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Gold Award, 4* Property in Beautiful, Rural Shropshire Countryside

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom converted Victorian Hop Kiln, close to Ludlow,Shropshire.

The Gold Award rated Hop Kiln is an early Victorian building in very peaceful, unspoiled countryside. It is approached down a long drive off a quiet lane with the owners 16th century house adjacent. The building retains many original features, lots of beams and quirky level changes, and is decorated and furnished to a high standard with antiques, books and pictures and very comfortable beds. There is a private courtyard furnished with a bbq, table and chairs and a parasol, and also a lawned area with a picnic bench and wonderful sunset views across the countryside towards Mortimer forest. The Hop Kiln is ideal for people wanting to explore the beautiful Welsh Marches area. It is close to Ludlow with its renowned food and antique shops, restaurants set in glorious medieval and Georgian buildings. The castle is the location in June and July for a major arts festival and in September for it's world famous food festival. Nearby is Tenbury Wells, an attractive small market town, with good food shops and a family run supermarket with a strong emphasis on local produce. It is excellent walking and cycling country with rolling countryside, the drama of the Clee Hills and the tranquillity of Mortimer Forest. We provide maps and guide books of the area and can advise you on good walks.

maggie Anderson
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
16 December, 2017

About maggie Anderson

John and I are retired Production Designers working in TV and Film. We moved back to the area where John grew up in 1998, when we bought Old Harpfields, which had a redundant Hop Kiln which we then developed as a holiday cottage in 2006. We have other barns which people often say we should develop, but we don't want to live in a holiday complex and loose the lovely seclusion which both ourselves and our guests enjoy.

maggie Anderson purchased this cottage in 1998

Why maggie Anderson chose Tenbury Wells

It is a stunning area and when I first met John in 1978 and came to meet his family in Tenbury Wells, I fell in love with the area and persuaded John to move back when he left the BBC in 1998. The house and surrounding setting has a wonderful "mis en scene" in totally unspoiled countryside, but with Ludlow and Tenbury Wells close by

What makes this cottage unique

Peace and quiet, fabulous scenery, Gold award winning cottage and our own honey!

Guestbook comments from the owner

The most beautiful cottage we have ever stayed in! The standard of decor is amazing, extremely tasteful yet superbly comfortable - we kept walking around the place saying "this place is amazing"

We have stayed in many rental properties throughout Europe as well as the UK and it takes a lot to "blow us away" They have really thought of everything and sitting in the front garden with a glass of wine in hand, looking out past the horses over rolling countryside is magical.

A beautiful property in a stunning part of the UK. 28/06/2015

A beautiful cottage in an excellent location close to Ludlow. Our little boy loved the different floor level; the enclosed courtyard made it safe, while he could run around on the large grassy area near the friendly horses. The owners were really accommodating and friendly and there are lots of nice places to eat nearby. We will defiantly be returning. 31/05/2014

The cottage was exceptional. 16.05.2014
Aug 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Tenbury Wells in Tenbury

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • En suite to bedroom 1 has a shower, hand wash basin and wc, bedroom 2 has roll top bath with hand held shower attachment, hand wash basin and wc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king sized bed, bedroom 2 with 2 single beds which can be made into a super king. Both bedrooms are papered with Farrow and Ball wallpaper and the beds are made up with 400 count Egyptian cotton sheets and silk bedspreads.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • forests
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Notes on accommodation: There is plenty of private parking and private access. Outside: There is a private walled courtyard with a table, chairs and parasol, and a lawned area with a picnic bench. BBQ available. Secure storage for bikes etc. Utility Room: n/a but there id an iron and board, vacuum cleaner and brushes. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels linen and tea towels are included. The property is cleaned on changeover days, and clean linen provided once a week if the guests stay longer than a week. Other: The hall and landing and stairs are decorated with lots of pictures.


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Gold Award, 4* Property in Beautiful, Rural Shropshire Countryside
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 13 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely four night break at this lovely property. So beautifully decorated and designed and very cosy indeed. Well equipped kitchen and close to Tenbury Wells and Ludlow. We went for a relaxing few days after a very busy few weeks at work so really just wanted to relax and recharge our batteries and it was perfect for that. Very quiet and private I'm sure we'll be back.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review, we always enjoy having people stay in the Hop Kiln and really want them to have a wonderful time with us, do come again!
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely property beautiful surroundings great pubs and reataurants

  • Review Submitted: 13-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Truly wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

Maggie and John’s Tenbury Wells cottage/ the “hop kiln” was an absolute dream. The inside is beautifully decorated and felt like home. The house was well equipped for all our wants and needs and close to the main town. Maggie and John were very friendly (as were the sheep we saw from our window each morning!) and made our stay even more special.

Although we didn’t get to see much of nearby Ludlow and only saw Tenbury Wells at night, the area around the house is idyllic and without all the noise and commotion of city living. We would definitely book again if staying in the Shropshire area. Thanks Maggie and John!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mazie, the sheep were supposed to be in the field not the garden!!!! It was lovely meeting your family and we do hope you come again, Maggie, John, Coco and the horses!
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A truly welcoming cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in November and were lucky to have excellent weather which allowed us to do everything we wanted. We took the dog on long walks in and around Tenbury. We went to Ludlow to visit the castle and then to Ludlow races where we had a great time even though we didn’t pick all the winners! We took the train from Ludlow to Chester so that we could sit back and enjoy the scenery. Visited Ironbridge and Telford and we could have done so much more but we ran out of time !! What was really nice was knowing we had such a welcoming cottage to come home to each evening. We felt thoroughly spoilt. Thank you Maggie and John.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased you had a good time here, and so nice for us to feel we spoiled you, always a nice feeling! Maggie and John
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Beautiful property in an idyllic & peaceful setting.

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved the Hop Kiln. It has been lovingly restored and made into fantastic accommodation with rooms on different levels that make it even more interesting. The fittings and furnishings are done to a very high standard. There's plenty to do even when visiting in late October (as we did). There are some lovely National Trust & English Heritage properties to see along with some beautiful villages. We loved going into Tenbury Wells - a visit to the Art Deco cinema was a must along with the Pump House. The locals are extremely friendly as well! Although we ate out in some great places nearby some evenings, we also made use of the fantastic kitchen facilities to cook up something ourselves and then cosied up in the lounge with the log burner! Would thoroughly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dreamy shropshire cottage with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

This property exceeded our expectations. It was not evident from the photos that there was a surrounding panorama of fields and we loved the sunsets and warm feeling of the sun on us until earl evening every day. John and Maggie were great hosts, really helpful and welcoming ! The property itself was well equipped and easy to keep clean during our stay. The main bedroom with ensuite shower has a great feeling of space which is unusual as the space is above and feels wonderful when lying on the comfy beds ! It felt like a hotel ! Lots of personal touches and very tastefully renovated and decorated. We enjoyed many beautiful riverside walks and particularly enjoyed Clee Hill, Mortimer Forest (but seriously watch out for getting lost - mapmywalk App is supposed to be good for this) and Cleobury Mortimer and Ludlow were an absolute delight ! We took our two dogs with us, the older Sheepdog could not negotiate the top set of stairs or was perhaps too worn out from walking miles ! John and Maggie were very tolerant of the dogs sitting out of the front of the property with us and wandering around. Internet reception was okay, we didn't actually have much time for watching TV but there are a few games available, chess, cards, lots of books, pick up sticks and puzzles. We ate out at the Salwey Arms, beautiful pub within 10 minutes drive great service. We didn't really rate the indian take away (Jaz's), the chinese from Singapore gardens was reasonably good, the fish and chip shop gave us the msot massive portions, we could easily have fed at least 4 of us from two portions of cod and chips and had more chips left !!! very reasonable and good quality. Tenbury itself is pretty with 2 supermarkets and another planned and more unusual shops and an old Regal style cinema and a pool. The locals were very friendly and we were sad to go but we definitely want to come back !

  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review and brilliant information for other guests. We do hope you will return and of course the weather will be as good next time!
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
35 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Car: necessary


Nearest airport is Birmingham International Airport is 35 miles away.

Use of a car is essential. Ludlow is the closest railway station with Worcester being the closest one with direct links to London.


We are approximately 35 minutes drive west of the M5.

Tenbury Wells, a small market town is 2 miles away and Ludlow is 5 miles away.

Further Details:

Shopping is available for food in Tenbury Wells and much more in Ludlow. There is a large garden center 1 mile away at Burford House Gardens.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas and New year
21 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Jan 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
24 Mar 2018 - 6 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Apr 2018 - 4 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
5 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
30 Jun 2018 - 27 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
29 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Booking by phone or email, a deposit of one third required at the time of booking, non refundable unless I am able to re book the cottage, and balance payable 4 weeks before arrival, again non refundable unless I can re book the cottage.

Changeover Day:
Changeover on Saturday for weekly bookings, but can be flexible. Short stay bookings (non-peak season only) Fridays and Mondays, though again this can be flexible.
Arrivals any time after 3pm and departures by 10am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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