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Review --- secretdiner.co.uk
- Quality *****
- Value *****
- Staff *****
- Facilities *****
- Access *****
Impressive............that's the term to think of when describing Soulton Hall, a romantic Elizabethan manor house and home of the Ashton family for more than 450 years. Comfort, luxury and providing a friendly and helpful approach to everything - it is certainly hard to beat.
Wem is a thriving market town in rural Shropshire and Soulton Hall is easily reachable from it or from roads such as the nearby A 49. Parking is no problem and once welcomed as a guest we had access to the 500 acres of surrounding estate, with interesting scenic and historic attractions.
We had passed this way before and been disappointed that lunches were not available, so when in the area at dinner time we thought that we would call again and see if we would be lucky -- and so we were indeed. A true country house, Soulton Hall is all one would expect and all American tourists could wish for -- with a comfortably furnished lounge, bar area and small dining room in the main house and with developments in a converted barn area nearby to cater for larger numbers of guests.
Having been made very welcome on our (unexpected) arrival, it was a member of the family who took charge and provided all the care and attention we could need, even showing other guests some of the secret places inevitable in such an ancient structure. After a suitable wait we were shown into the candle-lit dining area (very atmospheric) and our meals soon arrived and were very tasty indeed. There can be no doubt that those seeking both a good dining experience and a romantic experience would be hard put to to find a better location.
Clearly such an experience would not be cheap, but we felt that we had certainly had very good value for money and left thinking that we should return as soon as our travel itinerary allowed.
Sometimes we stumble upon special places -- this is one.
Go there and enjoy.