The SpaceManor Holding is a Grade II Listed, 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 an Iron Age moated settlement can be seen in a nearby field and of a lost medieval town in the surrounding forest.
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 an enclosed and sheltered front garden of remarkable fertility.
The cottage has two bedrooms and bathroom on the 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 (The Byre), a high hedge bank, a stone outhouse undergoing renovation and a stone scullery leading off the east gable of the cottage.
The 'Wyre Forest Cottage' and Byre can be rented either together or separately, but each is priced separately on our website.
Manor Holding stands in 5 acres of coarse pasture and orchard reclaimed from the Wyre Forest during medieval times; and rich in wild flora and fauna including occasional visits by herds of fallow deer.
The Wyre Forest is about 35 sq ml of ancient mixed species woodland standing astride the scenic River Severn, south of 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 long and short distance rambling, cycling and horse riding trails; connecting right to the door of the cottage. Including the 109ml Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark Way (which passes next to the cottage), Sustrans’ 230ml (370km) National Cycle Route 45 (Mercian Way), and the 203ml (327km) Sabrina Bridleway
It contains a National Nature Reserve and extensive Site of Special Scientific Interest, including the two ancient orchards beside the cottage. Guest AccessThe cottage is accessible with ambulant disability, while the Byre has ground floor accomodation and wet room.
Manor Holding has 2ha (5.5 acres) of wild-flower meadows and ancient orchards available to guests as well as an enclosed private garden, with paved seating areas, lawns and flower beds each with a different character. While the forest and surrounding countryside are laced with a huge network of off-road foot, cycle and bridle trails.
NB. Please keep dogs under control and well away from grazing sheep. Interaction with GuestsWe welcome early feedback, particularly if things go wrong, and can often cure problems swiftly before they become an issue, if notified promptly. The NeighborhoodThe 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, overlooked by the dramatic Titterdown Clee hill within the “South Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” (AONB), an 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 Michelin starred restaurants and some of the best food shops in the region.
A similar distance north is the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, nestling in a wooded gorge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and now filled with a fascinating mixture of museums. Getting AroundManor Holding is linked by off road cycle trails through the forest to Far Forest (bus, pub grub and grocer, 3.5km or 2ml) and Bewdley (train, and most facilities, 8km or 5ml) via Sustrans' NCR45 . Half a dozen long distance foot, cycle and bridle trails intersect in the forest leading potentially to the rest of mainland Britain; or further. There is ample private car parking at the cottage.
The cottage is furnished with maps, compass, and plenty of literature on places to go and attractions to experience. Other Things to NoteDetailed guidance in the form of "Useful Information" leaflets are provided for each unit together with instructions for operating any equipment provided.
Directions to site are included with your booking confirmation.