Holiday home Creagh Dhu is a lovely welcoming semi-detached cottage in a rural location just outside Ratlinghope village, near the Stiperstones and Long Mynd, 7 miles from Church Stretton. There is a king-size double bedroom and a second bedroom which can be offered as a twin or a super king-size double. Downstairs is a welcoming open plan living area with kitchen, pantry, dining area and sitting area, and a Clearview woodburning stove. Please note that although firewood is plentiful, only a starter pack is included for firelighter/kindling. Further firelighters/kindling can be purchased locally. Off road parking for two cars, electric car charging point included, please enquire for details. There is also a front garden area with decking, furniture and fine views. One well-behaved medium/large dog or two small dogs welcome. Note: Limited mobile reception. Note: The track to the property is quite bumpy although it is stable due to concrete sleepers underneath. Please drive slowly however when approaching/leaving the property as there are also free range chickens in the area. With the Shropshire countryside on the doorstep, Creagh Dhu makes a wonderful year-round retreat for walkers, couples or families alike. Check in 3pm and check out 10am
Area Church Stretton is a pretty market town in the heart of rural south Shropshire. Described as "Little Switzerland", the town is surrounded by stunning scenery and is the major part of Shropshire's hill country. The town offers a good selection of pubs, tearooms, and specialist shops, as well as other attractions including fantastic walking opportunities on the Long Mynd; the fascinating Acton Scott Working Farm, and the ancient Stokesay Castle. Shrewsbury, Ironbridge, Ludlow, Much Wenlock and Bishops Castle are all historic local towns with much to offer to visitors, and they are all an easy drive away from Church Stretton, as are the beautiful Welsh Borders.
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 Electric central heating on first floor with woodburner in living area. Cooking range with gas double oven, 5 ring gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer inc. ice and chilled water dispenser, washing machine, dishwasher. TV with FreeSat, DVD, Home Cinema System with 6'x4' drop-down projector screen and surround sound, WiFi. Fuel and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent. Please note that although firewood is plentiful, only a starter pack is included for firelighter/kindling. Further firelighters/kindling can be purchased locally. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Off road parking for 2 cars (one under carport). Electric car charging point included, please enquire for details. Enclosed front gravelled garden with BBQ and decking. Garden furniture to relax and view the spectacular hills and array of birds such as Red Kites, Buzzards, Swifts and House Martins. One well-behaved medium/large dog or two small dogs welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop 3.5 miles. Pub 1.4 miles. Note: Limited mobile reception. Note: The track to the property is quite bumpy although it is stable due to concrete sleepers underneath. Please drive slowly however when approaching/leaving the property as there are also free range chickens in the area. Check in 3pm and check out 10am.
There was a plentiful supply of free firewood - needed because the wood burner was the only form of heating downstairs.. However the cottage info stated that only the initial supply was included.
The short track to the cottage has been very badly laid so a small car rocks from side to side negotiating it, even at very low speed. The lane leading to the track would be treacherous in icy conditions in a small car also, especially when approaching from Bridges.
We had a fantastic holiday - the views were spectacular, the house had style and comfort, with beautiful artwork, it was very well / generously equipped, the mattress and bed linen were all excellent quality.
There was a lack of attention to detail In the cleaning - kitchen windows (with panoramic views!) not clean, dishes had been put away that weren't clean, as two examples. I am NOT blaming the cleaner for this! (Is she well-paid, given enough time to do a good job, are expectations made clear?)
It was a fantastic home in a stunning location..
Mrs Diserens, August 2020
Brilliant scenery all around this comfortable, solid cottage.. Very efficient wood burner- which is necessary as it’s high on the hills and windy up there.
The beds were comfortable, plenty of hot water, large cooker and sofas, huge cinema screen...
The area is spectacular with dramatic scenery- the road over the Long Mynd is not for the faint- hearted though
- narrow with steep drops.
Great for walks and getting away from the hustle and bustle, with soaring birds to watch from the large windows, red kites, buzzards, ravens.
We came home feeling refreshed and invigorated.
This is a lovely cottage in a beautiful setting with a comfortable lounge and well equipped kitchen; bedrooms were spacious and beds comfy.. We had a bit of a problem with parking as we had parked our cars next to the cottage, we then found out this was the wrong place as there are only a few specific spots you can leave them so read the manual when you get there! Downstairs can only be heated by the wood burner which is a lovely feature but a bit of a faff, plus we had to keep the babies away from it and from eating the little bits of wood they kept finding! plus there is only a shower room which ours struggled with. The home cinema system is a perk but not sure you really need it when you are in such a beautiful location, and sometimes you just want to flick the TV on rather than having to switch on 3 or 4 remotes. Great if you want to get away from it all and relax with a movie in the evening. Saying all this I would come back when the children are bigger as the cottage is lovely and I think the area is worth exploring (e.g. Carding Mill Valley) and the drive over to Church Stretton is spectacular.
lovely place very secluded brilliant for walkers, birdwatchers or those who need to get away from it all.
This cottage is an absolute gem.. The surroundings are simply stunning, and the photos don’t do the big windows and beautiful views justice! Lovely open plan downstairs, and cosy bedrooms (remember to duck if you are tall!). The fire and projector screen are perfect for cozy nights in after hill walks in the day. As some reviews mention the drive down might be a little bumpy in a low vehicle, but we managed just fine in our ford fiesta! Everything was hassle free, and we absolutely loved our week there.
We had a lovely short break at this 'off the beaten track' home.. We loved the amazing views and changing skies. Our first visit to this part of the world and we intend to go back. We were very comfortable. Although it is evident that the place is well used, everything we reached for was provided and there is a restful atmosphere to the property.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay at Creag Dhu which is located in a beautiful part of the country.. It was great to wake up each morning to such a stunning view. Lots of interesting places to visit in the area and plenty of good walks. We would highly recommend it.
The cottage is well equipped with books, cds, DVDs (Blu-Ray) and games.. As well as the projector television, there is a radio in the kitchen area and a cd player. The kitchen is also very well appointed. The bathroom is excellent and the shower is a lot better than in many holiday cottages. The beds are very comfortable and there is adequate hanging space in both bedrooms. Outside on the decking is a real sun-trap and, conversely, if you keep the upper windows open, the bedrooms are lovely and cool. The views are stupendous, which is just as well, since we arrived and then found ourselves stranded for 5 days due to our vehicle going on strike, necessitating a relay home on the back of an AA truck. The projector television is also excellent. In fact, the only real problem, apart from the total lack of a mobile phone signal, is the condition of the track down to the cottage. This is very rough, quite steep and needs careful and very slow negotiation, but its condition may not be the responsibility of the cottage owner. The other problem for us was, because of our vehicle situation and the livestock, there was nowhere to let our energetic dog off the lead. Be aware that the roads within a 3 miles radius of the cottage are narrow and hilly.
As a retired facilities manager I do not agree with the property 4 * rating , 2 would be more accurate .. On a positive note the beds and bedrooms were very good , warm and comfortable .The upstairs shower and loo clean and fresh .
Sadly there are several negative's , the sofa ( we purchased a cover to enable us to use it ) and table lamp in the sitting room were well past sell by date .
The kitchen needed to be cleaned , surfaces were "sticky" , some plates and pots and pans were greasy and had to be dishwashered before use . There were several crockery items that had chips or cracks , I know the welcome pack states set damaged thing aside to be replaced, but the number we found indicates that a check had not been carried out.
The ultra low energy LED lighting in the kitchen created a dingy atmosphere , a pity because this room had potential to be " country cottage " and if one wasn't struggling to see , cooking would have been enjoyable .
Also the previous visitors rubbish had not been removed from the storage shed . I got the impression someone thought " It will do " or It seemed were not bothered.
Outside the views are amazing , really good , sadly the run down appearance and storage of "useful" things from the surrounding small holding detracted from the wonderful views .
As another reviewer noted , the road into the property in not very good, but all one needs to do is drive slowly , then its not a problem .
My Wife and I would love to return to the area , but not to this cottage .
This is our idea of heaven! The cottage is comfortable and the location stunning, so we keep coming back! It's an easy walk up to the Stiperstones from the door and the Long Mynd is a short drive (or a longish walk). Good food at The Stiperstones Inn and The Bridges and we love tea and cake at The Bog Visitor Centre. The shop in Stiperstones sells everything!
This cottage is beautiful and the scenery around it is just stunning.. We saw it in cloud cover, sunshine and snow on the day we left.
We would definately return there.
A wonderful, relaxing place to stay and unwind . The views from the house and garden are spectacular. Walks from the house, onto the Stiperstones answer Shropshire Way. Would definitely recommend .
Fantastic cottage with views never equalled on a any holiday we have had before. Have found Sykes the best by far of all the agencies we have used, with your attention to detail and helpful staff.
The views from the cottage were spectacular, the log fire was a bonus and the large screen to project films and TV was excellent.
Excellent location and helpful owner. Generally a very well presented, equipped and comfortable cottage.
The location is perfect, so scenic and peaceful. The cottage is very well equipped, incredibly tastefully decorated and is probably less like a holiday cottage and more like a home as it has such a warmth to it. I was in no hurry to leave it to return to my home.
Quiet location with superb views from the cottage. We would like to stay at this cottage again.
Great views and nice accommodation. This a great starting point from which to explore Shropshire. The TV/home cinema set up is a really unusual feature in a holiday cottage which we really enjoyed using for both TV and DVDs.
A cosy and well equipped cottage. Cheese, milk and eggs available from the small holder next door. The most stunning thing about this holiday let is the location. Amazing views in all directions and great walking from the door. A fantastic base to discover a beautiful area from. The beer at the nearest pub is fabulous, can't drink too much as it's a fair stroll uphill to get home. We will be back
Loved the setting of the cottage, the scenery around was stunning. The cottage was very comfortable and welcoming and the bed was so comfy! We had a dog so having the garden enclosed was a great asset to the cottage. There are neighbours but they were very friendly and it didn't spoil our holiday in any way having them around.
The location of the cottage was excellent with panoramic views from every window. The cottage was well equipped with everything that you needed. It was certainly a cottage that we would return to as it was so relaxing.
Amazing location. Fantastic views and a lovely hamlet. Couldn't bear to use the TV much as it obscured the view. Would imagine it's the perfect antidote to a cold rainy day though - luckily we had none of those! Really enjoyed watching the Buzzards from the deck. The area is wonderful for walking. Stiperstones, Long Mynd particularly good walks. The pub at Bridges serves excellent beer and good food - plus is an energetic walk back so you feel you've deserved it! We were able to buy fresh eggs and also Goat's milk cheese from the smallholder next door.
A delightful remote cottage, wonderful for those who enjoy walking, the fire and indoor cinema were added bonuses. There are two other occupied cottages next door, but otherwise the cottage is rather isolated, no phone signals but excellent WiFi. Shropshire is a stunning county and Shrewsbury an interesting and beautiful town as is Ludlow, both of which are about 25 minutes drive away. The kitchen in this cottage is extremely well equipped.
In a fantastic, quiet, rural location with lovely views of the nearby hills.
Loved the remote location and the views. The kitchen is very well equipped, and I loved the range cooker. Sofas were also comfortable and particularly welcoming after a long walk!
A superb barn conversion to a particularly high standard! The log burner was more than sufficient to heat the whole property. The kitchen was wonderfully equipped with quality fittings not too complicated to use. Comfort was second to none, sumptuous sofa, chairs and bed. Plenty of literature on surrounding area. Spotlessly clean!
The location was outstanding with glorious views. Furnishings, and equipment in the cottage were first class, with everything you could possibly want included. It being autumn the log-burning stove was very welcome.
Difficult to find but well worth the effort. Climbing up the steep and winding road from to Bridge Inn you eventually turn off onto a rough track going downhill and there is Greagh Dhu. On entering the cottage we really were very impressed. Very clean, wood burning stove, a kitchen eqipped with everything you could want and a comfortable lounge complete with home cinema. Bedrooms were similarly very comfortable. The views from the house were just stupendous and we couldn't stop looking out of the windows. To enjoy Creagh Dhu you have to like being remote (nearest shop 2 ml, nearest pub 1.5 ml) but we loved it. While we were there there was a lot of rain but it didn;t seem to make any difference to our enjoyment - sometimes we went out and sometimes we just stayed in. Overall a very enjoyable week and I suspect we will return.
Beautiful cottage, outstanding location and scenery blissfully quiet.
The property is truly home from home, very well furnished, everything to a high standard. The cottage is located in a completely unspoilt area where the only noise is the sound of the sheep, cockerel and turkey. Lovely views 360 degrees around the property. The added bonus of a full home cinema system was great for watching movies. Some great walks and bike rides on the doorstep, horse riding nearby and a safari park and kids wonderland not too far away.
The accommodation was very clean and modern. The lounge was very comfy and the large cinema type TV screen was excellent with surround sound. The best feature of the property is the location and it's stunning views - you can walk out straight to superb views from the local Stiperstones. A gem of a location.
A first class cottage with splendid scenery. There are lovely drives and walks.
Beautiful cottage, wonderful location with walks straight from the door, and a gorgeous view.
A stunning cottage in a fantastic location. Well furnished and very comfortable. Beautiful views from the cottage. Could not have asked for a better cottage and location for a relaxing week. Plenty to see and do in the area. Home cinema system fantastic and a wonderful wood burner.
Very comfortable cottage which is well equipped. Good kitchen, super home cinema and brilliant views of the Stiperstones. Loads of very peaceful and gentle walks from the cottage/within a few miles. More goats, turkeys,sheep and llamas than people. Good pub food nearby. Seems a little known gem of an area. One small minor point, the drive to the property is a bit rough.
Superb location with excellent views from the lounge and kitchen. Well equipped. Enjoyed the log burner and home cinema. A high standard of accommodation all round.
Mr Mrs Turner
Perfect location for a relaxing week with stunning views from the door. I would highly recommend and would definitely visit again.
We booked this cottage fairly last minute and needed to find somewhere that allowed pets.
Having booked everything on line, it was a simple process and directions and instructions followed shortly afterwards.
We wanted something quiet and out of the way and we certainly got it.
The cottage looked quite dramatic as we approached it and once inside, we couldn't believe our luck. The decor and furnishings surpassed our expectations. The welcome tray was very handy and even had a bottle of vino to let us chill out with whilst awaiting the Tesco delivery booked on line a few days before we arrived.
As a party of 2 adults and 2 16 year old boys, the home cinema system proved a hit with everyone.
The cottage is ideally suited to go out walking on anything from 3 miles to 14 miles and all starting and ending either at the cottage, or the local (and only) pub.
We highly recommend the goats cheese and quails eggs off the smallholder behind the cottage.
Take your walking boots, a day sack, a good book and an energetic Labrador and you have all the ingredients for a great week. (Oh! And a showerproof jacket for the weather on the hills.)
Beautiful location! Very much reminded us of home. The shower was amazing, could have stayed in it all day! Would love to go back again. Have recommend it to all my friends. Idyllic!
A lovely property in a great location. A great home cinema system.
We were thoroughly happy with all aspects of the cottage and the welcome tray of drinks was a nice surprise, even more so as it included a bottle of wine, with which we toasted our week to come whilst awaiting the arrival of our pre-ordered Tesco delivery. This was the perfect week away from the day to day repetition and drudgery of city life. I'm sure we will be doing it again!
Fantastic scenery, friendly neighbours. What a TV screen - amazing!
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