24. 8 in town house (a short walk away), some on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.
lift, lounge, bar/bistro, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview, Sky Sports), civil wedding licence, terrace, garden.
light jazz in public areas.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B from £150, D,B&B from £195. À la carte £40, tasting menu £50. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.
Good Hotel Guide Review
By the remains of the medieval castle moat, this ‘excellent’, ‘welcoming’ hotel ‘would be difficult to better’, says a trusted Guide correspondent this year. The Grade II listed Regency villa, its wrought iron balcony thick with flowers in season, is run by local farmer David Watkins and his son, George, with the help of ‘plenty of cheerful, intelligent, helpful’ staff. ‘We couldn’t have been more comfortable.’ Choose between bedrooms in the main house, traditionally decorated with antique pieces, or more modern rooms in Number 25, a Georgian town house down the street. ‘Our town house suite had furniture and fittings of the highest quality, with a large sofa, a small but charming conservatory with comfortable chairs, and a private garden with outdoor seating.’ Informal meals are served in the bistro; book ahead for chef Claire Nicholls’s ‘good’ modern dishes in the Castle restaurant. Using meat and vegetables from the owner’s farm, seasonally-changing menus might include fillet of Hereford beef, squash, pickled shallots, braised shin. The cathedral is a stroll away; the River Wye across the green. (Lord Cormack)
10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
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