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The Acton Scott Estate - Henley Farmhouse

Acton Scott, near Church Stretton, Shropshire
Grade 4 Star rating


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Sleeps 20
Bedrooms 10
Bathrooms 9
Pets 3
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Excellent farmhouse ideal for larger groups of family or friends, with beams, oak floors, open fires, dining for 20, children’s play area and 2 lounges.

This large and finely restored period property is situated within extensive and picturesque parkland and provides every modern day comfort and style.

Dating back to the 16th century, Henley Farmhouse occupies an idyllic position affording uninterrupted views from south-facing lawns and patios, towards Wenlock Edge and Flanders Folly. Thoughtfully appointed and boasting a wealth of period features including beamed ceilings, oak floors and open fires, this is a desirable and spacious ten-bedroom character property.
Restored to an excellent standard, it provides large relaxing and entertaining space including dining for 20, two spacious living rooms and a separate children’s play area. There is a bespoke farmhouse-style kitchen and convenient secondary kitchen/utility. Its ample bedrooms are thoughtfully appointed and there are nine bath/shower rooms, seven en suite. The property is furnished throughout with a mix of new and antique and the use of traditional English fabrics.
Very popular with families and groups of friends, Henley Farmhouse achieves many repeat bookings. Customers are welcome to push the divan beds in the twin rooms together if they wish to form double beds.
Accommodation: Entrance porch/boot room. Wet room. Separate toilet. Large beamed living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace. Beamed sitting room with open fire in stone fireplace. Children’s play area with adjacent kitchen/utility. Separate toilet. Dining room with feature fireplace and table seating 20. Well-equipped, bespoke farmhouse-style kitchen with two gas/electric ranges and island. Beamed twin bedroom. Three staircases to separate areas of the first floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, and one with oak floor. Two large twin bedrooms with feature fireplace; one with inter-connecting door to bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, and one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two further twin bedrooms; one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, and one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Three staircases to separate areas of the second floor: Two double bedrooms, each with beamed sloping ceiling; one with en-suite bathroom with centre stage roll-top bath and toilet, and one with roll-top bath within bedroom and en-suite toilet. Twin bedroom with wooden floor and sloping ceiling.

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 BBC TV 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.
Henley Farmhouse is one of three holiday houses at Acton Scott. The Shooting Lodge is a finely restored and spacious character property set in its own private grounds, sleeps 8+3, ref RNP. Henley Cottage, an authentic Victorian farm labourer’s cottage, as seen on TV, sleeps 4+1, ref ROO4. All three properties may be rented together or individually, to accommodate the needs of larger parties.
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 ref RN5.

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  • Electricity, full gas central heating and Wi-Fi included
  • Two cots
  • Two high chairs
  • Two TVs
  • Two DVDs
  • Two gas/electric ranges included
  • Two microwaves
  • Two dishwashers
  • Two fridge/freezers
  • Large secure south-facing garden with patio and furniture

  • Open fire(s) - initial fuel inc, thereafter avail at cost
  • Bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi inc
  • Radio/cassette/CD
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • BBQ
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle storage
  • External table tennis room
  • Home cooked meals by arr
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Shop 2½ miles, pub 1½ mile

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.

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Highchair
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 18/03/2019
    Fantastic house, perfect for large groups and families. Great flexible layout. Kitchen was well equipped and the dining table was huge - a rarity even in large houses!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 11/02/2019

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 12/11/2018
    Henley Farmhouse is a great property which we very much enjoyed. The bedrooms were all a good size and some very large. The dinning room and sitting room were great with lots of space for everyone. I was disappointed to find that the kitchen was lacking in some essential cooking equipment and there was not enough cutlery for 20 people - and 3 dishwasher tablets were not going to last long. This did not spoil our holiday it just made cooking more of a challenge than it needed to be. We would visit again, but would have to bring more of my own basic cooking equipment.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 22/10/2018
    Overall we had a great holiday and enjoyed all being together in Henley Farmhouse. We have been doing this for over 20 years so have experienced a number of different properties. We would however like to point out a few things that we found somewhat inadequate. Hopefully the suggestions for improvements will be beneficial to future clients. Generally we felt the property was rather 'tired' and well used. Large carpet stain in small lounge. Lounge furniture rather stained n places. Toilet seat in rooms 7 & 9 wobbly. Nail sticking out of floor boards in room7. Wi - fi only available in certain parts of the property. ( Need to state this in description ) Kitchen, useless, sharp grater when catering for large numbers. Lack of serving dishes ( only one Pyrex dish) No Oven Gloves. ( Safety Issue) No instructions for microwave. Lack of SHARP knives. Loose seal on Indeset Oven door. Inadequate veg. peeler. Extractor Fan above Côte d'Or Oven wasn't working. Shelf missing in fridge door. Definite need for clearer labelling for recycling. Disgusting unhygienic outside food bin crawling with maggots clearly never washed out and surely a health hazard. Room 3& 4 bathrooms, slow drainage of water from sinks. More coat hangers needed.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/09/2018
    We had a very enjoyable time at Henley Farmhouse celebrating my 60th birthday. The farmhouse is large, comfortable and well appointed. We had Milly's catering service for an evening meal on Saturday night which was superb. I would thoroughly recommend it. We are just waiting for another big occasion so we can go back.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 31/08/2018
    We had a wonderful week at the farmhouse. It is warm and welcoming and well-equipped for large groups. We appreciated the well presented information about using the house, and the many ideas for local excursions. We would love to return there for another family holiday. It would be a nice gesture for admission into the excellent Action Scott Farming Musem to be included as part of the rental agreement.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 20/08/2018
    Very good location, comfortable living and bed rooms, excellent space outside. Kitchen slightly less well equipped than other comparable properties (no scales, measuring jug, trays); dining room - huge table, difficult for most less-than-huge parties (we were 14) and very noisy

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 08/06/2018
    An outwardly impressive property in a stunning location with plenty of space and old kitchen well equipped. However house shabby and needs a deep clean. No carpets/decent rugs in bedrooms just old floorboards so no sound proofing. Room 6 & 7 - need new mattresses. First morning no hot water, then a power cut interrupted breakfast. TV - limited channels and fuzzy. Booster required. New router came when we were here so big improvement. Garden & views wonderful but 4 chairs and a very old bench broken (has been mended several times - needs replacing). Kitchen equipment, oven gloves etc. ok but dirty and the wooden spoons were disgusting. 11 friends had a good holiday overall but sadly would not return. Would recommend that some of the rent of the house be spent on urgently upgrading the house.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 21/05/2018
    Brilliant holiday let My large family had a great relaxing reunion Just unfortunate that one of the beds had a very worn mattress,but we didn't let it spoil our holiday. I have been telling all my friends and work colleagues about it and would recommend it to others as a great place for a large group or family get together. The garden could have done with a gate to keep the dog in.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 14/05/2018
    Great place for a big family get together - our 3rd time here!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 30/03/2018
    Had a family holiday here, an amazing house to use as a base. Would love to come back with sunnier weather to make full use of the outdoor area. We stayed with several little ones which were over 18 months, the main area is very open to the kitchen and stairs but there is a little lounge which allowed them to be more contained if needed!

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