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The Old Barn
Bishops Castle

The Old Barn, Bishops Castle, Shropshire

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Sykes Cottages
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Sleeps a maximum of: 7

Pricing From: £608.00

This luxury, detached, stone built barn conversion with a hot tub sleeps 7 people in two acres of grounds, just outside the historic market town of Bishops Castle in the South West Shropshire Hills.

The Old Barn is a luxurious detached stone built detached barn conversion located close to the owners' home in two acres of grounds, just five minutes stroll from the centre of the historic town of Bishops Castle and a superb real ale pub. This holiday property successfully blends original character with contemporary fixtures and fittings – including a covered hot tub that is lit up at night. The accommodation includes three bedrooms, one of which has en-suite facilities and a luxury four poster bed; "all body" jet showers; an attractive walnut kitchen, and a convivial dining hall and living room.

There is also a large patio area for enjoyable al fresco eating and relaxing after a long day’s exploring.


Very enjoyable stsy
We stayed as a family with ages ranging from 4 to 72 and everyone would agree this was a fantastic house. The owners were very helpful and friendly and everything we could possibly need was provided. The house is situated a few minutes walk to a good play park for the children and just a couple of minutes further to the village. For a quiet drink in a real village pub with roaring fire I strongly recommend the Boars Head, family friendly and very welcoming. On the whole the work vans were not a problem although some mornings noisier than others, however the last morning of our holiday was a different matter. We were woken at 6.40 by a small white car which pulled up and left the engine running for about 15 minutes, along with a small white van and then doors being opened and closed constantly, right next to the cottage. There was also a young man on the phone, I presume speaking to someone with poor hearing as he was speaking so loud I could hear every word in the bedroom. I would like to return and have already recommended to two friends. In fact it has even got us thinking about a house move it was so lovely.

Christmas Perfection for fourth time!
We've lost count of exactly how many times we've stayed here but we believe it to have been our fourth Christmas staying at the Old Barn. As always, everything was perfect. The under floor heating means you will find it super cosy and the recliner sofa adds the icing to the cake when you can put your feet up at the end of a busy day before you relax in the secluded outdoor hot tub. The kitchen is well equipped, with everything from a sandwich toaster to a large American style fridge freezer that has ice on tap. There is garden furniture and a BBQ outside so we are hoping for a good summer as we have already booked to go again in July. Mr and Mrs Lennox are lovely people and nothing is too much trouble. For Christmas, we found the house fully decorated inside and fabulous Christmas lights outside too. There was also a beautiful hamper of goodies for our arrival and the children loved the Christmas bedding and the ginger bread house! We are sad that this has to be our last Christmas here for the near future, as family Ill health means that in future years, we are needed at home over Christmas. This is an amazing property and worth every penny so if you're thinking of booking, do as we know you won't regret it.
Helen R

A great location and a lovely cottage. The was kitchen fully stocked with plates/glasses/cutlery and it was great to have a washer dryer and 2 bathrooms. All rooms were a brilliant size, even the bunk-bed room! There were plenty of games to keep us busy when it rained or if we weren't in the hot tub.
Mrs Kennell

Wonderful property in a very quiet area with great access to walks in the surrounding hills. Everything you need to have a relaxing time in the countryside.
Mr Kamper

A mixed review
This is quite a hard review to write, as although there are some bad points, there are also some good, so opinion in our minds is divided. Inside, the property was very spacious & well equipped. Although the kettle was thick of limescale and we felt that we could not use it during our stay. (We boiled water on the hob instead) The other facilities were fully functional and the shower in the main bathroom was a pleasure to use. Overall the cleanliness was very good, the microwave was a downfall, which needed a good clean out. The house is warm and cosy 24/7, the king size bed is extremely comfortable and the TV's in each room was a bonus for us. There is a folder for the guests, to show how to work certain items in the house, including descriptions of each of the TV remote controls, except one, the control for the Sky box. Which is unfortunate, as the writing on the buttons has been worn off, so to figure out which button does what, you have to randomly press them to see what happens. The view to the back of the property was disappointing, with a dump truck, a digger and an abandoned car being in the main view to the back of the house. (Although this may well be out of control of the owners) The rear of the property is quite exposed, with the fencing broken most of the way round, ideally this would be fully fenced with some climbing plants to provide privacy. This area, also housing the hot tub, is a very large space, we didn?t book the property for the advantage of the hot tub but we did use this 3 times and found it a very relaxing and enjoyable experience. There are plenty of choices of chairs and benches, plus a sizable table. The let down to this is the block paving, really as it's only the start of the season, we feel it should have been power washed to remove the staining from bird droppings and the weeds would then also be eliminated. The house is in a very quiet location and the majority of the time you can only hear the birds tweeting. The advertisement of the property indicates that during 8am & 9am there are some light business vehicles moving around near the property. In reality, the moving of the vehicles is absolutely no issue at all, it's the bang bang banging of the umpteen times the vehicle doors are banged shut. Highlighted possibly by the fact that normally it is so quiet. The owners did come to visit shortly after we arrived and showed us which buttons to use on the hot tub and advised of walks shown in the leaflets in the house. Which was a help to us. Very friendly people who would be happy to assist when needed. The property itself is perfectly located for access to the town and for local walks.



Parking Space Parking Space
Jacuzzi Jacuzzi
Linen Provided Linen provided
Towels Provided Towels provided
Dishwasher Dishwasher
cookewr Cooker
Refrigerator Fridge
Washing Machine Washing Machine
Televsion Television
High Chair High Chair
Cot Cot
WiFi WiFi


Single Beds

Double Beds

Twin Beds

Bunk Beds


Electric underfloor heating in sitting room, hall and bathrooms, electric heater in kitchen, wall-mounted oil radiators in bedrooms and electric fire
Electric double oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and ice maker, washer/dryer, dishwasher, 5 x TVs, full Sky inc movies and sport, DVD, CD, WiFi
Fuel and power inc in rent
Bed linen and towels inc in rent, please bring own hot tub towels
Cot, highchair and 2 stairgates on request
Off road parking for 4 cars
Large rear patio with hot tub, furniture and BBQ
Sorry, no pets and no smoking
Shops 7 mins walk, pub 5 mins walk
Note: Owner is an electrician, two light work vans will leave yard between 8-9 am during the week
Note: No mobile signal for O2
Note: This property has an electric car charging point available free to use for all guest, Type 2 Socket

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Nearest Attractions

Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Walcot Hall - 2.9 miles (Historic House) Heritage Rating

Clun Castle - 4.8 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Mitchell's Fold Stone Circle - 6.1 miles (Prehistoric Site) Heritage Rating

Lymore Park - 7.2 miles (Garden) Heritage Rating

Montgomery, St Nicholas Church - 7.8 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Montgomery Castle - 7.9 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Forden Gaer Roman Fort - 9.4 miles (Roman Site) Heritage Rating

Stokesay Castle - 10 miles (Historic House) Heritage Rating

Leintwardine, St Mary Magdalene Church - 10.4 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Brampton Bryan, St Barnabas Church - 10.5 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

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