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The Gatehouse is Grade 1 listed. Winner of Hudson Award for Best Hidden Gem.

Bedrooms 2
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Christmas & New Year

We have only just opened up our availability for the Gatehouse over Christmas 2016 and Easter 2017. During the Christmas & New Year 2016 season, the Gatehouse sitting room is decorated with a festive pine tree with a beautiful hand-made local artisan Christmas garland for the door and a Christmas Hampers will await you. The Gatehouse and our Coach House can be taken together for groups of 8 guests. The Gatehouse Dining room can seat 10 guests.

The Gatehouse at Upton Cressett is Grade 1 listed and has been awarded five stars by Shropshire Tourism. It also was the runner-up in the entire country for Best Luxury Accommodation at the Hudson's Heritage Awards after previously winning for Best Hidden Gem in the country. The Gatehouse has appeared on the cover of Country Life and Sir Simon Jenkins (in The Best Thousand Houses of England) described the Gatehouse as an 'Elizabethan Gem'.

This stunning Elizabethan hunting lodge was built by Richard Cressett in 1580 and is regarded one of the finest and romantic Elizabethan gatehouse lodges in the country. Due to its size and two large turrets, our Gatehouse hunting lodge is often compared to the Tower at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent in which Vita Sackville-West created her library and wrote her books.

Famous occupants include Prince Rupert of the Rhine, nephew of Charles I and commander of the royalist troops in the Civil War, who hid and slept in the top floor bedroom to escape Parliamentary troops. According to historical sources, Prince Rupert garrisoned ‘60 royal horse’ at Upton Cressett. The suite is named after him and offers fine views looking out across the historic deer park that the royalist cavalry would have ridden across before reaching the Gatehouse. Other guests include Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her husband Sir Denis and Elizabeth Hurley. Off-season the Gatehouse is also used as a writers' retreat thanks to its romantic and creative environment.

The Gatehouse is a self-contained property that accommodates up to four guests in two separate suites and has its own private garden with fruit trees and a fountain.

There are two double bedrooms (Prince Rupert Suite and Thatcher Suite), two Turret Bathrooms, sitting room with a Tudor fireplace, kitchen, and a dining room with a Tudor fireplace that sits up to eight people.

The Prince Rupert Suite

This historic and romantic bedroom suite is especially popular with honeymoon couples or those celebrating an anniversary. It is located up an atmospheric carved oak spiral staircase leading to the top floor where Prince Rupert hid from the Parliamentarian forces in 1646. The windows offer superb views of the unspoilt Shropshire countryside that stretches out across the old deer park. PG Wodehouse, who was brought up around Bridgnorth, called this Shropshire countryside ‘the Paradise of England’.

The beamed top floor banqueting chamber was originally used as a ‘prospect tower’ for the hunting lodge – with views stretching for miles – as well as serving as a viewing chamber for the ‘ladies of the house’ to watch the hunt in the deer park around the Hall.

The Prince Rupert suite is perfect for special romantic occasions as it boasts a stunning super-king four poster canopy bed decorated in a 16th century-style linen fabric depicting scenes from an Elizabethan hunt by the artisan Melissa White.

There is a free-standing claw bath on a raised oak platform inside the bedroom as well as a luxuriously appointed Lefroy Brooks shower in the en suite Turret Bathroom. The huge room also features an oak library section with two comfortable arm-chairs, a writing desk and an armchair reading area.

The suite also has Wi-Fi and Freeview TV.

The Thatcher Suite

This suite is named after the former British prime minister – and her husband Sir Denis – who spent two nights in the bedroom whilst staying at Upton Cressett in 1994 as a guest of Sir Bill Cash MP.

The Thatcher Suite has a super-king canopy bed with ornate 16th century plasterwork, oak panelling and mullion windows overlooking the Elizabethan apple garden.

The room has a wet-room-style shower room in the turret with Lefroy Brooks fittings, marble tops and under floor heating.

The sitting room has a working Tudor fire-place below a beautiful ornamental plasterwork over-mantel. The ceiling also has fine original 16th century ornate plasterwork. Freeview TV and DVD player. The property has WiFi.

The Dining Room

The dining room can seat 10 people and is decorated in the style of a hunting lodge, with a romantic open fire place.

An off-site laundry service is available by arrangement, please contact the housekeeper for further information.

Guests can unload their cars in the bay outside The Gatehouse steps but we ask that during their stay all cars are parked in the Hall car-park.

Guests have access to the historic gardens of Upton Cressett.

Both bedroom suites are reached up an oak spiral staircase which is not suitable for small children or infirm adults.

Our housekeeper can cook three course dinners (@£35 per head) by request. Menus are seasonal. For sample menus please email laura@ This dinner service is offered so long as advance notice is given.

Services offered by pre arrangement –

Maid service/extra cleaning

Local day tips and tours


Pre-stocked fridge

Single meal Chef – one special meal cooked, served and cleared away by a chef

Full Chef service – a chef or cook can be arranged for the duration of your stay.

The Gatehouse has a selection of leaflets promoting local visitor attractions as well as information and maps of local walks.

A cot and high chair can be provided on request.


There is gas central heating in all rooms of the Gatehouse, along with under-floor heating in the bathrooms. There are working log fires in the sitting room and dining room. We provide kindling wood and some logs on arrival. For the remainder of your stay, guests need to collect their own logs from the nearby wood-shed and buy additional kindling if required.


The fully equipped kitchen has an electric cooker, oven, microwave, American fridge/freezer. There are glasses, cutlery and crockery for up to eight guests. Basic ingredients such as sugar and black pepper are provided but it is advised that guests stop off on route to do their own shopping.

The nearest butcher and food market is in Bridgnorth, which also has a good Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer. For our local shopping recommendations.

More Details

Laura Cash
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English,
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
25 June, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Bridgnorth in Upton Cressett

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • All guest are required to fill out a registration form on arrival/key collection. This includes the name of all guests and car registration.
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower , Bath in room, shower in turret with loo
    Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure , Shower in Turret bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , If you require a cot please request one before your arrival
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • The Prince Rupert Bedroom (top floor): Comprises: One vast double 16th century beamed bedroom on the top floor with its own library, reading with armchairs. A super king four-poster bed. The double Prince Rupert bedroom includes a claw foot roll top bath with Lefroy Brooks free standing taps on a raised oak platform overlooking the gardens of The Hall. There is a separate en suite marble top bathroom with Lefroy Brooks shower in the turret bathroom with underfloor heating. A TV with freeview visible from the bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Laundry: If you need use of our laundry room during your stay please ask Ella. We can also arrange for a service wash from £20 (turnaround is 48 hours). Babysitting service: Ella our housekeeper, is qualified in childcare. Please contact her directly (preferably in advance of your visit) to arrange this service at an additional cost (£12 per hour) to be paid directly to Ella.


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The Gatehouse is Grade 1 listed. Winner of Hudson Award for Best Hidden Gem.
average rating of 4.571429 based on 7 reviews
San Clemente, CA

Stunning, Spectacular Historic Gatehouse

  • 5 of 5

We literally planned our England trip around the chance to stay at this incredible historic Gatehouse and we are so glad we did as it was a highlight of our trip. The property is perfect in every way and the gardens were in full bloom. The owners made us feel very welcome and ensured we were comfortable. It's hard to say which part was the best when it was all truly special. Pictures do not do this Gatehouse justice. I didn't want to leave, and my conversations with Sir Bill Cash, Lady Laura, and William Cash remained with me long after we left. History buffs, architecture buffs, and romance lovers, don't miss this one.

  • Review Submitted: 19-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning property in beautiful setting

  • 4 of 5

The house itself is really beautiful, we stayed there to get ready for my wedding at a nearby venue and the bedroom on the top floor was perfect for getting a group of women preened and polished for the day! The kitchen is very small if you were wanting to cook anything exotic but perfectly fine for breakfasts and simple meals. The place was spotlessly clean, however I do feel for the price it may have been a nice touch to have fresh milk etc. available on arrival, and a proper range of toiletries. We didnt feel especially welcomed on arrival at the property, but as it was self catering this didnt upset our stay too much, as we had no need to see the owners again. The instructions on location before booking do not give the detail on how remote this property is, this was only sent through the day before arrival - it is up a very long, steep single track road which in winter I imagine becomes very difficult if flooded/icy - this goes on for around 3 miles. However, it is worth the trek, as the views are stunning and very very peaceful, but did cause us some difficulty with encouraging local taxi drivers to traverse the road!!

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Outstanding property. Interesting history and superb decor

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at this beautiful and historical property in the Shropshire countryside. It was my wife's birthday while we were here and we had a lovely meal prepared by Laura to celebrate. It was a very memorable stay.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A dream come true!

  • 5 of 5

It was an absolute dream come true to stay in the majestic Gatehouse! What a lovely way to kick off our honeymoon. It was as if we had our own private castle. Thank you to our wonderful hosts!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A relaxing treat

  • 5 of 5

We were visiting Shropshire for a walking holiday with friends so situated near Wenlock edge and Brown Clee this was a good location for us. We were greeted by the housekeeper on arrival who had left us a hamper of local goodies. Lovely touch.

The building was more impressive than its pictures and we loved the shower rooms in the turrets, a clever modern adaptation.

One evening we had our dinner cooked and served by Sacha the housekeeper she had lit the log fires and cooked local steaks from the next door farm and apple crumble from the gatehouses very own garden. After a long day it was a great treat to be taken care of. We crawled into a large four poster bed at the end of the day. Bliss!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning gatehouse in a beautiful rural location

  • 5 of 5

This really is a little gem. Four of us had a lovely weekend enjoying this unique historical place. It is well equipped, very cosy and the beds are particularly comfortable.

The property details state clearly that the stairs are not suitable for young children and the infirm and this is true but it all adds to the charm of the place.

It is in a rural position and eating out would involve a very long (dark) walk or a car journey, but we were very happy to cater for ourselves and eat in the delightful Tudor dining room by candlelight.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A travel cot for infants can be provided at no extra cost. An extra children’s bed can be provided in any of the bedrooms at a cost of £25 per stay. High chairs are provided free of charge. Please let us know in advance if you require any of these so we can have it prepared for your arrival. N.B There should not be more than 2 adults per room.
Your accommodation at Upton Cressett will be available from 4pm on the day of arrival until 10am on the day of departure. If you would like to arrive any earlier please contact us. We do ask that you get in touch by telephone or email a few days in advance to provide your approximate arrival time.
Your first point of contact during your stay will be our housekeeper Ella Watt. Ella lives on site in Stable Cottage and will greet you on arrival. Her number is 01746 714 868. Should you be arriving later than 8pm please let us know in advance. If you require alternative arrival or departure times please make ensure that this has been pre arranged.
By booking your holiday with Mr William and Lady Laura Cash you agree to the following terms and conditions:
A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total cost of the booking is required. Full payment is required at the time of reservation if your booking is made less than one calendar month prior to the start of your stay.

Please advise us as soon as possible if you have to cancel a self-catering booking. Cancellations should be made by email. The contract requires the guest to pay for the accommodation in the event of a cancellation unless more than 4 weeks notice is given prior to the start date of the holiday, then only the loss of the deposit will occur. 
 If less than 2 weeks notice is given prior to the start date of the holiday then we reserve the right to charge the full amount. In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the reservation due to circumstances beyond our control, we will provide a full refund of monies paid. No further financial claims will be considered.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.