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Castle House Hotel, Hereford, Herefordshire
Owned by local farming family the Watkins, the Castle House is a traditionally elegant hotel in a Grade II-listed Georgian villa and adjacent townhouse, with 24 classy rooms and suites, a bar and bistro and an excellent restaurant. The hotel is located in a quiet cul-de-sac in the centre of Hereford beside an ancient moat where otters have been known to frolic. Magnificent Hereford Cathedral with its famous Mappa Mundi is a short walk away, as is a wide selection of shops and restaurants. Castle House offers some of the city's best accommodation, and is renowned for its scrummy afternoon teas, tasting dinners, special events from jazz nights to art and literature talks, and excellent service.
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Castle House is located in central Hereford, just off the River Wye
By car: just over 3 hours from London, 1 hour 30 minutes from Bristol, 1 hour 35 minutes from Coventry. Free public parking is available nearby.
By train: Hereford station is a 15-minute walk from the hotel, with services from Manchester Piccadilly (2 hours) and Birmingham New Street (1 hour 30 minutes) thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The Castle House is particularly nice for special occasions. The hotel bar is a cosy haven with comfy sofas, a proper bar and a fantastic range of local beers, ciders and spirits and tasty snacks.
Service & Facilities
Guests are invited to pay a visit the owners' farm out in the Herefordshire countryside to see the impressive kitchen garden.
- Kitchen Garden
- Afternoon tea
- Free Wi-Fi
- Wheelchair accessible
In case you get peckish before breakfast, rooms have a basket of Herefordshire goodies, including crisps, biscuits and apple juice to munch on. The accessible Cavalier Suite has a ramped entrance, wide doors, walk-in shower and French doors to a private terrace.
Single, Standard Double, Deluxe Double rooms, Junior, Castle suites
Facilities include: ensuite bathrooms with L'Occitane essential oils range of toiletries, a basket of Herefordshire produce, complimentary still and sparkling water, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The five-course Saturday night tasting menu is such a treat, with imaginative dishes such as lamb and feta croquette with black garlic and fried mint. There's delicious food from the start, with extraordinary home-baked stout and black treacle sourdough with flavoured whipped butter.
Restaurant & Bistro: Seasonal, locally sourced produce. Dishes include pan fried hake and gressingham duck breast. Open Wed-Sun for breakfast, Wed-Sat for afternoon tea, Fridays for dinner, Saturdays for dinner (tasting menu only) and Sundays for lunch. Mains from £17. Afternoon tea from £19.