Six of my favourite things to do around Ludlow

1) Clee Hill

Go to the top of the Clee Hill. There are incredible views up there. And on a nice day it is a tremendous walk. But if you are feeling lazy you can drive pretty much up to the top, climb the last bit and enjoy the view.

This rather nice time lapse video shows a little of the majesty of what it is like up here.

2) St Laurence’s Church.

I never cease to be amazed by this church. It is hard to believe looking at Ludlow now that in historic times, this was a remarkably important town. The Church however gives it away. Almost the same size as some Cathedrals this is a stunning church. For me though my highlight is climbing the stairs to the top of the tower and enjoying the view.

3) Ludlow Castle

You can’t avoid seeing Ludlow Castle. Well worth a visit, this is a special place full of historical significance.

4) The Ludlow Shops

Ludlow has a remarkably large number of butchers. Well worth checking out if you like your meats. Not only that but there is a great delicatessan and several bakers in town.

5) Ludlow Restaurants

There are so many Ludlow restaurants, it is hard to choose where to go. They reach all budgets and tastes. One of my personal favourites is the Mill on the Green cafe. This does a great lunch and has several healthy options. One of the great things about Ludlow though is that you could eat out in a different place every day for months and never get bored.

6) Ludlow Assembly Rooms

This is Ludlow’s Center for the Arts. And they have a theater and a cinema, with a wide range of performances to suit many tastes.

Hopton Court

Hopton Court Holiday AppartmentThe House

In an exceptionally beautiful position, Hopton Court is an ideal place to explore the delights of Shropshire, Worcestershire and Wales.
Standing in a commanding position, Hopton Court is a Grade II listed Georgian House and has been in the Woodward family for six generations. Just 9 miles outside Ludlow this is a perfect property for exploring the area.

Built in 1770 for Joseph Oldham, proprietor of the local paper mill, it was transformed in 1811 for Thomas Botfield who employed John Nash to enhance the character of the house as a classical villa. Nash made a number of changes to the house, not least adding a third storey which is now the Apartment.

This self-contained Apartment has fabulous views reaching over elegant parkland, pretty fields, an outstanding picturesque landscaped garden by Humphry Repton, with the Clee Hill in the distance.

The pretty village of Hopton Wafers with the charming church of St Michael and All Angels and The Crown Inn is in the valley below.

The Holiday Apartment

2nd Floor Apartment | Sleeps 4 + 2 | Ludlow 9 miles | Cleobury Mortimer 3 miles

This exceptional, comfortable, well appointed, self-contained and spacious accommodation was fully refurbished in July 2010.

Situated on the second floor of Hopton Court, the entrance lobby has both stairs and a lift.

Two bedrooms, one double and one twin, each have ensuite bathrooms. The study/library has a sofabed

The kitchen is fully equipped with an electric cooker, grill and hob, dishwasher, large fridge freezer, microwave and an extensive selection of utensils, high quality china, cutlery and glassware.

The utility room contains a washing machine, drying rack, iron and ironing board.

The large dining room comfortably seats 10 around an elegant Georgian mahogany table.

The elegant drawing room has satellite television, DVD player and iPod dock.

The study/library contains a wide selection of books and games

The Grounds of Hopton Court

The apartment has a separate entrance and private garden area with gas barbecue and garden furniture.

Across the lawn of the main house you might like to visit the Grade II* listed Victorian Conservatory or take a walk around the lake or along the azalea bed (flowering late May early June) down to the brook in the ancient woodland belt of trees.

For more information or to book either visit The Website at http://www.hoptoncourtapartment.com or contact:

Charlotte Woodward on 0777 565 3755
charlotte_woodward@yahoo.co.uk

The Clive Restaurant with Rooms

Situated on the edge of Ludlow Town,The Clive Bar and Restaurant with Rooms is a unique blend of traditional and contemporary. Originally a farmhouse, the main building has been developed so as to retain the original features of the Clive Bar alongside the more minimal approach in the The Clive Restaurant ‘areas’.All 15 bedrooms are situated in period outbuildings which have been tastefully converted to provide contemporary styled hotel accommodation and competitively priced bed and breakfast.The Boardroom, provides conference facilities and is situated in the same area.

For more information or to book click here

Overton Grange Hotel

Overton Grange Country House is the most highly AA awarded hotel (outstanding 85% Merit) in the glorious market town of Ludlow.  A small, Family-run, wood-panelled Edwardian Country House standing in 2 acres of grounds, the Hotel enjoys a superb reputation for accommodation- exquisite rooms and excellent Michelin listed food.

With magnificent views and impeccable service, this wonderful Ludlow Hotel has received 2 AA Red Rosettes and 3 AA Stars for excellent cuisine, outstanding accommodation and superior customer care – making it one of the most awarded hotels in South Shropshire.  Overton Grange Country House provides the ideal place to escape everyday stresses and to relax – looking out over stunning Shropshire countryside. The Hotel is ideally located – the market town of Ludlow is famous for its Michelin star restaurants, Shakespearian plays, food festival, craft fairs and fresh local produce.

Recently all the accommodation at Overton Grange Hotel – bedrooms and bathrooms -have undergone complete refurbishment and upgrade to provide luxurious accommodation – some sumptuously classic, some with a more modern twist…ALL exceptionally comfortable but not in the stark minimalist ’boutique’ style!! All have been individually redesigned and have a unique style and theme.

The Restaurant at Overton Grange Hotel is Michelin Listed, and has been awarded 2AA Red Rosettes… the talented Kitchen Team, led my Head Chef Christophe Dechaux Blanc- who trained at the World famous 2 Michelin-starred La Pyramide in Vienne, France- continue to amaze with menus of divine flavour and colour; delicacy and imagination!

With three function suites the Hotel can accommodate 150+ for Weddings, Conferences, Private Functions; smaller Dinner parties and more intimate gatherings in our delightful panelled Oak Room. If you are coming to Ludlow, we would be delighted if you chose to stay at Overton Grange, (the most highly awarded Hotel in the area -Outstanding 85% AA Merit! ) For more information or to book click here.

Dinham Hall Hotel

Tall, square, solid and stylish Dinham Hall is the epitome of a grand, late 18th century family home.  Now an elegant Hotel, it stands prestigiously in the centre of the historic market town of Ludlow just adjacent to the ruins of a massive sandstone castle built in 1085.

This enviable location provides guests with ready access to the town’s broad streets, narrow lanes, graceful buildings and mellow beauty. Dinham Hall offers a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Lounges are restful and warmed by open fires in winter and terraces with water features are perfect for Al-fresco Dnining in warmer weather.

Each of the 13 bedrooms offer an harmonious twist of modern facilities with period design. The rooms have lovely views of the country side, river valley and castle and 2 of the bedrooms are within a cottage in the garden grounds, perfect for dog owners, or those wishing for a bit more privacy.

The elegant and sumptuous restaurant serves modern British cuisine prepared by talented chef Caitlin Procter. While dining, guests can enjoy further superb views over the walled garden and open countryside towards the Whitcliffe hills, River Teme and Mortimer Forest .

As well as browsing in the town’s famed antique shops guests can delight in visiting Ludlow races, take lovely river walks, explore historic sites, play golf, fish or clay shoot locally.

For more information or to book click here.

Fishmore Hall

Fishmore Hall opened towards the end of 2007.  Situated just outside Ludlow in the heart of the stunning countryside, Fishmore Hall is an elegant Georgian house comprised of comfortable bedrooms, a restaurant and bar.   As to be expected from Ludlow the food is of a very high standard and there are great views of the Clee Hill and the hotel overlooks Ludlow.  Perfect for a short memorable stay, a long lazy weekend or just a comfortable overnight resting place for travelling business people. The new Fishmore Hall will give you a very special welcome.

To book click here.

The Feathers Hotel

The Feathers Hotel, described by The New York Times as “the most handsome inn in the world”, is internationally recognised for its beautiful Jacobean architecture and medieval heritage. It is one of the prime images of Olde England, portrayed in posters and brochures wherever tourism is known.

In the heart of beautiful Ludlow, within walking distance from the many excellent craft and antique shops and a wealth of historic buildings, The Feathers 40 bedrooms include spacious and individual luxury suites, Four Poster Beds, Spa Baths and Fireplaces.  All rooms are en-suite with both Bath and Shower and all equipped with Flat Screen Television with satelite channels.  6 new Luxury Suites were finished in 2008.  Wi Fi is available at no extra charge.

The Feathers award winning Restaurant enjoys a reputation for offering traditional, innovative and contemporary cooking using fresh local produce wherever possible with the menu changed daily. It is recommended to make a table reservation especially at weekends. The hotel Bar, voted as serving the best real ale in Ludlow (2007), offers a varied choice of freshly prepared traditional Pub Food with a superb adjacent courtyard. During winter months our Real Log Fires add to creating a warm and welcoming environment and residents also have the exclusive use of our historic James I Lounge.

For more information or to book please click here.