THE TOWNHOUSE

THE GARDEN & LANDSCAPE

Wander through our tranquil walled garden and notice a sense of calm wash over as the natural world opens up and ushers you in. In the beautifully designed garden the only sounds are water bubbling in the lead cistern at its centre, birds singing in the trees and occasionally the bells of the cathedral like parish church.

You may meet our gardener, who tends the roses, peonies and irises with care. Fresh mint is often available to be picked for your tea.

The Garden

In the garden there is a dining table for 12 and loungers to enjoy the sun, which shines sweetly on the far end of the garden in the late afternoon. Deep cushions are stowed in the kitchen to be brought out for maximum comfort and style.

There is an all weather table tennis table to enjoy with family and friends.

The Garden

And above all, a natural wood burning hot tub, made by artisans in the Derbyshire Dales. Our team will organise that for you if you wish, providing wood, matches and simple instructions for a nominal charge.

The perfect end to a day – sinking into the warmth of the hot tub. 

The Garden
The Garden

The joy of Ludlow is its proximity to the countryside. Few towns are so connected to nature. From the streets, you see the hills and forest above. From the castle you see the glistening river below. Put on walking boots and walk into the Mortimer forest, cycle down the quiet carriageway of the Earl of Plymouth’s historic estate to the award winning Ludlow Food Centre, take children paddling or adults wild swimming at Dinham Weir followed by lunch at the wonderful Csons cafe.

The Longmynd, Stipper Stones, Caer Caradoc, Hay Bluff and many other spectacular and wild places are close by. There are shelves of maps and guidebooks in The Ludlow Townhouse.

The landscape of the Marches is for every season. This is the romantic “land of lost content” immortalised by AE Housman in A Shropshire Lad, of “blue remembered hills”, “happy highways… spires and farms”. In Spring the Mortimer Forest is festooned with bluebells, in Summer the lanes are rich in cow parsley, in Autumn the woods turn golden and pheasants wander the roads as the shoots and country pursuits come to life and in Winter you’ll frequently see snow on the top of Clee Hill, Shropshire’s highest point from the bedroom windows.

The valleys and hills around Ludlow are studded with impossibly picturesque castles and stately homes to explore like Stokesay Castle, Croft Castle, Berrington Hall, Pitchford Hall, Wigmore Castle and Wenlock Priory.

In the car you’re under an hour from Hay-on-Wye with its book shops and literary festival, the historic towns of Hereford and Shrewsbury, the fine gardens of Powis Castle at Welshpool, the charming town of Much Wenlock with pretty Wenlock Edge and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ironbridge and nearby Severn Valley Heritage Railway at Bridgnorth. These are special places to visit, but the pace of life here is slower, the roads invariably quiet and queues rare.

As Jeremy Paxman wrote, “has there ever been a visitor to Ludlow who hasn’t wished they lived there?

Bridge Over River Teme