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British Breaks - Fishmore Hall

British Breaks - Fishmore Hall

The Cheshire Magazine team took a couple of days away for some much needed R&R across some of the most alluring hotels in the UK


Overlooking the stunning Shropshire countryside, Michael Gates visited this beautifully restored Georgian house

There is something about a deep breath of fresh air and the complete sound of silence that gives you the feeling of peace and tranquillity. After a busy and stressful week, a hotel spa break was exactly what we needed. A two-hour drive from Manchester, my partner and I eagerly arrived at the beautiful and lovingly restored Fishmore Hall which stands just outside the historic market town of Ludlow, Shropshire.

A warm and friendly welcome awaited us as we were shown to our room which had unspoilt views of the countryside. There are 15 individually styled rooms with everything you would expect from a boutique hotel; luxurious towels, slippers, robes and a minibar with locally produced goodies. Having booked a table at the hotel’s fine dining Forellle’s restaurant for dinner in the evening, we seized the opportunity to unwind by taking a relaxing bath which was of course accompanied by a chilled glass of champagne.


Once seated for pre-drinks and canapés, the restaurant manager talked us through the menus on offer. We opted for the Tasting Menu which she highly recommended. Created by their Head Chef Joe Gould, the ingredients are sourced from within a 30 mile radius of the hotel with the exception of the seafood and fish which comes from the Isle of Skye and Brixham. Of the six dishes, my favourite had to be the pork with red prawn, aubergine, apricot and harissa which was perfectly paired with a sharp Australian Riesling. And of the two dessert dishes which were both divine, the lemon crumble with honey, rosemary, gin and tonic most definitely deserves a mention.

After a peaceful night’s sleep and a delicious traditional breakfast, we headed to the Spa Shell which is nestled in the gardens of the hotel. With ample space to relax including a steam room, sauna and an outdoor wellness hot tub, the spa boats four treatment rooms which can be combined into couple’s rooms. It was a surprisingly sunny day in Shropshire so it was perfect to soak in the outdoor hot tub and take in the views. With Ludlow only a short drive away, there is plenty to see and do. With its historic streets and castle, there are many festivals and events throughout the year.

In a state of total bliss it was time for us to head home. It’s clear to see why Fishmore Hall has been awarded a 3 red star status by the AA, if only this could happen every weekend.

Fishmore Hall

Fishmore Road, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 3DP

t: 01584 875148 e: w:


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