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The Cowshed at Cold Oak Farm, near Ludlow, Shropshire.

Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Barn in Ludlow, Shropshire, England - Converted old farm building in rural setting with spectacular views.

The Cowshed is a beautiful and idyllic holiday cottage. It is set within eleven acres of private pasture land, some of which is designated as a Shropshire wildlife site. Nestling on the west side of Clee Hill, The Cowshed is an ideal base from which to explore Shropshire, Herefordshire and the Welsh Marches. The area offers a wealth of interesting history, stunning countryside and sporting facilities. You can join public footpaths, including the Shropshire Way, just metres from The Cowshed. If you enjoy eating out, you'll be spoilt for choice irrespective of whether you prefer relaxing in a cosy pub or café or dining in an excellent restaurant.

To enquire about periods of fewer than, or more than, 7 nights or to book on-line direct (and with no booking fee) please visit our website

Sorry, no pets!

More Details

Property Manager
Brian and Gill Shacklock
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, german
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2017

About Brian and Gill Shacklock

Brian and Gill Shacklock

Moved to Shropshire in 2013 and opened The Cowshed.

Brian and Gill Shacklock purchased this barn in 2012

Why Brian and Gill Shacklock chose Shropshire

Unspoilt rural location, tranquil, beautiful views, only 4 miles from Ludlow.

What makes this barn unique

Stunning views over Ludlow and the Shropshire hills, privacy and rural location. Ideal for walkers, or just a relaxing break.

Guestbook comments from the manager

"A brilliant week! After walking in beautiful countryside The Cowshed is the perfect retreat. We could not have been made more comfortable. Thank you Gill and Brian for providing the perfect holiday home. Your thoughtfulness, attention to detail and hospitality are second to none."

Sue and Steve

Thank you Gill and Brian for providing such a wonderful base for a holiday, the letting is beautiful and the scenery spectacular.

This is the best cottage we have ever had in over 40 years of self-catering holidays. The quality and presentation is superb and we were most impressed with the cleanliness and attention to detail.

We hope to be back sometime.

Ian and Margaret

A perfect stay at a perfect house.

Lovely weather, great holiday.

We enjoyed it very much.

Thank you

Eva and Thomas
Jun 2013
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Ludlow Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 bedroom), king size bed. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom on mezzanine level, with king-size bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside units. Anti-allergy bedding provided.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Notes on accommodation: Oak flooring throughout and exposed ceiling timbers. Open plan. Welcome basket. It's as good as it looks on the photographs! Sorry, no pets or smoking. Outside: Private patio, on two levels, with garden furniture, small barbecue, shed. Access to pastures and orchard. Off road parking, secure area for cycles and motorbikes available. Utility Room: Washing machine located in large cupboard in entrance hall. Rotary dryer provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. Other: South-west facing sun room with conservatory furniture and French doors to patio.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

The Cowshed at Cold Oak Farm, near Ludlow, Shropshire.
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

Spacious, well equipped cottage great views

  • 5 of 5

The first thing to say is that we stay in cottages two or three times year around the UK and this is without question the finest we have stayed. We stayed late summer in this cottage set on the hillside with views over to Ludlow and beyond. It is very clean and well equipped and the cottage itself is large and built with beautiful materials including high oak beam ceilings. There is even a sun room from which to watch the sunset (and snooze in the afternoon!). Our hosts were very welcoming and helpful. If was our first visit to Shropshire and we found so much to see and do that we will return next year. Ludlow is a real hidden gem, great shops, restaurants and pubs - and contains the Ludlow Brewery which offers an excellent tour. It also contains a fantastic modern cinema with a bar where we watch Jason Bourne one afternoon then went out to dinner. We walked a lot and also visited Ironbridge for day - wish we'd had more time to visit all the museums...and do try the local pork pies. We saw the Flying Scotsman running on the Severn Valley Railway, and taking a steam train on this railway would be a great way to see the area.

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice comments. We hope to see you here soon, although we can't guarantee getting the Flying Scotsman nearby next time.
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Just lovely

  • 5 of 5

We found the Cowshed at the last minute and I am so glad we did. We have stayed in many cottages and this must be the best. It was so comfortable, clean and of a very high standard. It had everything you could possible need for a holiday in it and I just didn't want to go home.

The views are wonderful over towards Ludlow and I can think of nothing better than sitting reading a book in the sun room over looking the countryside. We also saw a weasel, pheasant, robin and an owl in our short stay.

The local area is lovely for walking and Ludlow for exploring too. You can walk to the nearest pub but it is about a 30 min walk. Brian even offered to pick us up which was a lovely gesture and much appreciated as I have a bad foot. We only went once as we preferred to stay in for the evenings and make the most of the lovely Cowshed while we were there, reading, drinking wine, chatting and playing Scrabble.

Brian and Gill were lovely hosts, and it was so nice to meet them and stop for a chat and a glass of wine. They really have thought of everything and the Cowshed is a top class holiday home. The wine, cow shaped shortbreads, milk and fruit were very welcome too.

I would highly recommend a holiday here to anybody and know that I'll be going back.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely feedback, much appreciated. We're so pleased that you enjoyed it here, as we do, and look forward to another opportunity to get together (over a glaas of something perhaps). We usually have the kettle on, so, if your passing...
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  • 5 of 5

A superb week in Shropshire thanks to Brian and Jill in what only be described as the best accommodation we have ever stayed in, (we have been to a few!) The Cowshed is kept in mint condition as if new, and has all you would need for a fantastic stay, the views are truly amazing and very peacefull. A great base to tour the Shropshire hills and towns,with ludlow 4.5 miles away.Highly recommended,

Dave and Diane Dillon-White

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased your enjoyed your stay here, we enjoyed meeting you and look forward to the next time. We fell in love with the property and the location at first sight, 3 years ago, and we're still living the dream. Finding this place gave us a new lifestyle and an enjoyable retirement (who said you had to slow down when you got to 65!) as well as making us some new friends. Thanks for the excellent review. Brian
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Absolutely fabulous cottage

  • 5 of 5

Cottage has absolutely everything one could wish for on holiday right down to the smallest detail. Excellent hosts, wonderful panoramic views, perfect place to relax a few miles from lovely Ludlow. Over 3 years not one criticism had been written in visitors book-says it all.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Brian, we're pleased you enjoyed your stay here. I hope you get a chance for a return visit.
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Brilliant accommodation!

  • 5 of 5

The location is brilliant with wonderful views. The cottage itself is extremely comfortable and has been renovated to a very high standard with good quality furniture and fittings. Fantastic cleanliness.There is everything you need to make your stay enjoyable. The sunroom is a bonus.Gill and Brian have provided an abundance of information on the local area, places to visit, eat etc. All the work has been done for you! The welcome pack of wine, shortbread, fresh fruit and flowers was a lovely touch. Despite the terrible weather we thoroughly enjoyed our stay as it's such a lovely place to relax.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for a lovely review. We hope you get the chance to visit again, and enjoy Shropshire in the sunshine.
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Really felt at home

  • 5 of 5

This place was just perfect. The first place we have stayed in where we felt just as happy staying in as going out. We are usually up and out when we stay away from home, but here we were quite happy to sit and relax in the sunroom. It was so clean and tidy we could easily have believed we were the first ever visitors. Our hosts had thought of everything, including the all-important teapot! We were treated to flowers, wine, fruit and home-made biscuits. There is a seat at the top of the hill which we used for coffee moments. The view from the sunroom was lovely, and our hosts even put bird feeders up for us to watch the birds, as if the view wasn't enough. We found the walks in the area meant that we could just leave the car here. We only used the car twice, once to get supplies from Tesco, and once to visit a friend. Ludlow is an easy walk, as is Titterstone Clee Hill which we walked up three times. The information folders Gill and Brian provided were really useful. Our bed at home is the comfiest in the world, and this one matched ours, so we had a good night's sleep every night. We were up for a couple of hours on lunar eclipse night, and the sky was perfect for stargazing, dark and clear, the nearest artificial lighting was Ludlow. Overall the perfect place for relaxing, walking, mooching, reading and chilling out. Not sure if we should submit this review as it may mean we can't get booked in the future, but hey-ho, let's take a chance.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a lovely review, we'd love to see you back here again in the future. Brian
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Rates & Availability

Ludlow Barn Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Full payment is required 8 weeks prior to your stay. A deposit of 20% is required to confirm the booking if made more than 8 weeks ahead of your arrival date. Payment can be made by bank transfer/FPS, cheque or PayPal/Credit Card - details will be forwarded via e-mail once the booking is confirmed. Please book via our own website,

Short breaks: Bookings can be made on-line if the start date is less than 3 weeks from the booking date (or by arrangement if outside this period).

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day is Saturday although we're flexible.
Departure is required by 10:00am and arrival after 16:00.

Short breaks can be any day for changeover.

Notes on prices:
See the owners' website for details of pricing.
Special offers/price reductions also available from time to time (logo displayed on our website when offer is available).
Short breaks, required more than 3 weeks in advance of booking date, can be accommodated. Please contact owners, via their website.

20% payment required within 7 days of booking
Remaining 80% 8 weeks before arrival.
Payment by FPS (bank transfer), cheque or PayPal (via our own website,

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Bromfield, Ludlow
Nearest Train
4.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Bennetts End
Car: necessary


Nearest airport: Birmingham (approx. 50 miles).

Nearest railway station: Ludlow (4.5 miles)

Car is essential.


Clee Hill: 2 miles

Tenbury Wells: 7 miles

Ludlow: 4.5 miles

Cleobury Mortimer: 8 miles

Hereford: 28 miles

Shrewsbury: 32 miles

Further Details:

The nearest shops are in Clee Hill (2 miles) which has a convenience store and post office, a superb bakery and two pubs. The historic market towns of Tenbury Wells and Cleobury Mortimer provide further facilities and Ludlow offers a wonderful range of individual shops, excellent food, regular markets, and interesting architecture (including a castle). Nearest pub 1.5 miles (30 minute walk).

The Cowshed is ideally situated for exploring the Shropshire Hills and surrounding countryside of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the Welsh Marches. If you like walking, you don't have to go far to join local footpaths and the Shropshire Way. There are too many attractions in the area to list, but they include castles, gardens, Severn Valley steam railway and Ironbridge. Leominster is the place to go for antiques and the cathedral in Hereford, which contains the medieval Mappa Mundi is worth a visit. A comprehensive selection of information leaflets and guides is available in The Cowshed to help you plan your holiday.


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