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Ludlow cottages

Ludlow cottages

If you love unspoilt countryside, visiting historic towns and experiencing a sense of the past then one of our Ludlow cottages could be just for you. Perched on a cliff above the River Teme, Ludlow is surrounded by the unspoilt and beautiful hilly countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh border country, known as the Welsh Marches, just over an hour's drive from Birmingham, two from Manchester and three from London.
Ludlow was described by John Betjeman as 'the loveliest town in England' and by Country Life as 'the most vibrant small town in the country'. Ludlow can genuinely claim to offer something for everyone. There is almost always something going on: regular festivals take place in or around the Norman castle; speciality markets in the town square; in the season, National Hunt racing; not to mention all the good eating available, including Michelin-starred restaurants and the famous Food Festival in September.
Ludlow bustles with events and festivals throughout the year. Ludlow Festival is held in June/July attracting performers from all over the world. In November the Medieval Christmas Fair is held locally. The main event of the year is the Ludlow Food Festival held every September, with a smaller Spring Festival held in May.
The Ludlow Festival takes place in 2012 between 23rd June and 8th July. An annual Shakespearean play performed in the grounds of the magnificent Ludlow Castle is the main highlight. The castle is a superb setting as the performance begins during daylight and ends under the starry night sky, with shadows falling dramatically during the scenes. The atmosphere is electric as the shadows add an air of mystery acting to heighten the drama on stage. In addition to works by William Shakespeare famous orchestras, string-quartets, brass bands, jazz bands, choirs and solo performances all take place during the festival.
The Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre conjures up romantic visions of Merrie England with jesters and minstrels, carols and wassailing as well as knights in shining armour. The event will be held in 2012 on the 24th and 25th November with the beautiful medieval castle providing the backdrop.
The centrepiece of Ludlow's year is the annual Food Festival, probably the best in Britain, which takes place on the 7th to 9th September in 2012 It was Britain's first successful food and drink festival when it started back in 1995. It has grown considerably since then, yet stayed firmly with the original idea of highlighting the great food and drink that is available in the surrounding area. The festival will feature more than 160 top quality small independent food and drink producers from the Marches, the England-Wales border country and takes place inside the castle. As well as the food producers, throughout Ludlow's historic town centre there is seemingly no end of food-related events, such as the famous Ludlow Sausage trail, Ale trail and the Festival Loaf trail, not forgetting all the old favourites both inside and outside the castle, including great demonstrations, talks, pudding tastings, markets and more.
The Ludlow Spring Festival was introduced more recently and this smaller event is being marketed in 2012 as, 'a beer festival but better' with the slogan 'beer, bangers and bread'. There will be stalls with a wide range of top quality food and drink from small local producers, food trails as well as talks and demonstrations. The event takes place over the weekend of the 11th-13th May and coincides with the Marches Transport Festival featuring a fascinating display of vintage cars and other vehicles.
If you can't make it for any of these events but are staying at one of our Ludlow cottages, food lovers will not be disappointed at other times of the year. The town boasts a good selection of speciality food shops and a great choice of restaurants and inns as well as opportunities to visit many of the producers at work in the surrounding area.
So if your taste buds start tingling at the thought of Ludlow cottages like these in my medley should be on your menu!

  • Little Gable

    Little Gable

    Property Reference Number:
    E5490

    Gable West.  View on map>

    Enjoying a supremely peaceful location, this smartly furnished and tasteful, detached barn conversion offers a relaxing holiday base, set within the grounds of ...
    Sleeps: 4
    Weekly price range: £341 - £674
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  • Manor Cottage

    Manor Cottage

    Property Reference Number:
    E5057

    Comberton Orleton.  View on map>

    In a nutshell: Pet friendly, beautiful enclosed garden, Aga, short walk to village pub and shop. Our selection of cottages in Shropshire includes ...
    Sleeps: 8
    Weekly price range: £501 - £986
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  • Middle Barn Cottage

    Middle Barn Cottage

    Property Reference Number:
    E2835

    Seifton.  View on map>

    In a nutshell: Panoramic views, pet friendly, wood burning stove. With a deserved reputation for good food and drink, a holiday in one of our cott...
    Sleeps: 2
    Weekly price range: £263 - £513
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  • The Malt House

    The Malt House

    Property Reference Number:
    E2828

    Malt House.  View on map>

    In a nutshell: Hot tub, wood burning stove, two bathrooms, pet friendly, walk to village pub. When seeking a holiday cottage for rent Shropshire c...
    Sleeps: 6
    Weekly price range: £440 - £1095
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  • The Old Dairy

    The Old Dairy

    Property Reference Number:
    E4670

    Tanglewood Farm, Watling Street.  View on map>

    In a nutshell: Hot tub, comfortable, walks from doorstep, two bathrooms. Just a mile from these holiday cottages Shropshire's (and possibly Englan...
    Sleeps: 6
    Weekly price range: £404 - £816
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  • White Cottage

    White Cottage

    Property Reference Number:
    E4785

    White House, Hopton Bank.  View on map>

    In a nutshell: Pet friendly, inglenook fire, walk to shop, short drive to Ludlow. This is one of several of our Shropshire cottages with great wal...
    Sleeps: 2
    Weekly price range: £265 - £559
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  • White Lodge

    White Lodge

    Property Reference Number:
    E5112

    White House, Hopton Bank.  View on map>

    In a nutshell: Walk to shop, French windows to patio, short drive to Ludlow. This is one of several of our Shropshire cottages with great walking ...
    Sleeps: 2
    Weekly price range: £233 - £467
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