Nest Holiday Hideaway - Dove Cottage

Picklescott, Shropshire

In stunning countryside 20 miles from Ludlow, a characterful estate cottage with a shared courtyard garden and a 'lost in time' feel


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

The Shropshire lanes twist and turn and finally you arrive at Betchcott. You head down a drive past ancient ponds and woods, farm buildings and Batchcott Hall, to find two cedar-clad cottages cheek by jowl sharing a small sun-filled courtyard.

Inside all is very charming in upbeat country style. There are drop-leaf tables, rustic beams, a smart little kitchen, spoiling bathrooms, and a wood-burner for cosy nights in. Treat yourself to gourmet meals delivered to the door – or stroll 10 minutes down the lane to Picklescott’s 17th-century pub.

The sheer beauty of the countryside is the draw here; walk from the door onto the longest hill in Shropshire. Browse Ludlow’s foodie shops and castle, or set off for the Acton Scott estate, 12 miles away, where Shire horses work the land and you can delve into the history of farming.

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We think you'll love

  • The seclusion without isolation: the shops are 5 miles and the pub is down the lane
  • Staying in a cottage full of comfort and charm
  • Hiking and cycling in the Shropshire Hills
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You should know

  • Not a place for complete privacy: you will encounter other guests
  • There's not a huge amount of communal space
  • TVs are small: don't come if you plan to watch films all week!


  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pub, 15-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £54
Weekly price
from £381
Short breaks available: 3-night stays from £222.
1 Cottage for 4
From £543 beds2 bedrooms


I took the long way in - thank you Satnav - and did not regret it as gorgeous views stretched away into the distance. You feel as though you are truly getting away from it all. But fear not. The Bottle & Glass pub is a short stroll away and is the perfect after-walk stop before you head back to your super comfy upbeat cottage. This is a great and much overlooked corner of the country: come.

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The neighbourhood

Ten miles from Shrewsbury, you're on the Long Mynd in the Shropshire Hills AONB - glorious walks abound. Tucked away on a farm hamlet with a friendly communal feel, you find Batchcott Hall and three other houses along the lane. Twenty minutes down the hill is 'Little Switzerland': Church Stretton. Enjoy its good food shops, antique shops, microbrewery and lively Thursday market.

Local points of interest from Alex Thomas (Bookings)

  • Discover spectacular countryside — including the National Trust's Long Mynd & Carding Mill Valley, Caer Caradoc, The Lawley and Stiperstones Nature Reserve — from your Nest holiday cottage door, on foot or by bike.
  • You’ll be 3/4 mile from the ancient village of Picklescott, with award winning 17th century inn and eatery The Bottle & Glass, and just a stone’s throw from the most beautiful private, secluded pay-as-you-go fishing lake.
  • Visit the quaint market town of Church Stretton — known as Little Switzerland — just 4 miles south of Nest, and with a 4-floor antique centre and collection of independent shops and cafés.
  • Nest is just 10 miles from the riverside market town of Shrewsbury, first settled by 7th century Saxons, the birth place of Charles Darwin, plus home to 660 listed buildings and a burgeoning boutique and café culture.
  • 20 miles south of Nest is Ludlow, mediaeval market town and gastronomic capital of Shropshire. 22 miles east of the Nest holiday cottages is historic Ironbridge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and World Heritage Site.
  • Hundreds of historical interest sites nearby: castles; magnificent mansions and manor houses; abbeys and priories; stone circles and myriad other stone-, neolithic and bronze age sites; and a great affluence of Sites of Special Scientific Interest.


Alex Thomas (Bookings)

Alex took on these popular cottages in 2021. With a background in property rental, he is super organised, sends you info pre-arrival, offers key safes so you can arrive when you like, and is always on the lookout for ways to improve things. He is also aiming for carbon neutral status. ‘Invisible but always around’, Alex lives on site and is a very welcoming host.