Old Downton Lodge

Downton on The RockLudlowSY8 2HUUnited Kingdom
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About Old Downton Lodge

Step back in time in the peaceful north Herefordshire countryside at Old Downton Lodge. This bed and breakfast is arranged around a pretty courtyard garden at converted former farm buildings dating from the 11th to 18th centuries.

Individually-styled rooms showcasing high ceilings, flagstone floors and exposed timbers boast en suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, hairdryers and hot drinks provisions. Selected rooms add four-poster beds.

Facilities comprise an 11th century dining room with triangular windows, lounge-bar, free Wi-Fi, ironing equipment and complimentary parking.

A free full English breakfast is provided. Evening meals comprising multi-course tasting menus featuring locally-sourced produce are available. Italian and fine dining restaurants are located within 15 minutes’ drive.

Old Downton Lodge is about 30 minutes’ drive from the Long Mynd in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Historic Ludlow with its foodie haunts and medieval castle where Edward V once lived is 15 minutes’ drive away.


Downton on The Rock, Ludlow, SY8 2HU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1568771826 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • Car park
  • Concierge
  • Conference rooms
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel bar
  • Hotel safe
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Cosmetic mirror
  • Electric kettle
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-out: 11:00

Positive Reviews

Beautiful location was calm and peaceful

Some reviewers commented that they were pleased to hear no traffic noise, just birdsong at this beautiful property's rural location amid rolling countryside along the Herefordshire-Shropshire border. There was also easy access to the nearest villages and market towns like historic Ludlow, famed for its medieval castle, posh restaurants and Tudor buildings. Drivers appreciated the free parking and proximity of the A49 and A44 for straightforward access to Herefordshire and Shropshire beauty spots, railway stations and area attractions plus Shrewsbury and Hereford.

Lovely rooms and popular shared facilities

Guests said this historic building oozed character with its architecture spanning the medieval and Georgian periods. The rooms were reportedly spacious, well-lit, clean and comfortable with cosy beds. Visitors were smitten with the cosy lounge-bar and outdoor terrace in the attractive garden courtyard, perfect for a relaxing evening drink.

Great food and warm welcome

Travellers appreciated the friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable hosts who could provide tips on places to visit. Diners said the restaurant food was top notch, praising the chef's use of seasonal and locally-sourced produce. The delicious breakfast was reportedly filling and freshly-cooked.

Negative Reviews

Free Wi-Fi grumbles

Although reviewers welcomed the availability of free Wi-Fi at this accommodation, some critics noted that the signal had a limited range and offered narrow bandwidth.

Temperature control was an issue for some

Some reviewers said they occasionally struggled to adjust the room temperature to their liking in the warmest and coldest weather.

Rural location posed some drawbacks

The location proved to be a bit too off the beaten track for some guests' liking. It was reportedly tricky to for some drivers as it was located down narrow and winding country lanes. However, many guests considered it a blessing to feel they were getting away from it all.

Rating Overview

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9.3 /10
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9.3 out of 10 based on 235 reviews