Old Downton Lodge

‘Panoramic vistas peppered with sheep and lambs’ surround Willem and Pippa Vlok’s ‘tranquil’ restaurant-with-rooms. More

Contact details

Old Downton Lodge
Downton on the Rock
Ludlow
Shropshire
SY8 2HU
England
01568 771826

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

not under 13.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms by prior arrangement.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2018] per room B&B £145–£295. Three-course market menu £50, tasting menus six to nine course £60–£75.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Panoramic vistas peppered with sheep and lambs’ surround Willem and Pippa Vlok’s ‘tranquil’ restaurant-with-rooms. One-of-a-kind bedrooms in stone and brick outbuildings sprawl around a courtyard (low automatic lights show the way). ‘Our rustic, well-designed room, up a short flight of stairs, had soaring rafters, a super-king-size bed and lots of quality fittings.’ Consider discussing bedrooms before booking: a ground-floor room on the way to the restaurant was found lacking in privacy. Pre-dinner drinks may be taken alfresco, or in front of a log fire in a ‘massive, stunning’ converted barn. Across the ‘delightfully laid-out’ gardens, chef Karl Martin cooks ‘wonderfully tasty’ daily-changing tasting menus, ‘ideal for one-off, very special occasions’. A typically succinctly described dish: venison, artichoke, walnuts, blue cheese, pear. ‘Our seven-course menu was a master class, with top-quality locally sourced ingredients.’ At breakfast, ‘good portions of wholesome offerings’ (smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit salad, home-made marmalade) are just right for country walks straight from the door. (JV, and others)

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Special offers

£125 B&B Special Offer

For all Good Hotel Guide readers: There is a special Bed and Breakfast rate of £125 at Old Downton Lodge. Valid Sunday to Thursday only. Can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer or any discount voucher. Please contact Willem on 01568 – 771 826 to make a booking. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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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.

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

Guest comments

'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
'Very interesting building in a beautiful location for walkers and those wishing to explore the Welsh Marches area. Very comfortable bedrooms and good food with interesting menus. We visited for a special occasion with friends and it was a very special place for something a little different for a celebration. ' - Mary Coles - April, 2016

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