This old cottage town house is located in Bishops Castle, a very small, pretty market town in the Shropshire hills with a good selection of amenities within walking distance. Bailey End sleeps eight guests comfortably and can accommodate up to nine in five bedrooms.
The town of Bishops Castle has no through road running through it making it quiet and safe. It is surrounded by lovely rolling countryside which provides some great walks from the front door. There are also some lovely walks in Offa's Dyke and the Long Mynd which are just four miles away, along with Stiperstones and the Corndon hills.
Ludlow and Shrewsbury are within easy driving distance and the Welsh coastline and Snowdonia are approximately sixty miles away. The Welsh border is four miles.
Whilst smaller than many villages, Bishops Castle provides all the amenities you will need for a holiday or short break including a deli, butcher's shop, grocery store, post office, chemist, antique and second hand book shops to browse and even a shop to buy walking gear. There are also a selection of places to eat and good pubs serving food (two of which brew their own beer).
For those who want to explore Shropshire and its many delights, Ludlow is just eighteen miles to the South and Shrewsbury twenty five to the North - both having their own castles and other historic attractions. Ludlow, well known for its Michelin-starred restaurants and food market, has become a centre for food tourism, and has a large local produce centre on the edge of the town. Shrewsbury has a mediaeval centre, an abbey (which is the location of the "Caedfel" mystery novels by Ellis Peters) and lovely walks alongside the river.
Other interesting smaller towns nearby include: Clun (six miles) with its good pubs and unusual ruined castle on a steep mound; the pretty Welsh town of Montgomery (nine miles) with a spectacular ruined hill-top castle and long stretching views into Wales; Much Wenlock (twenty three miles) with its ruined priory and lovely black-and-white half-timbered houses; and the industrial archaeology centre of Ironbridge (thirty miles), the cradle of the industrial revolution with its activities and sites such as a reconstructed Victorian village.
Charles Wentzel joined Independent Cottages in February 2010
This old street house dates back to the 17th century, with large parts being rebuilt in the 19th century. It still retains a great deal of character with some exposed beams and some original flagstone and tiled floors.
Outside: The house has a "garden/field" enclosed by hedging which is a great place for children to let off steam - to get to this you need to go approximately fifty yards down a footpath. There is also a mews courtyard which the house backs onto (not suitable for ball games) with a locked store room (not safe for children).
Additional information: Heating is by night storage heaters and electric heaters, as well as by the wood-burning stove. The water is heated by off-peak electricity (a boost is available during the day). Uncovered duvets are provided and you are welcome to bring your own linen. Alternatively, if you would like beds to be made up for your arrival, this can be arranged at a cost of £4.00 per bed. There is a payphone. There are fairly steep steps to access the kitchen and dining area, making the property not suitable for those with mobility problems (although they should not pose a problem for 'active elderly'). Wood for the stove is included but electricity is charged per unit. Letting is usually from Saturday to Saturday during the period from the end of March to early September, and from Friday to Friday for the rest of the year (the owners may be able to be flexible with this and also offer short breaks so please contact them to discuss your requirements).
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