Good Hotel Guide Review
Huddled below wooded hills, beside a stone bridge over the River Monnow, this whitewashed former 17th-century coaching inn is delightfully at ease in the landscape. And that’s the same feeling guests experience when they step inside this dog-friendly country inn. ‘Smart and fresh’ interiors are a blend of original beams and exposed stonework with stripped-wood floors, bottle-green colours, polished rustic tables and spindle-back chairs. Leafy pot plants plus floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining area add to the light and relaxed atmosphere. Dine here or on the terrace on locally sourced food, ‘reflected in the quality of the meals’, such as Wye Valley beef carpaccio, followed by pan-roast minted Welsh lamb cutlet, and Welsh cheeses to follow. The comprehensive wine list includes ‘a good range by the glass’. Bedrooms, named after fishing flies, are individually designed and furnished in soft colours, pretty fabrics and a mix of vintage and contemporary pieces. There is ground coffee, tea, fresh milk and home-made shortbread. Larger rooms have freestanding baths; all have views over garden, river or hills. ‘Courteous staff were a tonic and a credit to the owners.’
all year, except for two weeks for maintenance (check website for details).
2 bars, restaurant, Wine Room (private dining), in-room TV, 2-acre grounds (terrace, garden, river), EV charging, public rooms and terrace wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
all ages welcomed, extra bed £20, £24.95 incl. early supper, no under-8s in restaurant after 7 pm.
allowed in bedrooms (£20 a night, outdoor dog bath and shower), public rooms on a lead.
B&B doubles from £185. À la carte £45. 1-night bookings refused Sat.
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