Old Downton Lodge

West Midlands Shropshire Ludlow

  • From £155 a night
  • 9 Guest Rooms
  • Boutique Hotel
  • Restaurant with Rooms

A beautiful Shopshire hotel in a great location with lovely rooms and award-winning food

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Nestled in the rolling green South Shropshire hills, Old Downton Lodge has been here so long it almost feels part of the landscape. It’s a mixture of timbered medieval and Georgian houses, barns and outbuildings that have been ingeniously converted into one of the most comfortable rural boltholes in the region. Atmospherically housed in the lodge’s grand Norman hall, its three-AA-rosette restaurant has been voted one of the best 100 places to eat in the UK, serving 5- and 7-course tasting menus every night from Tuesday to Saturday.

There are only nine guest rooms (plus a bridal suite in the separate building), grouped around a herb- and flower-filled courtyard which provides an appealing sense of seclusion. There is a comfy sitting room fashioned out of the old stable, with a wood-burner and a bar squeezed into a corner, and a mighty timbered roof that echoes the look and feel of the guest rooms. Fashioned  from spaces that were once stables and barns, these are as different from each other as you might expect, and as well as the high-timbered ceilings many have stone walls and wonderful flagstoned floors covered with Turkish rugs. They all have comfortable beds, including three four-posters, and well-chosen bits and pieces of furniture, as well as wifi, Freeview TVs, CD and DVD players, tea and coffee-making facilities, home-made biccies and complimentary water. Most of the bathrooms have been recently re-furbished: some have en-suite showers, others en-suite bath, but all have Noble isle toiletries.

As for the location, it couldn’t be better, with glorious walks and countryside right outside the door, and the renowned foodie town of Ludlow just ten minutes’ drive away. They have a couple of electric car-charging points too. So... just throw away those keys, charge up your car, and... relax!

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Most double rooms cost £155–£175 a night, including breakfast, but it's often possible to snag one for as little as £100 midweek (£120 on weekends) so look out for offers.

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Contact Website  01568 771 826  Old Downton Lodge, Downton on the Rock Ludlow Shropshire SY8 2HU

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Getting There

From Ludlow, take the A49 towards Shrewsbury and when you get to the Ludlow Food Centre take A4113 left, signposted Knighton. Follow this for 1.9 miles then take the left turn signposted Downton; follow this for 3 miles until you see the Old Downton Lodge sign. From Shrewsbury, take the A49 towards Ludlow. Continue through Church Stretton, then Craven Arms and in Bromfield take the A4113 right toward Knighton. Follow this for 1.9 miles, and then take the left turn signposted Downton. Follow this for 3 miles and you will see the Old Downton Lodge sign.


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  • Car-Charging Points
  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi

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