Nearby : Ludlow; Severn Valley Railway; Ironbridge Gorge Museum.
Location : in village, 8 miles (12 km) W of Wolverhampton, 1 mile off A454 , 8 miles (12 km) S of junction 4 of M54; in own grounds with ample car parking
Food : breakfast, lunch, dinner
Price Band : ££
Rooms : 14 double, 1 family, 2 rooms with shower, 1 room with bath only, all the rest have both; all rooms have phone, TV, minibar, hairdryer
Facilities : 2 sitting rooms, 3 dining rooms, 1 with bar
Credit Cards : AE, DC, MC, V
Children : welcome
Disabled : 1 specially adapted bedroom
Pets : accepted in bedrooms
Closed : Christmas
Proprietor or Manager : David and Sarah Blakstad
Worfield, WV15 5JZ, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire, 01746 716497
When this substantial red-brick vicarage was converted into a small hotel in 1981, every effort was made to retain the Edwardian character of the place - restoring original wood block floors, discreetly adding bathrooms to bedrooms, furnishing the rooms with handsome Victorian and Edwardian pieces, carefully converting the coach house to four 'luxury' bedrooms (one of which, 'Leighton', has been specially designed for disabled guests). Readers have praised the large, comfortable bedrooms, named after Shropshire villages and decorated in subtle colours, with matching bathrobes and soaps.
Attention to detail extends to the sitting rooms (one is the conservatory, with glorious views of the Worfe valley) and the three dining rooms. The award-winning food (a daily changing menu with several choices and impressive cheeseboard) is English-based, ambitious and not cheap, served at polished tables by cheerful staff. There is a reasonably extensive wine cellar. The dining room is strictly non-smoking, as are the bedrooms.