The Gatehouse is a self-contained property that accommodates up to four guests in two separate suites and has its own private garden with fruit trees and a fountain.
There are two double bedrooms (Prince Rupert Suite and Thatcher Suite), two Turret Bathrooms, sitting room with a Tudor fireplace, kitchen, and a dining room with a Tudor fireplace that sits up to eight people. (For all images please go to accommodation gallery)
The Prince Rupert Suite
This historic and romantic bedroom suite is especially popular with honeymoon couples or those celebrating an anniversary. It is located up an atmospheric carved oak spiral staircase leading to the top floor where Prince Rupert hid from the Parliamentarian forces in 1646. The windows offer superb views of the unspoilt Shropshire countryside that stretches out across the old deer park. PG Wodehouse, who was brought up around Bridgnorth, called this Shropshire countryside ‘the Paradise of England’.
The beamed top floor banqueting chamber was originally used as a ‘prospect tower’ – with views stretching for miles – as well as serving as a viewing chamber for the ‘ladies of the house’ to watch the hunt in the deer park around the Hall.
The Prince Rupert suite is perfect for special romantic occasions as it boasts a stunning super-king 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 as well as a luxuriously appointed Lefroy Brooks shower in the en suite Turret Bathroom. The huge room also features an oak library section with two comfortable arm-chairs, a writing desk and an armchair reading area.
The suite also has Wi-Fi and Freeview TV.
The Thatcher Suite
This suite 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 as a guest of Sir Bill Cash MP.
The Thatcher Suite has a super-king canopy bed with ornate 16th century plasterwork, oak panelling and mullion windows overlooking the Elizabethan apple garden.
The room has a wet-room-style shower room in the turret with Lefroy Brooks fittings, marble tops and under floor heating.
Both bedroom suites are reached up an oak spiral staircase which is not suitable for small children or infirm adults.
The dining room is styled like a hunting lodge and can seat up to 10 guests. It has an open fire.
Our housekeeper can cook and serve three course dinners (@£35 per head) in the Gatehouse dinning room with the log fire lit by request. Menus are seasonal. Menu Summer 2017 . This dinner service is offered so long as advance notice is given. Alternatively if you are arriving late or spending the day out and would like any home cooked meals prepared and waiting in the fridge with prepared veg and a pudding this can also be arranged by our housekeeper (@£60 for 4 guests). Home-Cooked-Meals Summer 2017 Please email and book in advance firstname.lastname@example.org
The fully equipped kitchen has an electric cooker, oven, microwave, American fridge/freezer. There are glasses, cutlery and crockery for up to eight guests. Basic ingredients such as sugar and black pepper are provided but it is advised that guests stop off on route to do their own shopping.
The nearest butcher and food market is in Bridgnorth, which also has a good Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer. For our local shopping recommendations.
There is a private enclosed garden with a fountain. During Summer months there is a table and four chairs for dining, two deck chairs and a BBQ by request. Guests have access to the historic gardens of Upton Cressett.
Services offered by pre arrangement –
Maid service/extra cleaning £20/day. We offer a linen change on the 8th day of your stay if you have booked over a week.
The Gatehouse has a selection of leaflets promoting local visitor attractions as well as information and maps of local walks.
A cot and high chair can be provided on request.
There is gas central heating in all rooms of the Gatehouse, along with under-floor heating in the bathrooms. There are working log fires in the sitting room and dining room. We provide kindling wood and some logs on arrival. For the remainder of your stay, guests need to ask the housekeeper and buy additional kindling and logs if required. (£3.50/bag or barrow)
An off-site laundry service is available by arrangement, please contact the housekeeper for further information.
Guests can unload their cars in the bay outside The Gatehouse steps but we ask that during their stay all cars are parked in the Hall car-park. Please note that we only allow for two cars per holiday let. If you wish to exceed this allowance this must be done by special arrangement. We do not allow guests to bring camper vans, large transit vans, horse boxes or heavy goods vehicles. We do not allow charging of electric vehicles as we do not have outside charging points.
Rates for Accommodation
We do offer discounted rates for longer stays. For all prices please look at our Bookings and Availability page or please email email@example.com for details.
For all booking enquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org via email or telephone – 01746 714616.