Witley Court was gutted by fire in 1937 but still retains its seductive allure. This is a grand house stripped of its gilded interiors without ever losing its bravado. Just to make the point, the wonderfully flamboyant Perseus and Andromeda fountain fires water triumphantly into the air at different times of the day, while the garden is maintained to the highest of standards following a major English Heritage project.
The house, originally Jacobean, was added to over the years, reaching its peak in the 1850s when Lord Dudley lived here, supported by an army of servants. The then Prince of Wales was a regular visitor, when the house reverberated to the sound of music and clinking champagne flutes. It must have seemed as if the party would never end.
Pool House sleeps eight - ideal for two families. It was built in the 1940s as a private residence and comes with its own secluded garden. You are in the grounds of Witley but from here it's a glorious 5-10 minute walk along a rhododendron-lined path to the ruined mansion.
Witley is near the Welsh border and a half-hour drive from foodie Ludlow.
All of our cottages are fully furnished and equipped with TVs, DVD players, CD/ DAB Radio music system, telephone for emergency and incoming calls, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, oven and hob, washerdryer, dishwasher. Linen and towels are provided.
- Travel cot and high chair
- TV and DVD
- Music centre
- Fridge with freezer compartment
- Hair dryer
- Max 2 well behaved dogs allowed
- Parking: space for four cars
- Access details for this holiday cottage
We are a group of eight friends who have met for a spring walking break every year for the past 12 years. In the early days we stayed in B&B's until we discovered that self catering is more relaxing and has lots of advantages. Over the years (our average age is now 73) the walks have become shorter and less strenuous but the fun and laughter and the shared food and wine are still just as enjoyable.
Two years ago we discovered Pool House at Witley Court and it is now a firm favourite. On arrival, once we had assessed the contents of the generous hamper and admired the vase of flowers left by the housekeeper, we drew lots for the four bedrooms. Two are spacious with en suites and the other two are far from small and near to the family bathroom. Once the luggage was stowed away we opened the bottle of wine from the hamper while we prepared our first meal. After the first night we ate well in the local pubs and there are plenty to choose from within a 10 mile radius. The next morning we strolled in the grounds and watched the fountain play. The paths were easy to negotiate for one of our number who this year was using a mobility scooter. For the more able walkers there were bluebell walks in Shrawley Woods and Woodbury Hill. The countryside around Witley Court is stunning and good walks go directly from the door. The Worcestershire Way passes close by.
Highlights were walks in the grounds early and late in the day when we had it to ourselves, hearing owls and foxes at night, drinking early morning tea whilst watching the bird life from the bedroom window and visiting the church and, of course, the tearoom. Thank you English Heritage for all the special touches which contributed to a memorable stay.
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To check availability or book this cottage please phone our booking team on: 0870
- 7 night stay: from 3pm Friday to 10am following Friday
- 4 night stay: from 3pm Monday to 10am Friday
- 3 night stay: from 3pm Friday to 10am Monday
Please note: alternative start dates may apply over Christmas and supplements may be charged on specific dates when demand is high due to local events. For bookings of two weeks or more each week will be priced in the date band it falls in. See below for prices.
|Dates ||3 Days ||4 Days ||7 Days |
| 21 April 2014 - 22 June 2014 || £530 || £543 || £985 |
| 23 June 2014 - 3 July 2014 || £768 || £749 || £1,379 |
| 4 July 2014 - 24 July 2014 || £530 || £543 || £985 |
| 25 July 2014 - 31 August 2014 || £768 || £749 || £1,379 |
| 1 September 2014 - 30 October 2014 || £530 || £543 || £985 |
| 31 October 2014 - 18 December 2014 || £402 || £408 || £681 |
| 19 December 2014 - 4 January 2015 || £768 || £749 || £1,379 |
| 5 January 2015 - 1 March 2015 || £402 || £408 || £681 |
| 2 March 2015 - 2 April 2015 || £530 || £543 || £985 |