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Bishop's Castle
The town
The Wintles is set in unspoilt countryside with spectacular views, and is only a few minutes’ stroll away from the centre of the lovely old market town of Bishop's Castle. There’s a strong sense of community here, and the place has its own unique atmosphere.
Bob Tomlinson (the founder of Living Villages) was born in Shropshire, and his grandmother’s love of Bishop's Castle influenced his decision to build his first Living Village here. ‘Granny was a raver,’ he says. ‘She used to come here when she was young. It was always a place for a party. Hardly a weekend went by when there wasn’t something going on in Bishop's Castle. I never forgot her interest in the place. And so I ended up here because I liked the eccentricity of it, too.’

Interesting shops and great pubs
Bishop's Castle has a well-earned reputation for its hospitality, public events and festivals, and boasts award-winning pubs (the Three Tuns has been here since at least 1642) and two traditional breweries. There are also plenty of shops, providing everything from the everyday to the specialist.

Schools and leisure
Good primary and secondary schools are just a short walk away from The Wintles, and there are excellent sports, leisure and educational facilities for children and adults alike.
The countryside
Bishop's Castle is surrounded by gentle green hills and dramatic rock outcrops, and the area boasts some of the most beautiful river valleys in the country. The South Shropshire Hills are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and provide excellent walking and cycling country with plenty of comfortable pubs to stop at along the way. To the west, over the Welsh border, the land becomes hillier and wilder, providing dramatic routes for the more seasoned walker.

Nearby towns
Set amidst glorious countryside near to the Welsh Borders, Shrewsbury is one of England's finest historic market towns. Black and white timber mansions dating back to the 1400's line the narrow medieval cobbled streets. It also has a thriving shopping centre. For further information visit www.shrewsburyguide.info
Ludlow and its castle are perched on a cliff above the picturesque River Teme. This beautiful town was built by the Normans nine hundred years ago.
For further information visit www.ludlow.org.uk
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