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“Self Catering Barn” 4 of 5 stars
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The Old Court Hotel
Symonds Yat West, Ross-on-Wye HR9 6DA, England   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Ross-on-Wye
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Warwickshire
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Self Catering Barn”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2008

We stayed in the Self catering barn belonging to the hotel. The barn was modern having recently been refurbished. The photos on their website do reflect the property. The barn also had a small private courtyard and parking available next to the property.
The kitchen is big and has lots of cupboards but doesn't have the benefit of a dishwasher. I also searched for a measuring jug but couldn't find one - so the intention is obviously not to do much more than heating up food in the kitchen.
The main benefit of staying in the barn was the accessibility of the hotel facilities, there is an outdoor pool which reception provided towels for, a lovely garden to enjoy a drink and a snug area within the hotel to sit and have a quiet five minutes. The hotel food is good and the staff were all friendly and helpful.
The only problem we encountered was the amount of buzzing flies - we had to check our bedrooms before we went to sleep so we wouldn't be disturbed!

  • Liked — Cosy and informal not functional or business like.
  • Disliked — The flies!
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 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 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Cardiff
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2008

My partner took me to this hotel for a weekend for my birthday. We stayed in a room with a four poster bed and beamed ceilings. The building is very old so the floor was uneven and creaky, it was great! Everything was spotless and beautifully presented and our room overlooked their pretty garden area. We dined in the hotel restaurant in the evening which was a large banqueting style room but with contemporary furniture and beautifully lit with huge candles dotted around. The food and service was exceptional, and was equally so at breakfast. The menu for both was good and used a lot of local fresh produce. When we awoke the next morning a very heavy frost had fallen and the view out of the window was stunning. The area the hotel is in is very beautiful and unspoilt. The river boat trips are well worth taking! There are a number of fabulous old pubs in the area for a spot of lunch if you are out and about. Even if you are not staying it is well worth visiting the area and maybe pop into the hotel for lunch as they serve non residents also. If it is summertime the garden area is lovely to sit in to dine, there is a small area for children to play if you have kids. If you are staying there is also a small outdoor pool. I have been so impressed with this hotel that i am considering having my wedding there next year!

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Liked everything
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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london
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2007

We loved the place! As you drive up you are confronted with a low very old stone manor house covered with ivy. the reception is small and welcoming with a big log fire, it leads to the bar with another log fire and a great array of beers and spirits. Dinner is here in the bar or in a real baronial hall, not big enough to be barnlike but nevertheless you have the feeling of space.

The food is very good and we found the service was just right. We didn't feel rushed but at the same time didn't feel we had waited too long either.

Our bedroom was in the old building and it had all the things you need. The room was not the biggest I've stayed in but then for its age I'm happy to make allowances.

The staff were friendly and helpful and the owner managers were there all the time so we felt really looked after.

I'd go back tommorrow

  • Liked — the owners have made the best of the oldy worldy rooms
  • Disliked — small car spaces in the car park
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2007

During my stay here the welcome and service was second to none, the owners together with their staff made us more than welcome and their friendliness and the fact that they were familiar with us only added to the value, we didn't feel like strangers, more like friends staying in a friends house. I live in London and regularly dine in places like The Ivy, Langans etc but the dining room at The Old Court is a serious contender to both of them, the food is excellent and the service is not pretentious in any way. The hotel has such amazing character and even the bar menu is something to be reckoned with. We spenit the night in the room above the bar, I can honestly say that after experiencing the hospitality of the proprietor we didn't have a problem sleeping, the room is lovely, it is a fantastic four poster room with a quirky bathroom/toilet and a fantastic fireplace. This hotel also has a HEATED, yes heated swimming pool so whatever the weather it is lovely and warm and very private from the beautiful gardens. During our visit they were setting up for a wedding, the lady that owns the hotel kindly showed us around the wedding rooms, this was fantastic, I have been at weddings at Moor Park Golf Club (google it) and Skinners Hall (google that too) and The Old Court once again can without a doubt give them a run for their money. The next time I get married I would certainly consider the Old Court Hotel.

  • Liked — The warm ambience
  • Disliked — Loved it
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Ruislip
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2007

We arrived at the hotel on a chilly evening and were welcomed by a smiling lady and a roaring open fire. Immediately we felt that we would like the place. We checked into a old room which had tonnes of character. Not everything matched and the floors were uneven, but this added to the charm. We ate in the Bar, where the menu has lots of choice, food was great, in particular the organic hereford bred lamb steak. The bar staff were friendly and helpful and the place had a good buzz. The bar and conservatory were busy even though it was a cold Tuesday evening at the end of October. The Bathroom was small but the water was piping hot and plenty of it. Breakfast was served by the friendly lady who welcomed us on arrival. We really enjoyed the real kipper breakfast.

We will definitely be back - we loved it.

  • Liked — Character & Food
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Nottingham, England
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11 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2007

Having read the previous reviews, I don't think they stayed in the same hotel!
The hotel is excellent. It is smart, clean, comfy, full of character and very welcoming.
We were upgraded to a four poster room, away from the function room, so that we wouldn't be disturbed by the noise. Instead we had the noise of the kitchen stereo below us, but it was turned down as soon as we asked.
The room was old and quirky with sloping floors and low doorways, but that just added to the charm. The bed was comfy and the bathroom was spotless.
The service in the bar and restaurant couldn't be faulted and the food was fantastic. It was a little pricey, but competitive with other restaurants in the area.
The breakfast was perfectly fine, cereal, toast, yoghurts, fruit and cooked breakfasts on offer.
The hotel's location is excellent, close to the main road, but nestled in the countryside with lots to do around it and the river only a short walk away.
We couldn't fault it at all.

  • Liked — Old charm
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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94 reviews 94 reviews
39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2007

My partner booked a 2 night stay as a late birthday present for me... we arrived after rush hour and were met by a very pleasant woman.

Our room was clean, however the floor was very uneven - fair enough, not anyone's fault considering the age of the hotel. We had food in the hotel and have to be honest - it was lovely, quite expensive but the service was very good and the food was very nice.

The problems came on Saturday night as our room was directly above the bar.... midnight came and we couldn't sleep due to the noise. We phoned reception and noone answered for about 10 minutes and promised us the noise would stop soon. 2am .. and you could still hear *everything* people were saying and the noise showed no signs it was going to stop.

2:15am on Sunday morning saw us drive 3.5 hours home as at least that way we knew we would get some sleep.

In all fairness, we did get an apology and offered 2 free nights in a different room - so we are off again in a few days - as there *were* good things about the place... but if you do stay.. DON'T stay in the rooms above the bar at the weekend in you value your sleep.

The good things included a butterfly farm opposite the hotel - I am a keen photographer and took some amazing shots.. and there are some lovely castles in the area...

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — The noise from the Bar at 2:00am in the morning
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Symonds Yat West, Ross-on-Wye HR9 6DA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Herefordshire > Ross-on-Wye
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Ross-on-Wye
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
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