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Review of Annie's Cabin, Shropshire, England

Posted by Jeremy Smith at 09:16 on Thursday 01 July 2010

>> For contact details and availability, see Annie's Cabin's website.

Gorgeous Finnish-style log cabin built sustainably from fir trunks from WalesGorgeous Finnish-style log cabin built sustainably from fir trunks from Wales

The Place
A cosy, luxurious self catering log cabin in a picturesque two-acre field (with a river running around it) in the heart of the Shropshire hills, 2 miles from Ludlow.

The cabin is just a stone's throw from a river running around the propertyThe cabin is just a stone's throw from a river running around the property

The Rooms
A genuine Finnish-style log cabin built of hulking great Douglas fir trunks from Wales. Huge windows fill the open plan sitting room and kitchen with daylight, suffusing interiors with an amber glow from the polished logs, and big glass doors connect with the meadow and its wildlife. The wood pellet heater keeps it all warm, and even has a small oven for cooking casseroles. Care has been put into lighting - all fittings are either low energy or LED, and you can choose combinations to set the mood exactly as you want it. For a nocturnal treat, stepoutside onto the boardwalk, turn off all the lights except for a row of tiny LEDs sunk into the floor, sit back in one of the rocking chairs and listen to the sound of the birds.There are signs everywhere of just how much attention your hosts George and Erica have put into creating this tranquil haven just outside Ludlow. The kitchen is wonderfully equipped, there’s a guitar and Irish drum on the wall, DVDs, boardgames, bird books and binoculars.

 One of the lovely double bedrooms at Annie's CabinOne of the lovely double bedrooms at Annie's Cabin

The Food
Self-catering. At the cabin you can pick herbs from the containers on the terrace. There’s an induction hob, oven in the wood pellet stove, a primitive earth oven outdoors, and the fire pit down by the river; or there's a conventional oven and a microwave. If you're drawn to the river, there's a solid wooden table and chairs, and a small treehouse for the kids, with a chance of seeing a kingfisher while you cook.

The Activities
The cabin's surroundings may make one dream of languid summer days, but this would be a perfect bolthole any time of year. Even if you were snowed in, you would be as snug as can be in Annie's Cabin. Nearby are: Severn Valley Railway (you can walk or canoe between station, and there’s a wonderful pub on the platform at Bridgnorth), Acton Scott Working Farm Museum (the location for BBC2's Victorian Farm), excellent walking in the Teme Valley and the Shropshire Hills - Ludlow Castl, the Magnalonga, and the Shakespeare Festival.
The polished logs give the cabin an amber glowThe polished logs give the cabin an amber glowGreen Accommodation
Wood pellet stove and solar water heating. The cabin walls are constructed from sustainably forested Douglas Fir logs, sourced from mid-Wales, and insulated with sheeps wool and shredded newspaper. Eco paints used throughout and there’s a green electricity tariff.

Top Tip
For food - five minutes drive, or a one hour gambol away (across the fields and along the river Teme), there’s Ludlow, the Slow Food capital of the UK. Anyone who enjoys the best in British local produce will find something to love here – from the Michelin starred Mr Underhills and La Becasse, to the riverside pubs The Unicorn and the Charlton, and there's a huge choice of independent sources of food, including three butchers, four bakers, the Ludlow Brewing Company, Ludlow Food Centre, and regular fresh produce markets. See more details on Ludlow, including details of its annual food festival.

Getting there
George is happy to pick you up at Ludlow station, which has direct hourly services from Manchester, Cardiff, and Swansea. Connections at Crewe and Manchester for the North, and at Shrewsbury for London, Birmingham and the Midlands. Connections at Newport for Bristol and the South West, and London.
The cosy interior of Annie's CabinThe cosy interior of Annie's CabinVerdict
You don't have to travel far to get away from it all! And while many other places may say they offer log cabins, they are often really just wooden buildings, glorified sheds and prefabs. If it's authenticity you are after, Annie's Cabin is the real deal. George and Erica are engaging, well travelled hosts. Spend too long chatting with them and you'll be dreaming of building your own log cabin.

See Annie's Cabin's website here. 

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