National Trust Houses In Shropshire

    We are very lucky to have quite a few National Trust Houses within 50 minutes away.

    Attingham Park is our favourite, with its beautifully decorated mansion and at Christmas time it is decked out with lots of Xmas trees and so magical. The grounds have some lovely walks including a stroll through the deer park.

    Benthal House
    Tatton Park
    Little Moreton Hall
    Biddulph Grange
    Powys Castle
    Chirk Castle


    Hodnet Hall and Gardens are our favourites and the lakeside walk is wonderful, especially spring or autumn as the trees have the most lovely shades of colour. The tearoom produces tasty food and refreshments.

    Wollerton Gardens  (The country’s most beautiful gardens)
    Bridgemere Garden World
    Dorothy Clive Gardens (Wonderful tearoom)
    Biddulph Grange Gardens
    Oaktree Nurseries
    Austin Roses
    Hadnal Rose Gardens
    Ness Botanic Gardens
    Arley Hall and Gardens


    Whitchurch is only 4 miles away and has an abundance of tearooms and charity shops with good restaurants. There are big supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Iceland, Aldi and Lidl.

    Audlem is a pretty canalside village with tearooms and shops including a very good Indian/pizza take-away. Overwater Marina is worth a visit and can be got to by travelling on the Audlem Lass or by car.

    Nantwich  20 minutes
    Chester   35 minutes
    Shrewsbury 30 minutes
    Cheshire Oaks  45 minutes


    The Olde Jack Inn in Calverhall is our local eatery and serves very tasty food with generous portions (farmer portions) and is also dog friendly. There is a footpath walk to this pub from Ightfield which will take you 20 minutes to get there or less than 5 minutes drive.  We also have a very good indian restaurant called Spiced Heaven which will deliver to our cottages.

    The White Lion at Ash
    Combermere Arms at Burleydam (Brunning and Price )
    The Bhurtpor in Aston (Good selection of beers)
    The Shroppy Fly in Audlem

    Family Attractions

    The Secret Bunker
    JCB Tours
    Dagfields Antique Aporium and pie shop
    RAF Cosford Museum
    Ironbridge and Gorge
    Blist Hill Museums
    Black Country Museum
    The British Ironworks
    Pistyllder WaterFalls and walks
    Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre and Wildlife Park
    Reaseheath Mini Zoo
    Chester Zoo
    Midland Safari
    Shrewsbury Museums including the prison
    Beeston Castle
    Anderton Boat Lift
    Snugburys Icecream
    Blakemere Village
    Blue Planet Aquarium
    Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
    Stretton Watermill
    Ness Botanic Gardens
    Alton Towers
    Lion Salt Works
    Roman Tours
    Llangollen Railway and The Horse shoe Pass
    Severn Valley Railway
    Cheshire farm icecream
    Alderford Lake wild swimming and water activities

    Childrens Attractions

    Alderford Lake  is only 10 minutes away. There is a water playground and paddle boarding on the lake as well as wild swimming.

    Go-Ape   Delemere Forest
    Hoo farm
    Park Hall
    Cheshire Farm Icecream and Outdoor Childrens Activities


    We are lucky to be near the Sandstone Trail and the Shropshire Way which has a long-distance path of 190 miles.
    Whitchurch has 12 circular walks ranging from 2.3 to 15-mile walks which have been put into a book by the Whitchurch Walkers and can be purchased from the Civic Centre in Whitchurch.

    Ightfield also has walks from the door which lead to The Olde Jack Inn and The White Lion.

    Brown Moss Nature Reserve is only 10 minutes away and well worth a visit.  There are woodland walks around the lake and also a Chef In The Woods who sells his homemade pies and cakes.

    Audlem has a selection of circular walks which all feature The Shropshire Union Canal and the Weaver Way.

    Hawkestone Follies is a wonderful day out with its grotto and follies.  There are steep steps to be taken at the start of this walk.

    Ellesmere is a lovely town with its two lakes. Numerous walks around the lakes and very scenic.

    Long Mynd is Fantastic walking country with splendid views but it does have some steep ascents.

    Haughmond Forest and Delemere Forest  Beautiful walking amongst the trees and nature and only 30 minutes away.