Tucked away in the Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is the ancient Acton Scott estate offering the perfect holiday location for families and groups of friends. In recent years, a number of uninhabited estate properties have been finely renovated by Rupert Acton to provide attractive and quality Holiday Houses, each set in their own picturesque and private grounds.
Guests are spoilt for choice and can stay in a range of accommodation: finely restored larger Holiday Houses, an authentic 19th century farm labourer’s dwelling (tipped by The Sunday Times’ Top 100 Cool Holiday Cottages), a Farmhouse B&B, or Group Camping at the Village Hall.
The Shooting Lodge, sleeping up to 11, and Henley Farmhouse, sleeping 20, are spacious properties situated in private grounds with south facing lawns and patios affording stunning views across open parkland. Popular with families and friends, and booked together as regularly as they are rented separately, each offers its own unique character while providing every modern day comfort, including bespoke farmhouse-style kitchens, ample living space, large open fireplaces and thoughtfully appointed bedrooms and bathrooms. Furnished with a mix of new and antique, the use of traditional English fabrics and period details abound.
Henley Cottage is a 19th century former farm labourer’s dwelling, sympathetically restored to reinstate its original condition. This humble property, which sleeps up to five, has taken many a star turn in BBC TV’s Victorian Farm, Escape to the Country, Country Tracks and BBC2’s new show Escape in Time. Holiday visitors now have the opportunity to enjoy its homely atmosphere and the unique opportunity to escape modern day living.
Nearby and three miles east of the busy market town of Shrewsbury, Rupert Acton is the custodian of Cronkhill Farmhouse on the National Trust’s Attingham Park Estate. Its 17th century timber framed Farmhouse has the same charm and character as Acton Scott’s holiday houses. It offers spacious and attractive accommodation for up to 14 guests and provides spectacular views towards the River Severn and Wrekin Hill.
Acton Scott achieved national television fame as the setting for BBC 2’s ratings success story ‘Victorian Farm’ which was accompanied by a best selling book, the estate went on to provide the film location for ‘Ben Fogle’s Escape in Time’. In 2011, Acton Scott featured in a brand new television series ‘Making Britain Count’, presented by Phil Tufnell, and was also be seen on the BBC’s popular ‘Escape to the Country’ series.
Visitors and holiday makers are encouraged to come and experience the Estate’s timeless appeal, its village character and in so doing help preserve it for future generations. It has long provided the opportunity to become familiar with the country life of yesteryear. Its Historic Working Farm is a wonderful visitor attraction with daily activities and special events. You will see traditional 19th century farm life unfold daily, while the land around is worked by heavy horses.
Everyone works hard to enrich its appeal to visitors. A Circular walk, the ‘Country Squire’s Stroll’, takes in the estate’s picturesque landscape and many recognisable film locations. Additionally, there is a programme of traditional craft and trade courses on offer to learn about the forgotten skills of the past at the Historic Working Farm.
Furthermore, Acton Scott Estate offers various idyllic and romantic venues for your marriage celebrations.
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