The property has been a favourite resting place for generations of walkers visiting one of Shropshire’s most famous landmarks. Located roughly halfway up the steep trek to the summit of The Wrekin, over the years, this former Hunting Lodge has been a popular stopping off point for Wrekin ramblers with a café selling hot and cold drinks and snacks for those looking for a refuel and a stop to enjoy the views and re-energise.
The Georgian property sits on a plot that includes a former dance and dining Pavilion, an outdoor seating area and extensive grounds Over the years many walkers have called in for cups of tea and a former operator made the place famous for a delicious plate of ham & eggs. The Halfway House has also been the perfect place to get a bacon butty with ice cream for the children.
The renovation was a real passion project for owner Sean Saward who used to love stopping off at the house when he lived in Trench more than 40 years ago. The main photo of the Halfway House on this site was taken by John Hammond while he was staying with a relative in the area. Thank you to John for allowing us to use his photo.
We obtained planning permission to turn the old Pavilion back into an indoor seating area in 2018. The photo below shows the inside of the pavilion in its heyday. This restoration work is now completed and we opened it up to the public for the first time at the end of October 2019 (see the refurbished room photo below) so our visitors had somewhere warm to sit whatever the weather. Unfortunately, the Pavilion has only occasionally been used since the Covid outbreak and the house subsequently went up for sale in May 2021.
The old pavilion in its heyday….
The pavilion early 2019…..
The pavilion December 2019……
With new chandeliers and windows that have a fantastic view…..