We are a spontaneous family and love to just go away and book on the way. Sometimes this doesn’t go well here in the UK and often we get left staying in some dive, so it was a wonderful surprise to come across The Queens at Horton on Booking.Com on our little August 2019 getaway.
The Queens at Horton is located in Telford, Shropshire and although it was refurbished in 2015 its history spans back to the 1800’s. Billy and Tracy now manage this gem and it is now a charming little guest house with a pub below, located in a quiet area with lots of space outdoors in the beer garden for relaxing with a beer and meal. You may have already seen it on “Four in a Bed” in 2021 on All 4, if you haven’t seen it already head over and have a look.
When we arrived we were greeting so warmly by Tracy and shown to our beautifully rooms complete with a comfortable bed, tasteful decor, modern bathrooms and personal touches. The bed allowed for a great nights sleep and although the rooms were a little warm for me, the windows allowed for some cool breezes. The Queens is very family friendly and I believe they have a family room, however we booked two rooms so our daughter and her cousin had one, and we had one to ourselves side by side.
We travelled quite a bit the day we arrived so opted for dinner in the pub/restaurant downstairs and not only was the service exceptional, the food was great quality with plenty of choice and the atmosphere was relaxed. We were delightfully surprised to be led into the bright and stunning conservatory for breakfast the next morning, overlooking a field with full length doors bringing the outside in. Tracy again looked after us so well and after a delicious breakfast we didn’t want to leave!
The location is perfect and only a 20 minute scenic drive to the Ironbridge Gorge, so we opted for a little exploration and we found such wonderful history. Ironbridge is known as the “Valley of Invention” and was named so because of its role in the Industrial Revolution. Ironbridge was the first bridge in the world to be made of iron built in 1779, and made way for the use of cast iron for engineering and construction. To cross the bridge up until 1950 required a toll and whilst we know the Queen even had to pay, I am not sure the Chapman’s Zoo-Circus elephant had to pay the same. River Severn which runs below the bridge is known to have been created by the water movement in the last Ice Age as the water melted, and the banks provide a great place to see both the bridge and the gorge. The town of Ironbridge is quaint and houses boutique toy stores, charming book stores, and Eley’s World Famous Pork Pies – it is certainly worth a trip to the area.
We wouldn’t hesitate to stay at The Queens at Horton again, and we have since visited Ironbridge again during the pandemic as you can see with my husband wearing a mask, and its safe to say the whoe district is stunning. We would rate our stay as 5/5 in all areas!
Cheers From Shropshire, Tams