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Holiday home for max. 4 persons
Upton Cressett, West Midlands (Shropshire), Great Britain
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Step back in time in The Gatehouse, an award-winning Elizabethan gem with rare plasterwork and works by the acclaimed artist Adam Dant. This truly unique property offers a luxurious hideaway for four people, ideal for small families or couples. With sumptuous four poster beds and fireplaces our stately Shropshire retreat is also perfect for honeymoons and special occasions.
A Royalist stronghold during the Civil War, it is one of the finest 16th-century gatehouses in England and fronts the beautiful moated Elizabethan manor of Upton Cressett Hall near Bridgnorth. Tucked away at the end of a peaceful country lane, the property looks out over miles of rural views and guests also have access to the hall’s historic gardens.
Regarded as one of the finest Elizabethan gatehouses in the country, The Gatehouse was runner-up for ‘Best Luxury Accommodation in the UK’ at the Hudson’s Heritage Awards.
The imposing Gatehouse, recently refurbished to a luxurious high standard with all modern comforts, has its own entrance gates, gravelled driveway and parking. Wrought iron gates lead through to a medieval courtyard and 16th century cobbled archway.
Once inside, there is a sitting room with a Tudor fireplace, kitchen, and a dining room decorated in a hunting lodge style with open fire seating ten. There are two bedroom suites (Prince Rupert Suite and Thatcher Suite) on separate floors, each with its own turret bathroom.
The Gatehouse has its own private garden with fruit trees and a fountain and fronts the beautiful moated Elizabethan manor of Upton Cressett Hall.
Prince Rupert of the Rhine, nephew of Charles I and commander of the royalist troops, stayed in the Gatehouse during the Civil War and the panelled bedroom he slept in is named after him. There is a long-standing tradition that the young Edward V (one of the princes in the Tower), son of King Edward IV, stayed at the early manor in 1483 on his fateful journey from Ludlow Castle (some 17 miles away) to the Tower of London.
Others who have stayed in the Gatehouse include Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Sir Denis Thatcher, Elizabeth Hurley and many writers and playwrights.
Beamed dining room, reminiscent of a romantic hunting lodge with an original sixteenth century Tudor fireplace, carved original North European refectory table seating ten, and a hand-painted Tudor ceiling by Adam Dant.
The fully equipped kitchen has a period stone floor, American style fridge freezer, granite work tops and butler sink. If preferred, the housekeeper can cook three course dinners by request. Menus are seasonal.
Carved oak spiral staircase to:
The panelled Thatcher Suite master bedroom is named after the former British Prime Minister, and her husband Sir Denis, who spent two nights in the bedroom whilst staying at Upton Cressett in 1994. The suite comprises a double bedroom with a super-king (6′) half-tester bed with silk drapes, ornate 16th century plasterwork, oak panelling and mullion windows overlooking the Elizabethan apple garden. The suite also has an adjoining sitting room with pale blue Fleur De Lys wallpaper, silk curtains, a Tudor fireplace, a Knole sofa and spectacular plasterwork. The suite also has Freeview TV along with a CD player and an iPad dock.
The en suite wet-room-style shower room in one of the turrets has Lefroy Brooks fittings, marble tops and underfloor heating.
Carved oak spiral staircase to:
The Prince Rupert Suite used to be the old Banqueting Room of the Gatehouse, originally used as a ‘prospect tower’, with superb views stretching for miles across unspoilt Shropshire countryside across the old deer park. It is a huge and sumptuous luxury suite with 16th century beams and a super-king (6′) four poster canopy bed decorated in a 16th century-style linen fabric depicting scenes from an Elizabethan hunt by the artisan Melissa White. There is a free-standing claw bath on a raised oak platform inside the bedroom. The huge room also features an oak library section with two comfortable armchairs, a writing desk and a reading area. The suite also has Freeview TV along with a CD player and an iPad dock.
The en suite in one of the turrets with Lefroy Brooks fittings includes a powerful wet room shower, traditional claw foot towel rails and underfloor heating.
IN A NUTSHELL
Two double bedrooms, both of which are en suite
Suitable for children and baby (travel cot and high chair available on request)
Sorry, no pets allowed
Beautiful Elizabethan Garden – perfect for outdoor dining
Access to the historic gardens of Upton Cressett
Linen and toiletries
Parking for 2 cars
Gas central heating, open fire in the sitting room and dining room
Electric cooker, microwave, American fridge/freezer, dishwasher
Digital TV and stereo system, DVD, CD player. Freeview TV, CD player and an iPad dock in both bedroom suites
WiFi internet access*
Travel cot and highchair available upon request
Upton Cressett remains a haven of peace and rural beauty today – an ideal place to explore Shropshire and the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
A secluded hamlet deep in the Shropshire countryside, Upton Cressett lies within five miles of historic Bridgnorth with its many individual shops, traditional pubs and excellent restaurants, and eight miles of the small, pretty market town of Much Wenlock. Next to Upton Cressett Hall is the historic Norman church of St Michael’s with its century wall paintings.
Bridgnorth is an attractive market town famous for its funicular railway and the many flights of steps which connect the High and Low Towns. Regular steam trains also run from here along the Severn Valley Railway. The town has many charming pubs and bistro restaurants, as well as high street shops, a supermarket and a cinema.
Much Wenlock has been voted the second most beautiful town in England. You can stroll around the ruins and grounds of the ancient Wenlock and Buildwas abbeys, visit the local Olympian museum and browse for second hand books (Wenlock Books won the coveted Independent Bookseller of the Year award). Or go antique shopping, check out the artisan shops and galleries or visit the traditional butcher, Ryan’s, that has won a national award for Best Butcher in Britain.
Half an hour’s drive away to the south-west is historic Ludlow, one of the gastro capitals of England with award winning Michelin restaurants, secluded gastro-pubs, historic market square and famous castle ruins where the two ‘Princes of the Tower’ were brought up in the late 15th century. In April 1483, the eldest of the two princes is reported to have stayed at Upton Cressett on his fateful journey to the Tower of London after the death of his father Edward IV.
To the north-west, also half an hour away, is historic Shrewsbury, birthplace of Charles Darwin, with its old cathedral, market squares, theatre and riverside restaurants.
There is a wealth of country parks, museums, historic houses and gardens to explore, including the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, The Dower House Garden in nearby Morville and the world famous nursery gardens of David Austin Roses in Albrighton.
Excellent walking opportunities include the Shropshire Way, the county’s flagship walking and equestrian trail, only half a mile away.
The Gatehouse can be taken with The Coach House (sleeps 4) or/and The Moat House (sleeps 4) for parties of up to 12 guests. The properties are within a minute’s walk of each other.
Guests can unload their cars in the bay outside The Gatehouse steps and then use The Hall car park during their stay.
Access is via a winding and, in places, steep lane which leads to the Hall.
Sorry, no pets are allowed at this property.
Both bedroom suites are reached up an oak spiral staircase which is not suitable for small children or infirm adults. It has a rope banister but please be cautious.
Minimum stay 2 nights all year, except Christmas and New Year which is 4 nights.
Check-in is after 4PM
Enjoy your stay, thank you!