Castle House is a fine 19th Century mansion, which took on its final form in 1904.
The interior has been much altered, but the imposing garden front retains its original appearance. Ludlow has a number of fine houses with spacious gardens, which reflect the social importance of the town, especially in the 18th Century. As Ludlow lost its social glitter in the 19th Century, however, fewer such houses were created.
Castle House was in fact the last to be built, a grand style of living lingering here until the Second World War. The southern part of the Castle House, nearest the castle entrance, occupies the site of an indoor tennis court, built in the late Tudor period. This was aligned between the curtain wall of the outer bailey and part of what is now the garden front of Castle House.
By the mid 18th Century The Castle Inn had been built at the north end of the tennis court. The main room of the Inn is now the tea Room. The Inn closed in 1810 just before the freehold of the Castle was bought by the Earl of Powis from the Crown in 1811 for £1,560. By 1828 or earlier a substantial house had been built on behalf of the Earl, using the Tennis court and part of the Inn as a rectilinear framework, adding new building to the north, almost to the Medieval Beacon Tower.
The house conformed with a traditional layout, with the kitchen and other service rooms nearest the Castle entrance, on the site of the tennis court, and the dining and drawing rooms at the other end. There was then a series of tenants both local and from outside Ludlow in residence and in 1904 an extension to the house was commissioned building a ball room/billiards room and study/library at its northern end. He stayed in Ludlow for only 2 years. From 1939 some of Castle House was used as a military convalescent home, and after, the whole building was requisitioned, to be used as a home for evacuees and as a nursery for the children of mothers engaged in war work.
By 1948 the house had been converted into flats such as would attract young professional families needed to bolster post-war Ludlow. In 1957 Castle House and its garden, divided among the eight tenant families, were sold by Powis Estates to Ludlow Borough Council from whom it later passed to South Shropshire District Council. The tenant families of these years made a conspicuous contribution to Ludlow life and prosperity during these years.
In 2002, after years of negotiation, the property was again acquired by The Powis Estate, thus re-uniting the property. The restored and refurbished building has a number of apartments, offices and visitor facilities and beautifully restored ballroom/billiard room, with its decorated friezes now available for hire as a function room and wedding venue.
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Ludlow is situated on the A49. From Birmingham, head west on the A456 through Kidderminster. From the M5 leave at Junction 3 and continue on the A456 through Kidderminster. When approaching the Castle main gate, drive (carefully) over the paved area and park on the right in the designated area.
See Accommodation below for information on staying at Castle House.
Our Wedding Advisor Gemma works exclusively for Ludlow Castle to help you plan your special day from the initial viewing to your dream wedding. She knows all the local suppliers, is full of enthusiasm and has all the essential advice & guidance you’ll need.
The Round Chapel
Breathtakingly beautiful Breathtakingly Beautiful For a magical, fairy-tale ceremony within the Castle grounds, choose the breathtaking Round Chapel. Guests enter across the private wooden bridge that spans the dry moat, through a centuries old wooden door into the Inner Bailey where the ruins of St Mary Magdalene Chapel stand proud.
Looking for an intimate setting for your special day? The Library is a small but gloriously appointed room within Ludlow's historic Castle House. The full length leaded light windows with window seat look across the private grounds in particular the long herbaceous bed, affectionately called the Library bed, which is ablaze with summer colour making photo opportunities a delight.
The Beacon Rooms
For up to 8 Guests. The Beacon Rooms were an extension to Castle House commissioned by an important diplomat, Sir Coundie Stephen, an appointed groom-in-waiting to Edward VII, Queen Victoria and Prince Alberts eldest son. This beautiful room over-looks the private grounds that are exclusively your for the day. The original frieze, high ceilings and spectacular fireplace radiates understated glamour throughout the seasons. Imagine the photo opportunities in the gardens under the magnificent beech tree, around the Castle surrounded by the un-rivalled views of the Castle and the Shropshire Countryside.
For your Civil Ceremony we can seat up to 100 guests with the option of drinks & nibbles.
For your Civil Ceremony & Reception we can seat up to 80 for dining with the option of a marquee for larger weddings up to 350 guests.
We have a variety of packages on offer with prices starting at £225 for an intimate Ceremony in the Library for 6 guests to a Marquee wedding for 350 guests which includes the exclusive use of Castle House with all three apartments (marquee hire extra)
Whatever kind of day you choose your photo album will be extra special with the backdrop of Ludlow Castle throughout
Castle House is a blank canvas so you can choose your hearts desire. As well as the beautifully appointed Beacon Rooms there are large kitchens for your caterers, a servery and the lantern room for greeting your guests
Three self-catering apartments are available for 3, 4 and 7 night stays. The apartments have 2 bedrooms, 1 en-suite and 1 family bathroom, well equipped kitchens with all mod cons and sitting/dining rooms with unparalleled views of the Castle and the Shropshire Countryside.
Castle House Lodgings is ideally placed in the center of the bustling black and white market town of Ludlow which is full of independent shops with markets most days. Ludlow is bordered by 2 rivers, Whitcliffe Common and Mortimers Forest so there is plenty to explore and do. Go further afield into the Shropshire Hills and experience the wonders Shropshire has to offer.
Prince Arthur & Catherine Apartment
7 nights Mon - Fri or Fri - Mon - £985, 4 nights Mon - Fri - £495, 3 nights Fri - Mon - £565
Sir Henry Sidney Apartment
7 nights Mon - Fri or Fri - Mon - £945, 4 nights Mon - Fri - £475, 3 nights Fri - Mon - £530
7 nights Mon - Fri or Fri - Mon - £895, 4 nights Mon - Fri - £445, 3 nights Fri - Mon - £495
High Season Prince Arthur & Catherine Apartment
7 nights Mon - Fri or Fri - Mon - £1230, 4 nights Mon - Fri - £615, 3 nights Fri - Mon - £690
Sir Henry Sidney Apartment
7 nights Mon - Fri or Fri - Mon - £1190, 4 nights Mon - Fri - £595, 3 nights Fri - Mon - £655
7 nights Mon - Fri or Fri - Mon - £1130, 4 nights Mon - Fri - £565, 3 nights Fri - Mon - £615
- Prices are in (£) sterling per property per week (or per short break period) - NOT PER PERSON
- Prices include VAT, rental, heating, electricity, use of bed linen & towels, welcome pack and toiletries
- 7 night booking is Friday to Friday, 4 night booking is Monday to Friday, 3 night booking is Friday to Monday
- Deposit £100.00
- Security deposit £200.00 refundable within 7 days of departure