I've been coming here about once a year for long weekends over about 4 years. It's a fun, relaxed place, with the slightly wacky Duncan and his wife Alex giving a very friendly welcome.
The house has an emphasis on serving up organic, locally-sourced produce, which is excellent. I eat meat, but not in large amounts: the cooked breakfast is fabulous but in very big portions so you probably won't be needing lunch. On my most recent visit I tried out the veggie breakfast which is equally huge and delicious - try out Alex's 'Welsh mountains' if she is still doing them.
One rather less 'green' touch is the fact that they have a hot tub - but it feels like such a treat sitting in there with a chilled glass of wine, so it's hard to resist! I think this service may incur an extra charge, if I remember rightly, so check first.
I've stayed in the Dryad Suite which has the most huge 7ft bed and the Mrs Thomas room (I think that was the name) which has a smaller but very comfy bed and a Japanese-style bath. I've never seen ghosts there, but the place does have something of an interesting atmosphere.
If you're into hiking the surrounding countryside is great walking territory, but there are also a couple of fairly short walks you can go on straight from the house itself - there are laminated guides and walking sticks available if you want them. There is a small area of woodland which belongs to the house itself so you can sit out there at night and go badger or owl watching if you wish (didn't manage to see any, but I heard the owls!)
Pubs and local restaurants are a drive rather than a walk away but the owners may be able to cook you dinner at an additional charge if you book in advance, and you can also eat takeaways in the B&B. If you want a drink, the house has a little wood-panelled tv/board games/bar room where they sell wine and beer.
There's also a little 'home cinema' (don't expect anything fancy from the title, it's just a room set aside to play DVDs) and they have a selection for you to watch if you feel like it.
I'd agree with the reviewer who said this may not suit people who like Holiday Inn style functional modern accommodation - the house is a family home and the downstairs areas aren't incredibly tidy. On the other hand this place is going to be highly suitable for people who like organic, local food, hikers, wildlife-watchers, ghost-watchers, pagans or those simply looking for a friendly, idiosyncratic place to stay in peaceful rural surroundings. Writing this review makes me feel like going back there again...
- Also Known As:
- The Hill House Hotel Ross-On-Wye
- The Hill House Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire