The Moat House

Upton Cressett, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire

4 people Family Friendly Fishing onsite/nearby Ground Floor Accommodation WiFi Golf Course Nearby Walking BBQ Off Street parking
Sleeps: 4
7 nights
£850 - £1020
Available from a minimum of 2 nights

Overview

  • 4 Guests
  • The accommodation is all on the ground floor
  • Two double bedrooms with king size beds, both of which are en suite
  • Two bathrooms
  • Suitable for children and baby (travel cot and high chair available on request)
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • Private south facing garden and terrace with outdoor furniture and sun loungers
  • Access to the historic gardens of Upton Cressett
  • Chef available by request for dinners – menus are seasonal
  • Maid service (additional charge – see Visitors’ Notes)
  • Welcome hamper, linen and toiletries
  • Parking for 2 cars

Features

  • A lateral conversion of a former barn with charming features and elegantly furnished throughout, designed with your comfort and relaxation in mind, beautifully done with great attention to detail.
  • A spacious and comfortable cottage with airy high-ceilinged living spaces with exposed timbers and wooden floors.
  • Situated in a haven of peace and rural beauty with a private terrace, perfect for outdoor dining, as well as access to the gardens of Upton Cressett Hall.
  • An additional dining table can be added to seat up to 14 for larger groups taking our other two properties at Upton Cressett.
  • This charming cottage for one or two couples or a family makes an ideal base for a memorable holiday at any time of year, with a minimum stay of two nights.
  • There are a number of traditional country pubs with great food, open fires and real ale just a short drive away including The Halfway House Inn near Eardington, just 10 minutes’ drive away.
  • A tranquil, peaceful location, yet just five miles from the historic town of Bridgnorth with its many individual shops, traditional pubs and excellent restaurants
  • The perfect base for exploring Shropshire at any time of the year, with excellent walking and the popular destinations of medieval Much Wenlock and Shrewsbury, Church Stretton and Shropshire’s gastronomic capital Ludlow, all within easy reach.
  • Nearby historic attractions include Acton Scott, the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre at Craven Arms and the interactive museums of Ironbridge.

Property layout

  • Ground Floor Accommodation
    The front door opens onto an enormous open plan living space with timber beamed high ceiling and wide plank oak floors comprising:
    Sitting area with a Clear View wood burning stove, two 3.5 seater country checked designer sofas and a beautiful contemporary glass writing desk looking out over the old medieval moat with the ancient woodland beyond.
    A bespoke fitted kitchen area with French windows to a south-facing private garden terrace with outdoor furniture and a barbecue
    Dining area with and a large table that can sit eight comfortably. An additional table can be added to sit up to 14 for larger groups taking the other two properties as well.
    Two double bedrooms, each with a 5′ king size bed, wall mounted TV and en suite bathroom with a Burlington bath and hand held shower.

Equipment

  • Oil central heating, Clear View wood burner in the sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/ dryer
  • Sky Television (full package), DVD player, CD player, iPod dock. Digital TV in both bedrooms
  • WiFi internet access*
  • Travel cot and highchair available upon request
  • Garden furniture

Jump off the treadmill for a while at The Moat House. Recently crafted from a lateral barn on the Upton Cressett Hall Estate, this beautiful structure now offers the luxury of a modern home combined with many original period features, including high oak beams and vaulted ceilings.

The lovingly restored two double bedroom property overlooks the medieval moat and creates a country base for exploring the stunning Shropshire countryside.

Featuring an artisan crafted studded oak front door, guests enter into a large open plan lounge, kitchen, diner with wide oak floors. Offering bags of space for four people to dine and relax together, this warm and elegant area could grace the pages of Country Life. Right down to the country checked designer sofas, huge Clear View wood burning stove and beautiful contemporary glass writing desk which looks out over the old medieval moat with the ancient woodland beyond.

At the other end of the living room is a bespoke fitted kitchen with all the mod-cons you could want. The large dining room table can sit eight comfortably with linen covered chairs.

Two equally delightful en suite king size bedrooms await with all the trimmings. With pocket-sprung mattresses perfect for relaxing lie ins, White Company toiletries and Burlington baths, you’ll go off to sleep in style.

Outside, relax in the south-facing private garden and terrace which provides complete privacy. A place for you to unwind in this peaceful setting, enjoy al fresco dining and watch the sun go down on the sun loungers.

The Upton Cressett Hall Estate is a previous winner of the Hudson’s Heritage Award for ‘Best Hidden Gem’ as a heritage holiday destination in the UK. Our two other holiday properties in the grounds are The Gatehouse (sleeps 4) and The Coach House (sleeps 4). Bigger group? Rent all three properties for up to 12 guests and make merry with more. Please see the individual listings for more details.

A maid service can be provided and the house chef is on hand to prepare fresh local fare in either the Moat House or the Great Dining Room of the Hall (minimum ten guests, maximum 24).

The Moat House is 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 remains a haven of peace and rural beauty today and guests have access to the historic gardens and grounds of Upton Cressett. Next to Upton Cressett Hall is the historic Norman church of St Michael’s with its 12th century wall paintings. The Moat House sits 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.

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.

Or get your fill of fresh country air on the Shropshire Way, the county’s flagship walking and equestrian trail, only half a mile away.

LOCAL INFORMATION

Upton Cressett is a secluded hamlet deep in the Shropshire countryside. The Gatehouse was built as an entrance to the moated manor of Upton Cressett Hall. Guests at The Moat House have access to the historic gardens and guided tours of the Hall and Gardens take place at weekends throughout the summer. The new gardens at Upton Cressett have been designed and planted by Lindsay Bousefield and the celebrated Shropshire gardener and writer Dr Katherine Swift. The gardens include Lady Laura’s Rose Garden, The Elizabethan Garden, The Topiary Garden, the Moat Walk (with rare fowl) and the Church Walk. Next to the Hall is the historic Norman church of St Michael’s with its 12th century wall paintings.

LOCAL FOOD AND DRINK

The Acton Arms, Morville (2.4 miles, 6 minutes’ drive) is the nearest pub.
The Halfway House Inn near Eardington (4.5 miles, 10 minutes’ drive).
The Gaskell Arms Hotel & Restaurant, Much Wenlock (7.6 miles, 13 minutes’ drive).
The Raven, Hotel & Restaurant, Much Wenlock (7.7 miles, 14 minutes’ drive).
The Talbot Inn, Much Wenlock (7.8 miles, 15 minutes’ drive).
The Hundred House Hotel in Norton (10.3 miles, 19 minutes’ drive) is a character inn and restaurant and holder of many prestigious food awards.

TOWNS & VILLAGES

BRIDGNORTH (4.6 miles). The High and Low towns are connected by England’s oldest (and steepest) inland Funicular railway. The remains of Bridgnorth Castle, the fine views, the Saturday Market, antique shops and inns of Bridgnorth have been enchanting visitors for centuries. Bridgnorth town trail will take you round many of the fine buildings that grace the town. Nearby an iron footbridge takes you to the Severn Valley Railway Station which operates mainly steam-hauled passenger trains between Bridgnorth, Bewdley and Kidderminster, a journey of about 16 miles, along the beautiful Severn Valley.

MUCH WENLOCK (7.8 miles) is a small, pretty market town (Market day is Saturday). Recently voted the second most beautiful town in England, attractions include the ruins and grounds of Wenlock Priory (English Heritage), one of the largest and most important in the 15th century. Go antique shopping, visit the museum, browse for second hand books (Wenlock Books won the coveted Independent Bookseller of the Year award in 2006) and shop at the famous Beaman butchers that recently was awarded Best Butcher in Britain and the award wining Tanners wine merchants.

BROSELEY (8 miles) sits on the lip of the wooded Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. The Jackfield Tile Museum and the Broseley Pipeworks, two of the ten award winning Ironbridge Gorge Museums, tell the story of Broseley’s tile and pipe making past.

IRONBRIDGE (10 miles). The Ironbridge Gorge Museums are a series of ten amazing museums located in the spectacular and beautiful Ironbridge gorge that offers a great day out for people of all ages.

TELFORD (17 miles).

CHURCH STRETTON (20 miles). A thriving antiques centre with over 60 stalls open every day, independent shops, cosy cafes and the nearby Acton Scott Historic Working Farm.

LUDLOW (20 miles). Attractions include Ludlow Castle and hosts several annual festivals (please see the events section at the end of this page).

CRAVEN ARMS (20.5 miles). Visit the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Stokesay Castle (English Heritage), explore Onny Meadows and the Land of Lost Content (The National Museum of Popular British Culture).

SHREWSBURY (22 miles). Attractions include Shrewsbury Castle and Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

CASTLES & HILL FORTS

Acton Burnell Castle, English Heritage (15 miles).

Caer Caradoc hill fort (21 miles).

Ludlow Castle (21 miles).

Stokesay Castle, English Heritage, near Craven Arms (21.2 miles).

Powis Castle and Garden, National Trust, Welshpool (28 miles).

Old Oswestry hill fort, English Heritage, Oswestry (39 miles).

Chirk Castle, National Trust, Chirk, Wrexham (45 miles).

ACTIVITIES

WALKS/COUNTRY PARKS

The Moat House has information and maps of local walks. There is a framed large scale Ordinance Survey map of the surrounding countryside at The Moat House which details all local public footpaths as well as the way to the Shropshire Way, the county’s flagship walking and equestrian trail (just half a mile away) and The Cressett Circle walks.

The Jack Mytton Way, a long distance footpath and bridleway for horseriders, hillwalkers and mountain bikers, is half a mile away.

Explore the historic market town of Much Wenlock (7.8 miles), then stride along Wenlock Edge.

The Wenlock Walks are five short circular walks which start at the clock tower in Much Wenlock square, opposite the Guildhall and the museum (7.8 miles). None of them is more than 5km, and each one can be walked in two hours or less.

Severn Valley Country Park near Alveley (12.5 miles).

Rectory Wood and field (20 miles).

Carding Mill Valley and the Shropshire Hills (20 miles). The Long Mynd Walk is a 5 mile walk.

Wyre Forest, Callow Hill, Kidderminster (20.3 miles). Attractions include Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior.

Onny Meadows near Craven Arms, is behind the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre (20.6 miles).

Stiperstones Nature Reserve (30 miles).

Hawkstone Park Follies historic woodland fantasy, Weston-under-Redcastle (31 miles).

GOLF

Bridgnorth Golf Course, Bridgnorth (5 miles).
The Astbury Golf Course, Astbury Hall, Chelmarsh, Bridgnorth – ranked in top 3 courses in the UK, one of England’s finest championship golf courses (6.4 miles).
Worfield Golf Club, Roughton, Near Bridgnorth (8.4 miles).
Chesterton Valley Golf Club, Bridgnorth (10 miles).

HOUSES & GARDENS

Morville Hall, The National Trust, Morville, near Bridgnorth (3 miles).

The Dower House Garden, Morville, near Bridgnorth, occupies a 1.5 acre site in a beautiful setting within the grounds of Morville Hall (3 miles).

Dudmaston Estate, The National Trust, Quatt, near Bridgnorth (8.5 miles).

Benthall Hall, The National Trust, Broseley (10.5 miles).

David Austin Roses in Albrighton (15 miles).

Attingham Park, The National Trust, Atcham, Shrewsbury (17.5 miles).

Weston Park House, Gardens and Park, Weston-under-Lizard (21 miles).

Boscobel House & The Royal Oak, English Heritage, Brewood (22 miles).

Berrington Hall, The National Trust, near Leominster (27 miles).

MUSEUMS

Ironbridge Gorge Museums (approximately 10 miles), are a series of ten amazing museums located in the spectacular and beautiful Ironbridge gorge.
As you get closer to the Museums follow the specific signs:
For Blists Hill Victorian Town, Coalport China Museum and Tar Tunnel, follow Blists Hill Museums.
For Jackfield Tile Museum, Broseley Pipeworks, Museum of The Gorge and The Iron Bridge & Tollhouse, follow Ironbridge Museums.
For Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Enginuity and Darby Houses, follow Coalbrookdale Museums.

RAF Museum Cosford, Shifnal (18 miles).

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, Wenlock Lodge, Church Stretton (20.5 miles). Acton Scott has a superb array of events throughout the year – please check their web site before you visit.

The Land of Lost Content (The National Museum of Popular British Culture), Craven Arms (20.3 miles).

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms (20.5 miles).

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Bridgnorth Cliff Railway, Bridgnorth (4.6 miles).

The Severn Valley Railway, Bridgnorth (4.6 miles) operates mainly steam-hauled passenger trains between Bridgnorth, Bewdley and Kidderminster, a journey of about 16 miles, along the beautiful Severn Valley.

Daniels Mill, near Bridgnorth (5.7 miles).

Wenlock Priory (English Heritage), Much Wenlock (7.8 miles).

Buildwas Abbey (English Heritage), near Ironbridge (11.1 miles).

Wroxeter Roman City (English Heritage), Wroxeter, near Shrewsbury (15.5 miles). Visit the nearby Wroxeter Vineyard.

Heart of Wales Railway Line which runs from Craven Arms (20.5 miles) to Llanelli in South Wales.

Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom, Preston on the Weald Moors (23 miles).

EVENTS

FEBRUARY

Half Term Fun at Stokesay Castle, English Heritage, near Craven Arms (21 miles).

APRIL

Cadbury Egg Hunts, Attingham Park, The National Trust, Atcham, Shrewsbury (17.5 miles).
Easter Eggs-travaganza, Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms (20.5 miles). 11am-3pm.
Easter Weekend, Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge (10 miles).
Cadbury Egg Hunts, Carding Mill Valley (National Trust) (20 miles).
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Berrington Hall (National Trust), near Leominster (27 miles).
Spring loaded workshops, Enginuity (11 miles).
Ceramic crafts, Coalport China Museum (11 miles).
Cadbury Egg Hunts, Dudmaston Estate, The National Trust, Quatt, near Bridgnorth (8.5 miles).
Science with a Bang, Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms (20.5 miles). 1-2.30pm.
Easter themed tile decorating workshops, Jackfield Tile Museum (11 miles).
Easter Activities, Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge (10 miles).
Boots and bonnets trail, Berrington Hall (National Trust), near Leominster (27 miles).
Ludlow May Fair, Ludlow (20 miles).

MAY

Ludlow May Fair, Ludlow (20 miles).
Shrewsbury Children’s Bookfest, Shrewsbury (22 miles).
Meccanuity, Enginuity (11 miles).
Designer’s apprentice trail, Berrington Hall (National Trust), near Leominster (27 miles).
Celebrate May Day, Dudmaston Estate, The National Trust, Quatt, near Bridgnorth (8.5 miles).
Ludlow Food Spring Festival, Ludlow (20 miles).
Classic Vehicle Day at Eaton Manor, Eaton Manor Country Estate, Church Stretton (17.6 miles).
Queen Victoria’s Birthday, Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge (10 miles).

JUNE

Queen Victoria’s Birthday, Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge (10 miles).
Shropshire Hills Art Week
RAF Cosford Air Show, Cosford (18 miles).
Ludlow Fringe Festival, Ludlow (20 miles).
Church Stretton Walking Festival, Church Stretton (2 miles).
Bridgnorth Town Carnival, Bridgnorth (4.6 miles)
Shrewsbury Food Festival, Quarry Park, Shrewsbury (21.8 miles).
Vintage and Steam Show, Aston on Clun, Craven Arms (23 miles).

JULY

Ludlow Fringe Festival, Ludlow (20 miles).
Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival, Church Stretton (20 miles).
Festival at the Edge, Stokes Barn, Much Wenlock (8 miles).
The Rally in the Valley, Bridgnorth (4.6 miles).
Hands on History, Stokesay Castle, English Heritage, near Craven Arms (21 miles).
Children’s Summer Holiday Activity Days, Dudmaston Estate, The National Trust, Quatt, near Bridgnorth (8.5 miles).
Church Stretton Arts Festival, Church Stretton (20 miles).

AUGUST

Church Stretton Arts Festival, Church Stretton (20 miles).
Hands on History, Stokesay Castle, English Heritage, near Craven Arms (21 miles).
Children’s Summer Holiday Activity Days, Dudmaston Estate, The National Trust, Quatt, near Bridgnorth (8.5 miles). Selected dates.
Burwarton Show, Burwarton Agricultural Society, The Show Office, Bridgnorth (10 miles).
Boating on the lake, Berrington Hall (National Trust), near Leominster (27 miles). Selected dates.
Shrewsbury Flower Show, Quarry Lodge, Shrewsbury (22 miles).
Bridgnorth Music & Arts Festival, Bridgnorth (4.6 miles).
Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Shrewsbury (22 miles).
Ludlow Green Festival, Ludlow (20 miles).

SEPTEMBER

Boating on the lake, Berrington Hall (National Trust), near Leominster (27 miles).
Ludlow Food Festival, Ludlow (20 miles).
Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival, Ironbridge (10 miles).

OCTOBER

Ghostly graveyard trail, Berrington Hall (National Trust), near Leominster (27 miles).
Spooky Tales & Crafts, Stokesay Castle, English Heritage, near Craven Arms (21 miles).

NOVEMBER

Ghostly graveyard trail, Berrington Hall (National Trust), near Leominster (27 miles).
Ironbridge Christmas Lights Switch on & Fireworks, Ironbridge (10 miles).
Christmas at Attingham, Attingham Park (The National Trust) (17.5 miles).
Christmas Lighting Up Night, Bridgnorth (4.6 miles).
Christmas with the Georgians, Berrington Hall (National Trust), near Leominster (27 miles).
Christmas Craft Fair, Dudmaston Estate, The National Trust, Quatt, near Bridgnorth (8.5 miles).
Festive Frost Fair, Church Stretton (20 miles).
Ironbridge Gorgeous Contemporary Christmas Craft Fair, Enginuity near Ironbridge (11 miles).
Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre, Ludlow Castle grounds (20 miles).
Church Stretton Christmas Lights Switch-on celebrations; 2-5pm Santa’s grotto, 3-6pm Festive Music, song & dance in Town Square, entertainers and mulled wine; 4pm Christingle Service; 5pm Christmas Lights ‘Switch on’. (20 miles).
Pantomime at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury (22 miles).

DECEMBER

Christmas at Attingham, Attingham Park (The National Trust) (17.5 miles).
Pantomime at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury (22 miles).
Santa Safari at Hawkstone Park Follies (31 miles).
Christmas with the Georgians, Berrington Hall (National Trust), near Leominster (27 miles).
Much Wenlock Christmas Fair, Much Wenlock (7.8 miles).
Weston Park Christmas Food and Craft Fayre, Weston Park Mansion, Weston-under-Lizard (21 miles). With over 80 indoor and outdoor stalls. Take a ride on the Miniature Railway, tuck into a delicious hog roast or enjoy lunch in the Granary Grill.
Santa Steam Specials, Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster (18 miles). Selected dates.
Victorian Christmas, Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge (10 miles).
Pantomime at Oakengates Theatre @The Place in Telford
Victorian Christmas, Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge (10 miles).
Shrewsbury Winter Festival, The Quarry, Shrewsbury (12.5 miles). 160 exhibitors featuring artisan local foods, drink and handmade crafts. Carol singing, elf workshops, a winter ale trail, artisan producers, festive food, Big Top circus fun, festive films, brass bands and more. (22 miles).
Christmas Street Market, Bridgnorth (4.6 miles).

Things you need to know about The Moat House if you’re thinking of booking a holiday there:

  • Smoking is not allowed inside any of our properties
  • Sorry, no pets are allowed at this property
  • Access is via a winding and, in places, steep lane which leads to the Hall
  • Minimum stay 2 nights all year, except Christmas and New Year which is 4 nights
  • All guests are provided with a welcome hamper which includes: a box of eggs, pint of milk, butter, marmalade, loaf of bread and fresh fruit. Instant coffee and tea are provided free of charge.
  • A gourmand breakfast hamper of local produce can be provided on arrival: home made Victoria sponge, two pints of milk, fresh orange juice, freshly baked bread, butter, marmalade, free range eggs, smoked bacon and sausages from the local butcher, natural yogurt, fresh fruit, luxury granola, fresh orange juice, ground coffee and Shrewsbury biscuits – £50
  • The house chef can cater for private dinners in either the Moat House or the Great Dining Room of the Hall. Minimum 10 guests. Please telephone for details
  • Please note all meals have to be paid for and booked no less than one week in advance of arrival to allow time to shop, cook and prepare
  • If you require a maid service during your stay this can be arranged at a service charge of £25 per day (note this is not a change of linen). For guests staying more than 7 nights a complimentary maid service is done of the 8th day of your stay with a change of linen

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