- Lively and unspoilt market town with great spirit
- Fascinating architecture – castle, church, medieval and Georgian buildings
- Independent shops and traditional market
- Surrounded by the beautiful and unspoiled countryside of the Welsh Marches – the England-Wales border country
- Excellent reputation for food and drink
- Great festivals and lots of events
- “The most perfect town in England” – Betjeman
Ludlow and its castle are perched on a cliff above the picturesque River Teme in south Shropshire: the town breathes history at every turn. The town centre’s ordered elegance is evidence of the 900 year old Norman planned town.
This web site has the information you need about Ludlow, from Where to Stay, What’s on, Where to Eat to Travel and Parking.
Welcome to the dramatic scenery of the Shropshire Hills and its six market towns of Ludlow, Bishop’s Castle, Church Stretton, Cleobury Mortimer, Clun and Craven Arms. While Ludlow is the district’s ‘capital’ the others have plenty to occupy the visitor with speciality shops, good food and local ale and places of interest like Stokesay Castle and the ‘Land of Lost Content’ nostalgia museum. Events and festivals play an important part in town life and details can be found on this site by clicking here.
Getting to this area couldn’t be easier with hourly trains on the Cardiff to Manchester route serving Church Stretton, Craven Arms and Ludlow. The A49 trunk road winds through the valleys from North to South on its way from Shrewsbury to Hereford.
While you are spending time with us enjoy a trip on the scenic Heart of Wales line, which offers a chance to explore some of the most rural parts of the Principality. Take a Shropshire Hills Shuttle Bus up into some spectacular scenery to enjoy a walk in one of Britain’s finest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The celebrated poet A.E. Housman called them the Blue Remembered Hills and Oscar-winning screen-writer and playwright John Osborne found inspiration in them in his later life.
Finding a place to stay is easy with our searchable database of AA and VisitBritian quality inspected accommodation. The Visitor Information Centres at Ludlow and Church Stretton are ready to offer help in planning your itinerary.
Ludlow and the Shropshire Hills are the perfect locations for a relaxing country holiday to discover a secret part of England.
Within South Shropshire are:- Shropshire’s gastronomic capital Ludlow, the Alpine like setting of Church Stretton, which is now an award winning Walkers are Welcome town, Bishops Castle famed for it’s microbrewery, Cleobury Mortimer, Craven Arms and Clun, immortalised by A.E. Housman. Each couldn’t be more different or distinctive. Real shopping in proper shops, lively street markets, antique markets, specialist food shops, art and craft galleries – all give retail therapy Shropshire style.
Competa Holidays have been offering self-catering villas in this beautiful part of Andalucia since 1996.
Having been the owners of the very successful Riverside Inn at Aymestrey, Herefordshire, for a number of years, Val and Steve Bowen came to live in Competa and develop the business full time in 2001.
Their attention to detail, and desire to create a warm and welcoming approach to their customers has a been a major factor in the success of the business, with many guests returning year after year.
Val and Steve aim to take the stress out of organising your holiday by providing a service that caters for the individual requirements of each customer. Advising on flights, arranging car hire or airport transfers, and welcoming you to the villas, are all part of the service.
Whilst here, they will arrange activities for you, tickets to the Alhambra in Granada, advise on places to visit, and generally be on hand to ensure that your holiday is as enjoyable as possible.
All the villas have been chosen for their position and quality, all are maintained and furnished to a very high standard, and a “welcome pack” is provided for each guest, so at least when you arrive, there is something to eat, and more importantly, a beer and a glass of wine!!
Please take the time to browse through this web site, the information contained here will give you a feel for the area, and, hopefully, be of help to you during your stay.
We do hope that you like what you see, and very much look forward to welcoming you to Competa in the future.
Being self styled ‘virtual-foodies’ means that we have alot to say about food. Eat-the-midlands is one of the places we do it. Previously top food review website, listing all the Birmingham Post food reviews, we are now about all things foodie in the Midlands.
We want to hear what you think about food, in the Midlands, and UK wide. Whether it be your favourite pub food, restaurant, deli or chippie, or maybe your local producer, supplier or provider let us know.
Not only are we ‘virtual-foodies‘ but we also spend our days helping promote real foodies, such as the aforementioned restaurants, to people like you through our sister websites:
We offer various activities in order to invite our guests to Swedish culture. Our goal is to inspire and offer good service as well as an unforgettable visit.
This site is also the insperation for my own site as you will see thanks Krake!
Perhaps because I studied classical guitar I have always held an affinity with Spain and in particular that part called Andalusia which is the heart of Flamenco and the birthplace of Andres Segovia. We visited an area where the Tejeda and Almijara mountains tumble down to the Mediterranean, a land where in spring, the lilac blue Jacaranda the vermillion bougainvillea and the pink carpet of cornflowers enhance the olive green and sky blue backdrop with little pools of brilliant colour.
Perhaps Gorgon Ramsey is being a little bit hypocritical when he calls for restaurants to be forced to serve home-grown, locally-sourced produce, and fined if out of season ingredients appear on their menus. After all he has built a reputation running restaurants in the middle of London where there is a distinct scarcity of local producers, and at the moment according to one celebrity chef his own restaurants are serving 15 out of season products.
When I was a comis chef to many years ago now to think about, it was always our duty to make sure everything was cleaned after service, although in the kitchen, in which I worked we had kitchen porters, there was still a large amount of cleaning involved with the job. I fondly imagined that by the time I had reached the heady heights of head chef or even executive, these boring but very necessary tasks would fall to those lower in the food chain. Ha! As I now work alone in my own kitchen, these jobs still part of my daily work routine and without even the services of a KP to fall back on.
Ultracomida this fantastic little delicatessen and a tapas bar, was discovered for us, by I think Anthony, my wife’s brother, some time last year. Ever since then when we travel down to the Welsh coast to spend the odd day or two in the family caravan near Abereron we always try to time our trip so that we can be in Aberystwyth in time for lunch.
The name Ultracomida is Spanish in origin, ultramarina meaning delicatessen and comida meaning food.