Steeped in history and oozing charm, the town could easily rest on the laurels of its renowned antiques shops, ruined Norman castle and architectural splendour to attract visitors. Instead its carved a very modern reputation as a foodie capital, with the world-renowned Food Festival each September, and at one point four Michelin starred restaurants the most in any one place outside of London, yet in a town of only around 11,000 inhabitants.
Property hunters looking for somewhere with major historical kudos will love the half-timbered and Tudor-style properties as well as Georgian homes (there was once a plan to build a crescent of Georgian homes to rival those seen in Bath). The town has around 500 listed properties and former poet laureate Sir John Betjeman called the town the loveliest in England.
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The town's Festive Fayre, tucked in around the castle grounds, should make you feel as cosy and traditional as a log fire (plenty of those in the towns pubs and inns too!)
During the rest of the year it has a thriving market held three times a week and a high proportion of independent shops selling the local produce which has made the town such a magnet for top chefs.
The Jacobean Feathers hotel in the centre of the town is renowned worldwide and said to be haunted.
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I have always loved buildings their structure, location, age and character and the stories behind the front doors, and the future they hold for new families opening them. It's what's kept me in the industry for over 30 years and today I still get the same excitement as I did on my very first deal.
When I went for my first interview I was actually a runner up but the director started chatting to me whilst I was waiting and decided to give me a chance too, so even though I had no qualifications at the time they created a role for me. It taught me a valuable life lesson have confidence in yourself and opportunities will be there!
Magi Alexander, Ludlow Branch Manager