Milebrook House seems a natural part of this peaceful and perfectly picturesque landscape. An elegant and notably historic building, on the English / Welsh border and the River Teme. A secret garden surrounds the house on all sides, creating a haven for wildlife, and a special sanctuary for guests.
Originally built in 1760, the house has been host to many varied inhabitants. Once a dower house of nearby Stanage castle, it was a place of refuge for the Emporer of Ethiopia, Haille Selaisse, during the Italian invasion in 1936, and was the family home of the famous writer and explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger, as certified by a blue plaque outside.
In the gardens you can wander along the bountiful boarders of pink peonies and oversized daisies down to a wooden door that lead into the hotels own private woodland. Beyond the woods is a trail leading to a brook that becomes the river Teme, a perfect spot to contemplate and listen to the water set against the backdrop of the Shropshire hills.
Everything about this hotel is genuine and unique. Great care has been taken to create a sense of character and charm, the heritage palettes and classical art reflect a sense of reassuring nostalgia to past times, while some of the more modern artworks and furniture reference a nod to a more contemporary feel.
In recent years the house’s welcoming rooms and private gardens have played host to a number of discerning guests seeking an escape from the hustle bustle of busy, modern life.
Sir Wilfred Thesiger
I tasted freedom in the desert and a way of life from which there could be no recall
Take time to enjoy a stroll around our beautiful gardens. We have seating on the terrace for outside drinks and a large lawn with views over the River Teme, where guests can play Boules, Croquet, Table Tennis and Badminton.
From the sculptured maze to the little wooden bench that overlooks the magnolia tree, the gardens are full of surprises. It was one of my favourite parts of the stay here.
You can walk directly out of the hotel up the Offa’s Dyke by taking the path next to the gate.