History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
In addition therre are several 16th century fireplaces. There are a pair of circular walks available through the woods and farmlands surrounding the manor.
Though owned by the National Trust, the manor is operated as a youth hostel. This makes little difference as far as visiting the manor goes, but may mean that some rooms are not accessible on the day. When we visited there were only two rooms open to view on the ground floor; the hall, now used as the hostel's dining room, and a smaller sitting room. In addition to these chambers there was the original cross-passage, now the entrance hall.
The most enjoyable feature of the hall interior is the 16th century plasterwork in the hall and sitting room. There are beautiful geometric patterns on the ceiling and surrounding the fireplace in each room. Some of the plasterwork depicts natural objects like flowers and vines, but there are also some rather touching details, like a heart with initials inside it. Over the sitting room fireplace are heraldic symbols, showing off the family's connections.
Though the architecture is enjoyable, its the setting that really makes Wilderhope so enjoyable; the house stands on a small terrace set into the sloping hillside, with views across the valley to green hills beyond. This is a quiet place, a peaceful, secluded spot, where it is easy to imagine that you have stepped back in time. Exploring Wilderhope's interior will not take long, even for enthusiastic Elizabethan historians, due to the limited rooms on view. It takes far longer to actually find Wilderhope in the first place! It is not well signposted; I didn't see any brown tourist signs, and don't look for the National Trust oakleaf symbol anywhere; rather, look for signs to the YHA youth hostel, signed from the B4371 at Longville and from the B4378 near Broadstone.
About Wilderhope Manor
Address: Longville, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England, TF13 6EG
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Off the B4371 at Longville. Limited opening days. Please see the National Trust website for details.
Website: Wilderhope Manor
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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