great hall, morning room, library, bar/lounge, restaurant, billiard room, function rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 23-acre gardens and parkland, unsuitable for disabled.
all ages welcomed, only ‘well-behaved children’ in dining room (babysitting can be arranged).
allowed in bedrooms with £120 professional allergy clean, heated kennels available.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B £175–£650. Four-course table d’hôte menu £75, tasting menus £75–£95.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Deep in the Wye valley, this privately owned 17th-century manor house stands in ‘a great atmosphere of peace’, overlooking green meadows leading to the river. After a spell as an Edwardian country house, it was opened as a hotel by Sir Bernard Ashley; his ‘fabulous collection’ of art and antiques still sits among Laura Ashley’s characteristic prints. All is ‘pleasant and comfortable’ – an atmosphere encouraged by ‘impeccable staff’. There are fresh flowers and open fires; afternoon tea is served on gold-leaf china; in the organic kitchen garden, chickens and ducks peck and rustle. ‘Lovely bedrooms’ are ‘faultlessly decorated’ (‘like a bedroom in a luxurious country house’) and supplied with fresh fruit, bottled waters and a decanter of sherry. Hot drinks and a newspaper are brought to the room in the morning. Try the ‘delicious scones’ at teatime, but save room for dinner. ‘The food is elaborate and expensive, but superb.’ Chef Nick Brodie’s tasting menus (including one for vegetarians) showcase Welsh produce in modern dishes such as turbot, seaweed, mussel butter, romanesco; venison, barley, cabbage, cauliflower. Stroll to the river in the morning: ‘Birdsong fills the air.’
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