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Mill House Farm - The Oddsocks Glamping Cart

UK England West Midlands Shropshire Shrewsbury

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Originally used by Oddsocks theatre company, this stunningly converted mobile stage is now a glamping cart available to hire for weekends and breaks in beautiful Shropshire
It’s like a last round zinger in the local pub quiz… ‘How many glamping wagons can lay claim to hosting Julius Caesar, King John, Henry VIII and Richard III?’ Heads turn, eyebrows lower, snorts of frustration pervade the room. Clearly it’s a very stupid question.

Yet parked up in a beautiful wild grass meadow in Shropshire, the Oddsocks glamping cart has done just that – albeit in the trick-answer sort of way you would expect from the old pub quiz. Thanks to its former life as a travelling stage for Shakespeare productions – an exact replica of those used from the 10th–16th centuries – it has seen them all and then some, with even the likes of Romeo and Juliet appearing on board over the years. But after a quarter of a century in motion and over 150,000 miles under its belt, the stage, now roofed, contained and adorably decorated inside, has retired to the pastures of rural England.

Set in a large, oval shaped field, skirted on its northern edge by gently flowing Rae Brook, the Oddsocks Cart is a strikingly cosy looking cabin with a shape reminiscent of traditional shepherd’s huts. From the front, though, a rectangular decking area creates a more unique form and the warm-looking, auburn wood panels give it an almost summerhouse feel. However you chose to describe it, the indisputable fact is that it’s an enviable place to stay.

Inside, the light, white walls increase the sense of space, while a table folding down from the wall and a sofa bed with bedding included allow you extra room once all folded away. It’s a practically minded set up. There is a sink, two hobs and welcome hamper of important goodies, like tea, coffee, oil and other essentials, while outside a round, Weber barbecue is ideal for late summer evenings. Inside, of course, that essential bit of kit – a wood burning stove – is present. So if the weather takes a turn for the worst, you’re well kitted out for cosy evenings with hot chocolate and a good novel.

Most of the time, however, is inevitably spent outdoors. The rope swing, that dangles invitingly from a central tree, draws children like a magnet, while footpaths that lead out directly from the farm lead you out into the rolling countryside beyond. Eventually, in the north they string through houses and into Shrewsbury, the county town and an excellent spot to explore. From farm to centre takes around an hour and twenty minutes.

The best way to get the inside scoop is to talk to Adrian and Gemma, the affable owners of the Oddsocks Cart who first met each other through the Oddsocks Theatre Company that once used the then-mobile-stage on tour. As you’d expect from such theatre-types, they’re a wonderfully friendly pair, outgoing and helpful. For walking routes, pub suggestions and handy bits of info they’re easily on hand – attentive yet unobtrusive – while scholarly discussions of Shakespeare and theatre are equally welcome! Julius Caesar, King John, Henry VIII... who knows what might help you out in the next pub quiz?!

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Facilities

There is no electricity hook-up and all facilities are run on solar/wind power. There is a beautiful washroom unit with a compost toilet and heated outdoor shower facility, plus a sink and washing area. Laundry is possible by arrangement with the farmhouse. All bed linen and towels are provided for the cart itself. However, if you bring a tent and extra bedding is needed, it can be provided at £7 per set. The hut is accompanied by its own BBQ with a welcome pack of fuel. There is a powered cool box and a 2 ring gas stove in the cart and outside there's a fire pit and Dutch oven set. A 12’ trampoline (no safety net), a rope swing, a swing bench by the brook and a fun-sized football pitch in the field provide entertainment. The Rae Brook river runs along its edge (you can hear it babbling from the cart) and the farm own the fishing rights – though you'll need to bring your own rod and gear. There are also 2 pigmy goats and 4 chickens on the farm.

Suitable For

Families, small groups of 4–6 (a tent is allowed as overflow provided the glamping cart is booked too) and well-behaved dogs welcome. Campervans, caravans and other tent campers – no.

Nearby

There is easy access to public footpaths through the farm's fields, head south towards the hills or an hour and ten minutes walking north leads you into Shrewsbury (01743 261915). The gorgeous medieval town is a must at some point during your stay, with loads of great, independent shops and restaurants. Though these local walks are good, it pays to drive for ten minutes or so south, into the Shropshire Hills AONB (01588 674080), where fantastic routes include the Stiperstones, where you can gently climb through the heather to 'the devil's chair' and are rewarded with fabulous views. There is a clearly marked car park for the Stiperstones Nature Reserve – continue further up the road for an excellent pub: The Stiperstones Inn (01743 791327). Another great spot is Pontesbury Earl's Hill Nature Reserve. Turn left before you come into Pontesbury and drive up to the little car park on the left (up the hill and past the fishery). From here you can take several walking routes, the steeper climb to the top of Earl's Hill being well worth the views.

Food & Drink

Guests arrive to a welcome basket of necessities to keep you going until you get to the shops (eggs, milk, bread, butter, tea, coffee and oil). The nearest is in Hanwood (20 mins walk away). It's a Costcutter, fine for basics, but head to Pontesbury (turn right out of our drive and follow the road for about 3 miles) for a few more useful shops. Hignets is a lovely local produce shop (a bakers, butchers and grocery) on the left as you drive in just before the church. Further into Pontesbury there is also a Co-op. The closest big supermarket is Sainsbury’s at Meole Brace. Pub-wise, the nearest is The Cock Inn (01743 860392) just 20 mins walk away. It's rather basic, so for the best food and atmosphere, The Nag’s Head (01743 790060) on the main road to Pontesbury is recommended. There’s also a great, tradional pub called The Plough (01743 792989), down Church Street in Pontesbury.

Opening Times

April – end of October.

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Location

Contact Mill House Farm - The Oddsocks Glamping Cart, Mill House Farm, Cruckmeole, Hanwood, Shropshire, SY5 8JN

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Getting There

From the M54: Follow A5 signs towards Shrewsbury. Stay on the A5 past Shrewsbury then turn towards Welshpool and North Wales. Take A488 towards Bishops Castle and Clun. Go through Hanwood, under the Rail Bridge, past the school (right), past the Cruckton turn (right), round the left hand bend and 30m later Mill House Farm is on the right. Follow the drive and take the left hand fork round into the farm yard. There is a bus stop 30 metres from the end of the farm drive. Buses into Shrewsbury (around 15 minutes) run every half an hour. Shrewsbury Station is a 20 minute bus ride or a 10 minute taxi ride away. Trains run from Kings Cross to Shrewsbury (direct and indirect via Birmingham) with 1 running approximately every half hour.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★☆☆ over 2 reviews

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it was disgusting

it was dirty and smelt of damp the toilet and shower needed up dating it was disgusting,the pictures on the internet were at least 2 years old and it looked shabby, the decking needed something done to it, the wagon door didn't open all the way, we left after 2 hours what a waste of £150 and it ruined our holiday, if I had my way I wouldn't even give it one star
Oct 2, 2018 by pauline kemp
★★★★★

Weekend away

Having watched theatre productions by oddscocks,it was nice to spend time in their cart. Imogen made us feel welcome from the start. We enjoyed the peace and quiet of the site and our dog Marley liked having the field to himself. Loved the outdoor shower. The cart itself was very comfortable. Will definitely be back.
Aug 28, 2016 by Joanne Bonehill

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