The market town of Ellesmere is located in north Shropshire. Ellesmere holiday cottages are a long-standing favourite among visitors who want to enjoy the lakes or ‘Meres’ on the town’s doorstep. Ellesmere lies on the banks of one of the largest Meres, known as Ellesmere, or the Mere. On the edge of the town, the remains of what are believed to have once been an 11th century motte and bailey castle overlook the Mere. There is an island, built in 1812 from soil dug during the construction of Ellesmere House, and grey herons nest on the water’s edge, making self-catering holidays in Ellesmere popular among birdwatchers.


This hand-built and wonderfully fitted log cabin oozes charm and romance. The entire cabin, from the bold exterior to the charming interior, was designed with Western Red Cedar and thoughtfully furnished to ensure that the country charm is carried throughout his Shropshire eco cottage.

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An excellent visitor centre overlooks the water, with fascinating exhibits and the Boathouse Restaurant, where delicious tapas can be enjoyed. Don’t forget to ask for the sculpture trail, which will take you on a tour of the town’s unique artworks. There is a kiosk next door to the visitor centre serving ice cream and coffee. Exploring the town from your Ellesmere holiday cottage, you will discover a variety of shops, including a post office and a deli. In and around the High Street, there are some great places to eat a and drink. The Red Lion is a cosy, old pub serving local ales and hearty dishes. Meze is one of the town’s most popular restaurants, serving exceptional Greek food. And Coco is a relaxed spot for coffee and homemade cake. 

There are many historic landmarks to look out for in the town centre, including St Mary’s Church, and the Old Town Hall, which dates from 1849. Ottley Hall is an impressive home, built in 1827. Just outside Ellesmere, Colemere is a beautiful nature reserve which is home to rare water-birds and crisscrossed by scenic footpaths. Shrewsbury is a half-hour drive southward from Ellesmere with beautiful Tudor architecture and a lovely riverside.