Middle Spoad Barn

Craven Arms, Shropshire

Peace in a South Shropshire barn set in acres of wild flower meadows. Hike from the door, or simply follow the river through the valley


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 5


Up hill, down dale, and past wrecks of castles before you reach this oasis of calm in 16 acres of meadows and woods along the banks of the river Clun. Susie and Robert live in the house opposite and will show you around.

You’ll find original cruck beams overseeing the airy living space, light flooding in from big windows and Robert’s local art on the walls. Gaze at the stars from your beds in the two loft rooms, eat breakfast on the patio with a view or cosy up by the wood burner on chilly nights.

Bring the kids for big gulps of the freshest air, walk the meadows along the riverside spotting dippers, kingfishers, badgers and otters or just hop across the field to the local for a good pub lunch. It’s great walking country all around in this forgotten county of England.

Exterior view of Middle Spoad Barn, Shropshire with pretty surrounding gardens

We think you'll love

  • Wandering through the wild flowers and woods down to the river
  • Having a good pub just a stroll across the field
Middle Spoad Barn - Gallery

Home truths

  • There is an open pond in the garden
  • You’ll need your car to get to the nearest shops


  • 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

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Pubs/restaurants half a mile.


Nightly price
from £69
Weekly price
from £485
1 Barn for 5
From £694 beds3 bedrooms


Wonderful accommodation, delightful hosts, quiet and peaceful, in beautiful surroundings. Located within easy reach of a number of interesting places to visit. All the rooms are tastefully decorated. I particularly liked the local water supply and the green credentials of the site. All in all highly recommended.

Kevin, Upton

We are just back from a few days at Middle Spoad, a wonderfully spacious and picturesque barn conversion in the remote Clun Valley. It helped that we woke on our first morning to a thick fall of snow, which made for a memorable walk along the nearby Offa's Dyke, but I dare say we would have been enchanted whatever the weather had thrown at us. The setting is fabulous; the barn is adjacent to owner Susie's handsome stone farmhouse and her artist husband Bob's studio, the whole set amidst riverside orchards and hay meadows. It proved the perfect base for exploring Shropshire.

Jeremy, Bath

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The neighbourhood

Middle Spoad Barn is set in gentle countryside that straddles Wales and Shropshire. The surrounding area is great for walking, the Offas Dyke national trail is a field away and the Shropshire Way passes nearby. It’s just a five-minute walk to the Crown Inn where you can drink local beer and have a good meal. The nearest town is Knighton six miles away but there are local shops and cafes in Clun three miles away. Dotted around the hills there are many historic towns, villages and castles to explore.

Local points of interest from Susie Cunning

  • In the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our grade II listed barn is surrounded by wild flower hay meadows registered with Shropshire Wildlife Trust for biodiversity - we are delighted that guests can enjoy and explore this piece of land
  • We are hosts for WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) - young people stay to help us with the land over part of the year. We have 3 friendly black chickens who roam where they want and provide lovely eggs - available to you if they're laying.
  • Offas Dyke footpath is a field away and the Shropshire Way is close by. There are abundant walks from the door for all levels, across the hills and valleys - you can include an ancient church, or even a cafe or pub on the way. It is also great for cycling.
  • Our area, the Marches, occupies the English Welsh border. In the distant past it was a place of invasion and conflict and is rich in history with castles, churches and manor houses. Stokesay Castle is one of the finest fortified medieval houses in England.
  • Clun, mentioned in A E Housman’s A Shropshire Lad, has an impressive castle ruin set high on a mound, two pubs, cafe, and handful of shops. Bishops Castle is our local small market town - browse book and antique shops, enjoy great pubs serving good food.
  • Ludlow, 30 minutes away, was the ancient capital of the Marches and has a magnificent castle and church. It is a beautiful unspoilt market town with high quality independent shops, restaurants, thriving market, and annual arts and food festivals.


Susie Cunning

Susie and Robert left London nearly 30 years ago, moving to the area on a recommendation and have never regretted it. Robert is a former framer and gilder and now paints professionally (you’ll see many of his works on the walls of the barn) and Susie is a retired psychiatrist. They renovated their house and then the barn and are proud of the work they have done to bring to life 16 acres of meadows either side of the river Clun.