Chelmarsh Hall

Bridgnorth, Shropshire
+44 (0)7881 910861

A very roomy, 13th-century monastic grange with Victorian gothic additions, sitting in pretty gardens with views over the Severn valley


7 bedrooms


Sleeps 12

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

This special country house mixes old and new with aplomb, in an unfussy, artful way. You have two sitting rooms, both with plenty of light from the large gothic windows, books and games, TVs (one in the kitchen too!) and a SONOS sound system.

The whole gang can hang out in the kitchen with masses of worktops, cookbooks, a generous table and a sofa for chatting. Everything the cooks need is here, along with a welcome hamper with artisan bread, butter and jam, stuff for your first breakfast and a bottle of wine from Tanners in Shrewsbury. The house is surrounded by gardens, with a west facing, walled courtyard where you can sizzle supper on the barbecue or warm yourselves round the chimenea. Swing seats face east for a morning cup of tea and you can sometimes spot the steam train puffing along the valley.

Walk straight onto the Jack Mytton Way – this is well-tended countryside and you’ll come across numerous interesting villages.

Chelmarsh Hall - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Visiting foodie Ludlow, buying lots of local produce and bringing it back to cook
  • The calm, peaceful feel of the house and garden
  • The countryside and the walks
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You should know

  • The double and the single share a bathroom
  • There are two overflow bedrooms in the attic if you need them


  • Swimming pool
  • Self check-in
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights (£2000 - £2800).
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £360
Weekly price
from £2500
1 House for 12
From £3607 bedrooms


We (a group of 12) had an absolutely brilliant stay at Chelmarsh Hall to see in the New Year. James was a fantastic and welcoming host, from start to finish - he provided a very helpful pre-arrival information pack, a generous welcome hamper, and was on hand for any queries. The house itself is incredible - historic, tastefully and generously furnished, but also with plenty of mod cons (the SONOS speakers in particular were a godsend!). It all made for a lovely weekend of cosy log fires, board games and walks - a perfect way to bring in the New Year with a group of friends!

Freya, London

Three generations of our family (aged from 7-87) had the most magical Christmas at Chelmarsh. A huge Christmas tree, a festive welcome hamper and roaring fires. The house is wonderful. Lots of space and masses of character. The kitchen had everything we needed. There is a dog friendly courtyard and garden and lovely walks in all directions. Thank you James!

Sarah, London

Our family of 10 had an absolutely wonderful stay at Chelmarsh Hall. An amazing find! The house is fabulous and the area has plenty to offer - we stayed a week but feel like we barely scratched the surface. The owner James has been a delight to deal with and everything you could think of is provided. Chelmarsh Hall has a very homely feel which is evident the moment you step in the door. We were 3 generations of the same family, from ages 1 to 73 and the house catered for everyone. Would love to go back some time.

Neil, Surrey

We had a fantastic stay at Chelmarsh Hall in August. The house has a huge amount of character though was in superb condition (as the photos show), and had everything you would need for a very comfortable stay (including a highchair for our one year-old). It is set in a wonderful location, with lots of space for the children to run around in and with loads of walks right from the doorstep. The courtyard was very beautiful and a lovely setting for having a relaxing drink or meal outside. The owners were extremely friendly and welcoming and we felt right at home. We hope to visit again!

Jonny, London

What a find. Here's a place that Henry VIII didn't raze to the ground and now provides a thoroughly comfortable and calm environment in which to enjoy this glorious corner of our little island. Children will revel in the expanse of outdoor space whilst the adults have the most delightful medieval courtyard in which to wine and dine. A deeply historic treasure still very much alive and thriving.

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The neighbourhood

Next door is St Peter's church, dating from the 14th-century. Half a mile away you'll find Chelmarsh reservoir on which you can sail or paddle board, Bridgnorth (five miles) has a terrific Saturday market. Ludlow is 15 miles, a beautiful historic town with independent shops and a castle. Visit Much Wenlock and Wenlock Priory, 10 miles or head to The Stretton Hills for serious hikes.

Local points of interest from James Arthur

  • There is something for everyone in Shropshire and first time visitors are always amazed by the sheer beauty of the rolling Shropshire countryside. Chelmarsh Hall overlooks the Severn Valley with a plethora of beautiful walks and plenty of excellent pubs!
  • Our go-to day trip with friends includes a drive to Ludlow to potter in the antiques shops and explore the market stalls before visiting the impressive castle. Then home via Much Wenlock (home of the modern Olympics and Wenlock Priory) or The Long Mynd.
  • For adventurers the Jack Mytton Way (traversing 100 miles of Shropshire countryside) is next to the house and a National Cycle Route. You could hack out of the local riding school, canoe the Severn, sail, paddleboard or wild swim in Chelmarsh Reservoir.
  • The area is a dog-walkers paradise with the meandering River Severn is a short walk from the house. Nature lovers could pop down the hill and watch waders and lapwing at the nature reserve. Children can roam and play safely in the large gardens.
  • Immediate local attractions include the Severn Valley Railway (a local steam railway) which you can hear tooting in the distance from the garden. We'd also recommend the local market towns of Bridgnorth and Ludlow (particularly on Saturday market days).
  • For family day trips we'd recommend Ironbridge Gorge and the Victorian Museums (the start of the Industrial Revolution and a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Wroxeter Roman City, Wenlock Priory, Buildwas Abbey, the RAF Museum at Cosford, or a stately home...


James Arthur

The hall has been in James' family since 1947. After graduating he decided not to head for the bright lights of London but to return to Chelmarsh. Now 15 years later, he and his wife Louise, gracious and charming, are re-energising the property and grounds. You look after yourselves, but Angela, the housekeeper, is in a cottage behind you and there if you need help.