I’m a huge fan of YHA youth hostels because they give you an opportunity to stay in an amazing array of places, from castles to lifeboat stations, country houses to mountain top bunkhouses. YHA Wilderhope Manor is a Grade 1 listed Elizabethan Manor House in Shropshire. Owned by the National Trust and operated by YHA as a youth hostel, it had a £500k refurbishment a few years ago and even has a bridal suite with 4 poster bed and a roll top bath!

We went with a group of friends, all with children, and stayed in family rooms but dorm beds are also available. You can also book Wilderhope Manor for exclusive use making it ideal for a big get together.  Dorm beds currently start at £15 per night and a 4 person en suite family room is £73.50 for the whole family.   Check up to date pricing here.

Wilderhope Manor has a lovely stone terrace at the front of the building, the perfect spot for a drink from the licensed bar whilst the children play in the gorgeous grounds.

Wilderhope Manor is in miles of rolling countryside. There are walks you can do direct from the hostel and the field in front provided a natural playgound with blackberry picking for the kids.

Impressive from the outside, if you can tear yourself away from those views, then inside the hostel is comfortable with  an elegant Elizabethan dining room and a  lounge with leather type sofas around an original fireplace. You can cook for yourself or the hostel has breakfast, a packed lunch and dinner available.

Check out the view from our family room  window!

 

Whilst in the area, visit Carding Mill Valley, a beautiful National Trust valley for walks complete with mountain streams.  I promise you the blue skies on this photo are unedited!  We had a lot of fun geocaching as well as walking and stream splodging at Carding Mill.

If you’ve ever fancied yourself as Lord or Lady of the Manor, Wilderhope Manor is perfect and it comes at a budget price.  Whether with friends, family or on your own you’ll be surrounded by the green fields of Shropshire and the natural beauty of the area.

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