Albaston Lodge - kate & tom's Large Holiday Homes

Let life pass you by

Beyond the Italianate gardens, the views pan forever across Shropshire’s blue-remembered hills. Catch the sun in the south-facing garden. Give it what for on the tennis court. Hit the cinema room for Netflix and nibbles. Relax in the yoga studio. Let life pass you by, amid well-appointed, flame-lit, family-friendly luxury.

Elevate your spirit in the Shropshire hills

The views pan away beyond the Italianate gardens, across Shropshire’s ‘blue-remembered hills’. Breakfast in the orangery brings fresh delights every day. The terraces invite al-fresco dining. The tennis court gets a daily workout. And the complimentary home-made cakes just keep on coming.

Albaston Lodge, sitting pretty where England meets Wales, is elegant but comfortable, polished yet relaxed. It’s a happy marriage of old-world charm and modern convenience where every age range will find something to love. Sleeping 17 in traditional Victorian-Rectory comfort, Albaston basks in well-upholstered, well-appointed, flame-lit luxury for families and groups.

Catch the morning sun in the south-facing garden. Challenge the kids to a game of doubles. Get together for Netflix and nibbles in the cinema room. Sleep in four-posters and wake to views of Long Mountain. Spread out, take over the house and Coach House, be catered for and live well.

If it’s relaxation you’re after, there’s a yoga studio equipped with DVD’s to hold your own classes, or hire in an instructor. Dip into the bookcase to pick from the literature on local walks, tap into the wifi and docking stations, cook for yourself or be spoilt with belt-bustingly beautiful breakfasts and dinners. Curl up and read in the drawing room. Let life pass you by as you soak up the silence and elevate the spirit among the Shropshire hills.

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Hot tub, garden and grounds

From your suite, you can keep the curtains peeled and gaze out over the three-quarters of an acre of sculpted Italianate gardens, keep an eye on the kids as they play hide-and-seek amongst the statues and hedges. Beyond the terraces, AE Housman’s ‘blue-remembered hills’ rise to greet big skies, and Long Mountain completes the vista.

Find a spot out here to read and revive beneath the summer sun, or under a cosy blanket in autumn. Get together to eat al fresco around the garden tables amid the mature planting and whimsical topiary. Manicured lawns await the summer pock of croquet mallet on ball.

Follow the terraces down to the all-weather tennis court. Raid the small pavilion summer room for rackets and balls. Or why not take advantage of the spacious yoga studio. When exhaustion strikes, replace lost fluids with a garden Pimm’s and refuel with high-energy home-made cakes (in endless supply).

The final touch: soak up the luxury at any time of the day in the hot tub.

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Living spaces

Ten TVs indicate the scale of Albaston Lodge and provide you with ample opportunity to escape, or get together around the 48” screen in the cinema room. A Playstation offers access to Amazon and Netflix and there’s a DVD library to dive into. So break out the popcorn and put the Prosecco on ice.

Everywhere, the upholstery is deep and inviting, the ambience warm and welcoming. Wifi here is rural but rapid, making downloads a doddle. Dock your music and doze off in the deep armchairs, or throw a party in the drawing room. Albaston Lodge combines the comforts of a country house with the luxuries of modern living.

In the living room and drawing rooms, flames dance in the fire, sofas are squishy, animal-print rugs lie in wait on the floor, and a desk and chair stare wistfully from the windows at the rolling green hills. Spaces here can get you together or let you drift happily apart.

Cooking and dining

In the heart of England, the home of thick, rustic sausages, Wrekin Blue cheese, fresh, organic vegetables and succulent topsides, feel free to take to the gas hobs and electric ovens on the SMEG range. Alternatively, put your feet up and let us take over, with big English breakfasts and delicious dinners that celebrate local cuisine.

Dining’s a delight here around the orangery table, with light flooding in through the floor-to-ceiling windows, and the gardens and green Shropshire hills panning out in Cinemascope beyond. Or make the most of the clear country air and head out to the terraces to grill your supper on the gas barbie.

Alternatively, get out and go gastro at The Windmill or enjoy the classic pub menu, beer garden and playground at The Old Hand and Diamond. Go for traditional Indian at Saffron Cottage or Bengal Spices, Chinese at Zenna, or Italian at La Dolce Vita.

For fine dining, try House of the Rising Sun, a four-course meal at the Lion and Pheasant, or the five AA gold stars on offer at Draper’s Hall. Over in Powys, The Chequers offers upscale French dining and the glittering promise of a Michelin star. Just minutes down the road, The Breidden is a cheerful Chinese.

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The rustic beauty of the Shropshire hills shines through every window. Seven bedrooms offer seating areas, four-poster beds, flat-screen TVs and ipod docks. Whichever you choose, you’ll sleep deep and long, undisturbed by the wind through the boughs of the ancient cedars that stand guard out front.

For a little privacy, pick the Coach House, sleeping four on two floors with an en-suite downstairs with shower and bath. There’s a king-size upstairs and a twin downstairs. Can’t be parted from your pooch? He’s welcome in the king.

Gold also sleeps four, in one double sofa and one king-size bed or twins. There’s a luxury family bathroom just along the corridor. Grey sleeps two in a grand four-poster king-size, with another king or twins, and comes with en-suite shower room and verdant views. White sleeps two in a king with en-suite shower.

Moving on up, the Loft Room offers a standard double bed with shower en-suite. The Top Room also provides a standard double, while the attic area offers a single sleigh bed. These last two rooms share a family bathroom with a large bath and walk-in shower.

Children Welcome

The Italianate gardens welcome the casual walker into an intimate world of timeless beauty, from each manicured hedge to each resident classical statue and water feature. But these grounds were also fine-tuned with the younger generation in mind.

With tennis, table tennis, football, croquet or just some good old hide-and-seek, the kids will be in their elements. And there’s just as much, if not more, fun to be found inside: with the cinema room, PlayStation and plentiful books and movies, there’s something for everyone at Albaston Lodge.

What people say

What people say

"Have just come back from a weekend at this stunning property. We had the most amazing family break and would absolutely recommend it to anyone. The rooms are individually designed to the highest standard and the grounds are beautiful. Cannot wait for another visit in the future." - Jenny
"Stayed here with 9 other ladies for a weekend away and thinly word i can describe our list is 'perfect'. Sandy and Grant were absolutely brilliant in responding so quickly, sorting out activities for us to do, giving us all information of the local area, leaving a gorgeous homemade cake and prosecco for our arrival...the list is endless. They even dropped us off at the local country club and organised a private yoga lesson. They go far beyond what is expected.The house is stunning. A huge variety of bathrooms and bedrooms, all beautifully and tastefully decorated. The views are beautiful, rain or shine, with a lovely tennis court, badminton table, water features. The pictures really don't do it justice. Highly recommended. We will be back!" - Rachel
"Fantastic short stay. Fabulous hosts and great accommodation. A must stay place! Can't recommend it enough. The local area has some great attractions too (see Stokesay Castle and Powys Castle)" - Steve
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Knocking knees and pamper passes

Kids will love the Shrewsbury Mystery-Themed Treasure Trail, the owls and hawks at Battlefield Falconry Centre, and the knee-knocking fun of The Adventure Rope Course. Grown-ups get a £5 day pass for the local spa, plus a world of castles and gardens, medieval Shrewsbury and God’s own walking country.