We recently visited the lovely Newton Meadows Cottages in Shropshire, staying in Maple Cottage with extended family. The cottage is one of 3 accessible cottages, and boasts widened doorways, ground floor bedrooms and accessible wet-rooms. We were lucky enough to arrive on a sunny afternoon, and were greeted by the amazing gardens accessible directly from your cottage. The private patios are all securely enclosed and fenced.
Advance warning – because the gardens were so fantastic, we spent most of the time out there and completely omitted to take any internal photos!! You can find internal photos on our accessible holidays website listing or the Newton Meadows website (links below), and can view a video with internal images on our Accessible Holiday Escapes FB page!
The immediate impression of Maple Cottage was that it is so much bigger than it looks on the photos! The living/dining/kitchen area is spacious, and the double-height ceiling and galleried landing add to the sense of light and space. When chatting with the owner Lesley, she said previous guests have commented on the ‘Tardis’ quality of the cottages and how much bigger they are than expected. The cottage sleeps 7 in 4 bedrooms, 2 on the ground floor along with the wet-room. A double and twin are on the first floor and a family bathroom. We liked the little sun-room with great views across the gardens and an extra dining table.
From an accessibility point of view, Maple Cottage was easily navigated by our little wobbler as the main front door is particularly wide and the interior is completely level.
There is a slight lip on the external door from the sun-room to the patio and gardens but she was able to negotiate this.
The gardens are level, beware of the large pond if you have small escapers with no sense of danger like us! There are open views of the surrounding countryside and it’s very calm and peaceful. In the private woodland children can explore the treehouse (definitely a 2 man job lifting Emily into there!) and follow the little paths. The lawns were a very popular cricket, boules and even archery spot. It was lovely to meet the family staying in the other 2 cottages, who were on their 3rd visit.
Newton Meadows Cottages are situated in the village of Harmer Hill, with a local pub serving homecooked food. It is a short drive to the lovely historical town of Shrewsbury for a wander along the river and around the independent shops and market. We have been to Shropshire before and enjoyed return visits to Blists Hill Victorian Town (good accessibility and pass lasts a full year for all 10 museums), and RAF Cosford (you can read our previous blog ‘RAF Cosford – Chocs Away’) for a trip back in time. Although the Covid 19 restrictions meant less was available to see and do at both sites, they are still great days out for the family.
Thanks to Lesley and Ed for a warm welcome! Newton Meadows Cottages are a great spot for an accessible country escape, close to a lovely town with great amenities, pretty local villages and loads of local attractions and activities for all ages (including the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Ironbridge). Maple Cottage felt very private, but would also be great for a multi-generational or large group holiday. (Oak Cottage also sleeps 7 and Chestnut Cottage sleeps 4). Hop over to our website listing or the cottages own website to find out more – and fire over any questions!