The Shippen

Bishop's Castle, Shropshire
+44 (0)1743 387873
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Feather pillows, welcome goodies, an extensive batterie de cuisine... the hosts are super generous, the views are to die for


2 beds


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

An old stone shippen on a remote hillside in an AONB valley, with designer décor, delightful owners, and a glass-and-oak gable for heaven-sent views. No longer a cattle shed, this is one big living, sleeping and eating space with a south-facing decked veranda that gazes on Shropshire’s sweet hills. Timbers have been re-used, the slate roof raised, and the stone floor replaced by pristine planks of oak. Not a building in sight, other than Jeannie and Paul’s discreet farmhouse… just a sloping grass garden, a mini orchard and masses of wildlife. It’s heaven for couples or families (there’s a sofabed if you’ve little ones in tow), and perfect in every season; snuggle up by the the log-burner in winter and barbecue in summer. There’s a filter for spring water, Freesat, Netflix, PlayStation, a wet room that takes a wheelchair, and a robot vacuum cleaner (a Sawday’s first?!). Stroll the cobbled streets of Bishop’s Castle and Shrewsbury, enjoy a local pint by the river, hike to the top of the Long Mynd. Then back to board games by the fire, bright starry skies, and owls that hoot you to sleep.


  • 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

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Dog biscuits, medium-sized dog bed, 2 bowls and towels for drying.

Max. 2 dogs.

Miles and miles of woodland and fields for walking. Use the Shropshire Way (right on the doorstep) or walk on the lanes.

Pubs/restaurants 2.5 miles.


Nightly price
from £99
Weekly price
from £640
Extra bed/sofabed available £10 per person per night.
1 Cottage for 2
From £992 beds1 bedroom


Tranquility at it’s best. Air so fresh you wanted to bottle it!!! We loved staying at the Shippen. Felt immersed in Paul and Jeannie’s secluded way of life. It was a lovely stay.

Rhian, Esher

The shippen is exactly as described. Seemingly plonked in the midst of stunning scenery of such stillness, quiet and solitude that it’s breathtaking, especially early evening sitting on the balcony with a gin and tonic listening to last calls of the woodland birds around you, the bleat, bleat, bleat of the lambs enjoying the last of the day and the ghostly shadows of the bats as they whip around the shippen on their nightly feed. There is everything here that you need, just take your own food and drinks and it’s paradise. Walk to the stiper stones along the Shropshire way - fabulous!

Jenny, Caunsall

The Shippen is a beautifully crafted, tranquil space. I spent a week here. It is equipped with so many things to make your stay comfortable. The kitchen is a cook's delight. The thoughtful touches of books, games, blankets, a little posy of fresh flowers all made this a wonderful stay. But the biggest attraction is waking up to that glorious view every day. I'll definitely be back!

Antoinette, Worthing

We loved our stay at the Shippen. The cottage is absolutely beautiful, cosy and has everything you need for a perfect holiday, The views are stunning, there are wonderful walks on the doorstep, places to explore nearby and Jeannie and Paul could not have been kinder. Wonderful.

Louise, Manchester

We were delighted when we arrived at The Shippen, hidden in the wooded Shropshire hills, to see it was exactly as it appeared in the photo. Delightful barn with quality fittings and gorgeous ceramic pieces. The bed is comfortable with luxurious linen. Everything you could need in the galley kitchen. The verandah has an amazing view which allows you to take in the wonderful scenery of the area. The garden is delightful in July, wild but tamed- a very attractive contemporary style. Great walking area and a delightful village shop in Lydham. Paul and Jeanie were welcoming but not intrusive.

Christine, Berwick upon Tweed

Delightful converted barn that is fitted out to a high standard with great facilities. It is very remote and vehicular access whichever way you approach it is by way of single track roads, some of which are not that well maintained. You need to be aware of this and be confident at reversing! The shower (it is a wet room) broke down whilst we were there but Paul & Jeannie did their best to get it sorted quickly although it meant that we were without for 3 days.

Tim, Edinburgh

Wow, lost for words! Wonderful location, stylish and comfortable and very easy to live in accommodation, lots of wonderful walks and great pubs nearby. Perfect!

Helena, Oxford

This was the perfect place to relax and recover from some health issues. We were very impressed by the quality of the furnishings and fittings and particularly liked the lovely ceramics. The Shippen was wonderfully comfortable and the view across the valley to the hills opposite was fabulous. There are many walks from the door. Jeannie and Paul, the owners who live next door were extremely helpful. This was a great stay!

Sue, Birkenhead

This is a lovely, very quiet spot with stunning views and only about 20m from the Shropshire way if you are into walking. Virtually no traffic and the only noise is from the birds and sheep. Had an issue with the water filter but this was fixed promptly by our friendly hosts. The Shippen is well kitted out with everything you need for a relaxing stay. It is remote, and if you are looking for nightlife, this is not the place to go. One final point, the lanes around the Shippen are very narrow and uneven. Low slung cars would ground out in some places

Paul, Milton Keynes

Where to start? Stunning views, beautifully converted cow shed, walks to die for (with more stunning views all around) and lovely hosts. We did not want to leave.

Betty, Southsea

Rustic charm on the outside blending perfectly with the fabulous setting and views hidden deep in the Shropshire Hills on the Shropshire Way. The contemporary interior was clean spacious light bright and airy and has a luxurious wet room with underfloor heating. Sitting on the veranda soaking up the sun and views was a perfect start to our long weekend. No need to use the car as lovely walks from the door and we brought all the food we needed. Peaceful just birdsong and sheep bleating, The Shippen is the perfect place to reflect, recharge and relax! Great directions and kind friendly host.

Helen, Stafford

A perfect stay in a even more perfect location. The views will take your breath away and the beautiful home has everything you could possibly need for a relaxing break, including an extremely comfortable bed! Our Miniature Dachshund loved playing in the fields and All the freedom. We had a hard time keeping him indoors. We will be back!

Madeleine, London

The Shippen is a real gem. We stayed there for the third time and can't recommend it enough. Beautiful place, perfect for a battery recharge from a busy life in London. The host are always welcoming and ever so helpful. Pack some good reads and your walking boots, its a perfect place for sleeping, reading, walking and daydreaming. Highly recommemded.

Anna, St Albans

The Shippen is a wonderful getaway in the Shropshire hills. We were attracted by the photographs which showed the surrounding beauty and high-end decor, but you have to visit to appreciate the full experience. Jeannine and Paul were excellent hosts and very good communicators. We visited with our daughter and puppy, plenty of room and lots of lovely walks in the area.

Hutton, London

Relaxing and beautiful location, peaceful and quiet, although transport is a must to get to the nearest pub ! but that wasn't a problem for us. Accommodation, very spacious, comfortable in all aspects. Stunningly decorated to a high standard, plenty of kitchen equipment. Can't fault this place, if your looking for peace and quiet this is the place for you.

Derek & Tina, St Helens Merseyside.

Our stay at the Shippen was superb...a little mix up on arrival with a faulty key safe but Jeannie very quickly resolved the situation. Everything you need has been provided ....especially board games which came in handy when the weather closed in on us! The water system can be a bit hit and miss ( water comes from their own spring) but when you consider the location and the unique accommodation it is something you can live with. The log burner is wonderful and creates a wonderful cosy atmosphere. If you want to experience a peaceful and rural haven this is the place. The views are stunning.

Cathy, Sheffield

We wanted peace and quiet in a natural setting, in a beautiful space, and that was just what we got ! On a clear night you can watch the stars from the bed. It was perfect, so much so that while we were there we booked it for New really looking forward to that :0)

Helen, Cheadle Hulme

The Shippen is a wonderful place, deep in stunning countryside. You can lie in bed and gaze out of the huge window and look at the beautiful view. You can laze on the comfortable sofa infront of the fire and watch movies or listen to music, you can go walking and explore the gorgeous surrounding area. Jeannie and her husband are lovely people - so kind, laid back and helpful. We went especially to see the ponies on the Long Mynd. We went at sunrise and sunset and it was a magical experience. I love Sawdays properties, and this one certainly did not dissapoint.

Catherine, North Yorkshire

A wonderfully presented and equipped place in a beautifully tranquil setting. We loved lying in bed with the curtains open looking at the stars and the moon. The place was comfy, cozy and a much needed retreat from the winter blues.

Ben, London

The Shippen is a wonderful haven away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. The touches inside are delightful. The picture window with patio door and access to the veranda is special. The view from the bed is magnificent. The bed is super comfortable. The three sofas are all different and have lovely light to sit on and read. The sound system is superb. The TV set up is ace. The maps and walking books are plentiful. The Shropshire Way goes pretty much past the door. The Stiperstone National Nature Reserve is a few miles away. The hosts are very friendly.

Jenny, White Notley, Essex

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Jeannie McGillivray

  • Perfect rural getaway for 2-4 in the Shropshire Hills. Light open-plan barn conversion with oak/glass gable overlooking the fabulous Linley valley. Brand new spring water supply for 2019, oak floors, wet room, heating, wood stove, extra sofa bed. Parking.
  • Steeped in peace and quiet, The Shippen is located within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty surrounded by miles and miles of fields and woodland with The Stiperstones, a Site of Special Scientific Interest just a few minutes drive away.
  • The area is great for outside pursuits such as birdwatching, romantic strolls, hill walking, cycling or horse riding, and there is golfing and hang gliding on the Long Mynd. It is also renowned for it's good food, local music, book and arts festivals.
  • There are lots of pretty villages and market towns, castles, houses and gardens to explore. The county town of Shrewsbury is just a 25 minutes away; much loved for its fine buildings, cobbled streets, boutiques, museums, cafes, restaurants and theatre.
  • Ludlow, famed for its castle, food fair, Michelin starred restaurants and beautiful architecture is a 40 minute drive away and the drive passes medieval Stokesay Castle. and The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.
  • A little further afield are the famous gardens at Powys Castle and The Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, and for book-lovers Hay-on-Wye famed for its antique and book shops is about an hour's drive away and hosts a great literary festival every year.