Hen House, near Ludlow
Tenbury Wells, nr Ludlow
This retreat would make the perfect venue for a couple who want to explore South England – as you’ll find Hen House right on the edge of Worcestershire, Shropshire and Hereford. In a previous life this romantic cottages used to be the home for dozens of happy chickens, and now it has been lovingly recreated as a cosy coop for couples. It’s right in the countryside, so come prepared for some great views and laid back country sunsets.
The cottage is eight miles from the medieval town of Ludlow, making it a good choice if you like a little history to investigate. You can get here from London in three hours, and from Manchester in two and a half, so it’s a handy hop.
The first thing you are likely to notice, as you walk up to Hen House, are the beautiful gardens around it. Brook Farm, where the Hen House is set, is full of big, open spaces. You’ll spot the apple trees, a little brook that meanders around the edge of the land, and you can’t miss all the geraniums planted by the cottage owners too. Hen House has its own private garden, which is a great place to catch some evening sun, and there’s a firebowl for barbecues in the summer too.
Once you step through the old stable’s front door at Hen House you’ll find yourself in an open plan space, with a relaxed feel. There’s a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, complete with dishwasher, fridge freezer and electric cooker, as well as a farmhouse dining table for leisurely meals for two.
Step across from here and you’ll find a living area with a comfy sofa, armchair and throws. There’s all the modern conveniences, with a Smart TV and DVD player, along with wifi.
The bedroom is a great space to relax – and it has that country feel with its king size bed under exposed beams in the ceiling. Alongside this, you’ll find the bathroom and dressing room with a beautiful freestanding bath. The Hen House owners will provide you with linen, towels and a few essential toiletries.
Once you’re settled, you’re in an excellent place to explore. There are short walks right from your doorstep – and if you like a hike there are plenty of options. The cottage owners recommend you check out Church Street, with its wooded valleys and moorland hills – it’s a great place to cycle too. There’s also Mortimer Forest to explore, which straddles the Shropshire and Hereford border.
Ludlow is known for its great restaurants – and every day, there’s a market of one sort or another, so this is an ideal location if you are a couple of foodies. In September, the town celebrates the best of local produce at the Ludlow Food Festival. Nearby Tenbury Wells is known as the “town in the orchard” too, and is an ideal point for picking up the local cider route.
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