reviewed by Marion4.7May 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a amazing setting."

    Plenty of walks for our dog he loved it. Cottage was cosy and warm. Would definitley come back and stay. One area that needs looked at is the strip of mould beneath the shower that needs re done.

    Reviewed by Sheila4.7Jan 2022

  • "What a great find lovely place in the heart of a beautiful area."

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2021

  • "Accommodation was good except we were very aware of the people above us moving about."

    Reviewed by Marianne3.8Jul 2021

  • "A good location for touring South Shropshire and the Marches."

    A quiet tranquil setting on the farm.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Jun 2021

  • "Swallow's Nest is very spacious and comfortable and supplied everything we needed."

    We had a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Diane3.8Jun 2021

  • "Cottage clean, roomy, location good, owners on site {working farm} were very friendly, the large kingsize bed was good and comfortable, parking good and safe, shower was poor , no solid pressure fed off tank but ok ."

    kitchen fine, all the bits, pleasant walk into back lanes if dog owner, overall good

    Reviewed by Steve4.1Aug 2020

  • "Well equipped property, had everything we needed."

    Owner nearby and dealt with one small issue with lack of WiFi very quickly. Would return to property but may book Robins Nest instead fir lovely view.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2020

  • "The flat was extremely well-equipped."

    We were able to do all the cooking we had planned and found some great local food to stock the cupboard at the Ludlow Farm Shop. The leather sofa and armchair were great to relax on at the end of a day's walking and the bed is very comfortable too. We liked being next to the farm and seeing the family going about their business. The dogs were eventually friendly too! There is plenty to do in the area. We enjoyed very varied walking: woodland, hills, river valleys, disused railways and lots of wonderful views as soon as you got higher up. The history of the area and the local geology are very interesting, with references to events 700 million years, 2000 years ago, and the last 900 years, depending where you go.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2020

  • "A beautiful spacious property, very comfy the property has everything you need for a hassle free holiday and plenty of room."

    The wet room is an added bonus.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Dec 2019

  • "Great location & a lovely cottage with everything we needed."

    Lots to see & do within a short drive & dog walks from the door plus Onsite car parking space. We loved it & would come again.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cotttage is part of a working farm which is full of life from the farm animals to the wild ones which both my wife and I enjoy, there were no restrictions and we were allowed to wander arround and enjoy the activities."

    The owners were very obliging and let us borrow their BBQ which we prefer to cook on so the cooking smells were kept outside in the sitting area. The Swallows nest accommodation is on the ground floor and the Robins Nest accommodation on the first floor which seems a bit odd as normally Robins nest at low level and Swallows at high level but perhaps it is different in Shropshire. However the owners and their family were very friendly including their pet dogs who welcomed us every time we went into the yard area. The propertity is rustic in appearance externally but internally has a modern layout with seperate shower toilet area, small kitchen, roomy double bedroom and a huge living room. We were lucky with the weather and after our daily trips out visiting National Trust and English heritage buildings we came home and sat in the sunshine on the patio while we had our apperitif and cooked diner. Our neighbours upstairs were chatty and joined us one evening. They had been before and were planning to return in the autumn so they were very happy and so were we. So I would recommend anyone who enjoys farm life and animals it is a must go property. Thank you Caroline, John and family.

    Reviewed by Ray4.1May 2019

  • "Ideal for someone having mobility problems."

    Welcomed with scones, butter, jam and tea. Milk in the fridge and when I had forgotten to bring bread they gave us some wholemeal bread that was gorgeous. The area is good for walking and very central to visit popular areas. The Shropshire visitors center in Craven arms ideal for walking dogs if you have mobility issues. The Acton Scott farm was equipped with of road scooter for anyone to use. The area is very dog friendly which includes cafes, pubs and museums. Overall we had a wonderful holiday and would like to visit again.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Sep 2018

  • "Swallows nest was lovely, comfortable, warm and well equipped."

    It is a great base for exploring the area, the long Mynd and wedlock edge, walkers delight. Lovely welcome, flowers on the table , tea and cake in the kitchen. Tranquil location, occasional farm related noise but no traffic, no hubbub. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Megan5.0Sep 2018

  • "Brilliant location, friendly welcome from owners (fresh scones butter and jam, plus a lovely vase of wild flowers nice touch) Dont worry about barks from the farm dogs - they both love a fuss."

    Enclosed garden perfect for our dog and with good walks from cottage door when he needed more exercise. I have family who visited and the owners were happy that they did. Cottage has plenty of space. We couldn't find instructions for DVD player and couldn't get that to work.

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Jun 2018

  • "The cottage was clean,comfy and where we wanted to be."

    Could not fault it. the Owners were very pleasant whenever we met them. Dog owners be aware of need to keep dogs on leads because of live stock, sheep especially, but garden is enclosed.Happy holiday in a lovely area.

    Reviewed by Moira5.0May 2018

  • "The Cottage was converted in the 90's, I don't think the bathroom has been updated since, the ceiling light didn't work and the only light was from the light on the mirror, the owner ( I don't know their name as they didn't introduce themselves ) was told twice, but nothing was done."

    The kitchen was good and the bedroom was fine, but the lounge area was oddly depressing, could be with some pictures and better lighting. We particularly wanted Wi-Fi, but we unable to connect during our stay, we are early rises and in the winter can pass a couple of hours in the dark, but once again the owner was most unhelpful. There is a sign of the farmhouse advising " Beware of the Dogs" they are right, 2 unpleasant dogs greeted us when leaving the cottage with hackles up and baring teeth, the owner assured us they were fine, but disconcerting, our dog was terrified of them. We decided we had had enough and left a day early, an expensive stay.

    Reviewed by Ian2.7Jan 2018

  • "This is set in a perfect location for visiting surrounding attractions."

    A comfortable and pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by Gwen4.0Sep 2017

  • "A well equipped cottage in a good location."

    Friendly and helpful owners and the cake was a nice touch. A pity we had to leave early for family reasons

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2017

  • "Bed rather small for two possibly older disabled persons [standard double]"

    Reviewed by L5.0Jul 2017

  • "Excellent facilities and location."

    Good for the disabled.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0May 2017

  • "A very enjoyable and relaxing holiday."

    The cottage was both clean and very comfortable. The farm location and surrounding countryside made for a very enjoyable stay. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0May 2017

  • "This cottage is in a fantastic location."

    it has all the amenities you could wish for speaking from a disabled persons point of view. ramp up to the extra wide front door and everything on the same level. the owners could not be more obliging and the quality of the meat from the farm shop is out of this world. take a meander into the little villages in the surrounding area. explore Wenlock Edge. You will not be disappointed. take into consideration the fact that it is a working farm and you will have a very enjoyable holiday

    Reviewed by Raymond4.8Sep 2016

  • "The cottage was very good,it was one of the best cottage we have been too,in a good location for touring shropshire ."

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0Aug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom with en-suite wet room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area
  • Shared external utility.
  • Biomass central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/ freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer in shared utility, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed gravelled area with patio, furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 30 mins walk
  • Note: Due to the owner's farm opposite, dogs should be kept on a lead when outside the garden
  • Note: This property may be suitable for wheelchair users.

The property

Craven Arms 2 miles.

This ground floor apartment is one of two comfortable holiday homes, set opposite to the owner's home on a 360-acre working livestock and arable farm, close to the small town of Craven Arms.

Settled amongst beautiful Shropshire countryside, with views across Wenlock Edge, this apartment near Craven Arms offers homely accommodation, ideal for a couple looking to discover this delightful area.

With the accommodation set entirely over the ground floor, offering one double bedroom with en-suite wet room, less mobile guests are sure to enjoy a comfortable holiday.

There is also a spacious sitting room with dining area and French doors to the patio area, perfect for dining alfresco on a sunny afternoon.

Within two miles of this tranquil Shropshire apartment is the market town of Craven Arms, where a selection of shops and cafes, plus a hotel with a bar and restaurant and the magnificent medieval manor of Stokesay Castle can be found.

There is some beautiful walking and cycling countryside to discover from this Craven Arms apartment, with Wenlock Edge on the doorstep, plus the nearby Corvedale Valley and Long Mynd Hills.

Discover the history of the nearby pretty towns of Church Stretton, Bishop's Castle, Ludlow and Shrewsbury, or venture a little further to discover Wales.

An excellent apartment near Craven Arms, a wonderful romantic retreat for enjoying all of Shropshire's enchanting rural beauty and wonderful history.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 24739 and 928796, together they sleep 10.

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About the location


Wistanstow 1 mile; Craven Arms 2 miles; Church Stretton 5.5 miles; Bishop’s Castle 11 miles; Ludlow 12 miles; Shrewsbury 19 miles.

Mentioned in the Domesday Book, the historic hamlet of Strefford is situated within the Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just 2.5 miles from the small market town of Craven Arms. You can also visit the village of Wisantstow, home to The Wood Brewery and The Plough Inn pub. Two miles away is Craven Arms, which is often known as The Gateway to the Marches and is ideally based for walks in the lovely Wenlock Edge and Corvedale Valley. Craven Arms itself offers historic houses, a number a shops and pubs and the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, the Land of Lost Content museum and to the south of the town is Stokesay Castle, one of England’s finest fortified manors. There are number of delightful places to visit within reach, such as the historic towns of Church Stretton, Bishop’s Castle, Ludlow and Shrewsbury. Strefford is a convenient base for your Shropshire getaway.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas