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. The Parlour and The Coach House commenced in 2018. The Dairy and The Parlour became Holiday Cottages in Spring 2019 with The Coach House completing in early 2021. All three 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.
Guest reviews since we reopened in early July 2020.
We had a fantastic long weekend staying in The Parlour. The cottage is immaculate, beautifully furnished and decorated with loads of storage in the bedroom, kitchen and utility. Springfield Barns is very dog friendly with a large shared field available for guests and The Parlour has a lovely fully enclosed lawned garden with young fruit trees. Donna and Ian are great hosts and have taken great care to present the cottage to its absolute best including ensuring that the whole cottage is spotless, which was especially appreciated during the COVID situation. We’ve already booked again for this year as there is so much still to see and do in the surrounding area. Lynne
We’ve just got back from a two-week stay at The Parlour. In these strange COVID times, we were a little apprehensive about staying away from home but we needn’t have been. Within moments of arriving we felt completely relaxed as the cottage was spotlessly clean and smelling fresh. It was clear that Donna strictly adheres to the current strict cleaning and sanitisation guidelines. The cottage, despite being one-bedroom, is spacious and very well designed from the practical and storage point of view. We were very comfortable. The multi fuel burner is a lovely addition, creating a cosy atmosphere on a couple of rainy days we had. Our standard poodle girl very much enjoyed running in the owners’ field, in addition to relaxing in the cottage’s secure garden. Donna has been a most welcoming and friendly host, offering tips on local attractions and walks. We will certainly recommend The Parlour to our friends and family. Thank you Donna. D & M
It’s a little gem of a place. It’s so well equipped with good quality furnishings. Donna, the landlady is so friendly and welcoming. In these days of Covid 19 we felt absolutely safe as the cottage had been so well cleaned. It’s probably the nicest rented cottage we’ve stayed in. We would highly recommend it. Geoffrey
Thank you for allowing us to stay in your cosy Dairy for the week. It was just the retreat we have been waiting for so long, you made it true. Thanks a ton for your hospitality. Susanna & Barry
We stayed in The Parlour at Springfield Barns and is lovely inside and a nice garden, lovely and clean inside and a real home from home. Donna is a wonderful host and helped us during this current situation so we could get our holiday. I would not hesitate recommending Springfield Barns to my family and friends. 5 out of 5 stars from me. Fantastic. Hopefully be back one day. Sarah & Paul
The Dairy is a great cottage. The kitchen is well stocked with pans and utensils, which was helpful. My wife and I did not want to eat in a lot of restaurants on this holiday. It is in a nice quiet location. You will want to have a car here as the nearest supermarket is a few minutes’ drive. Overall very good and do recommend The Dairy. Tom
Thank you for your hospitality, warm welcome and taking the time to chat with us. Your accommodation, The Dairy, is wonderful and we would recommend to anyone. We have had a wonderful week and hope to be back soon. Pam & Graham.
The Parlour is a beautiful modern with no expense spared renovation with everything you need for a home from home holiday or short break. It's situated about 10 mins from Shrewsbury with plenty of things to see & do especially with dogs. The garden is nice & secure, also with the use of a field around the opposite side of the Springfield barns site, which is useful for the later walk before bedtime for your dogs. There are plenty of places to go with your dogs for walks around beautiful surrounding & wooded areas, Donna the owner is more than willing to recommend places to go & things to see in the area if you’re not too sure want you want to do. I would highly recommend the Parlour & would definitely stay there again when heading North West of England. Ken
What a fab week we have had. Lovely cottage well equipped and perfect location. So clean and welcoming. Would definitely recommend. Lucy
Had a fantastic stay at Springfield Barns!! The cottage is beautiful and well equipped. It has a lovely enclosed garden which is great if you have a dog. Donna is a wonderful host and goes the extra mile in providing not only a welcome basket for guests but also their dogs. She has a wealth of local knowledge and is very happy to share it. Would recommend a stay here to anyone whether you want to be active or just relax. Lynne
Excellent, we can fully recommend The Parlour, Donna our host was most welcoming and couldn't do enough to make our stay a lovely experience. We certainly will use the Parlour for a future visit. David & Sandra
Thank you for an excellent stay at The Parlour. The cottage has fantastic facilities and is finished to an excellent standard. Donna was very welcoming and gave us some lovely recommendations for us to do on our stay. The homemade scones and welcome basket for us and our fur baby were a wonderful touch. We would love to return and thoroughly recommend! Jessica