Wren Cottage - Nest Holiday Hideaway

Picklescott, Shropshire
+44 (0)1694 751464

The sort of remote English countryside most of us have long forgotten surrounds you at this converted eco farm building near Church Stretton


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Babies welcome

The Experience

This is a small but well-considered space and will suit a couple who want a bolthole that’s carbon neutral and 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.

Breeze off with a picnic hamper into the hills, or walk from the door onto the Carding Mill Valley range or Long Mynd – 500m up and the longest hill in Shropshire. If you like running, ask Tom and Em for their favourite routes. It’s a gentle one-mile stroll to The Bottle and Glass in Picklescott for innovative pub food.

There’s a fishing lake nearby (£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 Shrewsbury biscuits from the local baker, Mr Bun, and unlimited logs. The shared courtyard has brick paths and your own eating space and there’s a firepit barbecue in your own private area of the lower garden. Wait for the stars to come out.

View from the bedroom out into the garden

We think you'll love

  • The walks from the door
  • Cosy evenings surrounded by beautiful interiors
  • The 17th-century inn nearby
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You should know

  • There's another cottage next door
  • The living space is quite small
  • You do need to drive to shops


  • 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.
Restaurants 10-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £45
Weekly price
from £343
Short breaks available: 3-night stays from £222.
1 Cottage for 2
From £451 bed1 bedroom


Lovely hidden gem in the Shropshire countryside. Cozy retreat with all you could need and a really comfy bed. We stayed her for a long weekend after a wedding a Rowton Castle, 30mins away. Definitely recommend.


Wren Cottage is a cosy, comfortable little bolt hole set in lovely hill country near the lovely town of Church Stretton. It was all you need including a nice little log burner. It's very clean, the bed is comfy and the shower is good. Great walks straight from the door step. Highly recommended.

Frank, Bristo

We had a great weekend at Tom’s place. Great location, lots of local walking. Beautiful decor and we enjoyed the fire!


We can highly recommend Nest for a great relaxing break in the countryside..It is beautifully decorated with modern kitchen and bathroom updates,comfortable high quality bed and bedding , towels and kitchen is well equipped with great sharp knives , sufficient cutlery,glasswear saucepans etc and a dishwasher ! Nice touches, like freshly ground coffee, dark brown sugar and local biscuits and milk on arrival, ground salt and pepper are also to hand. The accomodation is comfortable, extremely clean and cosy, wi Fi is fast but fone is patchy, this didn't cause us any problems.

Janet and John, Port Talbot

We took a business break away to Shropshire and stayed at Nest during our time down there. What can we say, the accommodation, hospitality and surroundings were all sensational! We felt very relaxed outside of business duties which allowed our team to recharge our batteries in the beautiful comfort of the accommodation. We were really impressed by the interior standard of the cottages, all of which blended a fitting countryside warmth with a contemporary lifestyle injection. A perfect bliss getaway (even if it was for work purposes). We'll be back soon for sure - next time we may even


Tom and Emily the owners of the property were so kind and a warm young couple. Nest/Wren Cottage was beautiful, location perfect for Trish and I. My dogs went on their first holiday and I must say a big thanks to Tom and Emily for the perfect location. We would normally not go away over new year but it’s been one of the best we’ve enjoyed thanks to Tom, Emily and Miles. Highly recommended.


A lovely little barn conversion very close to Church Stretton and the Long mynd and a very short drive from Shrewsbury but with a middle of the country feel. The heating and hot water were wonderful plus the wood burner with all the wood you need made this December break very cosy. The barn is very well kitted out with beautiful decor and thoughtful touches like a map and walking guides to the area, tea and coffee, bread and cake provided and a lovely warm cupboard to dry off your walking boots. The owners were very pleasant and on site if you need anything. Would definitely go back again.

Melanie & Richard

We loved Wren Cottage. It is comfortable and well equipped - real care and attention had been given to the little details that make a holiday special. We enjoyed the peace and quiet, fabulous sleep and relaxing by the woodburner after lovely local walks. We've stayed in lots of holiday cottages in the U.K. and this is our favourite so far. We'll definitely book again. Thanks Tom & Emily!

Josie & Gavin

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The neighbourhood

Church Stretton is the nearest town (four miles). It's full of good things – delis, butchers, antique shops and a micro-brewery (Joule's). An 11-minute drive will take you to the fascinating Acton Scott estate, where you can delve into the history of farming and see heavy horses working the land. Ludlow is half an hour by car for the castle and St Laurence Church. It's the sheer beauty of the countryside here though, which is the main draw, and an eerie sense of having slipped back a century or two as you walk or cycle around it.

Local points of interest from Tom Hunt

  • Discover spectacular countryside — including the National Trust's Long Mynd & Carding Mill Valley, Caer Caradoc, The Lawley and Stiperstones Nature Reserve — from your Nest holiday cottage door, on foot or by bike.
  • You’ll be 3/4 mile from the ancient village of Picklescott, with award winning 17th century inn and eatery The Bottle & Glass, and just a stone’s throw from the most beautiful private, secluded pay-as-you-go fishing lake.
  • Visit the quaint market town of Church Stretton — known as Little Switzerland — just 4 miles south of Nest, and with a 4-floor antique centre and collection of independent shops and cafés.
  • Nest is just 10 miles from the riverside market town of Shrewsbury, first settled by 7th century Saxons, the birth place of Charles Darwin, plus home to 660 listed buildings and a burgeoning boutique and café culture.
  • 20 miles south of Nest is Ludlow, mediaeval market town and gastronomic capital of Shropshire. 22 miles east of the Nest holiday cottages is historic Ironbridge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and World Heritage Site.
  • Hundreds of historical interest sites nearby: castles; magnificent mansions and manor houses; abbeys and priories; stone circles and myriad other stone-, neolithic and bronze age sites; and a great affluence of Sites of Special Scientific Interest.


Tom Hunt

Tom and Em, young parents in their 30s, are returners to Shropshire – they both grew up in Shrewsbury. They reckon this place is perfect because it's right out in the sticks without being totally isolated. They converted the old coach house for themselves and then started on Nest which is now completely carbon neutral. They are deeply connected (already) with the local community, the farmers and the pub.