We return to Shropshire to explore some of its beautiful gardens and the fantastic open-air museum at Blists Hill.
Day 1 Following a morning collection from home, we join our Woods coach and travel toward Shropshire, making suitable refreshment stops along the way, and arriving at our hotel late afternoon. There is time to freshen up before a ‘get to know each other’ welcome drink and dinner.
Day 2 This morning we visit Blists Hill, a fascinating re-creation of a Victorian town complete with staff in authentic costume. We then transfer to Weston Park, the former home of the Earls of Bradford, boasting fine furniture and works by Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Stubbs, all set in 1000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland.
Day 3 A visit to the Shugborough Estate, where we have time to explore the mansion house, servants’ quarters, museum, Georgian farm and the many gardens. Lunch is available in the onsite restaurant or café. We return to our hotel mid-afternoon.
Day 4 This morning we visit the Dorothy Clive Garden, transformed from a disused quarry to a magical 12-acre garden in 1939, and now a charitable trust. In the afternoon, either return to our hotel, or spend time in Ironbridge, a delightful town of tea rooms, antique shops and, of course, the iconic bridge.
Day 5 Departing the hotel after breakfast, we make our way homewards, via the Cotswolds, with suitable refreshment stops along the way.
This beautiful hotel is set within 170 acres of Shropshire countryside and the restaurant enjoys fantastic views over the Ironbridge Gorge. The hotel has an indoor pool, spa, sauna, gym and treatment rooms. All bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is a lift to some rooms.