Mill Stream Cottage, The Birches Mill

Clun, Nr Craven Arms, Shropshire
Self-catering


A cosy colourful kitchen, a warm wood-burner and a sky-lit bedroom with gorgeous views - stock up with provisions in foodie Ludlow!

Bed

1 bed

Bedroom

1 bedroom

Sleeps

Sleeps 2

The
Experience

Wake to the music of birdsong and river – all you’ll hear in your tiny nest by the River Unk. The Birches Mill and its buildings date back to 1640, and corn was ground here right up until the Second World War. Artists, Gill and Andrew live opposite this neat conversion where, under low ceilings, kitchen, living and dining areas blend into one: painted terracotta floorboards, beautiful beams, red squishy sofa, cast-iron wood-burner, windows made by a local craftsman to the original design. The kitchen area is small, impeccable: handmade wooden units with old brass fittings are painted duck-egg-blue, topped with quarry tiles; there are plenty of utensils and you can order a welcome hamper if you wish. Climb the coir-carpeted stair to your skylit bedroom with views, where pine bed and dressing table have a well-loved patina; step out of the chunky front door into picture-perfect, deepest Shropshire. There’s a small and shaded patio or a light paved terrace above, footpaths leading to Offa’s Dyke one mile away. Forts, farmers’ markets and castles wait to be explored.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

Nearby

  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
Closed
Never
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £50
Weekly price
from £350
1 Cottage for 2
From £501 bed1 bedroom

Reviews

We loved the cozy, well-appointed cottage offering everything we could wish for. Had some great walks and visited local pubs. Recommended for a quiet get-away for two!

Aleksandra

A lovely cottage in a very peaceful setting. Gill and Andrew were so pleasant and helpful. There's lot's of great walking in the glorious countryside as well as many other activities. The cottage is well-appointed and private and there is a ready supply of great, fresh food provided by Gill.

Jo, Midhurst

A lovely, cosy little cottage in beautiful countryside. Perfect for a relaxing break. Everything you could require is provided and the facility to arrange for a breakfast basket and 3-course, home-cooked evening meal was a rather welcome special feature. Gill and Andrew are very friendly and welcoming hosts who made us feel at home in their charming cottage and have a wealth of local knowledge which we found extremely helpful.

Rowena, Worcester

A warm welcome awaited us at this gorgeous cottage in an idyllic setting overseen by excellent hosts, Gill and Andrew who were friendly and helpful but not intrusive. They also provide superb meals (pre-ordered), using home grown ingredients where possible and jams/preserves and freshly laid eggs from their chickens. The 'breakfast basket' is also a worthwhile purchase for your morning start. Clean, cosy and quiet (just birdsong and sheep - lovely) the cottage is an ideal place to stay whilst enjoying all that Shropshire has to offer or just an ideal place to stay!

Malcolm, Lowestoft, suffolk

We stayed at Mill Stream Cottage for six nights in what was a very cold time of the year. However we had a warm welcome from the Proprietor and plenty of logs to keep the wood burner going. The cottage is charming, immaculate, cosy and extremely well equipped. We couldn't fault it. Gill Farmer has great flair and the meal that we ordered was simply wonderful. The location is quiet and magical. As AS's website says, it's ideal walking country and well located for historic towns such as Ludlow and Church Stretton, but in the end we just stayed put and enjoyed the place. We'll be back.

John, Chesham

Hosts friendly and very welcoming.Cottage very clean and cosy in a very picturesque area. Enjoyed the quiet, all we could hear were birds and sheep. Can highly recommend the meals supplied by Gill .

Sandy, Birmingham

Cosy secluded cottage with a wood burning stove and night storage heaters and everything you need for a comfortable stay. Plenty of information and maps of the area with walks from the cottage for the energetic. Andrew & Gill are discreet but always available if needed. Lots of wildlife in the nearby fields and plenty to see on days out. In particular Ironbridge and it's wealth of museums and Powis Castle (NT). Gill's 'Handbook' gives a huge amount of information particularly the local pubs but her home cooked meals are excellent if you don't want to venture out. We hope to return.

Simon, Brenchley, kent

Wonderfully peaceful, lovely hosts, beautiful cottage, great walking - It was quite magical to lie in bed and see the moon and stars through the skylight.

Rebecca, Near bath

This was the perfect hideaway for a long weekend away. The cottage is beautiful and homely with plenty of country charm. We loved the glorious countryside, the wildlife (even if we did miss the kingfisher), and the peace and quiet. Andrew and Gill are wonderful hosts with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the local area. Gill is also a mean cook - you haven't lived until you've had her home-made ice cream! Cosy evenings in by the wood-burning stove just can't be beaten although there is Sky TV available if you can't quite bear to leave the real world behind. Thank you for a wonderful stay!

Andy, Bracknell

This place is romantic, secluded and so, so quiet. Andy and Gill are very welcoming and Mill Stream cottage wants for nothing. The rolling scenery surrounding the property is never-ending and stunning. Do try the walks and pubs that are in the welcome book and read others comments in the diary at the cottage - they leave some lovely tips too. Time stands still here and stress rolls off you, allowing the scensory overload that is everyday life disappear. It's like magic ... much like Gill's fabulous homemade scones and jam. We will go back.

Alison, Chichester

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Gill Della Casa & Andrew Farmer

  • A cosy romantic hideaway for two, tucked away in a outstandingly beautiful and secluded valley in the South Shropshire Hills.
  • Great walking into the hills directly from the cottage door, Offa's Dyke and the Shropshire way are a mile away.
  • Gastro pubs and restaurants serving good food within a short drive.
  • Historic Ludlow with over 500 listed buildings and local produce markets, just half-hour away.
  • Wonderful bird life, Kites, Buzzards and KIngfishers and Dippers by the river.
  • Visit the Welsh Border Castles, with the nearest at Clun, three miles away and fabulous Stokesay Castle at Craven Arms.