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The Bull Barn Family Cottage in Alberbury, Shropshire

570
  • £
  • $
per week
sleeps 6
3 rooms
3 bathrooms

The Bull Barn Family Cottage description

Holiday home
The Bull Barn is a quality cottage in a courtyard setting on a working arable farm in Alberbury. The cottage has two king-size doubles and a twin, each with an en-suite, and an open plan living area with woodburner. Outside is off road parking, and an enclosed patio with furniture and private hot tub. The Bull Barn also has shared use of a games barn with pool table, TV, air hockey and outdoor children's play area, and is within easy reach of plenty of family days out.

Area
The small rural village of Alberbury sits in pretty countryside, 9 miles from Shrewsbury. There is so much to do in this area, from the ten museums of Ironbridge Gorge to the abbey, castle, shops and restaurants of Shreswbury. There are many National Trust properties within easy reach of Alberbury, including Attingham Park, Powis Castle, Chirk Castle and Erddig. Ludlow, with its castle and timbered buildings, is a lovely town for a stroll and a refreshing cream tea, or step back in time with a trip to Acton Scott Working Farm, seen on TV as ‘The Victorian Farm'.

Region
A E Houseman once wrote that Shropshire was "the quietest place under the sun" and today the county remains something of a rural idyll, recognised as one of the least crowded and most peaceful regions in England.

Amenities
Underfloor central heating from eco-friendly biomass system with woodburner. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, 4 x TVs with Freeview, Blu-ray, DVD, iPod dock, WiFi. Shared games barn (wheelchair accessible) with pool table, hand football, air hockey, toddler ball-pit, drinks machine and newspapers. Shared outdoor play area for younger children with swing, seesaw and climbing frame. Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent, extra wood can be purchased from owner. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Travel cot and highchair on request. Off road parking for 3 cars. Private, enclosed courtyard garden with furniture, BBQ and private hot tub. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shop 4 miles, pub with restaurant 1.3 miles. Note: There is total privacy around the hot tub, but it is situated close to neighbouring properties.

Amenities

  • Cooker
  • Cots
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Games room
  • Garden
  • Ground floor
  • High chair
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi

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Reviews

Mrs Walton
May 2016
The property was fabulous, you couldn't fault it. A mass of places to visit all within an hour, we will need to go back to visit others.
Mrs Lomax
July 2016
It was a lovely peaceful place, the grounds outside were well maintained. We were greeted by the owner who showed us round the accommodation, explained the hot tub controls and showed my grandson the activity barns, which he loved!
Mrs Morrison
April 2016
The Bull Barn was an excellent property and all the rooms were spacious with a lovely kitchen/diner and lounge. The hot tub was used more than expected and was very relaxing. The location was great to visit Ludlow and Shrewsbury, NT properties were also near by and to be able to go walking from the front door was a bonus. Will definitely be back!
Mrs Hall
November 2013
Excellent accommodation. Nice people. Relaxing surroundings. Could not ask for more.
Mrs Clarke
October 2013
The accommodation was excellent, huge rooms, clean, exceptionally well furnished. 5 star all round.
Mrs Furniss
July 2014
Exceptionally clean and comfortable with excellent facilities for children of all ages to play safely. The extensive DVD library in Jimmy's Play Barn was greatly appreciated and well used by the grandchildren as it was much too hot to spend all day in the sun. We found plenty to do in the area and hope to go back again next year.
Mrs Thompson
July 2014
The general ambience of Upper House Farm and its' owners were superb. Nothing was too much trouble for these really friendly people. It is peaceful, clean and welcoming, we also were given a tour around the other properties and met an army of lovely ladies that were doing a thorough clean of the recently vacated ones. Although we didn't use the play-barn as such, we did buy some fresh eggs and fabulous cakes from the shop and they were delicious. The handle and steps on the hot tub were invaluable as they enabled my 91 year old mum to get in and out with help.
Mr Coleman
July 2016
We liked the lovely area and the ability to come back to a relaxing cottage after sightseeing, which was a joy. The standard of accommodation and facilities was exceptional. It was as if it had been occupied as trial by owner because everything possible had been thought of and done.
Mrs Lorimer
May 2015
A large spacious property which was well decorated throughout. It's set in a peaceful location and has a lovely private courtyard garden with hot tub. All bedrooms are en suite and there is underfloor heating throughout. The owners are friendly and welcoming. This is one of the nicest places we have ever stayed and will return.
Mr Dee
November 2014
The location and facilities were excellent and we would definitely recommend this property to friends and family.
Mr Hippey
August 2015
The Bull Barn is an excellent property in a quiet location, yet ideally situated for many attractions in Shropshire and Wales. It is finished to a very high standard and the owners/manager are extremely friendly and helpful. We particularly enjoyed using the hot tub supplied with the cottage.
Mrs Kerry
August 2015
An excellent accommodation that is furnished to a high standard. The owners were friendly and welcoming and there was a lovely walk on the doorstep.
Mrs Clarke
May 2014
Very friendly and helpful staff. Excellent accommodation; furniture and decor of a very high standard, it was spacious and relaxing.
Mr Holland
October 2013
Nice location in the middle of the countryside, but within easy reach of local market towns. Accommodation had nice open plan arrangement linking living, dining and kitchen areas. Good space for family.
Mrs Adamczyk
September 2013
Overall fantastic holiday could not have picked a better place. Beautiful barn, hot tub the best, beds very comfortable. Owner very helpful and very friendly.
Mr Adcock
November 2013
The overall attention to detail with every aspect of the holiday was first class. Perfect hosts, and we look forward to staying with them again in the future.
Mrs Tollins
August 2013
Great thought has gone into everything, and could not fault the accommodation.
Mrs Fry
August 2013
All in all a fantastic experience!
Mr Goulden
August 2013
The property was stunning. Owners were very friendly and made us very welcome. Plenty of things to keep kids entertained, and help us have a relaxed stay, which we did, and would definitely recommend and look at booking again.
Mrs McGeachy
August 2013
The welcome we received and standard of the property made us more relaxed than we have ever been before on holiday. The obvious love and passion put into these barn conversions really comes through in the warmth you feel for your whole stay.
TheClan1162
August 2013
The Bull Barn is one of a group of 6 property's which have been very lovingly and tastefully converted from former farm buildings. (Others are 'The Coach House', 'The Arches', 'The Granary', 'The Mill House' & 'The Sheep Shed') We were very excited to see the property as the photographs and description sounded perfect, however its the first time we have been away and on arrival our expectations have been far exceeded. We were greeted personally by the owners who could not have been more genuine people, and made sure they showed us round the accommodation and ensured we were happy with how everything worked. Every attention to detail has been thought through in these conversions and you would be hard pressed to not have something that you might need on a self catering stay. As we travelled with children (10,10,3 & 1) they were keen to show them around the play barn. This is the most valuable addition to the barns as it gives the children somewhere to play and let off steam instead of the usual rainy day activities they may have to do on a self catering UK break! it had a fantastic pool table, air hockey & football table as well as ball pit and soft play for the younger children. The DVD library was also utilised by our whole group. The children enjoyed having some down time in their room to watch a movie, and as adults (When we could drag ourselves out of the hot tub!!) it gave us a chance to sit and relax and have our own movie nights. Location wise it was perfect as you are not in a city as a base you find that travelling not very far in any direction gives you an excellent day out and very memorable family adventures, that said we noticed many things that we would have done as adults and will be back to do when we are on child free holidays. The other bonus of the location is the silence in the evening, something very few can enjoy in the built up world we live in today. Overall the welcome we received and standard of the property made us more relaxed than we have ever been before on holiday. This property and group of properties plus the additional play barn make it the perfect base for the most relaxing holiday for any age. The obvious love and passion put into these barn conversions really comes through in the warmth you feel for your whole stay.
DebsyR
March 2014
We stayed in the Bull Barn just last week with our two girls (2 and a half and 10 months) and a family with a 2 month old daughter. We were looking for a quiet place to relax and do lots of playing and spending time with our children. This cottage was absolutely perfect for that. We were obviously looking for a very family friendly holiday but I would say it is also private and quiet enough for a getaway without children. As other reviewers have mentioned we were greeted on arrival by Betty Lou and Robert who could not have been more helpful and friendly, the cottage was set up perfectly for our needs with high chairs and travel cots where needed and even a small game of hide and seek with some fluffy toys for the 2 and a half year old. It's these small touches that make the stay so special. The cottages are done up to a very high standard, a great mix of modern and original features with a lot of care and thought put into the conversion to make sure the cottages feel spacious and incredibly private. The real bonus to these cottages is Jimmy's Play Barn which again has been decorated to the same high standard. If you're thinking cold barn as we were you'd be wrong. It's a warm and spacious room, carpeted etc with a lovely play area and ball pool for little ones, and pool, air hockey and table football for the older ones and adults. Everything is so child friendly, lots of books and DVDs and jigsaws for the little ones. There's lots to do in the surrounding area to keep yourselves entertained if you can pull yourself away from the lovely cottage, play barn and hot tub! We had an amazing week and will definitely be returning. While we were there Robert showed us around the newest development where they are converting a barn into a Badmington/tennis court and an indoor children's playground. They are also planning a shop selling local produce and some free range chickens so you can collect your own eggs in the morning. It seems they are always thinking of ways to improve the cottages and make them even more special.
Gemma K
January 2014
As a group of six we were looking for a place to stay starting on a Thursday evening and struggled as many places wouldn't budge on the usual crossover day of Friday. When the owners were contacted they were very accommodating of our requirements so we opted for the Bull Barn. It was definitely the correct decision. The facilities were fantastic and the owners had thought of everything from free wood for the fire to any cookery utensil you could think of. The hot tub was a fantastic addition to the barn and great for relaxing in on a cold evening. We had free access to the play barn which is great for children, but also with a snooker and air hockey table was good for adults too. The local pub - The Old Hand and Diamond served good quality home cooked food and also had a minibus service that picked us up for a tip. Shrewsbury is also nearby and is a great day out. When it came to our final day we asked the owners Robert and Betty Lou if we could check out slightly later and due to the fact nobody was arriving on Sunday they allowed us to leave later that afternoon, which was fantastic as it allowed us a few more hours to relax. If you are looking for somewhere surrounded by shops or bars this obviously isn't the place, but part of its attraction is that its in the middle of nowhere and it has all the facilities you need for a great short stay.
Guest
January 2014
Clean accommodation. Friendly people. Excellent facility's. Nice location.
Gemma K
January 2014
As a group of six we were looking for a place to stay starting on a Thursday evening and struggled as many places wouldn't budge on the usual crossover day of Friday. When the owners were contacted they were very accommodating of our requirements so we opted for the Bull Barn. It was definitely the correct decision. The facilities were fantastic and the owners had thought of everything from free wood for the fire to any cookery utensil you could think of. The hot tub was a fantastic addition to the barn and great for relaxing in on a cold evening. We had free access to the play barn which is great for children, but also with a snooker and air hockey table was good for adults too. The local pub - The Old Hand and Diamond served good quality home cooked food and also had a minibus service that picked us up for a tip. Shrewsbury is also nearby and is a great day out. When it came to our final day we asked the owners Robert and Betty Lou if we could check out slightly later and due to the fact nobody was arriving on Sunday they allowed us to leave later that afternoon, which was fantastic as it allowed us a few more hours to relax. If you are looking for somewhere surrounded by shops or bars this obviously isn't the place, but part of its attraction is that its in the middle of nowhere and it has all the facilities you need for a great short stay.
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