Manor Holding Byre - Character

Manor Holding Byre is an elegantly proportioned small barn, built of hand made brick of an almost glowing, naturally mottled warm orange colour, well over a century ago on the foundations of a previous stone building.  It forms an integral part of this Grade II Listed group of farm buildings and is fully protected under that designation.

 

Hand Made Brick

Its historic charm is enhanced by traditional brick detailing to the walls, external stone stair, exposed King Post style oak roof beams, and brick paved floor.  Seemingly randomly positioned windows punctuate the west gable, flooding the interior with light each evening.

All Weather Drying
Cosy Underfloor Heating

 

Inside the Byre is bright and airy due to the numerous hand crafted oak framed windows and Velux skylights, the full height ceilings and white painted walls.  Leather bound and more recent books fill large alcoves overhead, reaching up among the massive oak beams and rafters of the roof.  Lower down wrought iron wall bracket lamps, and iron candelabra create a more intimate ambience at night.

Super insulated floor, walls, and roof together with high performance double glazed windows throughout; and invisible underfloor central heating ensure the Byre is always warm and welcoming in winter, but cool and comfortable at the height of summer.  A south facing roof covered with self cleaning photovoltaic panels minimises its impact on the global climate.

Robust furniture and herringbone pattern brick flooring maintain the byre's practical character and make cleaning, even after muddy boots and dogs, straightforward.

Rocking Chair Relaxation Well Equipped Kitchen
Figs in Season on South Wall Organised Shelves
Wash Hand Basin Hot Powerful Shower

East Gable

Twin Bedroom
Sound Night's Sleep Reflected Oak Beams
Beam Scape Simple Pleasures

Basking Bench Bedroom Steps
   

The main entrance faces south onto the compact farm yard carpark, but it has more windows facing out over the upper orchard behind, with glimpses across the valley, to the old parish boundary and fields beyond.

The Byre's twin bedroom is on a mezzanine floor overlooking the main living area and accessed separately up an external flight of stone steps.  Mobile phone reception is usually available from the landing at the top of this stair, which overlooks the ancient ridgeway long distance footpath, now known as the "Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark Way" and linking Roman Gloucester with Mercian Bridgnorth.

A single leather sofa bed in the living room is provided for wheelchair users, with level access to all facilities.

 

5 Acre Grounds Cherry Orchard
Skyfull of Apples Pick your own Fruit in Season

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.

Manor Holding Byre stands in 5 acres of wild flower grassland and ancient orchard, won from the forest before the Roman invasion, and rich in wildlife including occasional Fallow Deer.  It is covered by designations of archaeological interest, and is 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 Byre.

Manor Holding is situated in a scattered hamlet named after the royal forest of Wyre in whose centre it stands.  During the Iron Age this hamlet was a thriving small town, but now little more than scattered farms and traces of old earthworks  can be seen in the neighbouring fields and forest.

This ancient oak forest of Wyre stands astride the River Severn, south of the Ironbridge Gorge, now a World Heritage Site. The beautiful countryside around the forest, 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 cycling and horse riding trails as well as a comprehensive network of footpaths, abandoned "tushing ditches" (timber extraction routes), and other ancient hollow ways, connecting right to the door of the cottage.

Geopark Way Bluebells

Guest Comment

Great tree house – my nephew got to level three. So many walks – didn’t do nearly enough. So many pubs – only got as far as Button Oak Inn – well cooked generous servings, Bands and Stowford Cider

Liz and Ken; Arnie and Harry,

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