A weekend trip to Shropshire this time and a search challenge looking for accommodation for 4 adults and 4 children, taking into account the needs of our troublesome family of 4! This meant the usual trawling of websites, rental sites and facebook. (Top tip – I’ve recently started using facebook searches, just enter your holiday search, i.e. ‘farm cottages Shropshire’ in the search box and you’ll be surprised at how many results and cottage pages will pop up. You can then directly message and pay owners).
There are lots of lovely cottages in the Shropshire area, both in rural areas and pretty towns and villages. We were lucky to find Sambrook Manor Cottages in the village of Sambrook near Newport, where 2 of the 3 cottages have been designed and renovated with a great deal of thought given to accessibility needs.
I booked directly with the owner Sarah, she was really helpful and took the trouble to take photos of the internal steps in The Old Shippon to help us decide whether Emily would be able to manage them. In the end we opted for 2 cottages – Churn Cottage and The Old Stables, which both have ground floor bedrooms and wetrooms.
We stayed in Churn Cottage which is a 2 bedroomed spacious cottage on one level with a large wetroom style bathroom, lounge and kitchen diner. The patio doors lead from the lounge onto a terrace and grassed lawn, which leads down to the fence where you can meet the neighbours (including Woolly and Jumper the orphan lambs).
The cottage is absolutely lovely – very airy, clean and spacious; but it also retains it’s original features such as exposed stone walls and (very!) high ceilings with wooden beams.
The beds are really comfy and we all slept well in the peaceful countryside (didn’t stop Emily from her usual 5.30am start unfortunately…). The bedding and towels are high quality, and the décor is lovely. Lots of extras such as loo roll, soap, shower gel and even shower caps!
The kitchen is really well equipped and of a high standard, and here too were lots of well-appreciated extras like kitchen roll, cleaning products, tea and coffee. I know I’m being really boring here pointing this stuff out but these things matter when you have a littlie with lots of extra needs who likes to make a bit of a mess!
We were incredibly lucky to have a fabulous weekend of weather (and a Royal Wedding thrown in too) so we were able to make the most of the fantastic terrace, garden and view. This was the best garden we have found for us as a family, there was lots of space for our ball game addict, and it was completely accessible and manageable for Emily. There is a gentle slope on the lawn but it’s a very well maintained lawn with no trip hazards.
Toys and books are provided inside the cottage and a large storage box in the garden has more outdoor toys plus charcoal for the BBQ.
Sambrook Manor Cottages are in the pretty and very quiet village of Sambrook, and are within walking distance of a local pub which had many local recommendations. We took our own food but there are supermarkets and local convenience stores in nearby towns.
The cottages are obviously set in beautiful countryside, and we took a lovely walk through the leafy lanes, past the water mill and on towards the hamlet of Ellerton.
Access-wise Churn Cottage is great internally -wide doorways, big bedrooms and a large, adapted bathroom.
The front door and patio doors have a fairly large lip on them to step over, Emily was ok with help, but Sarah has ramps if needed.
Sambrook Manor Cottages are in a lovely spot, and are exactly what you need if you’re looking for a touch of luxury in peaceful and scenic surroundings. They are also close to villages and towns, and there is lots to see and do in the local area. Booking was straightforward and Sarah is really responsive to any questions. We also thought the cottages were really well-priced.
Sarah and her family are very welcoming, and the children loved meeting the farm dogs and bottle-feeding Woolly and Jumper!
We can’t believe we haven’t discovered this lovely area sooner, particularly as it is just over an hour away! We’ll Be Back (to quote a famous movie – sort of).