A grand, indulgent castle-inspired retreat with a cinema room, gym and sauna, set amongst rolling Shropshire parkland that overlooks the shimmering River Severn.
  • Sleeps: 23
  • Bedrooms: 8
  • Bathrooms: 9
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Said to be the inspiration for P.G. Wodehouse’s fictional, celebrated Blandings Castle, Apley Hall is an imposing Gothic-style retreat that was designed to emulate a romantic riverside palace.

Commissioned by Thomas Whitmore in 1811, the magnificent building is nestled amongst 180 acres of private parkland that overlooks the shimmering River Severn… a perfect setting for the grandest of large group celebrations.

Up to 23 lucky guests can be accommodated in eight large, elegant bedrooms, so no-one has to be left off the invitation list. And once your guests have set their eyes upon the battlemented parapets and mullioned windows that characterise Apley Hall’s majestic exterior, they’ll be very glad they know you!

Through the arched entranceway awaits a treasure-trove of rooms and spaces, each one expertly designed and furnished to inspire gasps of wonder. Enormous sash windows showcase those mesmerising parkland views to perfection, while soaring ceilings, well-chosen art pieces, and ornate plasterwork will make you feel as though you’re starring in your very own period drama.

Ideal for wow-factor feasts, the banqueting room is available by separate arrangement, and there’s a huge, sociable kitchen that means your guests may actually argue over who gets to do the holiday catering.

Alongside fun catch-up conversation with friends and loved ones, entertainment comes in the form of a swish, leather-seated cinema room (just add popcorn), a games room, and heaving bookshelves that beg you to pick a favourite and find a quiet, opulent space.

Later on, why not relax in the sauna after a sweaty workout in the well-equipped gym – ideal for burning off unwanted calories from all those indulgent meals!

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At a glance

  • A literary-inspired castle-style retreat, set within 180 acres of private Shropshire parkland that overlooks the River Severn.
  • 8 bedrooms sleep up to 23 guests, with rooms configured to sleep couples and families alike.
  • Along with elegant sitting and dining rooms, the retreat is also home to a dedicated cinema room, games room, gym, and sauna.
  • Guests have access to 10 acres of garden and parkland, with a wooden pergola for al fresco dining and entertaining.
  • The village of Norton is close by, with Bridgnorth and Telford accessible in a short drive.


  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups


Gated entrance, state room with TV, Wi-Fi, fireplace, electric heating, large well-equipped kitchen, cinema room, gym, sauna, games room, banqueting room (pre-booking required). 8 bedrooms: kingsize master with four-poster bed, sitting room, and en-suite bathroom. 2 x queensize rooms, 1 x kingsize room, 1 x kingsize room with fixed cot, 1 x double with 3 singles, 1 x kingsize room with 3 singles, 1 x double room with 1 single. 2 bathrooms with bathtubs, 6 shower rooms, 1 separate WC. Access to 10 acres of furnished formal garden and parkland with wooden dining pergola. Ample private parking.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, village shops, picnic spots, historic sites, pubs, restaurants, wildlife-watching, family attractions.

More information

The bedrooms are configured to accommodate couples and small families in a mix of double and kingsize rooms, some of which feature additional singles. One room features a fixed cot, and another travel cot can be supplied on request.

(If you’re quick enough, stake your own claim on the master bedroom suite, with its downy four-poster bed, a sitting room with not one but two fireplaces, a beautiful en-suite bathroom, and gorgeous garden views!)

Getting up close and personal with those views will be easy, since you’ll have access to over 10 acres of the surrounding grounds… including the east-facing lawned garden and a wooden pergola that’s ideal for sumptuous al fresco dining.

While you’ll feel as though ‘real life’ is far away, the quaint village of Norton is achingly close by, and you can reach the pretty market towns of Bridgnorth and Telford in just a short drive.

That is, if you can tear yourselves away from the heady confines of Apley Hall – your very own country estate!

Things to note

Please note no stag/hen parties or large events (eg. weddings) can be accommodated at this home. Check in between 4pm-10pm, check out before 10am. Pets are not permitted. A formal banqueting room is available but must be booked separately in advance. Please advise if the additional travel cot is required for your stay.

09.08.23 – 21.12.23 check in and check out on Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Frid ONLY

22.12.23 – 04.01.24 check in on 22, 29 and 4 ONLY – check out on 22, 29 and 2 ONLY

05.01.24 – 02.01.25 check in and check out on Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Frid ONLY

Where you'll be staying

Bridnorth, Shropshire

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