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Running In Heels Magazine
A review of Soulton Hall by Victoria Todd was a Cover Feature in 'Running in Heels', a Europe-wide women's culture, fashion and the arts magazine.
The full article can be found below:
"There are times when even the most ardent city dweller feels the need to step off the urban conveyer belt, and head for the peace and tranquillity of the countryside.
It was this desperation for a bit of green breathing space that led us to Soulton Hall. Situated in the county of leafy Shropshire, the Elizabethan manor house has been owned by the same family since 1556. It is this sense of a family run business which sets it apart from the competition; nothing is too much trouble for current hosts, John and Ann Ashton.
After oohing and aahing at the imposing building which sits at the bottom of a pretty tree-lined drive, we were greeted by the affable Ann who made us feel instantly welcome and at home. Ann proudly explained our room, Barnet, was situated in the old part of the house. The room itself (one of four individual suites in the Hall) oozes history and atmospheric charm from its sloping, creaky oak floors and wood panelled walls. The Victorian furniture and secret door epitomise the Wuthering Heights ambience, and the huge cocooning bed ensures a restful night's sleep (as long as your imagination about Cathy's fingers tapping at the window doesn't run away with you!). Only the kettle and television look out slightlyof place in this historical setting. The en-suite bathroom with shower and bathtub has a glamorous feel, set against the wooden beams -- and could only have been improved with luxurious toiletries.
Feeling adventurous and wanting to maximise on the fresh air, we ventured off track to explore the 500 acres of farm and woodland in which the Hall is set. Naturally we hadn't thought of bringing sturdy footwear so squelched our way through fields, across a babbling brook and into the bluebell wood. After a blissfully quiet ramble we came across an adorable gingerbread cottage, which is actually part of Soulton Hall and can be rented out by those seeking absolute respite from other human beings.
Having worked up an appetite we were not disappointed by three courses of simple, delicious, home cooked food such as beetroot bread, roast rack of lamb, belly pork with crispy crackling and the divine sticky toffee pudding. Dinner at Soulton Hall is informal and served by candlelight which adds to the romance of the surroundings, and afterwards, the reception hall offers the perfect place to finish your meal with coffee and petit fours or a glass of port (in our case both), as you admire the huge fireplace and resplendent surroundings.
As we had travelled by train, we weren't able to explore the surrounding areas, however, this wasn't an issue as the home comforts of Soulton Hall and absolute silence (except for the wind blowing and a couple of cows mooing), meant we could indulge in reading, eating and relaxing without a care in the world."