Bev and Mark welcome you to their home from home self-catering country farm cottages with a hot tub which sits in front of a beautiful wildlife pond amongst an abundance of trees and wildlife whilst our lovely country bungalow Oakwood is situated in a sleepy village with no passing traffic and all three are situated near Whitchurch in Shropshire.
We live in a beautiful area of rural North Shropshire and we farm 280 acres. The cattle are housed 300 yards away from the cottages and are housed from November until May and then most of them will be put out to grazing to make milk for their young babies. The fields are mostly used for grazing and for making our winter feed of silage and hay. Our suckler herd of British x Blue and Bazadaise x Blue are home bred and our three bulls produce good progency. The oldest bull we have is Graham and he is very gentle and is a British Blue, whilst Nodsey our other British Blue is a lot younger, both are out together with their herd and are best of friends. Our newest bull Jasper is a Bazadaise and he runs with the heifers. We produce a lot of hay and silage bales for our cattle as well as a small quantity of haylage for our two horses Bug the Cob and Nell the fresian.
Our three rescue dogs have all come from cruel backgrounds and they still have nightmares. Elsie Tanner and Buster were rescued in Ireland from the Roden Dogs Trust. It was 50% chance of whether they would survive as they were starved and their organs were starting to pack up. We actually went to see another German Shepherd which was advertised on their website but when we saw the dog, it wasn’t for us and this dog was next to these two very skinny poor shepherds and we both instantly fell in love with them, even though they were skin and bone and no fur on them. Buster cannot walk properly and walks like Charlie Chaplain as he has had ropes around his back legs from former cruel owners whilst Elsie Tanner had pups on her aged 12-month-old. Mo is a very odd-looking dog and we do get a lot of people coming up to us asking what she is. Mo was thrown out on the streets at 3 months old one Christmas and it was by pure chance that we saw her and it was fate that we were at the kennels looking for a King Charles for a friend until we spotted a bundle of fluff with the most spiritual eyes. She hates hot air balloons and kites and so have to close the curtains in the house if we see one flying over the farm.
A perfect base for exploring Staffordshire and the Welsh borders as well as Cheshire and Shropshire and also for the world-famous Ironbridge.
Our two farm stay cottages overlook a wonderful wildlife pond and have the added bonus of a hot tub which can be booked privately. Both cottages have won a Gold award for cleanliness and excellent customer skills.
Guests are most welcome to come down to our farm and visit the animals but not this year due to Covid.
Oakpond is perfect for couples and the smaller family or if booked with Oaktree will cater for the larger family.
Please note that we do not accept bookings for our smaller cottage Oaktree if we know there is going to be children or more than four people staying in Oakpond therefore the ambience and tranquillity of the cottages are kept.
Oakwood is our beautiful detached bungalow which sits in a very quiet spot in the sleepy village of Ightfield. There are many walks from the door which go onto the Shropshire Way and to The Olde jack Inn which is a great dog-friendly pub. The cottage has a cosy wood burner and a full-size bath which is very relaxing after a good days walk.
We have two good dog-friendly pubs which are within 5 minutes drive as well as an Indian restaurant who will deliver to the cottages. Our local community-run pub the White Lion has a lovely walk from its door down to Brown Moss Nature Reserve which is great for dog walks and then there is The Olde Jack Inn which can be reached in 15 minutes via a hardstanding footpath which starts from Ightfield village.
There are numerous scenic walks including The Sandstone Trail and The Shropshire Way. From Hawkestone Follies to the hills of Bickerton and Beeston to the canalside walks and bridlepaths of Whitchurch.
North Shropshire is the home of the third-largest raised mire in Britain, raised because the peat-forming mosses flourished in the watery hollows left behind as the last period of glaciations receded northwards.
We have Fenns and Whixall Mosses which is located between Whitchurch to the north of Ellesmere and Brown Moss Nature Reserve which is only 10 minutes away from our cottages. Both sites are a site of specific interest, but they are also a European Special Area of Conservation as well as a Wetland of International Importance.
Our private hot tub is available to book separately and is a special touch and adds that extra indulgence to your holiday stay but not everyone wants to use one and so we charge separately, so you don’t pay if you don’t want to use it.
We are very lucky to have two charming gardens to visit which are Wollerton Gardens and Hodnet Hall Gardens and only 10 minutes away. Hawkestone Follies is also another gem to visit with its caves and follies as well as the Dorothy Clive Gardens. Grinsall Woods is a perfect place for walking and seeing the summit and we are not far from the world famous Ironbridge Gorge. Audlem village has canalside walks and tearooms which is close by as well as Brown Moss Nature Reserve with its woodland walks.