On arrival, we were warmly greeted by Izzy, tea and cake, and Bella (one of the two lovely resident dogs)! The whole property oozed charm and character, and is set on lovely grounds with amazing views.
We stayed at the Yellow Room, which had a private bathroom just a few steps away. The bathroom was large, with quality towels, a standalone slipper bath and a powerful shower. The room was spotless, and the in-room tray of tea, coffee (with cafetiere), (large) cookies et al were delightful, only seen in high-end hotels we'd encountered on our business travels. Our room had a bay window which overlooked the driveway and stables. During our walks on the grounds, we met friendly chickens, ducks and horses!
For our 2 night stay, we decided to have the full English Breakfast on one morning & smoked salmon with scrambled eggs on the other. Both were great. We had the dinner option on our first night, and at £30, was good value. There's also a pub about a mile away - the Three Horseshoes - which had great food and service.
Overall, the property was elegantly furnished with nice touches everywhere.
Transport-wise, if you're not driving or if you're coming by train, arrange for a taxi early/in advance, especially on a Sunday. It's a 15 min drive to The Old Rectory from the train station, but we had to wait an hour and a half(!) for one of the taxi companies to find us a car! It should be better on weekdays though.
Thank you Izzy and Andy for everything (the log fire in the drawing room was a real treat)! We had a wonderful stay and look forward to returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 5* Country House Bed and Breakfast. The Old Rectory is a classic Georgian residence nestling between the Clee Hills about 7 miles from Shropshire. Luxury bedrooms and bathrooms, delicious breakfasts,afternoon tea and candle lit dinners are on offer. We have 7 acres of gardens for you to enjoy with outstanding views in all directions. Well behaved dogs can stay and sleep in the boot room. Horses also welcome, but not compulsory. ... more less