The Bell at Skenfrith | Inn in Monmouthshire | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Bell at Skenfrith - Inn in Monmouthshire

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Skenfrith, Abergavenny, NP7 8UH, Monmouthshire
Wales, United Kingdom

Sarah Hudson
+44 (0)1600 750235(landline)

A small, stylish hotel lost in the country with beautiful rooms, excellent food, fine walking and a river passing directly outside

The position here is magical: an ancient stone bridge, a river snaking through the valley, glorious hills rising beyond, cows grazing in lush fields. It's a perfect spot, not least because providence blessed it with this chic little place. Inside, you'll find a long bar, well stocked with local wines and ales and an airy restaurant for excellent food. In summer, doors fly open and life spills onto a stone terrace with a pretty garden and views of the surrounding hills and woodland. Sit beside the river Monnow – a fine spot for lunch in the sun. Elegant country-house bedrooms brim with light. Some are beamed, most are big, you'll find padded bedheads, Farrow & Ball colours, perhaps a walnut bed or a claw-foot bath in your room. Those at the front have river views, those at the back look onto the hills, some have sofas, all have robes in excellent bathrooms. Seven circular walks start at the front door with maps to show you the way. Delicious food awaits your return, perhaps Welsh rarebit with a poached egg, braised beef brisket with dauphinoise potatoes, apple doughnuts with toffee sauce and mulled cider.

Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Air conditioning
Some, if not all, bedrooms are air-conditioned.
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Babies welcome
Suitable for guests with a baby or toddler under 3.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Local points of interest from Sarah Hudson:

Local points of interest from
Sarah Hudson:

  • The village of Skenfrith has its own Norman Castle and an historic medieval church St. Bridget's. The Bell is just outside the village on the banks of the River Monnow which provides great riverside walking and further upstream fantastic fishing.
  • The Bell has created 7 circular walks all of which start and finish at the inn. All have points of interest, maps and detailed instructions and drawings. The Dog and Boot Bar welcomes all dogs and owners with or without wellies. Dog parlour available.
  • Walking is a favourite pastime of many guests but cycling and open-top motoring are others. The roads are quiet and wind through some of the country's most beautiful scenery. There are many beautiful gardens to visit in this part of Wales
  • The Bell has a ghillie who can organise fishing trips in and around the area. Contact Reception for further details and how to apply for fishing licences. Monnow Events is close and great for stag and hen weekends with parties back at The Bell
  • There are so many places to visit nearby that it is impossible to name them all. We are within easy reach of Hereford Cathedral which houses the Mappa Mundi and a signed Magna Carta. There are Marches castles and abbeys and Hay-on-Wye is 40 mins away.
  • The Bell is the perfect place for an elegant wedding and blessings may be organised in the medieval church of St. Bridget's. We now have our own marquee set within our very pretty garden which provides the perfect backdrop for a special day and photos.
Points of interest

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Lunch from £5.95. Sunday lunch from £14.95. Dinner, 3 courses, around £38.



Paw prints Bringing your dog
Handy to know:

Secure garden; circular walks from the door. Beware of sheep and cows.

Dog treats:

Dog parlour and towels. Dog treats for well-behaved dogs.

Dog fee:

Dogs £20 per dog per night. Max. 2.

Bringing your dog

Skenfrith, Abergavenny, NP7 8UH, Monmouthshire


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