The Minstrel Room,a characterful, oak beamed, double bedroom is available with en suite shower room and minstrel’s gallery. The room has its own short stairway and original window featuring cast iron leaded lights with views over the front garden and river bank.
The Minstrel Room is one of two double en-suite bedrooms available at Hogstow Mill (see separate listing on this site for the other room). The large house dates back hundreds of years and is packed with character and history, including a mention by the 17th century diarist Samuel Pepys who collected ballads, including one which originated at Hogstow Mill.
The house is set in a very large mature garden bordered by a meandering stream. There is a large patio area with tables and chairs and many other seating ares in the garden where guests can relax and watch the wild life.
Guest have use of the sitting/tv room and shared use of the beautifully landscaped garden areas including the croquet and boules lawn. You are also welcome to use the barbecue and dine in the garden when the weather permits.
We are usually around in the house and garden, and whilst naturally sociable we do respect privacy and there is plenty of room and space here for our guests to enjoy a really tranquil break. We can give visitors helpful advice regarding local attractions, pubs and recommend walks to suit any age or ability.
A delicious, continental style breakfast is provided - including a choice of croissants, toast, cereal, porridge, yoghurt, fresh fruit, local honey, home-made preserves, tea and coffee.
Hogstow Mill lies in a valley in the beautiful south Shropshire hills and is ideally situated for exploring this area of outstanding natural beauty. Numerous footpaths, bridleways and quiet country lanes criss-cross the area, which is a little known haven for walkers, cyclists and riders. Nearby is the East Ridge Mountain Bike Trail with tracks to suit all abilities. A 10 minute drive takes you up to The Stiperstones with its breathtaking views towards the Long Mynd and across Long Mountain into Wales.
Enjoy the cultural and culinary delights of Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Montgomery and Iron Bridge, or relax in the many country pubs just a few minutes drive from the house. Visit the many National Trust sites including Attingham Park, Powys Castle and Carding Mill Valley. Other attractions include the Snailbeach lead mines, and the remains of the roman town of Wroxeter (Viroconium), the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. Scramble over castle ruins at Montgomery or Clun, or over the grassy remains of the iron-age hill fort at Bury Ditches and discover the ancient history of the Marches.
We do have pets but not in the guest areas of the house.
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL location in Shropshire only a short drive away from the fantastic Stiperstone Steps (enchanting moors and rock formations) and Inn (divine food). The house was everything I hoped for and more. Words cannot describe how darling and comfortable this wonderful house is, from the ancient barn to the homey large wooden dining table and the most comfortable beds you can ever hope for, the photos on the website by far do not do the beauty of the decor justice. Marko & Sara were the most wonderful and welcoming hosts I could have asked for and I enjoyed every minute spent in their company, not to mention in Chaka and Bisa's (their lovely dog's) as well. I would recommend Hogstow Mill highly and without hesitation for anyone looking to escape to a lesser known but breathtakingly beautiful part of the English countryside.
Hogstow Mill surpassed all expectations. We stayed in the room with the charming and unique minstrels' gallery, which was spacious, modern, warm, well appointed and full of character.
The house itself was incredibly beautiful with lots of original features and was a pleasure to be in. The dogs were delightful and a joy. While we were there, Marko and Sara and their grown-up children put on a bonfire which we were invited to join. We cannot fault a single thing about our stay and would be glad to return for another relaxed rural retreat.
Marko and Sara, thank you for being such brilliant and obliging hosts, giving so generously of your time and your home.
John and Nadia.
I organised our wedding anniversary cycling weekend around Hogstow Mill, having seen the 16th Century house on airbnb and fallen in love with it! We live in Shrewbury and had originally planned to travel further out into Wales, but I managed to persuade my husband to plan a route that took in as much of the fantastic cycling lanes around Hogstow Mill as possible before arriving on the Saturday night. The combination of Sara and Marko's beautiful home and their amazingly friendly and helpful personalities made our stay one of the most enjoyable wedding anniversaries we have experienced!
Sara and Marko supplied us with hot tea, dried off our clothes and shoes, lent us shampoo and conditioner (when I had forgotten mine), they even became the taxi service to take us (and then collected us) to the local pub where we sat beside a log fire playing scrabble, then went to bed to sleep on the most comfortable of bed - bliss! In the morning Sara served up a delicious breakfast of croissants, wholemeal toast, yogurt, homemade jams, locally supplied honey and fresh coffee.
A wonderful weekend, spent with two of the nicest people you could wish to meet - thank you Marco and Sara! xxx
Marko and Sara were perfect hosts; friendly, helpful and accommodating. As well as providing a great breakfast on the three mornings we spent at their house, they gave us plenty of advice on where to go and what to see and do. The house itself is comfortable and full of character, and the garden is lovely. Just wish we'd been there a bit longer to experience it fully! Definitely recommended for anyone looking for a quiet countryside break.
This is a must for anyone considering Airbnb. Not only is the house in a beautiful location and 16th century, but both Marko and his wife are the perfect hosts. I felt comfortable immediately and it felt like home from home. The en-suite bedroom has open beams, lots of space and a lovely comfortable bed with crisp, clean white linen. Breakfast was their own recipe muesli. Both Marko and his wife are interesting, well travelled and genuinely pleased to meet you. I hope to revisit at some point in the not too distant future.
Our stay at Marko and Sara's house was one of our best experience with airbnb so far :) A warm welcome (with a cup of tea and a nice chat with them and the other guests from Australia), a big and comfortable bedroom (+ private bathroom) under the roof, a nice breakfast prepared by Sara just for us, very useful recommendations and directions to visit the area and the welsh coast from Marko... so many things we enjoyed with only one night staying at their gorgeous and renovated house.
We definitely want to come back and spend more time in this beautiful region.
Sara and Marko were amazing hosts. They helped us with good travel tips including maps, fine restaurants or sightseeing locations. We felt very comfortable at their home. It was the best accommodation we had on our holiday. We strongly recommend them! Thank you very much!
Beautiful house with an amazing garden, large and clean room. Great hosts, very welcoming. Extremely recommended!
Fantastic place and fantastic hosts. We were made so welcome by Marko and Sara and fell in love with their beautiful home that they shared with us. It is such a peaceful place in a wonderful part of the country with beautiful unpopulated walks through stunning country side, many within easy distance of a local pub. Their home is full of character with excellent facilities. We especially enjoyed sitting by the stream at the bottom of the garden. It felt like we were visiting old friends!!
What can I say... Marko and Sara were brilliant hosts.
The room alone is amazing. It's so quirky, full of character and huge. Wonky floors, exposed beams... just how a 16th century house should be. The en-suite shower room is good too.
They were great at recommending walks in the area. And, even let us borrow maps for the day. They're just 10 minutes away from the deserted Stiperstones walk and recommended travelling to Church Stretton via the most scenic route I've even driven along.
They had plenty other walks in their armoury too, along with places to eat and drink locally and in Shrewsbury. They clearly know their stuff as their two favourite places were too busy to get served!
Breakfast was simple, but more than enough for us - especially when eating it outside with the glorious early morning sun. And they were good fun to talk to as well - somehow spending a good couple of hours talking late into the evening without even realising.
To summarise, we only went for a long weekend, though I would've wished it was a lot longer. Maybe next time, eh?