The Miller’s Cottage, The Birches Mill

Craven Arms, Shropshire

Stride off to Offa's Dyke from the deep comfort of this millside home, with a wildflower garden behind and the river to lull you to sleep


2 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 3


This is a neat conversion in part of the original mill. Wake to the music of birdsong and the mellifluous river. The Birches Mill and its buildings date back to 1640; corn was ground here right up until the Second World War. Now Gill and Andrew, both artists, live opposite and will happily provide you with a home-cooked, locally sourced meal from their freezer should you arrive exhausted on a Friday night – or if you’re simply too puffed to cook after a day’s hike! You can also order a welcome box of local produce. Downstairs is a living room of exposed stonework, low, beamed ceilings and a wood-burning stove. Attached is the small, well-equipped kitchen with fun, colourful tiles and farmhouse-style wooden units. Wind up a book-lined, doll’s house stair to fresh sky-lit bedrooms – there’s a double and a single – and wake to the morning light coming in through wide velux windows. A wildlflower garden sits behind the cottage, yours to catch the afternoon sun in. Wonderful Offa’s Dyke can be reached by foot; historic Ludlow, Slow Food capital, is a short car hop.


  • 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 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

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.


Nightly price
from £56
Weekly price
from £390
1 Cottage for 3
From £562 beds2 bedrooms


This is a lovely cottage; very comfortable, tastefully decorated and in an exceptionally tranquil setting. Andrew and Gill are the very best hosts being warm, welcoming and quietly supportive. Definitely a place we will return to in the near future.

Neil, Brecon

We had a really relaxing two night break. Fantastic walks, interesting villages and towns to explore and wonderful tranquility. Very friendly and helpful owners who are able to provide some tasty supplies. Great.

Kate, Tonge

Thank you to Andrew and Gill for the warmth of their welcome and faultless hospitality. We loved our stay in The Miller’s Cottage, and felt very much at home, and really appreciated all that was done to enable us to have a lovely holiday celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. Highlights include: sitting in the pretty garden listening to the birds, walking the footpaths through the Shropshire countryside, Stokesay Castle, and not forgetting the lovely homemade meal on our first evening – delicious!


Lovely cottage, well positioned for walking, history, sightseeing and resting. Gill and Andrew were very helpful and especially friendly, their years of experience shows. One of the best British holidays we’ve had. A special thanks to the ‘girls’ for their lovely free-range eggs.


Stayed 7 nights at this cosy cottage. Peaceful countryside setting with the sound of sheep and bird song ti wake up to. Very well equipped and the owners Gill and Andrew gave us a warm welcome. Nothing too much trouble. This is home from home. Several walks that start from outside the cottage. Also if you don't fancy cooking you can order meals cooked by Gill. If you are looking for a relaxing break this is the place Exactly like the pictures on the website. Would give this 10/10.

William, Cheshire

Wonderful. Truly away from it all but with the luxury of meals prepared for us on the day of arrival. Great walking from the door and invaluable advice and recommendations from our hosts about local visits. Cottage really cosy. Felt like home, only much more delightful! I'm sure we'll be back.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Gill Della Casa & Andrew Farmer

  • Cosy and comfortable cottage with wood-burning stove, perfect for a few days of peace and relaxation in the South Shropshire Hills.
  • The cottage has two bedrooms, just right for a couple with a friend or relative joining them or for two singles who prefer separate bedrooms.
  • Fabulous walking directly from the cottage door into an outstandingly beautiful valley. Offa's Dyke and the Shropshire Way are a mile away.
  • There is a large sunny wild-flower garden, a lovely place to read and relax with tea on a warm summer afternoon.
  • Lots to do and explore in South Shropshire - our local village of Clun, Stokesay Castle, Powis Castle and historic Ludlow with over 500 listed buildings are among our favourites, and all just a short drive away.
  • Bishop's Castle our small local market town is five miles away, with deli's, book shops, craft and antique shops and two breweries, The Three Tuns dates back to 1640, and serves excellent food too!