Bed & Breakfast, just ten miles west of luscious Ludlow. Old farmhouse accommodation with three bedrooms each with bathroom or shower-room. A combination of double & twin beds for 2, 4 or6 guests. Quirky, vintage style for extraordinary travellers!
Three bedrooms to choose from in this old Farmhouse/Country house accommodation on the borders of north Herefordshire and south Shropshire where England meets Wales. Just 15 minutes west of historic Ludlow, this gorgeous old farmhouse offers award-winning breakfasts and delicious dinners off the beaten track in rural bliss! Set in a pretty hamlet just above the meandering river Teme there is rolling countryside with fabulous views for miles.
The Food: Henry and Carolyn Chesshire are fine hosts and love to share their home with guests from all over the world. This is where you'll get a true taste of the area and the food served is renowned for its distinctiveness and authenticity to the region. Totally specialising in local & seasonal produce throughout the year, Carolyn creates proper country breakfasts and sumptuous dinners using fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden, eggs and pork from the free-range, organically fed hens and pigs, venison and game from the forest up the lane and other meats from neigbouring farms. All food is freshly prepared and cooked on an Aga and served in the large dining room with its long, oak table, crystal chandeliers, silver candlesticks & cutlery, gleaming glassware, bone china & open, log-fire. There's a cosy drawing room with masses of books, board games, glossy magazines and wood-burner for relaxing and taking cream teas. Committed to the principles of Slow Food, Henry and Carolyn work very hard to ensure that everything is either home-made or locally sought, caught or bought from small-scale producers and does not shop in any multi-national supermarkets. They are true "locavores"! Carolyn co-organises The Mortimer Country Food Fair, runs Cook Days from her sunny farmhouse kitchen, takes groups on Food Safaris, demonstrates at many Food Festivals and gives talks on running a Local Food business. She's been on national television and radio numerous times featuring these themes.
The Bedrooms: Of the three bedrooms there are two double rooms each with a sofa-bed and with either bath or shower en suite and a twin/double room with private bathroom. All five or six foot wide beds, sumptuous linen, feather-down down quilts, fluffy towels/robes with lots of locally made organic wash & hair lotions. The house is decked out with family antiques, portraits, vintage finds and eclectic collections of glass, china, books and pictures galore.
Outside: The house is surrounded by the old farmyard of mellow brick and stone barns with stables, home to owls, bats and native and migrating birds. The country garden is full of shrubs, cottage garden plants, free-range hens, a couple of cats and Copper the adorable Labrador. He'll take you down to the ancient millstream and across the bridge to the horses' field. He'll also take you for walks in any direction and show you his favourite views, riverside walks and farmland romps. There are routes in every direction down quiet country lanes, footpaths, bridlepaths and green lanes. A haven for wildlife and perfect for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders. All peace and quiet and with no light pollution the dark night skies are brimful with stars on clear evenings.
Further Afield: Lower Buckton is ten miles west of historic Ludlow with all its mediaeval charms and is in easy reach of the historic county towns of Shrewsbury, Hereford and Worcester. There are so many castles, churches, grand houses and gardens to visit: many of them National Trust and English Heritage and quaint little country market towns have quirky shops and fascinating museums. Never a dull moment and so much to explore. Walking Offas Dyke, the legendary divide between Wales and England will reveal Wales in all its glory!
Facilities and services: As well as all the usual features of an exceptionally good house there is lots of safe parking, collection from local railway station arranged and free-wifi in the house. If you have a special request, just ask!
All rooms are £100.00 each for two guests/bed breakfast. Open all year for bed and breakfast, speciality dinners, house-parties, celebrations and get-togethers. There is also a Shepherd's Hut available for "glamping" and a delightful cottage in Ludlow for self-catering.
Choice of three bedrooms with guests' sitting room and dining room, gardens and walks.
Interaction with Guests
Henry and Carolyn Chesshire are your hosts and the atmosphere is of a country, family home with connections to the area through the generations of their families and a wealth of local knowledge going back 100s of years!
A feeling of belonging, being native to the area and true country living.
Wide open spaces, walks.
Train service to Ludlow. Pick-up service can be provided. Plenty of car-parking on site.
Do as you would be done by. In other words, respect goes in both directions and general good behaviour is expected and received.
Dogs are welcome with prior warning and discussion.
It expected for guests wishing to smoke to do so outside.
Carolyn was extremely helpful whilst making the booking. And once we had arrived both Carolyn and her husband made us very welcome. They made several recommendations for a pub to have supper (I actually wanted to stay and eat Carolyn's food - but had my 23 year old son with me who wanted to sample the local beer!)
The house is lovely - could not recommend it more highly.
Thank you Carolyn
'How did the host make you feel welcome?' - delicious home-made scones on arrival, that's how!
Our stay at Lower Buckton Country House was perfect. Carolyn and Henry were fantastic hosts, checking everything was okay with our stay throughout the weekend - and providing tea and coffee almost on-demand!
The house itself is a classic farmhouse for the area - large rooms, tall ceilings, etc - complete with a vast array of interesting and enchanting artworks that adorn every wall. Outside, a large yet enclosed garden opens out over a picturesque stream to a field of horses and the wide-wild country beyond.
The hamlet of Buckton consists of a single-track road, a couple of houses, and an old mill. Silent and still at night, it's a world away from the incessant noise of London, so much so that I found it hard to sleep on the first night - blame London though, not them!
The room was far bigger than the pictures on Airbnb show, with a neat little en-suite shower room in one corner, a large comfortable bed, and a wardrobe with a couple of (welcome) surprises.
A couple of miles from the nearest village (Leintwardine), which has a couple of restaurants and a must visit parlour pub, where you can sit and eat fish and chips from the local chippie. Ludlow isn't far either and offers walks, pubs, and more to eat. The local ruin of a castle at Wigmore is probably more in keeping with the rural location, quaint, isolated, and with incredible views of the rolling countryside.
Finally, save room for breakfast. So delicious, you'll want to eat every last piece, especially that (rare to find) bacon with the rind left on!
A wonderful weekend at Lower Buckton. Absolutely delicious food and a really relaxed and friendly atmosphere - nothing was too much trouble. We arrived and dined at the lovely long table with other guests, had great conversation + and were wonderfully looked after by Henry who also gave us advice on where to go cycling the following day and helped us fix our bikes before we left. We were greeted back from our cycle ride by Carolyn with homemade scones and jam in the sitting room. Overall a wonderful place to relax and be thoroughly spoilt, set in wonderful countryside and near to interesting places to visit.
we arrived very late and Carolyne did have the time to have a bottle of white wine with us. After a long journey it was like comming home. It was warm, quiet and familiar. The breakfast was wonderful. Carolyne is a nice host and it is a beautiful house in a paradies.