Review: Mountain Edge Resort in Shropshire
Mountain Edge Resort is located in the beautiful area of Shropshire and after a short stay there last year, I wanted to share both the good and bad from my experience. From the beautiful pods to the on-site restaurant, here’s everything you need to know about your stay.
It feels incredibly strange to be sitting down and writing a travel post but after almost a year of taking a VERY unexpected break, here we are.
I honestly don’t know why I put it off for so long as although people may not be looking to travel right now, it’s always useful to have this kind of information written down for when people are ready. Whether it’s in four weeks, four months or four years.
Last year, when it was a little safer to travel, I went on a local trip to stay at Mountain Edge Resort in Shropshire. Just a 30-minute drive from my house, it was nice to get away without actually travelling anywhere.
Although it was just a one-night trip, I definitely left feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
So, Where is Mountain Edge Resort?
Mountain Edge Resort is a family-run business located in south Shropshire. With Ludlow, the Long Mynd and Shrewsbury all within a short distance of the resort, it’s a great location for those looking to spend the day hiking or those who want to experience everything Shrewsbury has to offer.
It’s the perfect location for those who are local to Shropshire, or those that want to explore the area for the first time.
Read My Guide To Shrewsbury Here
If you’re looking for things to do during your stay at Mountain Edge, Shrewsbury is a great choice! You can read my guide on how to get there, what to do and where to eat here.
How Do I Get There?
The address for Mountain Edge resort is The Village, Marshbrook Shropshire, SY6 6QE.
The best way to get there, unfortunately, is by public transport. Please note that your Sat Nav may direct you down a little road opposite Mountain Edge, please ignore that and pull into the car park for the pub. As you drive round to the rear of the shop, you will see the reception as you pull in.
How Much Does It Cost?
Prices vary depending on the accommodation you choose and the time of year that you visit, but we paid £120 for a Mega Pod for one night. On top of that, we also paid £50 to have access to the hot tub. While it’s expensive in comparison to trips I have booked in the past, it’s definitely worth it for the unique and remote experience away from reality.
If you’re thinking of staying in one of the standard pods, there is often a deal on Groupon where you can book one-night glamping for two for just £29. There are a couple of other options to choose from here too!
What Accommodation Options Are There At Mountain Edge Resort?
There are a number of different accommodation options at Mountain Edge Resort, suiting a variety of different budgets.
Camping – if you’re looking for a place to camp in Shropshire, Mountain Edge Resort is a great choice. With washroom and restaurant facilities on site, you have everything you need whether you’re staying one night or seven!
Pods – just one step up from camping, you have the Mountain Edge Resort glamping pods. These affordable wooden pods have carpeted floor, electrical heating and electric sockets. You need to take absolutely everything else with you, including bedding. There are six pods altogether, some of which sleep as many as five people.
Mega Pods – if you want to experience staying in a pod but you prefer a little bit of luxury, the Mountain Edge Resort Pods are definitely a better option. Equipped with a bathroom, double bed, sofa bed and kitchenette, you have everything you need for a comfortable stay in a little wooden pod. They’re advertised for as many as two adults and two children, however, at a push they’re suitable for four adults.
Outside, they have hot tubs that you can hire for an additional £50 a night.
It’s important to note that if there’s going to be more than two of you staying in the pod, you will also have to pay an extra charge.
Lodges – if you want a little more luxury during your stay, there are three lodges to choose from. These sleep up to five people, with a separate double bedroom for that extra bit of privacy. They have everything you need for your stay, include a kitchenette, TV and log burner.
Lodges also have a hot tub that is available for an extra charge.
REVIEW: The Mega Pod
As I stayed in the Mega Pod during my stay, I thought I’d give it a more in-depth review of the accommodation.
Plus-Size Friendly and Accessibility
In terms of size, I was actually pleasantly surprised. As a plus size traveller, it’s often a worry that you’re not going to fit somewhere but for such a small pod, the amount of room that was available was a welcome surprise. The bed wasn’t big, but for one night and two people sharing it was comfortable enough for me to get a good night’s sleep. The sofa bed was also a good size, with enough room for 3-4 adults to sit comfortably.
The bathroom, which was my biggest worry, was also really spacious. There was enough room for me (a UK Size 24) to change in there without feeling cramped and the shower had plenty of room. Considering the pods look really small on the outside, it was nice to feel as though I was accommodated for.
The chairs outside were small and uncomfortable, making them unsuitable for those with wide hips.
In terms of accessibility, each of the pods has around 12-15 steps running up to them, with 3-4 steps also leading up to the area where the pods are located. The cabins also have steps leading up to the entrance.
The Decor and Facilities
One of my favourite things about Mountain Edge Resort was the aesthetic, as it was an incredibly beautiful place to stay. Located in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty, the woodland and rustic feel to the resort really add to the fact that you’re surrounded by stunning nature. The bedding was fresh, the pod was clean and I definitely felt comfortable just relaxing in the space that we had.
Both the bathroom and kitchen were stocked with everything you would need, including cutlery and crockery if you’re planning to eat in your pod. We had packed our own just in case, but it was nice to not have to use it. Due to COVID regulations, we had to wash everything we had used up and place in a separate box to be taken away after our stay. The same applied to bedding and any towels that we used.
The Hot Tub
Now, I absolutely love that we got to experience the hot tub during our stay but in terms of cost, it was pretty steep. We were able to check into our pod at 4 pm and after arriving and getting ready for dinner in the nearby on-site restaurant, we soon realised that time was sleeping away from us. By the time we had eaten at a reasonable time and made our way back to the pod, we only had an hour and a half before they would turn off the power at 10 pm. This meant that between us, we paid £50 for just over an hour in the hot tub.
I think, in hindsight, we wouldn’t have booked it knowing that we were going to restaurant and instead considered cooking something on the outdoor BBQ instead.
In terms of the hot tub itself, it was incredible. The temperature was perfect and the wooden exterior was beautiful. I wish I’d got some pictures inside but not only was it pitch black, but there wasn’t actually a light outside.
On-site Restaurant: The Station
As part of our relaxing getaway plans, we decided to book ourselves a table at the on-site restaurant, The Station. The reviews all looked amazing so we knew it was better to play it safe and eat nearby, rather than venture out to somewhere a little further away from our cosy pod (especially as we were on a time limit with the hot tub).
I’m so glad we made this decision because the food was amazing! My boyfriend ordered a giant mixed grill and I ordered sausages with cheesey mash and honestly, it was one of the nicest pub meals I have ever had at that price. The drinks were reasonably priced and it was a nice place to sit and chat while we waited for our food to arrive. They had COVID-19 measures in place, which meant we also felt incredibly safe whilst there.
If you are staying at the Mountain Edge Resort and you want to eat at The Station, I highly recommend booking in advance as they were turning people away at the door on a Thursday evening. We didn’t visit during peak times, so it definitely gets busy.
Overall, I’d really recommend visiting if you’re looking for a Instagramable-rustic-stay-in-the-middle-of-nowhere. There’s lots of things to do in the local area but even if you’re looking to a relaxing getaway where you do nothing but eat good food and sit in the hot tub, it’s the perfect location.
I have a lot of love for Shropshire, so hopefully, this will be the first of many posts showcasing my local area.