Good Hotel Guide Review
A drive through ‘miles of very narrow roads’ led trusted readers to this restaurant-with-rooms, deep in the Shropshire countryside. A ‘brilliant’ conversion of barns and farm buildings, it is laid out around parterre gardens. Willem and Pippa Vlok are the ‘hands-on’ owners. Each of the rustic bedrooms is unique: a superior ground-floor room, typically, was ‘sumptuous’, with stone-flagged floor, ‘medieval in feel but with all the comforts of a deluxe modern hotel, including a state-of-the-art bathroom. Everything is immaculate.’ Old stables now make for an inviting guest lounge, while ‘the dining room, with its Tudor decor, is spectacular’. Here, chef Karl Martin’s menus shout of quality ingredients, from rose veal, miso, celeriac, cabbage, truffle, through mackerel, scallop, beetroot, horseradish, to rhubarb, sorrel, milk. ‘They have numerous awards for their wine list.’ The service is ‘prompt and effective’ from ‘superbly trained’ staff. A ‘totally delightful breakfast served by charming local ladies’ brought ‘the lightest, fluffiest’ scrambled eggs with excellent smoked salmon. (Ian and Francine Walsh, Patience Churcher)
Downton on the Rock
10. In buildings round courtyard.
all year, except Christmas, restaurant closed Sun, Mon.
sitting room, dining room, ‘museum’ (function room), free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 1-acre courtyard, 2 Tesla car chargers, unsuitable for disabled.
soft classical in sitting and dining rooms.
allowed in some bedrooms by prior arrangement, not in public rooms.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £155–£245, D,B&B £215–£305. Market menu (2–3 courses) £40–£50, tasting menus (6 courses) £65, (9 courses) £80.
Good Hotel Guide articles about
Old Downton Lodge
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30% Discount Special Offer
For the months of starting April 2019 to December 2019, get 30% off the standard rate for a minimum 2 night stay. The standard rates are £155 Sunday to Thursday and £205 Friday and Saturday for Double and Twin rooms. Does not include the 4 poster rooms. The website has been updated to reflect the new discounted rates but as always it is better to call direct. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.
10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
Guide Book Vouchers
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.Buy the guide