Staffordshire’s Weston Park is a magnificent 17th-century country mansion set in 1,000 acres of rolling parkland in the English Midlands, next to the village of Weston-under-Lizard. The house and grounds are open to the public and include a restaurant, farm shop and art gallery. Some villages near Weston Park have hotels, and the larger town of Telford offers several choices. Ten miles from Weston Park, the Ironbridge Gorge features a series of museums celebrating the area’s industrial past, founded on coal and iron at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution.
Park House Hotel
A 15-minute drive from Weston Park, the Park House Hotel, surrounded by gardens, is set in the village of Shifnall. Occupying two fine country houses from the 17th century, the hotel’s 52 bedrooms have original features, reproduction period furnishings and modern amenities like wireless Internet and flat-screen TVs. Leisure facilities for guests include an indoor pool, jetted tub, sauna and fully equipped gym. The on-site Butler’s Restaurant serves an international menu, including British favorites like steak and kidney pudding and sausage and mash.
Haughton Hall Hotel
Just on the edge of Shifnall, a little over five miles from Weston Hall, the Haughton Hall Hotel is set in a handsome 1718 Georgian mansion with three floors. This 37-room hotel sits in 35 acres of grounds, including mature woodlands, formal gardens and a lake. Guests enjoy access to the on-site leisure club, which has a heated indoor pool, sauna, gym and solarium. Haughton Hall’s restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner, with the evening menu offering modern British dishes.
Premier Inn Telford Central
Part of a nationwide network of budget hotels, the Premier Inn Telford Central is a 15-minute drive from Weston Park. The hotel is a few steps from Telford’s railway station and features an on-site restaurant serving an international menu. Telford is a busy market town and dining options there include the Dragons Den Chinese restaurant and Frankie and Benny’s, which serves Italian dishes, steaks and burgers. A 15-minute walk from the hotel, Telford Ice Rink, home to the Telford Tigers hockey team, offers public skating sessions and has a bar and cafe.
The Park Inn Telford
Housed in a modern three-story building with 153 bedrooms, the Park Inn Telford is in downtown Telford, eight miles from Weston Park. Facilities at the on-site leisure center include an indoor pool, gym and steam room. The RBG Bar & Grill serves regional and international dishes and at breakfast, guests can choose a continental or full English breakfast. Visitors can enjoy a round at Wrekin Golf Club’s 18-hole course, which is a 10-minute drive from the hotel.
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