Nestled away, near the Welsh border in Shropshire, Craven Arms, often referred to as ‘The Gateway to the Marches’ is an impressively beautiful place to stay and offers a good choice of cosy Shropshire holiday homes. Dubbed so beautiful that its enemies couldn’t bring themselves to destroy it on invasion, is why Craven Arms in South Shropshire has remained so unspoilt after centuries of opportunities for it to be demolished. A perfect example is Stokesay Castle, still completely intact after seven centuries of weathering and potential beatings.

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The Olde Cowshed offers couples, families a two-bedroom luxury cottage with a games room, home gym and hot tub on a 250-acre working farm in Westhope Village, This Shropshire holiday cottage is surrounded by the beautiful countryside with easy reach of many attractions. Pets welcome.

Surrounded by hills, this area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’ has become a Mecca for walkers from all over the country. Choose from it a small stroll to a lengthy ramble. The area also appeals to the fishing community as the River Onny, where kingfishers roam, provides freshwater fishing for all levels. Visit the Shropshire Discovery Centre with its fascinating grass-roofed building to be inspired by a whole host of ideas for things to do or places to visit in this corner of South Shropshire. Take a balloon ride over the hills or follow one of the local Geocaching trails. Immerse yourself in culture and visit one of the many castles in the area – all of which are empty but not ruined or visit Buildwas Abbey, located on the banks of the River Severn – walk in between the stone arches and experience Craven Arms’ rich heritage. Don’t miss The Land of Lost Content’ in the Old Market Hall which pays homage to popular British life from the Victorians to the present day.