Holiday Asccommodation in the Wyre Forest

Manor Holding Cottage

The Cottage is a Grade II Listed, half timbered, Jacobean cottage farmhouse, dating from circa 1680.

The south facing cottage is naturally warm and full of sunlight in winter, but cool in summer (up to 7 degrees Celsius cooler than outside on a hot day). Inside, the exposed beams, already ancient when incorporated second hand into the cottage in the 1680s, are complimented by warm polished terracotta paving slabs downstairs and creaky oak floors upstairs

It has a separate, enclosed and sheltered front garden with two lawns, embracing an intimate, suntrap patio, as well as shady seating arbours for hotter days.

There are two bedrooms on the first floor (1 Super King sized double and 1 twin).  Opening off the entrance hall downstairs there are: a cozy snug or study with WIFI, CD player and TV point, a larger sitting/dining room with DVD/TV and super efficient wood burning stove, and an understair cupboard crammed with useful things, including garden games equipment.

The chest of drawers in the entrance hall contains well organised and comprehensive literature on places to visit and things to do, together with games and toys for children.

The kitchen/scullery opens off the dining room, and is comprehensively equipped with double fan assisted ovens, 4 burner gas hob, multi speed fan extractor hood with high intensity lighting, capacious fridge and freezer, washing machine, double sink and drainers, microwave, toaster and hot beverage station.  The traditional stone bread oven is no longer in use, but makes a convenient wine cellar.  The kitchen is furnished with ample pots, pans, and cooking tools of all sorts for baking, roasting, stewing, steaming, poaching, frying, etc.

Smoking:  We ask that guests refrain from smoking inside the house.

Plan of Manor Holding Cottage

All Rooms

All rooms are well equipped with 240V square pin electrical power points, except the bathroom which has a 220/110V two pin shaver point. This takes two sizes of two pin plug.

All rooms are well lit with multiple, energy efficient, wall lamps except the kitchen, which has pendant ceiling lamps; stair well, which has an iron chandelier; and living room which has directional ceiling mounted mini spot lights.

Kitchen

The comprehensively equipped kitchen, is compact with everything immediately to hand, including:

  • microwave
  • 4 burner gas hob
  • programmable fan assisted ovens + grill
  • multi speed cooker hood air extractor
  • fridge & freezer
  • programmable washing machine
  • large double sink and draining boards
  • wide range of kitchen implements
  • single and double handled sets of pots and pans
  • roasting and baking dishes
  • even a traditional stone bread oven!

Like the rest of the ground floor the kitchen has pale coloured terracotta flooring with under floor central heating. It has a separate thermostat timer set to a slightly lower temperature than the rest of the house to help keep food and hard working cooks fresh and comfortable. It has a higher ceiling to accommodate steam.

The kitchen has it’s own back door onto the patio herb garden as well as doors into the sitting / dining room and boiler room / laundry (access to the latter will be available from summer 2019, at no extra cost but by prior arrangement).

Photo Gallery

Sitting / Dining Room

The central main living room is light and airy in summer but warm and cosy in winter. It has:

  • inglenook fireplace with glass fronted wood burning stove, and log store
  • comfortable leather sofas
  • orthopaedic easy chair
  • large kitchen style 4 drawer dining table and chairs
  • chess, and nesting magazine tables
  • selection of coffee table books
  • TV / DVD player

Like the rest of the ground floor the sitting room has pale coloured terracotta flooring with under floor central heating.  It has a separate thermostat timer to keep it comfortable, when the super efficient log burner is not lit.

The sitting room has its own south door into the garden as well as doors to kitchen and hallway.

Independent switching and targeting of the 9 ceiling mounted spotlights permits infinite variation in lighting ambience.

Study

A cosy south facing ‘snug’ off the entrance hall, doubles as quiet retreat for reading and writing, or separate play and TV room for children.

It has:

  • comfortable leather sofa
  • adult writing table and chair
  • child’s writing table and chair
  • wireless broadband
  • TV aerial point
  • Tape/CD player
  • selection of books
  • hooks for washing line

Like the rest of the ground floor the study has pale coloured terracotta flooring with under floor central heating.  It has a thermostat timer, which also controls the hall.

Photo Gallery

Hall

The main entrance is at the west end of the cottage, and opens into a warm hallway equipped with coat and boot racks, bench and chest of drawers filled with things to do.

The stairs lead off the hall and there are doors to Study, Sitting Room and well stocked under stair cupboard.  Both hall and landing have wall mirrors.

Like the rest of the ground floor the study has pale coloured terracotta flooring with under floor central heating. A large sunken door mat lies flush with the floor tiles.

Double Master Bedroom

The master bedroom has views to south and west over the garden and lower orchard.  The wrought iron southern window dates from 1720, like several of those in the cottage, and is still in good working order.

The bedroom furniture includes:

  • Super King size double bed with firm ‘graphite’ mattresses
  • antique wardrobe and chest of drawers
  • two wall mirrors
  • selection of books
  • towel drying rack

The natural oak flooring has underfloor central heating and sound insulation.

Photo Gallery

Twin Bedroom (2 single beds)

The south facing twin bedroom overlooks the garden.  Like the master bedroom the window dates from 1720.

The bedroom is furnished with:

  • two standard size single beds with firm 8″ mattresses
  • large wardrobe
  • cupboard
  • two mirrors
  • selection of books
  • towel drying rack

The natural oak flooring has underfloor central heating and sound insulation.

Bathroom

The bathroom, whose window also dates from 1720, is furnished with:

  • 1.52m internal length (5′) bath with hand shower and shower curtain
  • large wash basin & cupboard
  • Shaver point and mirror
  • toilet

Hot water is unlimited.

The natural oak flooring has underfloor central heating and sound insulation.

Photo Gallery

Landing

The 1st floor landing (1st above ground floor) links both bedrooms, bathroom/toilet, and stairs to ground floor and attic.  The latter is not let to guests as the stairs are too steep.  The Landing is lit by a window overlooking the parking yard, and pair of wall lamps, as well as by the stairwell chandelier.  A large Chinese chest holds spare bedding.

Photo Gallery

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.

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. But its excellent insulation also keeps it cool in summer. Up to 7 degrees Celsius cooler than outside on a hot day (over 30 degrees). The cottage is south facing with an enclosed, sheltered front garden and lawns, embracing an intimate, suntrap patio paved in antique bricks.

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.

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.

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 winding country lane.

The cottage 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; and managed in accordance with a Higher Level Countryside Stewardship agreement in partnership with Natural England. The forest is home to the largest woodland National Nature Reserve in the country and one of England’s largest Sites of Special Scientific Interest, which includes the two orchards beside the cottage.

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.

During the Iron Age this hamlet was a thriving small town, with several smaller satellite settlements scattered through the wider surrounding area, but now little more than traces of old earthworks can be seen in the neighbouring fields and forest. Under the Normans, the settlement, although initially remaining in Saxon hands, was then acquired by Henry I who granted it to his favourite, the Earl of Warwick, along with the village of Stottesdon. The two settlements being separate portions of one parish. The old parish boundary remains the northern boundary of Manor Holding.

Due to the Norman passion for hunting, Manor Holding was soon incorporated into the much larger “Clebury” deer park, which remained in royal ownership until Henry VIII presented it to the local squire, Sir John Blount, for services rendered by his beautiful daughter, Bessie, who bore Henry’s eldest son, Henry Fitzroy; and gave her name (taken from Henry’s mother) to Henry’s second daughter, Queen Bess (aka QEI, the virgin queen, after whom the US State of Virginia is named).

The surrounding forest is interlaced 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.

Photo Gallery

  • Parking Parking
  • TV TV
  • Washing Machine Washing Machine
  • Children Welcome Children Welcome
  • Play Area Play Area
  • Grade II Listed Grade II Listed
  • Farm Farm
  • Log Fire Log Fire
  • Radio Radio
  • Tumble Dryer Tumble Dryer
  • Private Garden Private Garden
  • Walkers Welcome Walkers Welcome
  • Haunted Haunted
  • SSSI
  • Office Facilities Office Facilities
  • Microwave Microwave
  • Clothes Drying Line Clothes Drying Line
  • Kadai Barbecue Kadai Barbecue
  • Cycle Hire Cycle Hire
  • Riders Welcome Riders Welcome
  • Pets Welcome Pets Welcome
  • Wireless Internet Wireless Internet
  • Freezer Freezer
  • Iron & Board Iron & Board
  • Linen & Towels Included Linen & Towels Included
  • Fishing Nearby Fishing Nearby
  • Golf Nearby Golf Nearby
  • Table Tennis Table Tennis
  • Telephone Telephone
  • Hair Dryer Hair Dryer
  • Central Heating Central Heating
  • Wide Book Selection Wide Book Selection
  • CD & Tape Player CD & Tape Player
  • DVD & Video Player DVD & Video Player
  • 3 Stars 3 Stars

The enclosed and sheltered, private cottage garden includes an intimate suntrap patio and terrace; and broad brick paved footpaths meandering through densely planted flowering shrub and herbaceous borders and island beds, full of textural, colour and aromatic interest in every season; linking the central round ‘sun’ lawn and crescent shaped ‘moon’ lawn that wraps around it, with a shady paved seating arbour for hot days.

A traditional, portable ‘Kadai’ barbecue is provided, with a supply of fuel and cooking utensils.

Photo Gallery

Approach

Rustic seclusion is the characteristic that strikes most people first about Manor Holding, as it is located 100m off a rough forest track (maximum recommended speed 16kph /10mph), half a kilometre (1/3 mile) from the nearest tarmac country lane.  Convenient parking is available adjacent the cottage for several cars.  Maximum recommended width of vehicle 2.4m.  Maximum height 3.8m.

Ambulant Disabled

Manor Holding Cottage is suitable for the ambulant disabled. All door handles are shaped to facilitate turning; and all internal doors, including fire doors, have lever handles designed to be opened or closed from either side with both hands full.

Wheelchairs

The cottage can accommodate small wheelchairs downstairs, and all external doors are accessible to wheelchairs, but the bathroom and toilet are upstairs.  A downstairs toilet will be available from summer 2019, subject to prior arrangement.

The cottage garden has brick paved paths, suntrap patio and shady sitting area, all suitable for wheelchairs, providing access to the principal areas within the garden including the rear lawn.  A concrete parking pad is provided next to the end of the brick garden path to facilitate disabled access.

Visual Impairment

Textural flooring and external surfaces provide tactile and acoustic feedback to assist navigation by blind persons.  Strongly contrasting natural colours and patterns assist internal and external navigation.  Fragrant herbs and shrubs add to the smells of rich moist topsoil and grass within the garden.  Movement sensitive automated lighting in the yard assists access to and from parked cars in the dark, but on the other side of the house, in the garden, unpolluted dark skies reveal the full splendour of the starry night.

Hearing impairment

Effective sound insulation and very low ambient noise levels assist the hard of hearing to distinguish what is being said in conversation within the same room, outside the cottage and occasionally even in the valley below!

Full Access Statement for Manor Holding Cottage

Please click here to read the full detailed access statement for the cottage.

Guest Comments

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

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)

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 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)

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,

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,

The walking in the Wyre Forest is great – especially for a walk-positive labrador 🙂

- Simon, Abigail, Alice, Sophie + Rafiki (Lab) from Sutton Coldfield,

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,

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

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)

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

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.

- 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! 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

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

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

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

We enjoyed desserts of blackberries, apples and plums.

- Alan & Liz

What a haven of peace and quiet!…We thought the garden was magic and enjoyed desserts of blackberries, apples and plums.

- Alan & Liz

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

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

Never seen such a well organised drawer with information

- Verkuyl family (Holland)

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

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

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

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. The quirky cottage is lovely,the kitchen is well equipped

- Dawn, David, William, Holly

Thanks for a peaceful rest.

- Hazel

We love this cottage. As two old locals returning from the smoke we really felt miles from anywhere.

- Sarah, Nick, Ruben, Farley and Tamas.

An enjoyable visit – setting and cottage delightful

- Sue and Peter

We enjoyed our week in the cottage which has a unique charm.

- Carl, Fiona, Olivia and Zak

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

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 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

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

What a beautiful cottage, in idyllic surroundings. It is heaven here!

- 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

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

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

We have really enjoyed our break, cottage was lovely

- 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

Have nothing to complain about, everything worked perfectly and was all we needed.

- Joan, Bob, Vickie, Sarah and dogs Ember and Merlin

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

We have all relaxed and the two children (4 and 2) have loved the outdoors

- Robert, Anna, Charlotte and Freya

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 loved it. It is tranquillity base. We will return.

- Micheal, Simm, Heather and Valentine

Thanks for letting us stay in your gorgeous cottage. We had a fab holiday

- Jason, Louise, Niamh, Gripper & Gypsy.

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!)

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

We moved in and felt very much at home, lovely property and enjoyed our forest walks, hope to come back.

- Nellie and Hans.

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.

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

Shame to have to leave it behind and head back to the rat-race.

- John, Sheryl, Jake + Natalie

A lovely warm cottage in an amazing situation – couldn’t fault the facilities.

- Jane, Steve, Lucy + Martha.

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.

We have had a lovely relaxing stay in the cottage.

- Melanie + Alan + Xena

we soon settled in and came to love the antique charm of the place. Thank you.

- Guy and Anne.

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

Thank you for a wonderful relaxing & peaceful stay in your cottage. The week has been magical.

- Jill & Steve. Wimington Kent

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.

We and the dogs have enjoyed playing in the charming garden. Thank you,

- Elaine, Rob, Tom + John, Stockport. + Pixie + Magnus the border terriers.

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.

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 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.

What an impressive labout of love this cottage & buildings are.

- Julie & Graham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Very comfortable cottage in fantastic location. Beautifully planted garden.

- Harvey Family, Havant, Hampshire.

A very restful week in spite of very wet weather. An ideal spot to relax.

- Philip and Anne, Mendlesham, Suffolk.

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.

Just wish the fruits were in season! The gooseberries and some strawberries found their way into our stomaches! (Sic)

- The Buzzairds, + Mark & Nicola.

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.

I think we all were very impressed and would all love to return soon!

- The Buzzairds, Mark Rivera, Nicola Ransome.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Cottage and amenities were also greatly appreciated! Thanks!

- The Buzzairds, Mark Rivera, Nicola Ransome.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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 will miss this place but take away some very happy memories. Many Thanks,

- Mark and Nat, Max + Layla.

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

Only downside has been the rain, rain, rain!!! But didn’t dampen our spirits or the enjoyment of our visit!

- Jacqui + John

We had a wonderful short break here. It is a stunning cottage in a brilliant location.

- 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.

Altogether a wonderful stay. We hope to be back soon.

- Nicky, Jonathan + Mitzpah the dog.

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

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 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

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

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 a lovely visit to Shropshire. Great surroundings. Cottage nice and well equipped.

- Dave& Pat

Thanks for letting us stay in your gorgeous cottage. We had a fab holiday.

- Jason, Louise, Niamh, Gripper & Gypsy.

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

© 2019 Copyright Wyre Forest Cottage

Website hosted by Reech Media