Longview Farm is a beautiful, tranquil smallholding deep in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There’s no road noise and no near neighbours so apart from the sound occasional farming activity, the main thing you’re likely to hear is birds and sheep. We respect nature and love wildlife and everything on its 8 acres is grown naturally using organic and permaculture growing methods.
We moved in 2016 and the site was in a poor state of repair and the house and barns still need some work, but the glorious 3 acre camping field is magical, with several flat areas and far reaching views of Brown Clee Hill, an Iron Age hill fort, Wenlock Edge and Long Mynd. We are a micro eco campsite, just starting out. You may well have the field to yourselves, but the maximum amount of pitches in the three acres is five in any case.
In case it isn’t clear enough, this is not the site to choose if you want a wild time!
We’ve very rural and quiet; think ‘retreat’ not ‘rave’.
Toilets : there is a beautifully crafted compost toilet, two private ladies urinals and a male urinal which use natural composting techniques. ***NOTE – there is no hot water or showering available***
Kitchen : there are outdoor kitchen facilities which include a prep area, running water, sink and draining board and two barbecues for general use
Communal space : there’s a large communal marquee space for shelter / shade and contains chairs, low tables and a sofa
Fires : Please talk to us if you’d like to have a fire.
Children : children are welcome and while they can’t get in to too much danger on site, they’ll still of course need some supervision
Animals : four legged friends are tricky due to having sheep in neighbouring fields and pet rabbits running free on site
Phone and data signal : most people can get good phone signal and 4G in the area
Electricity : there’s no mains electricity to the camp site
“The most amazing little quaint hut tucked away in the beautiful countryside. Amazing location with lots of lovely places to go walking close by and lovely local pubs! We had the most amazing stay and would highly recommend!”Louisa
Wonky (so called because of her interesting roof design) is a recently built shepherd’s hut which has recently come to stay at Longview Farm. She can accommodate 2 people on her mezzanine bed, and two people on the downstairs futon. Four people will be a squeeze though, and pretty intimate! Families with small children should be aware there are steep-ish steps both up to Wonky and the compost toilets.
Water : Wonky is plumbed in to the mains, so cold water is freely available
Cooking : she has her own kitchen containing a two ring gas stove, sink and drainer, all the things you’d need to prepare a basic meal and 4 each of cutlery and crockery items. We’ll supply some basics like salt and pepper.
Bedding : as this is an eco-stay, we don’t like the idea of having to do laundry between every guest. That would use unjustifiable amounts of electricity, water and detergent. We will put a sheet on the futons but we ask you to supply your own bedding. If this is a big problem – e.g. you’re travelling by public transport or bicycle – and you give us plenty of notice, we could try and supply bedding by negotiation and with a service charge.
Electricity : there’s no electricity in Wonky but if you need to charge a phone we can supply a battery pack for a small charge.
Lighting : we will supply two 70 lumen wind up lamps, the rest is down to you but please see Fire section below
Fire and candles : we ask you not to light fire of any sort (including candles) within the wagon
Things to do locally and further afield
- We are a WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) exchange hosts, so there may be scope to help out with smallholding activities if you’d like to
- There is a footpath right from the gate, taking you up to Nordy Bank (Iron Age Hill Fort) and Brown Clee Hill or down to Bouldon and the Tally Ho pub (45 minutes)
- Cycling is very popular round here but be warned – there be ‘ills!
- Clee St Margaret is a very pretty village with a 12th Century church and the longest ford in Shropshire
- St Milburga’s Sacred Well – legend has it the waters cure eye problems. Stoke St Milborough
- Ludlow, thriving Medieval market town and renowned for its foodie culture. With stunning castle, black and white historic buildings, museum, rivers, cafes, brewery, Assembley Rooms (cinema and theatre), leisure centre with very affordable spa facilities and lots of independent shops
- Ludlow Food Court and Garden Centre
- Clee Hill and magnificant views to the south
- Land of Lost Content – National Museum of Popular Culture, Craven Arms
Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms
- Stokesay Castle, near Craven Arms
- Stokesay Court, near Craven Arms (where Atonement was filmed)
- Acton Scott working farm (where Victorian Farm was filled)
- Long Mynd and Carding Mill Valley with waterfalls, very popular with walkers, near Church Stretton (National Trust)
- Ironbridge, Gorge and museums including Blist Hill Victorian Village (National Trust)
- Berrington Hall, Croft Castle and Wilderhope Manor (National Trust)
- Beautiful historic towns of Shrewsbury, Much Wenlock, Bridgnorth, Church Stretton
- The quirky and alternative town of Bishops Castle
- Bronze Age Stone Circle Mitchell’s Fold
Prices vary according to dates but as a general idea:
Tent pitch : based on one tent and two people sharing : £15 (other formats negotiable but sorry, we can’t have dogs on site)
Wonky Wagon shepherds hut : £39 – £45 per night (no more than two adults, but can additionally accommodate two small children)