Its been a few days now since I got back from Ludlow, a lovely countryside town in Shropshire. I’ve been a few times now and it never fails. If you like country villages and quiet towns then I highly recommend!
Me and Chris got up to loads of stuff and the place we stayed in was so cute! We went on Airbnb for the first time and picked out a garden studio shed type thing! It was small but cosy and had everything we needed including a bathroom, a breakfast bar with some kitchen facilities and a lovely patio area where we enjoyed a cuppa in the morning. The owners house was just few yards away and they bought us a cute little breakfast every morning! I highly recommend booking a place on Airbnb because they are normally cheaper than your standard hotel and they are more quirky!
So on the first day we checked in, met the hosts and sort of emptied our cases. By that I mean I hung up my coats ha! We sat on the patio area and had a coffee just taking in the views and enjoying the peace and quiet.
We had a walk around Ludlow centre and found a cool bar called Chang Thai. They have a restaurant and a bar both opposite each other. It’s a quirky looking place and it appeals to the younger generation. They have a range of cocktails available but I went for my usual Malibu and coke aha. The decor here was cool and quirky.
We then chilled in the studio for a bit before going on a walk. There is a national forest nearby called Mortimer Forest which is a decent place for a walk. A bit hilly but the views are ace!
We definitely worked up an appetite after that walk! On the evening we went to Pizza Express for some dough balls and pizza and then went to Chang Thai afterwards (defos our fave bar).
Friday morning was our first time waking up at the garden studio and we were so excited for our breakfast! The hosts bought us two crates with a variety of choice, I really enjoyed the warm croissants! We had a bike ride planned for today but this wasn’t until the afternoon so we popped to a National Trust place called Croft Castle first. Yes we are both national trust members! Adult life eh?
So onto our bike ride! Luckily just 0.4 miles away from our Airbnb there was a Cycle Hire company called Wheely Wonderful Cycling (cool name I know). We hired a mountain bike each for £20. You can choose a full day or half day, we did half day which is from 1pm onwards. You get a map and a bag with some tools in if you have puncture etc. We left it behind because we’re muppets!
So we rode 6 miles to a village called Leintwardine where we stopped off at a lovely pub for a drink. I actually ended up having two drinks and surprisingly I rode the bike better afterwards! I’m realising throughout this blog how much me and Chris sound like alcoholics I can assure you we’re not haha!
We were absolutely dying after this bike ride. Once we got back to the studio I just collapsed and tried napping before getting ready for our second night.
Once ready we headed out to Chang Thai again then for a curry at Shapla Indian restaurant (in Ludlow). This was one of the BEST curries I have had in a while and I’m actually gutted I couldn’t finish it (wasn’t feeling well). Full up on curry we then went to find some other pubs around the Ludlow area to chill at. We went to a bar where we heard some live music, it was called The Old Bakehouse. This was nice but not as busy/lively as we hoped and it closed at 11pm. A lot of the bars and pubs close around that time in Ludlow we soon realised! Village life for ya!
Now it brings me to Saturday, our last stay at the garden studio. We was actually meant to go home that day but we booked an extra night because we enjoyed it that much and felt there was so much more for us to see/do. Plus it makes more sense coming home on a Sunday doesn’t it?
We did another national trust called Berrington Castle. This was nice with lots to see and plenty of walks. We had a little walk to the lakeside which was beautiful.
We also popped into Ludlow for a drink and lunch. We stopped at a pub called The Charlton Arms by a canal which was nice however we was quickly interrupted by SO many wasps. I’ve never hated wasps more than this summer I swear they’re everywhere and they don’t give up!
We couldn’t stay there much longer because of the wasps so decided to leave! We walked around the town taking in the beautiful buildings until we came to a subway where we had some lunch!
I can definitely see myself living somewhere like this in the future. I love cottages and homes like this one.
So after a lovely day we got back and got ready for our final night. As you can guess we started off at Chang Thai again and then ended up at a bar that we had been recommended to go to which is open till late. It’s called The Compasses, it’s a sports bar but it’s good for weekends because it plays music and stays open till 1. It was actually very quiet for a sat night but we didn’t mind. The music was chart music and we sat outside majority of the night before grabbing a takeout back to the studio. It was the perfect last night full of drinks, laughter and food ha!
Our final day we got up had our breakfast, cleaned up a bit and said our goodbyes to the hosts. For our first Airbnb experience this was great! I can’t wait to do some more.