Holiday groups – where to stay in the Shropshire Hills
When you’re a large group finding somewhere to stay, whether it’s for a stag or hen party, a corporate getaway or you’re just away with friends finding somewhere that can accommodate you all can often be a struggle but thankfully the Shropshire Hills boasts a tremendous selection of locations, all detailed below.
Eaton Manor is a marvellous country estate, a few miles from Church Stretton, with eight separate luxury self-catering cottages. The cottages, sleeping from two to 14, are in two groups, a five-minute walk apart. These combinations mean groups of up to either 39 or 61 can be accommodated, so you can host a really good get-together.
Eaton Manor offers a big range of extra services to make sure your gathering goes with a swing, including magic shows for the kids, party balloons, drop-off suppers and a full chef service.
The site is pet-friendly and offers a complimentary indoor swimming pool, in summer, as well as croquet and other games and a range of activity workshops. Also on site are a banqueting room big enough for everyone, a wellness centre, offering a range of massages for men and women, and even an Olympic-size archery centre, with professional coaching.
Besides families, Eaton Manor caters for corporate groups, weddings and its hen party package includes a three-course dinner, an archery lesson and a choice of other activities on site.
Acton Scott estate offers accommodation for groups of 30 or more in three carefully restored period properties, all close to Acton Scott Historic Working Farm and its many attractions for both young and old. All three properties boast farmhouse kitchens and are tastefully furnished with a combination of antique and modern pieces.
Shooting Lodge at Acton Scott
Nearby there’s also a Feather Down luxury glamping site, set in beautiful woodland.
Bank House, in Bishop’s Castle, is a boutique bed and breakfast establishment, with a particular focus on groups of ten to 12 people in five generous bedrooms, with a self-catering option for longer stays. Birthdays, hen parties are specifically welcomed, as are walking and cycling groups. Bank House also hosts yoga retreats and creative workshops and is a venue for Bishops Castle Open Studios.
For smaller groups, how about staying in a castle – Castle House Lodgings is situated in the private grounds of Ludlow Castle and set inside the Castle Walls. The three self-catering apartments (sleeping 12 in total) have been fully restored and renovated to the highest specification.
Each apartment sleeps 4 with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully functioning kitchen with all mod cons, sitting/dining room, unparalleled views of the Castle and the Shropshire Hills. Private Parking space and Local to Ludlow Hamper incl. red & white wine and free tickets into the Castle are included.
Live the Adventure offers group lettings for up to 16 on its adventure site at Stottesdon, near Cleobury Mortimer. So you can stay there and enjoy the full range of adventure activities and the associated riding stables on the doorstep. The homely and comfortable cabin can sleep six guests in five rooms, while the larger unit can sleep up to ten guests. The cabin has a fully equipped kitchen, lounge and screen and sound for cinema evenings.
Adventure activities should be pre-booked.
Live the Adventure – Accommodation
Mocktree Barns is a collection of five self-catering holiday cottages in converted farm buildings, seven miles from Ludlow, and the owners place particular emphasis on their environmental credentials and are proud of their Green Tourism Gold Award. There’s a ten per cent discount if you arrive in Ludlow by public transport, where you can pick up a Co-Wheels car to complete your journey. A hamper of locally sourced produce can be ordered for your arrival.
For group holidays on a budget, Greenway Touring and Glamping, in a picturesque setting, near Craven Arms, welcomes small groups in its glamping pods, each of which sleeps two.This product has been developed as part of the Shropshire Hills Tourism Cooperation Project, funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under the auspices of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The project is delivered by Gravity Consulting Ltd on behalf of Shropshire Hills and Ludlow Destination Management Partnership.