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St Briavels Castle
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

I stayed at this hostel with some friends over the Easter Weekend, it was almost to capacity, but it didn't feel that way because the facilities are quite large. The facilities had a 'used' feeling, but it didn't bother me at all.

If you have a family and you go over a weekend, they usually host night activities such as Cluedo or have a medieval banquet. I never participated in it, however it seemed like a good option for others. They also cook dinner and breakfast for a charge.

The draw of the Castle is the access to Wye Valley for great hikes and walks. Which was the highlight of my trip, as well as staying in a castle.

We got there by public transport by taking a bus from Gloucester to Bream and then walking the 3 miles from Bream to St. Briavels. Look at the bus timetable because the buses are infrequent and you could wait up to an hour if not planned properly.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank nihoncaro
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

A typical (and slightly run-down) YHA, with fairly basic and well-worn facilities (thus the lower rating), which is redeemed by the fact that you get to sleep in a castle, which is really excellent fun!

The staff are great - friendly, helpful and welcoming. They seem very keen to assist where they can.

Note that there is an 11:30pm lockout, and the dorms are split male/female, so couples and mixed groups will be split up, and you can't stay out late.

Internet access was quite expensive and only really accessible in one area of the castle.

You ideally need a car to stay here, although parking is limited.

The (only) pub in the village is excellent - although you probably need to book a table, especially for the weekend.

I'd definitely stay again, as the novelty is absolutely worth it, but it's more suitable for school or youth groups and families or older visitors, and the decor really is very worn and outdated, making it less pleasant than it could be. It's not at all a "party" hostel.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank emmerage
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Booked a stay at St Briavel with four friends. This was coat effective and a cheaper alternative to a hotel. The accommodation was clean and tidy, beds comfy and bedding clean. Breakfast was tasty and a great way to start the day. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The local pub was also a nice way to spend a few hours.

Car park spaces are limited but there is parking on the road adjacent, with the facilities being basic as it is a hostel, (with few amenities in the local area). However it is a short drive from the beautiful Chepstow, busy Cardiff or the developing Gloucester!

Highly recommend St Briavel Castle to friends taking a break, families on holiday or those travelling alone looking for a bed for the night!

  • Stayed: March 2013
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1  Thank w146519c
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Great stay, cheap and cheerful and really good value. Four of us stayed the weekend and also had their medieval banquet which was great fun. The self catering facilities are small but adequate. Beautiful atmospheric building, great breakfast, peaceful night's sleep and a lovely pub a few paces away. Great walks nearby Offa's Dyke, river Wye valley and Forest of Dean. Only after staying 2 nights did we find out that we were sleeping above the old prison. Someone showed us that under the rug in our room there was a trap-door where they used to throw the prisoners! Luckily, it only added to the thrill of the place. Hope to be back soon.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank DJW39
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

I booked a room for a weekend with three friends which proved very cost effective - just £79 for the room which slept 6 and was lcoated on the ground floor of the tower. It was our first stay in a YH for decades and it was nice to know that the requirement to undertake chores has gone. The beds were comfortable and the room was a good size. It was quite cold but on enquiry we were given a heater. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The down side to our room was that the people in the room above paced the room in the early hours and the floor boards were very noisy, also unfortunately other guests were moving around at 7am so use ear plugs if you want a good night sleep!!

The hostel is in a very pretty village with an excellent pub which has great food although do book if you go at the weekend. The landlord managed to squeeze us in on the Saturday night however they were fully booked so we only had access to a table for a short time. We had breakfast on our first morning and our expectations were high given some rave reviews. Perhaps the breakfast is great compared with other YHs but we were underwhelmed - not very nice sausages and the tea bags were made with granulated dish water. So we had our own bacon butties in the well equiped kitchen the following day. There is no shop in the village but there is a shop a couple of miles away if you need groceries.

Car parking is limited but there is plenty of space on the road. I note that one reviewer suggests that getting in and out of the car was hazardous which makes you think the road outside is busy......it isn't, its just a sleepy village lane.

There are great walks directly from the YH - we did a circular walk which took in Offas Dyke - and it was great to leave the car behind. I am happy to recommend and would go back!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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