The Baiting House, Upper Sapey, Herefordshire
Traditionally where drovers and waggoners would stop for 'bait', the local word for a snack, this gastropub with rooms was completely refurbished in 2015 after being bought by a local couple. It has comfortable, unfussy guest rooms, with three more traditional ones in the main building, the rest being modern lodges on the grounds that each have a hot tub and kitchenette. There's a homely and characterful bar, and the highlight of the property is the excellent cuisine served by the restaurant. There are numerous circular walks on the doorstep, and the historic towns of Ledbury, Leominster, Bewdley and Ludlow are around 30 minutes away.
Your expert reviewer
There are six National Trust properties within a 40-minute drive - including Brockhampton and Berrington Hall.
The hotel is in the small village of Upper Sapey, on the Herefordshire/Worcestershire border.
By car: around 35 minutes from Birmingham, under 2 hours from Oxford and 3 hours from London. Free on-site parking.
By train: London Paddington to Leominster takes under 3 hours. The hotel is a 30-minute taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Families, couples and solo travellers who are lovers of the rural countryside will enjoy staying here. The bar and restaurant area has character, with flagstones and floorboards, some exposed brick and a wood burner.
Service & Facilities
There are plenty of walks starting from The Baiting House, ranging from 4.5 to 11.5 miles.
- Board games
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Up to two dogs are permitted in the lodges at £15 per dog per stay.
Clun is one of the lodges, and is new and spotless. Cream walls except for one rustic wood one give some charm, while the green sofas add a bit of personality. There's a bedroom, shower room and kitchenette - as well as small patio with hot tub. The lodges are light and overlook grassland and other lodges.
Room, Studio Lodge, Hot Tub Studio Lodge, Deluxe Hot Tub Lodge
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
We loved finding food of such a good standard in the middle of nowhere. The slow-cooked lamb shoulder with courgettes, greens, mint gel, lamb sauce and rosti potato was a small portion but fantastic.
The Baiting House: modern British cuisine, locally sourced ingredients, seasonal menus. Dishes include wild mushroom risotto, belly of pork and cider battered monkfish. Open daily for drinks, breakfast and dinner, Thu-Sun for lunch.
Rooms available from £108 per night
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