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The Lodge was built in the 1740s by Theophilus Salwey and has remained in the Salwey family ownership ever since. It is virtually unchanged structurally since its construction. Compelling evidence suggests The Lodge was designed by Sir Robert Taylor, offering a unique blend of a stylised metropolitan villa set within a stunning picturesque landscape. Inside, The Lodge features exquisite carvings and mouldings, making it a delight for discerning visitors. Much of the furniture was designed specifically for the estate, and the history of the family and the house is depicted in the paintings and portraits adorning the walls.


Records of the Salweys appear as early as 1216 around Cannock in Staffordshire, but their presence in Shropshire dates back to the 1640s, where they have remained up to the present day. Moor Park (now a preparatory school) was their main seat from the 1720s until it was sold in 1873; many Salweys have made their mark on the history books, being influential both locally and nationally through the ages. In particular, Richard Salwey, an MP from 1645, was a Parliamentary Major and a central member of the Cromwell administration.

Hugo and I have lived at The Lodge since 2008 with our three children, where we have continued the family farming business with a mixture of livestock and arable crops. More recently, we have embraced environmental schemes, including habitat restoration projects for biodiversity.

Farm lambs seen from nature itinerary whilst staying in historic accommodation

The farm spans across 1,000 acres and is a mixture of woodland, arable, and grazing land. The land also includes some historical gems, such as the ruins of Richard's Castle, a pre-Norman castle, and the historic church of St Bartholomew’s. The area is also a custodian of geological history, being on the Ludlow Anticline, where fossil evidence of marine life from 428 million years ago can still be seen and found.


Ludlow, within walking distance of The Lodge, is a thriving market town steeped in medieval history. It has a rich architectural heritage, historically serving as a wealthy epicentre of the Welsh borders. The town is home to the stunning 11th-century castle, St Laurence’s Church, a delightful museum, and a vibrant modern community with bustling market days and entrepreneurial enterprises. Ludlow and Shropshire have been recognised by ABTA as one of the top ten "destinations to watch" worldwide.

Walking holidays include itineraries to Ludlow castle from historic accommodation
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