Place To Stay Category: Self Catering
No longer a working farm, but still surrounded by farming activity, the six cottages are situated at the end of a quiet lane, set around an attractive courtyard next to our 16th century timbered farmhouse. The surrounding countryside offers walking opportunities directly from your front door (see below). We offer our visitors a warm welcome all year round; quiet hospitality and the opportunity to relax in the peace and comfort of a rural setting. On arrival your cottage will be spotlessly clean and prepared with a welcome tray of tea and biscuits.
The cottages are warm and cosy in the winter with log-burners in two; in the summer there are benches and tables outside to enjoy the sunshine.
We offer short breaks (minimum 2 nights) all year round, with special offers out of season – see website for details. Please contact us for more information or to check availability.
Walk from the Door
TWO SHORT WALKS
n.b. You may not find footpath signs at all/any of the gates or stiles on this route. However the route does follow public bridleways and footpaths as shown on the Landranger Map 245 – Ludlow and Church Stretton. Please close all gates you need to open. It is likely to be muddy at any time of year and wellies are recommended.
Go out of our courtyard and follow the track past the gate and wall of Sutton Court. The house dates back to the 14th century. It was owned by the Powell family for over three hundred years and in the 18th century John Powell, one of the largest land owners in the area, held court there being the local J.P. On the south side is the music room added in 1921 where many famous musicians have performed, including Yehudi Menuhin, Dame Vera Lyn and Dame Nelly Melba. In the grounds on this side you can see the old cider press dating from 1734. A few remaining Perry pear trees still line the main drive from the Peaton road. Follow the rough track to the end, past the old orchard where once Saffron grew, past the new pond to a gateway opening directly into a field. You go through this field keeping to the left beside a fast flowing stream. Through the next gateway you will find the stream now running on your right. Continue through these fields heading towards the box timbered building on the hill in front of you. This is Lydehole (where charcoal burning was once carried out), now a family farm. When you reach the lane where the road fords the stream you have a choice of which direction to take!
If it is very wet and muddy then the easier route is to cross the ford to the right and follow the lane along the lower edge of Witchcot Wood. Pheasants are reared here and you are likely to see them strutting around throughout the year. You may also see Buzzards or Red Kite soaring on the wind above the woods. At the end of this lane you meet another lane which runs from Lower Hayton up to Haytons Bent. Turn right onto this lane and follow it down to the main Ludlow – Peaton road. Again turn right and follow the road back towards Sutton Court Farm. Now you are on the ‘main’ road be careful of fast moving traffic, especially over the two small rises before you get to the turkey breeding farm. From here you can see the distinctive Scots Pine trees along the road that remain of what was once the border of the land owned by Sutton Court. They lead you back to the Sutton Court Farm Holiday Cottages sign at the bottom of our lane and home.
If you prefer to avoid tarmac as much as possible when walking then continue up the hill towards Lydehole Farm. Cross the cattle grid and continue up the track. Go straight through the gateway by the farm and past the barns through a second gate. Continue up the track to the pink house, Mill Farm and bear left onto a track up and across the field. Where the track bears right on up the hill continue straight along the field keeping the hedge boundary about 20-30 metres away. The views from here look across Wenlock Edge towards Caer Caradoc, Lawley and the Long Mynd. In the autumn blackberries, hips and haws provide a rich feeding ground for resident birds. At the far side of this field you will find a gate ahead of you. Go through this gate and follow the fence on your left to the corner, then go straight along the bank keeping the line of the old hedgerow on your left, until you reach a stile which brings you out on to a track. (This is a private road.) Cross the track, go through the gate opposite up towards Annie Potts cottage and follow the path behind the cottage. At the end of the path go through gate where it opens on to the hill again. Keep on the track alongside the fence on the left with Suttonhill wood above you. You may hear buzzards calling and see them soaring on the wind. Continue on the track until the woodland retreats to the right. At this gateway turn left and follow the track down past North Sutton cottages where you meet the main Ludlow – Peaton road. Again turn left and follow the road back towards Sutton Court Farm. Now you are on the ‘main’ road be careful of fast moving traffic, especially around the tight bends by North Sutton House.
Both of these walks will take at least an hour, longer if you stop to enjoy the views, pick blackberries or talk to the locals!