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Cake on the patio
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West door
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Sitting room
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Queen size bed
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Winter walk
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Manor Holding


Bewdley, Shropshire,


  One-off feature  
  Secluded and romantic, this 17th century Grade II half-timbered Jacobean farmhouse lies down a rough forest track, half a mile from the nearest country lane. Bursting with character and old world charm and surrounded by lush forest and wildflower meadows, this is an idyllic countryside retreat.  
  Property Info  
  Accommodation Type: House / Villa  
  Property Setting: Village / Rural  
  Holiday Type: Relaxing / Family / Sports & activity / Culture  
  Bedrooms: 2  
  Guests: 4  
  Catering: self-catering  
  General Info  
  Full of sunlight and thoughtfully restored, this is a cottage with natural warmth. The crooked timber frame, leaning walls and low ceilings are appealingly eccentric, the use of materials like earth daub, lime plaster and green oak retain the cottage’s original character, and features like the inglenook and old stone bread oven speak volumes about the house’s history. At the same time there are some lovely contemporary touches, from the white walls and terracotta/oak floors to the invisible under floor heating. The location of the house couldn’t be more tranquil and picturesque – the cottage stands in 5 acres of meadows and orchard, where flowers are abundant and fallow deer come to graze. Beyond the grounds, stunning countryside stretches for miles, rich in historic settlements and criss-crossed with walking and cycling trails. Manor Holding is the perfect base from which to enjoy the delights of the English countryside.  
  Details on the area surrounding the property/accommodation  
  The ancient oak forest in which the cottage sits stands on the west bank of the Severn, south of the Ironbridge Gorge. Wyre Forest connects right to the door of the cottage and much of the surrounding countryside has been classified as an Area of Outstanding Beauty, laced with horse riding and rambling trails so you can explore the old-fashioned way. Four miles away, along a network of cycle paths and through a national nature reserve, is the Georgian town of Bewdley and in the opposite direction are charming Cleobury Mortimer and, further afield, the medieval border town of Ludlow, with its Michelin starred restaurants and mouth-watering food shops. This area is home to an abundance of fascinating attractions, whether you want to explore Stokesay Castle, ramble the Shropshire Hills, take a ride on a steam train or take the children to West Midlands Safari Park.  
  Getting there & away/local amenities  
  Getting There: Steam trains from Bewdley connect to Birmingham and London via Kidderminster. The nearest airport is Wolverhampton (10 miles away) and several good bus routes service the area. Alternatively, if you're coming by car, the cottage is accessible via the M5.  
  Nearest airports: Wolverhampton 10 miles  
  Nearest train station: Bewdley 5 miles  
  Nearest ferry terminal: Stourport 7 miles  
  Car Hire: Optional  
  Nearest restaurant: Several good pubs nearby  
  Nearest shop: Far Forest 2.5 miles  
  More info Enquiry info
  Name Nigel & Penny Dobson-Smyth
  Contact Phone No. 07970 260 010
  Accommodation details
  Activities Nearby Canoeing / Climbing / Cycling / Fishing / Golf within 30km / Horse Riding / Walking  
  Interior Facilities Cot / Highchair / DVD player / Internet Access / Linen provided / Television / Washing Machine  
  Interior Details The cottage has two bedrooms, one double and one twin, and there is also a separate bathroom, a TV room, a large combined kitchen/dining/living room and a scullery for washing and food preparation. The under floor heating keeps it cosy, and the characterful original features make it homely and inviting throughout. Facilities include a gas cooker and microwave, a washing machine and tumble dryer and a TV and DVD player. You will also find a selection of books, videos and children’s games.  
  Exterior Facilities Garden / Parking  
  Exterior Details The cottage is surrounded by a sheltered south-facing garden, which is fully enclosed and private and contains patio furniture and a BBQ. Around this there are 5 acres of wildflower meadows and ancient orchards. The cottage is ½ a mile from the nearest road but it is extremely well served by hundreds of miles of interlinked long and short distance footpaths, cycle tracks and bridleways. Lots of parking is available in the yard and there is a secure shed for bicycles.  
  Further Details A cot is available on request. Bed linen and towels are provided. Electricity is included. No smoking please.  
  Conditions of
Booking fee £75 per week or part week. Balance must be paid in full 6 clear weeks in advance of arrival. We ask that guests arrive on the first day after 5pm and depart on the last day by 10.30am. Changeover day for weekly bookings is Sunday and short breaks are available by arrangement. Broadband is included free, but landline telephone is £20 per week extra. Pets are £20 per pet per week extra. Bike hire can be arranged at £20 per bike per day delivered to the cottage.  
  Other Information Child Friendly / Pet Friendly / Short breaks available  
  What visitors have said about Manor Holding
This has got to be the most fabulous, stunning part of England we have ever stayed. To travel to the cottage through glorious colours through the forest then to be greeted by the most beautiful, welcoming cottage & surroundings, we can’t thank you enough!! We have had fantastic walks along the Geoparkway and views breathtaking. Visited Bewdley, Ludlow, Bridgnorth & people are just lovely. Can’t thank you enough – best break ever, loved our stay.
Rosie, Anthony & Rachel 

Thank you for a wonderful relaxing & peaceful stay in your cottage. The week has been magical.
Jill & Steve 

Thank you for a lovely stay in your lovely cottage! Amazing! Our boys, Ben & Sam loved walking the woods so close to the cottage! We travelled out about 25 miles in all the directions each day to see the beautiful country’side, the buildings and countryside are breath-taking! It was a pleasure to have a cottage that is so dog friendly. I will recommend it to friends back home! Many thanks, take care.
Eve & Paul 

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