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The Gaol

Upper Arley, Worcestershire, DY12 1XA (Ref. 1052623)

4.4

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  • Icon/Feature/Four-poster Bed Four poster bed
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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9 Customer Review(s)

  • “The first floor accommodation was very clean and comfortable, and decorated to a high standard, with usual touches.”

    The beds are extremely comfortable, and there are plenty of towels provided. The kitchen has everything you need for a short stay, and there is also a microwave.There are lots of lovely walks in the area, our particular favourite being the 5 mile walk along the river bank to Bewdley, then taking the Severn Valley Steam Train back, the station in Arley is approximately an 8 minute walk over the pedestrian bridge back to the accommodation, and also the Upper Arley Circular Route. We went with our ...

    The beds are extremely comfortable, and there are plenty of towels provided. The kitchen has everything you need for a short stay, and there is also a microwave.There are lots of lovely walks in the area, our particular favourite being the 5 mile walk along the river bank to Bewdley, then taking the Severn Valley Steam Train back, the station in Arley is approximately an 8 minute walk over the pedestrian bridge back to the accommodation, and also the Upper Arley Circular Route. We went with our small dog, and dogs are allowed on the train, so we also took a return trip to Bridgenorth for the day, saving on driving there. Arley Aboretum is a short walk up the hill from the property and worth a visit. On our last day we ordered a takeaway meal from Dominiques Restaurant, (a 10 minute drive away), which was excellent, so we spent our final evening eating superb food, in the outside seating area opposite our accommodation, overlooking the river with good food and a glass of chilled wine. A couple of observations, there is no washing machine in the property, and we found that when we used the bathroom during the night, (which was at the opposite end of the property to the main bedroom), we disturbed our young dog, who is a very light sleeper and wouldn’t then go back to sleep. As there was only the two of us staying there, we got around this by sleeping in the other twin bedroom which is nearer the bathroom, and this didn’t really detract from our stay, it was just a shame we didn’t get to use the gorgeous four poster bed. Loved our stay in Upper Arley, the beautiful scenery, watching the fisherman each morning and all the ducks gathered on the riverbank. A beautiful place to stay and a really relaxing holiday.

    - Mrs Baldey, September 2021

The Boat House And The Gaol

Bring your loved ones to share a wonderful holiday to the countryside of Worcestershire by securing a stay at The Boat House and The Gaol in the peaceful village of Upper Arley. Together, the properties sleep up to eight people, perfect for families, couples and avid ramblers to explore this part of the country and the borders of Staffordshire and Shropshire. Both of the properties enjoy a boutique interior design, coupled with everything you could possibly need to enjoy a self-catering holiday, as well as striking views to savour of the River Severn and beyond. The village of Upper Arley is idyllic and plays host to a tearoom, a village shop and the pub serving food, the Harbour Inn, can be found across the river. Within the village is the Arley Arboretum & Gardens, where you can look forward to discovering one of the oldest and most spectacular Arboreta in Britain, home to a collection of over 300 species of trees and featuring the iconic Laburnum arch, measuring 65 metres, making the perfect attraction for nature lovers, families and avid ramblers. Enjoy exploring this part of Worcestershire further, with a visit to Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve where a whole host of outdoor action can be enjoyed, including walking, cycling and horse riding amidst the enchanting forest setting. Here, there is also the attraction of Go Ape, where you can enjoy the tree-to-tree crossings, bouncy nets and all-terrain Segways to unleash the thrill-seeker within you. Walkers can don their walking boots to embark on a plethora of walks within the surrounding countryside, including the long-distance footpath of the Severn Way taking you along the scenic River Severn, and the North Worcestershire Path, both of which take in some breath-taking scenery and give an insight to the historic county of Worcestershire. Family-friendly attractions are in abundance here too, with the West Midlands Safari Park located just over eight miles away, as well as the Severn Valley Railway, where you can hop on board the heritage train to enjoy the stunning views at your leisure. Other things to do within the area include a visit to the National Trust property of the Dudmaston Estate, discovering the Redstone Caves or visit the attractive Georgian town of Bewdley. With so much to see and do, a wonderful getaway awaits you at The Boat House and The Gaol.

The property

The Gaol is an outstanding self-catering accommodation in one of the most idyllic locations within the countryside of Worcestershire, offering captivating views across the River Severn and a boutique interior, making it a heavenly oasis at any time of the year.

This first-floor accommodation has been designed with a couple or a small family of four in mind, perfectly located for enjoying the borders of Staffordshire and Shropshire, as well as the plethora of things to do within the year.

At the end of a bracing day, open up your home for a week or two to be greeted by the contemporary kitchen/diner, where the high vaulted ceilings are a striking element to this space, another being the quality range of appliances on hand so that you can cater for yourself.

As you continue through the property to the sitting room, the exposed beams give an immediate sense of the history of the property, whilst the sumptuous L-shape sofa inviting you to relax in front of the Smart TV, balances the sense of tradition.

In this room, the picture window allows you to watch the world go by and admire the views of the famous river from the comfort of the sofa; there is no better way to unwind after an action-packed day.

Once the evening has drawn to a close, look forward to catching your rest within the master suite, where the exposed beams make a lovely contrast against the 21st century chandelier, framing the plush king-size, four-poster bed, yet the pièce de résistance is the views.

Concluding the interior and enjoying the same immaculate interior design as the master suite is bedroom two, enjoying a twin set up and the impressive bathroom, boasting a freestanding bath and a spacious walk-in shower.

To the exterior of the property, there is a small courtyard where you can enjoy a spot of alfresco dining during the summer months, as well as an off-road parking spot.

The Gaol is a wonderful retreat to enjoy with your loved ones.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1052417, together sleeping up to eight people.

Summary

  • First-floor apartment
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x four-poster king-size bed, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher
  • Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking to the rear of the property for one car
  • Private courtyard with seating
  • One well behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.4 miles

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location

UPPER ARLEY

Kidderminster 6 miles; Bewdley 6.3 miles

Upper Arley is a quaint village resting in the Wyre Forest District of Worcestershire and within striking distance of the large market town of Kidderminster. With a small population, this village promises to be a peaceful spot to enjoy a holiday to the West Midlands and the borders of Staffordshire and Shropshire. Within the village, overlooking the River Severn you will find the magnificent Arley House and Gardens, a tearoom, St Peter’s Church of England, a Post Office with general store and across the river is the Harbour Inn, the local pub. To better acquaint yourself with your surroundings, be sure to stroll along the Upper Arley circular walk, simply allow the 'Ferryman' symbol and direction arrows to enjoy the scenic view of the tranquil river, tracks through the ancient woodland and the opportunity to brush up on Britain's industrial heritage in the form of the Victoria Bridge and the Severn Valley Steam Railway. Local attractions within the area include the Bodenham Arboretum, home to more than 3,000 tree & shrub species, 15 pools and plenty of footpaths, Severn Valley Country Park for more scenic walks and the endearing Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve is well-worth a visit. Slightly further afield is Shropshire Hills AONB and Rays Farm Country Matters, where you can try your hand at feeding deer! the endearing Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve is well-worth a visit. The large market town of Kidderminster and the pretty town of Bridgnorth lie in opposite directions and promise to be fun-filled days out for all ages. Upper Arlery is the ideal base for touring this part of the country.

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Note: There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £250 for this property

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas