We highly recommend staying at the Old House. The entire experience, from my first email contact with Tony, to the tour of the house he gave us just before we left - all was first class. We stayed in the Catherine of Aragon Suite, with its own sitting room, and separate shower room, it has an incredible amount of space, and is decorated in a way completely sympathetic to the age of the house. This is a house that is 500 years old, so make sure you don't leave without Tony's tour. He has really done an incredible amount of research on it, and he delivers the story in a very animated and entertaining way. Since we were in the suite, we had our breakfast delivered to our sitting room each morning, which was a real treat for the first leg of our journey. The breakfast was smilingly delivered by Tony's wife Mary, and included full english or omelette if you wanted it, or a lovely continental or charcuterie plate. We were truly spoiled. We stayed for 4 nights and loved ever minute. If you are staying in Shrewsbury, don't stay anywhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Old House in Dogpole sits on an original Anglo-Saxon plot leading down to the River Severn. After the Norman Conquest in 1066, Shrewsbury was fortified and the town wall cut through the garden, but the plot remained intact. The house was rebuilt as a timber framed Tudor mansion around two massive brick chimneys in the late 1490s and retains much of this original character. The house had strong connections with Catherine of Aragon. She married Arthur (brother of Henry VIII) at nearby Ludlow Castle in South Shropshire where she finally returned after her divorce from her later marriage to Henry VIII. Members of the Rocke family were courtiers of Catherine and also owners of The Old House, and there is a tradition that Mary Tudor stayed in the house on her way to visit her mother. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Old House Hotel Shrewsbury