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The Hollybush

Draethen | Lower Machen, Machen NP10 8GB, Wales
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The Hollybush
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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20 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We've been here a few times now when visiting family in South Wales, but I wonder whether the reason that we return is due to there not being many other viable options for what is, on the whole, good food. As other reviewers have commented, the biggest downfall is probably the attitude of the staff. The younger females have always... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Doesn't matter what your request is. Staff will say no without any thought and without checking. Decaf coffee? No. Bread basket? No. Particular desert on the menu? No (for the second time in a row). Steak rare? No chance. Customer services and decor straight from the 80s. I imagine it only keeps going because of its location.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Ive been to this pub for food a few times over the years but Sunday was a gorgeous day and we wanted a nice location for lunch. It was very quiet when we arrived 12.30ish. We sat outside to eat and there was cutlery, newpapers, napkins, sauce sachets everywhere. When food did arrive after quite a long wait it wasnt... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

Have just completed a lovely two night stay at this gem of a pub which is located in a beautiful part of South Wales. Our room was both large and comfortable and it felt a bit like a home from home. We also ate in the pub on both nights and their two for a £10 meals were very tasty... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I visted this lovely pub in February and stayed in the accommodation the room was lovely had what you wanted in the rooms. tea and coffees facility and breakfasts cereal which I glad about, was made very (felt at home) as I could say the staff was kind and polite and was Always there if I needed them. I ate... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Don't even think about arriving late to this place luckily I phoned ahead or I would have been locked out! Had to collect key and return as owner not willing to wait up beyond 9.30pm. Was given a key to a padlock on a sturdy metal barrier ( in the dark) and then to the rooms in the car park.... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014 via mobile

My partner & I booked an overnight stay in a superior room. We stayed last year so decided to rebook. Although the location is beautiful we were extremely disappointed with what the hollybush had to offer compared to our previous trip. Room - arrived at 2 & the bed unmade from the last guests, dirty bowls left in room with... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

5 of us visited here on the 21st December. Two of us had the 2 for £10 and chose the lasagne that we had last Christmas which was very nice. It arrived looking very dry and much smaller than usual, and so it tasted. When we came to settling up the drinks total seemed very high and when asked to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

As it`s been a long time since our last visit i thought we would make a return as the pub is in a lovely little village, as we drove towards the pub there was a nice Christmas tree lit up as we approached the pub which was nice. We had not booked so we took the chance of getting a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

after spending a good half hour in the dark we eventually found the pub1 luckily it was worth it as we had a nice warm welcome from jess who took us to our room called the snug. we were expecting a tiny room but it was huge with an en-suite wet room. we had a mini fridge containing fresh milk... More

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Address: Draethen | Lower Machen, Machen NP10 8GB, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Southern Wales > Caerphilly County > Machen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $

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Located between Newport and Cardiff, the Hollybush offers self contained luxury country pub accommodation, that is convenient for many major sporting events including the Ryder Cup and Rugby Internationals. Our rooms are furnished to an excellent standard together with a high standard of cleanliness. Our aim is to maintain this high standard of service and to accommodate you in a friendly and hospitable atmosphere. Rooms at the Hollybush are spacious giving you a place to relax and feel at home. We offer mini bar with complimentary Welsh water and food is available from the selection of Hollybush menus. All rooms have: en-suite bathrooms Coffee and tea maker Non-smoking room Iron and iron board Trouser press Flat screen TV Bed setee Deluxe bathroom amenities Hair dryer Mini fridge Writing desk Wireless internet access Safe rooms (dead lock, spy hole, door chain, well lit access) ... more   less 
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