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



Updated: 25-Oct-2016
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 www.thecowshed.website.

Sorry, no pets!

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Brian and Gill Shacklock

Moved to Shropshire in 2013 and opened The Cowshed.

Speaks English, French, German

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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18 Reviews

based on 18 holidaymaker reviews



  • 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

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: 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.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: 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.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: 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.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: 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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The perfect holiday rental

  • 5 of 5

The accommodation is to the highest possible standard - beautifully designed, spotlessly clean and extremely comfortable. We have never stayed in a holiday cottage of this standard. The setting is extremely tranquil with beautiful far reaching views. The owners were very welcoming providing wine, fruit and home made biscuits on arrival - a lovely touch. A truly memorable stay. Thank you Brian and Gill!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a lovely review, we'd love to have you back here anytime. Brian and Gill
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Wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We have been travelling around the UK for 3 months and we can honestly say this is a great place to stay. The layout of the cowshed is perfect, we were appreciative of the laundry area, separate sunroom, comfortable bed, the best shower and cleanliness was of the highest standard. Brian and Gill had thought of everything and we couldn't have been happier.

There is a superb view from the sunroom overlooking Ludlow and the town is only a short drive away. Lots of shops with a nice village feel about the place.

We wouldn't hesitate to go back as we were able to sightsee all day and come home and relax and when we had a rainy day we enjoyed staying put and catching up with paperwork and emails or just reading in the sunroom.

Thankyou to Brian and Gill for extending our stay and your warm hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review, we'd love to have you back sometime if you venture near these shores again. It was a pleasure being your hosts. We hope you enjoy the rest f your travels around Europe. Brian and Gill
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From the Owner

Unspoilt rural location, beautiful view, only 4 miles from Ludlow.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Birmingham at 50 Miles Nearest Train : Ludlow at 4.5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Bennets End at 2.5 Kilometres 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.


Rental rates

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

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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.

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

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

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

Property Type

  • barn


  • 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
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • hiking


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room, with large shower, on ground floor. Sorry no bath.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • 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.


  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • 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.

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