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“Heaven in Hereford” 4 of 5 stars
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Somerville House
5.0 of 5 Guest house   |   12 Bodenham Road, Hereford HR1 2TS , England   |  
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Ranked #8 of 37 Hereford B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Stafford, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Heaven in Hereford”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Well its a five star B&B in Hereford but believe me you will not find better for your money. Rosie greeted us on arrival and nothing was overlooked, she delivered the greeting exceptionally well and covered all the details making our stay 'home from home'. Breakfast was very nice, even if Bill did forget the order details occasionally (sorry Bill) but this made the stay memorable and Rosie and Bill endearing. All the food is locally sourced and Rosie makes her own preservatives, the Whiskey Marmalade is exceptional, I enjoyed it immensely.
Rooms were very clean and tidy and the bed just ate you up, so warm and cosy. Well stocked mini bar with wine and locally produced Cider.
Would not hesitate to stay here again and recommend to friends.

Room Tip: We stayed in room four which is at the front, it was very quiet and cosy making for a good nights re...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Georgetown, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Great B&B in Hereford. Beautiful old house with spectacular views and grounds. Stayed in room 9 at the back and large picture windows looked out over the garden. Huge comfortable room with bed, sitting area, and desk. Bathroom very modern. Despite being across the hall from the breakfast room it was very quiet and we were never disturbed. Breakfast was wonderful, lots of choice and local ingredients used. Very friendly staff and room was very clean. Short easy walk from train station. Centre of town within walking distance -- lots of pubs, restaurants and shops. Definitely recommend this B&B.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Owners charming friendly and very helpful. Room 11 downstairs very comfortable but no view, upgraded to room 5 which is a large room with a splendid view of the garden and the hills. Home from home. Our only minor moan is there was visible dust and cobwebs in the bathroom and bedroom. Particularly noticeable on the wooden unit in the bedroom. Otherwise A1 and an excellent wholesome tasty locally produced breakfast.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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somervillehouse, Owner at Somerville House, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
Hi Gemima999, Thanks so much for your review! We were shocked to see you had been assailed by cobwebs and dust in your room when you were here! As you will see from other reviews this is most unusual, as we are usually rated sparky clean! I immediately ordered a survey of dust and cobwebs for eradication the day your review came out - there were a few red faces among the housekeeping staff, who are most apologetic. Thank you for being kind enough to say that this did not spoil your enjoyment of other aspects of your stay! I hope if you should come and stay again, you will find the whole stay up to expectations. You could identify yourself to us for a little treat!
Best wishes Rosie and Bill
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Horwich Lancashire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

We've been coming here for a couple of years now and it always impresses with the standard of comfort and service. It's a short walk from the town centre (or stagger back!). Breakfasts are outstanding, using local produce and catering to most if not all dietary preferences and requirements.
Rooms are large and well furnished, particularly the superior rooms (these have free Wi-Fi). Our favourite is Room 5 -it has a bath and outstanding views of Hereford City (from where this review has been typed). Each room has Tea/ coffee and a bar for anyone who fancies a quiet afternoon/ night in too.
Bill and Rosie are both very welcoming, as are the staff too. For us, it is the standard of service and attention to detail that has raised this place to a favourite for us.

Room Tip: South facing rooms are sunnier, Room 5 has a bath if that's something you look for.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for one night in September 2013. We had pleasant welcome and felt at home straight away. The lovely old Victorian building has be beautifully decorated and we were able to sit out on the large sunny patio to relax after our drive. We then walked into town for dinner which took about 25 minutes at a very leisurely pace. The high spot however was an excellent breakfast served by staff that were as pleasant and helpful as the owners. All the food was of the highest (and tastiest) quality and I, despite being on a special diet, was able to enjoy it just as much as my wife without having to make any special requests.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Durham
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67 reviews 67 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We have just returned home after a three night stay at this establishment. What a lovely place. Rosie and Bill are wonderful hosts and we felt very welcome from this first moment we arrived.
We had a huge room, which was in the basement of the house. I was a little concerned about this as obviously you could not see out of the windows, but given we rise early and came back later on an evening, this was not a problem. The bed was enormous, and very comfortable, but the pillows were amazing, and I wish I had asked where these came from as they were just so comfy. The only slight minus was the bathroom, which although large and gorgeous, had a rather "damp " smell from the wet towels, which because the radiator in the bathroom wasn't on, did not dry very well. I am sure if we had asked for the radiator to be switched on it would have been, but as I said this was only a slight problem. The whole experience of this BB was great, the breakfasts were cooked fresh, to order and only took minutes to do. The whole place is immaculately clean and fresh and has a lovely air of calm and friendliness. The walk into Hereford itself is about a mile and ok, but down a busy road so not that scenic.
I would definitely recommend this BB and would return in an instant should we visit Hereford again in the future.

Room Tip: The lower ground room is massive and lovely but if you want a view ask for a higher room
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

I've been given a very cosy single room, small had everything!
Quality mini bar and big selection of teas and coffees.
Breakfast was very good.
Very helpful people run the place and the Italian restaurant they advised me
made my stay even more pleasant.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Somerville House

Address: 12 Bodenham Road, Hereford HR1 2TS , England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Herefordshire > Hereford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 37 B&Bs / Inns in Hereford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Somerville House 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Somerville House is a beautiful detached Victorian villa, dating back to 1895, in a tree-lined residential road, offering 'boutique' hotel style Bed and Breakfast accommodation, and blending the luxury and comfort of a good hotel with warm and friendly service. We have 12 en suite rooms, arranged on ground, lower-ground, and first and second floors, with free wifi available in all.The large superior rooms and charming top floor rooms, with interesting beam features, are decorated in a contemporary style, contrasting with and enhancing the many original features - the glorious tesselated entrance hall floor, tiny plaster cupid heads, and the grand marble fireplaces. 5 mins walk railway station, 10 minutes walk city centre, free carpark. ... more   less 
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