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.
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)
Market Square Bishop’s Castle Shropshire SY9 5BN England
14. 2 suites in converted town house opposite.
all year except first week Jan.
3 bar areas, dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), in-room spa treatments, patio, terrace, garden, parking, bars and restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
in bar areas.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms, bar, at owner’s side at meal times in dog-friendly areas, not in restaurant. Welcome box, no charge.
per room B&B single £100–£115, double £125–£170. À la carte £30. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.
Stay any midweek night (Sunday – Thursday) in November or December and get 25% OFF the Bed & Breakfast rates.
Book any bedroom at The Castle Hotel in November or December from Sunday to Thursday and get a full 25% OFF. Bedrooms start from £93 per room based on two people, that’s just £46.50 per person. Upgrade to the full Dinner, Bed & Breakfast package for £30 per person and get a full three course evening meal each. No deposit necessary PLUS free cancellation up to 72 hours before your arrival. Call now to check availability on 01588 638403 or visit the website. 25% Special Offer Prices, per room per night Bed & Breakfast based on two people:
Smaller Double: £93. Standard Double/Twin: £105. Master Double/Twin: £127. Luxury Suite: £146. To stay Dinner, Bed & Breakfast just add £30 per person for a three course evening meal. As always Dogs are welcome and stay free of charge! Ends December 23rd. Not available from 24th-31st December. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.
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 room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.
Comments about The Castle Hotel
Accommodating and friendly staff, excellent food, wonderful beer garden and pub/restaurant with good hand-pulled beers. Room was very comfy. The town is a delight, well situated to explore the region. Excellent breakfast with nice touch of a morning information sheet suggesting walk, drives and weather for the day.
- David Pritchard - October 2019
A superb hotel. The 300 year old building was quirky with its uneven floors but the decor was lovely and our room well appointed. The fresh bottle of filtered water every day was a nice touch as was the provision of a flask to take out with you. The staff were friendly and efficient We found the food to be excellent,
- Brian Robinson - September 2019
Our favourite hotel. From the simplicity of booking and the friendliness and efficiency of reception staff, to the luxurious bedrooms with views over the delightful location; the excellent food and the serendipitous seasonal discounts - what is not to like? Guests are positively encouraged to bring along a canine companion - this is a hotel our dog will happily return to!
- Sue Cook - February 2019
We took it over as a group; it was perfect: All the rooms are up to the same good standard; there are no duds. Breakfast and dinner,were exemplary; notably pleasant service every time; good food. No a residents' lounge, but a delightful outdoor patio area for guests only. The Castle is very well run, and is clearly a centre of local activity. A model of what a small town hotel should be.
- Tony and Ginny Ayers - September 2018
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