What is Shropshire and Staffordshire like?
The area’s superb landscape makes this great country for walking and a wide range of other outdoor activities. We focus on central and southern Shropshire and western Staffordshire, particularly the area around Shrewsbury, Newport and Eccleshall, but we extend well into mid- and North Wales and the western edges of Worcestershire. It’s an area of breathtaking scenery, with pretty rolling farmland contrasting with the stark upland beauty of the Long Mynd and Stiperstones and the Welsh mountains.
The towns and villages are among the most picturesque in the country, including Shrewsbury, with its superb medieval architecture; Ludlow, a grid of pretty Georgian and medieval streets dominated by a vast castle; and Bridgnorth, intriguingly separated into the High Town and the Low Town.
Property around the West Midlands
Dominated by rural cottages, country houses and farms, the area covered by Savills Telford also offers gracious townhouses in Shrewsbury and Ludlow.
For classic Georgian townhouses, look in Broad Street and Mill Street, Ludlow, and St John’s Hill, Shrewsbury.
For substantial villas, try Ashton Road and Kennedy Road, Shrewsbury.
For breathtaking settings, look near Church Stretton and the villages around the Long Mynd.
For gentler scenery, try the villages near Clun or the countryside between Shrewsbury and Wem. Around Ellesmere is ‘Shropshire’s lakeland’, an area dotted with meres and lakes.
The local scene
Ludlow is a hub of stylish living, with a national reputation for superb restaurants and food shops. Its annual Festival presents a two-week programme of music, drama and film, all set against the backdrop of one of England’s most architecturally perfect townscapes. Shrewsbury’s recently opened Theatre Severn hosts a good range of theatre, children’s shows, live music and comedy. Further afield, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra provide world-class classical music.
The M6 Toll has greatly improved access to and from the West Midlands. The M54 provides a fast link to it from Telford.
The A49 is the spine of Shropshire, connecting with the A5 to Staffordshire at Shrewsbury.
Mainline rail services from Shrewsbury serve Birmingham International, Manchester Piccadilly and Cardiff Central.
Schools in the West Midlands
Prime independent schools include Shrewsbury School; Oswestry School; Adcote School for Girls, near Shrewsbury; Ellesmere College; Moreton Hall, Oswestry; Denstone College, Uttoxeter; and Abbots Bromley School for Girls. The coveted state schools include The Marches, Oswestry; The Corbet, Baschurch; Adams’ Grammar, Newport; and Newport Girls’ High School.