I was looking for a holiday cottage in Shropshire
I was looking for a holiday cottage in Shropshire when I came across BIG MOSE BASECAMP in the Independent Hostel Guide. I was looking for self catering accommodation for 4 families in Shropshire. I thought we needed a large self catering holiday cottage or self catering house, but Big Mose was a fraction of the price, self catering and turned out to be perfect.
The self-catering kitchen was designed for groups with a hot water urn for instant hot drink and pans and pots perfect for big stews and casseroles. The dining room seating was basic tables and benches and there was room to us all eat together. Each family had their own bedroom, basic but the the kids loved the bunk beds.
Big Mose Basecamp is part of the National Trust Dudmaston Estate and the bunkhouse is surrounded by places to explore. We took our bikes along a very quite lane and into Corner Woods, where we found a network of woodland paths perfect for walkers and mountain bikes. A perfect picnic site by the lakes ended up with an impromptu swim. A great way to spend the day.
Communal supper in the self catering kitchen
Back to the bunkhouse for a communal supper in the self catering kitchen and a cheery drink in the lounge as we discussed plans for tomorrow and decided to book some canoes for a trip down the River Severn.
The next day dawned bright and clear and we drove to nearby Bridgenorth (a lovely market town with original shops to explore), and joined a bundle of canoeists on the banks of the River Severn. It was our first time in canoes, but we soon got the hang of it and experienced staff from the Sun Valley Canoe Hire shepherded our flock, so there was help if we needed it. The countryside looked quite different seen from the river, the domination of the road receded and the wildlife took over. We left the canoeists at Hampton Loade and went to the River and Rail Inn for Lunch.