7. All with shared showers/bathrooms.
Fri-Sun (Nov-Mar), Tues-Sun (Apr-Oct), 27 Dec-1 Jan, closed Mon except bank holidays.
lounge, bar, dining room, no Wi-Fi or TV, extensive grounds (including priory ruins), unsuitable for disabled.
not under 5.
per room B&B single £75-£80, double £95-£100.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Ecclesiastical historians rejoice! In the ‘romantic’ setting of a vertiginous valley beneath the Black mountains, this ‘atmospheric’ small hotel partly occupies an ivy-clad medieval tower. It is one of four Grade 1 listed buildings in the ruined priory’s precincts. Until recently, the rooms that housed 12th-century Augustinian monks remained a ‘fairly hairshirt’ prospect. ‘Dark and cold, with rickety furniture wobbling on uneven floors.’ Now, thank heavens, a decent facelift. ‘Bedrooms have been refurbished in a tasteful and restful way. They are minimal, not minimalist, in a style appropriate to the ancient buildings; they have a comfortable bed and good bedding, a chair, dressing table, good bedside lights and little else. No knick-knacks.’ Tower shower rooms still require an ascent or descent of the spiral staircase. Dinner, served in the vaulted crypt by the log fire, is for trenchermen not gourmands, perhaps Abbot’s Casserole – beef in wine, tomato and chestnut sauce; Brother James Pork – tenderloin simmered in apple, cider and cranberry. Numerous opportunities to walk it off include nearby Offa’s Dyke, and the opposite hillside from where JMW Turner once painted the skeletal ruins. (AT, IB)