- Offer a warm, friendly welcome to guests.
- Ensure a high standard of accommodation, courtesy, and service.
- Respond promptly and properly to any complaints or criticism.
- Offer our guests all advice and assistance they require.
- Entrance hall, cloakroom, utility, large sitting room with log fire, bedroom with giant double or two single beds, dressing area with wardrobe.
- Large bathroom with separate shower, superb fully fitted kitchen.
- State of the art Linn Hi-Fi for radio & CDs.
- Widescreen Colour TV with video and DVD.
- Telephone, washer, dryer etc.
- All linen & towels provided.
- Lively and unspoilt market town with great spirit
- Fascinating architecture – castle, church, medieval and Georgian buildings
- Independent shops and traditional market
- Surrounded by the beautiful and unspoiled countryside of the Welsh Marches – the England-Wales border country
- Excellent reputation for food and drink
- Great festivals and lots of events
- “The most perfect town in England” – Betjeman
The remote and romantic Shropshire Hills form part of the ancient border Marches. These Welsh border lands have been fought over and disputed throughout much of our history. Of course, no one disputes the border today, any more than they would dispute the beauty of the region and the rich diversity of it’s landscape.
The complex geology of the area is largely responsible for the immense variety of the scenery which makes Shropshire so interesting and such a joy to walk. For example the Wrekin consists of ancient volcanic lava, whilst Wenlock Edge, just 30km south west, was once at the bottom of an ancient sea and is composed of carboniferous limestone. In fact Shropshire claims to be unique in the world, in having rocks from ten of the twelve geological periods within it’s boundaries.
The northern part of the county around Ellesmere was dramatically affected by being at the extremity of the ice sheets during the last ice age. Huge glaciers deposited the clay, gravel and sand found in these areas as they receded; but not before their awesome power had scooped out the depressions which today make Ellesmere a lake district in miniature.
There is diversity too, in the character of the county’s towns. Ludlow, a delightfully rural market town dominated by it’s imposing castle, retains much of the charm of a bygone age. It’s beautiful black and white timbered builings, so typical of Shropshire where oak forests were once widespread, can overwhelm the visitor with it’s cosy atmosphere. But Ludlow is a thriving community and has earned itself a reputation as a gastonomic centre of excellence. Not that far away Telford is a dynamic modern town full of high technology industry built upon the foundations of the industrial revolution, which all began here at Ironbridge, now a World Heritage site.
There are endless walking possibilities within Shropshire’s 5,000km of public paths, but the most important areas are the hills of the south west between Ludlow and Shrewsbury. Church Stretton, roughly in the centre of this area is an excellent base from which to explore the Long Mynd, a dramatic ridge of ancient heather clad hills which tower over the town. One of the most popular circuits climbs through the beautiful Carding Mill Valley, one of a number of ravines cutting through the eastern flank of the hills.
Other important hills include Wenlock Edge, Stiperstones, Clee Hills and Clun Forest. All offer spectacular open walking and panoramic vistas. The quiet, green valleys and Dales between these ranges are also beautiful walking country.
The Jack Mytton Way gives riders, cyclists and walkers the chance to journey around seventy miles through some of rural England’s most unspoilt and beautiful countryside. The route starts near Highley and ends at the bridge over the River Terne in Llanfair Waterdine on the Welsh border.
The Jack Mytton Way is named after one of Shropshire’s most notorious but affectionately remembered characters. Known as “Mad Jack”, Mytton was famed for his outrageous and foolhardy pranks, so much so that he is known some two hundred years later!
Explore the history and heritage of the Teme Valley. Go West from Worcester through Tenbury Wells to Ludlow and beyond – beautiful, remote countryside, ancient churches, farms and villages – trails, walks, what to do and where to go, activities for all the family.
EXPLORE THE MYSTERIOUS RIVER TEME AND ITS BEAUTIFUL VALLEY The river Teme is one of the fastest flowing rivers in Europe. It rises in Powys, Wales and passes through remote countryside and just three small towns: Knighton on the borders of England and Wales, Ludlow in Shropshire and Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire. It joins the mighty River Severn just south of Worcester city.
‘Heaven for two’ – Situated some 20 metres to the south of the main house, THE DICK TURPIN detached, stone and timber built, slate roofed property stands high above Clun. The cottage enjoys enviable views of the valley and the rolling Shropshire hills. The fully restored property nestles in 20 acres of woods and wonderful walks on the hillside high above the historic village of Clun. Located in the first ‘environmentally sensitive area’ and designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. The countryside commission recent survey designated this to be one of the three remaining havens of tranquility in Britain.
The charm of THE DICK TURPIN COTTAGE with its many features of architectural and historic interest has been carefully preserved. You will receive a warm welcome and enjoy a high standard of accommodation. THE DICK TURPIN COTTAGE is featured in “Special Places to Stay in Britain”, Awarded the top English Tourist Board quality rating- “Five Stars”, De-luxe 5 Keys, and “Gold Award”. Our aims are to: –
The cottage features :
Ludlow and its castle are perched on a cliff above the picturesque River Teme in south Shropshire: the town breathes history at every turn. The town centre’s ordered elegance is evidence of the 900 year old Norman planned town.
This web site has the information you need about Ludlow, from Where to Stay, What’s on, Where to Eat to Travel and Parking.
Welcome to the dramatic scenery of the Shropshire Hills and its six market towns of Ludlow, Bishop’s Castle, Church Stretton, Cleobury Mortimer, Clun and Craven Arms. While Ludlow is the district’s ‘capital’ the others have plenty to occupy the visitor with speciality shops, good food and local ale and places of interest like Stokesay Castle and the ‘Land of Lost Content’ nostalgia museum. Events and festivals play an important part in town life and details can be found on this site by clicking here.
Getting to this area couldn’t be easier with hourly trains on the Cardiff to Manchester route serving Church Stretton, Craven Arms and Ludlow. The A49 trunk road winds through the valleys from North to South on its way from Shrewsbury to Hereford.
While you are spending time with us enjoy a trip on the scenic Heart of Wales line, which offers a chance to explore some of the most rural parts of the Principality. Take a Shropshire Hills Shuttle Bus up into some spectacular scenery to enjoy a walk in one of Britain’s finest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The celebrated poet A.E. Housman called them the Blue Remembered Hills and Oscar-winning screen-writer and playwright John Osborne found inspiration in them in his later life.
Finding a place to stay is easy with our searchable database of AA and VisitBritian quality inspected accommodation. The Visitor Information Centres at Ludlow and Church Stretton are ready to offer help in planning your itinerary.
Ludlow and the Shropshire Hills are the perfect locations for a relaxing country holiday to discover a secret part of England.
Within South Shropshire are:- Shropshire’s gastronomic capital Ludlow, the Alpine like setting of Church Stretton, which is now an award winning Walkers are Welcome town, Bishops Castle famed for it’s microbrewery, Cleobury Mortimer, Craven Arms and Clun, immortalised by A.E. Housman. Each couldn’t be more different or distinctive. Real shopping in proper shops, lively street markets, antique markets, specialist food shops, art and craft galleries – all give retail therapy Shropshire style.
Competa Holidays have been offering self-catering villas in this beautiful part of Andalucia since 1996.
Having been the owners of the very successful Riverside Inn at Aymestrey, Herefordshire, for a number of years, Val and Steve Bowen came to live in Competa and develop the business full time in 2001.
Their attention to detail, and desire to create a warm and welcoming approach to their customers has a been a major factor in the success of the business, with many guests returning year after year.
Val and Steve aim to take the stress out of organising your holiday by providing a service that caters for the individual requirements of each customer. Advising on flights, arranging car hire or airport transfers, and welcoming you to the villas, are all part of the service.
Whilst here, they will arrange activities for you, tickets to the Alhambra in Granada, advise on places to visit, and generally be on hand to ensure that your holiday is as enjoyable as possible.
All the villas have been chosen for their position and quality, all are maintained and furnished to a very high standard, and a “welcome pack” is provided for each guest, so at least when you arrive, there is something to eat, and more importantly, a beer and a glass of wine!!
Please take the time to browse through this web site, the information contained here will give you a feel for the area, and, hopefully, be of help to you during your stay.
We do hope that you like what you see, and very much look forward to welcoming you to Competa in the future.
Being self styled ‘virtual-foodies’ means that we have alot to say about food. Eat-the-midlands is one of the places we do it. Previously top food review website, listing all the Birmingham Post food reviews, we are now about all things foodie in the Midlands.
We want to hear what you think about food, in the Midlands, and UK wide. Whether it be your favourite pub food, restaurant, deli or chippie, or maybe your local producer, supplier or provider let us know.
Not only are we ‘virtual-foodies‘ but we also spend our days helping promote real foodies, such as the aforementioned restaurants, to people like you through our sister websites:
We offer various activities in order to invite our guests to Swedish culture. Our goal is to inspire and offer good service as well as an unforgettable visit.
This site is also the insperation for my own site as you will see thanks Krake!