We hadn't had a recommendation. We were simply looking online for a place that would take our dog, a small, well-behaved Jack Russell, and we found the Severn Trow in Jackfield on a 'dog-friendly' site. My partner and I had business in the area and needed to stay two nights. We figured that as long as we had accommodation that was clean and quiet, we wouldn't be in the room much anyway.
The welcome was warm and put us... and the dog... at ease. There were fresh cakes from the oven and a pot of steaming tea within minutes of our stepping through the door.
The property is historic, characterful and comfortable. Clean and fresh, and not overly 'tarted up'... which is an underlying fear I have with guest houses. (I should make it clear that I don't require potpourri, scented candles, elaborate drapes, knick-knacks or baskets of artificial or dried flowers.) Our room was lovely, not large but homely and looking over a back-garden where chickens pecked in a run. There were vintage books scattered around for reading, and I got sufficiently absorbed in an old volume of ghost stories to take the time to finish it. The half-tester bed was incredibly comfortable, with plump pillows and crisply laundered cotton bedlinen. In our bathroom the shower had a good flow (unlike the shower in an extremely large 'chain' hotel I'd stayed in recently, under which I'd had to run around in order to get wet) and I came out refreshed. A good supply of soaps and shampoos in dispensers was on offer, all pristine and newly replenished. We slept peacefully. This is a quiet house in a quiet neighbourhood. The following morning we left the car parked outside the Severn Trow, and walked to Ironbridge, which took us about fifteen minutes. (So this is a good base for sightseeing.)
Breakfast was first rate. Even the dog got a plate of bacon and sausages!
Would we go again? You bet. We felt well cared for. The service was friendly and attentive, though without any sense of being watched over. It was a perfect balance of hospitality and informality, and the entire experience was a pleasurable one. A surprise too, given that we'd not spent a lot of time looking for accommodation. Excellent value for money.
- Also Known As:
- The Severn Trow Jackfield, Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the Ironbridge Gorge, and its only dog friendly B+B, the Severn Trow is a lovely 17th-century house offering a high standard of accommodation. All of our three rooms have en-suite power shower, king size beds, fluffy towels, hairdryer and a safe. We use only the best quality and locally sourced produce for our delicious AGA cooked breakfasts. Guests have access to a lovely shared lounge and kitchenette where you can help yourselves to teas and coffees, home made bread and jams for toasty snacks, biscuits and often home made cakes. A friendly welcome is guaranteed at The Trow for dogs and humans. ... more less