Friendly working farm B&B in the Shropshire Hills
Court Farm is a listed Georgian farmhouse that has been sympathetically restored but still retains the character of a traditional working farm.
There are just two guest bedrooms here, one twin and one king-sized, both overlooking the farm’s cobbled yard. Newly-fitted en-suite bathrooms feature modern showers, heated towel rails and a wide selection of premium toiletries. You also get a TV, free wifi throughout, tea and coffee-making facilities and a cosy seating area.
You’re not restricted to your room here. Guests have the exclusive use of a comfortable sitting room, warmed in winter by a log-burner, where you’ll find a collection of books and information about the local area, and menus from many of the area’s pubs and restaurants. The nearest is the 17th century Royal Oak, half a mile away in Cardington.
Outside there is plenty of parking for cars, glider trailers, and anything you might care to bring. There’s safe storage for guests’ bikes and drying facilities for outdoor clothing so Court Farm is ideally set up to cater for walkers and cyclists among other hobbies and interests. And there’s the farm itself. The building is surrounded by lawns, mature trees, herbaceous borders and an orchard busy with free range chickens. Beyond is a mixture of arable crops and livestock, all sold with the Red Tractor mark, that creates the patchwork of hedged fields and pastures that makes the Shropshire Hills so worthy of their Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) status.
Court Farm suggests
Take a farm tour. Half of Court Farm is arable and provides all the cereals needed for their 130 Hereford cattle and 300 breeding ewes. The farm is also a Higher Level Stewardship Scheme member, which encourages wildlife through grass and flower margins, low input grassland and preserving ancient hedgerows. There’s wildlife everywhere, and with 100 years on the farm your hosts know what lives where.
- Building of Historical Interest
- Children by Arrangement
- Free off-street parking
- Free Wifi
- Air Sports (gliding/ballooning etc)
- Bird Watching
- Nature Reserve, Wildlife Park/Area
- Places of Historical Interest
Prices per room per night based on two sharing, including breakfast
Double en-suite - £100
Twin en-suite - £90
Single occupancy - £70
Generally stays are for a minimum of two nights, but depending on availability rooms may be let for one night at a £10 supplement. This is a working farm so no pets.
Court Farm is beautifully rural, with plenty of walks from the door. The land is traditionally farmed, while if you want to experience how farms were a hundred years ago the Acton Scott Historic Farm is only six miles away near the "Walkers are Welcome" town of Church Stretton. In half an hour you can drive to Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Bridgnorth or Ironbridge, so you're within easy reach of countless National Trust properties, English Heritage sites and beautiful gardens. Powis Castle, Erddig and Wenlock Priory are highlights.
"We are parents to 3 young children and needed a short luxury break, to be looked after and be refreshed. Alison provided exactly this! We can't fault Court Farm, we had everything we needed and would definitely visit again. Spacious airy room, lovely en suite, delicious breakfast. Thank you"
Lindsay Dobson, 2019
AA 4 Star Farmhouse Award 2021, AA Breakfast Award 2021
Jim and Alison Norris
- Bio : Your hosts at Court Farm are Jim and Alison Norris. The family have lived here since 1898, and with their sons Ed and Will are now the fourth generation to farm the land. Alison cooks the breakfast which is invariably a feast of locally-sourced delights, though special diets can of course be accommodated.