Superbly characterful little cottage that’s a favourite for minimoons
Bang on the border of three gloriously beautiful counties (Shropshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire) sits this beautiful rustic-chic cottage-for 2. Years ago, it was accommodation for the farm’s hop pickers; today it’s been thoroughly modernised, yet retains a cosy, characterful charm thanks to exposed brick walls and ancient beams. The farm itself is now a sprawl of purple-hellebored gardens, wild green meadows and peaceful woodland: 9 acres to wander at your will, listening for song-thrush, woodpeckers, even nightingales at dusk.
If you’re here for a short stay, simply revel in relaxing. Fill the rolltop tub with bubbles and read a magazine; share a bottle of wine as you rock in the twin chairs and sit out by the firebowl. We’d personally book for longer, though, as you’ll want to explore the unspoilt countryside. Foodie Ludlow is 8 miles away for independent restaurants and delis; closer by you can cycle the cider trail, wild swim in the River Teme or walk along heather-strewn heathlands, where views stretch forever.
Getting here: drive or train to Ludlow then taxi (15 mins).
- This area is an apple hotspot, all rolling green hills and pretty orchards. Local town Tenbury Wells is a perfect place to start the local cider route; borrow the owners’ bikes to do it, so you can wobble home legally (ish!).
- On a rainy day, wander Tenbury’s independents or catch a film at the Art Deco cinema.
- Georgian Ludlow is a foodie’s delight – brilliant restaurants and farmers’ markets. The owners’ favourite place to eat is The Cicchetti Bar, where menus are scrawled on brown paper bags.
- Mortimer Forest offers 1,000 acres of beautiful woodland trails. Or ramble across The Longmynd, with its stunning views of the Shropshire Hills. In late summer the hilltops are a sea of purple heather and you’ll see semi-wild herds of ponies.
- Wild swim in the River Teme, from shallow pools down to the weir. Treat yourself to coffee and cake at CSONS Green Café when you’ve finished. If it’s a cold day they’ll give you a hot-water bottle to warm up!