Lakehouse Cottages Clun - Holiday Cottages in Shropshire
       
 

Lake House Cottages are on the outskirts of the pretty, medieval village of Clun.

Situated in the Shropshire Hills AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the cottages are close to the Shropshire Way and Offas Dyke long distance footpaths, the Carding Mill and Long Mynd and Stiperstones National Nature Reserve, making them a fabulous base for walkers, ramblers and cyclists all year round.


In the village of Clun itself (just 500 yards away), cottage guests can enjoy the village centre with its ancient castle ruins, cafes, pleasant riverside walks and friendly local pubs. Clun has two butchers, a newsagent, garage, Post Office, hardware shop, florist, craft shop and grocery store.  

Bluebells in woodland, near Clun

On the first May Day Bank holiday of the year, Clun holds its annual Green Man Festival to welcome Springtime to the valley. The Festival takes place over three days and includes live music, drama and fun for all the family. The festival culminates in a battle between the Green Man and the Frost Queen on Clun's medieval bridge, followed by a busy craft fair in the grounds of Clun Castle.


Clun on Boxing Day
 
A leaflet about Clun and its history can be downloaded free here.


The nearby towns of Ludlow and Shrewsbury have food and arts festivals through the year and the cathedral city of Hereford is a
n excellent shopping centre.
Shropshire’s links with the Olympics:

Many visitors to Shropshire are surprised to learn that a Victorian doctor in the market town of Much Wenlock was the inspiration behind the revival of the Olympic Games in 1896. The London Games of 2012 have celebrated this link by naming one of their mascots ‘Wenlock’. The story of Dr. William Penny Brookes is kept alive by the Wenlock Olympian Society which put on the first Wenlock Olympian Games under his guidance in 1859. The Games take place every July at the same venue in the town. Much Wenlock has plenty to offer whenever you visit. Take a look around the ruins of the ancient Priory, explore the town centre with its two bookshops and many other individual stores, and perhaps stroll up to the famous Wenlock Edge that inspired poet A. E. Housman. Find out more at www.wenlock-olympian-society.org.uk and www.muchwenlockguide.info .

John Osborne Country:

John Osborne, the celebrated playwright and screenwriter, spent his last years in the Clun area at The Hurst, and is buried alongside his wife Helen in Clun churchyard. Osborne came to fame in 1956 when his play ‘Look Back in Anger’ opened at the Royal Court Theatre, ushering in an era of gritty British drama which was to take the World by storm. He is also known for winning the Oscar for Best Screenplay in 1964 for the hugely successful film ‘Tom Jones’, starring Albert Finney & Susannah York. He also wrote ‘The Entertainer’, which starred Laurence Olivier on both stage and screen.

The Osborne’s home The Hurst is now a retreat for writers run by the Arvon Foundation. The grounds are occasionally open to visitors. See the Clun website for details.

Visit the set of the Oscar-winning movie ‘Atonement’:

In 2006 Keira Knightley, James McAvoy and director Joe Wright came with a huge crew to film the movie ‘Atonement’ at Stokesay Court about 12 miles from Clun. The film, based on Ian McEwan’s best-selling novel, became a hit all over the World. The first forty-five minutes of the story are based at the Tallis family home, played by the late Victorian country house at Stokesay. The house remains a private home but is open to pre-booked tours for groups and individual visitors during the season. The dates when these are available are shown on the Stokesay Court website . The tour is often conducted by the owner and there are lots of reminders of the filming of ‘Atonement’ including some surprises! Tea and cake are included and if you are a fan of the film this is an experience not to be missed.

 

Links to other nearby places of interest are listed below:

National Trust properties:
Powis Castle & Garden, Welshpool, Attingham Park, Shrewsbury
Erddig Hall, Wrexham, and Chirk Castle, Chirk.
 


Other museums within driving distance of Clun include:
Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, Church Stretton, Ironbridge Gorge Museum and The Discovery Centre, Craven Arms.

Gardens to visit near Clun:
Glansevern Gardens, Welshpool and Walcot Hall, Lydbury North.


Powis Castle & Gardens, Welshpool
 


Websites with further information about Shropshire include: www.virtual-shropshire.co.uk and www.shropshiretourism.info.