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Essentials

The important stuff

  • Check in: 4 pm
  • Check out: 10 am
  • Hot tub rates: 2 days stay £50.00, 3-5 days stay £60.00, 7 or more days £70.00 paid in cash to Phil on arrival (includes enough wood for your stay). Can be hot and ready for your arrival upon request 
  • Robes available, but bring flip flops 
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • 1 king-size bed

Extra space available

Space for 1 baby no charge. please bring own travel cot

Cooking

  • Pyrolytic oven
  • Induction hob
  • Slow cooker
  • Gas BBQ (in shed)
  • Fridge
  • Dishwasher

Washing

  • Private bathroom with:
  • Electric shower
  • Flushing loo

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Underfloor heating
  • L.E.D lighting throughout
  • All bedding and towels provided
  • Plenty of plug sockets available

Entertainment

  • A selection of books and board games.
  • An iPad Pro with WiFi
  • Mobile phone signal (EE excellent)

Activities

At Offa's Pitch

There are plenty of hill walks amongst beautiful scenery... cycling, birdwatching, stargazing and - of course - relaxing!

Places to visit

  • There are many picturesque towns and villages nearby, including Clun (3 miles) which holds its famous Green Man Festival in May
  • The Spaceguard Centre - 10 miles away is a charity based observatory established in a dark sky area that scans space for near earth objects NEO's
  • Bishops Castle - 6 miles away
  • Montgomery (Early Georgian Town in Powys) 10 miles away
  • Church Stretton (also known as Little Switzerland) 19 miles away
  • Ludlow 22 miles away with it's own International Food Festival 9th - 11th Sept
  • Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury and Oswestry are all worth a visit and are a 40 minute drive away
  • The Severn Valley Railway in Kidderminster is a wonderful 16 mile long Heritage track that runs through some of the most scenic countryside in Britain
  • The Welshpool and Llanfair Heritage Light Railway is 8.5 miles long and also runs through some of the most beautiful parts of Mid Wales
  • Acton Scott Historic Working Farm near Church Stretton
  • Wroxeter Roman City - fascinating remains of Roman City and museum
  • Ironbridge Gorge and Industrial Museum
  • Quarry Park Shrewsbury with it's lovely garden
  • West Midland Safari Park Bewdley is also a really great day out

Outdoor & Active

  • There are many trails to walk and routes to cycle - Offa’s Pitch is only 200m from Offa’s Dyke path, a 5 minute walk from the ‘Shropshire Way’ and the ‘Kerry Ridgeway’ is only a short distance away too - and not forgetting Cardingmill Valley and of course The Long Mynd.
  • Nearby Bishops Castle forms a part of the ‘National Cycle Route’.
  • Teme Sparc is a Sports Centre in nearby Bishops Castle with indoor and outdoor pitch facilities, gymnasium, squash courts, swimming pool and even a theatre. There is also a sports centre in Ludlow.
  • For the more adventurous you can hire a canoe or kayak with coaching if you need it in Shrewsbury and at Canoe UK Ltd in Bridgnorth, you can hire a canoe and drift gently downstream on the River Severn for 15 miles and come back by steam train! If you want to hit the heights you can go gliding with The Midland Gliding Club in Church Stretton or even hang gliding or para gliding with The Long Mynd Soaring Club in Stretton. 

Food & Drink

At Offa's Pitch

Tea, coffee, milk, sugar, and a Lavazza coffee making machine as well as oil and condiments. You'll also get a welcome bundle with a bottle of local award winning wine and chocolates. 

Phil and Avril are happy to get supplies ready for your arrival and during your stay. They can also provide an Offa's Pitch Champagne Breakfast!

Local shops

The nearest convenience shop is 3 miles away in Clun

Pubs & Restaurants

  • The Lion Inn - Leintwardine, 10 miles away. Great food and service in a riverside setting.
  • The Castle Hotel - Bishops Castle, 6 miles away. Very good menu and beautiful south facing gardens.
  • The Three Tuns - Bishops Castle, 6 miles away. Very good pub menu and excellent beer brewed next door in their brewery, the oldest in Britain (visits can be arranged).
  • The Baron - Bucknell, 10 miles away. Excellent pub food in a picturesque setting.
  • The White Horse Inn - Clun 3 miles. A real ale pub in the centre of picturesque Clun with it's own micro brewery and serving good locally sourced food daily. Booking not essential but it does get busy. A lively venue with regular folk music and other live bands, quiz nights and hosts of the Clun Valley Beer Festival at the end of September.
  • The Crown Inn - Newcastle on Clun 2 miles. A lovely 17th C country inn full of character and charm serving good pub food, the bar menu, evening meals and Sunday lunches are all sourced from local suppliers.
  • Ludlow 22 miles away is a renowned gastro spot with many good restaurants some with Michelin stars. 

Meet your hosts

Meet Phil & Avril

Phil and Avril moved to Shropshire in 2014 after spending over thirty years working hard and looking for that special secluded cottage in the country... 

After many years in Building Restoration Phil now runs 'Offa’s Pitch Glamping’. Avril works in the explosives industry, concentrating mainly on pyrotechnics about which she is also very passionate!

They've also worked together within the events and hospitality business as Avril is often involved in major displays and fireworks competitions. Now they've finally found the right place to carry out their dream of having a glamping business and have put all their ideas and passion into it. 

Wildlife & Environment

In the hamlet of Mardu there is little through traffic and the wildlife remains relatively undisturbed. With some forethought, the opportunity to see nervous creatures such as Fallow and Roe deer particularly around Blakeridge Wood is much higher than the average.

You’ll see all the birds that you might expect and some that are becoming a rare sight. Buzzards are a common sight in the skies above and mixed flocks of Redpolls and Linnets are seen regularly around the farmlands in late autumn and winter.

At the bird feeders you’ll always find nuthatches, woodpeckers, Blue, Great, Long Tailed and Marsh Tits. The main summer visitors are Housemartins and there are always as many as 8-10 pairs nesting under the eaves - they group together with the fledglings in the early mornings and evenings for a dramatic aerial display!

Various species of owl also inhabit the locality and you’ll often hear them from early evening and late into the night. If you're visiting in September or October you'll get a chance to see badgers digging up the grass, looking for cranefly grubs.

Getting there

Offa's Pitch, Mardu Cottage, Mardu, Clun, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 8QG

By train

The nearest train station is Craven Arms, 10 miles away 

By bus

The nearest bus stop is in Clun, 3 miles away. Free pick up/drop offs can be arranged with the owners beforehand

By car

Parking is 20 m from Offa's Pitch and in a lay by adjacent to Aether's Tilt.

Directions travelling South from Shrewsbury By-Pass
Take the A49 south towards Leominster, Ludlow and Church Stretton. Go through Church Stretton and on to Craven Arms where after passing Tuffins Supermarket you turn right onto the B4368 at the O signed to Clun. Carry straight on through Aston on Clun and Clunton until you reach Clun. In Clun at the T junction turn left down the hill towards and over the bridge. Turn right immediately after crossing the bridge towards Newcastle. After about 2 miles turn right where its signed Whitcott Keysett and Mardu. You are now on a single track lane. At the T junction turn left and after 150m turn right in Whitcott Keysett where there is a house in the middle of the small junction. Carry straight on passing the old chapel on your right. After 1 mile you’ll come to Mardu Farm on either side of the lane where there is a right turn and a white cottage on the corner in front of you. Carry straight on past this and after a further 300m the lane drops down a little where the brook goes under the road. Turn immediately right and after 30m right again and Offa’s Pitch parking space is on your right.

Directions travelling East along the A483
In Newtown at the junction with the A489 turn right towards Ceri (Kerry). After passing through Kerry turn right along the B4368 signed towards Clun. This road is quite steep and winds a lot in places and will take you up to the hamlet of Anchor and on to the village of Newcastle. Through Newcastle towards Clun turn left at the sign for Whitcott Keysett and Mardu. You are now on a single track lane. At the T junction turn left and after 150m turn right in Whitcott Keysett where there is a house in the middle of the small junction. Carry straight on passing the old chapel on your right. After 1 mile you’ll come to Mardu Farm on either side of the lane where there is a right turn and a white cottage on the corner in front of you. Carry straight on past this and after a further 300m the lane drops down a little where the brook goes under the road. Turn immediately right and after 30m right again and Offa’s Pitch parking space is on your right. 

Directions travelling North from the A49
After passing through Hereford and Leominster head towards Craven Arms. As you come into Craven Arms look out for the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre on your right and then turn left at the O on the B4368 O towards Clun. Carry straight on through Aston Clun and Clunton until you reach Clun. In Clun at the T junction turn left down the hill towards and over the bridge. Turn right immediately after crossing the bridge towards Newcastle. After about 2 miles turn right where it's signed Whitcott Keysett and Mardu. You are now on a single track lane. At the T junction turn left and after 150m turn right in Whitcott Keysett where there is a house in the middle of the small junction. Carry straight on passing the old chapel on your right. After 1 mile you’ll come to Mardu Farm on either side of the lane where there is a right turn and a white cottage on the corner in front of you. Carry straight on past this and after a further 300m the lane drops down a little where the brook goes under the road. Turn immediately right and after 30m right again and Offa’s Pitch parking space is on your right. 

Directions travelling West on the A456
There are many routes from the Midlands and Birmingham but from Kidderminster take the A456 towards Tenbury Wells. Just after passing The Wyre Forest Centre take the right turn onto the A4117 towards Cleobury Mortimer. Go through Cleobury Mortimer the road will take you over the top of Clee Hill from where there are outstanding views over the R. Teme valley and beyond. Down through Rocks Green and to the O turn right onto the A49 towards Craven Arms passing signs for Ludlow. In Craven Arms just after passing the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre take the left turn at the O onto the B4368 signed to Clun. Carry straight on through Aston on Clun and Clunton until you reach Clun. In Clun at the T junction turn left down the hill towards and over the bridge. Turn right immediately after crossing the bridge towards Newcastle. After about 2 miles turn right where its signed Whitcott Keysett and Mardu. You are now on a single track lane. At the T junction turn left and after 150m turn right in Whitcott Keysett where there is a house in the middle of the small junction. Carry straight on passing the old chapel on your right. After 1 mile you’ll come to Mardu Farm on either side of the lane where there is a right turn and a white cottage on the corner in front of you. Carry straight on past this and after a further 300m the lane drops down a little where the brook goes under the road. Turn immediately right and after 30m right again and Offa’s Pitch parking space is on your right.

Booking Terms

Canopy & Stars low price promise
 
Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
 
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;

and

  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.

 

The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.

 

1. Booking and payments

 

1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).

 

1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk). Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.

 

1.3 We're sorry for any inconvenience, but payments can only be made by credit and debit cards. A 2% surcharge will be applied to credit cards. We do not accept American Express, cheques or cash.

 

1.4 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.

 

1.5 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.

 

1.6 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.

 

2. Cancellation and Amendment by You

 

2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk) and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.

 

2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  

 

2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.

 

2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.

 

2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 

 

2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.

 

2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.

 

2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.

 

Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.

 

3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.

 

4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.

 

5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.

 

6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;

OR

(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;

OR

(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.

 

7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.

 

8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.

 

9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.

 

10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.

 

11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.

 

12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.

 

13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.

 

14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.

 

15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 

 

16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.

 

17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.

 

18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.