3 (all year)
The Old Granary is a gorgeous Grade II listed building in a fantastic location in the Shropshire countryside. Converted from a 17th century stone granary, it is a skilful blend of traditional charm and modern comforts, providing a high standard of accommodation for up to seven guests in four spacious bedrooms (the two doubles offer flexibility and can be made up as kings or twins). The cottage is in a peaceful location less than three miles east of Wigmore and the popular Oak Pub. Wigmore also has a fantastic village shop run by volunteers that stocks a great array of locally produced food and drink.
The historic town of Ludlow is six miles and a 15-minute drive away. As well as a wide range of shops and amenities, it has a large castle dating back to 1086, a beautiful Norman church, an excellent museum, a lovely park and a big reputation for fine dining. Ludlow is on the banks of the River Terne and fishing is a popular pastime. Ludlow Racecourse has a good calendar of events for race goers, and with 600 miles of byways and bridleways in the area, horse riding is a great way to enjoy the beautiful Welsh Marches.
There miles of footpaths and cycle routes that wind their way through the picturesquel countryside. Caynham Camp is an Iron Age hilltop fort with fantastic views over Ludlow and the Clee Hills, while Mortimer Forest has a range of waymarked trails to suit all abilities. The 30-mile Mortimer Trail starts (and ends) at Ludlow, while The Shropshire Way and Offa’s Dyke provide even more variety of trails and landscape to explore. Cyclists are also spoiled for choice with Mortimer Forest and Hopton Woods having good cross-country and downhill trails. Bridgwood's downhill course has hosted the National Championships and will give even the most experienced cyclist a thrill.
Other nearby attractions include the Severn Valley Railway which runs vintage steam trains along a route that follows the River Severn between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth. The magnificent gardens and romantic ruins of what was the most impressive country house in Shropshire at Witley Court are a lovely day out, and you can visit Ironbridge Gorge, Berrington Hall and its Capability Brown parkland, Stokesay Castle, Powis Castle, Croft Castle, and the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.
Hereford is an easy 25-mile drive as are Worcester and the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whether you are travelling with family or friends, a holiday at The Old Granary will be one you will always remember with a smile.
Gill and Robert Bilbrough joined Independent Cottages in January 2018
The owners of The Old Granary have maintained its charm and character by seamlessly integrating modern conveniences such as efficient central heating, WiFi and appliances. The neutral palette complements the natural materials like oak floorboards and stone walls to create a tranquil oasis where you and your loved ones can completely relax.
Outside: The private garden has a patio area with seating, as well as a table and chairs and a barbecue in the old orchard. A range of outdoor games are provided. There is secure storage for bikes and golf clubs, and off-street parking.
Additional Information: All utilities, linen and towels are included. The cottage has oil-fired central heating, and the owners provide a welcome basket of logs for the log burner. Short breaks are possible depending on availability. No smoking. Sorry but no pets.
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