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), civil wedding licence, terrace, garden.
occasionally in public areas.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B from £150, D,B&B from £195. À la carte £35.
Good Hotel Guide Review
In ‘a pleasant location’ close to the cathedral, David Watkins’s family-run hotel has long pleased visitors who praise its ‘quality and comfort’, and its ‘cheerful, intelligent, helpful’ staff. ‘The imposing Regency building stands in harmony with the architecture around it, in turn lending charm and the gentility of the early 19th century to the general setting,’ a regular Guide correspondent said this year. Charm and gentility are in the bedrooms, too, in the main building and in Number 25, a Georgian town house down the street. Rooms vary in size and style (traditional in Castle House, more modern in the town house); two, in Number 25, have access to a private garden. ‘Our large room was well furnished and equipped, with a nice sitting area.’ In the restaurant, chef Claire Nicholls cooks modern dishes with produce and pedigree meat from the owner’s Wye valley farm. More informal meals may be taken in the bistro; when the sun shines, ‘a peaceful stretch of water – the old castle moat – behind the hotel provides a most agreeable backcloth to drinks and meals on the lawn’. (David Nicholls, PC)
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.
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.Buy the guide