Middle Spoad Barn

Craven Arms, Shropshire
+44 (0)1588 640789

Peace in a South Shropshire barn set in acres of wild flower meadows. Hike from the door, or simply follow the river through the valley


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 5

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

Up hill, down dale, and past wrecks of castles before you reach this oasis of calm in 16 acres of meadows and woods along the banks of the river Clun. Susie and Robert live in the house opposite and will show you around.

You’ll find original cruck beams overseeing the airy living space, light flooding in from big windows and Robert’s local art on the walls. Gaze at the stars from your beds in the two loft rooms, eat breakfast on the patio with a view or cosy up by the wood burner on chilly nights.

Bring the kids for big gulps of the freshest air, walk the meadows along the riverside spotting dippers, kingfishers, badgers and otters: it’s a fine example of rewilding with nature at the helm. It’s great walking country all around in this forgotten county of England.

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We think you'll love

  • Wandering through the wild flowers and woods down to the river
  • Visiting the excellent pub down the road in Clun
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You should know

  • There is an open pond in the garden
  • You’ll need your car to get to the nearest shops


  • 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
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants half a mile.


Nightly price
from £69
Weekly price
from £485
1 Barn for 5
From £694 beds3 bedrooms


What a wonderful place and lovely people who own it. We had a fantastic stay. The cottage is so cosy, clean and beautifully decorated with everything you need and views onto the orchard where you can watch the birds. There is loads to do nearby. We were 2 adults and 2 kids who thought it was 'magical' but it would be equally great for a romantic getaway or group of friends. Susie and Bob in the main house are so relaxed, friendly and helpful. A really special place.

Julie, London

We have thoroughly enjoyed our two week stay at the Barn. The property is all that is promised on the website and more, because the hosts, Susie and Robert, are so charming, friendly, informative and helpful. We fished and pond-dipped in the River Clun, which runs through the meadows; picked blackberries; enjoyed meals outside on the terrace (which gets the sun pretty much all day), and did some lovely walks from the Barn. It’s a super base from which to explore Shropshire and the borders.

Jonathan, London

This was just what we needed: peace and quiet in a beautiful location. Wandering around the fields and beside the River Clun was delightful. Next time we will come here when the wildflower meadows are in bloom. The barn is very comfortable and well-equipped. Thank you Susie and Bob.

Dick, Rugby

We enjoyed a week at Middle Spoad in a hot and dry July. The barn is very comfortable. The living room has a fine sense of space, a splendid view west to Castle Idris and the sun streams through the kitchen window in the morning. The garden faces south and if you are as lucky with the weather as we were, catches sun from morning until it dips behind the hills late evening. We watched flocks of swallows and house martins wheeling above us before dusk and a kingfisher on the river. All was peaceful and Susie and Bob were friendly and welcoming hosts.

Steve and Carroll, Dorking

We had a wonderful weeks stay at Middle Spoad Barn. The accommodation was very comfortable and well equipped. The location is beautiful and very peaceful. It was perfect for a relaxing week walking, cycling and reading. Suzie and Bob were very helpful hosts who ensured our stay was very enjoyable. We will definitely be back.

Jim and Nancy, Yorkshire

Wonderful accommodation, delightful hosts, quiet and peaceful, in beautiful surroundings. Located within easy reach of a number of interesting places to visit. All the rooms are tastefully decorated. I particularly liked the local water supply and the green credentials of the site. All in all highly recommended.

Kevin, Upton

We are just back from a few days at Middle Spoad, a wonderfully spacious and picturesque barn conversion in the remote Clun Valley. It helped that we woke on our first morning to a thick fall of snow, which made for a memorable walk along the nearby Offa's Dyke, but I dare say we would have been enchanted whatever the weather had thrown at us. The setting is fabulous; the barn is adjacent to owner Susie's handsome stone farmhouse and her artist husband Bob's studio, the whole set amidst riverside orchards and hay meadows. It proved the perfect base for exploring Shropshire.

Jeremy, Bath

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The neighbourhood

Middle Spoad Barn is set in gentle countryside that straddles Wales and Shropshire. The surrounding area is great for walking, the Offas Dyke national trail is a field away and the Shropshire Way passes nearby. The nearest town is Knighton six miles away but there are local shops and cafes in Clun three miles away. Dotted around the hills there are many historic towns, villages and castles to explore.

Local points of interest from Susie Cunning

  • In the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our grade II listed barn is surrounded by wild flower hay meadows registered with Shropshire Wildlife Trust for biodiversity - we are delighted that guests can enjoy and explore this piece of land
  • We are hosts for WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) - young people stay to help us with the land over part of the year. We have 3 friendly black chickens who roam where they want and provide lovely eggs - available to you if they're laying.
  • Offas Dyke footpath is a field away and the Shropshire Way is close by. There are abundant walks from the door for all levels, across the hills and valleys - you can include an ancient church, or even a cafe or pub on the way. It is also great for cycling.
  • Our area, the Marches, occupies the English Welsh border. In the distant past it was a place of invasion and conflict and is rich in history with castles, churches and manor houses. Stokesay Castle is one of the finest fortified medieval houses in England.
  • Clun, mentioned in A E Housman’s A Shropshire Lad, has an impressive castle ruin set high on a mound, two pubs, cafe, and handful of shops. Bishops Castle is our local small market town - browse book and antique shops, enjoy great pubs serving good food.
  • Ludlow, 30 minutes away, was the ancient capital of the Marches and has a magnificent castle and church. It is a beautiful unspoilt market town with high quality independent shops, restaurants, thriving market, and annual arts and food festivals.


Susie Cunning

Susie and Robert left London nearly 30 years ago, moving to the area on a recommendation and have never regretted it. Robert is a former framer and gilder and now paints professionally (you’ll see many of his works on the walls of the barn) and Susie is a retired psychiatrist. They renovated their house and then the barn and are proud of the work they have done to bring to life 16 acres of meadows either side of the river Clun.