Cwm Cole

Knighton, Shropshire
+44 (0)1547 520357

Garden trees laden with bounty, sheep grazing the hills: a delicious Shropshire setting for a friendly, comfortable, family-size retreat


8 beds


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 10

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

This remote grouping of Welsh border workers’ cottages has become a warm and peaceful place to stay. Cwm Cole lies down a winding lane, with barns next door and unbroken views of the hills; drink them in from the shared cottage garden. Andrew and Janet are just next door, she with a creative and colourful eye, and a wonderful way of making you feel instantly at home. Downstairs has a fascinating layout. You enter a large welcoming hall, with a dining room to the left and a galley kitchen beyond, opening directly into a sitting room which can also be reached via the hall… and there’s a loo under the stairs. Imagine white painted stone walls and good comfy armchairs, welly boots of many sizes, logs for the burner, rugs for the floor and flowers for the table, chunky modern furniture and charming country pieces. Walking is the big draw, with heaps of useful guides and maps for Offa’s Dyke – on the doorstep. Return home to bedrooms bright, book-lined and homely (children could fight over the cabin bed!) and bathrooms spotless and tidy. Outside: vegetables, barbecue and a huge fabric sail to keep your lunch in the shade.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £97
Weekly price
from £680
1 House for 10
From £978 beds5 bedrooms


The last half mile up to Cwm Cole had me aching to get out and walk this beautiful valley cloaked in oak, birch and mixed woodland. The property is everything you'd want for a group get together, being very sociable in layout with bags of space for all. The interior has been lovingly put together and there are delightful touches wherever one looks. Charming owners next door to aid exploration.

David, Sawday's inspector

Charming family home amidst truly stunning scenery. Tucked away and sleepy but close enough to Shropshire's outdoor stuff. We stayed for the Hopton Woods leg of the British Downhill Mountain Bike series. The house made the perfect base for three families with six children ranging from 1 to 9. Plenty of toys, books, baths, DVDs and a decent kitchen for cooking up tea after a day on the hill, not to mention chill out areas inside and out for drinks! Thoroughly recommend it!!

Ross, Oxford

Beautiful place for a family get together with a big garden and many local walks from the door. An enviable DVD library and so much for children to play with and explore even if it's raining. The children's room was cosy and I've never known my son sleep so soundly right from the first night away! We had a joyous stay here and lots of happy memories, thanks to Janet's thoughtful hosting.

Lisa, Salisbury

I booked Cwm Cole for 9 adults and 2 babies as a getaway for my 40th birthday and I couldn't have picked anywhere more perfect. The location, the cottage, the information given by Janet both beforehand and during our stay was all fantastic. The cottage is homely, cosy, interesting and has everything you need - including fab wooden train sets and huge amounts of lego for children - with amazing views all around (particularly from the top of the hill just a 10 min walk). I came away with family this time and know my friends would love it - I very much hope to return. Thank you Janet & Andrew!


6 delighted adults & 3 excited children had a wonderful celebratory weekend here in late summer sunshine. A blissful setting outdoors & glorious comfort indoors. Our only grievance was that we couldn't stay longer..but a week's stay is a priority now. We did not meet the owners but we're still made very welcome by lovely flapjacks & even lovelier notes from Janet. Very highly recommended for happy family groups.


We have just returned from a wonderful stay at Cwm Cole. What a find! Every detail has been attended to - the place is spotless. We were welcomed with flowers, local honey and apple juice and homemade flapjacks. The surrounding countryside is beautiful with plenty of interesting places to visit and walk to. A wonderful place to spend a family week.


Tucked into a dip between hill, Cwm Cole is a lovely, restful retreat, with walks from the door leading to views of ridge after ridge of green hills and the distant Black Mountain. We were greeted with a basket of Shropshire honey, local apple juice and home-made flap-jacks - a welcome touch after a three hour journey. The log-burner was ready to light and the new kitchen and cosy living area with extensive book and CD library waiting for us. Cannot recommend enough sitting in the garden, enjoying a fresh coffee and flapjack and soaking up the peace and views. Therapy for families or groups!


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Janet & Andrew Lewis

  • A gorgeous 30 minute walk from the front door takes you up onto Offa's dyke for absolute quiet and 360 degree hilly views stretching away into Wales and rural Shropshire.
  • Walks galore whether a gentle stroll or more strenuous muddy hike, the best way to explore this undiscovered corner of England. Cross the bridge in Llanfairwaterdine and you are in Wales.
  • Crumbling castles and hillforts dot the landscape, a legacy of it's turbulent past. Play at medieval knights in the grand surroundings of Ludlow castle, pretty Clun or chocolate box Stokesay. Maybe simply have a cream tea while musing about the past.
  • Cwm Cole is surrounded by streams and woods...perfect for building dams and dens and what childhood should be about whether you are 4 or 40.
  • Stonking pubs include the Sun in Leintwardine, a rare parlour pub, the CAMRA mecca of Bishops Castle with two fine brewery pubs, the Three Tuns and Six Bells and then there's the Harp at Old Radnor, just like a traditional pub should be . Cheers.
  • For a special meal out Ludlow is foodie heaven but then how about the Michelin starred pub, the Stagg at Titley about 30 mins drive.