Heather and Stone, Shropshire

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Luxe cabin in the Shropshire Hills, with wood-fired tub and enchanting views; perfect for solo escapes or a romantic retreat

1 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

Alfresco tub

Parking

Space & setting.

*Brand new*

Surrounded by coniferous woodland, heather-clad hills and rocky tors, the thoughtfully designed Black Rhadley cabin in Stiperstones Nature Reserve was made for peaceful times. With no WiFi to distract, and endless views to captivate the mind, it’s the digital detox of dreams. Start your days with sun salutations out on the deck as the sun comes up, grounding into your surroundings with all your senses. Float back inside for a long breakfast, fuelled by local coffee in artisan mugs, then take the short hike up to Devil’s Chair or Cranberry Rock, craggy tors shrouded in mysticism.

This is a brilliant place for forest bathing, too. Try a barefoot walk through the woodland, a silent meditation at the foot of a pine, or simply sink back into the alfresco bath and gaze up at rustling trees. Thanks to the owners’ rewilding efforts, the surrounding woods are alive with wildlife; bring binoculars and listen for the tap-tapping of woodpeckers. As dusk calls, take a flask of tea up to Nipstone Rock to sit and watch the light fade from the sky. Then it’s back to the firepit, to listen to the crackling of flames and hooting of owls. Logging off never felt so good.

Getting here: you’ll need to drive.

“After moving around for many years developing houses and listed buildings in the UK and France, we decided to move to the Shropshire Hills. We wanted a more active and nature-filled life to counteract our stressful jobs, and after renovating an old minor’s cottage at the Bog, I was itching to use my love for interior design to create a place in nature for us and others to enjoy. Now we are developing the space surrounding the cabin from being a pine plantation to a small native woodland to increase biodiversity. Chopping trees and planting new species and native plants brings us such joy and satisfaction, I love to see what wildlife is thriving in the woods. I’ll also be starting bee-keeping in the spring.” Owner, Trish

My Kip favourites

She loves
“Watching the wildlife around the cabin: red kites, woodpeckers, Munjac and Fallow deer. It’s completely immersive and everything else just melts away.”

We love
The local art pieces, including a wood-turned vase by Shropshire-based Kim Davis and gorgeous earthy mugs made from wild clay by the Kindred Workshop.

You may not love
The odd rambler passing by. You’ll need a car to get here. No WiFi but some phone signal. Sorry, no children or pets.

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  • "We booked to stay in this beautiful cabin simply because we needed to disconnect. No voices, no fuss, no traffic. Actually I did allow some ‘traffic’ to pass in front of my car as I drove down the secluded lane to the cabin. And by ‘traffic’ I mean a trio of deer, meandering across the woodland. What a start to our stay, I was speechless. My lack of speech continued upon our arrival at the cabin too. I would learn later that Trish (owner) designed the cabin. She carried that vision inside too, because we were greeted by a serene interior of beautiful earth colours and fabrics that would ensure a comfortable stay. There was a moment when the sun was setting and I was sat in the wood fired bath with a glass of wine. I looked at the light cascading through the trees and for a moment, I did wonder if it was all a dream. As I write this review I find I am lost for words again. Put simply, our stay was perfect and if you are thinking about booking it, my advice is to do so immediately."

    Huw, January 2024

Sustainability.

Sustainable cleaning products, loo roll etc. Working with Shropshire Wildlife Trust on supporting their funding and work in the reserve.

Surrounds.

  • Nipstone Cabin, Shropshire - Holly Farrier Photography34
  • Carding Mill Valley & Long Mynd © National Trust
    Carding Mill Valley & Long Mynd © National Trust
  • Brompton Cookery School
    Brompton Cookery School
  • Follow the trail from the cabin along Stiperstones ridge, an otherworldly landscape of jagged tors and wild moorland, with a fascinating geology that was formed in the last Ice Age.
  • There’s a great scenic walk to The Bridges at Ratlinghope, a gastro pub with an excellent local, seasonal menu. Or drive there (5 mins).
  • The family-run Kerry Vale vineyard offers tours & wine tasting, or come for lunch: a cheese platter and glass of wine.
  • Artsy guests will love the Gifted Crafts workshop (5 mins’ drive). They offer a range of courses from crocheting and book binding to pewter casting and clay-jewellery making (book in advance).
  • Hike the Long Mynd for views of the Shropshire Hills AONB and Welsh hills, taking in vast swathes awash with heather and herds of wild ponies. Stop for tea and cake at the National Trust tearooms in Carding Mill Valley, or picnic by the stream (30 mins’ drive).
  • The foodie town of Ludlow and historic Shrewsbury are both easy day trips.
  • The Brompton Cookery School runs pastry masterclasses, foraging, canapés and much more. Or sit back and let head chef Marcus Bean work his culinary magic with a 3-course seasonal menu at a special supper club (40 mins’ drive, book ahead).

Specifics.

  • Standalone cabin on a nature reserve
  • Central heating with radiators
  • Cosy sleeping nook with kingsize bed
  • Bathroom with rainfall shower; Conscious Skincare toiletries and waffle bathrobes
  • Open-plan kitchen/living area with cosy sofa corner
  • Full kitchen including fridge and small freezer, convection hob and oven, coffee machine and milk frother
  • Welcome basket of sweet treats, plus basic supplies
  • Games, cards, maps, books and yoga mat provided
  • Firepit, outdoor seating and wood-fired outdoor bath
  • No WiFi but sufficient phone signal
  • Parking 30m from the cabin
  • Sorry, no children or pets
  • The owner is available by phone should you need anything
  • Walk the scenic route to 2 local pubs (50-75 mins)
  • Drive to shops, food markets and pubs (5-25 mins)
  • Booking conditions: 2-night minimum stay
  • Remember to pack: walking boots/wellies, flipflops for walk from cabin to bathtub, insect repellent in summer

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FAQs.

The Bridges Inn, Rattlinghope

The Lowfield Inn, Marton

The Stiperstones Inn, Stiperstones

The Nags Head, Pontsebury

The Castle, Bishops Castle

Two are but it’s a 40-minute hike across the hills each way.

It is near the owners house, and direct access to trails, you may see walkers but these are occasional or not at all.

Yes, it’ll just take a little longer to get warm.

A starter fire kit is supplied which will heat the bath and make small fire pit fire, more can be bought on request £ 15.00 a box (contains kindling, wood and fire starters and lighters).

It’s only 30m from the car to the cabin door.

All linen and towels are included, we provide , body wash two dressing gowns and towels to use outside and throws for outside.

Kitchen rolls and Toilet rolls are provided.

The cabin is self-catered with pots, pans, utensils and knives provided.

We have a selection of tea bags, good quality coffee pods, milk, sugar (brown and white) salt and pepper, and olive and rape seed oil.

We have a small selection of products under the sink and extra rubbish bags.

Let us know if you’d like to and we’ll consider every case individually.

We don’t have many local taxi services but there are some:

Door to Door Travel is the easiest option – 07940 988951

Then Shrewsbury-based companies aren’t too far:

Go Cars – 01743 441144

Shrewsbury Taxi – 01743 242424

Check in is via lock box from 4pm and and check out is by 10.30.

No, we want you to be able to switch off and recharge in the beautiful surroundings.

As well as the booking emails, we set up a whats app group on the day of the stay and communicate via the app or text message. We like to maintain guests privacy and only enter the site if there is a request or an emergency.

You don’t need one but it would be useful.

The nearest train stations are:

Shrewsbury

Craven Arms

Church Stretton

They’re all about a 40-minute taxi ride to the cabin. There’s also a bus from  Shrewsbury followed by a 45 minute-walk (we have guests that do this sometimes). Or you can take the bus and then it’s a short five-minute cab to the cabin.

We have a little local shop attached to the pub in the Stiperstones village for essentials, which is five minutes in the car or 45 minutes walk.

The local garage and a small supermarket is 15 minutes in the car at Minsterley.

Churchstoke is 20 minutes away in the car and has a garage and a large supermarket.

Battlefield Farm Shop on the perimeter of Shreswbury.

Ludlow Farm shop café, and arts centre.

Shrewsbury and Ludlow are the largest with plenty to see and do.

Montgomery , Bishops Castle, and Church Stretton are all charming villages that aren’t too far away.

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