Places to stay: 7 picks for a perfect getaway

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Written byClaire Hunte

If the winter blues make you long for a getaway, consider discovering or rediscovering South Shropshire and the Marches for a fun-filled staycation of exploration, shopping and dining. Here LGL editors recommend seven ideal places to suit a range of accommodation needs.

Frog Cottage is quiet, well equipped, cosy and warm, with ample space for four and free on-street, permit parking for one vehicle. The centre of our picturesque black-and-white market town is just moments from the front door and is a foodie’s oasis, a walker’s dream and a shopper’s heaven!

The name Frog Cottage has been attached to the property for many years as St. Johns Road was once known locally as ‘Frog Lane’. The area is steeped in history, and nearby Lower Broad Street has become one of Ludlow’s most desirable residential locations.

The property boasts all home-from-home essentials required for a very comfortable staycation. You’ll find a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge freezer, dishwasher, oven & hob, and all the main kitchenware you would expect. The living space is a warm, intimate and inviting lounge with a very effective electric fire, a TV with Roku and a dining area that comfortably seats four. A wooden staircase leads upstairs to the two bright and airy bedrooms, with comfortable double beds, clothes storage and mirrors and a family bathroom with bath and over-bath shower.

Wouldn’t it be great to get away from it all with a group of mates? To have some leisure time, have those nature walks and then to party underneath the stars? Then look no further than Wilde Lodge, a beautifully restored 19th-century former home in Knighton, which is genuinely Wilde in name and nature. Perched above the river Teme and surrounded by breathtaking views of Shropshire, Herefordshire and Wales, here you’ll discover a rural location off the beaten track that feels like a true escape.

The Lodge offers a beautiful holiday home that can be much more than just accommodation. You can make your holiday as unique as you want with extras like a bell tent village, camping, catering, al fresco dining, hire of a bespoke safari tent & 16ft solid oak bar, outdoor seating with hay bales and concrete ping pong table, river swimming and so much more.

Enjoy the charms of a working farm set within a tranquil, rural location on the border of Shropshire and Worcestershire, just a mile from the small market town of Cleobury Mortimer, famed for its crooked steeple, yet near to the bustling towns of Ludlow, Bewdley and Bridgnorth. Broome Park Farm provides delicious local produce for guests to sample; if they don’t grow it, they will try to source it locally.

The guest accommodation is spacious with a private sitting and dining room for the exclusive use of guests. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout, and there is plenty of outdoor space to enjoy. Children love the garden and animals, while parents can relax and enjoy the views across Neen Savage. 

Let's Go Ludlow subscribers get a unique discount for 10% off a stay of 3 or more nights in a double room until 31st March 2023. You must book directly using the 'Book Now' button on our website and enter the code LGL10 when prompted.

Find your happy retreat in Ludlow. Relax with a good book or make it a more social stay with restaurants and pubs all within walking distance. The Apartment at Palmers House is a fully refurbished stylish, two-bed apartment located in central Ludlow – 2 mins walk from the river, bustling market square and the 11th-century castle.

A spacious apartment, there’s room for up to 4 guests to enjoy so you can make this a weekend with close friends, a base to explore this fantastic town and its surrounding areas. Each bedroom has its own en-suite and there is a large dining kitchen with fully integrated appliances. There is free parking for one car.

For pure relaxation in luxurious surroundings with friends and families, nothing beats Dinham Weir House.  A stunning private home sleeping up to 12 people, the property is set on the River Teme, a short walk from the medieval market town of Ludlow. This luxury self-catering accommodation was designed by the new owners and their team at Godrich Interiors London.  Stay in the 6 en-suite bedrooms, with their own sitting rooms, hire a private chef to cook in the kitchen of this former Michelin Star restaurant, dine and relax in the long room with huge light-filled windows looking onto the courtyard overlooking the river. Sit and absorb the nature that surrounds you in the garden and cook up a feast on the BBQ fire-pit.

Choose food, choose views, choose wildlife, choose wild swimming. It’s all yours at this memorable location.  Come and celebrate with friends and family here. It’s simple – there is nowhere else like it.  

6. Best for racegoers: The Clive Arms

It’s time to head to the races! Only a stone’s throw from ‘lovely Ludlow racecourse, the Clive Arms, boutique inn, is the perfect base to spend a day for race goers. Located on the edge of the Oakly Park Estate and close the popular Ludlow Farmshop, you can explore the South Shropshire countryside, enjoy fantastic meals and have some fun.  This beautiful Georgian building offers luxury accommodation with 17 rooms to choose from. Dine in a relaxed atmosphere with dishes created from fresh, local and seasonal produce. The Clive Arms is also just around the corner from the the Ludlow Golf Course for those who fancy 18 holes at “the oldest club & course in the Union of Shropshire and Herefordshire”.

Book now to catch the Ludlow Country Fair on 2 April at the Racecourse.

Doing glamping your own way! Two luxury boutique self catering barns set in 12 acres of private, open fields near Ludlow, our beautiful market town famous for its outstanding local food. Ludlow Barn sleeps up to 9 people and Tenbury Cottage sleeps 4. 

These adjacent barns offer wonderful flexible accommodation. They can be rented separately or together for a party of up to 13 for either weekly lets or short breaks. Dine together in Ludlow Barn’s gorgeous kitchen or enjoy a summer’s evening cooking al fresco at your very own outdoor kitchen.  Cosy fireside and candlelit dining, drinks and games are also great fun in our neighbouring rustic old stable bar. Get together at Redford Farm Barns and create special memories in the perfect atmosphere for small groups and entertaining.

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