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YHA YHA Wilderhope Manor re-opens after £500,000 refurbishment
    28/03/2012 04:58

YHA Wilderhope Manor re-opens after £500,000 refurbishment

The stunning Grade I Elizabethan manor house, which stands on the slopes of Wenlock Edge, has been tastefully restored to its 16th century glory and now features purpose-made classroom, event bar with 24 hour licence, refurbished bedrooms, showers, washrooms, a self-catering kitchen and an exquisite honeymoon suite.

Set in acres of unspoilt National Trust Countryside, Wilderhope Manor is a jewel in YHA's crown. The 12-week refurbishment programme has enhanced YHA Wilderhope Manor's many original Elizabethan features, including a sweeping spiral oak staircase, large open fireplaces, ornate ceilings and period windows.

YHA Wilderhope Manor Manager, Abbie Freeman, said: “Few changes have been made to the building since 1742 and it is steeped in history and period features. Being a National Trust property, we have worked with the YHA to ensure all renovations are in keeping with the history and character of the building; we have created teaching, conference and wedding facilities that are second-to-none. I am delighted with the refurbishment as are our guests, many of whom have commented on how wonderful it is to stay in such an historical building but with all the comfort and luxuries of modern living. It all looks amazing.”

Built in Wilderhope Manor was originally restored by John Cadbury who bought the building and gave it to the National Trust for use as a Youth Hostel in 1937. The building still retains strong links with John Cadbury. Trustees of the W A Cadbury Charitable Trust pledged £50,000 towards the overall cost of YHA Wilderhope Manor’s refurbishment costs. Locally the hostel is known as The John Cadbury Memorial Hostel after the former President and Chairman.

Commenting on the re-opening of YHA Wilderhope Manor Rupert Cadbury, a Trustee and family member said: “Given the long association with the family, The W A Cadbury Trust is delighted to have helped with the refurbishment of the Manor.”

The Youth Hostel has accommodation for up to 80 guests and as well as being a popular holiday destination, the building has also become a popular wedding venue in recent years.

Built in 1586 by the Smallman family, a stay at Wilderhope Manor is not for the faint-hearted, however, as there have been numerous sightings of Thomas Smallman, a family member and Major in the Royalist Army, who is said to haunt the magnificent building.

Wilderhope Manor is one of nine hostels YHA has undertaken extensive refurbishment programmes in 2011/12.

To make a booking at YHA Wilderhope Manor or any other Youth Hostel in England and Wales, visit or telephone 0800 0191700 / 01629 592700.

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