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Secluded Detached Stable / Barn Conversion On The Border Of Shropshire And Wales

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Updated: 29-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Cottage in Rhydycroesau, Nr. Oswestry, Shropshire, England - Rural Retreat For Two, Ideal For A Relaxing Break In The Midst Of Beautiful Countryside

The Stable is a detached hideaway nestling on the side of a small, secluded valley in rural North Shropshire looking out across the rolling Welsh hills with the Berwyn Mountains beyond.

The sympathetic conversion from a small, traditional stable block has retained its original looks on the outside whilst on the inside it is a modern and well-equipped cottage. The accommodation is light and airy in the warm summer months and the under-floor heating in the kitchen and shower room as well as a wood-burner and electrical heating in the lounge provide a snug and cosy atmosphere when the weather turns chilly. The Stable has beautiful surroundings and has all the facilities needed for a peaceful and relaxing holiday.

Situated at the edge of the owners’ large, landscaped garden, the property is approached down a private, tarmacked track where there is parking area for vehicles a few metres from the property. It has its own private, neatly-fenced and hedged garden with several trees and a variety of plants, patio pots and hanging baskets. A secluded patio area, with table and chairs, provides a relaxing place to sit and enjoy the views to the hills. An ideal place for bird-watching with a large variety of birds visiting the bird-feeders. The Welsh hills provide a stunning backdrop for spectacular sunsets and the nights can provide crystal clear conditions for star gazing.

There are numerous local walks from the doorstep into the surrounding woodland and open hills giving views into Wales, Shropshire and beyond. Information and maps provided in The Stable give details of these walks and other places to visit.

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About the Owner

Jean Blake
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
29 March, 2017

About Jean Blake

I am Jean Blake. My husband and I, together with our three boys, moved to Tanygraig Ucha over twenty years ago. Three years ago we converted our stable into quality self-catering accommodation for guests so that they could also enjoy the beautiful rural surroundings that we have enjoyed for so long. We have recently both retired from school teaching and now have more time to give to our eleven acres on the Shropshire/Wales border.

We are both keen gardeners and also enjoy walking with our dog Bracken in the surrounding countryside and travelling.

34 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(34 traveller reviews)


Lovely cottage in a beautiful peaceful setting.

  • 5 of 5

We received a warm welcome to Stable Cottage and the little extra touches, ie the home baked fruitcake and fresh flowers were appreciated.The cottage itself was lovely, comfortable, beautifully furnished and the log burner ensured we enjoyed cosy evenings.It was a pleasure to see how many different species of birds visited the bird feeders in the garden, plus two cheeky squirrels ! and we were also visited by two pheasants, who wandered up and down, just on the other side of the garden fence.We had a two night stay and squeezed in a visit to Oswestry, Shrewsbury and also a woodland walk, as there are lovely walks on the doorstep.Just wished we could have stayed longer and would definitely return and recommend the property to others.Sue & Joe. The Ribble Valley Lancashire.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're pleased that you enjoyed your stay and enjoyed observing the large variety of birds that visit the garden. We look forward to your return visit.
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Absolutely first class

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is exactly as described, in fact even better than we imagined. The accommodation itself has been converted to a very high standard indeed and the location is outstanding, stunning views and so peaceful, quiet and secluded - the perfect little retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and somewhere you can really unwind and recharge your batteries. Nick and Jean are the perfect hosts, warm and friendly, contactable and helpful if you need them but not intrusive in anyway, and the coffee and cake provisions on arrival were a lovely touch. We can't recommend this accommodation or the hosts highly enough. Hopefully see you again soon :-)

  • Review Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely place to stay in a stunning location.

  • 5 of 5

Jean and Nick have done an amazing job of converting the stable. They were very accommodating and there if/when we needed them (we actually didn't as the barn was so well resourced!). We enjoyed some lovely recommended walks and had a relaxing time in front of the wood stove. A perfect way to start the new year!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We throughly enjoyed our stay at the Stable, the property is stunning and the location is beautiful we hope to visit again soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Stable has something different to offer during every season. We hope you will be able to visit again in the near future.
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Peaceful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Perfect stay. Very cosy and in beautiful surroundings. Lovely walks straight from the door. Owners very friendly and left us delicious cake!

Just what we wanted for a quiet New Years Eve. Would stay again.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect place away from it all

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful little place to relax and enjoy the area, it is tucked away from it all, but with easy reach of local attactions and towns. It has amazing views across the hills and open countyside, widelife all around you.

Great hosts, just the right balance of support and leaving us alone to enjoy their cottage. The cottage is small, but well designed, warm and comfortable. I am sure We will stay again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Liverpool at 52 Miles Nearest Golf : Oswestry at 4 Miles Nearest Train : Gobowen Station at 6 Miles Nearest Motorway : M54 at 34 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Pen Y Dyffryn at 0.7 Miles Car: recommended


Offa's Dyke Path - 1 mile

Oswestry Market Town & Hill Fort - 3 miles

Chirk Castle - 5 miles

Chirk Aqueduct - 5 miles

Cadair Berwyn (830m mountain summit) - 9 miles

Pistyll Rhaeadr (said to be the highest waterfall in Wales) - 11 miles

Ellesmere & surrounding meres - 11 miles

Erddig House & Country Park - 12 miles

Powis Castle & Gardens - 15 miles

Llangollen - 16 miles

Lake Vyrnwy - 18 miles

Shrewsbury - 22 miles

Lake Bala - 27 miles

Chester & Zoo - 30 miles

Ironbridge - 40 miles

Further Details:

There are shops, supermarkets, banks, pubs and cafes in Oswestry. There are several country inns that serve excellent food within easy driving distance.

Places To Visit:

Offa’s Dyke & Old Racecourse. Long distance path easily accessed with car parking. Ideal for walking and tremendous views of the Welsh hills, Shropshire and beyond.

Oswestry Market Town. An indoor and outdoor market on Wednesdays. A large Iron Age hill fort with marked walks and information boards. The Heritage Centre provides useful tourist information.

The British Ironworks Centre and Shropshire Sculpture Park.

Aquaducts. Thomas Telford designed dramatic bridges at Chirk and Trevor carrying the Llangollen canal over the Ceiriog and Dee valleys. Footpaths continue along the canals.

Pistyll Rhaeadr. Highest waterfall in Wales. In the heart of the Berwyn Mountains with walks into the hills. A longer hike to the summit of Cadair Berwyn.

The Meres. Ellesmere is surrounded by several meres with walks around them including canals and woodland. Lots of wildlife on the water and in the surrounding woods.

National Trust Properties.

Chirk Castle. A Welsh castle with a medieval tower and dungeon. Award-winning gardens with herbaceous borders, shrub and rock gardens. A terrace with stunning views across the Cheshire and Shropshire plains.

Erddig . Acclaimed as one of Britain's finest 18th-century historic houses. Outside, an impressive range of outbuildings in a formal garden and romantic landscaped park.

Powis Castle. World-famous garden, overhung with clipped yews, shelters, rare and tender plants. High on a rock above terraces, originally a medieval fortress. Treasures from India displayed in the museum.

Attingham Park. The Mansion is at the heart of this estate between Shrewsbury and the River Severn in beautiful parkland. Home to a wide range of wildlife. Walled garden and miles of beautiful walks.

Bodnant Gardens.World-famous garden with botanical collections. Plants from all over the world collected over a century ago, with splendid views to Snowdon

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2017
11 Mar 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer 2017
24 Jun 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Autumn 2017
16 Sep 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas/New Year 2017/18
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is preferably Saturday but this is flexible depending on other bookings. Weekend or midweek breaks of 2 or 3 nights may be possible. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Arrival from 4pm. Departure by 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices for short stays can be obtained from the owners of the property.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 29-Mar-2017


Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • The luxury shower room has a large shower area with glass screen, fitted vanity units, wc, hand basin and illuminated mirror with de-mister and shaver point, heated towel rail and airing cupboard with rack for drying clothes.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) An oak staircase leads to the gallery bedroom with exposed beams and an oak balustrade separating it from the living room below. There is a double bed with bedside tables and lamps, a large chest of drawers with mirror, hair dryer and a spiral hanging rail for clothes.


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Under-floor heating in kitchen and shower room. Unfortunately no dogs are allowed at the property. This is a no-smoking property. Outside: The property has its own private, neatly fenced, secluded garden with a variety of trees, shrubs and flowers as well as a large grass area. There is a bird feeder and the garden is an ideal place to see many different birds. A south-facing paved patio with table and chairs looks out across fields and woodland to the hills beyond. Utility Room: A separate utility room attached to the end of the property has a washing machine, iron and ironing board and worktop with cupboard and shelf under. It provides a useful space for storage of coats, walking boots and bikes. Wall-mounted electric heater. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen are provided and will be changed weekly. The property will be cleaned at each changeover. Tea, coffee, sugar, milk and slices of homemade cake will be provided on arrival.

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