Shropshire, on the Welsh Borderlands, was recently designated as one of England´s three remaining rural idylls. Shropshire may be one of England´s quiet counties but don't be deceived- there´s still plenty to see and do. Shropshire has over 90 places to visit - historic houses and castles with beautiful gardens, the famous Ironbridge Gorge, and several National Trust properties nearby, including Powis Castle, Chirk Castle, Attingham Hall and Erddig.
The county town of Shrewsbury is a tourist attraction in itself, with it´s numerous Tudor “Black-and-white” buildings and excellent shopping facilities. And nearby Ludlow is a must, with it's many street markets, it's medieval architecture, and it's reputation for fine dining. Although not in Shropshire, the ancient and now cosmopolitan city of Chester is only 30 minutes from Pen-y-Dyffryn. The shopping is second to none, and all in a surprisingly compact area due to the famous two-tier shops in "The Rows". With its stunning architecture, Chester is one of Britain´s most visited cities.
And don't forget our own little market town of Oswestry, with it's range of quirky little independant shops and the biggest sreet market in Shropshire on a Wednesday.
There is also fabulous walking in Shropshire, especially along the hilly Welsh Borderlands and Offa´s Dyke. Due the excellent hotels and restaurants in the county, and nearby Ludlow in particular, Shropshire is rapidly gaining a reputation as a gourmet´s paradise.