Westhope holiday cottages are hard to beat if you want a peaceful base from which to explore the majestic county of Shropshire. This tiny farming community lies in the heart of Hope Valley, 20 miles south of Shrewsbury and 10 miles north of Ludlow. It is located within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a remarkably unspoiled expanse of farmland, woods and rolling hills. This is one of England’s least populated areas and you may not see another soul for miles as you ramble past the ruins of hillforts and castles. Discover spectacular landscapes, such as the Stiperstones, a rugged, high ridge of heathland and rocky tors which is home to red grouse, ravens and stonechat. Nearby, do not miss the ancient woods and boggy pastures of Brook Vessons, or the sprawling parkland of rowan and holly trees at the Hollies. The Long Mynd, Carding Mill Valley and Wenlock Edge are all enchanting spots, a short distance from Westhope.

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The Shropshire countryside is scattered with historic monuments, such as the dramatic 13th century ruins of Clun Castle, and 12th century Buildwas Abbey, by the banks of the River Severn. Self-catering holidays in Westhope are a great opportunity to sample the best food Shropshire has to offer. Pick up fresh farm produce at village grocers, butchers and markets, or head to Ludlow, a charming Tudor town with half-timbered buildings and many of the county’s most renowned restaurants. Try the Fish House Shop for delicious seafood, the Queens for classic British cuisine or Mortimer’s for contemporary European dishes prepared with the best seasonal ingredients. From your Westhope holiday cottage, many of Shropshire’s best attractions will be a short drive away. The countryside is dotted with opulent stately homes, such as Attingham Park, near Shrewsbury. Nearby, the Severn Valley Railway runs through 16 miles of glorious countryside.