About Us


The Coates is situated in Ape Dale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), five miles from Church Stretton and seven miles from Much Wenlock (off the B4371, grid reference 525 926 O/S Landranger), in the heart of beautiful south Shropshire. The farm lies below the wooded slope of the Wenlock Edge between Rushbury and Longville-in-the-Dale, with views of the rolling Stretton Hills to the west. Three footpaths and a bridleway run through the farm and up onto the Wenlock Edge joining the main path for hill walkers, mountain bike riders and horse riders in south Shropshire, known as the Jack Mytton Way. There is a tennis court here available for your use.

From us Ludlow, Ironbridge and Shrewsbury are easily visited, while Church Stretton and
Much Wenlock, our local market towns, are full of charm and character. Acton Scott, famous as the Victorian farm in the BBC series, is just 4 miles away, while the Roman settlement of Wroxeter and World Heritage gardens at Powys Castle are nearby. History surrounds us in this part of the Welsh Marches, with castles, churches, houses and ancient byways for all ages to explore.

The Coats has been a freehold property since 1200, with the distinctive timber-framed house built in 1486. The name was changed to The Coates sometime in the early 1900’s. The house stood within a rectangular moat until the early 1970’s, and, although altered over the years, still retains many original features of its wooden box frame.

The farm has been owned by different families over the centuries, many of whom saw their fortunes lost as they battled to grow crops on the water-logged clay land, but modern farming methods and machinery have enabled the farm to become fertile and productive.

Formerly a mixed dairy farm, we now grow wheat, barley and oil seed rape, and have a beef herd. This year we have added a small flock of Llyn ewes and lambs.

We hope your stay here will be a friendly, relaxed, unhassled and peaceful experience – whether it is on the campsite, in the farmhouse or in the newly completed holiday cottage. At busy times of year, such as harvest, you may hear the tractors or combine harvester working in the fields, and you will almost certainly hear mooing at breakfast time – always ask if you want to see what is going on and we will help you to view from a safe distance. Children and well-behaved dogs are very welcome here, but please remember it is a working farm with potential hazards.

Above all, please enjoy your stay!

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