This page is about our Church Stretton cottage guest facilities

Guest Facilities

Graphic of a large group of happy people of different ages and ethnicities to represent everyone being catered for with facilities at The Holt holiday cottage

If you’re not sure what facilities we have in the house and what you’d need to bring, read on! First you’ll read about facilities which all guests will want to use. Then further down you’ll find information for specific groups of guests.

The Holt is on mains water supply and has mains electricity and gas central heating.

Here are our Church Stretton holiday cottage guest facilities.


Graphic of a some bags of groceries to represent food and drink at The Holt holiday cottage

There are plenty of good food shops and local supermarkets near The Holt. Details are provided in the guest information folder in the house.

We provide you with enough tea, coffee, sugar, and milk for the first couple of days and a welcome cake for your first night. There's also a loaf, butter, marmalade or jam and eggs for your first breakfast. Cooking oil, wine vinegar, salt and pepper is also provided. We want you to be able to sit down and relax with a cuppa when you get here. No one wants you to dash straight out again because you forgot the milk!

Of course we know it’s a bind packing all your groceries for the week, so if you wish you can order groceries online and have them delivered to us during our changeover period. Between 10am and 3pm on the day of your arrival we can accept the delivery and put away any frozen and chilled products. Please ask about this service when booking, we will direct you to the local supermarkets which deliver here.

There is an under counter freezer in the kitchen. So you can buy convenience foods to cook while you’re here, store baby food, or simply indulge in a few ice creams on the terrace!

Here are our Church Stretton holiday cottage guest facilities - laundry and cleaning

Cleaning, washing and drying

Image of the utility and mud room to represent washing and cleaning at The Holt holiday cottage

We want everyone who visits The Holt to make the most of the beautiful countryside, enjoy themselves, and not worry about coming home mucky or muddy.

There is a fully equipped utility and boot room, with its own separate entrance, so you don’t have to trail through the house or take off your boots at the door. The room has a drying airer, and racks, pegs and drip trays for muddy boots and wet coats.

The utility has a washing machine and a tumble dryer with a self-sensor (which automatically switches off when garments are dry). There is also a sink and ‘messy towels’ for cleaning mucky equipment or shoes.

If you need to iron anything, there is an ironing board and steam iron.

The house is cleaned before and after your visit. However if you need to wipe up spills or clean anything during your stay there are some cleaning products in the utility. There are plenty of spare rough cloths for cleaning up messy items without worrying about ruining anything.

Here are our Church Stretton holiday cottage guest facilities - linen and towels

Linen and Towels

Graphic of a some chocolate coloured rolled towels to represent the linen and towels at The Holt holiday cottage

All beds come with full bedding and an extra throw blanket for cold nights. Each guest will have a set of towels, plus there are shared hand towels in each bathroom for handwashing. Bedding is always freshly laundered for guests. Parents – please see the section on families below for information about children’s bedding.

Here are our Church Stretton holiday cottage guest facilities - TV and entertainment


Graphic of a hand pointing a remote at a TV representing entertainment options at The Holt holiday cottage

There is a Smart TV in the living room, which has most interactive apps including Netflix, YouTube and iPlayer. The TV has freeview channels and there is a DVD player.

There is also a stereo which plays CD, radio, and docks many  models of iPhones and connects to MP3 players.

In the living room there is a selection of games, puzzles and books for all ages.

Leaflets about local attractions can also be found on site. If there is something specific you wish to find out, please let us know on booking and we’ll certainly do our best.


Graphic of a wifi and phone flatlay representing communication options at The Holt holiday cottage

There is free to use Wi-Fi on site.

There a land line on site, which is set up for incoming calls only (and 999 calls).

Mobile reception is good or reasonable on most mobile networks. Please ensure you have a phone for emergencies.

There is a post box half way down the hill, around 100 metres from the house. There is a Post Office and three major banks plus two pharmacies in the town at the bottom of the hill.

Here are our Church Stretton holiday cottage guest facilities - kitchen equipment

Kitchen Facilities and Equipment

Graphic of a some kitchen utensils to represent the kitchen equipment at The Holt holiday cottage

The kitchen has the following facilities for your use:

  • A double oven (electric) and four burner hob (gas) with extractor hood over
  • Fridge
  • Freezer (full size, not just an ice box)
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave oven
  • Kettle and toaster
  • Coffee percolator
  • Electric steamer with rice bowl
  • Electric hand mixer for cakes, fluffy omelettes or creamy mash potato
  • Mini food processor for sauces, or for blending baby food if you have an infant
  • Crockery, cutlery and glassware for up to 10 place settings, and a set of extras in case you should have visitors for lunch
  • Ample cooking dishes, pans, casseroles and utensils etc to prepare a large family meal
  • Teatowels and washing up cloths and scourers, oven gloves
  • Washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets

There is also a four burner gas barbecue, utensils and table and chairs for use on the terrace, and a picnic set to take out on day trips.

You can download a full list of all of the kitchen equipment and crockery we provide here:  Kitchen Inventory

If there is anything you want to check is on site before packing, please ask.

Parking, driving and storage

The Holt holiday cottage at Church Stretton, Shropshire, side view showing the garage, car port with bins and recycling, and the open terrace above the car port with a covered barbecue.

There is ample parking on site for several cars, plus a parking bay on the Burway road around 20 metres from the drive.

There is a single garage which is too small for a car but has some space for parking a motorbike, a push bike, or any other equipment which you wish to secure. Please enquire in advance, however, if you need the use of the garage as we sometimes store maintenance or seasonal items in there.

The garage is fitted with metal rings to lock your bikes up.

The Burway road is a steep hill, but the Holt is on the publicly maintained and gritted part of the road. Therefore it is accessible to ordinary family cars in all but the very worst conditions, including most snow. However if snow is due please ensure your tyres are maintained suitably for a steep road. Please enquire if you have any concerns.

Here are our Church Stretton holiday cottage guest facilities - for walkers and bikes

Facilities for Walkers and Cyclists

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Guests who wish to explore the Long Mynd on foot or by bike are very welcome.

You can wash any mucky gear in the washing machine. There is a pulley airer in the utility for drying clothes, and a tumble dryer for any items which are needed more quickly. There is a sturdy coat rack in the utility with a drip tray underneath to dry wet coats and waterproofs. Plus there is a large boot rack for drying footwear.

Bikes can be locked up to secure rings in the walls inside the garage. Any other outdoor equipment which needs protection can also be closed away in the garage. Please note that we have made it easy to secure your equipment but you should have your own insurance for any valuable equipment.

We provide a high quality universal tyre pump, a tyre lever, chain lubricant. Additionally there is a hose pipe, outside tap and a large water trough for washing your equipment down. There is a supply of old towels for wiping equipment down so you can clean without worrying about messing up house towels.

Please see the page on exploring the Long Mynd for some ideas on where to start your explorations and for details of local organisations and equipment shops. The guest information in the house includes a number of cycle routes of varying difficulties, information on other cycling friendly businesses locally, as well as contacts for local weather forecasts.

If you are arriving by public transport and need to transfer yourself, your luggage or your bike to the house, please ask us for details. We may be able to meet you and bring you to the house, and transfer your bike for your onward journey at the end of your stay. We also have details of local taxi services who can help.

Graphic of man on a mountain bike representing cyclists being welcome at The Holt holiday cottage

Facilities for Families

Graphic of a family with children smiling at the back of a car to represent facilities for families at The Holt holiday cottage

We have tried to make The Holt as comfortable as possible for families with young children. Going away with kids always means carting huge carloads of gear with you, and hopefully we can reduce the packing a little for you!

The Holt provides:

  • A day bed in the family room, a pull out single mattress and space for our cot or Zbed 
  • Stairgates for you to fit at the top and/or bottom of the stairs if needed (please request)
  • A travel cot with two mattress heights so it is suitable for newborns, and a changing mat with safety straps. We also provide an additional safety foam cot mattress to fit, as travel cot mattresses are not always comfortable for a whole week. The cot comes with a fitted sheet and a spare on site. Please bring your own top bedding as this is usually a very personal choice. However we do have a spare set on site in case you forget to pack it or need to wash your own.
  • One junior bed side fixing to add to the day bed or twin beds for children who still sometimes tumble out (you may push the bed against the wall on the other side)
  • Small step to allow children to stand at the sink or to reach the toilet
  • A potty and toddler toilet seat
  • One booster chair which straps on to an ordinary dining chair, plus a travel booster which folds in to a rucksack, so you can go on a daytrip or picnic and still feed your baby properly.
  • A set of plastic plates, bowls, tumblers, and cutlery
  • Bolting gate on the roof terrace to prevent children from accessing the stairs to the garden without your knowledge
  • A large entrance hall with enough room to park a pushchair
  • We do NOT provide a baby monitor as everyone gets used to their own monitor. A strange monitor does not give the same peace of mind as one you are familiar with. If you need a baby monitor for your child’s room please bring one with you.

Garden use for children: Please note that we have lovely gardens here, but they are naturally on a slope because of the hillside location. We have installed safety fencing around the perimeter of the gardens to prevent children wandering by accident across the boundary on to the steep hillside. There is also a gate on the front drive. However you will obviously need to keep younger children under supervision. There are lots of nooks and crannies to explore, though!

The Holt has a lovely roof terrace with a fence around it, and a locking gate which closes off the steps to the garden. So you can restrict young children from the garden at times when you want to relax yourself!

Bedding for children: The day bed (in the family room) is made up with a fitted sheet, a single duvet and two pillows. It has a plastic coating on one side of the mattress for unforeseen accidents. The twin beds are normal single beds.

If your child has accidents at night (especially when zonked out after a tiring exciting trip!) please feel free to bring any waterproof sheets you use at home and a spare single fitted sheet. We do have spare plastic sheets on site as a backup just in case. You have access to the washing machine and tumble dryer if needed.

The cot has a fitted sheet, but please bring your child’s own top bedding (again we have spares as a backup). We also have Zbeds available if you need them.

Image of a blue ttavel cot representing the bedding for families at The Holt holiday cottage

Guests with mobility considerations

Graphic of a person's legs with the support of some walking spikes to represent facilities for guests with mobility considerations at The Holt holiday cottage

The Holt is near the top of the Burway hill, and as such has lots of slopes, as you can see in the photographs. It may not be suitable for guests who have complex physical disabilities because of the location, you will need to weigh that up for yourself.  However we want guests in a party who are a bit less mobile to be able to join in with the rest of the group. So we have done our best to make the house as accessible as possible for guests who might find steps a problem.

You can drive directly from the town up to the house and onto the drive.  There is a small set of steps from the drive which we cannot ramp because of the incline. However each step is deep enough for a helper to bring most chairs up backwards one step at a time. We have a small ramp for the entrance steps in front of the door should lifting to a threshold prove difficult.  The ramp is stored in the garage and can be used on request, for light chairs and pushchairs. More details of the step size, and photographs are given in the access statement which you can download at the end of this section.

Nevertheless if you are at all concerned, please ask us for any additional details before you pay your deposit so you can decide for yourself whether it is suitable.

Once in the house moving about is easier. There is a double sofa bed in the living room, with full bedding, and downstairs shower room nearby. So if your party has guests who prefer not to have to negotiate the stairs for bed, they may use this option. If the sloping garden is too difficult to negotiate, guests can enjoy the roof terrace leading from the kitchen and living room.

If one of your party has a disability or any difficulty with mobility and you are not sure whether The Holt will be suitable, please ask and we’ll do our best to give you the information you need to make your decision.

ACCESS STATEMENT – We have prepared a longer access statement, with threshold sizes, chair and bed heights and more details of steps and entrances,  which you can download and read at your leisure. Click here – Access Statement

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