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Manor Holding Cottage and Byre
Manor Holding is a Grade II, half timbered, Jacobean cottage farmhouse in the scattered hamlet of Kingswood, so named after the royal forest of Wyre in whose centre it stands. Traces of a prehistoric moated settlement can be seen in a nearby field and of a lost medieval town in the surrounding forest.
Rustic seclusion is the characteristic that strikes most people first about the cottage, as it is located 100m off a rough forest track (max recommended speed 10mph), half a kilometre from the nearest country lane. Once here visitors immediately notice the old world charm of the crooked timber frame, leaning walls and low ceilings.
The cottage is naturally warm and full of sunlight, this being enhanced by white painted walls, pale terracotta ground floor and invisible under-floor heating. It is south facing with an enclosed and sheltered front garden of remarkable fertility.
The cottage has two bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor, and 3 rooms plus hall, downstairs. It has been restored using appropriate materials such as earth daub, lime plaster and green oak, to regain much of it’s original character, and has an inglenook and old stone bread oven (not in current use).
The farm yard, terminus of the drive, is on the north side of the cottage. It is surrounded by a ruined stone and brick pig sty, a small converted barn (The Byre), a high hedge bank, a stone outhouse undergoing renovation and a stone scullery leading off the east gable of the cottage.
The 3 star Cottage and 2 star Byre can be rented either together or separately. Each is priced separately.
The Byre has a twin bedroom accessed by external stair, and a sofabed in the living room. It has a well equipped galley style kitchen and wheelchair accessible wetroom shower/toilet.
Manor Holding stands in 5 acres of coarse pasture and orchard reclaimed from the Wyre Forest during medieval times; and rich in wild flora and fauna including occasional visits by herds of fallow deer.
The Wyre Forest is an ancient mixed species woodland standing on the west bank of the scenic River Severn, south of Ironbridge Gorge. The beautiful countryside around it, much of it classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is rich in historic settlements and other places of interest.
The forest is laced with long and short distance rambling, cycling and horse riding trails; connecting right to the door of the cottage. Including the 109ml Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark Way (which passes next to the cottage), Sustrans’ 230ml (370km) National Cycle Route 45 (Mercian Way), and the 203ml (327km) Sabrina Bridleway
It contains a National Nature Reserve and extensive Site of Special Scientific Interest, including the two ancient orchards beside the cottage.
The nearest town is the Georgian port of Bewdley, some 4-5 miles east across the forest. The Severn Valley steam trains run from here to Saxon Bridgnorth and the mainline at Kidderminster, past the West Midlands Safari Park.
5 Miles west are the excellent taverns of charming Cleobury Mortimer, overlooked by the dramatic Titterdown Clee hill within the “South Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” (AONB), an outlier of the Welsh mountains.
Half an hour to the West, time stands still in the medieval border town of Ludlow, Britain’s first “Slow City”; with its delightful narrow streets and market square at the castle gate. This town boasts Michelin starred restaurants and some of the best food shops in the region.
A similar distance north is the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, nestling in a wooded gorge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and now filled with a fascinating mixture of museums.
Plan of Manor Holding Cottage
Accommodation: 1 Double bedroom and 1 twin bedroom. Cot available on request. Bedding, linen and towels provided as standard.
Domestic facilities: Electricity, underfloor central heating, 4 burner gas hob, two fan assisted ovens, microwave, double sink, washing machine, tumble dryer and washing line, large fridge/freezer, 1 toilet, 1 bath with hand shower, generous parking in yard. Secure shed for cycles (key on request). TV, DVD, CD and Tape players, plus children’s games.
Local attractions: Wyre Forest, including “GoApe”, fishing ponds; forestry visitor centre; riding stables; cruises or rowing on River Severn; Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including the Clee hills (540m); Severn Valley (steam) Railway; West Midlands Safari Park; historic towns of Bewdley, Bridgnorth, Ironbridge (World Heritage Site) and Ludlow (“Slow City”); Stourport marina; Forest Glades Leisure Centre, Kidderminster; Rays Farm Wildlife Centre; Witley Court; Stokesay Castle; a network of foot, cycle and bridleways linking directly to the cottage; and connecting via the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark Way, to several other long distance foot paths, including the Severn Valley Way, the Worcestershire Way, the Birmingham to Aberystwyth Walk; two long distance bridleways, Sabrina Way and Jack Mytton Way; and Sustrans’ Mercian Way (National Cycle Route 45).
Local facilities: General store Far Forest 2.5ml.
Large supermarkets: Kidderminster or Stourport.
Good pubs: Lem Hill, Far Forest, Kinlet, Button Oak, Callow Hill, Pound Green, Stotteston, Cleobury Mortimer, Hopton Wafers, Bewdley.
Public Transport: Mainline rail station: Kidderminster; Severn Valley Steam Railway stations: Bewdley or Arley; Buses: No. 125 Stourbridge - Highley - Bridgnorth alighting at Button Bridge; or Nos. 2L and 2S Kidderminster - Cleobury - Ludlow alighting at Far Forest.
Manor Holding makes a delightful hideaway, ideal for walking, cycling, riding or fishing or just getting away from it all.
For more information or to rent the cottage please contact see our website www.wyreforestcottage.com or phone 07970 26 00 10.