The Best Hotels to Book Near Attingham Park, England
The sprawling Attingham Park estate is home to a deer park | © RICHARD DAWSON / Alamy Stock Photo
Attingham Park, England, is a sprawling estate of walled gardens, woodland walks and roaming deer. The Regency stately home crowns the grounds, where opulent rooms are open to the public for touring. In the surrounding Shropshire countryside, you’ll find an array of family-run B&Bs, cosy country pubs with rooms and grand homes turned into luxury hotels. These are the best hotels in the area – bookable on Culture Trip.
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In the picturesque village of Uffington, this traditional country pub has a handful of rooms to suit all kinds of travellers. The standard rooms are great for those on a budget, while the family rooms are ideal for those who want to share. Splashing out on the deluxe double will get you an ornately carved four-poster bed – perfect for a romantic escape. The seasonal menu at the inn’s restaurant makes the most of the natural bounty of Shropshire, and the local guest ales are best enjoyed in the beer garden by the River Severn.
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Cross the Tudor moat to arrive at this beautiful mansion-turned-hotel. The timber-beamed building dates back to 1524; its history can be felt in the ancient casement windows and black-wood beams inside. Most of the rooms are suites, each designed to fit around the old higgledy-piggledy walls of the manor, where antique armchairs accompany wood-carved four-poster beds. While the dining room is reserved for private affairs, a garden pizza night on the terrace draws the crowds for oven-baked pizzas at the weekend, and Friday nights see the sizzle of Argentinian-style beef on the patio.
Holiday Inn Express Shrewsbury
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A 10-minute drive from Shewsbury’s historic centre in one direction and 10 minutes from Attingham Park in the other, this Holiday Inn Express puts you at the heart of Shropshire’s history. Classically contemporary hotel rooms offer a comfortable place to lay your head at night, and a big buffet breakfast is served in the morning. You can bring your pet for an additional fee.
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This small, family-run hotel dates back to the 16th century and retains all the charm of its Medieval roots. Timber beams, gnarled over time, are exposed in the top-floor bedrooms; the plushest rooms feature free-standing tubs and four-poster beds with sheer, billowing curtains. In the style of a traditional inn, the Lion and Pheasant’s focus is on its food. The seasonal menu has been awarded two AA Rosettes; hardly a surprise after you’ve tried the beef tartare and spiced duck leg bonbons off the tasting menu.
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A restaurant with rooms, it’s all about the food and drinks at Darwin’s Kitchen. The conservatory dining room is a riot of colour, where plants hang from every nook and cranny. The focus of the menu is local produce, and individual farms are named as the sources of sirloin steak and tenderloin pork, all within a 25mi (40km) radius of the hotel. After supper, it’s just a matter of dandering upstairs to calming rooms in cream and heather purple.
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The decor of this boutique hotel pays homage to Charles Darwin, who was born in Shrewsbury. Botanical-print blinds, vintage travel cases and dinosaur skeletons in each room combine to create a quirky tribute to the most famous naturalist in the world. If you fancy a tipple, visit the honesty bar overlooking the lovely garden. Breakfast is a hearty affair; try the decadent eggs hollandaise.
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In the heart of Medieval Shrewsbury, this Grade II-listed Tudor manor fits right into its surroundings. A welcome tray awaits you in your room, and the rooms at the front of the building have a beautiful view of the Medieval church spire and cobbled streets. For a hotel this size, there are more than enough dining options, with three different restaurants. The Royalist offers fine dining with a backdrop of ancient tapestries and suits of armour on the wood-panelled walls. The Chambers provides a more casual bistro setting, and the Carnellias Tea Rooms serves afternoon tea to the tinkle of a grand piano.
Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall Hotel and Spa
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Within 15 acres (6ha) of grounds and overlooking an ornamental lake, the Albrighton Hall Hotel sits inside an 18th-century manor house. Some of the rooms show off the skeleton of the ancient building, but they’re otherwise havens of modernism. The Oak Room Restaurant is a stylish yet traditional place to dine and has a particularly good selection of local cheeses to finish your meal. For the ultimate pampering country escape, this hotel offers spa breaks.
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Like the coaching inns of old, this place has taken the cosy country pub and added some boutique rooms for a tantalising foodie break. The lunch menu features delectable elevated sandwiches, such as shredded confit duck breast and oak-smoked salmon. For dinner, opt for traditional pub grub served with finesse or something from the fine-dining menu. Rooms range from an executive single for solo travellers, super-kings for couples and even a bridal suite.