Are you seeking a Shropshire staycation with your significant other this autumn? Look no further than Moonrise Lodges! Our two luxury lodges are set on a family farm in the heart of the Shropshire Hills: a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Providing a true “home from home” feel, you can enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of busy city life.
Shropshire is situated on the England/Wales border and is one of the most peaceful, unspoilt areas in the whole of the UK. With many awe-inspiring adventures, terrific towns, and excellent eateries nearby, we can guarantee you’ll be spoilt for choice during your romantic autumn staycation.
Whether you are a keen historian, walker or outdoor enthusiast, there’s something for everyone here in the Shropshire Hills. Enjoy a romantic stroll along the Stiperstones or rediscover history at Powis Castle – the possibilities are truly endless!
Carding Mill Valley & the Long Mynd is fantastic for an autumnal walk. Offering spectacular views of the Shropshire Hills and beyond, there is a large network of paths and trails for walkers, cyclers, and horse riders to enjoy. Spend your day paddling in the stream, watching the birdlife, hiking up the hills and tucking into a tasty picnic. During the autumn season, the rich heathland begins to perish, turning into a glorious rusty orange colour. You may even spot one of the many migrating birds as they pass through on their journey down south.
The Stiperstones is a great destination for some autumnal exploration. The dramatic, rugged outline of the Stiperstones ridge is truly a sight to behold, with the jarring, jagged rocks piercing the skies. The area is steeped in history and heritage and was one of Britain’s main sources of lead back in the 1870s. Various folklore and myths enshroud the Stiperstones, including the spooky story of the Devil’s Chair. This National Nature Reserve boasts a wealth of wonderful wildlife, with the nearby Bog Visitor’s Centre proving a great pit stop for a hot drink and slice of cake.
If you’d prefer a slightly less active adventure, head on over to Powis Castle for a day full of historical wonder. Boasting an amazing collection of paintings, sculptures and tapestries, this medieval castle rises dramatically from the ground below. The award-winning gardens are truly fantastic all year round, housing various rare plants and showcasing Italian and French styles. We also recommend checking out the Clives Museum, which showcases an impressive collection of Indian treasures.
There is a wide range of nearby towns and villages to explore – for those days when the weather is not on your side. These medieval market towns are all unique and fascinating in their own way, and we recommend visiting as many as you can cram in!
Montgomery is a stunning Georgian market town with a 13th Century castle at its core; and, luckily for you, it’s also our nearest town. This small town has a big history, with a friendly and lively community feel. The quaint market square features a good range of independent shops and cafes; stroll around the shops
and discover the range of gifts, clothing and homeware on offer, or tuck into a delicious homemade cake at one of the local cafes. There are many events held throughout the year – keep an eye on their website for more information.
Ludlow is a lovely medieval market town, with an excellent reputation for its quality food and drink. This bustling town hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, including the renowned Ludlow Food & Drink Festival each September. Ludlow it also home to a stunning 11th Century castle perched upon the clifftops, overlooking the meandering River Teme. There is an excellent selection of cafes, bars, and independent shops to choose from, as well as a traditional market held every Monday, Friday, and Saturday throughout the year.
Last but certainly not least, Shrewsbury is one of England’s finest medieval market towns. Founded by the Saxons and developed by the Tudors, this quaint town is the birthplace of legend Charles Darwin. Shrewsbury boasts over 600 listed buildings and a castle, which is now home to the Soldiers of Shropshire Museum. The River Severn loops around Shrewsbury town centre, and the stunning riverside views can be enjoyed from the peaceful Quarry Park. There are many festivals and special events held each year, including the world-famous Shrewsbury Flower Show.
From traditional inns and country pubs to award-winning restaurants and bustling bars, Shropshire has it all! Whether you’re after some tasty pub grub or a romantic gourmet meal for two, there are many local eateries to explore within just half an hour’s drive from our lodges.
The Miner’s Arms is our local pub, situated just a twenty-minute walk away from our lodges in Priest Weston. This friendly family business offers hearty pub grub and has a brilliant beer garden, serving lovely handmade pizzas every Wednesday evening.
The Lowfield Inn is just a short car journey away in Marton. This beautiful country pub serves fantastic food, made using the finest locally sourced produce. They also serve an excellent range of local ales and some of the finest wines from across the globe.
The Three Tuns has been the beating heart of Bishop’s Castle since its beginnings in 1642. This famous, historic pub provides a welcoming, friendly atmosphere. They serve a fantastic range of traditional British food using only the highest quality ingredients.
The Dragon Hotel in Montgomery boasts a great selection of traditional pub grub, lovingly prepared by their talented team of chefs. Originally built as a coaching inn around 1630, The Dragon Hotel has an enviable reputation for food in the area.
Moonrise Lodges provides the perfect base for a Shropshire staycation this autumn. Spaces are filling up fast for the autumn season, so book now to avoid disappointment!