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The Barley Store

(Ref. 923764)

Strefford near Craven Arms, Shropshire Show on map


  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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64 Customer Reviews

  • "A beautiful apartment furnished and equipped to a very high standard and probably the best equipped kitchen we’ve had in any rental property."

    The welcome cake was delicious and very much appreciated. The only negative for us was how low the ceiling beams were. One of our party was 6 feet 2 inches tall and found it hard to remember to stay stooped. Our fault for not noticing the warning about the low ceilings in the property description. Despite that, we had a very comfortable and enjoyable weeks holiday. The area is well worth a return visit. Lots to see and do.

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Oct 2023

  • "The location and the immediate area is well worth a visit."

    However the property is astonishing it is steaped in history and dates back to is use as a Malt House. It has been renovated and restored to such a high level, it retains it character and the quality will reward you with a fantastic visit. The owners are most welcoming and there knowledge of the property and local area wás a great help and we were rewarded with a fabulous long weekend. It would be a mistake not to mention that the kitchen is fully equipped to meet all your requirements and the welcome pack being a splendid suprise was so lovely. Do not dismiss the property you will be reward with special cottage that will enable you to have a lovely holiday. We were so impressed we wil return. Thank You Pete Huxley.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2023

  • "Beautiful property in a lovely location."

    Owners close by and very helpful. Fab cake as well!! The interior is delightful, spotlessly clean but beware of the low beams…which we were aware of. Would definitely recommend and we would stay again

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Sep 2023

  • "The cottage owners were charming and welcoming."

    The cottage was completely as described - perfect. Furthermore Pat left us a chocolate brownie and a bottle of apple juice, which was very much appreciated. However it is also the first cottage we have stayed in (and we have stayed in many) where so many supplies were provided (not only washing up liquid, but also laundry & dishwasher tablets, shampoo & shower gel, kitchen paper, cling film, foil, etc - absolutely amazing). The setting itself is quiet, with local walks and then of course everything else Shropshire has to offer, both locally and a bit further away. Most certainly a holiday to remember and as always, far to short...

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2023

  • "A quiet and peaceful place for everyone who wants to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city."

    Owners very friendly and helpful. I hope we will be able to go back there again. I just RECOMMEND!!!

    Reviewed by Tomasz5.0Aug 2023

  • "This was the second time we stayed at The Barley Store and it was as good as the first time."

    Pat & Gary are superb hosts and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Dianne5.0Jul 2023

  • "Great, comfortable accommodation, convenient for lots of places of interest, very friendly and helpful hosts."

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jul 2023

  • "Beautiful place to stay, comfy beds, well equipped."

    As other reviews say the beams were low but all part of the charm of this gorgeous apartment. Owners were lovely and welcoming, and there was a lovely selection of games, toys and walks leaflets available

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0May 2023

  • "Despite some inclement weather we had a lovely week in Shropshire."

    On the occasions when we were driven back indoors by the rain this was not a problem due to the comfort of the Barley store. Everything exceeded our expectations in your accommodation, many thanks again.

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Mar 2023

  • "Wonderful holiday accommodation."

    We visited at the end of November when it was, unsurprisingly, cold and damp outside but the Barley Store is a warm and very comfortable place to be after a day’s walking. Everything you could want is provided and the very kind hosts, who live next door, made it clear they were on hand should any help be needed. The kitchen is fully equipped with quality cookware, the bathrooms stocked with toiletries and the showers are good and hot. Parking is easy (accesible off street space for one car) right outside the property. Thoroughly recommended!

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Nov 2022

  • "What an amazing place!"

    ! The best equipped we have ever stayed in. Hair dryer, iron, full kitchen, milk, tea, coffee, sugar, cake, cleaning products, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid….. the list is endless. It made for a really lovely stay and we didn’t have to take everything with us. We received such a warm welcome and were given really useful info about the area. There are maps to borrow which really helped us as we don’t have one of the area. Thank you!!!!

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Nov 2022

  • "Superb in every way, every detail has been considered and the property is finished to a high standard."

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Oct 2022

  • "The Barley Store is a terrific house with great facilities and wonderful hosts we really enjoyed our stay and the location is ideal for touring in Shropshire."

    We cannot recommend highly enough.

    Reviewed by George5.0Sep 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the property was immaculate, the owners were very friendly and helpful and the area was beautiful."

    We would definitely come back for another stay.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Aug 2022

  • "A lovely place, Pat and Gary were fabulous."

    We would have liked it more without the upstairs neighbors that we could hear constantly. We could hear their conversation, the light switches being turned on and off. We could hear them walking up and down and when we were trying to sleep when they open and shut their windows it sounded like they were trying to get in to ours. At one point the child walked into our flat and scared our nervous teenagers. If we had known there would have been neighbours we wouldn't have booked. Other than that it is a lovely place with low ceilings which were advertised.

    Reviewed by Lena4.4Jul 2022

  • "Extremely comfortable and well equipped accommodation in a wonderful location."

    The delicious home made cake, biscuits and local apple juice were very welcome on our arrival. We had a wonderful week exploring the area and hope to come back.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Jul 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our second stay at The Barley Store."

    Owners Gary and Pam are very friendly and helpful and we appreciated the lovely welcome pack on arrival.

    Reviewed by Russell5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent property, the hosts Pat and Gary ensure you will have a fabulous break."

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2022

  • "Ideal property accommodation with every item required for a brilliant stay including the cake."

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Jun 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation."

    It has absolutely everything you might need, even a sewing kit ! The owners were really welcoming, greeting us on arrival with all necessary information. They even provided home baked cake, milk, tea and coffee together with a bottle of locally sourced Applejuice. Highly recommended*****

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Jun 2022

  • "The accommodation was lovely, very comfortable and everything worked well."

    Just be conscious there are low ceilings, might not suit anyone over 6ft. Usually there is something in a cottage that is not quite right, or could be improved, but we there was nothing here, it was super!

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2022

  • "Thank you so much Pat and Gary."

    We had a wonderful stay at the Barley Store. It was lovely to be personally greeted by you and you made us feel at home straight away. The accomodation was stunning and spotless and had everything you could need and more. The communal space in the utility room was a brilliant idea with lots of leaflets, dvds games and books. The location was wonderful for countryside lovers with beautiful views from the property and walks from your doorstep. We didn't want to leave and hope to return one day.

    Reviewed by Rachael5.0Apr 2022

  • "A very comfortable well equipped apartment in a gorgeous location."

    Lovely quiet hamlet with access to local walks. Great location for visiting interesting towns and if you’re into walking you’re spoilt for choice. The owners were very helpful and thoughtful.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Mar 2022

  • "The cottage met more than our expectations in terms of equipment provided."

    We especially appreciated the milk, tea bags and coffee. The cottage made a great base for exploring the area, and was very comfortable and cosy. Thanks for the brownies, they were delicious!

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Mar 2022

  • "The property far exceeded our expectations in terms of comfort, cleanliness and equipment provided."

    The property was ideally situated and the owners were extremely friendly and helpful and provided plenty of information about local areas. We have no hesitation in recommending this property.

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0Feb 2022

  • "Spacious, cosy, very clean, well equipped, character accommodation."

    Modern fitments throughout. Two TV’s was nice! Yes, some beams were an issue, until I (5’ 10”) adjusted. But experiencing these awesome old timbers was worth a few bumps. We were one couple, but the two en-suite double bedrooms, either end of the living area is perfect for two couples. One short flight of access stairs, then all one level. Nice walks around, but not in February! Secluded, but only one minute off main road … several tourist towns within 40 mins drive. Owners very friendly and helpful - thank you for a very enjoyable week.

    Reviewed by Keith4.7Feb 2022

  • "A relaxing stay at the Barley Store."

    Pat and Gary were friendly hosts. Just what we needed. Just to add that the advisory regarding the head height - if you are 5’9” or under then there is no problem, if 5’9” or taller it may be a challenge.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Dec 2021

  • "The Barley Store was a wonderful place to stay."

    Extremely comfortable, spotlessly clean, well kitted out, everything explained very clearly. Lovely quiet hamlet yet easy access to main roads to get around. Hosts were very welcoming! Would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Dianne5.0Nov 2021

  • "The couple who own the property were very friendly and helpful and went above and beyond in welcoming us and making us feel comfortable."

    The added touches and little gifts were a very pleasant surprise and the homemade cake that was left for us was delicious.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Sep 2021

  • "Had a really lovely stay."

    The rooms were as described, and as per photos. Everything we needed, a real home from home. Hosts were super friendly

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2021

  • "Delightful hosts - so friendly and happy to lend extra kitchen equipment!"

    We had a glorious time, took their recommendations for walks, and enjoyed just hanging out on the gloriously squishy sofas. Yes the headroom is a bit restricted as mentioned in the listing, but fine for my 5'10ish husband.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Aug 2021

  • "The Barley Store was lovely, a real home from home experience."

    Pat and Gary the owners were so kind and helpful. The location of the property is fab, so many places to explore with children, we had a fantastic time.

    Reviewed by Katie4.7Aug 2021

  • "Our holiday let was far and away the best we have ever had."

    It was the most well stocked out for all incidentals you would want on a self catering holiday and very comfortable beds. All in all the best holiday let you could wish for.

    Reviewed by Mavis5.0Jul 2021

  • "Cottage was lovely and the couple who owned it Was very friendly and helpful ."

    , very nice people . Lovely touches of having washing up liquid etc and home made cakes . It was ideal location for different walks .

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jul 2021

  • "The house was an excellent base for exploring the Shropshire Hills and the owners Pat and Gary were really helpful."

    The house was comfortable and well equipped and lovely to be able to go for walks from the house.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2021

  • "The owners were extremely helpful and pleasant."

    Everything was comfortable, clean and welcoming. We would certainly recommend this property to friends.

    Reviewed by Alison3.8Jun 2021

  • "Lovely house, super hosts, excellent location for anyone wishing to walk in the Shropshire hills"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2021

  • "The owners were very welcoming and knowledgably about the area for places to eat and visit."

    On arrival we had home baked cake together with juice and beer left for us a very nice touch. We had a very nice garden with all the garden furniture required which was very tranquil and picturesque. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by John4.7Jun 2021

  • "Lovely place to stay, well equipped with all you need for a self catering holiday."

    Owners were friendly and helpful. Beware the low beam in the kitchen!!!!! We will definately return.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2021

  • "A lovely cosy appartment that was perfect for our short break."

    A lovely welcome by the hosts and very much appreciated the brownies and milk in the fridge on arrival. The decor and furnishings were of a high standard and very comfy. The kitchen was extremely well equipped. Lots to see in the local area. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Anne-marie5.0Oct 2020

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed a week's stay at the Barley Store."

    It is situated in the delightful hamlet of Strefford - a very convenient location for visiting the local area (e.g. Ludlow, Church Stretton, Long Mynd and further away the Stiperstones). The apartment is very comfortable and extremely well equipped. The cleaning regime, during this difficult time, cannot be faulted. The owners, Pat and Gary, who live onsite are so friendly and made us very welcome. We have no hesitation in recommending the Barley Store and hope to return before too long!

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2020

  • "Well situated to explore Shropshire and Welsh borders."

    In a quiet hamlet with walks and cycle rides from the door. Well equipped and the 2 en-suite bathrooms a real bonus. Helpful hosts who accommodated our needs.

    Reviewed by Judith3.8Sep 2020

  • "Excellent accommodation, Very good high quality facilities."

    Beautiful location in quiet rural area. Hosts very friendly and helpful. Overall recommended.

    Reviewed by Patrick4.7Sep 2020

  • "Brilliant place, well-equipped and very comfortable."

    Beautiful location and helpful & friendly owners. Thankyou again.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely clean cottage in immaculate condition and great location."

    The owners were very friendly and helpful in terms of advice and suggestions for us to make the most of our trip. Would recommend as an ideal spot for enjoying unspoilt countryside

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0Aug 2020

  • "Gary and Pat are so thoughtful."

    From cake on arrival to recommenations as to where to visit based on welcoming conversations alongside a beautifully maintained space we can't rate this cottage highly enough!

    Reviewed by Astrid5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely accommodation - lots of character."

    Decor and furnishings of high quality and comfort. Pretty courtyard area for guests use. Hosts welcoming and informative.

    Reviewed by Douglas5.0Jul 2020

  • "The barley store was a great place to stay when we arrived there was homemade brownies and milk in the fridge!"

    The owners were very nice and nothing was too much trouble, definitely would like to come back again!

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Oct 2019

  • "Pat and Gary were very welcoming and helpful"

    Reviewed by Caroline4.7Jun 2019

  • "Easy to deal with the friendly obliging owners."

    Accomodation was spotless, modern and comfortable. Nice location in the beautiful Shropshire countryside. Perfect for our weekend away, would use again.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2019

  • "A lovely cottage for the four of us."

    Super clean and comfortable and the hosts were friendly and helpful. Would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Ellie5.0Apr 2019

  • "Beautiful and stylish accomodation and stunning part of the country."

    We will be back. Thankyou

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Feb 2019

  • "I must say it was absolutely brilliant, renovated and designed by Gary and Pat to the highest degree, also being attached to the owners property is a bonus, so friendly and helpful."

    We have had several holidays booked through you and each one gets better but so far think this is my best. Not far from Carding Mill Valley absolutely sublime delight we had such a lovely time and weather was kind to us. Thank you

    Reviewed by Betty5.0Sep 2018

  • "A beautiful conversion in a fantastic location with all the modern comforts and friendly hosts."

    We had a fantastic week here and would go back!

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Aug 2018

  • "The cottage was really nice, with wonderful facilities and good quality equipment supplied."

    However one of our party was over six foot so he could NOT stand up anywhere other than in one bedroom and one bathroom. I really do think that this should have been drawn to our attention in a very prominent manner.

    Reviewed by Anne4.7May 2018

  • "Lovely barn conversion, warm welcome; the property was luxurious and well equipped."

    Just having tea, coffee, milk and condiments makes such a difference, not to mention the home-made brownies! Great location off the beaten track but still near a major route and lovely scenery/walks - even the weather was kind! No real issues; wi-fi rather slow ('Now' box froze!) and some noise from property above but nothing that would deter us from re-booking.

    Reviewed by William4.8Oct 2017

  • "We received a very warm welcome from Pat and Gary and loved our week spent at the Barley Store."

    The property was very clean, furnished to a high standard and provided a great base for exploring the Shropshire countryside. We wouldn't hesitate to return or recommend to others, especially for a walking holiday, although tall people need to be aware of low beams! David & Hilary Baynham, September 2017

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2017

  • "Well-thought out clean, well-equipped and practical accommodation which still retained all it's lovely listed features."

    Excellent location for family or couple. Shops with all essentials within few minutes drive but miles of beautiful walks on doorstep and from surrounding villages. Lots to do but so relaxing. Friendly hosts. Beams throughout are low. The beam in the kitchen in particular did catch my husband out a few times as right above between fridge and kettle so beware. He's 5' 9\10. Information left by hosts and other guests useful. Definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Ruth4.8Aug 2017

  • "Lovely apartment in a good location for walking."

    Welcoming, friendly and helpful hosts. You could not ask for more...

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2017

  • "Hosts were very welcoming, provided tea, cake and milk."

    Knowledgeable about the area regarding walks and wildlife.

    Reviewed by Rowena4.8Jun 2017

  • "Lovely comfortable accommodation and welcoming friendly owners."

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Apr 2017

  • "Great facilities - everything we needed for us and the kids was there."

    Friendly and helpful hosts, lovely setting.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2017

  • "Thank you for organising everything for us at extremely short notice, we had a great time."

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Feb 2017

  • "The owners Pat & Gary were very welcoming, especially with applying Christmas decorations for the season."

    Also a very nice to have a " welcome pack ", milk cake on arrival. An outstanding conversation which includes all modern day facilities.

    Reviewed by Ian4.6Dec 2016

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  • All first floor
  • Two bedrooms with en-suite shower, basin and WC: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Shared external utility.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher
  • Freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility
  • 2 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 1 car, with further roadside parking available
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Enclosed, shared front patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, Nearest pub 2 miles away
  • Note: Apartment accessed via 12 external steps
  • Due to beamed ceilings, headroom is restricted throughout
  • Note: Utility shared with other property on site.

The property

A combination of both contemporary and character features makes The Barley Store a delightful place to stay.

You will find upon entering this stunning first floor apartment, a well thought out open plan living area with original wall beams and comfortable sofas, along with a superb kitchen and dining area.

There are also two bedrooms, both with en-suite facilities and outside there is a useful utility and a front patio area.

A memorable holiday base for a couple or family.

Note: This apartment can be booked with Ref. 923765, together they sleep 8.

Malt House Apartments

These two Grade II listed apartments, adjoining the owner’s original malt house, date back to 1740 and are surrounded by unspoilt Shropshire countryside in the pretty hamlet of Strefford, just two miles from the market town of Craven Arms. Both of these luxurious apartments provide ideal accommodation for couples and families who wish to explore all that Shropshire has to offer, with plenty of attractions and places to visit nearby. Beautifully furnished throughout, these two superb apartments, one located on the first floor and one on the second floor, offer character features and charming bedrooms with sumptuous beds, crisp bed linen and en-suite facilities, along with a quality open plan living area with a well-equipped kitchen and homely sitting area. Outside these wonderful holiday homes is a shared front patio area, where you may wish to enjoy a good book in lovely surroundings or an alfresco meal after a day exploring one of the many wonderful attractions, towns or villages that can be found in the area. Enjoy many walks and cycle rides from the doorstep, and the local pub is just two miles away. Many amenities can be found in charming Craven Arms that is only two miles away, or you can visit the nearby National Trust properties, the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and the pretty town of Ludlow with its many timbered buildings. The historic town of Shrewsbury is also within driving distance. Two wonderful apartments that provide a perfect retreat at any time of year.

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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. 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.

Note: Apartment accessed via 12 external steps. Due to beamed ceilings, headroom is restricted throughout.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas