Shropshire

Warren Bothy

1 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

2 Guests

Overview of Warren Bothy...

Warren Bothy is an off-grid cabin located on the Long Mynd in the heart of the Shropshire Hills, near the Welsh border. With no road access or neighbours (barring the wildlife and livestock) guests can fully recharge in one of England's remaining wildernesses.

Warren Bothy was originally a Warrener's Cottage, before being refurbished in 2023. With no Wi-Fi, but the best views in Shropshire and no neighbours bar passing sheep, this is an entirely unique property.

Guests park in the private roadside parking area. The Bothy, which does not have vehicular access, is a ten to fifteen minute walk from the parking site. A hand cart is provided for your luggage, or alternatively incorporate your stay into a hike or ride from further afield. There is a paddock adjacent to the bothy so horses and ponies are welcome at Warren Bothy, so you can enjoy the bridleways and landscape from horseback.

When at the Bothy you will have the space to yourself, including a private garden. The original stone and timber features remain, together with a tasteful mezzanine bedroom, kitchen, and toilet.

Heating is provided by the large log burner and an ample supply of local firewood which is provided. Lights and phone charging is supported by a 12v solar system (use wisely), and hot water in the shower hut is provided by LPG. Please be aware there is not hot water inside the bothy.

Although there is a private water supply this is not tested for drinking so bottled drinking water is provided for you. The kitchen is well equipped, including an LPG hob, cool box and all the essential equipment you will need for your stay. Simply bring ice, supplies and a sense of adventure. Salt, pepper, cooking oil, tea, coffee and washing up supplies are all provided, but please do bring your own food and drink.

A bespoke timber shower hut has been recently constructed, this is powered by an LPG boiler and water pressure is boosted by the solar system, perfect for refreshing after a long day in the hills.

Warren Bothy is unlike any other holiday accommodation. If you approach a stay here in the spirit of a glamping adventure you will have an incredible experience. If you have any questions before or during your stay simply contact your hosts who will be happy to help.


This property is only accessible by foot and can take a 10-15 minute walk. There is no mains electricity at the property, but if you are looking to switch off from the stresses of modern day life and explore the endless footpaths across the Long Mynd and Shropshire Hills this is the place for you.

  • Essentials

    Additional Information ..

    Do you want to know a little bit more on what Warren Bothy has included before arriving?

    Then look no further we have all the information you could possibly need right here!


    Check In / Check Out

    Check in is from 4pm & check out is by 11am.

    Sleeping Arrangements

    1 x king size bed in a mezzanine area.

    Linen & Towels

    Linen and towels are provided and the beds are made up ahead of your arrival. We have 10.5 tog duvet and 4 pillows which are synthetic to cater for guests with allergies.

    Cots & Highchairs

    We do not provide carry/travel cots, high chairs, or baby mattress so please bring these with you if needed.​

    Food & Toiletries

    Warren Bothy will have soap, towels, loo roll, tea and coffee, cooking oil and salt & pepper. Due to it’s off-grid nature and limited electricity THERE IS NO FRIDGE. We provide you with a 57L coolbox which should keep food and drink cool for 80hr but you will need to bring your own freezer packs/ice (we recommend Tuffins in Craven Arms, 10min drive away).

    Water

    Water to the taps comes directly off the hill behind the bothy. It is suitable for washing or boiling but DO NOT DRINK IT. We provide bottled water from Wenlock Spring for consumption, there will be a 25L container in the kitchen.

    Electricity

    The bothy is powered by limited solar powered electricity from the solar panel on the hill - this runs a few lights and 2 USB sockets (either side of the bed). On cloudy days there may be limited solar power so please bear this in mind. Candles and two head torches, together with a battery powered lantern in the shower hut are provided.

    Appliances & Equipment

    The property has the following appliances available to guests:
    • 2-ring gas hob
    • Stove-top kettle
    • 57L cool box
    • Gas powered shower (think warm sprinkler!)
    • The kitchen is equipped with plates, cutlery, cups and glasses
    • There is a limited selection of pots, pans, cooking utensils and equipment.
    • Towels and linen
    • Tea towels, dishcloths & washing up liquid
    • Bin liners
    • Logs and firelighters for the indoor fire and firepit
    • Soap in the bathroom
    • Teabags, sugar and instant coffee (there is a cafetière for ground coffee should you wish to bring some)
    • There is a selection of books and magazines for you to enjoy during your stay as well as an Ordnance survey map of the local area. Please leave these for other guests to enjoy.


    Heating

    As an off-grid bothy, there is no central heating but there is a large log burner in the sitting room with logs provided. Please take care when using and be mindful of sparks.

    Pets

    If you do bring a pet, because this is a working farm and a conservation area, please keep it under close control at all times. Please do not let pets on the furniture or upstairs. Any additional cleaning that is required will be charged for.

    Mobile Phone Signal

    There is good mobile and 4G signal at the bothy but no broadband.

    Shops

    There is a Co-op in the nearby town of Bishops Castle (6 miles) and a well-stocked supermarket “Tuffins” in Craven Arms (5 miles). We advise planning food ahead of arrival as it is a good 10min walk from the bothy to your car.

    Horses and Ponies

    If you wish to bring your horse or pony on holiday with you and enjoy the miles of riding available, this is possible by arrangement. There is a paddock adjacent to the bothy.
  • Your Hosts

    Meet Jack & Joe ..

    Your hosts are Jack Cooper and Joe Powell. This beautiful bothy is rented out with the kind permission of the Plowden family, owners of the Plowden Estate upon which Warren Bothy sits.

    In 2022 Jack and Joe were presented with the opportunity to turn Warren Bothy into an off-grid cabin. The bothy had been empty for a few years, having previously been occupied by a hermit. It was quite a challenge as there was no electricity, gas or shower up here so Jack and Joe spent 6 months working to make Warren Bothy what it is today. Originally a rabbit warren, the land was then built upon to create a “Warrener’s Cottage”, which later became “Warren Cottage”. We have renamed it Warren Bothy as we feel this represents the unique off-grid experience that our guests can expect whilst staying here.
  • Things To Do

    The Local Area ..

    At the heart of the Shropshire Hills lies the Long Mynd with the rocky outcrops of the Stiperstones to the west. Visually, these two ‘hills’ are very different – the Long Mynd is a large and long plateau, while the rugged outline of the Stiperstones ridge is unmistakable. Together, they make up the largest area of heathland in the Shropshire Hills. Come late summer these hilltops are a sea of purple and not to be missed. Along with the heather a variety of other plants flourish here including bilberry (known locally as whinberry), and this in turn attracts many insects and birds – look out for a green hairstreak butterfly or stonechat on the gorse.

    As well as a wealth of wildlife, the area is steeped in history and folklore. Shooting Box is one of sixteen Bronze Age burial mounds found on the Mynd and the 5,000 year old ridge-way, the Portway, once carried Neolithic traders high and dry above the wet and wooded valleys. During the 1870s the Stiperstones area was one of Britain’s main sources of lead. Remains of this once thriving industry are scattered along the western slopes of the Stiperstones. Both Mary Webb and Malcolm Saville set their stories in these hills, and there is many a myth and tall tale to be told.

    Walking

    There are lots of leaflets and books describing walks in this area and there are miles or public footpaths to follow. Ask the local Visitor Information Centres or visit Shropshire's Great Outdoors, try a walk in Carding Mill Valley to Light Sprout Waterfall to listen to the bubbles.

    The Shropshire Way enables you to follow clearly enables you to follow clearly marked paths from Long Mynd to Stiperstones.


    Cycling

    Visit a local bike shop to get hold of a map to trails for Mountain Biking on the Long Mynd, or pick up a sustrans map for on-road routes which include some great climbs. You can also hire bikes locally or bring you own!

    Carding Mill Valley, Church Stretton

    Here you can play in the Stream, watch birds from the hide, pond dip and relax with a picnic, or you can simply use the Valley as a base for a day’s walking. There are excellent visitor facilities including a tea-room, shop and parking.

    Bog Visitor Centre

    With home-made cakes, local crafts and displays on the history of the area, the folklore, where to walk and much more this local treasure is ideally placed for toilets and a break at the base of the Stiperstones.

    Snailbeach Mine

    Ruined engine houses, blacksmith shops and tall chimneys tell of a time when the lead mines of this area were the most productive in Europe. Underground trips into Day Level are available when the Snailbeach Mine Visitor Centre is open.

    Church Stretton

    At the heart of the Shropshire Hills, this picturesque market town has been a popular visitor destination since Edwardian times. It retains a variety of independent shops, traditional tea-rooms and pubs, alongside restaurants with different cuisines. This is a town with a thriving cultural life, as reflected in its musical events and festivals, plays and the largest Art Exhibition in the county.

    Opportunities abound for walking, running and cycling in the surrounding hills and the upland plateau of the Long Mynd, above which soar gliders, para and hang gliders. There are regular flights of hot-air balloons within the area, and Paragliders also operate from Corndon Hill. With its 600 million-year old rock formations, wooded valleys and dark skies, this area is renowned by geologists, bird-watchers and astronomers alike.

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Lovely stay in a cosy hillside cottage 5/5

Secluded spot with fantastic views. We very much enjoyed our stay. The communication, including directions, leading up to our arrival was excellent. The cottage was inviting and characterful, and had everything we needed. The bed was very comfortable and the fire kept the place toastie and cosy. Highly recommend the Warren Bothy- a little haven.

Nick Tite | 09 April 2024

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