The Old Workshop is a stunning conversion of a former stone barn into a holiday cottage for two people.

This charming cottage is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the foothills of the Long Mynd - just 6 miles from Church Stretton and 8.5 miles from Shrewsbury, between the villages of Pulverbatch and Picklescott.

The Old Workshop adjoins our house, Wilderley Croft, and has been renovated tastefully to combine modern conveniences with original features.

It has a delightful, large galleried bedroom with a king size bed and exposed oak beams and trusses, and a spacious open-plan living area with a woodburning stove and a comfortable dining area and fitted kitchen. French windows lead out from the living room onto a private south-facing patio. There is a downstairs shower room with a large shower, basin and WC. There is ample storage throughout.

Our normal changeover day is on Fridays. During the low season shorter breaks are offered. Please see our Prices & Availability page.

Visitor Feedback

"Lovely cottage, excellent value, clean, well equipped, our first time to Shropshire - loved it!" Allan & Jo, Hertfordshire.

"Tranquil, comfortable, and yet lots to do. Perfect!" Tina & Colin, Northamptonshire.

"Wonderful, relaxing week! Ideal cottage!" Alan & Jean, Leicestershire.

"Superb cottage. Perfect for a pre-Christmas break. Very warm and homely, friendly locals and lovely walks. Thank you!" Tom & Louise, Oxfordshire.

"Comfy, cosy cottage, great for relaxing and ideal for walking!" Sandra & Jim, Scotland.


Wood burning stove and electric heaters. Full-sized electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, use of our washing machine on request, TV with DVD player, free Wi-Fi. A travel cot is available if required.

Parking and Bicycles

There is parking for two cars on the drive just outside the cottage. We can also provide lockable storage for bicycles.


One well-behaved dog is extremely welcome. Dogs need to be kept on a lead at all times outside owing to livestock nearby.

Included in the rental charge

Wood and fire-lighters for the wood burning stove, electricity, Wi-Fi, bed linen, towels, tea towels, washing up liquid, tea, coffee and sugar are provided.

Local lanes

Please note that all the lanes immediately surrounding our property are single track with passing places. They are quiet with not much traffic. Please drive slowly and be prepared to reverse!

Contact us

For any further information, booking, or availability, please contact:
Nicola Strudwick
Wilderley Croft
Tel:01694 751775
Mob: 07919 658029



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Contact us

For any further information, booking, or availability, please contact:
Nicola Strudwick
Wilderley Croft
Phone: 01694 751775 / 07919 658029

How to Book

Please call or email us to check the availability.
The cottage is available from 3pm on the day of your arrival until 10am on the day of your departure.
Most of our bookings are from Friday to Friday, but we do also take short break bookings in winter or in low season. ( Click here for latest availability). At all other times, we accept short stay bookings either when only part of a week is available, or when the booking is less than one month away.

We ask for a deposit by cheque of £100, and the balance of the payment six weeks before your arrival.



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Directions to The Old Workshop, Wilderley Croft, Pulverbatch, Shrewsbury SY5 8DF

OS grid reference: SJ 439 013

Phone: 01694 751775 / 07919 658029

Please note that Sat Nav will take you to the right area but not the correct house.

From the A5, near Shrewsbury:
  • Turn south onto the A49 towards Leominster and Ludlow.
  • Go through Bayston Hill, and after about 3 miles you come into Dorrington village.
  • Turn Right in Dorrington, signposted to the church and Picklescott.
  • Follow this road out of the village; after a couple of miles you will come to a junction signposted to Wilderley and Pulverbatch. Turn right here.
  • Follow this road, then turn right at the junction you come to after about 300 metres, and after another 300 metres you will pass Coppice Farm on your left.
  • Continue for another 500 metres and you will see a barn very close to the road on the left.
  • The entrance to Wilderley Croft and The Old Workshop is 50 metres after the barn, on the left.
  • If you come to another junction signposted to Pease Lane and Pulverbatch, you have gone a bit too far!
From the Longden Road, heading south from Shrewsbury towards Bishops Castle:
  • Follow the Longden Road southwards, past the Nuffield Hospital, and through the villages of Hook-a-Gate, Annscroft, Longden, Longden Common and then Pulverbatch (ignoring signs to Church Pulverbatch).
  • As you come out of Pulverbatch, you will drop down a hill.
  • At the bottom of the hill, turn left signposted towards Wilderley and Picklescott.
  • Stay on this lane, and keep following signs to Picklescott.
  • Follow the lane for about a mile, going through a dairy farm – Wilderley Hall Farm.
  • Shortly afterwards, you will come to a fork in the road. Keep right, still following signs to Picklescott.
  • At the junction with Pease Lane, follow your lane round to the left, still following signs to Picklescott.
  • The entrance to Wilderley Croft and The Old Workshop is the first gate on the right.
From the A49 Church Stretton, heading north towards Shrewsbury:
Please note: this is a stunning route, but the gradients are steep and the lanes are extremely narrow; although it’s the most direct route from the South, it is quicker if you stay on the A49 until you reach Dorrington, and then follow the directions above.
  • Turn off the A49 at the traffic lights, into Church Stretton.
  • Drive up the main street and when you come to the T-junction (by Lloyds Bank), turn right onto Shrewsbury Road.
  • Continue through All Stretton, going past the school on the right and then the Yew Tree Pub on the left.
  • Take the next turning left, by the telephone box, onto Castle Hill and follow the lane up the hill and over the two cattle grids.
  • Continue on the lane, and at the crossroads go straight across – you will go through the hamlet of Betchcott and end up in the picturesque village of Picklescott.
  • At the end of the lane, in Picklescott, turn right and then immediately left onto Pease (‘Pays’) Lane, passing The Bottle and Glass pub on your right.
  • Keep following Pease Lane for almost 1½ miles, and at the end of the lane turn right, following signs to Dorrington (and Picklescott, rather confusingly).
  • The entrance to Wilderley Croft and The Old Workshop is the first gate on the right.
Please use the grid reference (SJ 439 013) rather than the postcode if you are relying on satellite navigation. If you would like help in getting here from another direction, please contact us.

Local Information

General stores and Post Offices

  • Longden Post Office and Village Store, SY5 8EX (4 miles)
    Tel: 01743 860459,
    This fantastic village shop sells fresh bread, local produce and crafts, fruit and vegetables, newspapers etc and is run by Shropshire’s Own.
  • Dorrington Stores and Post Office, SY5 7JB (4 miles)
    Tel: 01743 718206)
    This shop is on the A49 and good for essentials/newspapers. Limited parking.


  • Sainsbury’s
    SY3 9NB at Meole Brace Retail Park in Shrewsbury (8 miles).
  • Co-op
    SY6 6BX in Church Stretton (7 miles).


There is a regular bus service from Castle Pulverbatch (departing outside the White Horse Inn) to Shrewsbury. A timetable is included in this folder.

There is a shuttle bus that runs every weekend and Bank Holiday from the end of April until October. The bus travels around the Long Mynd and Stiperstones and is useful for walkers. The nearest bus stop is the White Horse Inn, Pulverbatch. A timetable is included in this folder when the bus is running.

Local Pubs

Please check pub opening times and food serving times in advance.

  • The White Horse, Castle Pulverbatch, SY5 8DS. (1½ miles)
    Tel: 01743 718247,
    A welcoming pub with an excellent menu and local guest ales.

  • Bottle and Glass, Picklescott, SY6 6NR. (1½ miles)
    Tel: 01694 751252,
    This pub offers traditional pub food and local ales. It’s a nice (uphill!) walk from The Old Workshop to the Bottle and Glass.

  • The Red Lion, Longden Common, SY5 8AE. (3 miles)
    Tel: 01743 718889,
    A nineteenth century coaching inn serving traditional pub food freshly prepared using local produce.

  • The Bridges Country Pub, Ratlinghope, SY5 0ST. (6 miles)
    Tel: 01588 650260,
    An excellent starting point for many walks, this pub has been recently refurbished and serves traditional food and award-winning ales brewed in the county’s oldest brewery. All three Shuttle Bus services meet here.

Other good pubs and restaurants


Things To Do

  • The Bog Visitor Centre, The Bog, nr Stiperstones, SY5 0NG.
    Tea and homemade cakes, local crafts and history in a former school, one of the few remaining buildings from a lost mining village.

  • Stiperstones Nature Reserve, Stiperstones, SY5 0NL.
    A series of rocky outcrops on the ridge of a hill, which is steeped in local legends. Great for walking. Parking available at the Knoll Car Park.

  • Stokesay Castle, Stokesay, Craven Arms, SY7 9AH.
    The finest and best-preserved fortified medieval manor house in England.

  • Ludlow Castle, Castle Square, Ludlow, SY8 1AY.
    The finest of medieval ruined castles set in glorious Shropshire countryside, at the heart of the superb, bustling black and white market town of Ludlow.

  • Shrewsbury
    The town centre is packed with timber-framed black and white buildings, steep narrow streets and alleyways. It boasts over 600 listed buildings including the Castle, now a regimental museum and the world-famous Shrewsbury Abbey, home of the fictional Brother Cadfael. Charles Darwin was born and educated in Shrewsbury and all around there are reminders of his association with the town. The River Severn forms a loop around the town centre offering gentle riverside walks or a trip on the new pleasure boat, Sabrina. Next to the river is the beautiful Quarry Park, the location for the annual Shrewsbury Flower Show.

  • Attingham Park, Atcham, Shrewsbury, SY4 4TP.
    A beautiful mansion surrounded by acres of parkland and a deer park.

  • Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd, Church Stretton, SY6 6JG
    Great for walking - acres of heathland, a stream with a waterfall and a National Trust café in Carding Milll Valley. The Burway road onto the Long Mynd from Church Stretton is not for the faint-hearted!

  • Ironbridge
    A World Heritage Site and the beating heart of the Industrial Revolution, Ironbridge is home to ten fabulous museums – Blists Hill Victorian Town, Jackfield Tile Museum, Coalport China Museum etc.

  • Cosford RAF Museum, Shifnal, TF11 8UP
    Over 70 aircraft of international importance, including the world’s oldest Spitfire and a Lincoln bomber, are housed in three wartime hangars. Free entry.


Recent Guest Comments (Thank you for all your kind words!)

Well another lovely week at the Old Workshop is coming to a close. We have had a wonderful time exploring the wonderful Shropshire countryside, but also returning and enjoying a relaxing and peaceful period at the cottage. Looking forward to returning.
J & C (Warwickshire) Nov 2018

Thanks for a brilliant stay. Very last minute and you have been so kind. Holiday let is tip top! We've been walking and even managed a BBQ last night. Great area with medieval monuments and interesting towns and villages. Thank you so much.
J & F (Derbyshire) Oct 2018

Our first visit to "The Old Workshop". It certainly will not be our last. Lovely peaceful cottage with everything you need to hand. We loved watching the birds on the nut feeder. Haven't seen nuthatches for years. Thankyou for providing a peaceful haven to recharge in.
R & P (Somerset) Oct 2018

A really beautiful cottage, immaculate with everything you could possible need to hand. We have a lovely restful weekend, and even managed a walk between the showers. Hope to see you soon.
D (North Wales) Oct 2018

Thank you both for all your helpful advice you have left for reading in the cottage. We have thoroughly enjoyed our visit to "The Old Workshop" and the lovely surrounding countryside including several meals at the "Bottle and Glass". Look forward to our next visit.
K & M Sept 2018