The Castle Hotel

Bishop's Castle, Shropshire

Walkers and those with four-legged friends are among the happy customers of the ‘ultimate dog-friendly hotel’ built on the ruins of a hilltop Norman castle with views to the south Shropshire hills. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Walkers and those with four-legged friends are among the happy customers of the ‘ultimate dog-friendly hotel’ built on the ruins of a hilltop Norman castle with views to the south Shropshire hills. A sister to Pen-y-Dyffryn, Oswestry (see entry), it is run by Henry Hunter and is ‘superb’. ‘The building was quirky with its uneven floors, but the decor was lovely.’ ‘We revelled in the historic surroundings and warm welcome.’ Bedrooms mix original features with contemporary furnishings; a master double has an in-room, claw-footed bath. One reader, though, points out that bedside lights are ‘too dim’. The self-catering Elephant Gate House is not a nod to former landlord Clive of India but to its stint as a refuge for homeless circus elephants in the war. Dogs stay for free and can join their owners if they eat in one of three bars, or on a vine-covered terrace. In the panelled dining room Steve Bruce’s daily menus run the gamut of pub classics and fancier fare, with vegan options. A ‘magnificent’ breakfast features kippers, and the full Shropshire – plus sausages for Fido. (Brian Robinson, Tracey Brydges, Ian Nuttall, and others)

Hotel details

Address

Market Square
Bishop’s Castle
Shropshire
SY9 5BN
England

Telephone

01588 638403

Bedrooms

14. 2 suites in converted town house opposite.

Open

all year except first week Jan.

Facilities

3 bar areas, dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), in-room spa treatments, patio, terrace, garden, parking, bars and restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

in bar areas.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms, bar, at owner’s side at meal times in dog-friendly areas, not in restaurant. Welcome box, no charge.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £100–£115, double £125–£170. À la carte £30. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.