Solitude Retreats

Discover Bewdley a “Sanctuary Town”

If you are seeking to escape the everyday pressures of life and get some personal ‘down-time’,   Sanctuary offers an idyllic Retreat space.

Accommodation is a cosy, self-catering apartment to the rear of a Grade II listed, former merchants House built in 1599. The apartment has its own discreet entrance and access to a delightful walled garden with waterfalls,  and fountains designed to engender a state of peace, and tranquility.

Solitude Retreats are flexible and available for weekends and week days – of  a few days or weeks.  Any special needs or assistance is available from the on-site owners who understand the need to be attentive whilst respectful of the need for the privacy of its guests.

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Bewdley has been described as  “the most perfect small Georgian town in Worcestershire”  nestling alongside the banks of the mighty River Severn Bewdley has a fascinating past.

First records of Bewdley appear under the name of Gurbenhale,  the Saxon name for Wribbenhall.  By 1388 it was known as “Beau lieu”, Norman French for  ‘beautiful place’, and in 1472 Edward IV granted its charter, as Beaudeley, giving it many privileges.

Legend has it that because of boundary disputes,  Bewdley became a “Sanctuary Town” beyond the reach of the judiciary and therefore an escape for run-aways and those seeking a hidingplace, and safe passage out of the area.

Things to do:

The apartment is an ideal place to simply relax, receive and allow rejuvenation to take place.

But for those wanting to enjoy the benefits of the beautiful surrounding countryside and fresh, clean air there are circular riverside walks and parks, nature trails and cycle paths through the ancient and extensive Wyre Forest, several Arboretums and the beautiful  QE II Silver Jubilee Gardens. A two minute walk leads to the centre of Bewdley with its award winning  Museum offering a rich variety of heritage, arts and crafts; perhaps followed by a visit to one of the wide choice of riverside restaurants, pubs and cafes.

Bewdley has lots of events such as the Carnivals, Parades, Regattas, Art Festival, live music in the Green Theatre in Jubilee Gardens, Markets etc.

The River:

The river is a haven for a wide variety of wild birds sharing the river with the local rowing teams.  You can fish for free along the quayside.

Day out:

From Bewdley station you can enjoy a day aboard the Severn Valley Railway – Britain’s premier vintage steam railway- stopping at delightful riverside villages and ending in Bridgnorth.

The West Midlands Safari Park is situated on the outskirts of Bewdley town centre where you can see rare breeds of tigers and lions.  Witley Court, a English Heritage site,  has beautiful Victorian gardens with spectacular fountains and one of the finest Baroque churches in England

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