Tomten House at Brook House

Clun, Shropshire
+44 (0)1588 640524

Utterly peaceful barn conversion in the Shropshire Hills, with bright, modern interiors and exquisite views out onto a private lake


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

The Experience

Descend into a steep-sided valley and catch your first glimpse of this barn from across the lake – a magical sight. Dynamic Ursula lives in the main house opposite with her rescue Jack Russell and can arrange to have organic veg and eggs from local suppliers waiting in the kitchen for you.

A passive house, warm in winter, cool in summer, and the living spaces are on the upper floor to make the most of the views. Settle on the retro leather sofa and gaze out of floor-to-ceiling windows or position the telescope and watch the moon rise over Rock Hill to the east. There’s also a sheltered back deck that gets the sun all day; take a book or listen to the sound of the small streams that trickle into the lake.

Start your day with a wild swim or borrow Ursula’s small boat – you’ll see numerous mallards in summer or even an otter if you’re lucky. Clun, two miles away, has two pubs with decent food and there are walks in all directions, as well as long-distance trails.

Tomten House at Brook House - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The unbelievable peace and great dark skies for that telescope
  • Swimming in the lake, a designated Local Wildlife Site
  • Excellent value for 2 to 4 people
Tomten House at Brook House - Gallery

You should know

  • The owner lives close by
  • There's no TV and a short walk up the hill would find you a mobile signal
  • Children are welcome from age 7 upwards


  • 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
  • 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: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs 2 miles.


Nightly price
from £83
Weekly price
from £540
1 House for 4
From £833 beds2 bedrooms


What a beautiful spot. Our hostess Ursula was wonderful, and looked after us well. Tomten House is perfect for people looking for peace and solitude. With Clun 2.5 miles away there is nothing to disturb you apart from the bats and sheep. The walks to Offa's Dyke are worth the trip alone. We had a wonderful stay and will be sure to return.

James and Tara, UK

We did wonderful walks each day, the best starting right from the house up to one of the best sections of Offa's Dyke only a mile away. It was lovely to meet Ursula and hear about the house and the area. We had weather of varied kinds but Tomten was comfortable, excellently equipped and delightful to return to each day.

Chris, Castle Cary

thank you ursula we had a fab time in tomten house, a wonderfully relaxing haven of tranquility, a swim in the lake, walks every day and divine views across the hills, the house has amazing views from the large decking and has a superb modern kitchen and shower, we will return soon,

Michelle, London

We had an absolutely fantastic time at Tomten House. It was so peaceful and the surrounding countryside and nature was an absolute delight. Ursula and Tray certainly gave us a very warm welcome and nothing was too much trouble. We have already booked our second visit!....brilliant.

Nick, London

Water, woodland and wide open spaces are here for your enjoyment. After a dip in the lake, head up to join Offa's Dyke path on the beautiful section through the Shropshire Hills. Inside, the old barn has been creatively renovated with great eco-credentials and a warm, understated style. Light and views pour in and at night you can use the telescope to watch the moon rise behind Rock Hill. A great retreat.

David, Sawday's inspector

A memorable place, refreshingly peaceful, hidden away in green hills, with spectacular undisturbed views of the starry night sky. It was very special to welcome in the New Year in this cosy, well appointed house, which has everything one might need, including very comfortable beds.

Bridget, Ludlow

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The neighbourhood

The house is cradled in hills with field and woodland on all sides, giving it a snug, protected feeling. Offa's Dyke footpath can be reached in 15 minutes and long-distance trails include the Shropshire Way. Bishops Castle, 9 miles away, is a vibrant market town with independent shops, good pubs and cafes; Ludlow, 12 miles, has an 11th-century castle and a renowned food scene.

Local points of interest from Ursula Freeman

  • The area abounds in ancient monuments, from the magnificent Bury Ditches hillfort or Mitchell’s Fold stone circle to little monuments for you to discover for yourself, old ruined castles nearby at Clun, Knuclas, Wigmore, and Montgomery.
  • The Spaceguard Centre, a working observatory, can be visited nearby and a telescope is provided in the cottage for you to enjoy the dark skies
  • The Small Breeds Farm, near Kington, has the largest collection of owls in the country. You are also in easy reach of the Red Kite Feeding Centre at Gigrin Farm, Rhyader,. and our small lake is a designated Local Wildlife Site.
  • National Trust properties in easy reach include Croft Castle, Berrington House, Powis Castle, Cardingmill Valley, Wilderhope Manor and Attingham Park. There are also many interesting independent houses to visit.
  • Walkers are near Offa’s Dyke, The Shropshire Way, Jack Mytton Way, Kerry Ridgeway and Glyndwr’s Way. The Heart of Wales railway has walks between stations. If you can bear to leave our area.
  • Foodies head for Ludlow, with its restaurants, specialist shops and excellent market. Bookworms head for the dozens of bookshops in Hay-on-Wye. All will have a lovely day out.


Ursula Freeman

Ursula and her late husband Charles originally lived in Chelsea, and Brook House was the family home. She runs The Redlake Press, which has made its name for producing limited edition fine printed books. She has extensive local knowledge that she's more than happy to share with her guests.