Welcome To Upton Cressett Hall
Whether you are looking for a group stay in a Grade 1 historic estate with fine dining, a romantic mini-break, or a heritage day out with a house tour and home-made cakes, Upton Cressett Hall is a magical escape to a lauded moated brick manor brimming with history and set in spectacular English countryside.
The multi-award winning destination property is ideally located for family celebrations, bridal parties, and a range of sporting holidays, including walking in the Shropshire Hills of AE Housman, golf, riding and other traditional country pursuits. Upton Cressett can be used as a base to enjoy a wide range of top arts, music and food festivals or for touring the medieval market towns of Ludlow, Much Wenlock, Bridgnorth (voted UK Best Market Town in 2017) and Shrewsbury. Other local attractions include the World Heritage site of Ironbridge, the Severn Valley Railway and the famous Royal Oak at Boscobel where Charles II hid up as he fled for his life after the battle of Worcester in 1651.
The house, with its huge twisted 16th century brick chimneys and 15th century Great Hall, stands in extensive topiary gardens next to a Norman church and one of the finest turreted gatehouses in the country. In The Best Thousand Houses In England, Simon Jenkins refers to Upton Cressett as an 'Elizabethan gem'.
Our three holiday properties in the grounds - The Gatehouse, The Moat House and The Coach House – can accommodate groups of up to 12 guests, or 14 guests if the Great Chamber private wing is used in the Hall. Or they can be taken individually.
The luxury self-contained properties offer a unique opportunity to ‘holiday in history’ and all are within 100 yards of each other. They can be taken together for special group stays, with a chef and maid service, or on a self-catering basis. Catered dinners for up to 24 guests can be arranged in the Great Hall dining room whose giant medieval fireplace and painted gilt ceiling was described by Simon Jenkins as fit for a royal palace.
We are a winner of ‘Best Hidden Gem’ in the country at the Hudson’s Heritage Awards and have been runner-up for Best Accommodation in the UK. In 2018, we were awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor.
The Hall and Gatehouse has a long tradition of hospitality including hosting such historic figures as the eldest ‘Prince in the Tower’ – King Edward V - in 1483, Prince Rupert of the Rhine in 1646 and prime ministers. After being restored by Sir Bill Cash MP and his wife Bridget in the early 1970s, the Hall is now the family home of writer William Cash and his wife Lady Laura Cash who has her millinery studio in the grounds.
Our ancient hamlet is tucked away in unspoilt countryside near the charming and bustling historic market town of Bridgnorth where PG Wodehouse was brought up. The Jack Mytton Way – Shropshire’s flagship walking and equestrian trail – is just a short walk away as are several fine freehouse pubs and National Trust trail walks along Wenlock Edge.
As a young boy, gaining inspiration for the Blandings novels, PG Wodehouse used to cycle along the parsley and buttercup filled lanes that lead to Upton Cressett from Bridgnorth. He described this Shropshire countryside as ‘the Paradise of England’.
In the Gatehouse two separate historic suites with spectacular four poster and half-tester beds and Lefroy Brooks bathrooms on separate floors are available for holiday or honeymoon accommodation: the Prince Rupert Suite and the Thatcher Suite, sleeping up to four guests in total.
Guests take over the entire Gatehouse and have their own private Jacobean fountain garden on a self-catering basis. Our cooks are available for cooking dinners in the hunting lodge style Gatehouse dining room. For larger groups, we can arrange a special dinner in the Great Hall dining room with a drinks reception in the Hall’s Salon.
More luxury accommodation is offered in The Moat House and The Coach House. Each property has two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and sleeps four guests. An additional two guests (making a group of 14 in total) can stay in medieval splendour in the 15th century Great Chamber Suite in the main Hall with its own private entrance.
Open days for 2018 will be Sundays in July and August only. All other visits to the Hall and gardens by arrangement. Groups of 10+ by arrangement Monday to Friday all year.
Please call or email with your name and number of guests to reserve a place for open days (payment taken at the door). We look forward to welcoming you to our home.
Telephone: 01746 714616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Upton Cressett Hall is a member of the Historic Houses Association but does not participate in the Friends' Scheme. We are featured in Alistair Sawday’s Handpicked and Inspected Special Places To Stay and were awarded five stars by Shropshire Tourism in 2016.
What the Critics Say
“The gatehouse is an Elizabethan gem”
Simon Jenkins, England's Thousand
“One of Britain's finest stately homes”
“A splendid example of the English manor house at its most evocative”
“A remarkable Tudor house of brick”
Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings
“A remote and beautiful place”
Sir John Betjeman, former Poet Laureate
“One of the most interesting group of buildings I have ever seen”
Duke of Grafton, SPAB
“Upton Cressett has been almost unaltered since the Elizabethan era so a visit, or romantic stay, is a magical step back in time. With our 800 years of history and beautiful gardens, we look forward to welcoming you to one of the secret jewels of Shropshire”