Newly Converted I Bedroom
The conversion of an 1830's derelict blacksmith's cottage into "Anvil Cottage" was only completed in June 2015.Many of the original features have been retained including the main "A" frame of the structure.What has been a labour of love to restore the old derelict building,has produced a very cosy yet practical space.There is everything that 2 people could want for a holiday in the north Shropshire countryside.
There is a lovely,comfortable double bedroom with hanging wardrobe and a chest of drawers.
There is a shower/wc just off the main living space.
The good sized kitchen/living area has solid oak patio doors leading out onto a seating area.The doors allow plenty of natural light into the cottage as a whole.
Outside,there is quite a large gravelled area with space for 2 cars and a small lawn.The garden looks out over a meadow that is home to plenty of wildlife for all you nature lovers.
About 200 yards away is the Shropshire Union canal which is great for walking and cycling along, a further 200 yards takes you into Wales.
Lower Blackoe farm, where the owners of Anvil Cottage live, is just up the lane in case you ever need any help.We have a 5 caravan cl Caravan Club site on the opposite side of he road, which is useful if you want to share a holiday with caravanning friends or relatives. We also have a vintage caravan called Roberta for rental on the adjoining meadow that provides additional accommodation for 2 people.
The cottage is in a farming community so there is always things to see depending on the seasons.
About a 10 mins drive from the cottage is the Fenns and Whixall mosses that is a National Nature Reserve.About 10 mins drive away in the opposite direction is Brown Moss nature reserve that is very popular with bird watchers.
All in all if you're looking for a taste of the countryside you can't go far wrong in booking a holiday or short break to Anvil Cottage or Roberta for that retro get away!
There is WIFI at the cottage and in Roberta.
THE WASHING MACHINE/ TUMBLE DRYER,SHOULD YOU WISH TO USE THESE FACILITIES,ARE LOCATED IN AN OUT BUILDING AND NOT IN THE COTTAGE.
Top Traveller Review
One Week Break
Overall a great place to stay for a peaceful break.
About the Owner
About CELIA AND DAVE SMITH
HELLO.DAVE AND CELIA SMITH HAVE LIVED ON LOWER BLACKOE FARM, WHICH IS A SMALLHOLDING OF 15 ACRES,FOR 8 YEARS."ANVIL COTTAGE" WAS RESURRECTED FROM A DERELICT BLACKSMITHS INTO WHAT IS NOW A 1 X BEDROOMED COTTAGE AS OF JUNE 2015.WE BOTH GREW UP IN CHESHIRE AND DAVE IS FROM FARMING STOCK! WE KEEP 3 COWS AS PETS,1 DOG CALLED BUTTONS,2 HORSES NAMED ANNA AND ELLIE. WE MAKE OUR OWN HAY USING IMPLEMENTS FROM THE 1950's;,AN OLD MASSEY FERGUSON CALLED PLOD WHO HAS NEVER LET US DOWN AND OLD TURNERS AND BALERS.WE LIVE HERE WITH OUR DAUGHTER AS ALL THE OTHERS HAVE GROWN UP AND MOVED AWAY,SOME TO FAR FLUNG PLACES! WE LOVE THE PEACE AND TRANQUILITY OF THE PLACE BUT IT'S ALSO NICE TO BE ABLE TO JUST POP INTO WHITCHURCH WHICH IS ONLY 2 MILES AWAY,WHERE YOU'LL FIND ALL YOU NEED.3 LARGE SUPERMARKETS,A CHEMIST,LOTS AND LOTS OF LOVELY PUBS AND RESTAURANTS,SWIMMING BATHS,CLOTHING SHOPS ETC.WHITCHURCH IS THE OLDEST MARKET TOWN IN SHROPSHIRE AND DATES BACK TO ROMAN TIMES.THERE IS A TRAIL THAT YOU CAN TAKE THAT TELLS YOU THE HISTORY OF IT.
CELIA AND DAVE SMITH purchased this cottage in 2007
Why CELIA AND DAVE SMITH chose England
ANVIL COTTAGE IS IDEAL FOR NATURE LOVERS AS IT IS SET IN BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE, TEEMING WITH WILD LIFE AND A SHORT DRIVE AWAY FROM NATIONAL NATURE RESERVES, YET YOU CAN BE IN THE NEAREST TOWN IN 5 MINUTES BY CAR.WHITCHURCH TRAIN STATION CAN TAKE YOU TO CREWE WHERE YOU CAN ACCESS MOST OF BRITAIN!SHREWSBURY,IN THE OTHER DIRECTION, IS ONLY A 30 MINS TRAIN JOURNEY AND IS WELL WORTH A VISIT. MAJOR CITIES SUCH AS CHESTER AND LIVERPOOL ARE ALL WITHIN A 30 - 40 MINUTES DRIVE AWAY.
What makes this cottage unique
PEACE AND QUIET(WELL FOR MOST OF THE TIME,DEPENDING ON THE SEASON!) IS THE REASON WE LOVE THE AREA.FRESH AIR AND NUMEROUS WALKING AND NATIONAL CYCLING ROUTES FOR LOVERS OF THE GREAT OUTDOORS.DEARNSFORD LAKE ISN'T FAR AWAY WHERE TRIATHLETES COME FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO TAKE PART IN NATIONAL COMPETITIONS.THE LAKE HAS NUMEROUS EVENTS ON ALL YEAR FOR PEOPLE WITH ALL SORTS OF INTERESTS.2 MINUTES WALK FROM THE COTTAGE AND YOU ARE ON THE SHROPSHIRE UNION CANAL.OUR LAND GOES DOWN TO THE CANAL AND WE HAVE SPENT MANY AN HOUR IN OUR CANOE GETTING IN THE WAY OF THE CANAL BOATS!WE AND ANYBODY WHO RENTS THE COTTAGE CAN FISH ON THE CANAL FROM OUR FIELD.YOU DO HAVE TO HAVE A FISHING LICENSE THOUGH.
WE ONLY HAVE ENOUGH ROOM IN THE COTTAGE FOR 1 x SMALL DOG.
Friday is the preferred changeover day with arrival from 15.30 - earlier arrival needs to be agreed with the owners - departure is by 11.00. Any short-term (minimum of 2 nights) to be arranged with the owners.
CANCELLATIONS MUST BE CONFIRMED VIA EMAIL.
ALL DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
ANY CANCELLATIONS FOLLOWING THE PAYMENT OF THE BALANCE WILL LEAD TO 50% REFUND OF THE BALANCE..
We do not request a security deposit but expect any breakages to be paid for.
Celia and Dave hope that you choose to book our cottage and that you thoroughly enjoy your stay.
(16 traveller reviews)
One Week Break
The cottage is situated in a very quiet and rural lane, it is very clean and well equipped. It makes a good base with lots of places to visit, these include Whitchurch, Chester, North Wales, Shrewsbury and Canals etc. Note, the only query we found was finding the washing machine, this is not in the cottage but can be found just up the road in the old dairy which is in the entrance of the owners property.
Overall a great place to stay for a peaceful break.
Superb little cottage that is extremely well-equipped and located in an idyllic country spot.
Very welcoming owners who were useful whenever we had questions and were as helpful as they could be with a wifi issue that was not their fault. Although it feels remote, the cottage is very close to the major roads that take you to the sights in this beautiful part of the country. Highly recommended for a couple wanting a relaxing getaway.
We enjoyed our stay at Anvil Cottage lovely location the cottage was well furnished but we were surprised there was no washing machine as in details on web
Very clean and tidy, although compact, but had everything you would need for a short or long stay.
Very peaceful and relaxing stay ,well out of the way, an ideal location to get away from the rat race or explore the surrounding areas.
Not disturbed in any way by the owners and left to our own devices , unless we needed anything , which we only had to ask.
Although WIFI is available ,we had limited mobile phone connectivity, but that made it more of a relaxing break.
Thank you Tom & Sue
Over all very good Dave and celia very friendly we enjoyed our stay would reccommend it to all
A lovely cottage in a peaceful location
We have just spent a week in this lovely cottage and it was everything we could have hoped for. A very peaceful location with lovely views and a very short stroll to the banks of the Shropshire Union Canal where my husband fished and I read my books. The cottage has been thoughtfully designed with everything needed for a self catering stay. The owner, Celia, who lives just up the lane was unobtrusive, but very helpful when asked, a perfect combination! Our best day out was to the Iron Bridge, followed by a very short car journey to the Victorian Town, both highly recommended.
Many thanks for a great holiday.
From the Owner
“ANVIL COTTAGE IS IDEAL FOR NATURE LOVERS AS IT IS SET IN BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE, TEEMING WITH WILD LIFE AND A SHORT DRIVE AWAY FROM NATIONAL NATURE RESERVES, YET YOU CAN BE IN THE NEAREST TOWN IN 5 MINUTES BY CAR.WHITCHURCH TRAIN STATION CAN TAKE YOU TO CREWE WHERE YOU CAN ACCESS MOST OF BRITAIN!SHREWSBURY,IN THE OTHER DIRECTION, IS ONLY A 30 MINS TRAIN JOURNEY AND IS WELL WORTH A VISIT. MAJOR CITIES SUCH AS CHESTER AND LIVERPOOL ARE ALL WITHIN A 30 - 40 MINUTES DRIVE AWAY.”
Activity and Interests
THE AREA IS EXCELLENT FOR CYCLING AND WALKING.THE NEAREST GOLF COURSE IS HILL VALLEY AND HAWKESTONE PARK IS ABOUT 10 MILES AWAY.THE SHROPSHIRE UNION CANAL IS ONLY 200 METRE AWAY.FENNS AND WHIXALL MOSSES ARE ABOUT A MILE AWAY AND ARE NATIONAL NATURE RESERVES.MANY OTHER AREAS OF NATURAL BEAUTY ARE NEARBY AND THE BEGINNING OF THE SAND STONE TRAIL IS A SHORT DRIVE AWAY. 5 MINUTE DRIVE FROM ISCOYD PARK AND 15 MINUTES FROM HAWKSTONE PARK.
From the Owner
“PEACE AND QUIET(WELL FOR MOST OF THE TIME,DEPENDING ON THE SEASON!) IS THE REASON WE LOVE THE AREA.FRESH AIR AND NUMEROUS WALKING AND NATIONAL CYCLING ROUTES FOR LOVERS OF THE GREAT OUTDOORS.DEARNSFORD LAKE ISN'T FAR AWAY WHERE TRIATHLETES COME FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO TAKE PART IN NATIONAL COMPETITIONS.THE LAKE HAS NUMEROUS EVENTS ON ALL YEAR FOR PEOPLE WITH ALL SORTS OF INTERESTS.2 MINUTES WALK FROM THE COTTAGE AND YOU ARE ON THE SHROPSHIRE UNION CANAL.OUR LAND GOES DOWN TO THE CANAL AND WE HAVE SPENT MANY AN HOUR IN OUR CANOE GETTING IN THE WAY OF THE CANAL BOATS!WE AND ANYBODY WHO RENTS THE COTTAGE CAN FISH ON THE CANAL FROM OUR FIELD.YOU DO HAVE TO HAVE A FISHING LICENSE THOUGH. WE ONLY HAVE ENOUGH ROOM IN THE COTTAGE FOR 1 x SMALL DOG.”
- Away From It All
- Farm Holidays
- Garage ...
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer ...
- Washing Machine ...
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items
- Refrigerator ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- non smoking only
- live theatre
- recreation centre
- bird watching
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- 30 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Shower room
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon
- Double bedroom
- We will make you very welcome. At the spot where you get lost if you use your Sat Nav - follow the sign for Blackoe, take the first left at the T junction and we are the third property on the left.