Old Downton Lodge

Ludlow, Shropshire

Amid rolling hills, where Shropshire nudges Herefordshire, Pippa and Willem Vlok’s restaurant-with-rooms comprises a picturesque set piece of medieval and Georgian farm buildings. More

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Amid rolling hills in an 'exquisite setting', where Shropshire nudges Herefordshire, Pippa and Willem Vlok’s restaurant-with-rooms is a picturesque set piece of medieval and Georgian farm buildings. It lies on the historic Downton Estate (not that Downton!), and caters to shooting parties, but you are as welcome to take tea outdoors and just shoot the breeze. 'The attention to detail is faultless yet there is nothing pretentious about this place.' Bedrooms occupy former stables and barns, some with lofty, beamed ceilings, perhaps an oak four-poster. 'Our room was beautiful with a vaulted ceiling, clever lighting, crisp white bed linen and a bathroom with everything you could want.' Enjoy a bottle of wine in the 'flower-filled courtyard which has a very French feel'. Or take a drink by the log-burner in a sitting room fashioned from a milking parlour. In a baronial-style dining room, Nick Bennett creates meals that are 'a taste explosion of perfection' that might feature guinea fowl with hipsi cabbage or bream with octopus and garlic beans. In the morning, 'waffles, bacon and maple syrup is a winner'. 'Completely outstanding.' (Ingle Dawson, and others)

Hotel details


Downton on the Rock


01568 771826


9. In buildings round courtyard.


all year, except Christmas.


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 room.


over-13s only.


allowed in 4 bedrooms by prior arrangement (£15 per dog, max. 2 per room, beds, bowls), only assistance dogs in sitting room and dining room.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £215. Fixed-price dinner (24 hours’ notice) £50–£60 (2/3 courses), tasting menu £85.

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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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