The Shippen

Bishop's Castle, Shropshire

Feather pillows, welcome goodies, an extensive batterie de cuisine... the hosts are super generous, the views are to die for


2 beds


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


An old stone shippen on a remote hillside in an AONB valley, with designer décor, delightful owners, and a glass-and-oak gable for heaven-sent views. No longer a cattle shed, this is one big living, sleeping and eating space with a south-facing decked veranda that gazes on Shropshire’s sweet hills. Timbers have been re-used, the slate roof raised, and the stone floor replaced by pristine planks of oak. Not a building in sight, other than Jeannie and Paul’s discreet farmhouse… just a sloping grass garden, a mini orchard and masses of wildlife. It’s heaven for couples or families (there’s a sofabed if you’ve little ones in tow), and perfect in every season; snuggle up by the the log-burner in winter and barbecue in summer. There’s a filter for spring water, Freesat, Netflix, PlayStation, a wet room that takes a wheelchair, and a robot vacuum cleaner (a Sawday’s first?!). Stroll the cobbled streets of Bishop’s Castle and Shrewsbury, enjoy a local pint by the river, hike to the top of the Long Mynd. Then back to board games by the fire, bright starry skies, and owls that hoot you to sleep.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Dog biscuits, medium-sized dog bed, 2 bowls and towels for drying.

Max. 2 dogs.

Miles and miles of woodland and fields for walking. Use the Shropshire Way (right on the doorstep) or walk on the lanes.

Pubs/restaurants 2.5 miles.


Nightly price
from £85
Weekly price
from £595
Extra bed/sofabed available £10 per person per night.
1 Cottage for 2
From £852 beds1 bedroom


The Shippen is a wonderful haven away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. The touches inside are delightful. The picture window with patio door and access to the veranda is special. The view from the bed is magnificent. The bed is super comfortable. The three sofas are all different and have lovely light to sit on and read. The sound system is superb. The TV set up is ace. The maps and walking books are plentiful. The Shropshire Way goes pretty much past the door. The Stiperstone National Nature Reserve is a few miles away. The hosts are very friendly.

Jenny, White notley, essex

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Jeannie McGillivray

  • Perfect rural getaway for 2-4 in the Shropshire Hills. Light, open-plan barn conversion with oak/glass gable overlooking the fabulous Linley valley. Oak flooring, wet room, heating, wood stove, extra sofabed. Contemporary styling, Guest parking at the door
  • Steeped in peace and quiet, The Shippen is located within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty surrounded by miles and miles of fields and woodland with The Stiperstones, a Site of Special Scientific Interest just a few minutes drive away.
  • The area is great for outside pursuits such as birdwatching, romantic strolls, hill walking, cycling or horse riding, and there is golfing and hang gliding on the Long Mynd. It is also renowned for it's good food, local music, book and arts festivals.
  • There are lots of pretty villages and market towns, castles, houses and gardens to explore. The county town of Shrewsbury is just a 25 minutes away; much loved for its fine buildings, cobbled streets, boutiques, museums, cafes, restaurants and theatre.
  • Ludlow, famed for its castle, food fair, Michelin starred restaurants and beautiful architecture is a 40 minute drive away and the drive passes medieval Stokesay Castle. and The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.
  • A little further afield are the famous gardens at Powys Castle and The Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, and for book-lovers Hay-on-Wye famed for its antique and book shops is about an hour's drive away and hosts a great literary festival every year.