Nest - Wren Cottage

Picklescott, Shropshire

The sort of English countryside most of us have long forgotten surrounds you at this converted farm building for 2 near Church Stretton


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


This is a small but well-considered space and will suit a couple who want a bolthole that’s also sociable. It’s in a sort of farm hamlet with an old farmhouse next door, the owners in the coach house and various other buildings with neighbours, so you’ll feel quietly embraced.  It’s light and airy inside because of the big windows and skylights, and cosy with a wood-burner when chilly.

Breeze off with a picnic hamper into the hills, or walk from the door onto the Carding Mill Valley range or Long Mynd – 500m up and the longest hill in Shropshire. Or take a gentle one-mile stroll to The Bottle and Glass in Picklescott for innovative pub food. If you like running, ask Tom and Em for their favourite routes.

There’s a fishing lake in the grounds (£6 for two rods), you’ll find OS maps and walking advice inside, cyclists can keep their bikes sheltered, bridleways start from the end of the drive. Return to bread and cake from the local baker, Mr Bun, and unlimited logs. The shared courtyard has brick paths, your own eating space and a firepit barbecue. Wait for the stars to come out.

View from the bedroom out into the garden

We think you'll love

  • The walks from the door
  • Cosy evenings surrounded by beautiful interiors
  • The 17th-century inn nearby
The living room with wood burner at Nest - Wren Cottage

Home truths

  • You’re not alone
  • The living space is quite small
  • You do need to drive to shops


  • 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


  • 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.


Nightly price
from £47
Weekly price
from £332
1 Cottage for 2
From £471 bed1 bedroom


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The neighbourhood

Church Stretton is the nearest town (4 miles). It's full of good things – delis, butchers, antique shops and a micro-brewery (Joule's). An 11-minute drive will take you to the fascinating Acton Scott estate, where you can delve into the history of farming and see heavy horses working the land. Ludlow is half an hour by car for the castle and St Laurence Church. It's the sheer beauty of the countryside here though, which is the main draw, and an eerie sense of having slipped back a century or two as you walk or cycle around it.

Local points of interest from Tom Hunt

  • 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.


Tom Hunt

Tom and Em, young parents in their 30s, are returners to Shropshire – they both grew up in Shrewsbury. They reckon this place is perfect because it's right out in the sticks without being totally isolated. They converted the old coach house for themselves and then started on Nest. They are deeply connected (already) with the local community, the farmers and the pub.