The market town of Shifnal is an idyllic base from which to discover the green, rolling hills of Shropshire. Established in the 7th century, it has a rich history as a trading post on the route between London and Holyhead, on the Isle of Anglesey. Exploring the town centre from your holiday cottage in Shifnal, you will notice fine, Georgian homes, which were built during the town’s prosperous trading era. One of the town’s most distinctive landmarks is graceful St. Andrews Church. In and around Victoria Street and Aston Street, you will find a variety of independent businesses. For a pint of local ale, try the Winking Frog, or the Jaspers Arms. Gestalt is a popular café, serving excellent coffee and lunches. Conveniently for visitors on self-catering holidays in Shifnal, there are also a couple of supermarkets and a post office.

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Temple of Diana is an architectural wonder set on 1000 acres of Capability Brown Parkland at Weston Park. The rural cottage near Weston-under-Lizard boasts ornate ceilings, a circular lounge, a games room, a three-bay glazed orangery and stunning views of the Shropshire countryside.

Narrow roads lead out of the town centre, into the surrounding farmland and woods, which are crisscrossed by peaceful footpaths. A short drive westward from holiday cottages in Shifnal, Shrewsbury is a charming town, on the banks of the River Severn. Famous as the birthplace of Charles Darwin, it has some of the region’s best-preserved medieval architecture, with 600 listed buildings, and fine examples of timber-framed homes. Reserve an afternoon to explore the town’s lanes and squares. Discover the town’s passages – known as ‘shuts’ – which pass through terraces, between streets. There are many unique independent shops and restaurants, and the Quarry is a 29-acre park with riverside walks and far-reaching views of the surrounding countryside.

The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a short drive to the southeast from Shifnal, with wild, unspoiled countryside to explore. Hike to one of the area’s summits, such as Brown Clee, and you will be rewarded with breathtaking views across the region.