Bell at Skenfrith South and Mid Wales (Wales)

“Monmouthshire old coaching inn turned stylish hideaway - perfect for the great outdoors. Charmingly quaint rooms with chic touches. Superb food straight from the organic kitchen garden. Relaxed atmosphere, family friendly and perfect for outdoorsy types.”

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“A 17th century renovated Welsh coach-house on the outskirts of the village of Skenfrith. The Bell's double rosette restaurant has its own kitchen garden and their bedrooms - many with exposed beams and four poster beds - are each charmingly named after a trout fly.”

Written by  Fiona Duncan

They say

“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
I think because first of all it is an utterly charming hotel, that has served the public for more than 300 hundred years, in one of the country’s most beautiful and unspoiled counties. The atmosphere at The Bell is friendly, relaxed and flexible. The rooms are luxurious, the food is seasonal and sourced locally and the owners are on hand to speak to you. In cold weather, we have proper open fires so guests can relax in comfy sofas, read a book or catch up on all the latest newspapers and magazines. Although off the beaten track, The Bell is very easy to get to being just over an hour from Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham and 1hr 30’ from Birmingham.

What is there to do in the area?
Boredom just doesn’t feature here. There is plenty to do, much of it at your own behest. We have created six circular walks (ie from and back to The Bell) which have exact instructions and drawings of points of interest along the way. The best laid plans can go awry, and although it is quite rare, people who get lost are often brought back by kindly neighbours or we send out a search party! So far we haven’t lost anyone or at least not yet.

The river Monnow is right beside us and many people bring their canoes. There are plenty of companies nearby to help organise this. Dogs are extremely welcome in the area as long as their owners strictly observe the Country Code. We even have a special bar for walkers and dogs alike called The Dog and Boot Bar with free doggie biscuits for canines. Other things to do are fully listed on our website but include visiting many of the Marches Castles which are strewn around the area. Just outside the village there is a cider-making family that has a great tour of its orchards and works. Local company Monnow Events organises clay pigeon shooting, paintballing or quad biking and other things which are very popular, especially with Hen and Stag parties. One of the most popular things to do is fish and The Bell can put you in touch with companies that will organise everything for you including licences, rods etc. Festivals abound in these parts with the Hay Literary Festival and Abergavenny Food Festival two of the most prolific. The Bell is a 40 minute drive from Hay and 20 minutes from Abergavenny. We have free wifi for those who prefer to stay indoors.

What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Full Welsh breakfast with local bacon, sausages and hens eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes etc if desired. The laid-out buffet includes cereals, danish pastries, croissants, fresh fruit (from the kitchen garden in season), yogurts, fresh fruit juices, tea and coffee. We also bake all our own bread and rolls and some traditional Welsh bread and cake.

Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
Yes, our restaurant has won many awards for its culinary excellence. We offer lunches, snacks, afternoon tea (reservation recommended) and an à la carte menu in the evening. Dietary requirements are catered for of course. We have a special menu for children and will organise picnics for walkers or to be enjoyed on a rug up in our beautiful Orchard Garden. For those wanting a change of scenery, we would recommend Shaun Hill’s Walnut Tree Inn which is 10 minutes up the road.

Which are your most popular room types, and why?
All our rooms are very popular and each one is unique. Perhaps the most popular are the four poster bedrooms which again are all different. Every room has an ensuite bathroom, flat screen tv, tea and coffee making facilities with fresh milk and homemade biscuits. Our toiletries are from the award-winning British company Noble Isle. We supply Welsh organic beetroot from our Kitchen Garden for Noble Isle’s Autumn range, so that’s a lovely link.

What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms ?
We have sofa beds in some rooms and can provide z beds. Our attic suites work very well as Family Rooms and if grandparents want to come too they can book the adjacent suite and everyone can run between the two! We have created a special Children’s Walk called The Skenfrith Sleuth which takes them (and their parents) around Skenfrith Village (just a few yards from The Bell) looking for answers to questions about the WWI Memorial, the Norman Castle and the medieval church of St. Bridget’s. It has a fun crossword and wordsearch. We have the usual board games and lots of reading material can be found in the guest sitting room. There is also plenty of space outside in the garden for them to run around and have fun. During Spring, children love climbing on the fences to watch the sheep and lambs in the fields. We also rear our own pigs just beyond the orchard which is always a ‘must-see’ for children and parents.

What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
This little corner of Wales, just over the border from England, has something for everyone, whatever their age. Staying here is like re-engaging with nature. The surrounding countryside here is breathtaking and the easy, open access to old monuments and country walks is quite a rare thing these days. Many of our guests love to bring their classic cars and do some old-fashioned, open-top touring on relatively quiet roads with great scenery, good pubs and enjoy lots of fresh air. The walks along the river Monnow are spectacular and the flowers and fauna outstanding. Although we have a few wellies, don’t forget to pack your walking boots and/or wellies!”

Other reviews

The Bell at Skenfrith

"The hotel is a welcoming place with flagstone floors, sofas in front of a huge inglenook fireplace, stylish bedrooms and an excellent kitchen garden. "

Originally published by The Telegraph (view article)

The Great British Lockin

"Bedrooms are completely on the button, with fresh daffodils on the windowsill, starched cotton sheets, Welsh wool blankets tucked into deeply comfortable beds, and Cath Collins products in the large bathrooms."

Originally published by Conde Nast Traveller (view article)

Address

Bell at Skenfrith
Skenfrith
Wales
Monmouthshire
UK
NP7 8UH
United Kingdom
01600 750235
www.skenfrith.co.uk

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Facilities

Family Suites
Parking
Free parking onsite.
Free wifi
Bar
Outdoor dining
Sit-out Terrace
Private dining room
Cots available
Meeting Room
Wifi
Garden
Restaurant
Pet friendly
Well behaved dogs for an extra £5 per night.
Child friendly
Special meals and early suppers available.
Four poster beds
In room music system
Satellite / Cable TV
Suites
Air conditioning

Activities

Golf
Close to a number of great courses including Celtic Manor and the Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club.
Other Activities
Stay here for the Hay on Wye Book Festival or racing at Chepstow or Hereford.
Fishing
Local ghillie can arrange fishing on the Usk, Monnow or Wye
Great walks
Circular walks from the door. Special walking break packages available.
Sights nearby
Local castles include Grosmont Castle, Raglan Castle and White Castle.

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11 rooms from $212 per night

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Recommended for

Foodies
The simple, uunpretentious menu hits the right note everytime thanks to the full flavours of locally sourced organic produce.
Country Escape
Surrounded by beautiful lush gardens complete with fragrant orchard and superb kitchen garden.
Hideaway
With no mobile phone reception and a deep-black star-lit sky at night this truly a retreat from everyday life.

Activities

Other Activities
Stay here for the Hay on Wye Book Festival or racing at Chepstow or Hereford.
Golf
Close to a number of great courses including Celtic Manor and the Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club.
Fishing
Local ghillie can arrange fishing on the Usk, Monnow or Wye
Great walks
Circular walks from the door. Special walking break packages available.
Sights nearby
Local castles include Grosmont Castle, Raglan Castle and White Castle.

Other highlights

Quiet
Owner managed
Gourmet
Remote
Secluded setting
Views
Free wifi
Romantic
Family Suites
Less £
House party feel
Full of character
Sit-out Terrace
Intimate
Four poster beds
Inn
Historic
Boutique
Artworks
Restaurant
Antiques
Pet friendly
Well behaved dogs for an extra £5 per night.
Luxury
Charming
Contemporary
Traditional
Retro/Vintage
Child friendly
Special meals and early suppers available.

Hotel size

11 rooms
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