3 (all year)
The Old Shippon is in the quiet Shropshire village of Sambrook and only five minutes from Newport and Market Drayton. It's a lovely barn conversion with plenty of space for up to eight people to sleep in four bedrooms and a layout that works well for separate or extended families on holiday together. The cottage is one of three fantastic self-catering properties at Sambrook Manor that can be looked together to sleep up to 21 people in a high standard of comfort.
Rural Shropshire is a beautiful place to be in any season. The area around the cottage is a peaceful vista of rolling countryside with places like nearby Mill Pond and Slades Pool - once vital to the operation of the region's mills - now a lovely spot for a walk. Whether you're an avid long-distance walker or find that a mile suits you just fine, you'll find a variety of footpaths and cycling routes. The base of The Wrekin is 15-minutes by car from the cottage where, on a clear day, you can see an impressive 15 counties across England and Wales. Golf and horse riding are close by. There is an excellent choice of ponds for fishing within cycling or driving distance, the closest of which is Howel Pool, about a mile and a half from the cottage. Other facilities include those at Loynton, which has three lakes well stocked with trout and offers fly-fishing lessons, Baden Hall's 11 pools, Tern Fisheries, and Colehurst Lake. If your perfect day involves a full bait box, a comfy chair and a fishing rod or two, you'll love it here!
Market Drayton is around a 10-minute drive from the cottage. It has an excellent array of amenities that include supermarkets and a twice-weekly market every Wednesday and Saturday. An alternative is Fordhall Organic Farm Shop just outside of town, which is owned and managed by a community of local farmers and has some of the best produce in Shropshire. The beautiful Shropshire Union Canal flows through Market Drayton. Many guests staying at The Old Shippon take the opportunity to walk or cycle along the towpath to Tyrley Locks to watch canal boats navigate an impressive stretch with five locks. If you want a wider variety of places to eat, drink and shop, Newport is 10 minutes south of the cottage, while the larger town of Shrewsbury is around 45 minutes from the cottage with plenty to see and do.
Local attractions include National Trust properties like Attingham Park, Shugborough, Powis Castle and the Carding Mill Valley. English Heritage looks after sites like Lilleshall Abbey and Haughmond Abbey, both of which are perfect for picnics on a sunny day. Wroxeter is Britain's fourth-largest Roman city, or you can see Boscobel House and the Royal Oak, in which King Charles II hid after losing the Battle of Worcester in 1651. There are two UNESCO World Heritage sites within reach of Sambrook Manor Cottages for a day out. Ironbridge Gorge is a 20-minute drive, while Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is about an hour away. There are gorgeous gardens like those at Trentham Estate, zoos and theme parks that include the very popular West Midlands Safari Park, and the world-famous Potteries 25 miles away in Stoke-on-Trent.
The Old Shippon is available for holidays all year round with short breaks (minimum of three nights) possible depending on availability.
Sarah Mitchell joined Independent Cottages in February 2021
The Old Shippon is a beautifully converted barn with accommodation mostly on the ground-floor level with underfloor heating. The layout features two bedrooms on either side of the central living area, making it ideal for big families and two families sharing.
Outside: French doors open from the living room onto a paved terrace with a big outdoor dining table with chairs and a parasol where guests can sit and admire the uninterrupted views of the rolling fields. There is ample off-street parking.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen and bath towels are all provided. Please let the owner know when booking if the sofa bed will be required. Smoking and pets are not permitted. Extra tables and chairs can be provided if needed for larger group gatherings.
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