May 11-12. Our first foray into Wales, after the magic of Stonehenge, began with a stay in Tintern at the Old Rectory B&B. Reviews gave us a good feeling and it turned out right. Parked on the river climbed the stone steps, thru the beautiful garden (see pic of dew-drenched Bleeding Hearts) and warmly welcomed by Anika and later Ian. Traveling in a threesome we had a terrific family suite with 2 bedrooms and a shared private bath. Very cozy and nice parlor as well as breakfast room downstairs for guests. Huge long manor house tub and lots of hot water to soak in. Talks with Anika and Ian about everything truly influenced our travel plans in the best of ways. We stayed an extra day toured local history sites, the abbey, & ate at 2 top restaurants they recommended - the Wye Valley Hotel (Beef & Yorkshire Pudding!!) and , especially good, the Anchor Tavern right at Tintern Abbey. Called up the Wordsworth poem on our mobile and read it aloud while sitting in the Tavern looking over at the abbey ruins. You just gotta do it to get that Wordsworth jolt of "spontaneous outpouring of genuine emotion". It's so much more than the sappy sentimental emotion that Romantic Period poetry has been turned into. The best, besides our political discussions about UK & USA, was Ian's breakfast. Truly the best of our whole 15 day trip. Smoked salmon omelets AND killer fried potatoes + best Bkfst meat in the valley AND organic bread. Anika had so many juice choices, I hated to make her recite them but the last one was my choice. Warm couple. warm house. Talks there influenced us to venture further and do more in Wales by heading up to Betws-y-Coed and to climb Mt Snowdon (assisted by train) - WOW! what an experience. Crazy if you don't stay at the Rectory B&B and get to know Anika & Ian. They love what they're doing and are quintessential hosts sharing the hospitality duties in all ways. JUST A NOTE - I know we are not supposed to disparage other reviewers personally but generally can I say I feel puzzled and a bit frustrated when other reviewers, having no tolerance for pets, choose to stay at a pet-friendly property and then degrade it or giving it a "1" overall, based on scores of "3&4". If I research a place which clearly has dogs and allows them to stay, and I choose to stay anyway, is it fair or honorable to dis the property as a result of my intolerance? Damp dog smell can result from a really good bath they've just had. I open my window and air things out. Ian and Anika's place was clean. The dogs did not have the run of the house and reluctantly Anika brought them into the guest parlor because my wife missed our dogs and wanted to meet them. It makes me sad to witness careless unfairness and illogic in our reviews when the owners' livelihood is influenced by our report's honesty and accuracy. Pardon me if I offend anyone for pointing this out in this case of a well-kept pet-friendly lodging. I do trust that most folks reading the plethora of positive reviews know how to "sort things out" as the British so politely say. Plan to stay at Tintern a few days. As Ian will point out, there is a great deal to explore here historically, culturally and in the scenery. It's not just a "pass through" like we were treating it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming, gracious 4 star Bed & Breakfast overlooking the River Wye, on the main road in Tintern Village. Exquisite river views, old-world charm, warm hospitality, lovely en-suite rooms, sitting room, wood fires, croquet & garden areas. Set in the Wye Valley ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, nearby magical Tintern Abbey, enjoy beautiful, tranquil scenery, legendary walking trails.Delicious, locally sourced breakfasts a specialty, freshly made bread, organic eggs, milk & produce, great bacon, sausage, lovely kippers. ... more less
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- Tintern Old Rectory B&B Wales