On the historic Kerry Ridgeway – historic gateway to Wales
Upper Castlewright Cottage is believed to date back to the 1400’s – the 15th century. It is situated at 1,175 feet in Wales on the boundary with England – the garden fence forms the border.
The Cottage is in a spectacular position with stunning views and provides easy access east to Shropshire and the historic towns of Shrewsbury and Ludlow and to the north and west to the delights of Snowdonia and the Welsh coast. Two of Wales’s highest mountains - Cader Idris and Mount Snowdon 50 miles away – can be seen on bright clear day.
The Cottage has recently been totally renovated to provide the highest standards of accommodation and now sleeps five people in great comfort.
It is located on the Kerry Ridgeway (Ffordd Las Ceri) – a 15 mile route ( some may argue 17 miles) – through the Welsh Marches – The nearest English town 3.5 miles east and over the border, is Bishops Castle.
Five hundred yards west of the Cottage, the Kerry Ridgeway is crossed by Offa’s Dyke – an 8th century earthworks built by the Mercian King Offa. This stretches, primarily, along the length of the English/Welsh border. The section where Offa’s Dyke meets the Kerry Ridgeway and going southwards, is said to be one of the finest sections of this ancient pathway.
The Kerry Ridgeway itself is far older than Offa’s Dyke and pre-dates both Iron and Bronze ages – remnants of which are seen all around this area. The Ridgeway never drops below 1000 feet as it crosses Kerry Hill. This results in magnificent ‘all round’ views.
This Cottage has, on two different occasions, traditionally both in the 16th and 18th centuries, been an Inn. In the 1850’s it was called ‘The Britannia’. This old ‘Drovers Inn’ was a watering hole for drovers taking their livestock to Market, and/or further a field. They could pen their animals across the pathway outside, in what is now the second garden, whilst they stopped for a drink, rest or sustenance.
To the east, down the Ridgeway a few hundred yards, once stood another Inn – ‘The Dog & Duck’ on a crossroads. This too is a private house today.
Upper Castlewright Cottage has been awarded 4 stars by the Wales Tourist Board