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Review of Castle Lodge

Castle Lodge
Ranked #8 of 27 things to do in Ludlow
Certificate of Excellence
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2014

This is a very strange review to write as its never been more true to say that one mans meat is another mans poison when it comes to the Castle Lodge..

To enter you knock on the door and the owner comes out , you pay £3 and he says "have a look around" Well if you engage with this man he is fascinating, he took us around the Lodge and told us the history of it all, then we were left to wander around alone and take in the building and the history ourselves.
Its true that there is no furniture or ornaments in the lodge just big empty rooms with big fire places but all the paneling has a history, the Fireplaces all have a story and if you ask him he will tell you. This building is crying out for some repair or to be taken over by the national trust...but to me this was the best building in Ludlow. The owner is just as interesting as the building, he was married to a prima Ballerina and he has pictures of his lovely deceased wife in one of the Rooms ,she was so beautiful and he has written a book about her .

You can only love this place if you accept it for what it is, a castle lodge of Tudor period steeped in history but with only the walls telling you its history.

Visited August 2014
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English first
2 reviews
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“A real gem that needs saving!”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

We visited this house a few years ago and it still haunts me, as I'm sure it's haunted the owners of it now, who loved it so much they invested their life energy & savings into. Please don't expect Hampton Court! This house is still in the state that most of our precious historical houses have been in at one time, but if ignored it will end up demolished or re-styled! This couple have done a wonderful job, to preserve to the best of their means, a house which needs much money! This house is of local & national importance! We need to save it before it's too late

Visited September 2013
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Telford, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Disappointing and unloved”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

We have seen this lovely building before on our visits to Ludlow but have never been inside. We decided to pay the £3 entrance fee expecting the house to be full of wonderful furniture or at least information about its history past to present. We rang the bell and were greeted by an old gentleman who told us about the panelling downstairs and the rooms we could view upstairs. There is no doubt that the building was and still is magnificent with its carved panels and wooden floors but we felt let down by the lack of information about the building - there was none at all so we were none the wiser when we left. There was very little furniture and the strange addition of a few dated crean leather dfs three seaters cheapened the downstairs room and the dodgy floral cover (perhaps a poly cotton combo) did nothing to enhance the four poster in one of the bedrooms. Once we had looked around (after wondering if any of the rugs for sale in the bedroom actually ever got sold!) we left but saw no sign of the elderly gentleman that had somberly greeted us at the start - perhaps he had retreated to one of the private out of bounds rooms dotted around. That said the house is beautiful but desperately in need of some love and attention - a huge financial burden for the elderly owner who i believe still lives there. Cant help thinking our entrance fee of £3pp would not even buy enough Mr sheen to dust the place. A shame.

Visited July 2014
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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Left me feeling unaccountably sad”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

We happened to see the sign outside the house inviting us to come & take a look for £3 per adult, rang the bell & the owner came to let us in. There are 3 downstairs rooms to view, 2 furnished with fabulous panelling that the owner said was from Nonsuch Palace & with remarkable ceiling details & stained glass windows. They were beautiful & worth the entrance fee. The first floor has bedrooms, a couple with a dusty four poster, rugs & a couple of framed paintings but the rest bare & the second floor also has smaller bedrooms all unfurnished. The attic is private as are parts of the house & there are signs to this effect. It left me sad because the upstairs rooms are dusty, neglected and with dead insects on the window sills. the wood appears to have growths or fungus on it, & it looks dry & splintered & not well looked after considering it has survived so much. The floors are uneven as you expect but also creaky & you wonder whether you will come crashing through into the floor below. There is obvious damp & the plaster on the ceiling looks as though its going to fall in & the smallest room upstairs has a window that is partly covered in plastic & does not shut without huge gaps. The thought of the winter snows & rain coming into such a lovely house from the broken window is heartbreaking & it need to be preserved & restored. A house like this cannot be left to fall down! My lasting impression is that the owner cannot afford the necessary work to keep the house safe from the elements & to fix the worst parts & it seems as though he has retreated into just a few rooms to live. Although I was glad to be able to see the house I'm left melancholy both at the sadness for the owner that the house is currently in this condition & also at the state of neglect of such a marvellous building.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank Rebecca P
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great shame”
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

Nearly missed Castle Lodge, and perhaps should have.

Old neglected building, that really could be something. A great shame.

Visited July 2014
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