Slow life right down in a quintessential country-house retreat in the heart of rural Shropshire. Corndon House sleeps 12 family and friends in six bedrooms. This is the classic undiscovered gem of English country life: a place of high hills, kingfishers, deer and otters. As the A roads disappear, so will your worries.
Walk the one-acre orchard and garden. Stay out there for volleyball, boules, swingball and skittles. Spend your evenings eating out on the terrace and getting crinkly in the eight-seat hot tub. Make midnight memories gathered around the firepit marmalising marshmallows and making headway with that cheese and wine.
Reconnect with the people who matter, among luxury fabrics and soft lighting over board games or in front of the 70” TV (bring your passwords) with the log fire burning brightly. Blast some sounds out on the Boombox Bluetooth. Escape to elegant sitting rooms and glamorous bedrooms wrapped in a rural blanket of total silence.
If you were after a wild time, you’ll find one here. Wild in the sense of utterly rural, a one-acre garden exposed to the snuffling of deer and the river life of otters and kingfishers. Play volleyball, boules, swingball and skittles.
Eat out on the terrace with the air infused with the open-air scent of the firepit barbecue. Marmalise marshmallows around the firepit. Stick around to hop into the eight-person terrace hot tub as night descends. Watch ancient constellations and meteors burning up the night sky.
Corndon House give you the choice of being together for convivial conversation or slipping apart to daydream over books and music. Congregate in the main living room or escape for me-time to the sitting room. Wherever you hang out, you’ll enjoy luxurious fabrics, furniture and fittings complemented by soft lighting and quirky touches.
If you’re having a movie night, try to remember your Netflix and Amazon Prime Video passwords as you get together in the living room around the 70” smart TV on the media wall. Get a homely fire going in the logburner and break out the board games. Set your holiday soundtrack up on the Bluetooth Boombox.
The feel here is of utter privacy. So settle back on the abundant sofas, get some cheese and biscuits going, pour yourself another Prosecco and dive into some serious downtime with the people who matter the most.
If you fancy prepping your meals yourself, the double oven with six-hob LPG won’t disappoint. But should you prefer to chill in the hot tub while enjoying the white-glove treatment, call up our expert chefs from Tetra Hospitality or Twisted Lemon for a one-off celebration or fully catered break.
Stock up at the village shop in Chirbury or at the Co-op in Montgomery, with white, red and pink from Kerry Vale Vineyard or Tanner’s Wines. Eat around the 12-seat oak dining table in front of the stone feature wall or out on the terrace with steaks and sausages done to a turn on the firepit barbie.
Put your feet up and telephone for takeaways from Montgomery’s Fish Bar and Golden Fish Chinese. Or head out to pubs such as The Three Tuns in Bishop’s Castle for beer-battered fish or lamb moussaka, or The Lowfield Inn in Marton for pork tenderloin Wellington or pecan-crusted salmon.
Treat yourself to a fine-dining experience at The Checkers in Montgomery, with a tasting menu that includes Narissa charred carrots, and roasted rump and sweetbread of rosé veal. Tuck into the sea trout, duck or beef at Mortimer’s in Ludlow or tackle another tasting menu at The Walrus that includes Goosnargh duck and cherry.
Glamorous bedrooms here come equipped with luxurious fabrics and Kingham and Harrison mattresses. Corndon House sleeps 12 in six bedrooms beneath a cosy duvet of rural silence.
Bedroom one (Caradoc) on the ground floor offers a zip-and-link bed and TV, while bedroom two (Lawley) comes with a superking and en-suite.
On the first floor, bedroom three (Pontseford) offers a kingsize bed and TV, and bedroom four (Grinshill) is a twin. Bedroom five (Wrekin) is a kingsize with en-suite shower room, while bedroom six (Corndon) has a kingsize bed and TV.