Guest Book

Here are some of the lovely comments left in our guest book.

“Such a wonderful place to stay, and flexible for 4 to 8 people throughout the week! Everything we could ever want for adults and children and such wonderful views. The kids really don’t want to leave. Thank you for everything.”

Multigenerational family and friends, party of eight, Apr 2019

“Fantastic Christmas week. The house is beautiful and we had everything we needed and more. Thank you so much!”

Multigenerational family of nine, Dec 2018

“Lovely half term with the kids – they loved the cake! Thank you for the use of your so well equipped house. Beautiful area – we’ll be back!”

Multigenerational family of eight, Oct-Nov 2018

“Another family reunion in our favourite place!”

Party of six, Oct 2018

“From the warm personal welcome given by Di, right through to the end of our stay, we couldn’t have hoped for more from this gem of a holiday home. All the fine attention to detail was MUCH appreciated. Hope to be back!”

Couple, Aug 2018

“Another great stay at The Holt – our third visit. Many thanks Di, and for the welcome basket – especially the chocolate cake!”

Multigenerational family of nine, Aug 2018

“Wonderful to be here at The Holt for the third year running. Thank you so much, Di.”

Party of five, Aug 2018

“A repeat visit of our annual girls’ weekend; as good as the last. Great location and very relaxing.”

Group of friends, Jul 2018

“Thank you for letting us stay in this beautiful house and location. We enjoyed many of the lovely walks. Thanks for the wonderful cake, too! We hope to come back soon.”

Family of three, Jul 2018

“Great place to stay, second visit. Hope to come again. Sunshine wall to wall, lovely week.”

Family of four, Jul 2018

“Can only echo what other people have written. Superb house and equipped with everything you can think of. A special word for the marmalade – excellent! And glorious weather!”

Party of three, June 2018

“Wonderful summer week walking. House perfect. Thank you, such a lovely week.”

Five friends, Jun 2018

“Thanks for another great week in your lovely house.”

Two families, May – Jun 2018

“A great week. Lots of walking, great scenery and village. Lovely relaxing house. Green!!!”

Family of five, May 2018

“A wonderful house. Fully equipped, glorious scenery.  Rain did not dampen our spirits! Smashing!”

Two families, Apr 2018

“Excellent, well equipped accommodation, ideal location.”

Two couples, Apr 2018

“Thank you for this wonderful space from all of us – a lovely time, much gratitude.”

Multigenerational family of five, Mar 2018

“We have had a wonderful Christmas week seeing family in All Stretton and doing lots of walking and geocaching.  This is our third stay in The Holt and we’re sure to be back again. The house was lovely and warm, and so well equipped. Thanks, Di, for the Christmas decorations and the splendid chocolate cake – all hugely appreciated.”

Two couples, Dec 2017

“Thank you! We have stayed in many holiday homes but never in one so very generously equipped. Lots of thoughtful touches and a friendly and informative welcome.”

Mixed family, Oct 2017

“Fantastic weekend, lovely house. Thank you.”

Group of seven friends, Oct 2017

“Love coming here, lovely house and location.  Thank you so much for all the little touches, it is much appreciated.”

Group of stewards helping at annual Hill Climb, Oct 2017

“Thank you so much. You have thought of everything.  Great house, wonderful location and we’re going home for a long rest 🙂 “

Family of four with young children, Sep 2017

“Thank you for our stay at the very well equipped Holt – lovely spot.”

Three friends for reunion – friends for over 45 years! Aug 2017

“Wonderful to be back at the Holt, a true home from home.  Thank you, Di, for all your thoughtfulness.”

Family of four adults, Aug 2017

“Loved our short break, will deffo be back. Everything you need here and all spot on!”

Four adult friends reunion, Aug 2017

“A most enjoyable week – our second stay here.  Many thanks, Di, for the lovely ‘welcome basket’ – greatly appreciated.  Recommend Acton Scott Farm Museum and Stokesay Castle.”

Multigenerational family of nine Jul 2017

“Great house and great location. Very much enjoyed our stay here!”

Family of four with teenager, Jul 2017

“Lovely house. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.”

Multigenerational family of six, Jun 2017

“We came to celebrate two large birthdays and relive childhood memories. What a wonderful place!”

Multigenerational family of five, Jun 2017

“Ditto the previous comment! Perfect for a three generations holiday.  Loved sitting out birding on the terrace.  Recommend an outing to Wightwich Manor for the grown-ups.”

Multigenerational family of seven, grandparents, Jun 2017

“Not ready to leave! Amazing house in beautiful setting. Kids loved dipping feet in the Cardingmill Valley stream and the visits to Hergest and Stokesay castles. Thank you!”

Multigenerational family of six, parents Jun 2017

“Lovely stay in delightful house. Excellent walks, weather and wine!”

Two couples on joint holiday, May to Jun 2017

“We have had a LOVELY week, thank you. We hope to come again.”

Family of six adults, May 2017

“I loved seeing all the baby lambs.” 

“I loved running around in the garden – so much space!” 

“Mummy liked watching the birds.”

“Another lovely stay, thank you.”

“Another lovely holiday in a great place with wonderful views, thank you.”

Multigenerational family of five, Apr 2017

“Another wonderful holiday. Weather so kind to us. Thank you. See you again soon!”

Couple, Apr 2017

“Thank you so much for such a warm welcome and so many goodies in the ‘harvest hamper’. An ideal base for the three generations to exert energy from fell running to cycling, to hiking and gentle ‘strolls’ for Grandma. Then to retire to a warm and comfortable home to relax, refer  to the history of wild animals, birds and plant life. All agreed they would love to return!”

Multigenerational family of eight, Apr 2017

“Thank you, Diane, we had a lovely few days staying in the Holt and walking on the surrounding hills. You thought of everything! We had an excellent meal at the French Pantry in Ludlow and would also recommend the Green Dragon pub in Little Stretton. Best wishes.”

Family of four with teenagers, Feb 2017

“Another fabulous holiday! Thank you, Diane!”

Family of four, Oct 2016

“Thank you for making our arrival so welcoming. All your little touches and attention to detail were really appreciated. x”

Multigenerational family of six, Sept 2016

“We have really enjoyed our week here in Church Stretton, staying at The Holt. The house is lovely, in a perfect position for walks from the door, and so well equipped down to the smallest detail. Thank you!

Family of six adults, Sept 2016

“Thank you for making our arrival so welcoming. All your little touches and attention to details were really appreciated.”

Group of stewards helping at annual Hill Climb, Sept 2016

“We have really enjoyed our week here in Church Stretton, staying at The Holt. The house is lovely, in a perfect position for walks from the door, and so well equipped down to the smallest detail. Thank you!”

Family of six adults, Sept 2016

“Thank you so much for a most enjoyable stay in your lovely house – spacious, well equipped and in a beautiful location. Thank you also for the welcome basket and the delicious chocolate cake – all greatly appreciated. I am sure we will come again.”

Multigenerational family of nine, Sept 2016

“A wonderful week in this delightful house. We enjoyed lots of walks, and a superb meal on our last evening at Housmans, which we strongly recommend. Many thanks, Di, for all the thought you have put into making this such a comfortable and relaxing holiday home.”

Multigenerational family of six, August 2016

“We have loved our stay here in Church Stretton and your beautiful house. The welcome basket was lovely (especially the cake and marmalade!). Lots of brilliant walks on the doorstep and the kids loved paddling in the stream. Loads of good days out – Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Blist’s Hill and Stokesay Castle to name but a few. Thank you, Di!”

Family of six with young children, August 2016

“Thank you so much for everything you have done to make your stay in your home, in wonderful Church Stretton, so welcoming and comfortable. To breathe in the air of the Mynd, and to see these views each day, has meant so much. Even a double rainbow on our last night! You have thought of everything Diane. Thank you.”

Family of six adults, August 2016

“We have had a lovely family holiday in one of our favourite places in the whole world. This house was perfect to accommodate us, both in terms of location and size. I’m sure we will come again.”

Multigenerational family of eight, July 2016

“We had a wonderful month here, we celebrated our Golden Wedding in this gorgeous place and many friends and family celebrated with long walks and happy times. We’ll be back!”

Couple from USA,  with local family members visiting, June – July 2016

“Had a great time here and fortunate with the weather. House is brilliantly equipped and perfect for children. Best choc cake ever! Thank you so much.”

Multigenerational family of seven, May 2016

“Wonderful place, beautiful walks and views. We had a fantastic time, looking forward to coming back!”

Family of six with young children, March 2016

“Thanks for putting us up again, this time for a (too) short break. The chocolate cake was very much appreciated, the weather kind and we had a great time.”

Four adult friends, reunion, March 2016

“Thanks for an absolutely wonderful break. House is amazing – has everything you could possibly need. We will definitely be back – again!!”

Multigenerational family of seven, Feb 2016

“Too many hills, too many pubs… We will have to come back and do the rest!”

Three adult friends, reunion, Nov 2015

“Yahoo! It’s our fourth time here!  Our first time at The Holt was on this date, November 2012. Our fourth time at The Holt now and we keep coming back to enjoy your lovely home. This is our first choice for a relaxing mini holiday – we love it here! Thank you for the chocolate cake xx  P.S. Loved the snow on Friday!”

Adult family of seven, Nov 2015

“Another most enjoyable stay at The Holt. Lots of walks to compensate for lots of good food. As ever our grateful thanks to Diane.”

Couple, Nov 2015

“An extremely informative website and the house has more than lived up to expectations, with a very warm welcome.  We were surprised  at how beautiful the area is, enjoyed walking and exploring. Wish we could have stayed longer.”

Multigenerational family of seven, Oct 2015

“Think the house is beautiful and very well equipped. Thank you for letting us in early.”

Family of four, Oct 2015

“Thank you Di for yet another enjoyable holiday in your lovely house!”

Couple, Sept 2015

“What an incredible find.  Home from home, everything thought of. We have had the best long weekend and can’t wait to come back for a full week.  Mountain biking and walking just amazing.  We have all been so relaxed and felt so welcome at both The Holt and Church Stretton in general.  Loved the chocolate cake – all consumed!  Anyone with any mechanical issues / broken bikes – I broke my bike quite spectacularly but Plush Hill cycles were amazing – I need them to open a branch in Oxfordshire!”

Couple, Sept 2015

“Lovely well equipped house in an amazing location. Fab walks straight from the door and lots of outings to do to explore more of the area. Ludlow Castle very nice. All National Trusts we visited are very good. Ironbridge has lots to see. Sure we will be back. P.S. Thanks for the welcome  pack :-)”

Family of four with teenage children, Aug 2015

“Nice well equipped house. Beautiful position. Very welcome “Welcome Pack” – nice surprise. Thanks.”

Multigenerational family of ten, Aug 2015

“We really enjoyed our stay. The house is comfortable and well equipped. We appreciated the thoughtful touches.”

Family of six adults, reunion, Aug 2015

“Thank you for a wonderful stay, excellent accommodation. You have thought of everything.”

Multigenerational family of seven July 2015

“Very well equipped holiday home. Very thoughtful – one of the best holiday homes we have ever stayed in. Great views from the windows – lovely to see chaffinches and green woodpeckers in the garden. Cardingmill Valley is beautiful – can be busy at weekends. Ludlow is a great town to visit. Lovely picnic spot in village of Clun-by-Ford.”

Family of five including baby, June 2015

“Our second stay at The Holt. This place never disappoints. The house is fantastic, such a home from home, and its location is perfect. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you for the delicious chocolate cake and welcome goodies… the variety pack went down a treat with my boys. Would love to come back here again and again.”

Family of four with young children, May 2015

“Our second stay here at The Holt and every bit as enjoyable as our first visit. So well equipped, everything is catered for. We love Church Stretton and the surrounding area for walking, and it’s a lovely house to come back to every day.  Thanks again Di for the warm welcome, lovely cake, and all the thoughtful things provided.  We’re sure we’ll be back again in the future. For walkers we recommend  a trip over to Ragleth Hill, wonderful views and at this time of year the bluebells are stunning.”

Couple, May 2015

“Fabulous location. We’ve had a wonderful few days exploring the Long Mynd. Lots of paddling in the river with toddlers, as well as walking in the valleys and hills. Everything we could have wanted. Thank you!”

Family of four with young children, April 2015

“Lovely house for a family reunion – lovely walks, lovely views and peace and quiet. Thank you!”

Multigenerational family of seven, April 2015

“Thanks for providing such a thoughtfully equipped property – every convenience of home is available here – if only we had such nice walks five minutes from our own door! A great base for our week, just a shame the weather didn’t oblige.”

Family of five with teenage children, March 2015

“The perfect location for a family Christmas with the added excitement of a wedding – with last minute preparations and cleaning up there was so much to do but in spite of this we managed a lovely Christmas Eve and Christmas Day walk and fitting in another one before heading home. Thank you Di for providing us with such a comfortable home for the week with so much attention to detail.”

Family of seven with teenage children, staying to attend a wedding, Dec 2014

A perfect location for a most significant and memorable family gathering to celebrate the life of our dear Mother who loved Cardingmill Valley and Church Stretton.  The house was wonderful, thank you very much.”

Reunion nine adults, Nov 2014

“Fantastic way to spend my 40th birthday with friends and beautiful surroundings. Thanks Di for your house and welcome cake. Really recommend the Ragleth Arms for food and The Edge activity centre for segways – great fun!  Will be back to Church Stretton for definite as a weekend is not enough! Thanks again.”

Friends reunion, Nov 2014

Lovely house and location in the beautiful hills and countryside.  Lots of walks and fresh air.  Brilliantly well equipped. Recommend walks up the valley and the circa 6 miles over the hills to Cardington (and pub for lunch!) and Stiperstones.”

Two families with teenage children on joint holiday, Nov 2014

“PERFECT.  Everything anyone could want and more! Thank you, Di!”

Couple, Oct 2014

“It was such a pleasure to stay in such a beautiful, clean and well equipped house. You gave us such a warm welcome and we loved the amazing chocolate cake! The week went all too fast, with so much to see and do. We would love to return.”

Couple, Oct 2014

“Loved staying in this wonderful house – every detail thought of! Great views. Enjoyed the walk to Cardingmill Valley although driving over the Long Mynd in dense fog was rather nervewracking!  Also recommended: anywhere National Trust – especially the walk from Croft Castle to Croft Ambrey; RAF Cosford Museum; Blists Hill; and Di’s marvellous chocolate cake!

A huge thanks for the warm welcome you gave us and the lovely week we’ve enjoyed spending in your immaculate home. We’re very envious of those views!  You seem to have thought of every details to ensure guests are comfortable and the welcome pack was very thoughtful and much appreciated.”

Couple, Oct 2014

“Thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in this great house with such easy access to the wonderful walks over The Mynd. Many thanks for such a warm welcome and the welcome pack.

Multigenerational family of eight, Sep 2014

 Thank you for the excellent stay in your lovely house.  House facilities are excellent, local shops are excellently equipped for almost all occasions.”

Couple, Aug 2014

 We had an excellent week with plenty to do for all ages, from chilling in the hills, walking, visiting Ludlow, the zoo at Chester, Victorian town at Ironbridge, making dens in streams etc., etc.  Excellent food at the Royal Oak too.  Altogether highly recommended.”

Multigenerational family of eight, Aug 2014

 Amazing break in this lovely house in a beautiful location.  We really appreciated the little extra touches.  Loved the view from the terrace.”

Group of friends,  reunion, Aug 2014

 What a great location – both the house and the countryside.  The house was the best equipped of any we have stayed in.  Loved the Long Mynd, Stiperstones, Hawkstone Follies, Ludlow, and did lots of geocaching too.  We’ll definitely be back!”

Family of four, Aug 2014

Thank you so much for all your efforts to make our stay so comfortable and easy. Beautiful scenery and walks, fabulous weather!  We’ve had a lovely family time which has ended all too soon!  The house is impeccable and the chocolate cake delicious!”

Multigenerational family of six, July 2014

Thanks for another enjoyable stay in your lovely house. Great weather as well.  Thanks for the cake too!”

Family of four with young children, July 2014

Our annual girls’ weekend was made very special by this amazing house. Lovely views and everything you need.  Great little village as well. We loved it!”

Group of university friends, reunion July 2014

A lovely house in a beautiful setting.  Welcome pack most enjoyable.  We have had a wonderful holiday. Hope to return.”

Couple, June 2014

“Three weeks relaxing in a beautiful setting, made all the more enjoyable by the warm and friendly welcome from Mrs Roach.  Thank you!

Couple, May 2014

Fantastic location, well equipped, warm welcome and great weather! Many thanks.”

Couple visiting local family, Apr 2014

An excellent house in every way!  We have had a lovely time and the weather has been beautiful.  The welcome pack was fabulous too including the chocolate cake.  Thank you.”

Family of four, Apr 2014

A fantastic house in a fantastic position.  The house has all the facilities one needs. We shall definitely revisit.”

Multigenerational family of seven, parents with young children Apr 2014

Thank you for allowing us to share your wonderful home. Very well equipped holiday home, lovely and clean with extra special touches. Welcome pack and cake much appreciated.  Our grandsons (6 and 10 years) enjoyed the toys and garden, and the 9 month old enjoyed the cosy cot!  Our dog had wonderful walks and a nice cosy place to sleep!”

Multigenerational family of seven, grandparents Mar 2014

We’ve had a very comfortable stay, very well equipped house and a lovely welcome. We would love to return some time!”

Multigenerational family of six, Mar 2014

I really enjoyed my first visit to Shropshire with my mum, dad, grandparents and uncle and loved staying at The Holt.  There was a cosy cot for me to sleep in and a nice fire to keep me warm on chilly mornings.  I enjoyed going for walks up hills in my backpack and down the hills in my pushchair.  Everyone had a great time and apparently the chocolate cake was yummy but my mean mummy wouldn’t let me have any.”

Review by granddaughter in family party, March 2014

Spent a lovely couple of days exploring the Shropshire hills.  The Long Mynd on Friday and Stiperstones on Saturday.  Weather fantastic, house great. Good beers at the local pub and fine food and atmosphere at Housemans. Hope to be back.”

Group of walkers, Mar 2014

Thank you Di – a relaxing break in your lovely house.  So thoughtfully equipped and in a great location.  We enjoyed the chocolate cake!”

Couple, Feb 2014

Really enjoyed our New Year break at this very well located house.  We all appreciated the views – they are truly stunning!  It’s the best equipped holiday home we have ever stayed in, it was clean and spacious.  Being able to walk straight from the door is an added attraction, along with easy parking.  Thank you, we look forward to a return visit.  We walked a lot this time, and next time we will conquer Caer Caradoc.”

Family of four with young children, Dec 2013 – Jan 2014

Lovely house, thank you. We had a wonderful Christmas.”

Family party of seven adults, reunion, Dec 2013

“Birthday weekend at The Holt was great.  With friends – such a lovely place to stay – our third time here!  I’m sure we will be back. Thanks, Di, for the cake and the welcome food.”

Family party of nine for birthday, Nov 2013

Thank you very much for letting us stay in your lovely house.  We have appreciated all the thought you’ve put into it – the warm welcome and the cake.”

Family of five with young children, Oct 2013

Thank you for letting us stay in your wonderful home. We had an excellent stay and hope to return in the future.”

Family of five with young children, Oct 2013

“Thank you for sharing your fantastic house with us.  We’ve all had a lovely relaxing weekend and have enjoyed every minute of it.  Was particularly impressed with the kitchen and the home made biscuits!  Yum!  Seriously considering moving here now.

Two families on shared holiday, Sept 2013

“Superb holiday accommodation – everything you wanted was there. And the views – absolutely glorious.  Thank you Di, for all your efforts in providing the opportunity for us to share your house.

Family of four, Sept 2013

“We had a lovely time in our holiday home.  Thank you so much for your well stocked welcome pack including a superb cake.  The house was very comfortable and in a great position near to everything.”

Multigenerational family of eight, grandparents August 2013

“Thank you for thinking of just about everything we needed.  A lovely welcome pack, very comfortable accommodation.

Multigenerational family of eight, Aunty and Uncle August 2013

“This house has everything you need, from kitchen utensils, toys for the children, comfortable beds, to superb views.  We loved staying here and would love to return. The welcome bag, especially the cake, was much appreciated.  We would recommend the Cardingmill Valley walk, up to the waterfall, which was enjoyed by the whole family.  Thank you for allowing us to stay here.

Multigenerational family of eight, parents with young children August 2013

“Thank you, Di, for providing such a great holiday house, equipped to the rafters!  We’ve had a lovely week, eating and walking.

Multigenerational family of six, August 2013

“Seven adults, two young children.  Everything we needed and more.  Toys a great hit.  Great house, great views, great time. Many thanks.”

Multigenerational family of nine from Australia, July 2013

“Wow! is all we can say.  What an amazing house in an amazing location.  The best accommodation we have stayed in and we will definitely be back!

Family of four with young children, July 2013

What a fantastic place!  A lovely warm welcome with a scrumptious cake too.  The house is immaculate and is provided with everything we needed.  Even the weather was wonderful.  Our quote of the stay was “They have thought of everything!” We will certainly return.”

Multigenerational family of eight, July 2013

“We’ve really enjoyed our stay at The Holt. A lovely house and we all felt at home immediately. A lovely peaceful location with many great walks from the door.  Thank you so much for the warm welcome and the delicious cake and strawberries.  One of the best houses we’ve stayed in.

Adult family of four, June 2013

Thank you so much for such a lovely break. We all really enjoyed the house. Excellent location and the house is fully equipped. We hope to stay again in the future – lots more walks to do!”

Multigenerational family of nine, Jan 2013

A wonderful stay. Thanks for such a great place to stay, and for all the special little touches. We’ll be back!”

Couple, Jan 2013

Beautiful, homely, well equipped house, in a fantastic location – a wonderful family Christmas – the Christmas tree was a lovely touch. There wasn’t enough room in your guest book to express how much of an enjoyable time we had as a family in The Holt over Christmas.  We were impressed by the attention to detail throughout the house, in particular the level of equipment in the kitchen. This, the welcome hamper, the Christmas tree and decorations added a very homely touch. Everybody relaxed very quickly and said how quiet and peaceful the area is. We will come back!”

Grown up family of five, Dec 2012

Many thanks Diane, beautiful house, had a great birthday weekend.”

University friends annual reunion of seven, Dec 2012

Had a lovely weekend celebrating a 21st. Lovely house with everything we needed. Great base for walking. Fabulous views.”

Family of six with grown up children, Nov 2012

What a lovely place, we all agreed we’d love to live here! Lovely walks and amazing views. We have all had a lovely holiday in this beautiful house. The views are lovely and the house is so well equipped. We love this area and have had great days out, Craven Arms, Ludlow, Ironbridge and just walking up the hills and round the town. Hope to come back soon! Thanks.”

Multigenerational family of nine, Nov 2012

“A lovely base. Like others before us we were impressed by how well designed and equipped the accommodation is while also conveying a welcoming and warm atmosphere.”

Family of seven adults, Sep 2012

“Superb accommodation, all very pleased with it!”

Family of eight, reunion from America, Sep 2012

“Wonderful accommodation and so well equipped, and loads of little details that make all the difference. If you wanted to spend all your time here relaxing and taking in the views you’d have a great time. But we could also recommend some of the cycle routes supplied and Ludlow makes a lovely day out. Our kids loved the castle and it has great tea rooms. Thanks, we will definitely be coming back!”

Family of four with young children, Aug 2012

“Superb accommodation – a proper home from home. Would highly recommend.”

Family of four with teenage children,  August 2012

“What a gem of a place. Super accommodation to a high standard and a kitchen that was a joy to cook in.”

Couple on a weekend break, July 2012

“The Holt offers one the complete holiday experience. Every amenity, superb comfort and a location to dream of. We had the most comfortable time and played a game called ‘betcha they haven’t got’ -well,  you’ve just got everything and we soon gave up playing. Just perfect.”

Couple on a weekend break, June 2012

“A beautiful, very relaxing and luxurious house with wonderful views and every convenience and comfort.”

Couple staying for a week, June 2012

“This house is very relaxing and peaceful, with many luxury items. A lovely place to stay. Will definitely come again.”

Couple on a weekend break, May 2012