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



Updated: 14-Nov-2016
Cottage in Tenbury Wells, Nr. Ludlow, Shropshire, England - Very Peaceful Location, 5 Miles from Historic Ludlow

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.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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.

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Speaks English, French

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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2 Reviews

based on 2 holidaymaker reviews



  • 5 of 5

Great location and wonderful cottage we'll be staying again!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I really enjoy having people staying here, I do try very hard to get the cottage to be absolutely fab, and we like guests to experience our lovely area, Maggie x
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Beautiful relaxing retreat

  • 5 of 5

My wife, son & daughter in law arranged to meet here for a weekend get together on the 11th March. The house was just like home from home. The first thing my wife said was, I could live here. The kitchen was great with a nice big table for the 4 of us to sit round whilst one of us cooked the dinner. The 2 bedrooms where very comfortable with their own on suite bathrooms. The lounge was great for us to spend the evening in playing games. There were a good selection in the cupboard.

We had a delightful relaxing weekend visiting Ludlow on the Saturday and on the Sunday visiting Bennington Hall & Croft Castle, 2 lovely National Trust properties nearby.

Maggie was very welcoming & I can see us returning sometime in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Brian, I really enjoy "doing" the cottage and it is a bonus to get lovely feedback!
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From the Owner

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

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Birmingham at 35 Miles Nearest Barpub : Burford at 2 Miles Nearest Golf : Ludlow at 7 Miles Nearest Train : Ludlow at 5 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 at 35 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Burford at 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 and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
29 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas and New year
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 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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Updated: 14-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

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

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Dining Area


  • Television


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural


  • 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


  • 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
  • Bedroom 2
  • 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.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • 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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