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 Nick Bennett’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, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea Tues to Sat 3pm-5pm. Restaurant is closed Sunday evening and Monday.
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 £165–£285, D,B&B £245–£325. Market menu (2–3 courses) £40–£50, tasting menus (6 courses) £65.
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Midweek Special Offer
Special offer for Good Hotel Guide readers: 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 by the end of October for stays up to the end of March 2021. 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
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