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The Cowshed, a tranquil retreat in the heart of rural Shropshire.

Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


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:
19 May, 2018

About Brian and Gill Shacklock

Brian and Gill Shacklock

Moved to Shropshire in 2013 and opened The Cowshed.

Can't believe our luck!

Brian and Gill Shacklock purchased this barn in 2012

Why Brian and Gill Shacklock chose Ludlow

Unspoilt rural location, tranquil, beautiful views, only 4 miles from Ludlow. Set in 10 acres of pasture land.

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. A short distance from the historic town of Ludlow.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Ludlow in Bitterley

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2 ...
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please provide details of the second person staying (if applicable), and nationalities of all guests, to the Owners at
  • It is assumed that, by booking through Owners Direct, the Owners Terms and Conditions are accepted. Download from
  • Please contact the owners, approximately two days before your arrival, to receive the code to open the main gate to the property.
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
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room, with large shower, on ground floor. Sorry no bath.
  • 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
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse 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.


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The Cowshed, a tranquil retreat in the heart of rural Shropshire.
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

A peaceful, relaxing stay at the Cow Shed. Really lovely

  • 5 of 5

When we arrived at the Cow Shed, we had a very nice greeting from the Shacklocks, who made us feel very welcome. The cottage was clean and tidy and the interior impressive, the bed was very comfortable and we loved the place! In addition to the cottage itself, the surrounding countryside is peaceful and beautiful with a great view. The cottage is a short drive from Ludlow, and we made the most of our time here with trips to Stokesay Castle, Ludlow Castle and restaurants and much more! We'd love to come back again in the future. Many thanks again for your hospitality and professionalism. Would definitely recommend to others.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. We're pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again if you're able to return.
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  • 5 of 5

The owners were there to greet us on our arrival,a smashing couple .They gave us a tour and lots of information about places to visit and eating out .

We can't praise The Cow Shed enough it was spotlessly clean and a credit to the owners .

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the unprompted feedback, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope you can visit again in the future. You were perfect guests ☺
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A beautiful cottage in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

The Cow Shed is a delightful place and Brian & Gill are delightful and very thoughtful hosts.

The cottage feels lovely, partly because the conversion has been done to the highest standards, using traditional, natural materials (mostly oak), and partly because the fittings and equipment are just what you'd choose for yourself. Everything is provided for, nothing is overlooked and, whether inside or out, everything is just right - even the sunshine!

This was our second visit and there will be more.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A perfect place to relax and chill.

  • 5 of 5

It was perfect. The accommodation, setting, facilities and décor was excellent. We were greeted by Brian and Gill who showed us around and had a lovely welcome package of milk, fruit, wine and 2 homemade shortcake biscuits in the shape of cows, delicious. Everything we needed was there as were full instructions (which is an added bonus). Beautifully decorated and immaculately clean and the layout of the interior is just perfect. The sunroom is the place to watch for birds and rabbits plus we saw buzzards flying overhead or sitting up on the pylon looking down for its prey. We had a super relaxing time and completely recharged our batteries. The facilities are second to none and the shower is fantastic. Brian and Gill were there if we had a question otherwise they left us alone. We visited the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct; amazing, and had afternoon tea after visiting Ludlow Castle The market in Ludlow is different most days and we bought some marmite flavoured cheese! Love it! The weather was typically British; showers and sun, but it didn't spoil things for us. Would we go again? You bet we would.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much, we hope to see you again in the future. And thanks for leaving The Cowshed clean and tidy.
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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.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 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.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 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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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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Ludlow, Heart of England

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Nov 2018 - 18 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
19 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2019 - 31 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jun 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
1 Jul 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

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.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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