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“Just a BIG piece of heaven on earth!” 5 of 5 stars
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5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   The Old Rectory, Wheathill, Ludlow WV16 6QT, England   |  
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“Just a BIG piece of heaven on earth!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I have wanted to write a proper review to describe this wonderful guest home.....and feel at a loss to describe a most perfect 2 nights...Izzy and Andy were such wonderful hosts, along with their charming son and 2 doggies....we felt that we were treated to a real "home" experience....dogs licking, horses rolling, food abundant and delicious, fabulous bed, tranquil views, and all the help we could possibly want for our trip planning. Izzy even spent time on the phone to help me locate an old friend. ....Most of all, these are genuine people who put their hearts into everything they do and we LOVED and APPRECIATED it.....for our first visit ever to England, I most certainly can't stop dreaming about this special B and B. Thank you so much....

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

The Old Rectory is off the beaten track in the hamlet of Wheathill but the directions given on its website make it very easy to find and it's landmarked clearly by The 3 Horse Shoes pub on one corner and the red post box at the entrance to the property's driveway. A beautiful house offering 3 distinctive bedrooms with wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. We stayed in the Green Room which has a super king size bed with pillows you sink in to and it is so comfortable and spacious. The bedroom is very well appointed and furnished with a decanter of sherry on the sideboard and a 'service en chambre' box filled everyday with homemade biscuits, a selection of teas and instant or filter coffee. Bottles of water are also on the side table with china tea cups and Lindt chocolates! Spacious en suite with a stand alone bath and a modern shower cubicle; bath robes, thick (big) towels and ..... hot water! We were greeted warmly on arrival by Izzy and her 2 dogs, Tarmac and Bella, who are very well behaved and very friendly. There are horses in the stables and hens which provide the fresh breakfast eggs and ducks and rabbits galore on the expansive lawn. Afternoon tea was a delicious homemade carrot cake and for breakfast there is a selection of fresh fruits and yogurt, warm croissants and pastries followed by a cooked breakfast of choice. I can recommend the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon; husband can recommend the Full English - with toast and conserves to follow. The place is welcoming, peaceful and relaxing and there is plenty to see and visit in the area. Absolutely no negatives at all.The Old Rectory is a wonderful place and we think that, for the experience offered, it is also very reasonably priced.

Room Tip: 3 rooms to choose from and all are well appointed and very comfortably furnished and equipped.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Malpas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We were very much looking forward to our break in the south Shropshire hills but, after reading the previous reviews, we realised the Old Rectory had an awful lot to live up to – it does not disappoint! Trip Advisor’s almost universal 100% 5 star accreditation from hundreds of previous visitors is unquestionably deserved. The house and its secluded setting are nothing short of idyllic and the greetings, first from dogs, Tarmac and Bella, closely followed by Izzy, the Lady of the House, were warm and genuine.
Everything about our stay was first class; tea & scones served on the patio on arrival; clean roomy accommodation; great breakfast with lots of choice; thoughtful touches including sherry and chocolates in your room; sumptuous towels and bathrobes; comfortable lounge; a wonderful dinner (optional but well worth it at £30 per head); all this and excellent hospitality with a genuine and lasting invitation from Izzy & Andy to share their home. Others before me on Trip Advisor have already paid so many compliments to the standards of this house so I can add little but I can most definitely endorse every word.
The Old Rectory is a hidden gem in a wonderful setting – the surrounding countryside must surely be one of the most beautiful parts of England. Treat yourself!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We arrived late afternoon after a three hour drive from Holyhead ferry terminal. Coming to the gate of the long private drive was extremely encouraging. Quintessentially English in an idyllic rural setting, perfectly peaceful and beautiful. A magnificent stallion in the paddock, a stunning labrador to greet us. Chickens and ducks wandered around in front of the stables. The house itself is a gracious Georgian residence. Izzy's warm welcome put immediately in the right frame of mind to enjoy the experience. Stepping inside, the spacious entrance hall led to a delightful drawing room where afternoon tea and a huge home made sponge cake appeared. We stayed in the blue room, which was wonderfully appointed. The bed was soft and enormous. A decanter of sherry, tea and coffee making ingredients,(including fresh milk in a fridge on the landing) still and sparkling water were all available. Attention to detail was outstanding. Breakfast was wonderful; smoked haddock and a poached duck egg, and smoked salmon and scrambled eggs were first class.We regret only staying one night, I felt quite changed by the experience, where a night stop
became something very special, and a highlight of our trip.

Room Tip: All rooms I saw were beautifully appointed.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We arrived in the afternoon to be greater by Izzy and her 2dogs the dogs were very well behaved and not allowed upstairs or in the dinning room or lounge. On arrival we had Tea and carrot cake (home made) We stayed in the Green room very well appointed with fresh flowers on the sideboard a decanter of sherry a very comfortable ,large bed. television,.Ensuite bathroom with a large stand alone double ended bath,shower all very new and comfortable.
Izzy made us feel very welcome in her home. Breakfast was a choice of full English ,smoked haddock and duck egg scrambled egg. Once or twice a week Izzy cooks a wonderfully evening meal which I was very pleased we decided to book.
Izzy also gave us good advice on places to go and see, and more importantly to eat.
THANKS IZZY a brilliant weekend.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We have just thoroughly enjoyed a great three night stay in the Yellow Room. Like just about everyone else we can’t really recommend the Old Rectory too highly.

On arrival, we were warmly greeted by Izzy and the two friendly dogs, followed by tea and home-made cake.

The property exudes charm and character. It is set in lovely grounds with amazing views, featuring orchard, paddocks, vegetable garden, woods and formal gardens.

The Yellow Room has a private bathroom, a few steps away across the top of the staircase, which was large with quality towels, a claw foot slipper bath and a large powerful shower. The bedroom was well appointed and spotless, the in-room tray of tea, coffee with cafetiere, home-made cookies, sherry, chocolates etc were all delicious and overall more the sort of thing to be found in upscale hotels. We had a bay window overlooking the gravel drive and the very smart stable block. On our walks in the grounds we met the chickens, ducks, dogs and horses.

We must highlight “Tarmac” the black Labrador who is a star attraction, we considered smuggling him out in our car when we left.

During our stay we tried the full English Breakfast and also the smoked salmon with scrambled eggs. Both were great, the full English well and truly sets you up for the day ahead (no lunch possible!)

We had booked the dinner offered on our first night at £30 per head which was very good value, including a couple of glasses of cava then an excellent home cooked three course meal of a really excellent standard.

There are two pubs nearby offering food, we would thoroughly recommend The Boyne Arms which had great food and service.

If you venture to Ludlow then you are spoilt for choice.

The Old Rectory is elegantly furnished with nice touches everywhere, no creature comforts are missing. A big thanks to Izzy and Andy and the team for everything. We had a wonderful stay and look forward to returning.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We stayed here from the 20th to 23rd September as we wanted to take our horse on holiday with us, and after reading reviews we booked and we were not disappointed. We also booked a local photographer to take pictures of us in our wedding gear with our horse. Upon arrival the stable was ready, with a huge haynet and he had his own paddock with lovely long grass. We also had tea and carrot cake waiting for us on the terrace. Izzy was extremely welcoming as were the beautiful bella and tarmac! We booked the yellow room which overlooked the stable yard and it is a beautiful room with a gorgeous bathroom. It had tea and coffee making facilities along with some goodies. We had the perfect setting for our wedding photo shoot and Izzy was fantastic in helping us get ready for it. The hacking was also really good, great bridle paths and open stretches of land for us to gallop across. We really didn't want to come home and we will definitely stay again, by far the best place we have ever stayed and we also met some lovely people while we there. Hugs to bella, tarmac, bertie, connor and the stunning lucky boy xx

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: The Old Rectory, Wheathill, Ludlow WV16 6QT, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Shropshire > Ludlow > Wheathill
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Wheathill
Hotel Class:5 star — The Old Rectory Bed and Breakfast 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 5* Country House Bed and Breakfast. The Old Rectory is a classic Georgian residence nestling between the Clee Hills about 7 miles from Shropshire. Luxury bedrooms and bathrooms, delicious breakfasts,afternoon tea and candle lit dinners are on offer. We have 7 acres of gardens for you to enjoy with outstanding views in all directions. Well behaved dogs can stay and sleep in the boot room. Horses also welcome, but not compulsory. ... more   less 

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