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.