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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; guest rooms are of a classic, traditional style, those in the annexe a bit more modern. The conservatory restaurant looks out to a lovely garden and the now defunct castle's moat and serves a tasty and diverse range of dishes using locally-sourced ingredients including those from the hotel's kitchen garden.

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Ben West
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Ben has written for many publications and websites, including the New York Times, Times, Telegraph, Spectator and New Statesman. His work has taken him to around 90 countries, and he has also written a number of books and a play, Gertrude’s Secret, which toured UK theatres for three years.



The Beefy Boys in the Old Market, Hereford, serves surely the best burgers in the world, made with succulent 21-day-aged Hereford beef.

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)

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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. The neutral décor will appeal to a broad range of guests.

Service & Facilities

The free car park is a real bonus as parking can be difficult and expensive nearby.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Patio
  • Gardens
  • Kitchen Garden
  • Afternoon tea
  • Events
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wheelchair accessible


Rooms are generally quite spacious. The main house has 16 traditionally decorated rooms, while No. 25, in a nearby annexe, has eight more rooms with a more modern design.

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 were some less usual menu items, such as shakshuka at breakfast.

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.

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