Nest Holiday Hideaway - Wren Cottage

Picklescott, Shropshire
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From a sweet Shropshire estate cottage for 2, where comfort and a sense of fun rule, footpaths and cycle paths start from the door


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Babies welcome

The Experience

The enchantment begins the moment you turn off the A49 and descend the twisting lanes. Finally you arrive… to ancient ponds, a tunnel of trees, and the 13th-century hamlet of Betchcott, where two single-storey cottages sit cheek by jowl linked by a Mediterranean courtyard.

Inside your small airy bolthole is a playful mix of antiques and retro art, books, board games and logs on the house, a superb little kitchen and a firepit for dinner under the stars. Fancy a night out? Head for The Coach House at Norbury, seven miles, or trundle off to the friendly pub down the lane.

You’re ten miles from the riverside town of Shrewsbury, packed with cool cafés and listed buildings, and 20 miles from lovely Ludlow, foodie capital of Shropshire. Return to fishing in the grounds and bridlepaths at the end of the drive. The beauty of the area is breathtaking.

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We think you'll love

  • Seclusion without isolation: food shops are 5 miles and the Bottle & Glass is down the lane
  • Staying in a cottage full of quirky charm
  • Hiking and cycling in the Shropshire Hills
View from the bedroom out into the garden

You should know

  • Not a place for complete privacy: you will encounter other guests
  • The sunny courtyard garden is technically shared with Dove Cottage but they have their own terrace so it's unlikely
  • TVs are small - don’t come if you plan to watch films all week!


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • 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: 2 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pub, 15-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £125
Weekly price
from £788
1 Cottage for 2
From £1251 bed1 bedroom


I was charmed almost the moment I turned off the A49. You feel as though you are truly getting away from it all. This is the most sublime countryside with stunning views and a very 'lost in time' feel to 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.

David, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

Ten miles from Shrewsbury, you’re on the Long Mynd in the Shropshire Hills AONB where 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

  • 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

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.