Manor Holding Cottage - Character

Tea Break in the Garden

Manor Holding Cottage is a Grade II Listed, half timbered, Jacobean cottage farmhouse built around 1680, using secondhand timbers from a nearby manor house.  The cottage's  old world charm is enhanced by crooked timber frame, leaning walls and low beams.

Log Fire

The cottage is naturally warm and full of sunlight, set off by white painted walls, pale terracotta and oak floor enhanced by invisible 24/7 under-floor central heating.  It is south facing with an enclosed, sheltered front garden and lawns, embracing an intimate, suntrap patio paved in antique bricks.

Enclosed Garden Cake on the Patio

The cottage has two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor, with 3 living rooms and 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, including inglenook with wood burning stove in the sitting room and old stone bread oven (still usable) in the kitchen.

Parking to North of Cottage West Door

The farm yard, terminus of the drive, is at the back, on the north side of the cottage.  It is surrounded by a ruined stone and brick pig sty, a small converted barn, a high hedge bank, a stone outhouse undergoing renovation and a matching stone scullery leading off the east gable of the cottage.

Once here visitors notice the old world charm of the crooked timber frame, leaning walls, low beams and ceilings; and the many small details such as wrought iron windows dating from 1720, the sculptural wrought door handles and heavy 3 plank, ledged oak doors studded with rose-head cut iron nails.

Oak Fire Doors Timber Frame Joint

Rustic seclusion is the characteristic that strikes most people first about Manor Holding, as it is located 100m off a rough forest track (max recommended speed 10mph), half a kilometre from the nearest country lane.

The cottage stands in 5 acres of wild flower grassland and ancient orchard, won from the forest before the industrial revolution and rich in wildlife including occasional Fallow Deer; and managed in accordance with a Higher Level Countryside Stewardship agreement in partnership with Natural England.  The forest is home to one of England’s largest Sites of Special Scientific Interest, which includes the two orchards beside the cottage.

Orchard Management in Progress Manor Holding Grounds

This ancient oak forest stands astride the River Severn, south of the Ironbridge Gorge, now a World Heritage Site. 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.   Manor Holding is situated in a scattered hamlet named after the royal forest of Wyre in whose centre it stands.  In medieval times this hamlet was a thriving small town, but now little more than traces of old earthworks can be seen in the neighbouring fields and forest.

The forest is laced with long and short distance cycling and horse riding trails as well as a comprehensive network of footpaths, connecting right to the door of the cottage. 

Broad Woodland Rides Bluebells by the Geopark Way

Guest Comment

Felt privileged to have stayed in such an interesting house in a fantastic location. Nice to see a copy of the Brunskill book on timber framing. Many thanks for a memorable stay.

Suzanne and Barry. ,


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