Shropshire Gardens to Visit

This month, we take a look at some of the amazing gardens that are well within reach of your base at the Dick Turpin Cottage.

Westonbury Mill Water Gardens

This garden, located near the chocolate box village of Pembridge, about 12 miles south of the Dick Turpin Cottage, is a true labour of love, created in just 18 years by Richard Pim in his retirement, and honoured in 2016 with a visit from the BBC Gardeners’ World programme:

Westonbury Mill Water Garden near Pembridge – Herefordshire from Andy Cox on Vimeo.


The “display gardens” at Wilstone are based in the grounds of an 18th Century Manor House in an area of “Outstanding Natural Beauty” in the heart of the Shropshire Hills (as is the Dick Turpin Cottage!)


The gardens here offer a backdrop for the unusual and sought-after local hand-made ironware and stoneware products.

Glansevern Hall Gardens


About 15 miles NW of the Dick Turpin Cottage, over the border into the scenic foothills of Wales, we come to Glansevern Hall with its lovely gardens – well worth a visit. There’s a cascading Water Garden, lakeside and woodland walks, a more formal Walled Garden, the charming Folly Garden and the secluded Bird Hide overlooking the river Severn.

Hergest Gardens

Hergest Gardens

Only about 10 miles south of the cottage, you will find Hergest Gardens. According to local guide, Tony Webb: “It’s an outstanding mature garden with a massive range of trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants etc well labelled. The vision of the generations of gardeners who have created and maintained this garden over the centuries is amazing.”

Stockton Bury Gardens

Stockton Bury Gardens

One Google reviewer, Lynn Fogarty, has this to say about Stockton Bury: “What a hidden gem. I am not into gardens yet l couldn’t help but be moved by the beauty of this place. The food in the cafe was excellent.”

The above is but a small taste of the incredible range of attractions within easy reach of the Dick Turpin Cottage, a luxurious, tranquil base from which to explore the best of what Shropshire – and indeed England – has to offer. If you think you may be able to spare a little time to visit in the coming months, please do check live availability and consider booking early because the days are getting longer and the cottage is in demand.


National Trust Properties to Visit

If you enjoy exploring National Trust properties, the Dick Turpin Cottage will make an excellent base for you, as there are many places to explore within easy reach:

National Trust Map

Take a look at some of the following fascinating places to visit (click on the names for full details):

Powis Castle and Gardens:

Powis Castle map

Carding Mill Valley:

Carding Mill Valley map

Wilderhope Manor:

Wilderhope Manor map

Croft Castle:

Croft Castle Map

Berrington Hall:

Berrington Hall map

These are just a selection from the National Trust properties in the area, to give you some ideas for your next visit to Dick Turpin Cottage. If you have some dates free in the coming months, why not check our availability calendar and book your luxury break today?


The Dick Turpin Cottage Awarded 5 Star + Gold for the 21st Year!!

This very special Shropshire holiday cottage near Clun has been awarded the top 5 Star + Gold accolade for the 21st year in a row.

Owner Roger Wren moved to Clun in 1991 following many years in the hospitality industry culminating in being the proprietor of several top restaurants providing some of the finest food and wine in very elegant and hospitable surroundings.

The Michelin starred “Walton’s of Walton Street”, Chelsea, London was his first and flagship restaurant. A favourite with members of the British and other Royal families, politicians, film, theatre and literary celebrities, it achieved worldwide fame.

The personal attention which he has given to his “baby” “The Dick Turpin Cottage” has ensured that since he opened it as a holiday cottage it has maintained top 5 Star + Gold status from the Quality in Tourism Authority for Visit Britain  for a record  21 years.

The award in 1996 was called 5 Keys Deluxe and later renamed 5 Star.

Pictured below Roger receives his very first 5 keys deluxe award from the Chairman Sir William Lawrence and Shirley Owen from Shropshire Tourism:

Dick Turpin Holiday Cottage Shropshire Five Star Gold
The Dick Turpin Holiday Cottage in Shropshire receives its original Five Star + Gold Award (then known as “five keys deluxe”)

You too can enjoy your very own luxury break in this amazingly special Shropshire Hills retreat. Simply click the link to check availability and make a booking.



Clun Walk

There are some amazingly beautiful walks through the Shropshire Hills, many of them in the immediate vicinity of Dick Turpin Cottage.

This time, we take a look at a three-hour walk that takes in some of the most scenic countryside you will find in England.

Here is an easy-to-follow route map:

Clun Walk Map
Clun Walk Map – Click to Enlarge

Bear in mind that you can actually start and end this walk at Dick Turpin Cottage. The following graphics show the location of the cottage, near Cockford Hall, and a path into Clun.

Map to Clun
Map to Clun – click to enlarge.

Satellite Map to Clun
Satellite Map to Clun – click to enlarge.

Why not bookmark this page and keep it handy for your next visit to Dick Turpin Cottage? If you are ready to book that visit, please click to check availability, as we are currently getting booked up quite a way in advance.

Clun on Film

Want a real taste of what it’s like to get away from it all and stay in this wonderful part of the world? Look no further than this amazingly evocative and atmospheric amateur video of Clun (a mile from Dick Turpin Cottage) and the surrounding Shropshire countryside, in the height of summer:

Just before the six-minute mark is a shot of Cockford Bank, the road leading up the hill from Clun, to Dick Turpin Cottage.

To book your very own peaceful retreat to the Shropshire countryside, staying in luxurious surroundings with all of your needs thought of by a friendly host, why not click to check availability now?

High Summer in the Shropshire Hills

This month, to showcase High Summer in the Shropshire Hills, we feature some of the photos of Dave Croker, an avid local photographer.

All of these photos were taken within easy reach of Dick Turpin Cottage, and will hopefully give you a taste of the kind of breathtakingly beautiful Shropshire countryside that you can enjoy when you next visit.

All photos on this page by David Croker via

Why Our Repeat Visitors Keep Coming Back

If you had to sum up what Dick Turpin Cottage is all about, it really boils down to three things:

  • Luxury and comfort
  • A peaceful retreat
  • Idyllic surroundings

Our many repeat visitors know that they can enjoy the very best that the English countryside has to offer, truly getting away from it all, and yet without sacrificing any of the modern home comforts. In fact, the cottage has a lot more than “home comforts” as our regular visitors know; it is furnished and equipped from top to bottom with luxury, not just comfort, in mind.

At this time of year, the Shropshire hills are truly breathtaking, with the fresh green leaves of early summer, birds singing and long, sunny days. Be inspired by these pictures of the area and then if you are ready to plan your own escape, check availability here.

Shropshire Vistas

Just look at these stunningly beautiful photos taken around Dick Turpin Cottage in Clun, Shropshire:

It’s enough to make you want to take advantage of the coming summer months and get away from it all. The good news is that if you’re quick, you might still be able to do just that. There are STILL TWO WEEKS AVAILABLE at the cottage in August, so this very special holiday retreat could be yours this summer – if you are quick!

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?

Click to check live availability.

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…