Shropshire lies in the heart of England, between Birmingham and Wales, easily accessible to both and suitable for people who like peaceful country breaks or something more lively. Ironbridge sits centrally in the County. The scenery is breathtaking in the South of the county and is a walker's paradise, with the famous 'Lond Mynd' and South Shropshire Hills. There is even horse riding along the Mynd for those who like to appreciate the scenery on horseback, and gliding and mountain biking are just two other pastimes for which the Mynd is renowned. The Long Mynd and Church Stretton, its closest town is about 18 miles from the cottages. To the North lies peaceful farming country with Market Towns and the Canal System (where Harrison Ford came to stay on a narrow boat recently). The Canal System has several places where you can visit for lunch and see the colourful canal barges.
Other places of interest to visit:
Much Wenlock –
Highly historical, beautiful small town with wonderful architecture, good quality traditional shops (family butcher, baker etc) and the remains of a priory open to the public. Much Wenlock has appeared on the television in the 'Time Team' series as being of immense historical interest – about 5 miles from the cottages.
Historical, beautiful town – home to the annual ‘Ludlow Festival’ which includes a Shakespeare play being performed in the grounds of the castle. Ludlow also has a horse racing course and award winning restaurants - about 19 miles
County town. It boasts a Castle, Abbey, quality shops, a beautiful park ('The Quarry') adjacent to the river (has annual concert with people like 'Will Young'), large swimming pool with diving boards and museums. It is home to the annual Shrewsbury Flower Show. – about 16 miles
Attingham Park –
Beautiful National Trust park land and manor house plus deer park – about 10 miles. Again an annual concert is hosted here with classical music.
Also there are several other National Trust sites in Shropshire – see: www.virtual-shropshire.co.uk/visitora/national_trust.shtml
Weston Park –
National Trust park and house. Home to the famous 'V' Festival. About 18 miles.
Severn Valley Steam Railway - World famous and a 'must' for Steam Railway enthusiasts - in Bridgnorth (about 10 miles away).