Address: Buckton, Leintwardine, Shropshire, SY7 0JU
Telephone: 01547 540532
Season: Open All Year
Seasonal Pitches: No
Welcome to Lower Buckton Country House. A special place to stay in Mortimer Country on the north Herefordshire/south Shropshire borders where England meets Wales.
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THE GARDEN........and beyond
The entrance to Lower Buckton is at the rear of the house and guests arrive into the old courtyard of the farm with its traditional range of buildings and barns. There's plenty of parking and a level, gravelled pathway around the side of the house leads onto the east lawn off which is the front door to the house. The east lawn also leads onto the south side of the house where are another lawned area and paved terrace with large garden table and chairs, cushioned steamer chairs and pretty metal garden tables and chairs. The borders are pretty wild with traditional country garden flowers, herbs, shrubs and fruit trees. The flagged steps lead down the lower lawn and mill stream which is sometimes flooded to form a natural bathing pool. The old seventeenth century mill is viewed from here with its recently restored nineteenth century cast-iron wheel and wooden floats. The Oak Bridge, made from one slice of trunk from a tree off the local Stokesay Court estate curves across the stream into the kitchen garden, croquet lawn and paddocks. There's a gate onto the lane which leads down the river Teme from where there's a riverside walk to Leintwardine. The horses' paddocks are unsprayed and a mass of seasonal wild-flowers and grasses, full of butterflies, bees and insects. The traditional hedges have blackthorn, hawthorn, holly, field maple, hazel, willow and apple. Here also is the Millstream Camp...... THE MILLSTREAM CAMP - Canopy and Stars!
From the east lawn, the Nut Walk leads down to the Oak Bridge and over into the Millstream Camp. Here are the Shepherd's Hut and Tipi - perfect for away-from-it-all camping holidays - back to nature, quirky and with life in the great outdoors! The hut sleeps two guests and has a five foot wide by six foot long double bed. Gorgeous bedding as you'd expect at Lower Buckton, feather-down pillows and a king-sized "Baavet" stuffed with Welsh sheep's wool: so appropriate and so cosy! There's a cute wood-burning stove for heating and one-pot cooking and all the pots, pans, plates and cutlery required for open-hearth cooking in the fire-pit outside. Lounge around on the day-beds in the tipi, listen to the birds and the sounds from the babbling brook. There's an old-fashioned composting loo complete with newspaper squares hanging off a nail but you'll find some "soft" as well! Fill the original antique cast-iron bath with water, heat it by a stick-fire beneath and when the desired temperature is reached and the smoke and flames have died down, submerge yourself in the warm water, glass of wine in hand, surrounded by candles and watch the swallows and swifts dip, stars emerging and listen the night sounds of owls hooting. Outdoor bathing with super views, super fun and super different! The Millstream Camp is for couples - please book through Alastair Sawday's Canopy and Stars http://www.canopyandstars.co.uk/find-a-place/lower-buckton/millstream-camp To book The Millstream Camp with the whole of Lower Buckton for a House Party - contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Downstairs and beyond...
On arriving at Lower Buckton for the first time you'll be shown the drawing room where afternoon tea and cakes are served. It's warm and cosy with its terracotta painted walls and wood-stove lovingly tended by Henry! Come and go as you please - there're plenty of squishy sofas and chairs all overseen by the ancestors so please be careful what you say and you can also work out from whom Henry gets his good looks! There are shelves of reference books, piles of glossy magazines, lots of board games, cards and puzzles. Piece together the jigsaw of an OS map of the area and you'll never get lost! In the evenings enjoy your pre-prandials along with some delicious nibbles prepared by Carolyn.............
The dining room has a huge, long table made by Henry from oak from a local estate. It's been the scene of cosy suppers to epic dinner parties and the room always looks very dramatic with log fire blazing, candles burning in silver candlelabra, sparkling glassware, silver cutlery and delicious food served upon antique English china. The walls are painted a Georgian green and hung with antique country and sporting pictures and the dressers are piled with antique and vintage china. There's even an old Welsh press filled with vintage moulds for sweets and savouries. From intimate dining for two to sumptuous dinners for twenty two, this room can do it all. Breakfasts are served here too, in front of the crackling log fire on which you can even toast your bread however there's also an electric toaster as well, just in case.....!
In the entrance hall there is a set of shelves full of books on local subjects from history to flora and fauna, local maps, guides, walks and trails and upstairs on the landing are even more shelves of books from which to borrow whatever takes your fancy......
Food at Lower Buckton
Breakfast and dinner.........
Our food at Lower Buckton is authentic to the area, reflects the region's distinctiveness and we feel its integrity remains intact! Our breakfasts and dinners are delightfully delicious and we promise you nothing but the best from our own garden and small-scale artisan producers all of whom we know and obviously like and with whom we share a passion and understanding for the products: fresh, traditional and in season which are prepared to very high standards. We rarely serve anything out of season and nothing which has been imported if it's available "over here". Except for the odd lemon for Carolyn's G&T, there's nearly always a perfectly acceptable equivalent available in season, locally!
Therefore apple juice instead of orange juice for breakfast; always either English tomatoes or none and never blueberries and strawberries in the middle of winter!
From time to time we keep our own free-range, rare-breed Berkshire pigs to produce pork for the table: crackling as it used to be!
Beef and lamb is invariably from neighbours' surrounding fields and slaughtered by our butcher, AH Griffiths in Leintwardine. Slow-grown, free-range poultry and duck from small-scale farms & organic when we can get it! All game is local and wild. Venison in the form of fallow, roe and muntjac deer from the surrounding woods; pheasant, partridge and duck from the sporting estates to the left and right of Lower Buckton. If we're very lucky, grouse from moorland just over the border into Wales! We never serve game in the close season. We cook wild rabbits and even squirrel, so don't forget to put in a request if you'd like to try either. We get the occasional fish from the Teme and can arrange local (fly of course!) fishing for you. Fresh, seasonal vegetables from our garden are available all year and are sometimes augmented from well-chosen producers who attend the local farmers' markets which regularly pop up in the area. Most of anything we buy off the place comes from within a ten mile zone of Lower Buckton.
We collect our eggs from local friends who keep "back-yard hens" which are free to scratch at will.
We source our milk from Herefordshire and Shropshire alternating between organic and non-homogenised. Either way, it's "real milk" and probably not what you're used to! While we're on the subject of dairy, all the cheeses we buy are "total locals" and at dinner we invariably have something hard, something soft and something blue on the platter plus some tangy relish and oat biscuits, both made by Carolyn, of course! You can buy the cheeses straight from the makers in Leominster and Ludlow or even visit the dairy and watch it being made.
Our bacon and sausages are the stuff of memories and you can nip down to Leintwardine to take some home with you to remind you of Lower Buckton's fabulous breakfasts! You'll have to put up with the banter from the butchers but it's worth the queue! Ask for traditional bacon which is home-dry-cured and those thick sausages are their classic pork with just a touch of seasoning and win awards all over! They do of course make "fancy bangers" which are always in the Winners' Enclosure at the Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival. The 2010 batch of Hedgerow Sausages was a forager's dream, containing wild, haw hips and won both the experts's and people's choice. Also pop into The Ludlow Food Centre to buy food from its various artisan producers and then onto Ludlow for all its speciality shops and Local to Ludlow markets full of fresh, local seasonal food from the area.
Dinners are "occasions" at Lower Buckton and Carolyn's food is "country cooking" at its best using her own recipes imaginatively and with skill making excellent use off fresh herbs from the garden. Guests return again and again to experience her seasonal food.
Henry and Carolyn are longstanding members of Slow Food and Carolyn represented the UK as one of 30 cooks & chefs who attended Terra Madre 2006 at Slow Food's pinnacle of Food Festivals: The Salone del Gusto in Turin. We subscribe to Slow Food's ethos of food being good, clean, honest and fair.
Therefore, everything is served in season and is either home-grown/reared/made by them at Lower Buckton or locally sought, bought and caught from small-scale independent growers, producers and suppliers. We do not shop in multi-national super-markets, cash and carries or on-line. All shopping is done at local, small-scale businesses this supporting and promoting the local community. Lower Buckton is a multi-national supermarket-free zone!
Do remember to tell us of any food likes, loves, hates, allergies and dietary requirements in order for us to create food and menus to suit everyone!
Items you'll rarely see at Lower Buckton unless especially requested: Baked Beans
Items you'll never see at Lower Buckton: margarine or anything that "pretends" to be butter!
Carolyn's recent TV appearances in connection with "Food at Lower Buckton"............. ITV - Countrywise Kitchen - 2010 UK TV - Market Kitchen (two programmes) - 2010 UK TV - The People's Cook Book - 2009
Carolyn's radio broadcasts and interviews in connection with "Food at Lower Buckton"........... BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester - The Wincey Willis show - 2011 BBC Radio 4 - Traveller's Tree - 2010 BBC Radio 4 - The Farming Programme (two programmes) - 2009 BBC Radio Scotland - The Fred MacAulay show - 2009 US Next Trip Radio - The Deborah Howell show - 2009 Bring Your Horse... When only the best for you and your own horse will do saddle up and come to Lower Buckton where our experience in catering for 'horse holidays' will knock spots off the rest.
If you are hot to trot you and your horse will love your holiday at Lower Buckton. After squeezing fresh oranges and tucking into free-range eggs and locally cured bacon for breakfast stagger across the yard to the stables which are newly- converted in an eighteenth century long barn.
Horses at Lower Buckton are brought on a DIY basis and all the stables are supplied with a shavings bed with plenty more on site which can be bought for topping-up throughout the stay. Excellent meadow hay is for sale but please order it and any hard feed on booking. Turnout is in an ancient water meadow a hedge away from the meandering River Teme.
From Lower Buckton you and your horse can trot off down leafy lanes or grassy bridlepaths that lead into 1000's acres of forestry and woods from which there is a multitudinous choice of directions!
Ride the ramparts of a pre-historic fortification and survey the world from an Iron Age fort or cross the border into Wales and ride an ancient drovers' road. For some slightly more modern architecture there are romantic ruined castles and hidden churches to explore. You can experience three counties' riding in one day - Shropshire, Herefordshire and cross the Welsh border into the old county of Radnorshire and you won't even need your passport! Stunning views from mountain and moorland over completely unspoilt country where the hills roll into Wales. The area is criss-crossed with quiet lanes, tracks and bridlepaths that follow the ancient packhorse ways over which drovers would have shepherded flocks of sheep to the Border towns' markets Carolyn is often available to accompany you on Jasper or Ayesha and her Pub Runs have always been a specialty - the lunchtime stops carefully chosen for being extremely horse-friendly with tying-up spots and even a turn-out paddock so that you can get down to serious refreshment.
Hack home through woods that open onto beautifully laid out eighteenth century parkland belonging to a country house secreted behind a famous Yew tree hedge. Or follow a carriage-drive past a castellated Gothic mansion and have a photo' stop beside the lake. On your return to Lower Buckton you will find an extremely comfortable old house with all the usual trappings to ensure that you feel at home. Sprawl in front of a blazing fire sipping wine before eating a scrumptious dinner cooked by Carolyn and served by Henry. Loads of antiques, books and curios in spacious rooms. Cosy beds and deep baths with lots of bubbles to soothe aching bones from long days in the saddle.
Gateway to some of the most tranquil, beautiful and unspoilt country in England and Wales. Unlimited access to Forestry Commission land including Mortimer Forest and other woodlands with networks of public footpaths and bridleways for walking, riding and cycling. Dramatic parts of Offa's Dyke and the Mortimer Trail with panoramic views of mid Wales, Shropshire and Herefordshire.
Castle hunting from the romantic ruins of Clun to the mediaeval splendours of Stokesay is a must
Or spend a day steeple chasing from the tiny Heath Chapel set in a field to cathedral like St Laurence's Church in Ludlow. A wealth of private, N T and English Heritage stately houses and gardens awaits a visit. Go giddy climbing a spiral stair or lose yourself in a clematis maze.
Discover and explore ancient border towns with cobbled streets and gabled houses steeped in history. Shop 'till you drop and maybe commission some art in glass or go potty and buy a garden urn from leading artists at their studios. Follow the Black and White Village Trail and stop for afternoon tea or take the Cider Route for something stronger!
Be a sport and lower your handicap on some of the highest golf courses in England or be a wet and canoe down the River Teme.
Have a flutter 'over the sticks' at Ludlow Races - such a pretty course - meetings 10 times a year, Oct - May.
Be a culture vulture at Ludlow Festival and experience open-air Shakespeare in the Castle or jazz it up at The Bull Fringe - June / July.
Sample gourmet grub at Ludlow's Food and Drink Festival and join in the famous sausage trail and cheese tease - September.
Scratch about at the regular flea and antiques markets.
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Lower Buckton House : +44 (0)1547 540 532
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Arriving By Train Ludlow Train Station has a regular train service and the independently owned Ludlow Station Travel will book tickets from any National Rail Station to any National Rail Station. For an encyclopaedic knowledge of the network and tickets that will get you anywhere, phone Francis Dunn and his team on 01584 877090.
Bucknell Station is on the Heart of Wales Line - a cute little place with grass growing between the tracks and is just about three miles up the road from Lower Buckton. A real 'one horse town' so don't forget to tell the train driver to STOP!
Please let us know if arriving by train at either Ludlow Station or Bucknell Station. Often we can arrange to collect.
Here are a few local taxi and mini-cab companies which should get you from A to B whilst staying at Lower Buckton!
LUDLOW Annette's Taxis - 01584 878787 PM Taxis - 01584 878849 Ludlovian Taxis - 07970 208020 Trev's Taxis - 01584 873939 Choice Private Hire - 01584 873541
LEOMINSTER Marks Taxis - 01568 610 843 Goldline Taxis - 01568 516 694 Bizzy Cars - 01568 616 606 Leominster Taxis - 01568 616 964 Star Taxis - 01568 611 976 Sunshine Taxis - 01568 612 222 Advanced Private Hire - 01568 611 111
KNIGHTON Knighton Taxis - 01547 528 165
PRESTEIGNE Country Cabs - 01544 267 976 Access Taxis - 01544 267 739
TENBURY WELLS Swan Cars - 01584 819957 - 810310 - 819029 Bizzy Cars - 0800 040 7323 Swan Cabs - 0800 542 7926
Please Note that this is 'the sticks' and taxis can be difficult to book at short notice! If you need a taxi it's best to book in advance!
OR ........... why not be really GREEN and bring your bicycles by train or arrange to have some hired ones delivered to meet you at the Station? Let us know at Lower Buckton and we'll put you in touch with some pedal-power people!
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- Lower Buckton
- Telephone: 01547 540532
- Address: Buckton, Leintwardine, Shropshire, SY7 0JU