The Old Stables

United Kingdom, Shropshire Hills, South Shropshire, Lydbury North
  • Sleeps 10/12
  • Beautiful location
  • High quality
  • Large garden
  • Games and Music Room
  • Modern
  • Wonderful views
  • Dual and triple aspect rooms
  • Stylish design

Stunning location at the foot of The Long Mynd

The Old Stables is situated in a tiny village in the heart of the South Shropshire hills on the west side of the Long Mynd. It is approached by some of the most beautiful lanes in the country.

The Old Stables has comfortable bed space for up to 11 people (3 rooms with double beds, 2 rooms with twin beds, 1 room with single bed; 1 room with a sofa bed; 4 bathrooms, 2 en suite).

There is plenty of reception room space for up to 12 people. (large kitchen/diner with seating for up to 14 around two tables; large sitting room; very large upper library room with grand piano at one end and table tennis at the other). In the garden is a Wendy House- a source of lasting delight for many younger children.

Prices shown are for 10 (or 9) people. There is a small supplement for parties of 11 or 12 guests. These supplements or discounts will be included automatically on the prices appearing on the system when you enter the number of guests in your party. If you have any doubt about these arrangements, please call us on 01568 612467.

The entrance to The Old Stables is on the road leading west from the village. There is parking for up to six cars in the driveway and roadside bays. From the driveway a gate leads to five steps up to the terrace. Beyond the large garden to the left is the first sight of the wonderful western view and to the right is the front door to the house.

The porch leads to a generous hall. The kitchen/diner, and beyond it the sitting room, are to the left; a passage to the snug/seventh bedroom and two ground floor bedrooms to the right; and the main staircase ahead. [The pictures follow this sequence.]

The Kitchen/diner is large with high quality appliances, two tables comfortably accommodating up to 14 places. Off the kitchen is a useful pantry and storage area. Beyond the kitchen the lovely, large sitting room has views to the garden and distant hills.

Behind the sitting room there is a second staircase leading up to the beautiful master bedroom 1 above the sitting room, which has a balcony with even better views. There's a king size bed and generous en suite bathroom. Opposite this bedroom is a single bedroom 2 with an ensuite shower room.

Turning right from the front door leads first past the comfortable snug with second TV on the right. This room has a sofa bed and can be converted into a bedroom for a 12th guest if needed. Next along the passage is twin bedroom 3 and at the end of the passage a dual aspect double bedroom 4, next to a bathroom.

The stairs in the hallway are in two flights. The first flight leads to a magnificent 35 feet long double height sitting / music / library/ games room with grand paino and a table tennis table. Spiral stairs lead to a small mezzanine gallery at the far end of this room.

The second (4 step) flight of stairs leads to the first floor where there are a twin bedroom 5, double bedroom 6 and a generous bathroom.

Every room has beautiful western views of the garden, distant Welsh hills and wonderful sunsets, and is fitted to high standards, with good furniture and many original paintings and prints on the walls. Great care and thought has been put into the creation of this lovely place in an equally lovely location.

There's TV, WI-Fi and DVD player in the sitting room; TV and Wi-Fi in the downstairs snug; radio and CD in the kitchen; wind-up gramophone in the gallery; CDs by the CD players; ancient 78s in the gallery; hundreds of books everywhere; board games, jigsaw puzzles, and cards in the sitting room; table tennis, toys in the music/games room with more toys in the gallery.

The dishwasher is in the pantry along with a large high quality fridge/freezer and a separate freezer (with ice cubes and cold blocks in the top two shelves). There is a supplementary fridge in the kitchen. There are two electric ovens, and a large gas hob.

The oil-fired central heating comes on and off at fixed times according to the season. The two gas fired stoves in the sitting room and music room can give extra warmth when needed. The washer, dryer, airing cupboard, airing hanger, iron and ironing board are all available for visitors’ use in a separate laundry room. A rotating drier for hanging clothes outside is available.

Professional catering and baby sitting services are available in the village.� The contact details are available on request.

As the house sits at the foot of The Long Mynd, Wifi can sometimes be unreliable.

Smoking is not permitted in the house; and, sadly, pets cannot be accommodated. Quality duvets, pillows, bed linen and towels are provided.

The garden and orchard is large and well kept. When weather permits, meals on the terrace are a delight. A barbecue, extra garden chairs and cushions and umbrellas are available. Equipment for croquet and other lawn games is available. Children may like to make use of the Wendy house and its contents.

Because of the quality and nature of the holiday home, a ratio of at least one adult to two children is required unless the owners approve otherwise. Arrival after 4.00pm please and departure before 10.00am.

All bookings carry a booking fee of £35.00 already included in the advertised price, unless it is a repeat booking at the same cottage within three years, in which case there is no booking fee charge. When choosing dates, please select the duration of your stay on the drop down menu above the calendar, then float and click the pointer over the desired starting date. Your choice should appear below the calendar.

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  • Aga/Rayburn
  • Bath
  • Child Friendly
  • Coffee Percolator
  • Cooker Gas/Electric
  • Cot / Highchair
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • En Suite
  • Fishing nearby
  • Fishing onsite
  • Fridge/Fridge-Freeze
  • Games Room
  • Garden/Outdoor space
  • Golf nearby
  • Hairdryer
  • Heating
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
  • Microwave
  • No dogs
  • Offroad free Parking
  • Pet friendly
  • Satellite/Freeview
  • Sauna
  • Shower
  • Smoking
  • Swimming Pool
  • Television
  • Tennis Court
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • WiFi
  • wood burner

Around the Old Stables

The Old Stables is in a tiny village or hamlet of about 10 houses. All the roads around are very quiet. A car may come by every half hour or so. Most of the roads are winding single track lanes with passing places so one needs to drive with care, and be ready to stop for sheep or pheasants or walkers, and to reverse to a passing place from time to time when confronted with a tractor. Sometimes there are horses and riders, or a herd of sheep to navigate. Once or twice a year a vintage car rally may come by, though always with notice beforehand. One year there were sheep dog trials in local fields.

The village is at the heart of the South Shropshire Hills Area Of Outstanding Beauty (AONB). The hills and valleys are indeed magnificent. Ancient oaks and beeches border the lanes. Birds, wildlife and wild flowers abound.

The countryside is full of pretty villages and ancient churches, most of which are open for visitors and with services on Sundays. Wentnor is the nearest village.

It has a church, two pubs, and a useful general store with some post office functions.

Shopping and Pubs - Craven Arms has a good butcher (Walls), and Harry Tuffins (the local supermarket chain). Church Stretton has another quite good butcher, a good Co-op, a splendid antiques market and a very good coffee shop. Bishop’s Castle has another Co-op, several quirky small shops and probably the best pub and pub food in the area (The Three Tuns). It also has the nearest medical practice. A bit further away are the larger centres of Ludlow (a fine castle, many shops and one or two top class restaurants), Shrewsbury (shops, theatre, cinema and ancient buildings of every kind) and Leominster.

Events - At certain times of the year there are special events worth looking out for. Ludlow has a Festival in June/July with a number of events. The Presteigne Festival at the end of August has excellent chamber music, old and new. The Leasowes festival up the Ratlinghope valley has jazz, chamber music and other events in the summer. Shrewsbury has a new theatre complex with a varied programme throughout the year. Many other events are advertised in the local paper and local shops. There are several local choirs and theatre groups.

Kilvert’s diaries, the novels of Mary Webb and Francis Brett Young, Ellis Peters’s Brother Cadfael series, Malcolm Saville’s Lone Pine Club series, and of course Houseman’s “Shropshire Lad” are all set in or near the area. All strongly evoke - and are evoked by - the local countryside. Surely these are the “blue remembered hills.”


July 2017 "Hi there - Haven't got 5 mins now but at the weekend very happy to send some feedback. We had a fabulous weekend and couldn't praise The Old Stables enough. Absolutely wonderful"

April 2017 "We have just had our year 4 holiday at The Old Stables in Asterton, each year we arrive and it never disappoints,all our family 3 through to 68 ages enjoy our week there we hope to return next year."

A remark from a recent stay: "Thank you for your prompt reply we remember the house (The old Stables) we rented very well it was a stunner."

December 2016 "Just wanted to let you know that the whole family ( including babies) loved the Old Stables and thewalking on the Long Mynd. The house was very confortable and had a very happy atmosphere. Thnk you too for your help. Lydbury North church ministered well to our religious requirements."

December 2016 "The old stables was just perfect for our family pre Christmas get together. We settled in so quickly. Our real Christmas tree from home looked stunning in the hall and was worth the effort getting it in the car!

The children hung up stockings on the stairs and it was just magical in the morning with all the opening and excitement round the tree. We cooked a full Christmas dinner on the Saturday and there was everything we needed. The children loved the space, the music/games room and the younger ones played in the lovely little Wendy house in the garden.

The house was warm and cosy and just lovely for us all. The weather on the Sunday was dry and sunny and we managed a short walk up into the hills - the views were amazing and the sunset in the evening was gorgeous. It's a perfect house for a big family or group gathering - a huge home from home."

August 2016: From a letter of thanks to someone who booked the Old Stables: 'J is still banging on about the dolls house (Wendy House) and when I ask what she will tell them at nursery about her holiday about the whole week, it is she played in the dolls house. Good choice of property.'

August 2016 "Had a wonderful week at The Old Stables. The house was homely , comfortable and very spacious...perfect for more than one family. The grand piano and table-tennis table were the icing on the cake. The views from the lovely garden were breath-taking. A lovely house in a lovely part of the country. We hope to be able to visit again and thank the owners for allowing us to share so many of their personal possessions especially the huge library of books."

June 2016 "My family had an absolutely superb holiday at The Old Stables recently and I can't enthuse about it enough. On arrival, the property seemed so vast, with plenty of room for twelve of us (ages ranging from 2 - 61), and the layout of the bedrooms was just right. It was beautifully clean and well-equipped, and the gardens were stunning. Although we enjoyed days and half-days out, it was always such a pleasure to return to the house - the children charging off to the Wendy house, or playing hide and seek. The weather was excellent for the whole week - which really helped of course. Nevertheless, if it hadn't been so good, there was plenty to see in the area, and I don't think we would have got "cabin-fever" as the property was so large.....................

We'd like to extend our thanks to your company, and of course to the owners, for generously allowing us to use their amazing, interesting, comfortable and homely property. We should love to return at some point, but with two more babies on the way, will we all fit in?!"

April 2016 "We had a great stay at The Old Stables, great sized house for a large group with everything you could need and more. Beautiful house in beautiful surroundings..........."

March 2016 We have arrived home from our year 3 holiday at The Old Stables. What can I say except brilliant brilliant brilliant our entire family ages 2-67 have enjoyed our time nestling in the Long Mynd area.The house is just perfect for us all. We are looking to rebook for 2017.

Received in November for an August stay "We found the accommodation first class providing everything you could possibly need and more.

We were a family of 5 adults and 2 children aged 4 and 9 and all very well catered for in this property. All rooms were very comfortably furnished with plenty of spacious areas in the house where the family could all be together. Luckily the weather allowed us to enjoy the beautiful garden and patio areas.

With walks on the door step in very scenic countryside what more could you want. Hopefully we will be able to visit again."

October 2015 "The house and location were excellent. We commend the trust the owners have for providing a fully equipped family house - very generous indeed - and very enjoyable. We hope to go again."

June 2015 "We had a wonderful time at the Old Stables - it was perfect for our purposes which was a base to attend a wedding in Craven Arms. There were 4 generations of the family - my 90 year old parents, me and my husband, our 3 children and their partners and our 6 month old grandson.

Not everyone could stay the whole week but those that did and were able to made the most of the beautiful location. My parents enjoyed just sitting in the garden as on the whole were were lucky with the weather. The large kitchen table was perfect for family meals and the big kitchen meant everyone could join in with preparing things or just chat.

The soaps, loo rolls, cleaning materials and bottle of wine were all nice touches and I can't really think of anything to complain about. Hope to return there some day."

May 2015 "Absolutely superb accommodation with everything you could possibly want. Situated in a beautiful area os South Shropshire ideal site seeing and walking country. Peace and quiet - sheer bliss."

April 2015 "We have had a wonderful holiday having been last year didnt think it could be better but it had surpassed all expectations we want to go back next year cannot wait."

March 2015 "We had a lovely stay in the house so it’s a big thank you to the owners for sharing it with us. We holiday with the same group each year and can honestly say that the Old Stables is by far the best we have ever stayed in both for facilities and value for money.

It is beautifully located especially for us as we were on a walking holiday and keen to walk the area around the Long Mynd. We would certainly highly recommend the property and may well visit again in the future. It is virtually impossible to identify improvement opportunities.

The only complaint anyone offered whilst we were there was that it was too warm. The heating was on all day rather than just am and pm as it said in the welcome book and may have been unintentional. Thanks again for a lovely holiday."

Feb 2015 "Hi – we had a fabulous weekend at The Old Stables thank you. We would definitely go again and diaries permitting, plan to do so next year. Very many thanks for it being so toasty warm on such a freezing cold weekend."

Nov / Dec 2014 "We had a very enjoyable stay at the Old Stables - if offered our group a great location for a get together, with plenty of communal space that could fit us all in comfortably. The bathrooms were all done out nicely and felt luxurious and the bedrooms were a decent size and beds comfortable. All in all were were very pleased with the weekend!"

Oct 2014 "We all (three generations!) really enjoyed our stay at The Old Stables. I don't think I can come up with anything off the top of my head that we needed and couldn't find! We had a couple of babies/toddlers with us - there was no high chair or travel cot available, but we knew that well in advance and were happy to bring our own. We all commented on how generous the owners were to share so many of their bits and bobs with guests. It felt like a real home from home."

Sept 2014 "Superb value for money, excellent location for an "extended" family holiday would certainly consider returning."

Sept 2014 "We had a fabulous week away in a great property. The Old Stables ticked every box. The property is spacious and the lounges were well apportioned and equipped with all sorts of entertainment. The gardens are well kept and extensive.The neighbours were all very friendly and accommodating and the walk to the pub 2 miles over the fields was a pleasure because of the great scenery and views. The Old Stables is well situated for touring the area which includes many pretty towns and villages. We would certainly recommend it."

Sept 2014 "We really enjoyed the week here - what a splendid place to stay, unpretentious like the small towns/villages around about. This suits our personalities...Overall we had a lovely week in a beautiful house in a beautiful area and would hope to return someday..."

August 2014 "Wonderful stay at The Old Stables. Couldn't fault it in anyway. Real home from home. "

August 2014 "Dear Country Holiday Lets, For the last dozen or so summers Ann and I have been renting a largish house for as many of our children/grandchildren as care to join us. We are all agreed that The Old Stables is the best of these houses, and this is discounting the rosy glow that a week of excellent weather sheds on the experience.The Old Stables had more than enough space, inside and out, for all 10 of us. The large garden was used for glider flying and gentle ball games, mostly using the good range of equipment provided. In the house, the kids commandeered "the snug" as their base, and the large lounge and even larger library/music/table tennis gallery meant that there was more communal space than anyone could reasonably expect.Above all what made the house stand out was its atmosphere. Immediately on first stepping through the door, it felt comfortable and welcoming without the rather clinical and impersonal air often found in holiday lets. It really conveyed the feeling that it was cared for and valued.As for improvements it is difficult to suggest any. One slightly wider approach road would be good but perhaps a double-edged sword, even if achievable. My research physicist son, inspecting the range of fruit pitting devices in the kitchen drawer, commented on the lack of a pair of silver grape scissors, as used in his Oxford Senior Common Room. Suffice it to say The Old Stables is a superb holiday house. Our attitude is summed up by my 7 year old grandson, who very reluctant to leave, said "Why don't we buy the house?""

June 2014 "We had a marvellous holiday at the old stables. The house and location were fabulous and even though our expectations were high they were all exceeded - even better than the photos. The croquet lawn and table tennis were a big success. A perfect place for family holiday comprising 3 generations..."

June 2014 "The Old Stables was lovely and superbly equipped, which was refreshing. They had also left us a nice bottle of wine which was much appreciated..."

May 2014 "Stayed at The Old Stables last weekend Friday – Monday. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay and really appreciated the house, the books and games. Just such a wonderful place to stay and we hope to book again for September. I really did not want to go home !!"

May 2014 "I booked The Old Stables on behalf of a party of four couples who enjoy walking and have shared holidays and cottages before. I think I can safely say The Old Stables is better than we could have imagined.The overall layout, large rooms, facilities, décor and certainly the location is superb. It was a good balance between feeling homely without intruding into someone’s home. We split our meal arrangements between eating out and in the house. We eat at the Crown Inn Clun, Bottle & Glass Picklescott and Crown Inn Milton. All were excellent. For preparing meals in the house the kitchen was well stocked to cope with the variety of menus we had planned. We all agreed we’d like to return. Not just for the house but also for the location..."

Feb 2014 "Just wanted to say how very much we enjoyed The Old Stables. Beautiful house in peaceful setting with everything you could need provided. Hope to return in better weather. Also liked your info on your website as you obviously know your area well. Nice to find a local knowledgeable independent company and would happily recommend you to anyone."

Dec 2013 "We really enjoyed our stay. The house was well stocked with cooking equipment, herbs, oils etc so very helpful for the head chef! Our children enjoyed the garden and the cows nearby...I would happily recommend to others."

October 2013 "We had a lovely time, we were most impressed by the facilities and may well be back!.....Thank you for the use of what is clearly a much loved family retreat."

June 2013 "We had a very good stay at 'The Old Stables'; the house was lovely - in a beautiful setting with everything on hand to enable us to enjoy the week with our family. We liked the fact that the house was homely but clean and had everything we needed.

My husband especially loved all the books and the use of the piano. I loved the garden and the peaceful setting as we live in the centre of a town. I hope maybe that we will book the house again....."

April 2013 "Wow. Just wow. The house is wonderful, the views are astonishing and I could have lived forever in the library. If the kids weren’t playing croquet or up a tree they were challenging the adults to table tennis. Sitting with a coffee in the garden watching the gliders was delightful.

Lovely walk on Long Mynd (or up it, across and down to a pub for the more intrepid amongst us!) And the owners’ daughter is about my age and had the same taste in books in the 80s judging by the children’s book collection. I had a quick read of some long lost favourites, I must admit."

March 2013 I just wanted to say that we had a fantastic stay at The Old Stables.
The property and its facilities were superb and we couldn’t have asked for a better place to be snowed in! I also wanted to pass on our thanks to Jason, who was nothing but helpful and he even brought us a box of supplies to keep us going.

We have already recommended the property to friends and I believe that they have booked a few stays through Country Holiday Lets. No doubt we will be returning and wouldn’t hesitate to use your company again. Thanks again Charles for your help with the booking.

Things to Do in the Area

There are many interesting places to visit nearby including Border Castles (Powys and Stokesay are exceptionally good ), stately homes (Attingham Park, Berrington Hall, Croft Castle…), fine gardens (Wollerton Old Hall is a favourite), the museums at Ironbridge, etc .

For children there is an exciting Playbarn outside Craven Arms with many hair-raising activities, the Secret Hills Visitor Centre also at Craven Arms, the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway with steam engines, the Aston Scott Working Farm… Several of the local market towns have numerous independent shops to browse selling local artists work, local produce or antiques.

Many more active pursuits are also available nearby. Riding, cycling, canoeing, golf, … all are available locally. The West Midlands Gliding Club is based at the top of the Long Mynd, and is happy to welcome visitors of all levels of skill from beginners to experts. Red kites, buzzards and hawks favour the area. And in the summer months there are masses of swallows, martins and swifts filling the evening sky. In the garden a visiting expert spotted 35 bird species just by sitting quietly on the terrace for one morning.

The South Shropshire Hills are famous above all for walking. There are terrific walks in all directions, short and long, flattish or hilly, and many well-marked footpaths and tracks. The whole of the Long Mynd itself is in the care of the National Trust who look after it very well both in the interests of wildlife and of walkers, riders and cyclists.

From the house there are good walks in four directions even without getting into a car. The western edge of the Long Mynd is easily accessible and has excellent walks of varying lengths. Walking north along the Mynd leads after several miles to Pole Bank, the highest point of the Mynd, where there are superb 360º views to distant hills and mountains. Further round the valley the Stiperstones is the highest point of the South Shropshire Hills with interesting rocky outcrops (“The Devil’s Chair”), a national nature reserve, The Bog Visitor Centre and equally good views.

Some of the local walks end very satisfactorily at local pubs – there are three or four within 2 to 5 mile walking distance.

Some of the local attractions and activities here and in the bordering counties can be found our Events Calendar, Attractions, Things to do for free and Where to Eat pages. Fishing is available at Onny Vale and Gatten Fishery

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