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The Acton Scott Estate - The Shooting Lodge

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Acton Scott, near Church Stretton, Shropshire
Grade 4 Star rating
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Passing through fields and woodland to the secluded Shooting Lodge, yet Shrewsbury and Ludlow are both nearby.

A finely restored and spacious character property situated in its own private grounds, commanding uninterrupted views across open parkland towards Wenlock Edge.

Approached by a track that winds through fields and woodland, The Shooting Lodge dates to the mid 18th century and occupies an idyllic position in a picturesque estate landscape unchanged for two centuries. This exclusive property retains all its original privacy and character while providing every modern day comfort.
The Shooting Lodge includes a wealth of period features, such as beamed ceilings, oak floors and open fireplaces. Restored to an excellent standard, it offers a large oak framed banqueting room, for relaxing and entertaining, spacious and bespoke farmhouse-style kitchen, the convenience of a secondary kitchen and south facing lawns and patios.
With bedrooms and bathrooms thoughtfully appointed, it is furnished with a mix of new and antique and the use of traditional English fabrics throughout. There is a rustic log cabin summerhouse with viewing platform and external table tennis room. The property is very popular with families and small groups of friends, achieving many repeat bookings.
Accommodation: Large beamed banqueting room with open fireplace and flagstone floor. Well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with feature fireplace, LPG range and Belfast sink. Utility room with additional electric oven and hob. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room. Separate toilet. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. Narrow steep stairs to first floor: Twin bedroom with 2ft 6in beds (can form 5ft double), with wooden floor and wash basin. Double bedroom with 6ft bed (can form 3ft singles), wash basin, wooden floor and low door. Larger double bedroom with 6ft bed (can form 3ft singles) with additional 2ft 6in bed (for +1), wash basin, oak floor and feature fireplace. Log cabin (35 metres from main house): Double sofa-bed (for +2) with vanity unit and commode-style toilet.

Location: You will discover a piece of British history at Acton Scott, for it achieved national fame as the setting for BBC2’s hit TV series Victorian Farm, acknowledging the Acton family’s championing of sustainable practices. It has been followed by another Acton Scott-based BBCTV series Escape in Time, new for 2010 and presented by Ben Fogle.
Guests can enjoy a memorable setting and a multitude of activities on this lovingly preserved estate, including the Historic Working Farm - where the land is worked with heavy horses to preserve a way of life before the age of the tractor. This visitor attraction is a firm favourite with families. There’s the handy School House café (open April to October) and lovely guided walks and cycle rides.
The prettiest market towns and traditional country pubs are all close at hand. Including Shrewsbury to the north, on the banks of the River Severn; and Ludlow, to the south, in its medieval castle setting. This is a food paradise with Michelin star restaurants and artisan shops galore. The spectacular Stretton Hills and Welsh Marches offer riding, cycling and walking. Among the many nearby sites are Attingham Park, the famous Ironbridge Gorge and its many museums, the castles of Powis and Stokesay and Wroxeter Roman city.
But if you simply cannot tear yourself away from Acton Scott, the finest local produce and home prepared meals can be delivered to your holiday house, with a la carte catering available to pre-book for special occasions.
The Shooting Lodge is one of three holiday houses at Acton Scott. Henley Farmhouse is a finely restored, detached character property in its own extensive grounds, sleeps up to 20, ref RJJ3. Henley Cottage, an authentic Victorian farm labourer’s cottage, as seen on TV, sleeps 4+1, ref ROO4. All three Acton Scott properties may be rented together or individually, to accommodate the needs of larger parties.
Nearby and three miles to the east of Shrewsbury, Rupert Acton is also the custodian of Cronkhill Farmhouse on the National Trust’s Attingham Park estate. A spacious 17th century timber framed property with spectacular views towards the River Severn, it sleeps up to 14, see property ref RN5.

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  • Electricity and full oil central heating included
  • Electricity oil rad in log cabin
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large garden with patio sitting-out area and furniture
  • Shop 2 miles

  • Open fire - initial fuel inc, thereafter avail at cost
  • Bed linen and towels inc
  • Video
  • Radio/cassette/CD
  • W/machine
  • Mini-portable t/dryer
  • BBQ
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • External table tennis room
  • Home cooked meals and farm shop food deliveries by arr
  • Ground floor facilities

The flexible accommodation at Acton Scott can be taken together by larger parties so that 36 people can stay for family gatherings and weddings etc. Thirty minutes’ drive to the north, near Shrewsbury, is Cronkhill Farmhouse, sleeping 14, which is also managed by the Acton Scott estate. See property ref RN5.

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  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Highchair
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 06/03/2017
    The Shooting Lodge had every facility you could possibly need. Very comfortable and homely. Quirky and kitchen carried everything and more!! One draw back was no toilet upstairs, so potentially you have 6 people upstairs that have to come down during the night to use 1 of 2 toilets. A little remote, down a very muddy track. Glorious in good weather. We booked a local 8 seater taxi to take us to Little Stretton, very reliable and friendly. There was people driving around by the side of the building on a quad, with trailer. Was a little noisy. All in all we all loved it our stay.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 03/03/2017
    The cottage is very remote - just what my party (including dogs) wanted. It is well equipped for a large group, warm and cosy. The view is fabulous - unobstructed towards Wenlock Edge. After booking, I discovered that my Great, great grandparents had lived in this place back in the late 1800s - that added to my experience!!

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 24/02/2017
    We really liked the location of the shooting lodge, but for our group of 4 adults and 6 children was not ideal due to the layout. Difficult with 3 toddlers and stone/wooden steps etc. Would be great venue for a group of friends to meet up for the weekend.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 04/11/2016
    We spent a lovely birthday week at the shooting lodge. The location is spectacular , wonderful views , a real 'get away' retreat. Equipment and facilities at the lodge are very good. The lighting in the main lounge is very poor , we had to move lamps from other areas to give adequate lighting. The surrounding area is beautiful especially Carding Mill Valley.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 28/10/2016
    Fab location, literally in the middle of nowhere & so quiet! Great country walks from the door or a short drive to Carding Mill which is fabulous for walking and also to Stokesay castle which was just awesome - both have a lovely tearoom too! It is a typical old shooting lodge - a bit dark & draughty but all the more excuse to light the fire and snuggle down. Limited phone & tv reception (only BBC worked) but that wasn't a problem for us. We had 2 power cuts whilst there & apparently this is common so a torch might be advised. Overall would recommend. Happy memories

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 17/10/2016
    Great place for a long weekend; lovely walks from the door

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 12/09/2016
    10 of us and 3 dogs stayed at the shooting lodge for a long weekend to celebrate my Husband's birthday. We had a great time, the local walking is excellent and the victorian farm is interesting. I highly recommend "Millie's menu's" (find on Acton Scott page) who can come to the lodge and cook a top-quality meal. Only thing that wasn't great was the very poor water pressure in both showers. Things worth noting for visitors not mentioned on the rental details are as follows, these were not a problem for us but are worth mentioning in case they help others: > The lodge is down a long rough track with a steep gravel/mud hill and 2 farm gates. Some sporty cars and motorcycles/scooters may struggle (although 3 of our group on explorer-type motorbikes were ok) > There is no upstairs bathroom in the lodge, although 2 loo's and 2 showers downstairs. > There is no wifi and only one of our group had phone signal and that was intermittent. > The garden is not enclosed so dogs who do not return when called will need to be walked on leads > The cabin has its own sink and loo

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