Manor Holding

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Romantic, secluded Jacobean farmhouse and garden in tranquil oak forest (National Nature Reserve), laced with foot, cycle and bridle paths. Enchanting countryside near AONB, sprinkled with historic market towns inc. World Heritage Site and "Slow City"
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Description

Sleeps 7

Bedrooms 4

Single Beds 4

Double Beds 1

Single Pullout 1

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.

 

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Features & Facilities

Step back in time to a pastoral era of tranquility and relaxation. Let the cares of the world fade away into a distant memory.  Enjoy solitary walks through golden autumnal woodland, suprise grazing wild deer in forest clearings, marvel at the brilliant colours of rare beetles. Savour the silence at night and the dark, star filled skies.

The cottage contains a broad selection of reading matter including literature and information, plus comprehensive guidance on places  to visit and activities available nearby. As well as a wide range of indoor and outdoor play equipment.  Cycle hire with doorstep delivery/collection can be arranged on request.

Radio, Tape and CD players, hair drier, hair tongs, and comprehensive cooking equipment and utensils for dinner parties and barbeques are supplied as standard, and a telephone landline is available by arrangement.

Separate private parking is provided for each unit, adjacent and easily visible from that unit.  Secure cycle parking is available on request.

Separate private enclosed gardens are provided for each unit.

2 Hectares (5.5acres) of wild flower meadows and ancient orchards within the grounds of Manor Holding.

Worcestershire's second most popular tourist destination (The Wyre Forest itself) is literally on your doorstep.  Direct access to miles and miles of networked off road hiking, cycling and bridle trails, link to quiet country lanes through outstanding countryside.

One of England's largest and most diverse wildlife resources, the Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve.

The Wyre Forest Site of Special Scientific Interest includes the orchards within the grounds and surrounding Manor Holding.

A good selection of fishing pools is available close by.

As are several shoots, and riding stables.

There is an excellent choice of golf courses around the edge of the forest.

The area abounds with good quality pubs and restaurants some within walking distance through the forest.


WiFi
Washing Machine
Pet Friendly
Microwave
TV
DVD
Enclosed Garden
Golf Nearby
Restaurant
Children Welcome
Disabled Friendly
Non-Smoking
Nearby Parking
Cot Space
Outdoor Seating
Bath
Electricity Inc.
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Location

The property address is:

Manor Holding
Manor Holding
Wyre Forest
Bridgnorth
Shropshire
United Kingdom
DY12 3XX

Manor Holding is located on the Shropshire-Worcestershire Border; in the middle of the Wyre Forest west of the Georgian, Severn River, port of Bewdley.

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Booking Terms & Rules

Please see our website, www.wyreforestcottage.com, for details of our terms and conditions.
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Contact Enquiries & Booking

Contact Details:

Name: Mr. Nigel Dobson-Smyth

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