For a truly unique experience this farm labourer’s cottage has original features, cast-iron range for cooking, and oil lamps and candles for lighting.
- Wood-burning stove - fuel inc
- Lighting by oil lamps supplied by owner - oil inc
- Victorian coal grate - fuel inc
- Bed linen and towels inc
- Solid fuel range - fuel inc
- Enclosed cottage-style garden with lawn
- Parking (3 cars)
- Cycle store
- Water supplied via cast iron outside pump
- Home cooked food and farm shop deliveries by arr
- NB: Because of the unique nature of this property, it cannot be compared with other properties and cannot therefore be awarded a grading value
> A charming retreat tucked away in the South Shropshire Hills, a rural idyll made famous by the poems of A.E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad
Henley Cottage is a 19th- century former farm labourer’s dwelling, sympathetically restored to reinstate its original condition and located in a picturesque estate landscape which has remained unchanged for two centuries.
This humble property, which sleeps up to five, has taken many a star turn on BBC TV, including hit series Victorian Farm
and new for 2010, Escape in Time
. Holiday visitors now have the opportunity to enjoy its simple and homely atmosphere and the unique opportunity to escape modern day living. Henley Cottage has been much written about and has been tipped by The Sunday Times’
Top 100 Cool Holiday Cottages (2010).
: The cottage (one of a pair) has three floors and at its heart is the kitchen/parlour, boasting a cast-iron kitchen range. State-of-the-art in 1888, it is in perfect working order. The simple, airy interiors, lime-washed in pleasing natural colours, are floored with oak or original quarry tiles. The atmospheric lighting is provided by oil lamps and candles and there’s a walk in larder for cool food storage.
Narrow original stairs lead to the first floor and one double bedroom with wrought-iron bedstead heated by a small fireplace, steep open tread stairs lead to the top floor and a twin room with wood-burner and sloping ceiling. A fifth person can sleep on the third bedroom/landing. Beds are equipped with comfortable horsehair mattresses, linen sheets and blankets of pure wool.
There is a fireside tin bath for bathing, while the laundry room includes original copper, mangle and dolly tub with fresh water drawn from a pump. Smoothly-cobbled paths edge the lawns and outside seating area.
For the faint hearted, the single concession to the 21st century is a modern hot water shower and flush loo contained within an outhouse in the private garden.