Caynham Court, located just two miles from Ludlow town centre, was listed in the Domesday Book, as owned by Ralph de Mortimer, in 1086. It has been re-modelled many times since but has sat at the heart of Shropshire society for nine hundred years. The building you see today is predominantly Georgian brick, from a re-modelling in the 1790s but it overlays a much older stone structure.
The ancestral home of the Curtis family for generations, it was extended in the 1850s but fell into disrepair after World War Two and is now the family home of Diggory Hadoke and Claire Bosi, who have been restoring it since 2017.
Accommodation is informal. The house is big, with large rooms and modern en-suite facilities attached to all twelve bedrooms but it is not fussy. Downstairs, the wooden floors and rugs are dog and welly-boot friendly. Efficiently warmed by oil-fired central heating and large wood burners, guests can join the party in the main reception room, retire to read a book or watch the rugby in the snug, or take a walk over the trout stream and into the old parkland with a cigar.
We have a boot room, a laundry and a walk-in gun room, as well as a workshop and ample parking. Dining is around a huge table, seating twenty, with ease, under a lovely old plaster-work ceiling, dating from the 1790s.
Meals are cooked by our resident chef, using prime, Shropshire, ingredients, wherever possible and served by local waiting staff. Your hosts, Diggory and Claire are on hand to ensure your comfort.
Your party has exclusive use of the house and facilities while resident. We expect you to treat the place as if you lived here. No fuss, no pretence, just proper, informal, well-catered, country living; with dogs, fires, whisky, cigars and shooting.
Services & Facilities
Ten double bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms are available. Three have additional baths. Caynham Court can accommodate Ten Guns, or couples. The dining table seats twenty.
The gun room is fully racked and lined, with a security door and monitored alarm. All guns are fully insured while on the premises. Capacity is two hundred guns. Guests’ guns will be dried, cleaned, inspected and racked each evening by our experienced staff.
Guns may be sent to us in advance and we can send them to the UK destination of your choice after the shoot, if necessary. We offer gun storage on a short or long-term basis.
If required, Caynham Court will order and store the ammunition for your party in advance of your arrival. There is ample capacity for ammunition storage.
There is free parking on-site for guests’ vehicles, in our secure car park.
Caynham Court is served by high-speed broadband internet and the signal is maintained around the building with four boosters. The service is free.
Dogs are welcome. But not allowed upstairs.
A laundry/ironing service is available.
Nearest Airport- Birmingham International.
Nearest Railway Station - Ludlow
We can arrange pick-up/drop off by request.
The house is protected by a monitored alarm system.
Claire Bosi is Editor of two successful magazines; Chef & Restaurant (UK) and Chef & Restaurant (New York) She was co-founder, and proprietor, of Hibiscus, which earned two Michelin stars and operated for seventeen years, first from Ludlow and then from London’s Mayfair.
Diggory Hadoke is a gun dealer (RFD) specialising in classic English shotguns and sporting rifles. He is well known as a writer, appearing regularly in magazines such as Shooting Times, Sports Afield, Sporting Shooter, The Double Gun Journal, Fieldsports Journal, Gun Trade News and Rifle Shooter. He has written three books on English guns and is an authorised representative of John Rigby & Co.
A basic stay includes bed and a cooked breakfast. Breakfast is cooked to order by our chef and served before the Guns leave for the shoot.
Dinner is three courses. We can accept prior requests for meal preferences. all meals are cooked in house by our resident chef.
We can provide higher levels of dining, by request, with one star or two star Michelin awarded chefs. Prices will vary according to the chef but, for example, a one-star chef will typically cost £4,000 plus food costs per day and a two-star chef will cost £10,000 plus food costs per day. Waitress service.
Bed & Breakfast
Throughout the year, Caynham Court is open for individual Bed & Breakfast bookings. Double or single rooms with modern en-suite bathrooms are available at competitive rates and are frequented by visitors to Ludlow for the food festivals, racing or other events, including shooters.
We are dog friendly and offer a free gun-cleaning service and bottle of wine to BASC members.
Serving members of the British armed forces, who book one night, may stay a second night free-of-charge.