South Shropshire Hills

Woodlanders

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Our first foray into Shropshire, Woodlanders simply takes our breath away. Oh-so-romantic and exceedingly hidden away from everyday life, this is a must for peace-loving types seeking a getaway from the rat race. Nestled deep in the countryside and surrounded by woodland, you'll be blessed with seriously beautiful views over patchwork quilt fields and rolling heather-covered hills. Step into the wonderful wooden home and you will find luxurious, open plan living downstairs and a bedroom tucked away upstairs amongst the eaves. Highlights include the wood burner, large windows with exceptional views and the excellently equipped kitchen. Outside, there's a pretty garden complete with a wood fired hot tub - bliss! Woodlanders is deep in the Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is full of wonderful things to see and do, such as the Long Mynd, Stokesay Castle and Ludlow. You're also close to Wales and Offa's Dyke - fabulous for walkers.


Living and eating

The wonderful open plan living space is just lovely with two large windows overlooking the wonderful rolling countryside beyond and a reclaimed floor from an old Scottish distillery. It's super cosy too, with a wonderful Clearview wood burner (made locally in Shropshire) and central heating to keep you warm whatever the weather. We just love the soft, paired-back wooden flooring and subtle, natural tones throughout. There's a super comfy sofa and ottoman coffee table, cleverly positioned to enable sitters to gaze out of the window, whether with their morning coffee or favourite evening tipple. In addition, there's a Smart TV tucked away plus a SONOS sound system for your favourite tunes.

The kitchen, with natural woods and light grey cabinets, is fully equipped with everything you need to rustle up your favourite meals for your loved one. There's a fan oven, induction hob, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and all the other essentials including a Nespresso coffee machine. For dining, there is a cute breakfast bar for romantic meals or alternatively head out into the garden where you'll find a table and chairs. We just love the armchair tucked close to the wood burner - the perfect spot from which to watch the cook at work!

In addition, there's a washer dryer in the bathroom cupboard.


Sleeping

Take the stairs up into the eaves and you'll find a blissful space for nights together. The sumptuous king size Loaf bed is covered with Egyptian cotton linens, luxurious throws, and lots of cushions to ensure the ultimate in comfort. The vaulted ceiling creates an open, airy space whilst the Velux window (with blind) is perfectly situated for star gazing at night. From the window you have far-reaching views over the rolling fields and hills, where nothing but the night breeze and the occasional hoot of an owl will accompany you as you drift off to sleep. At the other end of the room, stable doors lead out onto a bridge that goes into the garden's upper level, providing easy access to the hot tub - perfect!


Bathing

The gorgeous bathroom on the ground floor has a wonderfully deep slipper bath for long soaks, whilst the large shower (big enough for two) has a rainfall head and is perfect for wake-me-up blasts or for relaxing muscles at the end of a long day's exploring. In addition, there are heated rails to keep towels warm and fluffy and Bramly toiletries.


Outside Space

With jaw-droppingly beautiful views, the cottage garden, backed by lush woodland, is a fabulous spot and the perfect place to while away hot afternoons underneath the dappled light from the overhead branches. Set on two levels, the lower area is home to a table and chairs for alfresco dining - expect dreamy evening meals by candlelight as the sun sets over the hills and the inky sky becomes bejewelled by stars. In addition, there are two loungers and a pizza oven too.

On the upper level, tucked amongst the trees, is the gorgeous wood-fired hot tub where you can relax with just the sounds of the woods accompanying you. Hammam towels and biodegradable slippers will be provided for use during your stay. Please note, if the weather turns extremely cold and the water supply freezes, the hot tub may not be able to be used.

If you spot the gate, step through and you'll discover your own small private woodland. Hidden amongst the trees, find the little bench - the ideal spot for a drink or the place to sit with a picnic (there's a hamper in the cottage). Find a spot for meditation amongst the trees, or simply a place to spend a moment or two in complete peace.


Parking

There is private, off road parking plus an electricity point for electric cars (please bring your own charging equipment).


Babies and children

Babes in arms are most welcome at Woodlanders. A travel cot and highchair, plus some plastic bowls and spoons, are provided on request. Please call to book a babe in arms into Woodlanders.


Dogs

This is one of our pet-free properties.


WiFi

Woodlanders has WiFi so if you need to stay in touch with the outside world you can.


In the Area

Shropshire is a wonderful county and is often overlooked as a holiday destination. However, its quiet modesty belies an area blessed with untouched countryside; think rolling hills, farmland untouched for centuries and pretty market towns and villages. As such, you'll find amazing pubs and inns aplenty; the Hundred House Inn at Purslow is just a 15-minute walk away whilst the amazing Crown Inn, fantastic for both food and drink, is a 45-minute walk away in Clunton. You can walk to the pretty village of Clun - a wonderful 1 hour 45-minute walk through woodland and fields, whilst the bridleway next to the cottage head off into the woods - all of this without stepping into a car! Nearby Ludlow boasts an amazing selection of restaurants and a castle. History buffs will love nearby Stokesay Castle, Berrington Hall and Acton Scott Historic Working Farm whilst the nearby towns of Clun, Bishop's Castle, Leominster and Knighton are all worth a visit. As Woodlanders is set within the Shropshire Hills AONB, there's so many places to walk and explore - highlights have to be the awe-inspiring Long Mynd and the Offa's Dyke. Further afield, the county town Shrewsbury is worth a day out with its historic buildings, amazing Abbey, River Severn views and excellent shops. Hop across the nearby border into Wales and pay a visit to the beautiful Powys Castle and eventually into the dramatic hills and mountains beyond.


Like stepping into a fairytale, this wonderful wooden cottage tucked amongst the trees is the ultimate romantic country bolthole - complete with a wood-fired hot tub.

At a glance

From £857 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 2 | 1 Bedroom | Regret no pets

Key features

Al Fresco eating

Autumnal escapes

Boutique Hideaway

Celebratory stays

Electric car charging point

Hidden Havens

Pet-free property

Rolling countryside

Ideal Honeymoon spot

Hot Tub

Walking distance to a pub

Wood Burner

Perfect For Couples

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Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.

Payments:

  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about Woodlanders:

Had the most perfect honeymoon at Woodlanders. Really is a beautiful cottage in a very tranquil setting. Would recommend the walk to the Whitehorse Inn over in Clun for a Sunday lunch.

Absolute amazing property, peaceful, relaxing and extremely cosy.

Fabulous location - very cosy (once woodburning stove and radiators mastered!)

The cottage is quiet and secluded, in a lovely stand of trees. Perfect for a romantic, couples weekend away! Loads of walking trails that start from the house, so spoiled for choice! Ludlow has some great restaurants and a spectacular farm shop is nearby. Overall the perfect getaway!

A perfect retreat

The Woodlanders was truly exceptional. The description on Boutique retreats really did do it justice we had a fairy tale weekend. Despite awful weather the woodburning stove and woodburning spa were amazing. There was a hamper awaiting us and on our arrival we received a text from the housekeeper giving us her details in case we needed anything. Fresh flowers in the cottage. Everything seemed to be thought about. In this difficult world it is hard to find something where everything was perfect - we found it here

A lovely relaxing retreat. Cosy & cute, with all the things you need!

If you need to chill out stay here ! It’s beautiful literally in the woods hearing the wildlife at night was wonderful and waking up to the beautiful views was magical loved the skylight window in the bedroom. Beautiful views as we lay in this gorgeously comfortable bed . Went in the wood burning hot tub and walked across the fields to The Hundred House Inn. The owners checkin manual was the best one we’ve ever read tbh everything very clearly explained with detailed maps for various walks In the area. A gorgeous seat right up in the wooded area was a real delight . Absolutely beautiful.

Absolutely beautiful retreat. Really well done and fabulous attention to detail. We loved the Welsh wool fabrics, local and sustainable products in the welcome hamper, the amazing hot tub under the canopy of trees and the look and feel of the cottage itself. We have stayed in other retreat properties (also very lovely) but this was definitely our favourite.

Beautifully presented with all you need for a great stay… very peqaceuld and relaxing and a real get away from it all.

Beautiful cottage in quietly spectacular countryside

A genuinely perfect boutique retreat!

the cottage is perfect for a weekend of relaxation and pure bliss

A simply wonderful, romantic retreat.

The cottage was fantastic. Well appointed and in a lovely location.

It was a beautiful property, small and perfectly formed. Excellent attention to detail and very well equipped. Stunning location too and completely matched the description. Would not hesitate to recommend. Generous goodie basket too that was well thought out. We loved the property and area and hope we can return one day

A MASSIVE thank you

The accommodation was amazing. Lived up to the images and descriptions given/shown. Would highly recommend to others and it was worth every penny.

'A fantastic and beautiful oasis of calm, everything was perfect (well ok the British weather did not disappoint in its wetness!). Hot tub surely has one of the best views. A much needed short break and now back to the madness of four kids and two dogs!' - Goulding, October 2021

'A simply wonderful little retreat you have created in the beautiful Shropshire Hills. We have loved every minute of it and shall miss the wildlife alarm calls every morning! Attention to detail is 5 star rating and thank you for making our vacation even more special' - September 2021

'This is a real retreat! It's wonderful, was listening to all the wildlife last night, just amazing! Everything is beautiful in here. The bed is cosy, such lovely scenery to wake up to. Everything is simply perfect!' - August 2021

'What a wonderful place Avi and Kate have created, it's just beautiful. We've had the most tranquil, relaxing week totally mesmerised by the landscape. Woodlanders is absolutely perfect and we will be back! Thank you.' - August 2021

'Wow! We feel like we have lived in a beautiful painting during our honeymoon. Woodlanders is a luxe, Scandi-chic, amazing bolthole and we don't want to leave! We have been in the hot tub everyday and it has been the relaxation we needed. Thank you for creating this wonderful place! We will be back in the future!' - July 2021

'A wonderfully tranquil retreat in superb countryside. Thanks for providing such a cosy, bright and well-appointed cottage. Loved it all. P.S welcome pack was appreciated and all delicious.' - July 2021

'This place is amazing! Nuff said.' - June 2021

'A gorgeous cottage, amazing views, lovely countryside, fabulous hot tub. Fantastic break, thank you. We will be back.' - June 2021

'Can't think of a better place to relax and unwind! Thank you so much! Wish we could stay longer!' - June 2021

'Woodlanders is the perfect place to switch off, unwind, relax and spend time just with that me person...What an amazing weekend escape, everything you could ever ask for! Love the fact that everything felt like we were the first people to use it! Very impressed!' - June 2021

'Woodlanders is just stunning. So relaxing, so peaceful, such a beautiful setting. First time in Shropshire and we loved it. Not sure we are ready to go back to the real world. We have had a wonderful time.' - June 2021

'A genuine luxury retreat - from the welcome hamper to the welcome text from Jude and then Woodlanders itself, bliss. Fantastic location, superb accommodation and spotlessly clean. 10/10!' - June 2021

'A perfect place to spend our honeymoon weekend. Everything was wonderful, in spite of the rain. Hot tub is a delight and worth the effort! Tranquil, serene, we don't want to leave. Thank you.' - May 2021

'Lovely cottage, great location. Walk from Knuckles, bike ride over Bury Ditches. Lousy weather on Thursday, TV great! Superb area! We'll be back!!' - May 2021

'Beautiful cottage, amazing views. Wonderfully therapeutic to wake up to the sound of birds, cows, sheep, and rain on the tree canopy. Lovely evenings in the hot tub watching the sunset. Very restorative weekend. Thank you!' - May 2021

'What an amazing way to end lockdown! We had everything we needed for our week away. Very nice attention to detail, so grateful for the hamper. Highly recommended, nice location, close to pubs and gorgeous walks. Thank you!' - April 2021

'Couldn't have asked for a more peaceful or enchanting setting. Hot tub in the snow at New Year's Eve was a big highlight! Lovely attention to detail in the cottage to make it homely and welcoming. Thank you for not having a big TV screen blocking the view!' - January 2021

'A beautiful place to make a first escape after lockdown.' - December 2020

'What an incredible way to spend Christmas like no other. Thank you for this wonderful solace in this part of the world. We have loved every moment!' - December 2020

'Woodlanders was a gorgeous retreat for the second leg of our rearranged honeymoon. Love the cosy Christmas vibes with the log fire burning and really appreciate the box of goodies on arrival. The hot tub was stunning and dramatic - thanks for a lovely stay.' - December 2020

'We have had a great anniversary weekend! Very chilled - lovely location beautifully decorated and amazing bath! We would definitely come back, thank you.' - December 2020

'A perfect way to end our wedding day, we have had a luxurious weekend drinking champagne in the hot tub, watching Christmas movies and having some lovely walks. The log burner in the lounge and hot tub are both amazing. A magical cabin.' - December 2020

'This has been an amazing weekend away for our wedding anniversary! The cabin is so clean and well designed. We loved every part of it and the views were great. Such a peaceful place, we will be back for sure! Perfectly splendid.' - November 2020

'Just fantastic!' - October 2020

'This cottage is a cosy, peaceful hideaway with a wonderful view. A great place to be if you want to get away from it all' - October 2020

'We absolutely loved our week at Woodlanders for the second leg of our honeymoon. It was just what we needed after a stressful year trying to plan a wedding during a pandemic! Lovely country walks and pub lunches followed by a lovely hot tub and cosy evenings by the fire - just perfect. Thank you so much for a wonderful, relaxing stay' - October 2020

'A stunning lodge in an beautiful location. this really was a luxuary break and attention to detail was spot on. We would very much love to return in the future' - September 2020

'This week has been lovely! The lodge is stunning and has everything you need and more! The welcome basket of treats were a lovely surprise it really is such a peaceful setting to unwind in! The hot tub is amazing, as is the bath. We are sad to be leaving after a much needed wonderful week away! We will be back - thank you' - September 2020

'Such a beautiful place to stay. The accommodation was better in reality, could not fault anything and the welcome pack was very much appreciated' - September 2020

'Woodlanders is the perfect combination - peaceful, country setting with all the plush perks! It has everything we needed (and so many bonus treats) to relax and unwind. We are leaving feeling fully charged and very sad to go. The bath tub is just gorgeous after a long day of exploring the woods surrounding its location and it has the most well-stocked kitchen we have ever come across meaning meal times have been a breeze. The Sonos has also been on non-stop! A special thank you to Jude for all her help and recommendations. Woodlanders is just wonderful' - September 2020

'This has been a wonderful weekend for our anniversary. Beautiful, clean and homely. The basket of treats was a lovely surprise! The hot tub was fun to warm up and use, as was the pizza oven.You have made a truly special place' - September 2020

'We booked this for out anniversary. We wanted seclusion, a hot tub and comfort. Woodlanders delivered this and more. The additional treats left were a delight. All electronics worked (you would be surprised how often an advertised facility doesn't work) Unquestionably beautiful and comfortable. Couldn't ask for more' - September 2020