Embrace the New Year in Shropshire

6th January 2019

10 Ways to Embrace the New Year at The School House

Shropshire is a beautiful destination for a rural retreat at any time of year. Here are 10 ways that you can relax in the south of Shropshire this winter.

1 Enjoy A Winter Walk

We love getting out for a walk whatever the weather. You can browse the selection of routes in our map room and find something that fits your requirements be it long or short. There are several routes which can be done from our front door. Some walks have a pub halfway round or a tea-room at the end.

2 Visit Stokesay Castle

The best-preserved fortified medieval manor house in England which is managed by English Heritage. Stokesay Castle, which is at Craven Arms just off the A49 between Ludlow and Church Stretton, is open every weekend in January & February.

3 Uncover The History Of Medieval Ludlow

Explore the medieval streets of Ludlow and discover some of the 500 listed buildings in the town including the Ludlow Museum at The Buttercross. Once you've browsed the town find somewhere to enjoy a local food snack.  There are plenty of options available.

4 Discover National Trust Parklands

Croft Castle & Berrington Hall are two National Trust parkslands close by which are open at weekends. Carding Mill Valley at Church Stretton is another area owned by the National Trust. The tea-room here is open all year.

5 Browse A Book From Aardvark Books

Aardvark Books in Brampton Bryan is a charming 19th century barn full of second hand books. Seek out a book to curl up with on your guest room sofa.

6 Have A Long Soak In The Bath

Sink into the deep double ended bath in the Caradoc bedroom and cocoon yourself up in a cosy dressing gown afterwards.

7 Taste Some Local Fine Foods

Many of the local pubs and restaurants serve top quality locally sourced dinners. You will find menus from some of them on our website and in the guest information folder in your room.


8 Treat Yourself To A Speciality Gin

The Ludlow Farmshop (formerly Ludlow Food Centre) has a wide selection of locally produced spirits. You can keep the tonic cool in your room fridge along with other fancy nibbles from the Farmshop.

9 Eat Breakfast With The Warmth Of A Log Fire

Your breakfast table will have a selection of homemade and local delights for you to indulge in and there will of course be the option of a full English. On cooler mornings we will light the logburner.

10 Let Your Dog Discover New Sights and Smells

Dogs always love to go somewhere new for a walk and there are plenty of places where you can take your dog for an off-lead walk close to us. The ground floor room at The School House is dog-friendly with its own private entrance.