The Gatehouse, Lower Broad Street, Ludlow, Shropshire.


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  • Bedrooms: 4
In what Sir John Betjeman described as "probably the loveliest town in England"- with the highest proportion of listed buildings in the UK, here is arguably Ludlow's most prominent residential building. THE GATEHOUSE is distinguished and dominating, as it guards the southern gate and arched entrance leading into the heart of medieval Ludlow. The major part of this fine residence was built in the early part of the 19th Century. It extends into the Grade I listed upper floors of the building, the 13th Century drum tower of the medieval town gate. These two distinct architectural periods provide for a very distinct combination of rooms and features.

The Georgian façade is grand with large reception rooms, high ceilings, huge sash windows and ornate fireplaces. These rooms include the splendid kitchen with the rooms directly above being the drawing room and reception room. Behind these rooms is the earlier and original part of the gatehouse with the sitting room linking up to and across the arch with its bedrooms and study/ family room. These grand Georgian spaces of the three main rooms are genuinely complemented by the period intricacy of the Medieval upper and rear floors.

The outstanding and truly charismatic kitchen as well as the upper rooms have custom built cupboards, dresser units and bookshelves. There is an ornate Adam style fire surround, with all rooms enjoying original or modernised fire places. There are so many special features to this unique property and too numerous to mention save those of the tall, original, wide panelled shuttered windows on each of the three lower floors, a remarkable outside roof terrace offering incredible, elevated views (*see below) and a high walled, patio courtyard adjoining the ground floor of the house.

*Another of the impressive features is the extensive outside decked roof terrace (adjoining the guests' bedroom) from where the views reach well above the rooftops of the old town towards Herefordshire countryside to the south, Clee Hill to the east and Whitcliffe to the west. Outstanding views exist from all sides of the house, reaching far to the east, south and west.

The property benefitted from extensive renovations is 2015, working closely with the Ludlow Conservation and Historic Environment Service team using all original materials including stone quarried from Yorkshire. The Gatehouse was awarded a Conservation Certificate acknowledging the excellence of the restoration.

Historic Ludlow, surrounded by the beautiful rolling hills of South Shropshire exhibits a charm and character of bygone times so appealing to those seeking a better quality of life away from the rigours of the 21st Century. As well as its Castle, the town boasts a Cathedral size Church, with butchers, bakers, cheese shops, delicatessens, pubs, inns and charming markets still in evidence in a community with a high profile, national reputation for good food and highly regarded restaurants.

The opportunity therefore to purchase a residence as unique as The Gatehouse in this exceptional country town, is one which may only happen once in a generation.

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