The map shows Old Downton Lodge is just 6 miles from Ludlow – yet those six miles seem to transport you through time to a bygone age. As the lanes narrow, even the most jaundiced traveller will be mesmerised by the abundance of wild life and the feeling that you have rediscovered the lost England of Housman and Shakespeare. Although modern roads will lead you to its doorstep, Old Downton Lodge is well off the beaten track – and far away from light pollution: This is the place to see velvety night skies sprinkled with a myriad of stars. Walk through its cartway and enter Old Downton’s secret world. Even the grounds seem timeless – there’s the remains of an ancient Motte and the cottage garden just invites you to take a seat, relax and enjoy a glass of wine..