Old Downton Lodge

Barns and stables – some medieval – surround a courtyard laid out as parterre gardens, at Willem and Pippa Vlok’s restaurant-with-rooms, deep in the Shropshire countryside. More

Contact details

Old Downton Lodge
Downton on the Rock
Ludlow
Shropshire
SY8 2HU
England
01568 771 826

Hotel information

Bedrooms

10. In buildings around courtyard.

Open

all year, except Christmas, restaurant closed Sun, Mon.

Facilities

sitting room, dining room, 'museum' (function room), free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 1-acre courtyard, two Tesla electric car chargers, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

soft classical in sitting room and dining room.

Children

over 12 only.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms by prior arrangement, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £155-£345, D, B&B from £215. 3-course market menu £50, tasting menus 6 courses £65, 9 courses £80.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

Barns and stables – some medieval – surround a courtyard laid out as parterre gardens, at Willem and Pippa Vlok’s restaurant-with-rooms, deep in the Shropshire countryside. The buildings offer ‘gorgeous, cosy’ accommodation, says a reader this year, retaining rustic features – beams, bare brick or stone. Each room is individually styled, perhaps with a modern oak four-poster; all are ‘tasteful, calm, understated’. Some have been updated since last year, with showers added to bathrooms. Most are approached by a flight of steps. The lounge playfully exploits its working past as stables; stall timbers have been used to provide seating, alongside ‘lots of oak furnishing’, a log-burner and honesty bar. The breakfast/dining room dates back to the Norman Conquest, with ‘dovecote windows, a large tapestry and heavy metal candelabra’; baronial chic, if you will. Here guests choose between chef Karl Martin’s tasting menus or a market menu with either/or choices including stone bass, keta caviar, wild rice, chives; duck, squash, kale, grape, seeds. It’s ‘absolutely fabulous’, ‘special occasion’ food, but perhaps not for hikers or trenchermen. Breakfast is ‘farmhouse, local and wholesome’. (Cath Jacob)

As featured in these Good Hotel Guide articles

Special offers

30% Discount Special Offer

For the months of October to end January 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.

I wish to receive the GHG newsletter, special offers and updates.

Good Hotel Guide 2019Guide 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

Map

Old Downton Lodge
Downton on the Rock
Ludlow
Shropshire
SY8 2HU

Guest comments

'One of the most memorable and delightful places we have stayed in. A brilliant conversion of old farm buildings; superbly trained staff. ' - Ian & Francine Walsh - August, 2018
'Absolutely fabulous! Bedroom was gorgeous,cosy and I was able to have my dog with me! Great bonus for dog lovers. ' - Cath Jacob - March, 2018
'The welcome was friendly, the room was comfortable and well appointed, and the food was interesting and tasty. We had the Market menu and the six-course tasting menu, both excellent. Breakfast was also first class. The setting is lovely.The lodge feels "away from it all" and it is surrounded by beautiful countryside. ' - Patience Churcher - March, 2018

Have you stayed here?
Submit a review