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Husband-and-wife team to launch 15-acre luxury retreat near Bridgnorth

A new luxury woodland retreat is set to be launched in Shropshire next spring by a husband-and-wife team.

Published in the Shropshire Star Magazine
Ruth and Toby Dorrell
Ruth and Toby Dorrell


Toby Dorrell and his wife Ruth are behind the ‘Claywood’ development, a 15-acre site in Billingsley, near Bridgnorth.

Former engineer Toby recently completed a course aimed at helping start-up companies in the county.

Run by Bridgnorth business consultants Good2Great, the Shropshire Start Up programme is funded by £286,923 from Shropshire Council’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund allocation, as part of the Levelling Up agenda, and will assist start-ups until March 2025.


Toby Dorrell with his tools

“Good2Great has been an invaluable resource to ensure every area of starting my new business is covered,” Toby said. “Everything from the weekly sessions to the one-to-one mentoring have been brilliantly executed.”

Toby and Ruth were both born and raised in Shropshire and returned in 2021 having worked away for over 15 years.

“We bought Claywood with the vision to enable others to come, appreciate, and enjoy their own little slice of the great outdoors, whilst staying in our luxury accommodation.

“Guests will be able to step outside and enjoy their own piece of nature,” Toby added.

Anyone wishing to find out more about the Good2Great start-up programme for new businesses should email start@good-2-great.co.uk.



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