Whether you are looking for a romantic Bed & Breakfast 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.
The Hall and Gatehouse has a long tradition of hospitality including hosting such historic figures as the eldest ‘Prince in the Tower’ in 1483, Prince Rupert of the Rhine in 1646 and prime ministers. After being restored by Sir William Cash MP and his wife Bridget in the early 1970s, the Hall is now the family home of writer William Cash and his wife Lady Laura Cash who has her millinery studio in the grounds.
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 book either suite and be pampered by our resident housekeeper/cook on a luxury Bed and Breakfast basis; or guests (or honeymoon couples) 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.