You really can't get closer to the Welsh border than this old Georgian rectory down a well-hedged lane west of Oswestry. There are only 12 rooms, four of them in converted outhouses. Walks in the area include the lovely Racecourse Wood. This is very much a place for a romantic getaway, moreover the hotel has received an embarrassment of awards for its food.
Bishop's Castle received its Royal Charter in 1249. In 1719 an inn was constructed on the outer bailey of its ruined castle. The builder was the Duke of Chandos, MP and patron of Handel. Today The Castle has half its bedrooms at the top of a gracious eighteenth-century staircase and the other half in the servants' garret. A great base for exploring Offa's Dyke.
There was a castle at Soulton before the Domesday Book was written, but the current brick construction is Elizabethan, the work of Roland Hill, an early Lord Mayor of London. Soulton has four rooms in the main house, each named after a family who have owned the hall since the Conquest. There are also rooms in outbuildings and charming individual cottages in the grounds.
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