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“Overall great; picking the obvious nit for honesty's sake”

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Tintern Old Rectory B&B
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Tintern
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Overall great; picking the obvious nit for honesty's sake”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Located walking distance from Tintern Abbey and affording charming views of the beautiful Wye valley, the Old Rectory is a Victorian B and B well worth your consideration. Ian is a fabulous chef and a fountain of information on Wales and the Wye. Unfortunately we missed Anika, as she was out of town.

If you have the gumption to read through 17 pages of almost uniformly positive reviews, you will gather that the setting is peaceful, the food is ridiculously outstanding and the rooms are charming. This is all very true, and I will add that the bed is very comfortable as well. You also might note that a few reviewers complain about an odor, especially downstairs.

Before reading any further, please re-read my comments above and note that I am rating Old Rectory as a 4 and that a place would have to be nearly perfect to rate a 5 in my book. Also, please notice that the vast majority of people over dozens of reviews do not mention it. That said, here is my take on it:

It is undeniable that the odor exists, but equally obvious that most reviewers don't find it worth mentioning in light of everything else that the place has to offer. Some have suggested that hypersensitivity to household odors is an American trait, so in the interest of full disclosure, I plead "American" from the outset. To be honest, I am one of those people who, for whatever reason, found the odor overpowering on arrival. My wife and I prepared ourselves for the worst, only to find over the course of our stay that we had already experienced it. Everything else--everything--was marvelous, and we only got to meet half of the dynamic duo.

Personally, I think that the description of "pet odor' may be errant. The owners had a young and exuberant puppy who occasionally broke jail and ran out into the public area. As I love dogs, I naturally picked her up and found her smell unoffensive. My wife commented that the smell, while having a note of animal, also seemed to incorporate an element of smoke as if from a wood or corn-burning furnace. It is definitely less pervasive upstairs.

The Old Rectory is indeed an old and quirky house, but I did not feel that it was unsanitary or unhealthful in any way. I was perfectly comfortable eating and sleeping there. Some previous reviewers have commented on pet stains on the carpets. I found none. The carpets in our room bore only the stains of foot traffic that one would expect from a place that caters to those who enjoy walking through verdant valleys.

I don't think a 1790's house is ever going to smell like a Holiday Inn, nor should it. I think if Ian and Anika ever correct this issue (which again, is a non-issue for many), they will collect an endless series of 5's on this and other sites. Prospective owners should know about it and factor it into their decision. The owners should know about it as they are good and honest folk, and clearly (from previous reviews) accustomed to scents that some guest find striking.

In gruesome and perhaps tiresome honesty, I think it is all that separates them from a perfect offering.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Anika-Ruby, Owner at Tintern Old Rectory B&B, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
Hi,

Thanks for the lovely review. We don't have a problem with your mentioning the residual odour in the downstairs area. We have been discussing our dogs as almost all of the negative cooments relates to them. Although they are rarely out there when guests are around there does appear to be a residual effect. We have buyers for 3 of them who are all good well respected breeders, but quite honestly we are too busy with the business to be good dog owners now. They don't get the care and attention they deserve. Therefore in the near future we will be rehoming them and dealing with any smells downstairs. Hopefully we will get a 5 across the board on your next visit.

Regards,
Ian
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Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

Forgot to post pictures of this wonderful property where we stayed 2 nights in May and had our best breakfast of our UK trip and warmest hosts. Ian and Anika are people you want to meet and converse with about history and Welsh culture.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Anika-Ruby, Owner at Tintern Old Rectory B&B, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
Thanks guys,

We look forward to your return some day.
Regards,
Ian
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

This is an excellent B&B. The owners Anika and Ian have a real talent for running this business and making people feel welcome. The room was clean and comfortable with views over the river. The breakfast was superb with a great choice and great service. We only stayed one night but I wish we could have stayed longer to take advantage of the owners' knowledge of the area.
The place is full of character and interest. The bonus was the miniature white sheep, which turned out to be an 8 week old pup, which frisked about us and attempted to tie my bootlaces.
I would strongly recommend Tintern Old Rectory as a base for the area and as a stopping off point for walkers.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Anika-Ruby, Owner at Tintern Old Rectory B&B, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Hey Guys,
Loved having you stay with us. We hope you can make it back to some more exploring.
Cheers,
Ian
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

The Old Rectory is a lovely place in a beautiful spot with great views of the river Wye and the valley. Our room was comfortable for good night’s sleep and breakfast has been plentiful. We loved extensive choice of juices, homemade bread an waffles with syrups & preserves from neighbouring farm. All the above is absolutely important for any stay, but what made this one special were hosts - Anika and Ian. Nothing was too much and we felt so welcome. In fact, we wanted to stay longer and just talk to both of them more.
Thank you for making our cycling holiday more special. Jurgita and Ed

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Anika-Ruby, Owner at Tintern Old Rectory B&B, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Hi Guys,
It was great to meet you. Next time you'll have to come by car so that we can direct you around all of the 'Must See' places to explore. And we can continue our great conversations. Lol.
Ian
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

Just spent 3 nights at the Old Rectory and just want to say what a fantastic experience it was.
Anika and Ian could not be better hosts with nothing being too much trouble. The room was spotless and came with its own little patio area, great for the warm nights we have had recently, and what a comfy bed ! We were fortunate enough to be able to sample the wonderful meals Ian prepared for us, and have nothing but praise for his leek, bacon and cheese dish ! The choice of breakfast options is the most comprehensive I have ever come across ranging from the traditional full English through to smoked haddock, scrambled eggs and smoked salmon all the way to maple syrup soaked bacon with waffles. Brilliant !

An absolutely wonderful experience.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank MisterGT
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Anika-Ruby, Owner at Tintern Old Rectory B&B, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Hi Guys,
Thanks for the great review. Remember that if you need the recipes for anything I prepared just mail me and I will send them to you. We're really happy you enjoyed your evening meals as much as our breakfasts.
Ian
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Neath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Only stayed for 1 night as we were going to the races, the owners were very nice and informative the room was spotless and the bed oh so comfortable, the breakfast was amazing with a huge amount of choice with local produce being used the jams are all home made and delicious, and to top it off the view from the room was superb

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Anika-Ruby, Owner at Tintern Old Rectory B&B, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Hi Both,
Well at least one of you won at the races. We're really happy that you enjoyed your visit with us. We hope you make it this way again.
Regards,
Ian
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Stayed in this BnB for just one night, we arrived very early, but just knocked on the door to ask about parking and Annika ended up giving us lots of advice on a walk, and lending us her book and map. Thank you! we later came back to check in and the room was lovely, amazing views, spacious, full of character and with the most comfortable bed! (King room) we even had an afternoon nap, and I am the worst sleeper ever! We explored the local pubs that evening, got up for an early stroll and then had an amazing breakfast. Fresh fruit and juices, all organic cereals, beautiful cooked Welsh breakfast, amazing brandy and lemon marmalade, so much choice, and home made bread!! Would definitely come again. Very friendly hosts, and the cutest little puppy which they brought out especially for me to cuddle!! Would love to come back and will recommend to family and friends. Thank you for being perfect hosts.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Anika-Ruby, Owner at Tintern Old Rectory B&B, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Thanks for the lovely review. Next time try to stay longer as The Borders is an amazing area to explore full of history (and beautiful too). Hope to see you soon.
Regards,
Ian
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Property: Tintern Old Rectory B&B
Address: Main Road, Tintern NP16 6SG, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > South Wales > Monmouthshire > Tintern
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Tintern
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
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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