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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Met up here with some friends for D B and B. It was perfect, the staff were charming and attentive, the room was spacious and very comfortable and dinner was a real delight full of interesting and tasty surprises. Breakfast too was a revelation, who would have thought that a full English could look so different yet all the flavours... More 

Thank laceylady347
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28 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed as a couple and with an elderly relative. The atmosphere was very agreeable and the rural position very quiet. The staff were very helpful and were very considerate towards our companion. The food was really first class both at dinner and breakfast, with an imaginative dinner menu. The rooms are all ensuite and positioned around a courtyard; they... More 

Thank Philip A
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18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

We'd been here before so we came back and stayed a night enjoying their 9 course (!) taster menu. Words fail me... The room was lovely, the food was superb, the service was even better, the location perfect. Honestly - if I could afford not to work I'd stay here every night. It's not cheap, but you get what you... More 

Thank Robbingswine
Guildford, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

10/10 for everything! Service, food, room, setting everything was incredible! Will definitely be back. My happy memory will be sitting by the fire with a glass of wine reading the Sunday newspaper. Sunday dinner was not available so we just went down the road to The Clive and had a delicious meal there, but we did have breakfast at the... More 

Thank Pale0m0m
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26 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

We were attending an event in Ludlow on the Sunday and couldn't find anywhere suitable to stay in Ludlow so we cast the net a bit wider. Old Downton Lodge is about 15 mins. from the centre of Ludlow in a very rural position. We stayed for two nights - the Saturday and Sunday. It was pointed out upon booking... More 

Thank BDCGertie
London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

The staff were excellent, the room was excellent as was the bathroom. The menu was very well thought out and the wines to accompany worked very well. A most enjoyable stay in a very beautiful part of the country.

Thank Mark O
Chester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed at the lodge for three days for our anniversary, the welcome was friendly and the staff did everything to make our stay as perfect as possible. We had the seven course taster menu with the sommelier choices, the food was delightful and interesting, the dine was a limited due to the fact that it was predominately fish based,... More 

Thank Jane D
Hoylake, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We found this lovely looking place on the internet, it is in the countryside and very relaxing....unless as we found out after arrival you are in the area from Oct onwards, the hunting season. The place is back to its main use as a hunting lodge were people come from all over the world to shoot out defenceless animals and... More 

Thank SJS1970
Willem_Vlok, Owner at Old Downton Lodge, responded to this review

Dear SJS, The true story is that you stayed with us on a Thursday night and on Friday could not stop singing our praises so much so that you wanted to stay another night. We told you the rate and offered a small discount. This discount was not big enough and you told us that you would pay almost half... More 

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59 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

We found this place in the AA guide and since it is near Ludlow we decided to give it a go. The rooms we saw or stayed in are quirky and clean, though not what you might call cosy. It very hard (but not impossible) to make a rough stone walled room look much better than a prison cell. But... More 

Thank surreychef
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Superlatives make dull reading AND this hotel will get so busy we will never get in again...Old Downton Lodge is just spectacular. There that's it. Now quick! book to go so you too can enjoy the atmosphere of ancient quiet tranquility buried in the Shropshire rural idyll. (Not so tranquil for the hundreds of young pheasants scattering in front of... More 

Thank philippah563

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Fascinating. Intriguing. Mesmeric. Pure escapism just seven miles from Ludlow, in some respects, Old Downton Lodge defies description: It is not a hotel, nor is it really a bed and breakfast or a restaurant with rooms. Each of the nine bedrooms are unforgettable – stylishly converted from historic farm buildings surrounding a flower bedecked courtyard, each is quirky, luxurious, packed with history and designed to make you smile. The hospitality is relaxed and genuine. The food – served in a dramatic dining hall - is exceptional and the wine list inspired. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Old Downton Lodge

Address: Downton on the Rock | Ludlow, Shropshire, Downton on the Rock SY8 2HU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Shropshire > Downton on the Rock
Price Range: $223 - $313 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Old Downton Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 9
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“Weekend rates are higher than in the week.”
 of 5 bubbles BDCGertie, 13 Oct 2016 | Read review
“we've had room 7 & room 2.....both really nice rooms”
 of 5 bubbles pitstop007, 23 Aug 2016 | Read review
“room 8 had a four-poster”
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“All looked great. Room 2 was lovely.”
 of 5 bubbles Stormy_10, 24 Jul 2016 | Read review
“All the rooms are excellent my favourite was lodge 9 beautiful separate annexe in the courtyard”
 of 5 bubbles KathrynH411, 27 Jun 2016 | Read review
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