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Converted Stone Byre With Stunning Views of South Shropshire Hills.

Shrewsbury, UK
  • Barn
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights

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. Reclaimed materials, beautiful wood, terracotta tiles, Cotswold stone flooring and iron light fittings made by a local blacksmith all add to the individual nature of the cottage. 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 family bedroom has a small double bed and a single bed. The double room has a double bed with space for a cot (on request) suitable for a small baby.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.

Steps lead up from the kitchen/diner to the luxury bathroom with Victorian style roll top bath and radiator, toilet, washbasin, separate shower, terracotta floor tiles and heated towel rail. Gothic style church carving around the mirror is echoed in the hand crafted door.

The cottage is accessed half a mile up a farm track,-definitely 'Off the Beaten Track!' Please note 4 wheel drive may be required in severe frost or snow.May be gates to open-may need wellies! Please enquire further.

Mobile phone reception is difficult at the cottage-ideal if you want to escape and relax, though wi-fi is available.

The cottage is attached at right angles to stables only used for storage.(Lockable storage for bikes by prior request),and is separated from the owners house by a lawned area not in use when guests are in the cottage to ensure privacy.

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.

All bedding,towels and electricity are included in the price. First bag of logs included, further bags can be purchased from the owner.

Please note, our start day is FRIDAY.


Alison Hazell

Member Since 2014
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 10, 2018
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.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double, 1 baby crib, A small cot 21 inches wide available on request.
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double, 1 twin/ single, The double bed is 4 ft. wide.
      • 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, but there is a grabhandle made from a reclaimed metal bar for support.


      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Rural


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Open plan living room has Clearview wood burner manufactured locally. There is a colour T.V with DVD recorder and video player. There is a wireless internet point in this room. Leather sofa, sofa with cotton covers and wicker chair with cushions.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      Beds made up ready for your arrival.
                    • Heating
                      Oil fired central heating.
                    • Parking
                      For 2 cars maximum.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Tumble Dryer
                      Combined washer/dryer
                    • Washing Machine
                      Combined washer/dryer.
                    • Wood Stove
                      Locally made Clearview stove. Initial amount of logs supplied. Further logs can be purchased.


                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                          Kitchen/dining area has fitted pine units with Belfast sink, Cotswold stone floor, and granite worktops. Electric cooker, fridge with small freezer compartment, microwave, kettle, toaster. Old pine sideboard, table and reclaimed pew add to the character.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Electric oven.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Refrigerator with ice making compartment.
                        • Stove
                          Electric hob.
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Dining table with pew and 2 chairs is in the open plan kitchen. Further chair available on request.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                  Books about the area are provided.
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  Board and card games available.
                                • Television
                                  Television with integral DVD player.
                                • Toys


                                    • Golf
                                      Golf course in the stunning setting above Church Stretton, approximately 5 miles away. Other golf available in Ludlow 15 miles to the south.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Paved and gravel garden with shrubs and flowers overlooking farmland. Note garden steps down to the cottage do not have a handrail.


                                        • 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. 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.

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          3 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Excellent cottage in beautiful location

                                                          Amy L.

                                                          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.

                                                          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.

                                                          Cosy ,warm place to stay

                                                          MagFrance and uk Suffolk

                                                          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.

                                                          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.

                                                          Lovely cottage

                                                          Alice M.

                                                          Certainly worth a visit!


                                                          Shrewsbury, UK

                                                          Distances: 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. Walking on the Stiperstones and the Long Mynd is accessible from the cottage for those experienced walkers, or can be driven to in the car. The Long Mynd has the added attraction of Carding Mill Valley with its stream for children to play in, and pavillion tea rooms and National Trust gift shop. 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. PLEASE NOTE PRICES PER NIGHT ARE BASED ON FRIDAY START AND FOR FULL WEEKS. PRICES FOR SHORT BREAKS NEED TO BE ENQUIRED ABOUT DIRECTLY WITH OWNER.


                                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                                          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 £280 to £650. 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.

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                                                          For booking assistance, call 888-829-7076

                                                          Property # 8155131