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Market Drayton
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps10
Bedrooms5
Bathrooms4
Pets 2
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Description

Prominent location in 18 acres of parkland, walkers can follow the Clive of India trails, or the bloodthirsty ’Murder and Mayhem’ track.


Built in 1695 by Bulkeley Mackworth on the site of a much older house inherited from his grandmother’s family, and set in a prominent location within 18 acres of parkland, the apartment [right in photograph] of this Queen Anne mansion has been restored with character and style. Still lived in by the family who built the house, Buntingsdale is mentioned in Doomsday, and other famous names connected with the manor include Lady Godiva of Coventry, the Cabot brothers and Peter Bulkely, who founded Concord, Mass. USA, because he was disappointed in not inheriting Buntingsdale! An ancient castle is still there in the earthworks below the Hall. An army camped in the hill above the house before the Battle of Shrewsbury. The land was fought over in the Civil Wars, when two Mackworths, father and son, were in turn Governors of Shrewsbury Castle; their portraits hang in the Hall. In the more recent Second World War, the Hall was used as a training ground and wireless listening station, and was only released from service in the 1960s, when it was excused from being the command centre for nuclear strikes in the West Midlands. With views to the Welsh hills over open countryside, the accommodation offered is of a very high standard, with comfort and all modern conveniences. An enormous games room with a full-sized snooker table, table tennis, darts and beer fridge allows for friendly competition in front of a roaring fire. Within the grounds lies a large lake and river frontage with rowing boat and inflatable kayak whilst guests have use of their own secluded courtyard area. There is private coarse fishing available (licence required), with basic equipment provided, and carp and trout with a jetty on the lake. There is also rough shooting (duck, licence required) and private snowdrop, daffodil and bluebell woods in season, with badgers and buzzards. For pets, an outdoor kennel is also available. The private drive is ¾-mile and children’s bikes are welcome. Bike hire is also available by arrangement with the owner. Walks start from the property and the owner also offers wellingtons and warm coats to borrow. Tours of the hall are available by arrangement with the owner, including Victorian icehouse and part tunnels, weather permitting. There is also a large formal Georgian dining room and drawing room with painted ceiling and fireplace for extra hire, and two large open fires in the drawing room and games room. The neighbouring community farm, 3 miles, has plenty of amenities including a restaurant, tea room, shop, organic butchery, walking trails, events and children’s activities. Home of the gingerbread, the attractive town of Market Drayton was once famed for its Damson Fairs, and many Draytonarians continue the tradition with damson feasts each autumn. Keen walkers can follow the trails of the famous Clive of India or the unusual bloodthirsty ‘Murder and Mayhem’ track, whilst a wild animal trail offers a rather more sedate option for the children! Market Drayton is the ideal base for touring Stoke and the Potteries, Ironbridge, Shrewsbury and North Wales. The Shropshire union canal winds it way close to the town, its tow paths, flights of locks and breathtaking aqueduct well worth a visit. Nearby you can find award-winning gardens, such as Hodnet, Wollerton Old Hall and Hawkstone Park, with its golf course and unique landscape of caves, woodland and follies. Horse riding and golf nearby. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

Spiral staircase to first floor: Large living room with open fire. Spacious modern fitted kitchen with dining area. Three double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, one with en-suite shower room with high pressure shower and toilet, and one with wash basin and toilet. Two twin bedrooms with an interconnecting door (and each with a separate entrance from corridor), each with en-suite bathroom with shower attachments and toilet.

  • Open fire – fuel included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • Two high chairs
  • Sky TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Small courtyard with patio and furniture
  • Shared grounds of 18 acres with fishing by arrangement
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Games room with full-size billiards table and table tennis
  • Pets free of charge, to be kept on a lead and under strict control- sheep country
  • Unsuitable for the infirm (steps to first floor entrance)
  • NB: Lake in grounds

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Features

  • BarbecueBarbecue
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • Ideal for GolfIdeal for Golf
  • Games RoomGames Room
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Open FireOpen Fire
  • Free PetsFree Pets
  • Horse Riding NearbyHorse Riding Nearby
  • Rural LocationRural Location
  • Satellite TVSatellite TV
  • BroadbandBroadband
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • FishingFishing
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection
  • Car Parking - On SiteCar Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 14/08/2016
    We stayed for an extended weekend and thoroughly enjoyed staying at this fantastic, historic building. Lots of things to do and very friendly owners.


  • 3

    Confirmed guest, 18/06/2016
    Very disappointed for many reasons. Although property is old, the dust and general lack of cleanliness is not old. One bath in particular was so grimy it could not be used without a good clean. The dust was everywhere. The hot water was intermittent with the walk-in shower having no hot water at all. The other showers are just handheld (why couldn't they have been fitted to wall and a shower curtain provided). There was only one bedroom with hot water in both bath and wash basin. The other bedrooms water run one second hot and one minute cold!! There was no handle on big fridge which made the fridge difficult to open. Some windows did not open - so no fresh air. Curtains in some rooms had seen better days. Also, the beds in some bedrooms were very uncomfortable and needed updating. Lighting in bedrooms was brilliant but in kitchen it was awful. Very difficult to see in places. Thank goodness we did not cook a meal, went out every night to eat. There were no shelves in bathrooms and, indeed, in one bedroom there were no drawers at all, no dressing table etc. So much needs attention. The door to the apartment we were in opened outwards onto spiral staircase. Very dangerous. The games room was a good idea, but the equipment, (pool cues, table tennis bats need replacing). As one reviewer mentioned previously - we did not have sole use of front entrance of the wing, people were going to very top (attic rooms) at different times. When we arrived we were told to park under some trees, in a muddy area. Had to walk through a narrow walkway that was overgrown with stinging nettles and bushes. Mentioned this immediately and it was dealt with straight away. The cobbles outside the entrance were very slippery when wet - and it rained every day! It was certainly not easy to get from cars to apartment. We were there for a fishing holiday. It was advertised as coarse fishing available. However, the lake had been polluted, so could not be fished. Also very overgrown so could not get near lake. You cannot take a car to the lake and it is a long walk up and down hill. Too tiring with fishing tackle and members of party over 70 years of age!! But even so, the lake could not be fished. The owner showed us around the main hall, which was very interesting. And we wish them good luck in their strive to refurbish it, but must say we could have done without treading in dog's mess in their lounge - as another reviewer mentioned - disgusting. The owners may be friendly but I would be embarrassed show people around my home if it looked like that. Clean up the act. Sorry to have to review this in a bad light.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for taking the time to write such detailed comments. They have been very helpful to improve the property, thank you so much. I'm afraid as the house is from 1680, and has a 2* listing, we slightly have to live around its antiquity, so we tend to have baths rather than showers, as it's over a painted ballroom, that sort of thing, as I think (hope that's right) they are slightly safer. The windows are limited so a child can't fall out, as they are huge and with a low sill. The lake is more like an unofficial wildlife reserve - so we've seen otters, kingfishers, badgers and there are woods with snowdrops and bluebells. It's not stocked. There is a more formal fishing lake in Whitchurch, about half an hour away, which has a tarmac track and a tea shop.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/05/2016
    A fantastic opportunity to stay in such a lovely building, definitely be back


  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/04/2016
    We had a fantastic time. From feeding the chickens, walking around the lake to relaxing in the living room, all of our party, from 17 year olds to 78 year olds, had a wonderful time. The owners were great, friendly and helpful. The location was stunning and the baby rabbits were adorable. We will try to go back again.


  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/02/2016
    We were five, older couples meeting up in February. We all had a comfortable room. The kitchen and living room are large and comfortable. There is plenty to do for a weekend without using the car. We variously walked, painted, played snooker, sailed a radio controlled yacht on the lake, roller skiied on the drive, played music etc etc. Oh yes did I mention food and drink? The place is built for a leisurely, relaxed weekend. The owners are very friendly and generous. We were all delighted with our stay and would really recommend it if you are looking for a relaxed get together. The only draw back is every bottle of wine etc has to be carried up the equivalant of two flights of stairs.


  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 21/02/2016
    A super family weekend in a most interesting property. The children LOVED the games room and the adults valued the space to relax and unwind in front of a beautiful fire.


  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 31/01/2016
    A let with real peace and calm, charm and history. The owner is very friendly and helpful. The self-contained wing (accessible via a very steep spiral staircase) has comfortable bedrooms, with a mix of baths and showers (showers could be hotter) and lounge equipped with TV, Video and loads of games etc. The spacious kitchen is well provided. As in many properties, if it was full to capacity the smallish single oven would struggle to cope to provide full meals for all residents. That said, there are delicious takeaways within easy reach and who will deliver and a good selection of restaurants in Market Drayton. Bulkeley Wing is certainly recommended for a family gathering.


  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 25/01/2016
    We had a fantastic time! House was perfect! Loads of space for ten. We even managed to cook a roast dinnerfor everyone! Games room got a lot of use, as did the log fires! The owners couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful. Gave us lots of advice about local pubs (which were excellent) and walks and took the time to give us a tour of the main house. Loads of interesting history attached. My only disappointment was that I didn't have time to walk round the lake, but I'm told it was very pretty. So this means we'll have to go back! All in all, We couldn't recommend Bulkeley wing highly enough!!!


  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 17/01/2016
    When we arrived we were taken through the main house to show us our accommodation but there was dog dirt all over the floor in the main house and we had to walk through it DISGUSTING


  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 04/01/2016
    We spent New Year in the property and had a great time. The owners were very welcoming and willingly resolved any minor issues we had. They even invited us to join in their New Year's Eve celebrations which included fireworks. The games room was great and was well-used despite being quite a distance from the rest of the living space.


  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 20/12/2015
    Amazing property and grounds. It's up a spiral staircase and rather old but that all adds character. Lovely large rooms and lots of baths! Was a fantastic location for a family get together and celebrations. Very memorable. Would recommend for the experience of staying in a stately home!


  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/11/2015
    We had a super weekend. The accommodation exceeded our expectations and the Family were super. They were extremely welcoming and were happy to show us around the main house. Customer service at it's very best. We are looking to book again next year.


  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 15/11/2015
    Beautiful apartment. Loved the quirkiness and history.


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