Shropshire - Englands Forgotten County

Shropshire is England's forgotten county, but it is well worth making the effort to get there. It is only three hours by train from London and there is plenty to see and do. It is primarily a rural county steeped in history bordering as it does mid Wales, from Oswestry in the northwest to Ludlow and the Hereford border in the south.

Consider staying in Shrewsbury, the capital of the county. Shrewsbury is a growing mediaeval town with a large mixture of places to stay and lots of things to see. It straddles the mighty River Severn, one of Britain's longest rivers. The river twists and turns and revisits the town in several places. It can and still does flood some of the town occasionally and the effects of global warming have persuaded the town council to beef up the flood defences. On a mild balmy day with the river low and sleepy it seems hard to imagine that the river could ever offer a threat, but when it is angry and running, it does.

Visit the castle set beside the Victorian railway station. Shrewsbury is the home of Charles Darwin and there are reminders of their famous son throughout the town. Consider too the half timbered and ancient Rowley's museum. To the north of the town is an area called Battle, named after the battle in the War of the Roses fought there in 1403 when thousands of men were slaughtered on both sides, the majority brought down by the English longbow. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/shropshire/history/2003/02/battle_of_shrewsbury/battle_smil.shtml. Do visit the old church just north of the battlefield site where a permanent memorial is on display.

But Shropshire has much more to offer than simply the county town. In the south of the county Ludlow is a fascinating small ancient town. Katherine of Aragon was imprisoned there in the castle after Henry the eighth turned his attentions elsewhere. The castle is still in surprisingly good condition and is open most days. Countless narrow streets with many half-timbered buildings always have something to offer. Check out the Feathers Hotel in Ludlow for olde England history and charm.

Bridgnorth is a town split in two. The lower level beside the River Severn and the high town set on the escarpment that commands views along the river. Take the old steam powered Severn Valley Railway, scene of countless films and TV series, from there south towards Kidderminster and over the border into Worcestershire.

In the north of the county Ellesmere in the Shropshire Lakeland is a small town well worth a visit. Check out the canal where Thomas Telford's masterpiece, built in 1760 runs through the town before wending its way over the border and into Wales and on to Llangollen. Oswestry in the northwest is a bustling market town and on market day you are as likely to hear Welsh being spoken as often as English. Another small town worth a visit is Much Wenlock, located on Wenlock edge, a cliff face that runs diagonally across the county. There is an ancient monastery there and quaint buildings aplenty.

For the more energetic, walking holidays across the moorland of the Long Mynd offers a surprising taste of wilderness. Stay in Church Stretton, a mecca for hill walkers. Lastly, if you still have time, try and visit Telford at Ironbridge where Thomas Telford's bridge still stands, the first metal bridge built anywhere heralding the dawn of the industrial revolution

Shropshire is still relatively undiscovered, especially by international travellers, but it has much to commend it. The people are gentle and friendly and it is well worth the effort to get there. You can access thousands of holiday villas and cottages worldwide on my website www.pebblebeachmedia.co.uk. Enjoy your travelling!

David Carter has writen and published hundreds of articles over more years than he cares to remember. His latest work is the property management book SPLAM! Successful Property Letting And Management, a 244 page book full of insights into letting property without hassles. He currently runs three websites, SPLAM!, Homemax full of ideas for homeworkers, and Pebble Beach Media where you can access thousands of holiday cottages, villas and apartments worldwide. He has recently completed a new novel "White Flags" which should be available in the new year.

Websites:
http://www.splam.co.uk
http://www.homemax.co.uk
http://www.pebblebeachmedia.co.uk

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

Colorado Springs Independent

Springs group crafting vacation rental law
Colorado Springs Independent
Hundreds of Colorado Springs residents rent out their homes via Airbnb, VRBO or another vacation rental service, but the city doesn't have any regulations regarding those rentals or know whether all are paying sales taxes. "Right now, the city doesn't ...


TechCrunch

Vacation rental management service Guesty raises $19.75M ...
TechCrunch
As the vacation rental sector heats up — with Airbnb making even more moves to expand its portfolio of services to include multiple tiers of rentals — there's going to be more and more of a need for people who manage a large number of properties ...
Airbnb Property Management Firm Guesty Raises $19.75 Million ...Crunchbase News (blog)

all 3 news articles »

Skift

Choice Hotels Expands Its Vacation Rental Portfolio with Listings from RedAwning
Skift
On Monday, Marriott International announced its homesharing pilot with Hostmaker in London and just before that, Choice Hotels International announced the expansion of Vacation Rentals by Choice from 1,100 properties to more than 20,000 in 35 U.S ...
As thousands arrive for NFL Draft, can Arlington find a way to regulate Airbnb, VRBO?Fort Worth Star Telegram

all 2 news articles »

Today.com

Vacation rentals vs. hotels: What you need to know
Today.com
Vacation rentals vs. hotels: What you need to know. Mark Ellwood of Conde Nast Traveler visits Kathie Lee Gifford and Jenna Bush Hager with sound advice about renting a vacation home and why you might choose one over a hotel on your next trip. “it can ...

and more »

The Desert Sun

A group hoping to ban vacation rentals put up campaign staff in HomeAway vacation rentals
The Desert Sun
The group behind Measure C — the ballot proposition that would ban vacation rentals in Palm Springs — housed out-of-town campaign workers in vacation rentals via an online booking site, according to a Desert Sun review of campaign finance filings ...


Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Vacation rental bill on hold until May 8 - Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Hawaii Tribune-Herald
No matter where they stand on the issue, one thing was clear Tuesday. People care very deeply about vacation rentals. Residents packed council chambers in Hilo and Kona, and almost 100 signed up to talk about Bill 108, the County Council's first ...

and more »

Big Island Video News

VIDEO: Public Sounds Off On Short Term Vacation Rental Bill
Big Island Video News
(BIVN) – The Hawai'i County Council Committee on Planning took up Bill 108 on Tuesday, a measure that attempts to get a handle on the short term vacation rentals doing business on the Big Island. Bill 108, introduced by Kona councilmembers Karen Eoff ...

and more »

Santa Rosa Press Gazette

Report: Vacation rentals may overtake hotels in coming years
Santa Rosa Press Gazette
MILTON — With the growth in popularity of websites such as AirBnb or Vacation Rental By Owner, research shows vacation rentals should overtake the hotel industry by 2020, according to TurnKey Vacation Rentals' 2018 Consumer Travel Survey. “Based on ...


KTOO

Skagway Assembly wrestles with vacation rentals, RV's, parking
KTOO
“As you all know, we are having a housing crisis — both long-term and seasonal and we are working hard for solutions,” Skagway Mayor Monica Carlson said. Local lodge owner Kathy Hosford of Dyea said during citizen testimony she thought Airbnb was ...


CNN

Finding a luxury vacation rental might be easier than you thought
CNN
Think private villas, butler service, personal chefs, heli-skiing, day trips on a yacht and other bucket-list travel jaunts. Clearly aimed at those who want to splash out on their vacation without the confinement of a hotel suite, Beyond by Airbnb will ...

and more »
Google News

Choose a Bed and Breakfast Over a Hotel Chain and Enjoy Your Vacation

Traveling for business or vacationing always has one thing in... Read More

Visiting Whistler Before The 2010 Olympics?

As a resident, business owner and frequent skiier at Whistler,... Read More

Journeying Through Dorset - & The Jurassic Coast

The county of Dorset on England's south coast is a... Read More

Where to Find Lodging and Accommodation in Whistler, BC

Are you thinking about a great place to go for... Read More

Finding Travel Deals

If your vacation time is coming up and you are... Read More

Vacationing in a Gatlinburg Cabin

For many decades Gatlinburg has been a favorite resort getaway... Read More

Buying Real Estate in Cozumel

As beautiful and modern as Cozumel is, visitors must remember... Read More

Vacationing in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a pristine recreational lake area. With high-stake... Read More

Finding The Best Timeshare For You ? Make The Search An Adventure!

Taking the plunge from average vacationer to vacation property owner... Read More

Vacation Home Exchange V Renting - Trade and Save, or Do You ?

Vacation Home Exchange V Renting Trade and save, or do... Read More

Vacation / Honeymoons 101 - Planning for Perfect Weather on Your Trip

Did you ever worry when traveling about the weather? Most... Read More

Home Away From Home on Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island's mild climate, slow pace, and beautifully forested... Read More

Mindfulness and Retirement: Considering Brazil

I have a 17-year-old daughter who is finishing up a... Read More

Villa Rentals on South Carolinas Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is a vacation destination for over two... Read More

The Advantages of Vacation Rentals in Costa Rica

Whether you've saved up for years for a fun family... Read More

Looking For A Holiday With A Difference?

Fancy holidaying somewhere unusual? How about a 7 day tornado... Read More

Living and Retiring in Bolivia

A beautiful and inexpensive place without a tourist in sight.... Read More

I am in a Snit

I am in my yearly snit. Now my wife would... Read More

European Car Rental - Top Ten Tips for Europe Travel - Tip #5: Restrictions

It is a common assumption for most Americans that they... Read More

So You Want to Sell Your Timeshare

You are the owner of a timeshare and have decided... Read More

Orlando Vacation Homes - Comparing Homes to Hotels

When staying in Orlando, you really do have a lot... Read More

All Inclusive Resorts - Sunscape The Beach Punta Cana

Sunscape The Beach Punta Cana is located on the north... Read More

Vacationing in South Carolina?s Hilton Head

Families have flocked to Hilton Head, South Carolina as long... Read More

European Car Rental - Top Ten Tips for Europe Travel - Tip #6: Location Location Location

For most of us, the basis of a car rental... Read More

An Island A Day

Stand by the shores of Casco Bay on the coast... Read More