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Secluded, Detached Stable Conversion On The Border Of Shropshire And Wales



Updated: 25-Oct-2016
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.

More Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

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.

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29 Reviews

based on 29 holidaymaker reviews


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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  • 5 of 5

Superbly refurbished Stable , Exceptionally Clean and comfortable with stunning views of the countryside.

Would certainly highly recommend and will return.

Thanks to Jean & Nick for making us so welcome.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Idyllic, peaceful cottage with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

We booked this cottage following a holiday in n wales with our son & grandchildren, guessing we would appreciate some peace & quiet. The barn certainly fitted the bill. Set in a beautiful, secluded location with beautiful views,it was perfect.just as it was described. The owners were very welcoming & the barn was very clean and maintained to a high standard. Very comfortable.I would most definitely reccomend this cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peace, perfect Peace!

  • 5 of 5

This is quite simply a stunning place to relax and unwind. The Stable is spotless, tastefully and comfortably furnished with everything you could possibly need. We loved it! As keen bird watchers we were delighted with the number and variety of birds visiting the feeders, and as for the views - amazing! We can't praise the Stable highly enough and hope to be back soon. Tim & Pam

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for leaving a long list of all the birds that you spotted from The Stable. We have left it for future guests to see. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Peaceful, relaxing retreat

  • 4 of 5

The stable is a beautifully presented holiday cottage for two. The log burner was a real treat and kept the house cosy even during snow. The kitchen is well equipped and there is a lovely comfy bed. Stunning views and peaceful setting. Jean and Nick we're welcoming and unobtrusive and the cake on arrival along with fresh flowers was a lovely touch. The ideal place to rest and relax whilst there are a number of lovely places to visit and walks to enjoy. We hope to return sometime!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that you the found The Stable an ideal place to rest and relax after the busy Christmas period. Although the weather was not that good we agree that the log burner does make the property an ideal place to stay during the colder months.
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A real treat of a retreat

  • 5 of 5

We chose the Stable due to its description on the Owners Direct website. Its facilities, peace and beautiful setting more that lived up to our hopes. The rave reviews are fully merited.

Fine scenery and good walking paths right there. Other attractions (such as National Trust houses, castles and gardens; historic Churches and waterfalls in the Welsh mountains) are all within driving distance. We hope to be back soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • 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


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn 2016
3 Sep 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas/New Year 2016/17
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Off Peak 2017
7 Jan 2017 - 10 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
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

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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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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