Springtime in Shropshire

Shropshire Hills in Spring
Photo: Jeremy Bolwell

It’s a wonderful time in the Shropshire Hills, with buds beginning to swell, daffodils all around and baby lambs finding their feet for the first time.

It’s also the anniversary of our five-star gold award, of which we are very proud. Five-star gold means first class comfort and service, so if you feel in need of a luxurious retreat from the busy world into the idyllic Shropshire countryside, why not come and stay with us?

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A Warm Retreat from Winter’s Cold

Shropshire Winter Holiday SnowWith Christmas in the air, December is often a hectic time. The preparations, the endless shopping, decorating the house. Then Christmas itself with cooking, eating and socialising for days on end. It’s a wonderful time, of course, especially for the children. Afterwards, however, we can all end up feeling a little tired, finding ourselves in somewhat of an anti-climax as the new year rolls in. If this strikes a chord with you, we may have the answer – something that can recharge your batteries and prepare you to face the world once again with a smile on your face and a spring in your step:

The Dick Turpin Cottage offers a warm and relaxing escape at any time of year to some of the best countryside that England has to offer, but in the depths of winter its comfort and warmth are especially noticeable and soothing, providing a stark contrast and welcome relief from the cold outside.

We would love to welcome you at this time of year, so once the excitement of Christmas is over, we’re planning some very special offers for bookings in January and February. Watch this space as they say…

November Frost and Festivals

With the first frosts come a whole host of activities in the Shropshire Hills for our guests to enjoy:

On 4th – 6th November we had the “Fields, Farming and Food Festival”:

Fields Farming and Food Festival near Clun
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– which took place at nearby Newcastle on Clun. It was a veritable celebration of local food and drink, together with demonstrations and activities relating to farming, the countryside and local arts and crafts. There were demonstrations of spinning and weaving, apple pressing, a foraging walk, a bonfire party in the evening – not to mention a whole host of local produce – cider, perry, meats, vegetables and locally-made artisan breads.

Also this month on 26th is the enchanting Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre. Held in the grounds of Ludlow Castle right in the centre of this picturesque town, the fayre has a truly atmospheric backdrop.

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre
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Carol singing, performers roaming all around the castle grounds, puppetry, falconry and sword-fighting – it’s all happening! This year for the first time the festival is playing host to Tryzna, a Medieval music and dance group all the way from Poland and the Ukraine. Of course, no winter festival would be complete without a range of food, drink and gift stalls, and this one is no exception. Local food and drink is well-represented, as you would expect in a gastronomic mecca like Ludlow. You can also take the chance to get a whole load of your Christmas shopping out of the way in one fell swoop by taking your pick from a plethora of innovative and ethical local products that will surely make great gifts.

So the weather may be cold, but November is a warm and welcoming time in the Shropshire Hills, with loads of events and activities to enjoy. We’ve only mentioned two events, but click the following link for a comprehensive list of Shropshire Hills events and activities to enjoy at this time of year. You may not be in time to enjoy this year’s November events whilst staying in the five-star gold luxury of the Dick Turpin Cottage, but if we’ve piqued your interest, why not book early for next year? We would love to see you.



Autumn in Shropshire

Clun Pack Horse Bridge

Autumn is a breathtakingly beautiful time of year in the Shropshire hills. Woodland takes on an infinite variety of vibrant colours as the leaves turn in reaction to the change in the season. Hillside vistas take on an atmospheric identity as the paler sun pushes through the morning mist.

Pictured in an autumnal setting is the historic pack horse bridge over the river Clun. Despite its age of more than 550 years, the bridge is today still a key crossing point for the A488, linking the two halves of our lovely little town.

Dick Turpin Cottage, just outside Clun, is a great place to come and relax in comfort whilst soaking up the magical, misty, time-steeped ambience of autumn in Shropshire. We hope to welcome you soon.

Clun Bridge, Shropshire

Wonderful Review!

Flowers at Dick Turpin Cottage

This month we have been thrilled to receive a wonderful review of The Dick Turpin Cottage, written by recent guests.

Whilst we are lucky enough to receive high ratings on review sites, it is especially touching when someone writes such lovely words about the property. Reading phrases like “everything was thought of” and “made us feel very welcome” somehow makes all of our efforts worthwhile, and spurs us on to try even harder!

You can read the full review here:


Highest Award for 20 Years in a Row

Last month, Dick Turpin Cottage was again awarded the Visit England Five Star Gold Award. It’s the highest possible rating that can be given.

Remarkably, the cottage has managed to attain the very highest tourist board award for the every one of the past 20 years.

Dick Turpin Cottage Gold Award

The photo, from July 1996, shows Sir William Lawrence, then Chairman of the Heart of England Tourist Board, presenting the first of 20 annual gold awards to Roger Wren, owner of Dick Turpin Cottage. Also pictured is Jackie Brooks who then worked for Shropshire Tourism.

If you want to experience this very special gold standard luxury accommodation, why not explore the gallery, look at the photos and then click to check current availability.

Access Statement

We want you to have a memorable experience when you visit Dick Turpin Cottage, for all the right reasons and not because you hit an unexpected problem accessing or using the property during your holiday. Because of this, we have produced an Access Statement that details all of the information that may be relevant if you have any kind of mobility issue.

The Access Statement is now “live” on the website and can be viewed by clicking the following link:

Access Statement – Dick Turpin Cottage, Clun, Shropshire

If you have any questions about accessing or using the holiday cottage, please get in touch.

Easter at Dick Turpin Cottage

The coming of spring with its longer days and warming sun is marked by Easter, and at Dick Turpin Cottage we couldn’t let the occasion pass unnoticed. Our little seasonal display was much-appreciated by our Easter guests at the cottage:

Easter at Dick Turpin Cottage

As well as an exceptional welcome, you can always expect these special, additional touches when you visit Dick Turpin Cottage. Please do come and visit soon, and see for yourself!
Easter at this Clun Holiday Cottage