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

Guest comments

'I took my Wife away for her birthday and the tranquillity of the hotel was lovely. The service was exceptional and the master class 7 course meal was the highest standard of food you would be able to find locally. Fantastic hotel with very warm and welcoming staff. ' - James Vincent - November, 2015
'Beautiful place,great room, fabulous food,lovely people ' - roger Mckechnie - August, 2015

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