The Bell at Skenfrith

‘A congenial atmosphere and a happy buzz’ greeted Guide inspectors arriving at Richard Ireton and Sarah Hudson’s refurbished 17th-century coaching inn, in a ‘postcard-worthy rural setting’ by the stone bridge over the River Monnow. More

Contact details

The Bell at Skenfrith
Skenfrith
Monmouthshire
NP7 8UH
Wales
01600 750235

Hotel information

Bedrooms

11

Open

all year.

Facilities

sitting room, bar, restaurant, function facilities, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (BT, Freeview), 2-acre grounds (terrace, garden), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

‘intermittently’ in bar and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed, no under-8s in restaurant after 7 pm.

Dogs

‘well-behaved dogs’ allowed in bedrooms and bar.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B from £150, D,B&B from £190. À la carte £28.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘A congenial atmosphere and a happy buzz’ greeted Guide inspectors arriving at Richard Ireton and Sarah Hudson’s refurbished 17th-century coaching inn, in a ‘postcard-worthy rural setting’ by the stone bridge over the River Monnow. Walkers and their dogs receive a ‘friendly welcome’ (and a dog biscuit or two) in the ‘cosy nook of a bar’. In the ‘smart, rustic restaurant’ (flagstones, ‘hefty tables’, countryside pictures and prints), chef Joseph Colman’s ‘refined pub grub’ is ‘very good and very satisfying’. Typical dishes: ‘light, refreshing’ Cornish crab tian; a ‘generous portion’ of roast rack of pork, ham hock croquette, buttery mash, sautéed cabbage. ‘Handsome contemporary bedrooms’ are upstairs. ‘Ours was under the eaves. Small bedside windows looked into the trees; a larger window offered a brilliant view of the bridge over the quick-running river. Guides and good local information had been provided; a container of shortbread biscuits sat next to a good selection of teas, coffee and hot chocolate mix.’ Breakfast on fruit salad, local yogurt, ‘exemplary croissants’, ‘thick country slices of delicious home-baked bread’; ‘copious servings’ of hot dishes are brought to the table.

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The Bell at Skenfrith
Skenfrith
Monmouthshire
NP7 8UH

Guest comments

'A fine base for exploring Monmouthshire. A congenial atmosphere and a happy buzz from the bar and restaurant. It is not cheap, and the dinner allowance seems nigardy, but it is a Guide hotel in the best of ways: the owners are clearly invested in making sure their guests have a good time. Each staff member on the small team is friendly, open and personable; you see the same people one day to the next. Our large, handsome room under the eaves had been intelligently redecorated and had a brilliant view. The ground-floor restaurant, with a smartened-up rustic look, serves refined pub grub. Servings are generous. ' - AS - March, 2016

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Tourist attractions

  • Grosmont Castle

    The remains of Grosmont Castle are set in the valley of the River Monnow.

  • Hereford Cathedral

    Visit the cathedral and view the Mappa Mundi.

  • Tintern Abbey

    The Cistercian abbey of Tintern is one of the greatest monastic ruins in Wales.