Old Downton Lodge

Ludlow, Shropshire

‘Pheasants scatter as you edge your way down the lanes’ to Pippa and Willem Vlok’s restaurant-with-rooms, occupying medieval and Georgian farm buildings around a flower-filled courtyard. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Pheasants scatter as you edge your way down the lanes’ to Pippa and Willem Vlok’s restaurant-with-rooms, occupying medieval and Georgian farm buildings around a flower-filled courtyard. It is a ‘super-peaceful place, renovated and furnished to a high standard’, readers write. ‘The attention to detail is faultless.’ Bedrooms, two with oak four-poster, are a study in rustic chic. A ‘high-raftered’ stables room had ‘lighting so elaborately digitised, it took most of the evening to work out which switches to activate’. A log-burner warms a sitting room in an old milking barn, where local cheeses, including Remembered Hills (‘blue, of course’) went down well with a good bottle of wine. In the ‘pseudo-baronial’ dining room, chef Nick Bennett’s short market menu might bring a choice of venison, squash and chestnut, savoy; hake, saag aloo, lemongrass and fennel; duck, chicory and orange. Most nights there is also a tasting menu. Give them notice of any dietary needs. ‘We couldn’t get enough of the food,’ another reader writes. As for the service, ‘the entire team are the most genuine, lovely, kind people’. (LH and JF, and others)

Hotel details

Address

Downton on the Rock
Ludlow
Shropshire
SY8 2HU
England

Telephone

01568 771826

Bedrooms

9. In buildings round courtyard.

Open

all year, except Christmas, dinner nightly, lunch Thurs–Sun.

Facilities

sitting room, dining room, ‘museum’ (function room), in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 1-acre courtyard, EV charging, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

soft classical in sitting and dining rooms.

Children

over-12s only.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms by prior arrangement (£15 per dog), not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £165. Market menu (2–3 courses) £40–£50, tasting menu (6 courses) Tues–Sat £65.

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Special offers

2021 Midweek Special Offer

Midweek Special Offer for 2021. Special offer for Good Hotel Guide readers only: a special rate of £230 per room per night for Dinner Bed and Breakfast. Sunday to Thursday. A minimum stay of 2 nights is required. Book to stay in 2021 to receive this amazing offer. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.


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