Morrells Wood Farm

UK England West Midlands Shropshire Ironbridge

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  • Good walks nearby
A trio of luxury shepherd's huts and an isolated, off-grid cabin lost down a long country lane in rural Shropshire

From the old Iron Age hill fort on the top of 1,335-foot Wrekin Hill you get the best views of Morrells Wood, a working beef farm that sits isolated among the green meadows below. It’s a pleasingly tough climb to reach the summit, following farm footpaths through the fields before delving into the native woodland that flanks the steep hillsides. Owner Derek has worked on the farm all his life and it’s only in the last ten years or so that he converted the old out-buildings into small farm cottages for guests, who generally make the Wrekin a conquering point during their stay. The hilltop is a thoughtful place to sit and watch the sunset over Shropshire before you head home, sullenly leaving your holiday behind.

It was in 2012 that the first shepherd’s hut was added to the farm, perched in its own quiet corner with excellent views of the hill. It was swiftly followed by two more, well-furnished huts, each in their own private space, though a short enough walk from one another that they could also be booked together. Inside, each has thoroughly modern fittings, with electricity throughout, plush double beds and even a television, while a wood-burning stove is supplemented by electric heating. All have their own private bathroom and kitchen facilities, either in an adjacent cabin or converted barn. One bathroom even includes its own original stained-glass window, a lasting feature from the barn’s olden days of use.

While the shepherd’s huts perfectly combine luxury and functionality, not to mention their setting in amongst the farm’s tumble-down, stream-side garden, there’s also an extra option for those really seeking seclusion. Derek and his friendly sheepdog, Molly, will lead you across two cattle-grazed meadows, to a private, three-acre field where you can park your car beside a wooden, two-person cabin in perfect isolation. The entirely off-grid unit does slightly limit you – there is no shower or running water and only a basic composting toilet – but, for the setting alone, it is worth it. A few metres away, a reed-fringed pond is enlivened by dragon-flies and birdlife and you have the whole meadow all to yourself.

Whether you pluck for the on-farm comforts of the shepherd’s huts or the off-grid tranquility of the cabin, the local attractions remain a constant highlight. It’s just over two miles, via the local footpaths, to historic Ironbridge Gorge – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. And, further afield, the charming town of Much Wenlock, famous as the home of the modern Olympic games, is well worth a visit for its stunningly beautiful medieval architecture. If you need directions you could even climb back up the Wrekin. From the top you can see for miles tracing your ways along the back-roads with your finger. It’s the closest to a bird’s eye view you’ll find.

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Facilities

Each of the 3 shepherd's huts has its own private shower and toilet room and all 3 have TV and DVD players, wood burning stoves, kitchen facilities and private decking and BBQ areas. All huts also access to free Wi-Fi. The cabin is away from the farm, across a couple of fields and is totally off-grid. There is no Wi-Fi here, no shower facilities and lights are solar powered. The cabin has a double bed, sofa, table and chairs, storage and a front patio with deck chairs, a BBQ area and a camp stove. There is a composting toilet.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Tents, campervans, caravans and pets – no. Ask nicely and you may be able to pitch a supplementary tent alongside the cabin.

Nearby

The most notable local attraction is the eponymous Ironbridge, around 4 miles from the farm, though nearer 2 miles if you ask Derek for directions along the farm footpaths. This vast cast-iron construction has been wowing visitors since 1779. Visit the Museum of the Gorge (01952 433424) for an insight into this iconic region. Plan your visit for September to get involved in the free Ironbridge World Heritage Festival. The area boasts several stately homes and historical buildings including Attingham Park (01743 708123), Buildwas Abbey (0870 333 1181) and Sunnycroft (01952 242884). Charming county town Shrewsbury is also just 10 minutes away while foodie mecca Ludlow is also just down the road.

Food & Drink

The Kynnersley Arms (01952 510233) in Leighton serves up a decent rage of beers and reasonably-priced pub grub. The nearby Huntsman of Little Wenlock (01952 503300) is just 20 minutes walk away. It boasts an ever-changing selection of local ales, while the restaurant does a mean Sunday roast with the finest locally-sourced meat. For guyrope gourmands, the Ludlow Food Festival takes place every September and features over 160 producers and Michelin chefs.

Opening Times

All year (but the cabin in summer only),

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The Owner Says

Morrells Wood Farm is a family run, working beef cattle and sheep farm set in the picturesque countryside of Shropshire.
We offer 3 bespoke quirky Shepherd huts and a Cabin by the lake, all with unique views of the Wrekin and the various Shropshire Hills. You can dine outside with seating areas located in a peaceful and tranquil setting, a perfect place to relax and unwind and enjoy nature’s simple wonders at their very best.

Accommodation

3 shepherd's huts and a remote, pond-side cabin.

Shepherds Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
The Shepherds Hut including a wood burning stove is set in a tranquil peaceful setting in the Shropshire countryside - The perfect getaway from the modern world!

Shepherds Retreat

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
The Shepherds Retreat including a wood burning stove, nestled in the Shropshire countryside with the charming sounds of wildlife surrounding you - The perfect getaway from the modern world!

Shepherds Rest

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
The Shepherds Rest with tons of a character and a wood burning stove. With picturesque views of the Shropshire countryside you will never want to leave this peaceful and tranquil setting - the perfect getaway from the modern world!

Cabin by the Lake

Cabin Sleeps 2
The Cabin by the Lake is nestled in the glorious Shropshire countryside, with amazing views of the surrounding area, this is a perfect getaway from the modern world!

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Location

Contact Morrells Wood Farm, Morrells Wood Farm, Leighton, Shrewsbury, SY5 6RU

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Getting There

From the South: Leaving the M54 at junction 6, take the A5223 towards Ironbridge and Much Wenlock. At Jiggers Roundabout, take the A4169 Ironbridge By-Pass and continue straight on the bottom of the hill onto the B4380 towards Buildwas and Leighton. On entering the village of Leighton take the first turning on the right into Kynnersley Lane. Follow this road for approximately half a mile before turning right at the T junction. Morrells Wood Farm is then three quarters of a mile ahead and signposted (Morrells Wood Farm).

From the North: Leave the A5 at Emstrey Island taking the B4380 towards Ironbridge. Follow this road through Atcham and take the next turning right (B4380) Towards Ironbridge. Stay on this road for about 3 miles before entering the village of Leighton. After passing The Kynnersley Arms pub take the next left turn into Kynnersley Lane – then follow the directions as above.

The number 96 bus passes through Leighton frequently each day from Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton, though from the village its still a fairly long walk. The nearest train station is Wellington, approximately 6 miles away but both Shrewsbury and Telford also have stations.

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