Old Rectory House B&B

Church Stretton, Shropshire
Bed & Breakfast

Escape to Church Stretton, known by Victorians and Edwardians as 'Little Switzerland', and be looked after well at this elegant rectory


2 beds


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

The cheery red door of this splendid Georgian house is opened by Steven and he welcomes you in with offers of tea and a home-baked something. The peaceful rectory is at the foot of the Long Mynd, so the walks and views are glorious.

Inviting bedrooms, named after former rectors, come with slippers, robes and comfy seats, homemade biscuits and chocolates made by a nearby chocolatier. Steven and James are keen to support local businesses and there’s a fantastic choice at breakfast: continental with fruit salad, cakes and pastries or a full cooked spread with leek and herb pork sausages and roasted cherry tomatoes. Two separate antique tables are placed in front of the windows in the drawing room overlooking the lovely garden.

Set aside an afternoon for a hike up Ragleth Hill, then sit out on the flower-filled terrace with a glass of wine before walking into the centre of the market town for dinner – just five minutes away.

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We think you'll love

  • Friendly, welcoming Steven and James who take such care to make you feel at home
  • Admiring the graceful staircase, original plasterwork, and uplifting views through the sash windows to the church tower and hills beyond
  • Sitting and reading in your stylish bedroom or by the fire in the drawing room
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You should know

  • Closed Sunday night to Wednesday night inclusive
  • No children under 14


  • 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
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • 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: 2 nights.
Sunday - Wednesday.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 5-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £175
Singles £150-£175.
2 Twin/doubles
From £175



The perfect place to stay to escape from the busy world. There is so much to do and see from the front door of the Rectory, especially if you enjoy walking and want to get away from the crowds onto the Long Mynd. Then there's the train station that can take you to see so many fascinating towns. Exercise would have to be on the cards looking at the breakfast feasts on offer!

Karen, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

The house sits in half an acre, on the edge of Church Stretton in an AONB. You can walk to cafes, restaurants, independent shops and bars. Catch the train to Ludlow or Shrewsbury for festivals, castles and food, craft and antique markets - 15 or so minutes. Guests looking for great walks, have the hills of the Long Mynd to the west, and Stretton Hills to the east.

Local points of interest from Steven Keating

  • John Mainwaring, the first rector, 1749-1807, is noted as the first biographer of the composer George Frederick Handel. He was also friendly with the landscape gardener ‘Capability’ Brown who visited the house in 1775.
  • The Old Rectory is listed and merits a paragraph in Pevsner’s guide to the buildings of Shropshire.
  • Walk into Church Stretton to discover local cheeses, cakes, breads and ales and other artisan producers. When you return to the Rectory, you may discover Steven standing at the easel and James redesigning and planting up the garden.
  • We are in easy walking distance to the Long Mynd and Caer Caradoc. South Shropshire offers further walking on Wenlock Edge, immortalised in Housman's poetry, and the wilder hills around Clun, including a well preserved section of Offa’s Dyke.
  • Attingham Park, near Shrewsbury, is a grand stately home and park run by the National Trust. Just over the border in Wales lies Powis Castle, also National Trust. English Heritage manages the medieval Stokesay Castle, between Church Stretton and Ludlow.


Steven Keating

Steven and James have carefully restored Old Rectory House retaining the original Georgian elegance; the listed house merits a paragraph in the Pevsner guides. They wanted to create a relaxed B&B escape in beautiful surroundings and chose Church Stretton as it was easy to walk to everything. Steven works full time as an artist and you can see some of his work in their home.