Birch Hill

The Cross, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0LP

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  • Dogs
  • Families
  • Peaceful stays
  • Scenic views

Why stay here ...

An award-winning caravan site in the beautiful lake-lands of Shropshire. Voted ‘Best Small Site’ in the UK by readers of ‘Practical Caravan’ magazine in 2014, 2013 and 2012. Caravan Club "CL of the Year" 2007. Regional winner 2006. This family-run site was established in 1982 and is on a quiet field with easy access on a former farm.

Featured in the Club Magazine in February 2005 with the following praise: "a nice CL from which to marvel... spacious... hook-ups... woodland walkies track... information packs for newcomers... Great Site, lovely location and always a warm welcome..." The owners are active caravanners and Club members in their own right.

Ellesmere is a friendly little Saxon market town in the middle of Shropshire's beautiful Lake District.  It marks the junction of the rural Shropshire Union and Llangollen Canals. The CL enjoys pleasant panoramic views across a wide expanse of green gently rolling hills and on a clear day you can see 9 counties.

A good base for a short stay or longer holiday. The CL is just 2 miles from North Wales and within 20 minutes to about an hour you could be at one of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites or numerous castles, historic houses and National Trust properties. Birch Hill is on one of the main Land's End to John o'Groats cycle routes and Ellesmere is a lovely spot for country walks and bird-watching, especially around the Meres.

The site is located over 200 metres up a private drive. It is discretely away from the public road with pitches in sight of the farm, which is in a pleasant, safe, rural back-water. Access for caravans is good, with wide gateways and a Tarmac drive. The drive is about a quarter of a mile from the lane, which reinforces the feeling of a quiet secluded site. Birch Hill is close enough to a quiet 'A' Road to give easy access, but far enough to be away from road noise.

Dogs very welcome (owners have a Golden Retriever called Honey).

Free Wi-Fi at this CL

Information pack available on arrival.

Facilities on site ...

  • Dog walk from site
  • Recycling facilities
  • TV reception: good
  • Wi-Fi

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Latest arrival time: 9:00 PM

2 acres

Electric amperage: 16

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Postcode:
SY12 0LP
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GPS:
Lat 52.922362 / Lon -2.903255
OS field ref:
SJ397365
OS map ref:
126

Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: Shrewsbury, Oswestry
  • Daily public transport within 1 mile
  • Nearest port: Liverpool (46 miles)

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Very enjoyable stay on a CL in a wonderful setting.

Spent five days here in October 2018. Very warm welcome when we arrived. Lovely setting with great views. Everything very neat and tidy with good access. Owners provide a detailed info pack which we found very useful. We will certainly be back next time we are in this area.
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Lovely CL in the Heart of Shropshire

We arrived in dreadful rain and high winds. Ian and Janet still welcomed us warmly despite the weather and took time to show us where we could pitch, even suggesting more sheltered spots to keep us out of the wind and offering the use of their garage space to put the tackle in that we would usually house in the awning (it was far too windy to put it up!). This CL is great, lovely views, loads of room, choice of pitches and a lovely dog walk in the Dingle. The owners have two golden retrievers, Honey and Amber, and they welcomed our two labs and had great fun playing together. Definitely a great site if you have dogs. There is an easy walk into Ellesmere but it was along a main road. We had two very good meals at the Cross Foxes at Erbistock (about 5 miles away). You need to book as it is always busy but the Sunday roast was amazing. Ian recommended a walk round Colemere which was great for the dogs, plenty of running around in the trees and swimming in the Mere. It was free to park here too which is a bonus. Ian and Janet have gone to great lengths to provide an excellent information pack which provides everything you could wish for. There is free wifi on site and lots to see and do in the area. All in all an excellent CL which we would definitely recommend and one that we will certainly visit again. Thanks Ian and Janet, keep up the good work. And thanks to Amber for keeping our two dogs occupied. Hope Honey recovers from her op soon. The Gorton’s

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We arrived and were welcomed immediately by both the owner and his dogs. The wife hasn't been well so was a little frustrated at the nearly 30 minute welcome and chatter as she needed medication and a brew. Maybe site and area induction could be done once pitched as the owner has gone to considerable trouble to provide a great pack and is very enthusiastic about selling us Ellesmere and it's local area but my main and immediate concern was to get pitched up quickly so the wife could rest. On another day, the wife would have chatted for England and sincerely hopes she didn't come across rude or anti social. The site is great and as massive dog lovers, we just adored seeing the friendly Honey and Amber wander around mooching for a play, snaffle for treats or just keeping an eye. Our dog isn't particularly dog friendly so we had to be cautious when on site but never had an issue. The Dingle is fab for dog walk and our's made a b-line as he loves nothing more than sticks to carry and the quiet of the countryside. Easy walk to Ellesmere although along quite narrow pavement in places with fast traffic. Again, wife not being well meant she missed out this time but she has vowed to visit again. True darkness from this site meant clear sky at one point and have never seen so many stars and before one heavy shower, the wife caught site of a double rainbow and managed to get a photo. I took a picture of the same double rainbow from the Mere itself which the dog and I enjoyed walking around. No amount of pitches available, the owner advocates a policy of where you like and has plenty of electric points to accommodate that. We drove onto our pitch, other units were side ways on, or rear facing and widely spread so not on each others shoulders so to speak. A very relaxing site, adequate water and waste facilities for a CL. We will be back, we love to support people who go to so much trouble to ensure folk have a great time and the owners here certainly do there best. Thanks Birch Hill, see you again.

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We had an excellent 3 nights at Birch Hill Farm. We took advantage of Mr and Mrs Kelly's great map idea and enjoyed some really good walking directly from the site. The small town of Ellesmere is attractive, friendly and contains an excellent butchers. Of course we will return to this friendly, well run and tidy CL. Thank you for our holiday.

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Just returned from 8 day stay at Birch Hill, as expected a warm welcome from owners, and their dogs. This has to be one of the best CL sites in the country, plenty of space, good for dogs, WIFI included in the price, and some great places to visit. All for £12 a night. We will of course be returning soon.

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