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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Comments about Old Downton Lodge

Willem, Pippa and their team are friendly, knowledgeable, professional and make you feel special. There is nothing pretentious about this little hidden gem of luxury. Our room was beautiful, with everything you could need. Dinner was exquisite - six-course tasting menu was impeccably timed. Ingredients are fresh, local and beautifully put together. - PC - May 2021
Our room was lovely and super-comfortable. Wllem and Pippa clearly cater for discerning visitors. - Lindsay Hunt - July 2019
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

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Information from the 2022 Good Hotel Guide.