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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Disappointing for an award winning site.

Travel directions were very good and the entrance is wide making access from either directions easy. We arrived at the house and was met by the owner who provided us with a very good information pack, this contained a folder with site information, emergency contacts, eating places etc and also a number of information leaflets of places to visit. We didn't find him particularly friendly but it felt very formal. The site is in two sections and there are plenty of available hookups as the previous owners were going to develop it as a larger site, therefore, with it now being a CL and the 5 van limit, there is plenty of room to space the vans out. The first pitch we were going to needed more levelling blocks than we had and it would have been difficult to put the awning up because of the steep slope, so we went to the lower section where it was slightly more level. Facilities were acceptable but could have done with some sort of lighting at night time. The grass was short but there were a lot of cuttings left on the field which in the damp, obviously gets trodden everywhere. They have a lovely golden retriever, Honey, who roams the site, which I have no problem with, but the fact that she roams means she does her toilet where she wanders and unfortunately I found one pile when I was near the water tap, late at night which needless to say got trodden back to the caravan along with the damp grass that was laying on the field but as it was dark near the water I wasn't aware of it. There was also another pile left behind our caravan and walking up to take the information book back on the evening before we left, there was another pile left on the grass on the way up the hill. We never saw the owner again throughout the week otherwise we would have brought it to his attention. Not a site I would visit again but Ellesmere is a lovely village and there are plenty of places to visit from there.

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What can i say... best site of our mini tour. Booking on line is easy, sat nav takes you straight to the gate, arrive at the house to be warmly greeted ( especially by owners dogs !) and offered the best available/suitable pitch. ( This was our second visit and we chose the chicken pitch). About 1mile into beautiful Ellesmere.. which is an amazing place, a mere ( lake), canals and narrow boats.. simply awesome .. so much to see... we walked over 9 miles without a worry as its all flat. Back to the extremely spacious site, there is a lovely doggie walk at the bottom of the field through a little dingle, water is available from many sources and grey waste is easy to dispose of, there is a brown waste disposal point too, and free wifi ! Tv reception perfect. . The owner even offered for us to stay later if we needed to as he had had a cancellation. Im sure we’ll be back for a third visit ... thankyou Major Kelly 😊

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Excellent communication from site including video of driving instructions to site. Warm welcome from owner. We were given our own satchel containing the most comprehensive information and places to visit info that we have ever seen. This included a day by day suggestion list of places to visit/have lunch/walk/market days etc etc. 2 pitching areas to choose from and plenty of room. North Shropshire is a lovely area and there are lots of places to visit. Highly recommended.
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Arrived on Friday evening, raining and very wet but instantly felt relaxed by the wonderful views and peaceful surroundings. The warden Ian made us feel very welcome and showed us around the site and we were able to choose our own pitch. Hard standing pitches were a bonus for our motorhome after all the rain we’d had. A very useful welcome pack made it easy to find our way around the area with just a 15 minute walk into ellesmere. Will definitely be returning at some point, was just the lovely quiet break we needed. Thank you
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A very welcoming site

From booking to arriving, the owners of this site have thought of everything. We received very detailed directions and what to expect on site via email before our stay. Upon arrival, the owner gave us an amazingly thorough welcome and run through of the site and the welcome pack. The location was beautiful and peaceful. It is a great base for visiting lots of places of interest. Will definitely stay there again but for longer so we can enjoy all the site has to offer.

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