Whether you are looking for a romantic mini-break, a walking holiday in the Shropshire Hills of AE Housman or a heritage day out with a house tour and home-made cakes and tea, Upton Cressett Hall is a magical escape to a Grade 1 Elizabethan brick manor with a spectacular 15th century Great Hall.
The house, with its huge twisted 16th century chimneys, stands in 10 acres of moated topiary and rose gardens next to one of the finest turreted Gatehouses in the country. This includes working Tudor fireplaces, original oak spiral staircase, a banqueting room, ornamental plasterwork and two award winning accommodation suites on self-contained floors.
Our ancient hamlet is tucked away in unspoilt countryside near the charming and bustling historic market town of Bridgnorth where PG Wodehouse was brought up. The Jack Mytton Way – Shropshire’s flagship walking and equestrian trail – is just a short walk away as are country pubs. As a young boy, gaining inspiration for the Blandings novels, Wodehouse used to cycle along the parsley and buttercup filled lanes that lead to Upton Cressett from Bridgnorth. He described this Shropshire countryside as ‘the Paradise of England’.
Upton Cressett is a winner of ‘Best Hidden Gem’ in the UK as a holiday and tourist destination at the Hudson’s Heritage Awards. In England’s Thousand Best Houses, Simon Jenkins describes The Gatehouse as an ‘Elizabethan gem’. Two historic suites with spectacular beds and Lefroy Brooks bathrooms on separate floors are available for holiday or honeymoon accommodation: the Prince Rupert Suite and the Thatcher Suite. The Gatehouse was awarded ‘runner-up’ for Best Accommodation in the UK at the 2015 Hudson’s Heritage Awards.
Guests can take over the entire Gatehouse and its beautiful self-contained Jacobean fountain garden on a self-catering basis, which sleeps up to four. Our resident cook/housekeeper is available for cooking romantic candle lit dinners in the hunting lodge style dining room as well.
Further high quality accommodation is also available in our beamed 19th century Coach House which has two bedrooms, a spacious sitting room, its own patio garden and sleeps up to four guests or family members on one floor. Both properties can be booked together for special family or group occasions.
Upton Cressett Hall is a member of the Historic Houses Association, Shropshire Tourism, and Alistair Sawday’s Handpicked and Inspected Special Places To Stay.