My girlfriend booked this cottage as a total retreat and escape from the city. It was utterly gorgeous. Lovely garden, spectacular views. I had a dinner outside in the garden and could see the country for miles. A home from home. The barn was very clean and tidy. You could sleep like a top with a babbling brook running quietly outside the window. It was like going back in time with horses and traps trotting by. Cath, the owner, was very helpful and could not help us enough, even inviting us to a village party. Pubs nearby were great. Walking terrific. A real find.
We recently had the misfortune to book this cottage. Very poorly maintained and dubious cleanliness.........thick with dog hairs on the living area carpet, dog hairs on the bedding, greasy cupboard doors in the kitchen, everything felt old and tired.
Heating on full on a warm summers evening and unable to turn it off (the owner suggested running the hot water taps!)
We checked out after an hour or so, having explained our disappointment, and are still awaiting the remainder of our refund.
Its a real shame as the location is fabulous and the cottage could be great with a little attention to the fixtures, fittings and cleaning.
This is the first time in nearly 20 years of renting that we have felt the need to post negative comments.
Willow Brook Barn is in a beautiful location just tucked under the Longmynd in Shopshire. We were initially a little worried about staying in a cottage that is in the gardens of the owner, but Cath was absolutely brilliant. She was relaxed, friendly and good humoured as our three dogs ran about the garden. She also knows all the best pubs for dinner!
The cottage is a great size and very comfortable (with wifi so I could work if needed) and is perfect for dog owners.
The only thing that would have been nice is some larger bath towels but this is a minor quibble.
Also be aware if your dog likes sheep Shropshire is full of them. We bought a great book called 'Shropshire a dog walkers guide ' by Judy Smith which was brilliant at pointing out the best and safest dog walks in the area.
A great place for a holiday!
What an amazing country lovers dream. Being dog friendly and right at the base of the Long Mynd this really is fabulous walking territory or simply a quiet retreat wether you take the kids or not there is loads to do. With a log burner and all amenities you could need, it would be hard not to feel right at home. There is a great pub in the village which does traditional country pub grub from Shropshire grown produce, which is delicious. Catherine was a warm and helpful hostess and nothing was too much trouble. The only problem we had was that I didn't book it for longer.
Staying at willow brook Barn was just what was needed. a beautiful shropshire location with friendy people where ever we went.
the barn was perfect with two bedrooms. the master room was quiet and comfortable which was hard to get out of because it was so easy to sleep in.With only the noise of the stream running by the barn to listern to when we woke up. The living room and kitchen are open plan so we could talk and relax together in the morning.
The owner Cath was a perfect host, supplying a fresh cake and bottle of wine on our arrival. The log burner was something we found very romantic having a real fire on winters nights with loads of logs avalible to keep us warm.
The accomadation we could nt fault and if we needed any extras we had only to ask the owner Cath would could not do enough for us.
The country side was amazing and we lost count of the walks we took over the long myn and cardingmill valley area.
places to eat were everywhere local pubs were friendly and warm to us and in the end it was hard to leave and we are already planning our next visit.
Thank you and see you soon.
the most spectacular being an early morning walk to church stretton and watching the sun come up over the rolling hill sides as far as you could see.
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