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Converted Stone Byre With Stunning Views of South Shropshire Hills.

Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Barn in Ratlinghope, Nr. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England - Peaceful Location With Walks From The Door

Birchope Byre is situated in spectacular walking country between the Long Mynd and Stiperstones. Birchope Byre is an idyllic peaceful rural retreat, with views from the private garden across farmland towards the dramatic rocky outcrop of Stiperstones. Situated in the grounds of the owner's former farmhouse, the stone cottage with slate roof was converted in 2002, from a barn used to house cows and chickens, using reclaimed materials, beautiful wood, terracotta tiles, Cotswold stone flooring and iron light fittings made by a local blacksmith. The cottage is attached at right angles to stables only used for storage.(Lockable storage for bikes by prior request). The cottage has been furnished with hand made furniture and fittings in elm and oak, and old farm implements add to the character. The cosy log burning stove and full central heating make Birchope Byre ideal at any time of the year, whether you are looking for an active family holiday, a romantic break or just somewhere to relax.

From the living room a double open plan staircase leads separately to each bedroom in the eaves.The cottage may be unsuitable for the elderly, infirm or very young children due to the nature of stairs/steps inside, and garden steps down to the cottage.Please enquire for further details.

The cottage is accessed half a mile up a farm track,-definitely 'Off the Beaten Track!'

The abundance of wildlife makes Birchope a special place to stay with the increasingly rare curlew and lapwing being seasonal visitors. Red kite and buzzards can be seen wheeling overhead as well as many unusual birds visiting the garden. On early summer mornings baby fox cubs have been glimpsed on the hill above the byre, hares running in the fields, and at night badgers may be spotted while driving up the track.

Please note, our start day is FRIDAY. Further details about short breaks can be found on Prices and Availability page,click on View all prices.Please contact owner via email or phone about short breaks.

More Details

Alison Hazell
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2017

About Alison Hazell

John and Alison moved from Hertfordshire where they were teaching, to Shropshire in 1992 and converted the former cow byre into the beautiful cottage it is today. John has hand made a lot of the fittings and furniture from oak and elm and the cottage has been finished with reclaimed materials and old farming implements. John now works as a furniture restorer and gardener, and Alison is a part time nursery teacher. Their love of gardening can be seen in their own garden which they have developed since they moved here. They look forward to welcoming you to beautiful and unspoilt Shropshire.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Can't imagine a better place to have stayed for our first visit to the area. We love what you've done to the byre-beautiful, imaginatively done and very well equipped. Great walks from the doorstep, but also at the Stiperstones and Long Mynd. Really liked Bury Ditches Hillfort, Bishop's Castle and the great pub at the Bridges. Thanks for everything."-Kitty and Pete, York.

"Brilliant design and craftsmanship isn't what you expect in self catering, but you find it here! Great location,- resident lapwing, redstarts and red kite a bonus. Far too much to enjoy in just one week. Many thanks."- Jane, Rowland and Claire,- Somerset.

"A brilliant place to stay-accommodation really first class. Great location-so peaceful. Have explored some amazing places and countryside. A really relaxing holiday."-Steve,- West Sussex.

"A truly magnificent cottage, full of many items of furniture which are works of art. We loved the peace and tranquility, the beautiful surroundings and the warm welcome."-Andrew, Amanda, Aidan and Liam- Hemel Hempstead.
Jun 2014
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Bishops Castle Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Steps from the kitchen access the luxurious bathroom. Victorian style roll top bath, separate shower, toilet, wash basin, W.C. terracotta floor and heated towel rail. The mirror is surrounded by reclaimed Gothic style carvings. Hand made oak door.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , The double bed is 4 ft. wide.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , A small cot 21 inches wide available on request.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a double bed with option on request for a small cot. Bedroom 2 is a family bedroom with a small double bed (4 foot wide) and a single bed. Both bedrooms are situated in the eaves, with beams and access to beds from one side only. 3 steps at the bottom of the staircase do not have a handrail.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • paragliding
Notes on accommodation: The cottage is half a mile up a farm track, in the grounds of the owners former farmhouse, partly attached to old stables and granary now used for storage. It is separated from the original farmhouse by a lawned garden which is not used by the owner when guests are in the barn to ensure privacy. Please note in snow or prolonged frost 4 wheel drive may be necessary;enquire for further details. Outside: Steps down from parking area to private paved and gravel garden with shrubs, flowers, garden table and chairs, with glorious views over fields. Utility Room: Steps from the kitchen lead to lobby area outside the bathroom,with hooks for coats and washer/dryer concealed behind door made from reclaimed oak and old hinges dug up from the garden. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. The property is fully cleaned before arrival. The guests are requested to leave the cottage in a clean and tidy state, as this helps us maintain our standards.


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(2 traveler reviews)

Converted Stone Byre With Stunning Views of South Shropshire Hills.
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Excellent cottage in beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Immaculate barn conversion, amazing attention to detail. Warm and cosy even in -6 conditions outside. Owners next door but felt private. Would definitely come here again - walks from the cottage, cosy days in, and lots to see nearby.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments. It was a pleasure to have you stay in the cottage. I look forward to welcoming you to Birchope again.
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Cosy ,warm place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Booked cottage/barn for a week to visit friends and family in shropshire ,barn is done to a very high standard and was very comfortable and lovely and warm.fantastic views from property near a great pub the Bridges.four wheel drive a must at this time of the year to access the property but a great escape in a beautiful area ,not to far from town.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. The risk of snow and frost at this time of year makes booking Birchope Byre a gamble, (hence the reasonable Winter prices) but we are happy to ferry guests up and down the track if necessary on arrival. And the snowy weather we have had does make the cottage a spectacular place to stay in the beautiful South Shropshire Hills. Hope to see you again soon.
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Ratlinghope is made up of scattered farms and cottages, but has a focus of activity at 'The Bridges' pub a mile along the road, or can be walked to via public footpaths across fields. A village shop and 2 pubs serving food are situated at Wentnor 2 and a half miles away. The nearby market town of Bishop's Castle is 9 miles away has a garage and supermarkets as well as more individual shops and galleries. Church Stretton is 5 miles away accessed over the Burway on the Long Mynd.

Further Details:

Conveniently situated between the historic towns of Shrewsbury and Ludlow. Nearby smaller towns of Church Stretton, Clun and Bishop's Castle are full of character, with fayres and festivals throughout the year. The renowned Three Tuns brewery and pub is worth a visit.

There are an abundance of National trust and English Heritage properties in the area. Historic houses such as Chirk Castle near Oswestry, the medieval moated manor house of Stokesay Castle and Powis Castle with its magnificent terraced gardens and stunning treasures are within easy reach.

Children have plenty to interest them with numerous farm attractions, Telford Town park with play equipment for every age, boating lake, and Wonderland; a magical journey through nursery rhymes, and indoor soft play area. For something to suit all ages a visit to Blists Hill, part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum is a must. While nearby visit the remains of Wroxeter Roman city for a fascinating glimpse into the past.

The Iron age hill fort of Bury Ditches and other pre-historic sites are easily accessible and the effects of the ice age can be seen in the meres of Ellesmere.

Venture into Wales to Montgomery, climb up to the castle or visit the museum, craft shops or enjoy lunch or tea in one of the tea shops. Head deeper into Wales to Lake Vyrnwy and the waterfall at Rhyader. A visit to the Welsh coast takes approximately 1hour 40 minutes, Aberdovey being a favourite spot to sit on the beach and watch the boats. Or visit King Arthurs Labyrinth or the Centre for Alternative Technology near Machynlleth.

Although Ratlinghope is a sparsely scattered hamlet, it has an interesting church, and a popular pub-'The Bridges' set by the River Onny, which serves good food and Three Tuns beer.

The village of Wentnor has a small shop which sells basic items for everyday needs as well as locally produced meat, pies, quiches, cakes, and ice creams. 'The Crown' and 'The Inn on the Green' serve good food and locally brewed beers.



Rates & Availability

Bishops Castle Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
End April
Apr 21 2017 - May 4 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
May 5 2017 - May 25 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Spring Bank Holiday
May 26 2017 - Jun 1 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 2 2017 - Jun 22 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
End June
Jun 23 2017 - Jul 13 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 18 2017 - Jul 20 2017
Changeover Day: Tuesday
3 night minimum stay
High Summer
Jul 21 2017 - Sep 7 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2017 - Sep 14 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
Sep 15 2017 - Sep 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late September
Sep 22 2017 - Sep 28 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 29 2017 - Oct 19 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
October Half Term
Oct 20 2017 - Oct 26 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
End of October
Oct 27 2017 - Nov 2 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Nov 3 2017 - Dec 14 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Dec 15 2017 - Dec 21 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 28 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
New Year
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 4 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
January Bargain!
Jan 5 2018 - Jan 18 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner directly about SHORT BREAK prices.

Changeover Day:
Friday start, arriving after 4p.m. and leaving by 10 am. Short breaks available of 3 nights or more.Please enquire for price.

Notes on prices:
FULL WEEKS range from £230 to £540. Friday start.
SHORT BREAKS are available between November and February, bookable 8 weeks in advance. Short breaks between March and June and September, October are bookable 1 month in advance. Price is 20% of the full weeks cost per night,minimum of 3 nights. Start nights Friday,Saturday, Sunday, Monday.

If you have to cancel, the deposit (or 1/3 of the cost) will not be refunded, any balance will only be refunded if we are able to rebook the holiday. You are advised to take out your own holiday insurance.
On receipt of final payment, we will send you route directions to the property and details concerning collection of keys.
For bookings made within 8 weeks of the holiday starting date, and short breaks, full payment is due on booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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