Discover Nest and Shropshire
At the end of a long private drive, past a lake and through a green tunnel of trees you’ll find Nest Holiday Hideaway – peacefully positioned in the sleepy, 13th century hamlet of Betchcott, a name derived from Old English meaning ‘Cottage by the brook.’
Nestled on the Long Mynd in the stupendous Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Betchcott is blessed with myriad local walking, hiking and cycling routes and a feeling of absolute solitude, whilst at the same time being proximate to the picturesque market towns of Church Stretton and Shrewsbury.
Batchcott Hall – a later, alternative spelling of Betchcott commensurate with the Hall’s age – sits opposite Nest and is the manor house built on the site of the original 13th century cottage by said brook, and Nest Holiday Hideaway has been created from the 18th century agricultural buildings built to serve the Hall and its lands.
Nest Holiday Hideaway is a 10 minute walk from the ancient village of Picklescott, which has a wonderful, award winning 17th century inn and eatery called The Bottle and Glass. Picklescott also has its own 4.5 mile walk – winner of The Times’ Best UK Winter Walk 2018 – which starts and ends at The Bottle and Glass, a traditional English country pub serving delicious food, local ales and great wines in incredibly atmospheric surroundings.
Visit the quaint market town of Church Stretton — known as Little Switzerland — just 4 miles south of Nest holiday cottages, and with a 4-floor antique centre and collection of independent shops and cafés.
You’ll be just 10 miles from the riverside market town of Shrewsbury, first settled by 7th century Saxons, the birth place of Charles Darwin, plus home to 660 listed buildings and a burgeoning boutique and café culture.
20 miles south of Nest is Ludlow, mediaeval market town and gastronomic capital of Shropshire.
22 miles east of the Nest holiday cottages is historic Ironbridge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and World Heritage Site.
There are also hundreds of historical interest sites nearby: castles; magnificent mansions and manor houses; abbeys and priories; stone circles and myriad other stone, neolithic and bronze age sites; a great affluence of Sites of Special Scientific Interest; and the Roman city of Viroconium.