great hall, morning room, library, bar/lounge, restaurant, billiard room, function rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 17-acre gardens and parkland, unsuitable for disabled.
during functions. Pianist on special occasions.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms with £120 professional allergy clean, not in public rooms, heated kennels (no charge) available.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B £150–£450. D,B&B £250–£550. Three-course dinner £55, eight-course tasting menu £110 (two weeks’ notice required).
Good Hotel Guide Review
A romantic Jacobean mansion, first opened as a hotel in 1990 by the late Sir Bernard Ashley, remains home to his ‘fabulous collection of paintings, sculptures and antiques’. The Hall was remodelled by Clough Williams Ellis for a London bowler-hat maker in around 1913, and has the feel of a ‘luxurious’ Edwardian country house, with ‘open fires, squashy sofas, fresh flowers’; in the bedrooms a decanter of sherry, bowl of fruit, mineral water. Manager Sergio Martinez oversees the ‘impeccable’ staff. ‘Everyone addressed us by name.’ Even the most affordable rooms are large, well equipped and furnished, with bath and separate shower. Some of the more expensive have a four-poster. Wake-up calls, if requested, come with tea or coffee and newspaper. Chef Nick Brodie uses produce from the organic kitchen garden, greenhouse and smokehouse, eggs from the ducks, hens and quail. His fixed-price, daily-changing dinner menu includes such dishes as Welsh lamb loin, parmesan risotto, roast baby onion, chanterelles – and always a vegetarian option. Acclaimed afternoon teas include the Laura Ashley with elderflower champagne. The ‘tranquil’ grounds, leading to the River Wye, are ‘filled with birdsong’.
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