Upton Cressett Hall
Sixteenth century moated Elizabethan manor with turreted gatehouse set in remote, beautiful and unspoilt Shropshire countryside near market towns of Bridgnorth and Ludlow.
Located next to a fine Norman church, and a deserted medieval village, Upton Cressett’s Gatehouse, featuring original oak spiral staircase and rare 16th century ornamental plasterwork, has been likened to the Sissinghurst Tower. The property was admired by Nicolas Pevsner and is included in Simon Jenkins’ Best Houses of Britain who described it as an 'Elizabethan gem'.
The Hall was the historic home of the Cressett family for centuries, before the Cash family began living there in 1971. A royalist stronghold in the Civil war, Prince Rupert stayed in the Gatehouse during the Civil War. Sir Francis Cressett was Treasurer to Charles I and attempted to rescue the king from Carisbrooke Castle in 1648. The Cressetts were powerful courtiers and the evolving architecture of the house – especially the spectacular Gatehouse - reflects their social rise and sphere of courtly influence.
In addition to being open to the public, the Gatehouse is also used as a writers’ retreat, with celebrated authors from around the world staying for up to a month to work in the unique historic setting. Notable visitors who have stayed include Margaret Thatcher and novelist Sebastian Faulks.
The historic site, which includes a deserted medieval village and important Roman villa archaeological site nearby, is a protected Scheduled Monument and site of Special Historic Interest.
Of special interest are items of original furniture to the house, along with Cressett portraits, and the recently restored Great Hall dining room with its enormous stone fireplace and a unique Tudor hand-painted ceiling completed by the acclaimed artist Adam Dant. Dant has also completed work on the main newel staircase, the gatehouse dining room and the Renaissance garden. This ‘daring and original’ work has been featured in a four page article in Country Life.
Featured on the cover of Country Life, Upton Cressett is described as 'a splendid example of the English manor house at its most evocative'. The sixteenth century hall and historic turreted gatehouse with oak spiral staircase and plasterwork is ideal for all filming and photography. The historic landscape, remote location, moat, stunning Elizabethan architecture and beautiful gardens combine to make a magical day out – and escape from the modern world.
The Great Hall dining room has an enormous stone fireplace and a unique hand painted Tudor ceiling which has been recently restored and is ideal for any Elizabethan banqueting requirements. The main staircase with painted cartouches is similar to that at Knole. The moated setting, next to a Norman church, is romantic, secluded and highly atmospheric.
The property and grounds are also available for wedding receptions, events and concerts, along with open air Shakespeare and Elizabethan music being performed in the grounds on the raised moat lawn. Wedding receptions can be booked for up to 150 guests, along with the romantic Gatehouse for the bride & groom.
Upton Cressett Hall is a member of Shropshire Tourism and Bridgnorth & District Tourist Association. We are also members of the Historic Houses Association (but do not participate in the HHA Friends Scheme) and the Hudson's Explorer Pass Scheme.