I booked relatively late (within 10 days), having cancelled another booking in a vineyard (?), because of bad tripadvisor reviews. Fishmore hall however, had excellent reviews that, in the event, were well deserved.
The hotel is nicely situated close to Ludlow town and is a 15 stroll for those wishing to imbibe in the many real ale pubs there, without fearing for their driving licence. There is a footpath all the way down the country lane from the hotel to the Bridge pub, where another delightful medieval lane takes you up into the town. A word of warning though, wear long trousers as the initial lane's footpath is quite nettley!
The hotel itself is well presented and offers an intimate feeling with its old charm location, coupled with fine contemporary decor. I asked a special favour of having the room made ready early, as I anticipated spending a rainy afternoon in there with my wife (whose birthday we were celebrating). I was delighted to find that both the room was ready early and also, the sun shone all day!
The room was impeccably presented, clean and tidy, the bed huge and view over the front aspect of the hotel superb. The slippers and embroidered bathrobes clean and crisp.
We took advantage of the weather and walked into Ludlow. However, having left it quite late to return I contacted the hotel and the staff happily arranged a taxi for us, obviously at our cost.
A further indulgence was a request for champagne in the room on our return. Once again the well oiled machine worked and there was a perfectly chilled bottle on ice upon our return-perfect!
The evening meal was taken in forelles restaurant in the conservatory overlooking the lawn and rolling fields beyond. The food was quality fine dining and the staff were amazingly attentive but importantly, descreet at the same time-never was a plate taken too early or left for more than a few seconds after finishing. The wine list is quite extensive and prices reflect both their quality, the setting and service standards.
All in all a wonderful day and evening, topped off with fine cognac and a crisp, soft pillowed bed.
I had forgotten to pack toothpaste, having been distracted at home and within 60 seconds of phoning reception, a staff member was at the door with a new tube.
Overall an excellent stay. Your needs are more than attended to, the food excellent and the location quiet, peaceful and restorative.
Not cheap, if you embrace the whole experience (nine course 'taste of the marches' menu and accompanying wine package), but the decadence is worth it- if you think you are that is...
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- Fishmore Hall Ludlow
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