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.
You can hire a vintage car for the day from Tom and Em, and breeze off with a picnic hamper into the hills, or walk from the door onto the 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.