The Gatehouse is one of the most romantic and historically significant gatehouses in the country, often compared to the Tower at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent in which Vita Sackville-West created her library and wrote her many books. Prince Rupert, nephew of Charles I and commander of the royalist troops, stayed in the Gatehouse during the Civil War and the panelled bedroom he slept in is named after him.
A set of linen tapestries in the Gatehouse, known as 'The Four Seasons of Prince Rupert', celebrate his life as a soldier, naval commander, print-maker and scientist, as well as his visit to the Bridgnorth area in the Civil War.
This unique and historic self-contained property is available to rent either for romantic short-break weekends (minimum two nights), by the week, as well as over holiday periods. Several times a year, it is taken over as a writers' retreat.
Entrance The property has its own imposing entrance gates, gravelled drive-way and parking. Wrought iron gates lead through to a medieval courtyard and sixteenth century cobbled archway.
Dining room The ground floor dining room has an original sixteenth century Tudor fireplace, carved North European refectory table that sits ten and a painted Tudor ceiling. The dining room is reminiscent of a romantic hunting lodge with hand-blocked wallpaper and tartan curtains with horn buttons.
Kitchen The fully equipped kitchen has a period stone floor, American style fridge-freezer, granite work tops, butler sink which is ideal for either cooking oneself or by a local chef (which can be arranged) to prepare dinner or lunch in the adjacent dining room.
First Floor The first floor comprises the panelled Prince Rupert master bedroom (where Prince Rupert slept) with a half-tester bed with silk drapes. The bedroom has a nineteenth century crewel work tapestry, ornate plasterwork, Tudor fireplace, oak floor and antiques. The suite has an adjoining sitting room with pale blue fleur-de-lys wallpaper, silk curtains, satellite TV, Tudor fireplace, knole sofa and spectacular plasterwork. The separate bathroom in one of the turrets has all Lefroy Brooks fittings including a powerful wet room shower, traditional claw foot towel rails and underfloor heating.
Second Floor The enormous Library Bedroom on the top floor has huge exposed beams, oak bookcases, an enormous bath under the mullion windows in the bedroom, a large writing desk as well as thick carpet and a separate bedchamber area. The bedroom also has a separate turret bathroom with all fittings by Lefroy Brooks.
Extra small beds for children can be provided to increase sleeping capacity.
Exterior Private garden with flower beds, fruit trees and fountain.
*Please note, locations shown on the maps are approximations only
Upton Gatehouse is conveniently located for access to the M5, M6, M54 and M40 motorways. The nearest station is fifteen miles away with frequent inter-city trains from London, Manchester and Glasgow, and services to Wales and the West Country.
The nearest airport is Birmingham International Airport, which is approximately 40 miles away.
For catering and services please enquire prior to booking.
- Security deposit: £500. This is to be paid directly to the owner before your stay and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection. - Linen & towels: All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price. - Energy costs: Included in the rental price. - End of stay cleaning: Included. Please leave the property how you found it. - Arrival time: 4pm onwards. - Departure time: 10am. - Pets: Please enquire. - Smoking: No smoking in the property. - It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
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