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On a cottage holiday, a visit to Ludow is essential. Ludlow has a charm and vibrancy all of its own. A feast for the eyes and the stomach, this ‘slow town’ deep in the heart of Shropshire countryside, has a wonderfully relaxed feel to it. Visit the superb castle, feel the sense of history among more than five hundred beautiful, ancient, half-timbered buildings and indulge yourself a little in the many specialist food shops that will whet the appetite of any holidaymaker. Linger among ancient streets brimful of enticing specialist shops and mouth-watering delis, dedicated to every imaginable delight from chocolate to cheese, or stop for lunch at one of the many pubs, inns and restaurants serving excellent locally-sourced food, the most famous of which is the stunning seventeenth century Feathers Hotel, with is ornate timber facade.

Markets take place on at least three days a week, more regularly in summer, in the Town Square in front of the castle, whilst the regular shops are brimful of independent retailers offering everything from books to antiques to jewellery – perfect browsing territory. Then head for the castle, an eleventh century stronghold once the seat of government for Wales and the border counties. Re-enactments and themed events run regularly here throughout the summer; check locally for details. The town’s museum is filled with local history and artefacts. In the heart of the Ludlow Marches, a tranquil, rolling area of countryside offering excellent opportunity for walking and cycling, a Shropshire cottage close to Ludlow makes a great base for discovering the south Shropshire region. For a gentle stroll and great views of the town, enjoy nearby Whitcliffe Common, or for more challenging walks, the Mortimer Trail tracks some thirty miles between Ludlow and Kington, and the Shropshire Way long distance path also passes through town. Those keen on fishing can purchase day permits to enjoy rich pickings from the river Teme at Ludlow.

Further afield, those holidaying around Ludlow can enjoy the cider country and black and white villages of Herefordshire, the unspoilt countryside of the Welsh Marches, Ironbridge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and the Shropshire hills. Families will find a host of attractions to keep the family entertained, from steam trains and farm attractions to gardens and ancient castles.

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