We are the Cooke family. Ian, Donna, Ben and Ellie and not forgetting our beloved spaniels, Jasper (big bark, soft heart) and Sofia (beautiful, timid girl).
We settled in glorious Shropshire in 2009 and purchased the disused Springfield Barns as they were brimming with potential for an amazing homestead. By late 2010, we had converted The Drift House into our family home. Then converting The Dairy in 2014 and The Parlour and The Coach House commenced in 2018. The Dairy and The Parlour became Holiday Cottages in Spring 2019. Both Cottages are beautifully appointed in a modern style with high quality furnishings and all the original exposed beams lovingly restored.
Springfield Barns is situated in the heart of the tranquil hamlet of Marton. Just on the outskirts of the village of Baschurch with its offering of pubs, takeaways, churches, doctors surgery, farm shop and large convenience store with cash point. Shrewsbury is 10 miles way and Ellesmere is 8 miles away. The local bus, which operates between Shrewsbury and Ellesmere, collects and drops off on Springfield Barns main drive allowing guests to leave the car behind.
It's Shropshire that we have finally laid our hat and made our home county. It's a gem of a county with so much to explore within easy reach. The north of the county offers the meres, mosses and canals along with the county town of Shrewsbury. Whereas, the south of the county offers the stunning Shropshire Hills and food renowned market town of Ludlow. The county is home to Ironbridge World Heritage Site and nine National Trust sites including Attingham Park. Shrewsbury is the birthplace of Charles Darwin and is a wonder of medieval black and white buildings. The town offers fantastic dining, individual shops, craft markets, museums, art galleries and the stunning Dingle within the Quarry Park.
But if exploring around the county is further than you want to travel and you are looking for a more relaxing break, the local area offers excellent walks (flat and hilly) and very popular cycling routes (mountain and road). Also outstanding country pub dining and so many high quality tea rooms and coffee shops, you'll probably run out of days!
Springfield Barns is the perfect hub for a memorable holiday or short break away.
BOOKING WITH US
We simply love Shropshire and think it's a gem of a county with so much to see and do.
We don’t think the big question is what will you do during your stay with us, it is will your stay with us be long enough to achieve all you want to do!
From the meres in the north to the hills in the south of the county, bound in the centre by the beautiful historical town of Shrewsbury.
The Visitors Information Centre is well worth a visit when in Shrewsbury and can be found at The Music Hall, The Square, Shrewsbury, SY1 1LH.
Local, Shrewsbury and County wide, there is a wealth of activities to consider.
Here are just a few of our favourites with the mileage from Springfield Barns:
The Mere at Ellesmere – 8.1 Miles
Enjoy a gentle stroll around The Mere, watch the many water birds that flock here. Then finish off with tea and cake in the historic Boathouse.
The Quarry and Dingle – 12 Miles
The Quarry is a stunning 29-acre parkland that is encircled by a loop of the river Severn. It's the perfect place to relax, enjoy walks, picnic or watch the world go by. At the heart of the Quarry lies the Dingle, created by the world renowned gardener Percy Thrower. It's a beautiful sunken garden landscaped with alpine borders, bedding plants, shrubbery and water features.
Hawkstone Park Follies – 13 Miles
Set in 100 acres of Parkland, The Follies is a range of dramatic and rugged natural sandstone hills that were developed to include gullies, caves, towers and bridges, becoming one of the most visited landscapes in Britain during the 19th Century.
Theatre Severn – 12 Miles
Shrewsbury's contemporary, riverside theatre with 2 auditoriums staging musicals, dramas and live concerts.
British Ironworks Centre – 10 Miles
The centre & sculpture park is a forge, silversmiths and sculpture park with a large shop selling an array of unique products and gifts. The centre is famous for the Knife Angel.
Shrewsbury Castle – 10 Miles
Home to the Shropshire Regimental Museum.
River Severn - Sabrina Boat Trips – 10 Miles
Sabrina is a triple deck, modern passenger boat offering relaxing boat trips during the day and evening.
Adventure Vault Shrewsbury – 10 Miles
Shrewsbury's escape room.
The Dana - Shrewsbury Prison - 10 Miles
See the county's Victorian prison.
Shrewsbury Ghost Tours - 10 Miles
Shrewsbury is one of the most haunted towns in England! A spooky guided walk is the ideal way to learn more about its dark underbelly! Available in October and November.
Chirk Castle – 18 Miles
A 700 year old marcher fortress.
Ironbridge - 24 Miles
This World Heritage Site is known as the "Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution" with 10 award winning museums.
Shopping in Shrewsbury – 10 Miles
Endless amounts of retail shops and quirky independent boutiques on the high-street, in the three shopping centres and down the medieval alleyways known as shuts and passages. Shrewsbury boasts that its independent retailers outnumber branded chains!
This World Heritage Site is a navigable aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal across the River Dee in the Vale of Llangollen in North-East Wales.
There are many beautiful walks in the local area. Flat walks include Gough's Walks, Colemere, Ellesmere and Alderford Lake. Hilly walks including The Longmynd, Haughmond Hill, Rodney's Pillar and Nescliffe Hill.
A wealth of possible cycling routes are available for cyclists of all abilities locally and county wide. We are keen road cyclists ourselves and would happily chat about possible routes and destinations.
Lovely barn, very cosy and well equipped. Donna is lovely & very helpful. Will recommend to others to stay here. Thank you.
Phil & Jude from Shropshire
Fantastic barn finished to a very high standard. The lovely basket of goodies and a delicious homemade cake was much appreciated. The dog facilities provided was a nice touch too. Tried all the pubs recommended & enjoyed our food in all. Brilliant location with so much to see & do, Shropshire is a beautiful place. We will definitely recommend to friends & family. Big thanks to Donna & family.
Craig & Jody from London
Lovely barn, beautifully decorated and appointed with nice additional touches (fresh scones & dog treats!) So much to do in the area, we should have stayed longer, would happily return. Thanks Donna.
Jo & Steve from Lincolnshire
Had a fantastic stay here in The Parlour at Springfield Barns. Beautiful, comfortable and totally relaxing, best sleep we’ve had in a long time! Fantastic area, lots to visit in the surrounding area. The Mere at Ellesmere, Shrewsbury on the local bus. Hodnett Hall Gardens a must for all amateur gardeners, a beautiful place. Also the Ironworks near Oswestry is a new up and coming attraction. All in all we had a fab time Donna, thanks for the lovely treats. Hope to see you again in the future.
Carl & Deb from Nottingham
Lovely barn, lovely welcome from Donna. Lovely Welcome Basket and delicious coffee and walnut cake. Bailey was very happy with his Doggie Welcome Pack. Will recommend to others. Thank you for a lovely stay Donna.
Heather & David from Wrexham
We’ve had a lovely bank holiday. The Parlour was beautiful and had everything we needed. We enjoyed some great walks with the dogs. We had nice food at Burlton Inn and Red Lion. Thank you.
Jane & Paul from Manchester
Donna, we have really enjoyed our stay. The facilities are superb and you have thought of everything! We have felt so welcomed and truly relaxed.
Ruth & Jim from Chester
A fantastic stay. The barn is perfect in every respect. The basket of goodies and the scones were very welcome after our long journey. Great walks in the area, so quiet, good local pubs for food and drink. Will recommend to our friends and we will be back. Thank you Donna.
Sue and Graham from Devon
We had a wonderful stay in your immaculate accommodation (The Parlour). Totally relaxing. The welcome basket and homemade scones were a lovely touch. Donna was a wonderful host and her local knowledge made our stay more interesting, with her tips of where to go and what to see. We would recommend The Parlour to our friends and family. Hope to return soon.
Lynne & John from Macclesfield
We had a most pleasurable stay in your lovely converted barn. Everything has been done to a very high standard and is very tastefully decorated with beautiful soft furnishings. Thank you for your great hospitality and the lovely welcome basket. We hope to return in the near future when next in the area.
Pam & Dave from Spalding
Wonderful stay, great location & really friendly hosts. We’ll be back.
Paul & Julia from Skegness
Great hosts, lovely studio which is very clean and of a good standard. Donna & Ian gave us a very warm welcome. We love it here and will be back.
Sue & Paul from St Neots
Great stay and a warm welcome from Donna. Very nicely finished accommodation. Try the woods at Nesscliffe for dog walking, great views too.
Paul & Tracy form Cornwall
Just to say. Thank you for letting us come & stay in your cottage. It was an enjoyable place and well furnished. We have enjoyed our stay & have happy memories.
Malcolm & Chris from Somerset
Donna & Ian are the perfect hosts. The studio is spotless and has everything you need. We wouldn’t hesitate to stay again and will hopefully soon! An extreme amount of thought has gone into making this a wonderful place to stay.
Paul & Katy from Clent
Thanks to my friend I had the fortune to come and stay in your exquisite cottage. My warmest congratulations, you made the place simply perfect to the last minute detail!
Novella from Italy
Thank you for a wonderful stay in a really lovely cottage, great location for visiting the area. Thank you for the welcome basket.
Julie & Mike from Warrington
We had a really lovely week here. Visited lots of places, Shrewsbury not to be missed. Ellesmere, Ironbridge & Ludlow. The cottage more than lived up to expectations, a lovely place to stay. Thank you to Donna for a warm welcome and a lovely basket of goodies and cake. The cottage is a credit to Donna & Ian, the standard of refurbishment is very high. I love the beams and high ceilings, it gives the cottage such a light, airy feeling.
Sue & Chris from Sheffield