Holiday Asccommodation in the Wyre Forest

History of Local Area

The Wyre Forest is situated at the toe of the foothills of the Welsh mountains, at the western extremity of the great north European plain, which stretches eastward across Russia to the Urals. The area is part of the Welsh Marches, so called after the powerful Marcher Lords who during medieval times protected the western flank of England against the marauding Welsh. It is an area of complex history and geology, separated from the fertile English lowlands by the broad swift flowing River Severn, the longest river in Britain, famous even then for it’s Salmon and Elver fisheries.

An early ford of the river at Bewdley gave rise to an established ridgeway track during neolithic times through Kinlet to the Clee Hills over-looking the Teme Valley at Ludlow, and close to this track several farms/settlements became established during the iron age and subsequently Roman times notably at the Roman fort of Wall Town, which still dictates the alignment  of the modern road (B4363) between Kinlet and Cleobury Mortimer.  And a smaller villa on top the ridge running south from Catsley Farm (“Cateschesleie” as recorded in Domesday)  to Kingswood; where traces of a substantial fortified Iron Age settlement of the “Promontory Fort” type remain overlooking the forest and Severn valley, eastward toward the high ground at Dudley Castle.  A shallow ford over Dowles Brook below Kingswood provided a link to the ridge continuing south to hill top settlements at Clows Top, Abberley and the Malvern Hills.

Following the Norman conquest of England, much of south Shropshire including the Wyre Forest was awarded to the Mortimer family, having previously been owned by Queen Edith, the power behind the thrones of both her husband King Edward the Confessor and brother King Harold Godwinson.  She was, after the King and Archbishop of Canturbury, the wealthiest person in England prior to the conquest.

Manor Holding’s northern boundary hedge previously separated the medieval parishes of Kinlet (Chinlete in Domesday), owned by Queen Edith and subsequently the Mortimers, and Kingswood, a detached portion of Stottesdon parish, which by 1096 was held from the King, by Henry I’s subsequent court favourite the Earl of Warwick, Nicholas de Segrave. It reverted to the King during the Plantagenet period, but was then effectively given by Henry VIII to his ‘Squire of the Body’, Sir John Blount of Kinlet, on the birth of Henry’s first (illegitimate) son to the beautiful Bessie Blount, Sir John’s second daughter.  Sir John being appointed “Keeper of Clebury Park”.  According to the near contemporary map of Shropshire by Christopher Saxton, (commissioned by Elizabeth I’s chief minister Robert Cecil in 1574) Clebery Park included the manors of Kingswood and Winswood.  It appears to have abutted the shorter lived Earnwood deer park adjacent to Button Oak, whose boundary hedgebanks had been broken in 1274 by Roger de Mortimer.

During the medieval period the wider Wyre Forest (at the time technically a “Chase” until it’s owner, Edward IV, acceded to the throne, when it became a “Forest” in the medieval sense of the word) became a centre for industries based on it’s coppiced woodland and shallow easily worked coal deposits, both used locally for iron smelting. A thriving industrial town grew up during this period at Earnswood in the centre of the forest, of which now only traces remain in the woods, fields and scattered small holdings of the area North East of and surrounding Manor Holding.

But the forest was maintained by royal decree, with the then local squire,  Sir George Blount, appointed by the Queen to manage not only Clebury Park, but the whole forest, being prosecuted by Queen Elizabeth I, for cutting too many trees.  The Queen then conferred the forest management to her favourite, Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, who not only used the forest to supply oak for the new navy but also capitalised on its natural resources to establish his iron blast furnace at Furnace Mill, just down the hill from Manor Holding which may have supplied coal from its two mines (shown as abandoned on the first editions of the Ordnance Survey).  Producing the high quality iron and steel that proved so effective in manufacturing the longer range cannon that sank the Spanish Armada. (The inferior Spanish cannon did not have sufficient range to reach the smaller and more agile English ships harrying them at a distance)  Dudley also slaughtered all the forest deer to stop them eating the young coppice shoots that he needed for charcoal and tannin production. (Charcoal helps steel weapons hold a sharper edge, while tannin is used to ‘tan’ leather)

George’s sister Bessie Blount was, as mentioned above, mother to Elizabeth’s eldest half brother Henry Fitzroy, who sadly died (possibly poisoned by his half sister Mary, whose nickname “Bloody Mary”, she bequeathed to the eponymous drink) before his father Henry VIII, to whom he had appeared to be a possible (though illegitimate) heir.  This death may have changed subsequent history quite radically.

At the culmination of the English Civil War, the Royal Palace at Bewdley was sacked and looted following the massacre of royalists in the nearby “Bloody Hole”, a narrow steep sided valley on the edge of Bewdley, at the culmination of the Battle of Worcester (a fast moving battle fought along the banks of the Severn between the towns of Worcester and Bewdley in 1651), an extended period of relative peace and stability ushered in a new prosperity and and religious tolerance in England.

However the strengthening of English national vigour and dynamism did not increase compassion for those opposed to England’s dominance.  A major plank in the burgeoning English economy was the recently established transatlantic slave trade.  This lucrative trade, which had financed the Parliamentarians against the impecunious King James I, also helped ensure that rebellions in both Ireland and Scotland were swiftly defeated.  Back in Kinlet Sir George had been succeeded by his eldest sister’s son and the family name changed to Lacon and then, following a second female succession, to Lacon-Childe.  The new family emblem became and still is, the Eagle and Serpent, after which the village pub is named.

Manor Holding is thought to have been built, using second hand timbers from the rebuilt manor house at Winwoods, in the 1680s. And later improved by the addition of glazed windows after 1720; possibly acquired second hand during the relocation of Kinlet village by the new squire as he expanded the parkland setting for his much enlarged Kinlet Hall.

This was part of a much wider regeneration of the economy and a vigorous  program of rebuilding after the ravages of the earlier 9 year Civil War; generating a cascade of second hand building materials that encouraged the incremental upgrading of many several smaller local manors and lesser dwellings, including The Birch, Hall of Hammonds, Winswood Farm, and towards the bottom of the pecking order, Manor Holding.

When soon afterwards (1704) Louis XIV, the “Sun King” of France, was defeated by John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, ;  a grateful nation built him a sumptuous palace, named Blenheim in honour of his victory, in a nod towards his defeated opponent’s opulent Palace of Versailles.

The repeated acquisition of new family alliances brought great wealth to the Kinlet estate. A splendid new tomb was built within Kinlet church for Sir George and his wife, and then another for his heirs. These still dominate the choir. In 1727 the modest Tudor Kinlet Hall was demolished and rebuilt in stone in the latest grand Palladian style, while Kinlet village was relocated to make room for a newly “landscaped” parkland.

The vast Kinlet Hall estate was broken up after the First World War by the widow of the previous owner to pay death duties, and was requisited for use by US Army 90th Infantry Division officers during the Second World War.  White soldiers from this regiment were quartered in barracks within the grounds of the hall, but black soldiers were quartered separately in barracks built on what was then Sturt Common, by the end of Kingswood Lane.  Little visible trace now remains of their camp, but much recycled material survives in surrounding properties. Sadly few of the soldiers outlived D-day, when they stormed the infamous Utah Beach.

After the war the hall was purchased by Moffats School.  This boarding school closed in 2018 and the Grade I Listed house is now used for weddings and other events.

Bewdley was established by the Mortimer family as a river port to service the forest industry at a point where river shallows prevented larger ships from proceeding further upstream.  The town reached its apogee on the addition of a royal palace, home of Prince Arthur Tudor, elder brother of Henry VIII and Arthur’s wife, Catherine of Aragon.  But became a backwater when supplanted by Stourport, just downstream, on the opening of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal linking the River Severn to the Black Country. Bewdley never regained its former glory despite the opening of the Severn Valley Railway a century later, but retained instead an historic character.

At the start of the industrial revolution industrial activity moved north and east, following the better quality coal in ever deeper and less accessible seams, until the towns needed to support the mines grew to the size of cities, and their markets embraced the world. Servicing  the expanding British Empire.

Initially built for the head steward of a neighbouring farm, Manor Holding remained a tied cottage with the same farm, until purchased and restored by the current owners towards the end of the 20th century, following it’s Grade II Listing by English Heritage.

Guest Comments

It was a pleasure to stay at the Byre this week, it was very peaceful and well equipped, so thank you. ... Once again thank you and I hope to return as soon as I am able.
- Steven + Mike
Thank you for a wonderful stay, as usual we love coming for family holidays in your cottage. Everything is so beautiful out here and, as our holiday family traditions include to cook good meals from local ingredients, your well equipped kitchen is always such a pleasure! Hopefully we'll see you again. Fond regards Family MacPherson.
- Family MacPherson
Too short a stay! Lovely, peaceful time. Fire is hot man! :)
- A + M
We've loved our stay here and will definately be back! Wish we were here for longer!
- Heather + James. London
We had such a nice time, your house is really enchanting, and in such a gorgeous location. we arrived home to pouring rain. We had much better weather with you, it had been raining all day here.- always such a bonus to cheat the weather. Thank you once again (By email)
- Clare, Jem and James + Nellie (Labrador)
Oh, it's sweet! How lovely! (Exclaimed on arrival)
- Clare Nicholls
The photos on the website do not do the cottage justice.
- Jon & Maureen
Thank you for an excellent weekend, super relaxing, great house, well equipped and a dog walker's paradise. PS We were lucky enough to spot deer on every walk!
- Jodie, Adrian, Dave and Henry (The Dogs!)
Our dog Trev has particularly appreciated the log fire and garden, although I think we've tired him out with all the walking.
- Kate & Nathan (+Trev the dog)
We have had a lovely 3 night stay at Manor holding Cottage. The tranquility and quaint charm of the place has captured our hearts and we would love to visit again.
- Kate & Nathan (+ Trev the dog)
Best shops were in Ludlow, Bridgnorth + Bewdley - and we even had lunch underwater" thanks to the amazing flood barrier in Bewdley.
- Simon, Abigail, Alice, Sophie + Rafiki (Lab) from Sutton Coldfield,
The walking in the Wyre Forest is great - especially for a walk-positive labrador :)
- Simon, Abigail, Alice, Sophie + Rafiki (Lab) from Sutton Coldfield,
Visited Ludlow, Bridgnorth, Bewdley, Stourport + took a return trip to Kidderminster on the Severn Valley Railway.
- Simon, Abigail, Alice, Sophie + Rafiki (Lab) from Sutton Coldfield,
On the way to the main road we counted about 13 pheasants most days... were they the same ones?
- Simon, Abigail, Alice, Sophie + Rafiki (Lab) from Sutton Coldfield,
We had a really cosy + quiet week in this fabulous cottage. Evenings by the wood-burning stove were really atmospheric.
- Simon, Abigail, Alice, Sophie + Rafiki (Lab)
Fantastic week. The kitchen had everything and more than you would need. We will visit again in the summer to see the garden and woods when the mud has gone. :-)
- Glynis and Pete with Jack (woof)
Fantastic week. The weather was terrible but the cottage kept us nice and warm. 2 Power cuts did not cause much trouble as we just read and talked. Nigel is very helpful and it was nice to know he was around to help if needed. Thank you so much.
- Glynis and Pete with Jack woof
We have spent a lovely weekend in your cottage. Very Peaceful and homely - exactly what we were after! Wish we had more time to enjoy it! Definetely will recomend.
- Isa + Tito + Maria + Jan
We have loved our stay here and will be back in January 2015. A beautiful cottage, so peaceful and homely. Loved the kitchen with everything I needed. Thank you for your hospitality and kindness.
- Tina & Karl
Thank you for a wonderful stay! You were SO accommodating to us. We enjoyed our stay in this pretty, peaceful place so much + we hope to be back one day!
- Jessica, Michaela (4), & Alyssa (1) (Canada)
Thank you for a wonderful stay! You were SO accommodating to us. We enjoyed our stay in this pretty, peaceful place so much + we hope to be back one day!
- Jessica, Michaela (4) & Alyssa (1) (Canada)
The definitioin of tranquility; even with two children under 4! Love the cottage, the area and everything about it. Would love to come back.
- Kia, Aian, Nathanael and Jacob from Hull
Two nights was enough to fall in love with this fabulous cottage. It was also enough to ensure we shall return to the tranquility, the wildlife and the beer from the local brewery.
- Phil and Karen
Fantastic, charismatic cottage. A beautifully loved home. So sad to leave. We both truly enjoyed the respite and quiet tranquility of the surrounding countryside. The pheasants, robins, blackbirds and other wildlife were a joy, and of course the sheep!
- Sarah and Simon
Beautiful cottage, an obvious labour of love. We had a great week despite the couple of days rain. Thank you for your hospitality.
- Helen & Richard
What a lovely cottage in a very peaceful spot - we'd love to return in better weather! The wood burner made us feel very cosy though. Apologies - we've broken one of the tall glasses.
- Angela, Ben, William & Samuel from Bristol
Wish we were staying longer! We have had a great stay. Cottage is so well equipped, comfy, homely and has so much character! We got a bit lost in the woods, as predicted, but was part of the fun of exploring them. Thank you.
- Sam & Ben from Liverpool
Wish we were staying longer! We have had a great stay. Cottage is so well equipped, comfy, homely, and has so much character.
- Sam & Ben, from Liverpool
This has been a truly unforgettable and memorable experience. the silence is deafening and makes you imagine that you are really a long way back in time. The cottage is a work of art. The skill and attention to detail is wonderful. Truly rural England lives on here in this peaceful little haven. Everything I hoped for in a relaxing break. The visiting kitten (feral) was a bonus. Many thanks.
- Lilian + Ted from York
The cottage is a work of art. The skill and attention to detail is wonderful. Truly rural England lives on here in this peaceful little haven
- Lilian & Ted, York
We have had the most marvellous sojourn. You've provided everything we could possibly need for a magical week, even down to fresh flowers, an ice-cream scoop - and a visiting kitten! Thanks so much.
- Sarah, David, Kit & Posy dog
A gem in a wonderful corner of England! Time flies... Au revoir,
- Mick + Lynn + family. Brussels.
Thanks for a relaxing break away from it all! What a fantastic location, nothing but birds and sheep, bliss! The first time we've slept past 9am on a weekend! :) The bats at dusk were lovely to see too.
- Chris, Mark + Jet + Shadow (Our two Labradors). Cannock Staffordshire
Thank you for letting us use your amazing cottage it’s brilliant. We all love it! We are terribly sorry but my Daddy dropped a plate and broke it so SORRY. xxxx. (Drawing of house with tree and smiling birds)
- Love from Grace, George, Andy + Ria
Altogether a wonderful stay. We hope to be back soon.
- Nicky, Jonathan + Mitzpah the dog.
The renovation is so sensitive but the cottage still feels like a home – not a show-house. We made good use of the wood burning stove and really appreciated all the little touches – such as leaving flowers + milk.
- Nicky, Jonathan + Mitzpah the dog.
We had a wonderful short break here. It is a stunning cottage in a brilliant location.
- Nicky, Jonathan + Mitzpah the dog.
Only downside has been the rain, rain, rain!!! But didn’t dampen our spirits or the enjoyment of our visit!
- Jacqui + John
What a privelige to have stayed in a beautifully restored Grade II Listed cottage. We’re full of admiration in the amount of work that’s gone into the place to achieve the level of accommodation on offer.
- Jacqui + John
We will miss this place but take away some very happy memories. Many Thanks,
- Mark and Nat, Max + Layla.
From the moment we arrived it felt like home ( a home only a lottery win could provide on a permanent basis) and we are feeling very sad to leave. The facilities provided were first class and everything we needed is here.
- Mark and Nat, Max + Layla.
We along with our 2 dogs have had the most wonderful time. We would like to thank Nigel and Penny for giving people the opportunity to stay in this fantastic cottage.
- Mark and Nat, Max + Layla.
Thanks for another lovely Christmas at Manor Holding. We were very cozy with the wood burning stove and cooked a great xmas dinner in the new oven (for 11 people! Ed.) All hoping to return before too long.
- Sarah, Nick, Ruben, Farley + Tamas
Flora the Fiesta didn’t like Lumpy Lane, nor the potholes filled with Shropshire rain. At the end of the track was a different story, Manor Cottage in all of its glory, Surrounded by fields and a pretty garden and an old apple orchard, utterly charming. Good luck to the owners, and congratulations For what you’ve achieved with the restoration!
- Sandra, Bill & our dog Rowan.
Thank you for allowing us to bring our 5 dogs to this wonderful cottage. The cottage is well equipped and very comfortable. It is the sort of place we would love to own. Good Luck in the future.
- Sue & Brian, Tara, Gemma, Red, Lady & Goldie.
Thank you for letting us stay in your cottage. It was a very pleasant stay. We loved the cosiness of this cottage. Maybe will return in the future, if that is okay? We also will recommend this cottage to our family and friends. Thanks,
- Maarten, Suzanne, Reuske, Lobke and Diesel, Weert, The Netherlands
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Cottage and amenities were also greatly appreciated! Thanks!
- The Buzzairds, Mark Rivera, Nicola Ransome.
I think we all were very impressed and would all love to return soon!
- The Buzzairds, Mark Rivera, Nicola Ransome.
Enjoyed the cottage and the north trail greatly! Having such a young one (1yr old) it was very kid friendly and plenty of room in garden for her to run and discover!
- The Buzzairds, Mark Rivera, Nicola Ransome.
Just wish the fruits were in season! The gooseberries and some strawberries found their way into our stomaches! (Sic)
- The Buzzairds, + Mark & Nicola.
We very much enjoyed our stay in this amazing cottage and hill country! The gardens were lovely and I personally feel I could live here!
- The Buzzairds, Mark Rivera, Nicola Ransome.
A very restful week in spite of very wet weather. An ideal spot to relax.
- Philip and Anne, Mendlesham, Suffolk.
Very comfortable cottage in fantastic location. Beautifully planted garden.
- Harvey Family, Havant, Hampshire.
What an impressive labout of love this cottage & buildings are.
- Julie & Graham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
This is a lovely cottage, warm, cosy, and quiet. We enjoyed our stay here immensely, and will remember the lovely views we woke up to every morning.
- Suman & Swagata, Lancaster, Lancs.
A lovely setting for a lovely cottage. Excellent array of books and information to help plan many varied days out. We even had snow! And a real cold snap, but this didn’t dampen spirits.
- Peter & Sharon, Bakewell.
This is the best equipped cottage for kitchen gear we have ever stayed in, even beating the Landmark Trust. Though it would be nice if the cooker and sink were in the same room! (We have now moved the cooker as requested, and added a log burning stove in the sitting room inglenook. Ed)
- Hazel & Andrew, Littlehampton.
We and the dogs have enjoyed playing in the charming garden. Thank you,
- Elaine, Rob, Tom + John, Stockport. + Pixie + Magnus the border terriers.
We have had a very good week, both weather –wise and in our enjoyment of this lovely cottage and surrounding area. the book about Kinlet in the upstairs library is fascinating.
- Elaine, Rob, Tom + John, Stockport. + Pixie + Magnus the border terriers.
Thank you for a wonderful relaxing & peaceful stay in your cottage. The week has been magical.
- Jill & Steve. Wimington Kent
Cottage beautifully restored and very comfortable set off by the cottage garden. Many thanks for allowing us to share your little cottage.
- Ken & Ann & Whiskey. Bishops Offley, Staffs
we soon settled in and came to love the antique charm of the place. Thank you.
- Guy and Anne.
We have had a lovely relaxing stay in the cottage.
- Melanie + Alan + Xena
Thank you for a lovely stay in your lovely cottage! Amazing! It was a pleasure to have a cottage that is so dog friendly. I will recommend it to friends back home! Many thanks.
- Eve, Paul, Ben & Sam.
A lovely warm cottage in an amazing situation – couldn’t fault the facilities.
- Jane, Steve, Lucy + Martha.
Shame to have to leave it behind and head back to the rat-race.
- John, Sheryl, Jake + Natalie
Lovely old house – needs an Aga/Rayburn and a log burner to make it really cosy when it’s cold outside – our winter was just arriving as we got here. (Log burning stove now installed and oven upgraded. Ed)
- John, Sheryl, Jake + Natalie
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.
We moved in and felt very much at home, lovely property and enjoyed our forest walks, hope to come back.
- Nellie and Hans.
I think that the work that has been done on the cottage shows great sensitivity to the history of the building. Thank you for allowing us to share your super property for a little while.
- Patrick
Thanks for a very peaceful, relaxing holiday. The cottage is immediately homely with a feelgood factor. We are so relieved that our first holiday in 4 1/2 years turned out to be in a place we would want to return to!
- Trevor and Diane (and Grace of course!)
Thanks for letting us stay in your gorgeous cottage. We had a fab holiday
- Jason, Louise, Niamh, Gripper & Gypsy.
We have all loved it. It is tranquillity base. We will return.
- Micheal, Simm, Heather and Valentine
Our fifth holiday here in this wonderful cottage and surroundings. Here, the intersection of the timeless moment Is England and nowhere. Never and always (TS Eliot: Little Gidding)
- Philip and Anne
We have all relaxed and the two children (4 and 2) have loved the outdoors
- Robert, Anna, Charlotte and Freya
We have really enjoyed our stay in the cottage and have loved the setting its in, including the local wildlife (badgers in the garden, deer in the orchards and forest, woodpecker and red fox etc)
- Robert, Anna, Charlotte and Freya
Have nothing to complain about, everything worked perfectly and was all we needed.
- Joan, Bob, Vickie, Sarah and dogs Ember and Merlin
Loved watching the wildlife and birds, was upset not to see the badgers though.
- Joan, Bob, Vickie, Sarah and dogs Ember and Merlin
We have really enjoyed our break, cottage was lovely
- Joan, Bob, Vickie, Sarah and dogs Ember and Merlin
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, lovely cottage, thoughtfully provided, good to know it has been rescued and restored sympathetically. Wildlife in garden a great bonus. We hope to be back.
- Tony and Elaine
It is so peaceful here, just the sound of the birds and animals to wake you up in the morning, and no light pollution, Its my husbands birthday today and I could not think of a more stunning location to spend it. Thank you.
- Karen and Ken
I love the quirky nature of the cottage and what wonderful wildlife, just this morning we watched a spotted woodpecker in the woodpile, and what beautiful orchards. Its so good to see the old varieties of apples, its a shame there are not many left in this country anymore.
- Karen and Ken
What a beautiful cottage, in idyllic surroundings. It is heaven here!
- Karen and Ken
The holly bushes are in bloom and beautiful. In the field ahead of the lonely building we found an apple tree with an abundance of mistletoe. It was lovely seeing the real deal. Thank you for allowing us to share this special piece of countryside
- Nanette and David
We were pleased to meet with Baby, the hand reared sheep who wanders down the lane like a pet dog – belongs to the neighbour.
- Nanette and David
Our last visit was January 05 – even more beautiful. What excitement we had when we woke up to see a stag under the apple tree outside the front door
- Nanette and David
We have had a fantastic time. You have obviously tried to make this a home from home and it has really worked. We arrived on the 1st night at 8pm and we all immediately felt cosy and relaxed. Jovi (3 1/2) went into every room and announced, ’This is nice!’ Angelique (1 ½) also had a fabulous time shrieking to her heart’s content. Well done you have thought of everything, and we definitely want to visit again very soon. (PS) We too have stayed in many a holiday cottage and we love this one.
- Steve, Lara, Jovi and Angelique
We enjoyed our week in the cottage which has a unique charm.
- Carl, Fiona, Olivia and Zak
An enjoyable visit – setting and cottage delightful
- Sue and Peter
We love this cottage. As two old locals returning from the smoke we really felt miles from anywhere.
- Sarah, Nick, Ruben, Farley and Tamas.
Thanks for a peaceful rest.
- Hazel
We enjoyed our stay here. The quirky cottage is lovely,the kitchen is well equipped
- Dawn, David, William, Holly
We enjoyed our stay – mostly every day sunny. Spent a lot of time relaxing in the garden listening to the birds and sheep.
- Sue and Dave + Cheyenne and Tessie
We enjoyed our stay here and were comfortable in the cottage. We would like to know more of the history of the restoration of the property Excellent selection of books.
- Geoffrey and Margaret
Had another lovely week here despite the weather. However we have one major complaint, we have got to go back to reality! Thanks for everything.
- Liz & Tony
A most enjoyable stay in the cottage We would love to know more about its history and plans for the future, but loved the oak doors and attention to detail on the handles
- Carol and Bob
Never seen such a well organised drawer with information
- Verkuyl family (Holland)
We love the cottage and found it to be very comfortable and well equipped We really appreciated the well organised & comprehensive information on the cottage and surrounding area. The garden and surrounding countryside are absolutely lovely.
- Angela, Pete & Matthew
We have had a fantastic time, the cottage is absolutely lovely, really comfortable The garden is fab, I love the different sections, one for me to read, one for the girls to play in. All in all we have had a lovely holiday and are sorry to be going back to reality. rested, relaxed and restored, exactly what we needed. Thank you so much for the use of your well equipped, comfortable cottage We would love to come again.
- Keith, Fiona, Lucy and Sophie
What a haven of peace and quiet!...We thought the garden was magic and enjoyed desserts of blackberries, apples and plums.
- Alan & Liz
We had some wonderful walking days in the forest which our dog loved even more than us. The main problem we found was the entourage of baby pheasants showing us the way home everytime we ventured out in the car.
- Kim and Linda, and Leighton
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
Two brilliant meals at the Fighting Cocks in Stottesdon and the Plough in Far Forest on the way home last night. Lovely walk through forest to Buttonoak, saw field full of cowslips.
- Pam, Royston, Chris and Robyn
Lovely secluded location well situated for touring Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the Marshes. We also had an airy walk over Titersford Clee Hill from Cleeton St Mary. Several runs through the forest and back over the fields from Buttonbridge have helped to maintain fitness! Meal out at the Plough was good value for money, although the pseudo-themed interior rather spoiled the anticipation evoked by the authentic exterior.
- Dave, Lynn and Nero the geriatric dog
Bewdley is a lovely little town with everything. We are a family with a sweet tooth, so also appreciated the sweet shop. Two of us had a great meal at the Royal Forester a restaurant pub so a bet more expensive but worth it. You would probably need to book a table or go early. Ludlow is beautiful. Stourport is undergoing regeneration and should be great in a few years time. Enjoyed a ride on the Severn Valley Railway. Forest walks are wonderful, if a bit scary at dusk!
- David and Anne with Ruffles the dog
Loved the setting its in, including the local wildlife (badgers in the garden, deer in the orchards and forest, woodpecker and red fox etc) We have all relaxed and the two children have loved the outdoors
- Robert, Anna, Charlotte and Freya
Loved watching the wildlife and birds, was upset not to see the badgers though.
- Joan, Bob, Vickie, Sarah and dogs Ember and Merlin
If you want fishing (coarse) try Wellfield Pools Also Hayes Farm(&) ShatterfordVery big Carp, Catfish, Sturgeon in here (up to 50lbs)
- Bob
what wonderful wildlife, just this morning we watched a spotted woodpecker in the woodpile, and what beautiful orchards. Its so good to see the old varieties of apples, it’s a shame there are not many left in this country anymore. It is so peaceful here, just the sound of the birds and animals to wake you up in the morning, and no light pollution, Thank you.
- Karen and Ken
What excitement we had when we woke up to see a stag under the apple tree outside the front door We were pleased to meet with Baby, the hand reared sheep who wanders down the lane like a pet dog – belongs to the neighbour. The holly bushes are in bloom and beautiful. In the field ahead of the lonely building we found an apple tree with an abundance of mistletoe. It was lovely seeing the real deal. Thank you for allowing us to share this special piece of countryside
- Nanette and David
Saw plenty of wildlife along sleepy hollow to the left
- Carl, Fiona, Olivia and Zak
As two old locals returning from the smoke we really felt miles from anywhere.
- Sarah and Nick
We love the area, especially for biking. The weather was glorious nearly all week which enabled us to try lots of bike routes.
- Dawn, David, William, Holly
We were delighted by the walks in the forest and the profusion of wild plants and birds. We would like to know more of the history of the restoration of the propertyExcellent selection of books.
- Geoffrey and Margaret
We enjoyed desserts of blackberries, apples and plums.
- Alan & Liz
Sophie (11yrs) was thrilled to see a stag in the woods, it made her holiday.
- Keith, Fiona, Lucy and Sophie
We enjoyed desserts of blackberries, apples and plums.
- Alan & Liz
Its been great being able to access the forest so easily. Ted the dog has appreciated the walks and freedom!
- Julie, Pat and Ted the dog.
We had a lovely week at Manor Holding! Few lovely sunny days at the back garden just enjoying ourselves. Really impressed with Ludlow medieval town & Bewdley. Went to Wyre Forest visitor centre and to the very close and lovely Rays Farm. Thank you guys! Everything was great!
- Sean, Vini, Bobby Rae + Tim the dog
We had a lovely week at Manor Holding! Few sunny days at the back garden just enjoying ourselves. Really impressed with Ludlow medieval town & Bewdley. Went to the Wyre Forest visitor centre and the very close and lovely Ray's Farm. Thank you Guys! Everything was great!
- Sean, Vini, BobbyRae + Tim the dog
We enjoyed the riding at Bagginswood and the great walks from the cottage door. The snowdrops everywhere were magical. We also enjoyed lunch in Cleobury Mortimer + tea in Bewdley. Gobbetts nursery is well worth a visit (if you can find it ...) Altogether a wonderful stay. We hope to be back soon.
- Nicky, Jonathan + Mitzpah the dog
We had the most wonderful short break here. It is a stunning cottage in a brilliant location. The renovation is so sensitive, but the cottage still feels like a home - not a show-house. We have made good use of the wood burning stove and realy appreciated all the little touches - such as leaving us flowers and milk.
- Nicky, Jonathan + Mitzpah the dog
What a privalege to have stayed in a beautifully restored Grade II Listed cottage. We're full of admiration in the amount of work that's gone into the place to achieve the level of accommodation on offer. We enjoyed a lovely meal at the Eagle and Serpent in Kinlet, the staff being welcoming and hospitable. Only downside has been the rain, rain, rain!!! but didn't dampen our spirits or the enjoyment of our visit!
- Jacqui + John
What can we say that hasn't already been said? We along with our 2 dogs have had the most wonderful time. We would like the thank Nigel and Penny for giving people the opportunity to stay in this fantastic cottage. From the moment we arrived it felt like home (a home only a lottery win could provide on a permanent basis) and we are feeling very sad to leave. The facilities provided were first class and everything we needed is here. We will miss this place but take away some very happy memories. Many Thanks.
- Mark and Nat, Max + Layla
A lovely setting for a lovely cottage, our 2 young daughters particularly liked the 'lumpy' journey to and from every day as well as exploring the woods and lanes.
- Robert & Sharon, Bakewell
This is the best equipped cottage for kitchen gear we have ever stayed in, even beating the Landmark Trust. Though it would be nice if the cooker and sink were in the same room! (We have now upgraded the cooker to fan assisted dual fuel and put it in the same room as the sink. Ed)
- Hazel & Andrew, Littlehampton
We've had another lovely stay. Thank you for having us.
- Nick, Sarah, & family
Thanks for letting us stay in your gorgeous cottage. We had a fab holiday.
- Jason, Louise, Niamh, Gripper & Gypsy.
Thanks for a lovely visit to Shropshire. Great surroundings. Cottage nice and well equipped.
- Dave& Pat

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