What We Love
- A boutique farmhouse surrounded by the Royal Forest of Dean, with breakfast and dinner option
- Exploring the stunning Wye Valley on bikes
- Taking a leisurely stroll around the quaint market town of Ross-on-Wye
- Tucking into the rare breed pork belly on Tudor Farmhouse's award-winning restaurant menu
What To Know
- This countryside escape exudes rustic charm
- Produce is sourced from the hotel's garden and local purveyors
- Family-friendly: There's an extensive children's menu and nature trails to keep the kids occupied for hours
- The walls are thin; light sleepers should bring earplugs
Surrounded by the Royal Forest of Dean, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel beckons as a luxurious country escape to the heart of Gloucestershire. Found in the village of Clearwell, near Monmouth and Ross-on Wye, it’s an ideal destination for escaping the urban humdrum in favour of soaking up rolling rural landscapes.
Both welcoming and relaxing, the stylish converted farmhouse has retained many of its original features. Fresh neutral walls with flashes of exposed stonework are framed by high-quality wooden fixtures, which tie in beautifully with the luxury Bronte fabrics that appear throughout.
With 14 acres of farmland to explore, 20 individually charming rooms and a restaurant that won the prestigious prize of Taste of the West Restaurant of the Year 2015 and two AA Rosettes, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel exceeds expectations when it comes to chic countryside retreats. Not only does it have a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence tucked comfortably under its arm, Condé Nast Traveller also lauded the hotel in a recent glittering review and Sawday’s have named it English Hotel of the Year 2016.
Bantam rooms are cosy and stylish, whilst Cockerel rooms are spacious with seating areas, roll-top baths and unique features such as exposed beams or four-poster beds. Suites are even more spacious, with generous seating areas, roll top baths and monsoon showers.
Just as you’d expect from the winners of Cotswold Life Hotel Restaurant of the Year 2013 and a two AA Rosette-winner, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel serves up quality seasonal produce cooked simply and to perfection. Some of the ingredients even come out of the hotel’s own kitchen garden and grounds. The team try their hardest to source the rest from within a 20-mile radius.
With country pursuits coming from all angles, this is a location that suits just about every pace, from scenic walks in the Wye Valley and foraging in the hotel’s grounds to water sports at Symonds Yat Rock and indulging in a flutter at Cheltenham Racecourse.
How to Get There
Stayed overnight as we had a wedding reception at Clearwell Castle. We saw they did a lunchtime tasting menu so treated ourselves to that too.
The room was ready when we arrived. We were in number 17 the room was lovely and my wife loved the full size toiletries. The bathroom was modern and the waterfall shower was very good and large fluffy towels. The bed was very comfy too.
The tasting menu was stunning all the produce was local and the staff were very knowledgable. A big thank you to Kati who mainly looked after us, but all the staff were really friendly.
It is a fabulous place and we had a fantastic time and will definitely go back and try the evening tasting menu.
I happened upon their website in looking for a place to stay in the English countryside in between work projects. What a unique place! The rooms are well equipped and stylish. The grounds provide both quiet nooks and adventurous walks. Exploring in the forest of dean is right out the door! And the staff are quite delightful. They are easy going and aim to please. The food is top notch. Spent 4 memorable days and nights here. Definitely a place to experience!
The stud at Farmhouse is a lovely hotel, very clean and modern, staff were very friendly, breakfast was excellent a great choice, the parking was free, Wi-fi was very good, would definitely go there again if down that way, couldn’t fault it.
Lovely location and superb staff. All was set fair, but unfortunately a few aspects took the shine off.
Firstly, the room was not air conditioned and it was 26 degrees outside. It wasn't much less inside and there were only a couple of skylight windows. At night this meant it was very hot. It doesn't matter how comfy the beds are; if it's that hot you're not going to get a good night's kip.
The food at the restaurant was good, but at those prices it should have been great. For me, it lacked a little oomph in the flavour department.
The peace and quiet of the following morning was shattered by a guy with a chain saw and wood chipper for an hour or more over breakfast. A shame, since tranquillity was one of this place's selling points. We just wanted to sit in the lovely gardens reading a book. We kept thinking 'he'll stop in a minute'. Alas, he didn't and we gave up and headed home.
These points took the shine off what could otherwise have been a 5 star review.
I booked this hotel for a 2 night break with my girlfriend, who became my fiancé over the course of the trip. We booked the 'Summer Escape' package in 'The Roost' suite. Part of this escape included food in the hotel, and we were happy to find out that we had access to the whole menu - we had £45 worth of food and drink per person and anything over that would be added to our bill. This flexibility suited us perfectly, and the quality of the food in the hotel was incredible.
Staff were incredibly friendly and accommodating, no request seemed any trouble and we quickly relaxed into our stay. Our room was incredibly quirky, which we loved, and was spotlessly clean and well maintained, and the bathroom was incredible.
Every part of our stay here was incredible. A perfect weekend break in a picturesque setting. The walk around the grounds meant we got some great views and got to meet some very friendly sheep and ponies, and the nearby puzzlewood (15 minute walk down a busy road or 2 minutes in the car) was an incredible sight.
I'm hoping we'll return here, and I would recommend this hotel to anyone.