The Bell at Skenfrith

Skenfrith, Monmouthshire

‘In a lovely location’, Sarah Hudson’s restored coaching inn on the banks of the River Monnow continues to delight readers. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘In a lovely location’, Sarah Hudson’s restored coaching inn on the banks of the River Monnow continues to delight readers. Rooms at the back of the 300-year-old, oak-beamed building look on to ‘the gardens and surrounding hills’, while those at the front enjoy tranquil views of the river (there’s paddling in summer) and the humpback bridge that spans it. A visitor this year found her room to be ‘generously proportioned and comfortable’, with ‘a huge, high bed’. The ‘homey and luxurious feel’ comes courtesy of cosy Welsh blankets, Noble Isle toiletries and home-made shortbread. Some of the bathrooms have a ‘large freestanding bath’. Food, created by Welsh chef Joseph Colman, is ‘excellent and simple’ using locally sourced produce as well as vegetables and fruit from the hotel’s kitchen garden: choice might include ‘deliciously tender roast lamb with fondant potatoes and steamed broccoli’ or ‘fantastic chicken liver pâté’. In summer, meals can be served outside on the terrace. After such epicurean treats, one guest found the cooked breakfast ‘underwhelming’, but there is nothing lacklustre about the staff, who are ‘unfailingly kind and friendly’. (ANR)

Hotel details

Address

Skenfrith
Monmouthshire
NP7 8UH
Wales

Telephone

01600 750235

Bedrooms

11.

Open

all year.

Facilities

bar, restaurant, Wine Room (for reading, relaxing, private dining), Dog and Boot bar, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (BT, Freeview), 2-acre grounds (terrace, garden), restaurant, bar and terrace wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

‘intermittently’ in bar and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

well-behaved dogs allowed in bedrooms and Dog and Boot bar, Pooch Parlour dog shower in garden with towels.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £150–£250, D,B&B £190–£290. À la carte £36. 1-night bookings refused Sat.

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