Criggin Cottage


The beautifully crafted detail of Mark and Rita’s fresh renovation, and its warm, snug feel, make this a hill-walker’s dream


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Ringed by the gentle hills of the Teme valley, this Shropshire hideout is a converted outbuilding of local stone and wood, with a patio overlooking a sunken garden for summer barbecues and starlit nightcaps. Downstairs is open plan and cottage cosy, with natural fibres, exposed stone walls, old beams and a heated slate floor. Curl up with a book in the sitting area, warmed by the log-burning stove, or gather in the kitchen, whose burr oak units were made by a local carpenter – along with the bedheads and wardrobes of the two bedrooms. These are upstairs – one king, one twin, both fresh and bright, with en suite showers and views worth rising early for. Easy-going, bee-keeping owners Mark and Rita, who live steps away in the main house, greet you with a hamper that includes fresh eggs, homemade jam and their own honey; they can also stock the larder in advance, sparing you a four-mile trip to the nearest shop. Traipse the dales, stroll by the river Teme, and enjoy the silence – broken only by the chirping of songbirds around the feeders or the distant growl of a tractor.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.

Homemade treats, towels for drying, advice on walks and outside shower tap with hand-hot regulated water.

Dogs £20 per dog per stay. Max. 2.

Secure terraces, plenty of walks from door, river to jump in and very quiet roads. Maps provided for walks short and longer.


Nightly price
from £71
Weekly price
from £495
£400-£500 per week for 2. Short breaks available.
1 Cottage for 4
From £712 bedrooms


Just returned from a wonderful week at Criggin Cottage. Rita and Mark were the ideal hosts and had recently dog proofed the gardens so our two hounds could run free in the beautifully set front garden and sun trap of a delightful rear patio. The accommodation was of a very high standard and was tastefully finished off. The location was beautiful and we were blessed with wall to wall sunshine. We walked everyday and the cottage was the perfect base for this. Mark had mapped out local walks to get us started which was a great help. Very happy to recommend Criggin Cottage and we all loved it.


The charm of this cottage hits you the moment you walk in through the door, even before you notice the meticulous attention to detail and the excellent welcome pack along with ...the cake! - a featherlight triumph baked by Mark. Serene walks straight from the door into the secretive folds of the English/Welsh borderlands with stunning hilltop vistas and delightful hidden valleys. We were made most welcome by Mark and Rita with lots of walking and dining information which set us up for a very enjoyable holiday. Definitely a place to return to!!

Alice, Market harborough

A sympathetically renovated cottage in a beautiful location. Although, the standard of décor, fixtures and fittings, is to a high standard, it is the attention to detail that marks this property out. The owners take so much trouble to make you feel welcome and comfortable, it makes your visit even more special. Highly recommended.

Fiona, Yorkshire

A wonderful cottage and holiday. One of the best holidays we have had. Cosy and comfortable. Beautifully situated on the Welsh border near lots of good walking country. Very charming and helpful hosts. Highly recommended. We are going back next year!

Jeremy, Somerset

A gem of a cottage in a hidden away corner on the Welsh border. Furnished to a very high standard with small personal touches that really make you feel at home. Pet friendly too; our dog enjoyed it so much, she didn't want to leave & had to be carried to the car ! Don't really want too many people to know about it because it's so unspoilt ! Top class week-end break.


A wonderful cottage in an unspoilt part of the country. Lots of walking,eating and drinking a perfect holiday retreat. such a pleasure to find somewhere that welcomes dogs so warmly, our whippets had a great time sunning themselves on the terrace or warming by the wood burner! we can't recommend it highly enough.


We have just returned from a fabulous weekend in Criggin Cottage. Very very comfortable accomodation, beautiful views and dog friendly (not only on arrival do you get lovely wine, but also homemade cake and honey and even yummy hand made dog treats for our Lab Nina). Rita and Mark could not be more friendly and welcoming. This is our second visit, and having visited many cottages for weekend break this is our favourite by far. Try it, you won't be disappointed.


Wow! We have just enjoyed a marvellous week's holiday in this beautifully appointed cottage. It enjoys a wonderfully remote location with great walks right on the doorstep - it's dog-friendly, though you wouldn't know it, and offers a very high standard of accommodation. We were given a fantastically friendly welcome from the owners, Mark and Rita, along with a huge cake and other treats! Thank you for a memorable week, and we will certainly be back!


Lovely cottage, beautifully appointed and great owners - we had a great 3 day stay


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Rita Hughes

  • The perfect place for visiting the Foodies’ Mecca of Ludlow. 35 minutes’ drive.
  • Hay Festival 50 minutes’ drive. 23rd May – 2nd June.
  • Rita’s favourite garden in the world – Bryan’s Ground near Presteigne. 20 minutes’ drive. Open 20th April to 5th August and again 12th – 21st October.
  • Stunning walks on the best bits of Offa’s Dyke Path direct from the Cottage – forget the car.
  • The Stagg Inn at Titley – UK’s first Michelin Star Pub – 40 minutes’ drive.
  • Take advantage of our telescope to view the pure, unpolluted sky at night. It’s not for nothing that The Spaceguard Centre is only 4miles away in Knighton.