The Bell at Skenfrith  (Shortlist*)

In a lovely setting by a bridge over the River Monnow, this refurbished 17th-century coaching inn is ‘very much recommended’. Sarah Hudson and Richard Ireton are the new owners. The revitalised bar areas have flagstone floors, solid beams and an inglenook fireplace; the sitting room has an open fire and comfortable sofas. Appealing bedrooms, named after brown trout fishing flies, have traditional Welsh wool blankets; hospitality trays include freshly ground coffee, fresh milk, traditional and herbal teas, and home-made biscuits. In the restaurant, chef Joseph Colman bases his seasonal menus on the vegetables, fruit and herbs grown in the kitchen garden behind the hotel. Walkers are welcomed: seven routes across farmland and along river banks start and finish at the front door; maps are provided. Picnic hampers available. Sitting room, bar, restaurant. Function facilities. Free Wi-Fi. No background music. Large garden (member of the National Gardens Scheme) and meadow; terrace. Children (special menu; no under-8s in restaurant in evening) and dogs welcomed. Regular events (wine tastings, bridge evenings, etc); canoeing, fishing, golf and horseriding nearby. 11 bedrooms (1 duplex). Per room B&B from £110, D,B&B from £150.
  • A fine base for exploring Monmouthshire. A congenial atmosphere and a happy buzz from the bar and restaurant. It is not cheap, and the dinner allowance seems niggly, but it is a Guide hotel in the best of ways: the owners get their hands dirty on site, and are clearly invested in making sure their guests have a good time. Each staff member on the small team is friendly, open and personable; you see the same people one day to the next. Our large, handsome room under the eaves had been intelligently redecorated and had a brilliant view. The ground-floor restaurant, with a smartened-up rustic look, serves refined pub grub. Servings are generous.

    A S, 24/03/2016

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Local attractions

Grosmont Castle
The remains of Grosmont Castle are set in the valley of the River Monnow.
Hereford Cathedral
Visit the cathedral and view the Mappa Mundi.
Tintern Abbey
The Cistercian abbey of Tintern is one of the greatest monastic ruins in Wales.

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Contact Details

The Bell at Skenfrith

SKENFRITH Monmouthshire Wales NP7 8UH

Telephone

01600 750235

Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay