STOKESAY CASTLE, Shropshire

Stokesay Castle is quite simply the finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor house in England. Set in peaceful countryside near the Welsh border and a couple of miles north of Ludlow, the castle, timber-framed gatehouse and parish church form an unforgettably picturesque group. Lawrence of Ludlow, a wealthy local wool-merchant with pretensions to be a local squire, bought the property in 1281, when the long Anglo-Welsh wars were ending. It’s a beautiful place to visit today and it’s close to glorious picturesque, comfy, foodie Ludlow.