Walcot Hall

UK England West Midlands Shropshire

  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Groups welcome
  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Dog-friendly
  • Eco-friendly
  • Family-Friendly
  • Sensational Views
  • Short walk to pub
  • Walking
Your own country estate in the heart of the Shropshire Hills

Not many people know about Walcot Hall – not many outside the county of Shropshire anyway. And indeed you could pass through the village of Lydbury North and not know that this old house was even there, so tucked away is it, up a long, winding drive from the main road. The family who live here describe it as a real 'Georgian gem' – one that you can experience for yourself, with 15 self-catering holiday cottages and apartments housed in a variety of buildings around the estate, ranging from the top floor of the main house and the refurbished stable block to an old reconstructed chapel in the 20-acre arboretum, which was added by Clive of India when he lived here in the 18th century.

With between one and five bedrooms, all the cottages and apartments are as cosy as you could wish for, thoughtfully furnished and with a classically comfortable feel that can make you believe you really are lord and lady of the manor for the weekend. Perfectly located for exploring the Shropshire Hills, they can accommodate families, romantic couples (the 1-bedroom Arcot in the old clocktower has lovely views over the grounds) or large groups, for example in the beautifully refurbished 5-bedroom Garden House or the spacious Styche situated on the top floor of the main house, which can fit over half a dozen people into its 4 bedrooms. (The whole top floor of the main house can in fact sleep 24 people, so is also perfect for large groups.) All have wood-burning stoves and/or Agas, and some have their own private patios or garden spaces. The most recent addition is Norbury Hall, which sleeps 6 and overlooks a lush kitchen garden tended by ladies from the local Mennonite community, while the furthest-flung is the Dipping Shed, which sleeps 4 in secluded,  solar-powered comfort on the edge of the grounds. Our favourite, however, is the Chapel, up in the arboretum, whose two double bedrooms are also wonderfully private among the trees. It's worth knowing too that the hall's elegant ballroom make a wonderful and very popular wedding venue, and that guests can take as much or as little of the accommodation as they like.

They also run a glamping site – Walcot Hall Glamping – at the same location. The village pub – the Powis Arms – is owned and run by the Hall and serves good food (and also has camping pitches during the summer). In the grounds there are a couple of fishing lakes, a smaller lake with rowing boats to dabble around in and a nearby stables that can take you out for a hack on the local bridleways. Walkers are spoilt for choice but you might like to try the scenic three-mile route to Bishops Castle, a thoroughly welcoming little market town where there are shops, good pubs and a couple of great places to eat, including the restaurant at the excellent Castle Hotel. In the other direction, The Kangaroo in Aston-on-Clun is a proper locals joint serving good food – one of our favourite pubs hereabouts.

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Accommodation

15 holiday cottages - all dog-friendly and include dog treats and dog bowl.

Arcot

Cottage Sleeps 3
The Arcot is light and sunny apartment on the ground floor of the clock tower building. It is one bed apartment with a fabulous view from the living room overlooking our beautiful gardens. Our cosy living room has a wood-buner and furnished with a four-foot wide sofa bed, two armchairs, television and a variety of books. We supply you with bed linen and towels for the duration of your stay.

Arni

Cottage Sleeps 4
The Arni cottage is situated on the top floor of the main house on the south east corner, with views overlooking the ballroom and gardens to the rear of the hall. Arni is the only second floor apartment that is self contained, it has two twin bedrooms and can sleep 4 guests.

Berkeley

Cottage Sleeps 8
This beautiful apartment has tall windows and ceilings with central heating throughout to keep you toasty through the colder months. It is also kitted out with a fitted kitchen, Aga stove, microwave, dishwasher and dining table that will accommodate eight guests. The living room is delightfully spacious with great views of the Shropshire hills.

Clive

Cottage Sleeps 6
Our cottage called Clive is situated on the ground floor within the old stable block. It has a patio area leading off from the kitchen, with plenty of space for children to play. It can sleep 6 people on two single beds, double bed and a sofa bed in the lounge. Clive has a beautiful garden area which is shared with Harold which makes it ideal for two families who wish to holiday together.

Garden Flat

Cottage Sleeps 5
Our newest addition to Walcot is the Garden Flat. It's key features is the traditional Aga, log burner, wonderful Victorian radiator and of course the stunning glass conservatory, perfect for enjoying the long summer evenings with a glass of wine.

Garden House

Cottage Sleeps 10
The Garden House is situated on the west side of the estate, this detached property stands on its own with a private lawn in front and a large south-facing terrace at the rear. There is lots of space outside with a secluded courtyard to the side with a BBQ.

Harold

Cottage Sleeps 4
The Harold holiday cottage has two garden area, one to the rear of the house, which is totally enclosed, the second area to the side which adjoins the Clive apartment making it ideal for two families wishing to holiday together. Our resident peacocks are usually found near to the Harold and Clive.

Montfort

Cottage Sleeps 6
Montfort can sleep up to 6 people, there's two double bedrooms and one twin room. It has a very large kitchen/living/dining room with windows overlooking the lake. There's a dining table for 6 guests and a wood burner.

Norbury Hall

Cottage Sleeps 6
Norbury Hall is our newest addition to the Walcot Estate. In it's previous life it was the hub of a local community as their Village Hall. It is now a comfortable and unique self catering cottage and can sleep 6 people in total with 1 twin bedroom, 1 double and 2 bedrooms with shared family bathroom.

Plassey

Cottage Sleeps 6
The Plassey sleeps up to 6 people. This holiday cottage is within the old stable block and has high ceilings, grand windows and open plan layout with under-floor heating. The Plassey has one double bedroom and one twin bedroom and a bathroom with a bath and overhead shower with screen.

Quinton

Cottage Sleeps 6
The Quinton is a charming two bedroom apartment found on the first floor of the old Stable Block, with a steep staircase leading up from its own entrance porch. The first bedroom has a king size bed and the second is a family room with one double bed and two singles.

Styche

Cottage Sleeps 14
The Styche is located on the west of the Main Hall on the second floor, this apartment has three large family bedrooms and one small double that sleep up to 14 guests. The kitchen and adjoining living area is cosy, warmed by a wood-burning stove and has views over the lakes through the parapet walls.

The Chapel

Cottage Sleeps 4
Saved from destruction, lovingly re-assembled and embellished by the finest woodworkers of the West, the chapel stands serene and sublime amongst the English oaks and chestnuts of the Walcot Arboretum. It is for more adventurous and agile, accessible on foot only via a 500 yard meander from the stable block and car park.

The Dipping Shed

Cottage Sleeps 4
The Dipping Shed can sleep 4 people with two double bedrooms. It has a wood-burning stove and wonderful views over the west lake and the Long Mynd beyond. The Dipping Shed is the most remote of all the cottages at Walcot hall.

Wheelwright's Shop

Cottage Sleeps 4
The Wheelwright's shop is one of our newer additions to the Walcot Hall Estate. It can comfortably sleep 4 people with a double bed and a double sofa bed. There is a open plan kitchen, living and dining area with a wood burning stove for the cooler evenings.

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Price

From £400 for short breaks to £750 for a week in Walcot Hall's 2-bedroom offerings – eg Dipping  Shed, Chapel. Larger properties – like 5-bedroom garden House – cost from £825 (for a short break) to £1750 for a week.

Opening Times

Open all year.

Location

Contact Website  01588 680 570  Walcot Hall, Lydbury North Shropshire SY7 8AZ

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