At home in 'nearest place to paradise'

Under an English heaven - this must be one of the most-photographed cottages in Shropshire.

At home in 'nearest place to paradise'

It's in the village of Badger, near Bridgnorth, and will be familiar to many people from my video which is shown in the opening credits to the BBC programme Escape to the Country.

The novelist PG Wodehouse - whose characters include Jeeves and Bertie Wooster - used to live at nearby Stableford.

Badger appears in one of his books as Badgwick, and Wodehouse described Shropshire as 'the nearest earthly place to paradise'.

Another location associated with the author is Apley Park, near Bridgnorth, which is widely regarded as the primary inspiration for Blandings Castle, fictional home of Lord Emsworth and his prize pig, the Empress of Blandings.

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