Manor Holding is a Grade II, half timbered, Jacobean cottage farmhouse in the scattered hamlet of Kingswood, so named after the royal forest of Wyre in whose centre it stands. Traces of the kings’ moated hunting lodge can be seen in a nearby field.
Rustic seclusion is the characteristic that strikes most people first about the cottage, as it is located 100m off a rough forest track (max recommended speed 10mph), half a kilometre from the nearest country lane. Once here visitors immediately notice the old world charm of the crooked timber frame, leaning walls and low ceilings.
The cottage is naturally warm and full of sunlight, this being enhanced by white painted walls, pale terracotta ground floor and invisible under-floor heating. It is south facing with a sheltered front garden of remarkable fertility.
The cottage has two bedrooms and bathroom at first floor, and 3 rooms plus 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, and has an inglenook and old stone bread oven (not in current use).
The farm yard, terminus of the drive, is on the north side of the cottage. It is surrounded by a ruined stone and brick pig sty, a small converted barn not currently let, a high hedge bank and an old ramshackle stone outhouse undergoing renovation and scullery leading off the east gable of the cottage.
The cottage stands in 5 acres of coarse pasture and orchard won from the forest; and rich in wild flora and fauna including frequent visits by herds of fallow deer.
This ancient oak forest stands on the west bank of the Severn, south of the Ironbridge Gorge. 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.
The forest is laced with rambling, cycling and horse riding trails; connecting right to the door of the cottage.
It contains a National Nature Reserve and extensive Site of Special Scientific Interest, including two old orchards beside the cottage.
The nearest town is the Georgian port of Bewdley, some 4-5 miles east across the forest. The Severn Valley steam trains run from here to Saxon Bridgnorth and the mainline at Kidderminster, past the West Midlands Safari Park.
5 Miles west are the excellent taverns of charming Cleobury Mortimer, near Titterdown Clee hill, outlier of the Welsh mountains.
Half an hour to the West, time stands still in the medieval border town of Ludlow, Britain’s first “Slow City”; with its delightful narrow streets and market square at the castle gate. This town boasts three Michelin starred restaurants and some of the best food shops in the region.
A similar distance north is the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, with its museum trail, nestling in a wooded gorge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and now full of museums.
Accommodation: 1 Double bedroom and 1 twin bedroom. Cot available on request. Bedding, linen and towels provided as standard.
Domestic facilities: Electricity, underfloor central heating, gas cooker, microwave, double sink, washing machine, tumble dryer and washing line, large fridge/freezer, 1 toilet, 1 bath with hand shower, generous parking in yard. Secure shed for cycles (key on request). TV, video and children’s games.
Local attractions: Wyre Forest, including foot, cycle and bridleway networks linked directly to the cottage; fishing ponds; forestry visitor centre; riding stables; rowing on River Severn; Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including the Clee hills (540m); Severn Valley (steam) Railway; West Midlands Safari Park; historic towns of Bewdley, Bridgnorth, Ironbridge and Ludlow; Stourport marina; Forest Glades Leisure Centre, Kidderminster; Rays Farm Wildlife Centre; Witley Court; Stokesay Castle; Severn Valley Way and Jack Witton Way, long distance paths.
Local facilities: General store Far Forest 2.5ml.
Large supermarkets: Kidderminster or Stourport.
Good pubs: Lem Hill, Far Forest, Kinlet, Button Oak, Callow Hill, Pound Green, Stotteston, Cleobury Mortimer, Bewdley.
Public Transport: Mainline rail station: Kidderminster; Severn Valley Steam Railway, Bewdley and Arley; Bus: No.125,751 (Thurs) to Button Bridge, Nos192,291,292 to Far Forest. Direct service from Birmingham or Ludlow.
Price structure : 2006
1 Jan to 12 Feb ?195 per wk
12 Feb to 19 Mar ?245 per wk
19 Mar to 28 May ?290 per wk
28 May to 10 Sept ?390 per wk
10 Sept to 29 Oct ?290 per wk
29 Oct to 19 Nov ?245 per wk
19 Nov to 24 Dec ?195 per wk
24 Dec to 311 Dec ?390 per wk
A week is defined as Sunday - Sunday. Stays of less than a week are charged by the night
Single night in a week = 1/3 weekly price
Two or more nights in a week = ? of weekly price per night. Pets, bicycle hire or telephone connection, are charged extra as detailed on the booking form.
Booking fee ?50 per week or part week.
Balance to be paid in full, 4 clear weeks in advance of arrival.
We ask that guests arrive on the first day after 17.00 and depart on the last day by 10.30.
Manor Holding makes a delightful hideaway, ideal for walking, cycling, riding or fishing or just getting away from it all.
For more information or to rent the cottage please contact Nigel and Penny Dobson-Smyth on Tel: 07970 260 010 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org