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. https://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p6775089
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
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.