Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Wyre Forest Cottage Self Catering Accommodation, Buttonoak, Kidderminster, Shropshire (Sleeps 1-4)

Wyre Forest Cottage Self Catering Accommodation consists of two properties situated in the ancient forest of Wyre on the Shropshire / Worcestershire border. There's loads to do, either challenging or restful to suit each person's tastes.

Manor Holding Cottage The kitchen/scullery opens off the dining room and is comprehensively equipped with double fan assisted ovens, 4 burner gas hob, multi-speed fan extractor hood with high-intensity lighting, capacious fridge and freezer, washing machine, double sink and drainers, microwave, airing racks, external washing lines, toaster and hot beverage station. The traditional stone bread oven is no longer in use but makes a convenient wine cellar. The kitchen is furnished with ample pots, pans, and cooking tools of all sorts for baking, roasting, stewing, steaming, poaching, frying, etc. There are two bedrooms on the first floor (1 super king size double and 1 twin). Opening off the entrance hall downstairs there is a cosy snug or study with WIFI, CD player and TV point, a larger sitting/dining room with DVD/TV and super-efficient wood burning stove, and an under stairs cupboard crammed with useful things, including garden games equipment. It has a separate, enclosed and sheltered front garden with two lawns, embracing an intimate, suntrap patio, as well as shady seating arbours for hotter days.

Manor Holding Byre is an elegantly proportioned small barn, built of handmade brick of an almost glowing, naturally mottled warm orange colour, well over a century ago on the foundations of a previous stone building. The Byre has one twin bedroom accessed via the external loft stairs and a full height living room downstairs, with kitchenette and wet room shower/toilet off. There is also a sofa bed downstairs. It has been restored using appropriate materials including matched handmade brick, natural stone, green oak and old clay tiles, in keeping with its original character. New casement windows complement the style of the original adjacent cottage windows. The Byre is naturally warm and full of sunlight, as all the numerous windows have high-performance double glazing, and walls and roof are well insulated. White painted walls, and invisible under-floor central heating throughout reinforce the light and warmth. It is south facing onto the parking yard, looking out into an ancient orchard, and over a small rural valley to the rear.

Buttonoak is a great base from which to explore Shropshire. Track wildlife in the 5 acres (2 hectares) of wildflower meadows and ancient orchards; or in the adjacent ancient woodland and National Nature Reserve.

Get close up and personal with big game wildlife at the West Midlands Safari Park and let your hair down at the funfair afterwards. Catch a steam train to the past along the verdant Severn 'Gorge'; on the Severn Valley Railway from Bewdley, Arley or Kidderminster.

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