The Miller’s Cottage, The Birches Mill

Craven Arms, Shropshire
Self-catering


Stride off to Offa's Dyke from the deep comfort of this millside home, with a wildflower garden behind and the river to lull you to sleep

Bed

2 beds

Bedroom

2 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 3

The
Experience

This is a neat conversion in part of the original mill. Wake to the music of birdsong and the mellifluous river. The Birches Mill and its buildings date back to 1640; corn was ground here right up until the Second World War. Now Gill and Andrew, both artists, live opposite and will happily provide you with a home-cooked, locally sourced meal from their freezer should you arrive exhausted on a Friday night – or if you’re simply too puffed to cook after a day’s hike! You can also order a welcome box of local produce. Downstairs is a living room of exposed stonework, low, beamed ceilings and a wood-burning stove. Attached is the small, well-equipped kitchen with fun, colourful tiles and farmhouse-style wooden units. Wind up a book-lined, doll’s house stair to fresh sky-lit bedrooms – there’s a double and a single – and wake to the morning light coming in through wide velux windows. A wildlflower garden sits behind the cottage, yours to catch the afternoon sun in. Wonderful Offa’s Dyke can be reached by foot; historic Ludlow, Slow Food capital, is a short car hop.

Essentials

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

Family friendly

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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
Closed
Never

Pricing

Nightly price
from £56
Weekly price
from £390
1 Cottage for 3
From £562 beds2 bedrooms

Reviews

The thought and care put into everything about Millers Cottage is very apparent. Nestled in a secluded valley we loved the peace and escape from the hurly burly but it is also an excellent base for exploring Shropshire. Andrew and Gill made us feel instantly at home, especially after eating one of their delicious meals! We loved it there and we will definitely return.

Patrick, London

A brilliant tranquil location in a very cosy and welcoming cottage, tastefully decorated with comfortable furniture and fittings. Andrew and Gill looked after us royally and their in-house catering provision being most apetising and so convenient. Not to be missed.

Royce and kay, Coventry

Such a cacophony of birdsong and such a riot of lush English summer landscape. Delightful surroundings and a nicely set up self-catering house, all the better when the self catering is done by your hosts! I would have a vertical rail to the inner edge of the steep winding stair and windows whose head height is well below eye level are a frustration, especially when the view is so lovely. But those are small quibbles set against the pleasures of spending a few days among the beautiful Shropshire hills and enjoying the quiet pleasures of nearby Club.

Sam kendon and ali maskell, Bristol

This is a lovely cottage; very comfortable, tastefully decorated and in an exceptionally tranquil setting. Andrew and Gill are the very best hosts being warm, welcoming and quietly supportive. Definitely a place we will return to in the near future.

Neil, Brecon

We had a really relaxing two night break. Fantastic walks, interesting villages and towns to explore and wonderful tranquility. Very friendly and helpful owners who are able to provide some tasty supplies. Great.

Kate, Tonge

Stayed 7 nights at this cosy cottage. Peaceful countryside setting with the sound of sheep and bird song ti wake up to. Very well equipped and the owners Gill and Andrew gave us a warm welcome. Nothing too much trouble. This is home from home. Several walks that start from outside the cottage. Also if you don't fancy cooking you can order meals cooked by Gill. If you are looking for a relaxing break this is the place Exactly like the pictures on the website. Would give this 10/10.

William, Cheshire

Thank you to Andrew and Gill for the warmth of their welcome and faultless hospitality. We loved our stay in The Miller’s Cottage, and felt very much at home, and really appreciated all that was done to enable us to have a lovely holiday celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. Highlights include: sitting in the pretty garden listening to the birds, walking the footpaths through the Shropshire countryside, Stokesay Castle, and not forgetting the lovely homemade meal on our first evening – delicious!

David

Lovely cottage, well positioned for walking, history, sightseeing and resting. Gill and Andrew were very helpful and especially friendly, their years of experience shows. One of the best British holidays we’ve had. A special thanks to the ‘girls’ for their lovely free-range eggs.

Wendy

Wonderful. Truly away from it all but with the luxury of meals prepared for us on the day of arrival. Great walking from the door and invaluable advice and recommendations from our hosts about local visits. Cottage really cosy. Felt like home, only much more delightful! I'm sure we'll be back.

Sonja

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Gill Della Casa & Andrew Farmer

  • Cosy and comfortable cottage with wood-burning stove, perfect for a few days of peace and relaxation in the South Shropshire Hills.
  • The cottage has two bedrooms, just right for a couple with a friend or relative joining them or for two singles who prefer separate bedrooms.
  • Fabulous walking directly from the cottage door into an outstandingly beautiful valley. Offa's Dyke and the Shropshire Way are a mile away.
  • There is a large sunny wild-flower garden, a lovely place to read and relax with tea on a warm summer afternoon.
  • Lots to do and explore in South Shropshire - our local village of Clun, Stokesay Castle, Powis Castle and historic Ludlow with over 500 listed buildings are among our favourites, and all just a short drive away.
  • Bishop's Castle our small local market town is five miles away, with deli's, book shops, craft and antique shops and two breweries, The Three Tuns dates back to 1640, and serves excellent food too!