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Upper Farm Barn

Woolston near Wistanstow, Shropshire (Ref. 955088)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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53 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely few days at Upper Farm Barn."

    Didn’t get to meet the owner as she was away but she still kept in touch with us during our stay. Cottage is small but comfortable and well equipped. Loved the outdoor patio in the sunshine. The area is lovely, especially Ludlow and Shrewsbury. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by KimJul 2022

  • "Our stay was first rate, the cottage exactly as described and very cosy and friendly."

    We have found your services very efficient and good to work with.

    Reviewed by RichardJul 2022

  • "We enjoyed a wonderful week long stay (2 couples plus a baby) in this beautiful cottage set in fantastic scenary."

    Everything you could need for home comfort was provided as well as a lovely welcome package with cake, bread, milk and fresh eggs! We would definitely recommend a visit

    Reviewed by NaomiJul 2022

  • "We had a wonderful relaxing time at this beautiful cottage and would highly recommend it to anyone!"

    The hosts were absolutely lovely and the surrounding area is stunning, you can’t help but de-stress - thank you very much.

    Reviewed by MiriamJul 2022

  • "Excellent cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Everything we needed was provided. The garden and patio area were particularly lovely, very dog friendly and secure We wouldn't hesitate to stay here again

    Reviewed by PatJun 2022

  • "We were really in need of a break before arriving at Upper Farm Barn."

    The barn is very stylish but also comfortable and is nestled in the quiet village of Woolston. It is very well equipped with modern appliances. Ellie and Joe were very welcoming and friendly. We look forward to returning!

    Reviewed by PauletteJun 2022

  • "A fabulous cottage with excellent facilities in a good location for accessing the major sites/attractions of this beautiful area (but see below)."

    However:- 1) the landline telephone number for the owner is shown on the email as the first point of contact to arrange key handover and for other communication that may be necessary during the stay. Having tried this number several times with no success I eventually contacted the owner on her mobile. The owner told me that she has informed Sykes on several occasions that the landline is non-existent and has been for over a year - but the number still appears on the Sykes emails! 2) The "welcome hamper" is described on the email communication and on the webpage as containing "local milk, butter, eggs and bread" so I didn't buy any of these on my food shopping at the nearby supermarket on my way to the cottage. Sadly, there was no bread and no butter - substituted by carrot cake and biscuits. Difficult to make a sandwich or toast out of those! So another trip to the supermarket had to be made after unpacking! (The eggs were delicious, though!) 3) The instructions to get to the cottage advise that, from the A489 you should turn onto B4370 and continue for 1.8 miles; then turn right signed to Woolston and continue for 1.6 miles into the hamlet of Woolston. Turn right just before yellow grit bin and post box and continue for 50 yards - the cottage is seen set back on the right with parking in front. I would just like to say for future prospective visitors that this route involves driving over a very rough, winding, narrow single track lane with very few passing places and very restricted visibility due to high hedges (a delight of our countryside but not so good from behind the wheel of a car!). On 3 occasions on the journey to the cottage on the day of arrival I had to reverse into farm track openings to give way to farm traffic. This resulted in a very scratched and damaged exhaust as the ground was so rough, stony and uneven. The owner subsequently advised that the better route was to come through Wistanstow - which is a slightly longer route but a much better surfaced road and although a single lane (this is a rural area, after all!) it had many more passing places with no farm traffic. Other than that - a delightful stay. Thank you.

    Reviewed by MelanieMay 2022

  • "Comfortable, well appointed, surrounded by beautiful countryside and within easy reach of many attractions."

    The upper patio was a particular delight!

    Reviewed by BarbaraMay 2022

  • "Lovely cottage (small barn conversion) full of character in a pretty hamlet within easy reach of Church Stretton, Ludlow and Shrewsbury and all that they offer."

    Ellie is extremely friendly and on hand with any queries. We appreciated the massive fresh eggs! The garden (although not suitable for those with restricted mobility) is very pleasant with a large sun-terrace fully equipped with BBQ etc. and there is easy parking outside. Would certainly recommend this property especially to keen walkers.

    Reviewed by JulietApr 2022

  • "Ellie was extremely helpful, and responded immediately to any issues we raised with her."

    The welcome pack was much appreciated. The barn is in a lovely peaceful location with walks from the door. It is perfect for accessing many areas of Shropshire - Stokesey Castle is well worth a visit. Note that access to the property is via single track roads with some passing spaces, although these seemed to be quiet. The kitchen is well equipped, but a family of four may struggle with the amount of crockery available - 5 dinner plates, 5 side plates, 5 bowls. It took us a few days to manage the temperature of the cottage, but finally worked a combination of under floor heating and wood burner. Overall we enjoyed our stay and would return in the future.

    Reviewed by KathMar 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful, blissfully quiet area."

    Ideal for two couples. Had everything we needed, including a very nice Christmas tree and delicious Christmas cake and Shrewsbury biscuits!

    Reviewed by JanDec 2021

  • "Lovely cosy cottage with great facilities."

    Our host Ellie was always contactable and very helpful. Will definitely be wanting to stay there again sometime

    Reviewed by GrahamNov 2021

  • "This was our fourth visit."

    A very compfortable and warm property. Ellie is an excellent hostess.

    Reviewed by IanOct 2021

  • "Lovely part of the country to stay, so quiet you could hear the bees, birds and the gentle breeze."

    A few things about the cottage: It was welcoming and every where was clean and tidy, however, the sofa nearest the window desperately needs replacing, very uncomfortable, there are some screws missing on the door coat hooks so you can't hang anything up there, there were no locks on the bathroom doors and disabled people beware the steps to the cottage are steep.

    Reviewed by BarryJun 2021

  • "This was our third visit."

    Ellie, the owner, has gone out of her way to provide a comfortable and welcoming cottage. Delightful surroundings and within easy reach of towns, castles, etc.

    Reviewed by IanJun 2021

  • "Owner very pleasant and all in good order throughout."

    Very quiet position

    Reviewed by RogerJun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful location with lots of great walks, castles and villages."

    Ellie was a friendly and very helpful host. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by ElizabethMay 2021

  • "Upper Farm Barn exceeded expectation, with lots of great amenities, particularly nice was the wood burning stove."

    It was the perfect location for a countryside retreat! We wouldn't hesitate to return.

    Reviewed by BethanyDec 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in tranquil surroundings."

    The cottage was very well equipped and the owner both friendly and helpful, we had a great time.

    Reviewed by SarahDec 2020

  • "Great find village location very quiet Equipment was good Location good Friendly owners Parking"

    Reviewed by TinaOct 2020

  • "The cottage is great, if anything the photos don't do the place justice."

    There was a lot more space than we were expecting, and due to the underfloor heating it is very warm. Would love to go back in Summer to fully enjoy the balcony garden. With zero light pollution the sky at night was truly spectacular. Ellie is a great host, and went out of her way to help us. The countryside is beautiful, with plenty of nice walks close at hand. We would recommend Bury Ditches with it's incredible panoramic views.

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2020

  • "Very comfortable, nicely furnished and spotlessly clean cottage in the hamlet of Woolston."

    A truly peaceful and very rural spot. Loved the woodburning stove, that and the underfloor heating kept us warm. Ellie has equipped the house generously, we didn’t miss anything in the kitchen in a week of self catering. We left feeling relaxed having had an excellent weeks cycling and walking-much needed in these times. Thanks Ellie

    Reviewed by CharlotteOct 2020

  • "The cottage was amazing lovely and quiet."

    lots of nice pubs and lots of things to do, the cottage itself was clean and it was just a little touches that made such a big difference. Would like to return.

    Reviewed by DianeSep 2020

  • "Excellent, host really thoughtful, provided additional extras ie."

    Bread, eggs, milk, tea coffee, sugar, condiments and carrot cake! House in amazing setting, and spotlessly clean, beautifully furnished and decorated. Would definitely visit again

    Reviewed by VeronicaSep 2020

  • "We thought Upper Barn Farm was one of the nicest cottages we’ve ever stayed in."

    If we haven’t given it 5 stars that’s because there was no hamper of local food on arrival - although there was bread milk and eggs and an Aldi carrot cake! Also there were some small things which could have improved our stay and we communicated these to the owner. Otherwise the property was actually bigger than it appeared on the website and the upper patio was a lovely private area for sun-bathing. The decent site fridge freezer was a real bonus. We’ve re-booked for next year.

    Reviewed by HeatherSep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a quiet hamlet, with all the delights of the beautiful Shropshire Hills to explore."

    We loved it. Very comfortable beds and furniture, large good quality towels, everything you need. We recommend this cottage highly.

    Reviewed by LyndaSep 2020

  • "The owners Ellie and Joe are a delight, very helpful"

    Reviewed by LauraMar 2020

  • "The cottage was so cosy and welcoming!"

    Reviewed by RobertFeb 2020

  • "The hot water for showers and bath didn’t quite meet expectations"

    Reviewed by SueDec 2019

  • "This is a delightful cottage."

    Very comfortable, lovely hosts. Am very likely to use again. Also it's in a lovely area. Extremely quiet

    Reviewed by JohnNov 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage with in a peaceful part of Shropshire."

    Very dog friendly and an escape from the noise of Bonfire week.

    Reviewed by SusanNov 2019

  • "Ellie provides a comfortable and welcoming environment, including a welcoming package of bread, milk, scones, butter and jam."

    She ensured that we had logs for our stay. A perfect hostess. We intend to return next year.

    Reviewed by IanSep 2019

  • "The owners are delightful and so helpful."

    The cottage was very well placed for all the places we wanted to visit. We all felt it could have been a bit cleaner.

    Reviewed by LindaJun 2019

  • "Upper Farm Barn is a quiet secluded location, with the noise of birds singing in the morning, and the smell of woodland flowers, beautiful."

    Reviewed by KeithJun 2019

  • "Well equipped, nicely furnished cottage, remote- well mile and a half to pub !"


    Reviewed by DavidMay 2019

  • "We loved Upper Farm Barn."

    It was beautifully furnished, very warm and cosy. There was a welcome pack when we arrived which was much appreciated. There were also basics like tea, coffee, sugar oil and condiments supplied. The cottage was very well situated for seeing the local sights and enjoying beautiful the beautiful countryside.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2019

  • "Our first visit to Shropshire and we were well impressed."

    It will not be our last. An excellent barn conversion - comfortable, warm, beautifully decorated and with all requisite "mod cons". Brilliant base for a walking holiday. Nice quiet location but within easy driving distance of shops, pubs etc. Well done Ellie for taking this on and setting it up so beautifully. A real gem - please don't tell everyone!

    Reviewed by MaryFeb 2019

  • "Beautiful cosy cottage ."

    Very clean and tidy with everything you need. Luxury towels and bedding were excellent. The cottage underfloor heating was especially appreciated after a long walk . Ellie welcomed us with a lovely package of Bread , Milk and homemade jam and scones which went down a treat. Would definitely recommend this cottage for either a short break or a longer holiday as the surrounding area was very scenic and there are plenty of places to visit . With Ludlow and Church Stretton well worth a visit

    Reviewed by PatriciaNov 2018

  • "Lovely place to stay in a stunning location with fabulous walks close by ."

    Perfect week for us and our dogs. Oh and very nice welcome scones when we arrived along with delicious bread and butter and jam. Thanks Ellie

    Reviewed by JaneOct 2018

  • "Very comfortable cottage, wonderful welcome from the owner."

    Situated in beautiful countryside.

    Reviewed by HazelOct 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in a peaceful location."

    One of the best cottages we have ever stayed in. Ellie had thought of everything that would be needed and we had a lovely welcome box of food when we arrived which included the soya milk we use and homemade scones and jam! Lots of information for exploring the area. Ellie had left a chalk board with a welcome on and also came around to personally welcome us. We would definitely visit her again if we get back to Shropshire.

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2018

  • "Fabulous cottage in a fabulous location."

    Ellie the owner was so welcoming but not overpowering. Hope to return in the future.

    Reviewed by DawnJul 2018

  • "Friendly and welcoming, flowers and food waiting for us."

    Modern yet homely. Nice fittings. Dog friendly, lovely stay, ideal.

    Reviewed by JanJun 2018

  • "The welcome was great with extra goodies on the table too."

    Owner Ellie very kind and helpful. Good to be able to sit out in the sun as wished. Countryside wonderful. We had everything we needed and more. Everything was comfortable. Heating as needed, but we had good weather. Quick drive to amazing supermarket in Craven Arms. Abundance of hedgerow flowers. Ongoing improvements being done outside to garden etc.

    Reviewed by DorothyJun 2018

  • "Upper Barn Farm is a very sweet cottage, that is beautifully decorated."

    The location is peaceful. Ellie was extremely friendly and welcoming. We had a lovely few days there.

    Reviewed by SarahMay 2018

  • "The cottage was clean, comfortable and extremely well equipped."

    Ellie was very welcoming. We very much enjoyed our stay. The property description indicated a raised front patio, it would have been helpful to know that this was the access to the property, as 12 months ago this would have made accessing the property for my father almost impossible

    Reviewed by SuMay 2018

  • "Ellie works hard and was very helpful"

    Reviewed by BrianMay 2018

  • "We got exactly what we expected, a comfortable, pretty, well appointed coottage."

    What added to the pleasure was the welcome pack and Ellie’s personal welcome and quick response to the one problem encountered.

    Reviewed by RuthApr 2018

  • "Lovely property and very tastefully decorated."

    It snowed the week we were there (very picturesque) and the owner Ellie was great at making sure we had everything we needed to make ourselves comfortable and see us through the snow days. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by FionaDec 2017

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful location, immaculately clean, with numerous personal touches by the host to make staying there an absolute pleasure."

    Reviewed by CarltonNov 2017

  • "Ellie was very helpful in providing a small hamper of local goodies and assisting with wood etc."

    for the fire. She also offered guidance on local eateries and walks.

    Reviewed by SylviaSep 2017

  • "An amazing barn conversion, extremely well equipped, clean and comfortable, in a beautiful part of the country."

    The owners of the property are very friendly and on hand if any assistance is required. We definitely intend to return!

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2017

  • "It's a lovely cottage, warm, welcoming and with lovely owners who are very helpful."

    Very handy for local walks and places to visit whilst also being quite a way off the main road and peaceful. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by VirginiaAug 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms
  • 2 x king-size double ( 1 x en-suite shower, basin and WC)
  • Bathroom with roll top bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove.
  • Oil underfloor heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 2 x Smart TV's (one in living room and one in the en suite bedroom) with DVD player and Netflix, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate on request
  • Off road parking in communal parking area with property 950759 for 2 car
  • Front patio area and private terrace to the rear with barbecue and furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • BBQ available on request
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 1.3 miles
  • Note: There are three steps to access the bathroom from the living area an steps in the garden area, may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: There are steps leading up to the property.

The property

A beautiful detached character cottage with exposed oak beams.

This wonderful property offers open plan living area with a well-equipped kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove.

There is a well-appointed ground floor king-size bedroom which has its own en-suite shower and basin and a further ground floor twin bedroom.

Three steps lead up to the modern family bathroom.

Outside you can relax in the rear patio garden which has further steps leading up the terraced wooded garden.

A lovely base.

Note: This property is adjacent to Ref 950759, together they sleep 6.

Woolston Cottages

Wistanstow 1.3 miles. These two first-class properties are situated down a small country lane, on the outskirts of the small hamlet of Woolston near to the village of Wistanstow, in the heart of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Beautifully furnished throughout both properties offer delightful accommodation with the larger Upper Farm Barn being able to accommodate up to four guests and the smaller Goosepond able to accommodate two guests. Both properties have an open plan well-equipped kitchen, a dining area and comfortable sitting area with woodburning stove and the luxury of underfloor heating throughout to ensure you have a cosy stay whatever the time of year. The properties are accessed down a shared driveway and there is off road parking in a communal parking area. The smaller Goosepond property has its own private patio with furniture for relaxing after a busy day out and there are plenty of herbs which you can help yourself to. The larger Upper Farm Barn has a front elevated cobbled patio and to the rear a small private patio area with steps leading up a terraced wooded area. Situated in this picturesque area there are plenty of walking and cycling opportunities. Visit the nearby village of Wistanstow where you can enjoy a hearty meal in the Plough Inn and sample some of the local ales brewed in the village’s Wood Brewery. The Station Inn at Marshbrook is a short drive away or can be accessed via a pretty walk over the fields via Bushmoor Coppice: a Wildlife Trust woodland. Craven Arms has shops, a hotel with bar and restaurant, takeaways, cafes, as well as the lovely Stokesay Castle and the exciting Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre. A little further takes you to Church Stretton known as, Little Switzerland, with its beautiful Shropshire Way and Jack Mitton paths all within a couple of miles. In the summer there is open water swimming at the reservoir. Alternatively explore the market town of Ludlow with its independent local shops and medieval castle. These wonderful properties are ideally located, whatever you choose to do.

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About the location


Craven Arms 2.2 miles; Church Stretton 6.6 miles; Ludlow 11.8 miles.

Wistanstow is a small picturesque village in Shropshire situated approximately 2 miles north of Craven Arms and 6.5 miles south of Church Stretton. The village is named from the Anglo-Saxon saint Wigstan who was the grandson of the king of Mercia. The main lane running through the village is a Roman road, which ran between the Roman settlements and forts at Leintwardine and Wroxeter. This beautiful village is home to a community village shop and a local pub serving real ales from the local Wood Brewery which is situated just behind it. Wistanstow village is located on the edge of the Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which offers plenty of walking opportunities. Visit the nearby small market town of Craven Arms, known as The Gateway to the Marches located between the beautiful medieval town of Ludlow and delightful Church Stretton.
This town is the main centre for Shropshire’s hill country and home to a variety of tea rooms, pubs and specialist shops. Carding Mill National Trust Centre has plenty of activities for children with shrot trails and longer walks and in the summer there is open water swimming in the reservoir. Other local attractions include walks on the Long Mynd, Shropshire Way and Jack Mitton paths, the Acton Scott Historic Working Farm and Stokesay Castle. Wenlock Edge and Corvedale Valley offer fine walks and the lovely Stokesay Castle, one of England's finest fortified manors, or the very popular Shropshire Hill Discovery Centre are well worth a visit. The surrounding area has some charming and historic houses, including a round house, thought to be a recognisable rest house for pilgrims travelling between Wigmore and Shrewsbury Abbeys and the fascinating 'Museum of Lost Content'. Winstantow is an excellent location for exploring this region of Shropshire.

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