Built in 1702 as a rectory to the historic St Chad’s church down the lane, Stockton House was a family home for over three hundred years.
With renovation plans well underway, Stockton House is being brought back to life with seven luxurious en-suite double bedrooms and a unique secret walled garden dining room. Every room has been expertly designed to take in the incredible views and scenery of the Shropshire countryside.
Stockton is part of the Apley Estate that is made up of 8,500 acres of countryside with fields, woodland, farms and the River Severn flowing through.
Stockton is an escape to the English countryside with nearby historic towns of Ironbridge and Bridgnorth. There is a train station 5 miles away in the town of Telford with links to Birmingham and we’re also 5 miles away from the M54 motorway.
It starts with a purpose built 100-seater secret walled garden dining room. This beautiful open space will be licensed for civil ceremonies and host the wedding breakfast and evening party. With state of the art technology in lighting, sound and heating and with a full commercial kitchen this will feel like your very own restaurant. The building will have beautiful flowers climbing its four and half meter high walls and to your guests will look like a secret garden – a design feature that was popular in the early 18th century. Open the grand, double doors and then you are transported into a large open space with double curved ceiling, chandeliers and open windows to the gardens and grounds at the back of the house.
At Stockton House you get the chance to work with the team of chefs to create your own bespoke wedding menu. Executive Chef, Jonathan Carter-Morris, has crafted some wonderful dishes inspired by the produce and ingredients available on the estate as well as the abundance of fantastic food and drink Shropshire has to offer.
One thing that the team at Stockton House like to emphasise is that your wedding day is not just about the day itself, but about the journey you take planning and preparing for it too. That’s why they create unique and special experiences such as their exclusive menu tasting at Stockton – just like a small dinner party for you and your guests. The team invite you back to Stockton while the chefs prepare your bespoke menu and then hosts take you through each course as you walk through timings and format of your day. It’s an experience that immerses you into Stockton House as you imagine your wedding day unfolding and how your guests will enjoy your special day by your side.
Of course the food and drink experiences don’t just stop there. Stockton House also has a beautiful vaulted cellar and you and your wedding party can enjoy an exclusive tasting in the cellar selecting some wonderful champagnes, red and white wines and sparkling wines. Served alongside canapés or cheese board selections, this tasting can be a magical addition to the night before your wedding day, before you retire to one of the seven luxuriously designed bedrooms in the main house.
If that’s not enough to whet your appetite then Stockton House also offers a private dining room where you and your wedding party could enjoy a specially designed three course menu, or perhaps an eight course tasting menu if that’s what you’d prefer. Arrive the day before your wedding and stay at Stockton, with exclusive use of the house and grounds, and round off your evening with the wonderful menu tasting experience before your big day.
Then there’s the incredible bar room with large, open sash windows to the gardens, impressive chandelier and open marble fire place. The bar will have floor to ceiling shelves stocked with bottles of whiskies, rums, vodkas and gins and with selections that you and your guests have never tried or indeed some of your favourite tipples!
We haven’t mentioned the evening food for your wedding day – perhaps a horse box pizza oven on the gravel drive under twinkling fairy lights. A BBQ on the terrace or go street-food with Paella, Pad Thai or Loaded Burgers.
The morning after your wedding, when you make your way down the winding staircases to the private dining room, chefs will prepare a breakfast or mid-morning brunch. You and your guests can enjoy fresh coffee, loose leaf tea and a delicious fully-cooked breakfast as you leisurely recover from the night before. Stay a little longer and have the chefs prepare a lawn picnic so that you can make a full weekend experience of your wedding and enjoy your very own grand house in the country.
You can have exclusive use of Stockton House the day before your wedding with all 7 bedrooms for your guests and with breakfast / brunch the day the morning of your wedding for an additional £1,200.
You can come to Stockton as many times as you like as we refurbish and build the secret walled garden dining room. We'll be sharing designs, plans and progress with all of our clients as we get ready for our opening in 2022.
You can have access to the estate with your photographer to plan your photographs in the gardens, ground and in the woodlands. We can guide and advise of locations on the estate that could make beautiful backdrops as you plan your photography and videography.
You can plan your own wedding breakfast menu with our chefs so that you have a bespoke menu created exactly the way you want it. We include a complimentary menu tasting at Stockton House so you can try everything beforehand.