Longmynd House

Shropshire Hills

10694_0059 - Longmynd House - Exterior

For rural calm in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the location of this Grade II-listed property is hard to top. Set in a wooded hillside just a 10-minute stroll from the market town of Church Stretton (nicknamed Little Switzerland for its picturesque landscape), you’ll be within walking or driving distance of the Stiperstones, Caer Caradoc, Ironbridge Valley of Invention, and the historic towns of Ludlow and Shrewsbury. And then, of course, there’s the Long Mynd itself – an area of registered common land that has been cared for by a group of farmers (the self-named commoners) who have grazed sheep and ponies here for generations. 

Built in 1900, this Church Stretton landmark opened as The Hydropathic Hotel in July 1901 at a cost of £20,000. It was hyped as a glamorous addition to the town, not least for its nine acres of land, dormer windows, fine pitched roof (since replaced), healing waters from the saline spring five miles away, and interior furnishings by Heal's (then known as Heal and Son Limited). Sadly, the venture was not a success. Renamed the Longmynd Hotel, it became the headquarters of St Dunstan’s, a charity for blinded ex-service personnel, in the 1940s (now known as Blind Veterans UK). Approximately 700 men and women learnt new manufacturing skills here in the hope of finding employment after WWII. You’ll notice a blue plaque commemorating this historic period at the entrance, installed during the charity’s centennial year in 2015. The Longmynd has been part of our HF Holidays line-up since 2012. 

Nowadays, you’ll find 51 well-appointed guest rooms in two categories (Classic and Premium), some of which have balconies overlooking the wooded surrounds. There’s also a large dining room for a wide range of dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients and a licenced bar – both with beautiful views across the Stretton Valley. Elsewhere, there’s several comfortable lounges, a handy boot and drying room, books and games to borrow during your stay, and a Discovery Point offering a wide range of local area maps, route guides, and easy-to-follow information for self-guided walks. The extensive grounds include an animal-themed woodland sculpture trail crafted by chainsaw sculptor, Dave Bytheway. 

Our Country House: Longmynd House

Open January to December and during the festive season ● 51 well-appointed guest rooms ● Check in from 4:00pm ● Free on-site parking ● Free Wi-Fi ● Boot room and drying room ● Discovery Point offering a wide range of local area maps, route guides, and information for self-guided walks Books and games to borrow Licenced bar Lounges Garden Well-behaved dogs welcome on self-guided holidays 

  

Need to know

The safety of our guests, team, and leaders is always top of our list. We will closely align ourselves with the latest government advice and guidance on COVID-19 and implement the best possible hygiene practices across our country houses. We ask that you take sensible precautions to protect other people’s health and would appreciate you informing the house team immediately if you feel unwell. For the latest COVID-19 FAQs, please visit our Coronavirus Travel Advice Page

Rooms

Designed with your comfort in mind, Longmynd House has 51 well-appointed guest rooms available in two categories: Classic and Premium. 

Classic Rooms are comfortable en-suite guest rooms, ideal for a peaceful night's sleep. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, and shower gel), and a 23-inch TV. 

Premium Rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms offering upgraded views of the surrounds. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel, shower cap), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses. Please note that an extra charge of £15 per person per night applies for this room type. 

We love: Room 16 for its four-poster bed, separate seating area, and lovely views. Room 44 has a small balcony and outdoor eating area overlooking the heather-clad rise on the far side of the valley. For more privacy, the lodges have their own terrace. 

The Choose Your Room service is available at our UK country houses, allowing you the option of choosing and confirming a specific room for an extra charge of £30 per room. This is subject to availability. Upgrade supplements apply. 

CHECK IN & CHECK OUT 

You are welcome to check in from 4:00pm at the earliest. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a complimentary cream tea and get to meet your fellow guests, our HF Holidays Leaders, and the rest of the friendly team.  

On the day of departure, we kindly ask all guests to check out by 10:00am. You’ll be asked to settle your bill prior to leaving. You may, of course, make a charitable donation to our HF Holidays Pathways Fund if you wish. Please note that we only accept card payments.

About Your Stay

A WARM WELCOME 
We want you to feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. You’ll find a welcome pack in your room with guest registration forms, menus, order forms for dinners and picnic lunches, the Wi-Fi password, and the front door code. Our houses are locked at night, so we recommend noting the Duty Manager’s number on arrival in case of an emergency (or getting locked out). 

EVENING ENTERTAINMENT 
While evening entertainment varies from house to house, the HF Holidays Big Pub Quiz held after dinner on Wednesdays is a weekly staple. Your HF Holidays Leader may be around for tips on guided and self-guided walking routes as well as visit-worthy local attractions. 

WALKS TALKS  
Our HF Holidays Leaders host guided walking information briefings before and after dinner on arrival days. This is followed by a group Walks Talk for information on the following day’s walking delights (usually held before and after dinner, so you can join whenever suits). Self-guided walking guests are, of course, welcome.  

THE WALKING DAY 
Prior to setting off on walks, your HF Holidays Leader will run you through a short safety briefing. There’s also an up-to-date weather forecast on display at the house to ensure you have appropriate clothing and footwear (we recommend anything waterproof enough to keep you dry in a sudden downpour). If you choose to do your own walks or are on a self-guided walking holiday, we ask that you please complete an Independent Walker Card each day. These can be found near the Discovery Point in the house. 

Food & Drink

Led by experienced chefs, we serve a wide range of dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. We always aim to source the best produce available and use home-grown herbs and vegetables from our own gardens whenever possible. Additionally, we have a licenced bar with beers, soft drinks, and a superb selection of spirits. 

Full-board comes as standard and includes a cream tea on arrival and a hearty breakfast on departure day. Most dietary requirements can be catered for, so please inform us of any food intolerances or allergies at the time of booking. Currently, global challenges such as COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine are directly impacting our food and drink supply chain. We thank you for appreciating that menu descriptions are kept flexible to allow for last-minute changes if needed. 

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Longmynd House

What's on?

  • Guided Walking
  • Self-Guided Walking
  • Special Interests
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Discover Shropshire Hills

Local Area

The attractive small town of Church Stretton is around 10 minutes' walk downhill from Longmynd House. After the arrival of the railway, the town grew in the Victorian and Edwardian eras and became known as 'Little Switzerland' due to the dramatic hills on both sides of the valley. Today the town retains its bygone charm and has a range of facilities including a variety of small shops, banks, cafés, pubs and a supermarket.

During your stay at Longmynd House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, during a self-guided walking holiday or on your journey to and from Shropshire:

Ludlow

Easily reached by train, or around 20 minutes' drive away, Ludlow is a particularly attractive market town. The historic centre retains many of its medieval buildings, and is towered over by its well-preserved castle. In recent years the town has developed as something of a gastronomic centre, being home to celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants and many acclaimed local food producers. 

Ironbridge Gorge

A little further afield, about 45 minutes' drive from Church Stretton, are the many excellent museums of Ironbridge Gorge. Known as the 'birthplace of the Industrial Revolution' it was here that Abraham Darby perfected the manufacture of cast iron which was later used to build the area's iconic iron bridge across the River Severn. Today there are 10 museums in the gorge including the Museum of Iron, the Coleport China Museum and the excellent Blists Hill Victorian town. 

Severn Valley Railway

The Severn Valley Railway is one of Britain's premier steam railways. This lovingly recreated Great Western Railway branch line is now run largely by volunteers and is home to an impressive collection of locomotives. As its name suggests, the line follows the rural valley of the River Severn from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster. The nearest station at Bridgnorth is about 40 minutes' drive from Church Stretton. 

 

Shrewsbury

Also easily reached by train, or a 30-minute drive, Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire. The town centre is particularly attractive, featuring many black and white timber houses dating from the 15th and 16th centuries.

Much Wenlock

The small town of Much Wenlock, about 30 minutes' drive from Church Stretton, is particularly attractive with many black and white timbered houses. Despite its small size, the town can claim to be the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games.

Hereford

The cathedral city of Hereford, is just under an hour's drive away, and can also be reached by direct train from Church Stretton. Hereford Cathedral houses a chained library and the famous Mappa Mundi, a 13th century map of the world. 

Attingham Park

Attingham Park is a grand 18th century house surrounded by an extensive deer park, located outside Shrewsbury, around 25 minutes' drive away. Now managed by the National Trust you can visit the ornate rooms and explore the walled garden and grounds. 

Powis Castle

This former medieval fortress has been re-modelled over more than 400 years – each generation adding to the magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries. The world-famous garden is overhung with clipped yews, and shelters rare and tender plants. Powis Castle is owned by the National Trust and is located near Welshpool, about 45 minutes' drive from Church Stretton. 

Chirk Castle

Just under an hour's drive north of Church Stretton, Chirk Castle is a fine medieval fortress completed in 1310. As well as military displays, the castle was also a domestic home for many centuries, and is surrounded by excellent gardens.  

Getting to Longmynd House

Travel Details

Our address is: Longmynd House, Cunnery Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6AG
Tel: 01694 722244


By train:

The nearest railway station to Longmynd House is Church Stretton, which is less than a mile from it. However, the house is at the top of a steep hill (it has great views!) so a taxi is recommended.

For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.

By taxi:

The journey from Church Stretton railway station takes approximately 15 minutes.  Taxis are in limited supply in Church Stretton.  You can pre-book a taxi from our recommended taxi company, Alan’s Cab, who comes from outside Church Stretton.  As a guide price, it costs £17 per 4-seat taxi in 2022. 8-seat taxis are also available at a higher rate. Please pre-book your taxi at least 7 days in advance by contacting:

Alan's Cab*
Tel: +44 (0) 7970 683126
Email: alanbrough207@btinternet.com

The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Longmynd House Manager.
*Alan's Cab is not owned or managed by HF Holidays

IMPORTANT NOTE: All taxi companies in Church Stretton are booked for school runs between 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm.

By car:

Follow the A49 to Church Stretton. At the traffic lights turn off the A49 into the town. At the first T junction turn left into the High Street. Go straight over the mini-roundabout, and then take the next right into Cunnery Road. Follow the road up a steep hill and around a hairpin bend. Longmynd House is at the top of the hill on the left-hand side. Look out for our sign. A car park is available in the grounds with free parking.

Travelling from overseas

Manchester Airport has the quickest onward connections to Church Stretton. Trains from the airport take approximately 2 hours with a change in Crewe. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. (See IMPORTANT NOTE above)

Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4½ hours to reach Church Stretton by train. There are a variety of routes. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. (See IMPORTANT NOTE above)