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“Historic and cosy hotel”
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Soulton Hall
Ranked #3 of 4 Wem B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 5, 2009

The hotel is in a quiet country lane and is a striking manor house with a walled garden. The main house only has 5 rooms although there are some additional converted brick farm buildings. We only stayed one night in the Hill room in the main house. The room was large and comfortable with decoration and furniture in keeping with the feel of the house. The bed linen was of good quality and the pillows were comfortable. My preference would have been for a firmer mattress and a more traditional bed stead though. Downstairs there was an open fire with sofas and armchairs and this room had a warm and cosy feel. The Christmas tree was also in situ. There was a separate room with a bar. The dining room was lit by candlelight wall sconces and a chandelier. The food was well cooked and presented attractively. Tim, the son of the house, said that due to the location of the village being on route to Shrewsbury and Wales there was a direct train from Manchester to Wem. He also took time to advise on places of interest to visit. Soulton Hall is a building with history, truly charming and gives a sense of past times and has a warm, friendly, cosy feel to it and is worth a visit.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2009

We stayed two nights here while visiting relatives and were very pleased with our choice. To be honest, we wouldn't have been visiting the Wem area if we didn't have family nearby, but we're very glad we did. Wem itself appears to be a once prosperous market down now sadly in decline, but there are plenty of interesting places to visit within a short drive, including Ellesmere, Chirk and of course Shrewsbury.

The House itself, set in 500 acres of grounds (mostly arable farmland), is full of character. The Ashton family manage the trick of welcoming paying guests into their wonderful ancestral home without either resenting them or smothering them. The fact that there are only four guest rooms helps it to feel more like a home, less like a hotel. But the service and the cooking are as good as you could wish for in any hotel in this price bracket -- and would shame many a more expensive place.

Our room (the Hill room) was spacious and well furnished as well as being beautifully clean. It had real character, as I suspect do all the rooms in the house. We didn't look inside the accommodation in other buildings, which from the outside have less character -- with the possible exception of the gamekeeper's cottage, which has an excellent situation at a corner of the estate and looks really pretty.

We were surprised to be the only guests staying on our first night, and very pleasantly surprised that the Ashtons had put together a menu catering for our meat-free diet (Shropshire is a county of committed carnivores) with four choices for each course. The trouble they'd gone to to do this was quite touching. The dining room was lit by dozens of candles, just for us, the food was excellent and the service unintrusive. All very well judged. We breakfasted solo too and once again, everything was just right.

For what you get for your money, this is a reasonably priced hotel. We'll certainly be going again, which is something we very rarely do.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank steveandsally
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Reviewed October 4, 2009

Delightful location, wonderful hosts and delicious food. Couldn't be better. I can't wait to go again.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank DelmarQuidsy
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Reviewed August 30, 2009

Lovely old building with rooms of character and some with very sloping floors!
Family run hotel but with staff who can not remember what drinks you order and one who had no idea why we would want some olives with our drinks!
The food was fair with very poor selelction of deserts - nothing like the pictures on the web site - crumble, fruit and meringue, or ice cream both nights. The staff found it very difficult to adapt to minor dietary requirements even with quite a lot of notice. The addition of the bill was a mamouth task!

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank jq002
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Reviewed August 25, 2009

Stay at Soullton Hall as a birthday treat. Lovely countryside around the hall, the hall it self could do with a little updating in the lounge area, the room we stayed in the barnet room was a good size but again needs updating on the soft furnishing bathroom new ,spoilt by 20 year old curtains lots and lots of spiders in the bathroom but otherwise very clean. Service was very good had a lovely meal in the dinning room which was the highlight of the stay.
The broucher makes the hall appear to be much grander than it was and we were diaapointed on the positive side staff very friendly had a lovely if expensive meal. The walks around the hall grounds were lovely.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Sandra S
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Reviewed July 14, 2009

Friendly and well run. The building is amazing. Had a two night stay, food is great, was really relaxing in lovely countryside. The house is rather old, but the bathroom was really modern, obviously re done recently which was great.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Smiley09
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Reviewed April 20, 2009

I recently booked Soulton Hall entirely to celebrate my 40th birthday with my 20 closest friends. We had an amazing Easter weekend in this beautiful house with its magnificent rooms. The Ashton family made us feel incredibly welcome and tempted us with amazing homecooked food. I cant wait to go again !

  • Stayed: April 2009
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2  Thank sinderella3
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Additional Information about Soulton Hall

Address: Soulton Road, SY4 5RS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Shropshire > Wem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Wem
Price Range: $145 - $214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ancient manor house of mellow Tudor brick and honeyed sandstone in the delightful, intriguing county of Shropshire. Candle-lit dining. ... more   less 
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