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Orles Barn Hotel
Ranked #7 of 14 Hotels in Ross-on-Wye
Certificate of Excellence
Hampshire
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“First class restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2010

Stopped there for Sunday lunch with friends.
Frendly, warm welcome.
Elegant dining room with well-spaced tables, all with view over grounds.
Service friendly and attentive.
Food very good.
Thoroughly recommended

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2010

How do you improve something that is already excellent? We have been visiting Orles Barn now for several years, our first visit soon after Richard and Kelly had acquired the hotel. Straight away we could tell there was something special about it. Not only was the welcome second to none, the personal greeting, the relaxing ambience, and attentiveness of the hosts, that is echoed throughout the staff, but it was also clear that the new owners had great ambition for the place. Our most recent stay has confirmed that things keep getting better. The hotel has been refurbished to provide fewer, higher quality suites, a new chef is preparing meals of outstanding quality, all of this whilst not sacrificing the intimacy that has brought us back time after time. Having taken short breaks all over the country, Orles Barn is our preferred location for getting away from it all, at the same time as being perfectly placed to explore this beautiful area, and quite simply, the only hotel that we will keep returning to again and again.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AandP2309
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Nottinghamshire, England
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214 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2010

We stayed one night at Orles Barn and really loved it. Our stay coincided with a Wine Tasting evening as pure chance.
The scene was set when we were immediately welcomed and offered a pot of tea - without having to ask. The owner, Richard, is really friendly making it feel like staying at a persons home rather than a hotel. We were escorted to our room, Orange Pippin - this was literally just completing refurbishment. A very light large room with windows front and back. The fun part was the large victorian bath within the room - there was also the usual ensuite shower etc. We were anxious the nearby A40 would mean the room was noisy - not a bit of it.
The evening meal with locally sourced specialities and winetasking was great fun even though we knew nobody else there. We were escorted through the meal with a wine for each of 6 courses over about 3 hours, which went so quicky. A local wine expert (Ledbury Wine Cellar) telling us about the wines - without being to fussy.
Full english breakfast was really great - I loved the thick bacon
We are arranging to go back with friends later in the year for another one of their speciality evenings.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank fpg
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London
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2010

We recently stayed at Orles Barn and received a very warm welcome. The food was fabulous. The new young chef is a real star. It is a great place to stay if you like walking in the Wye valley. The room has recently been upgraded to a very high standard and the friendly staff really make the place a must stay venue. If your planning to stay near Ross look no further.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wirral
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2009

We stopped for just one night at Orles Barn to turn a trip to return a fire surround (of all things) to a local business into something slightly more pleasurable. Not knowing the area at all, we stumbled across this hotel on the internet. It sounded just what we were looking for, at a very reasonable price, and we were not disappointed!

On our arrival, to our delight, we were greeted by the welcoming committee of Twiglet and William (very friendly dogs) accompanied by their owner and proprietor, Richard. After a long journey, it was great to be led almost immediately to the very cosy lounge and offered a cup of tea and a relaxing sit down. Although the A40 is not that far away, once inside, there is not a sound from the outside world.

The bedroom was clean, warm and bright and the bed excellent. As this is an old (and in parts ancient) building, there are low beams to navigate in parts and I managed to bump my head within minutes of being told to watch out(!) - but that's all part of the charm of the place. The bathroom suite obviously dates from the 1970s, but everything works and there was plenty of hot water. We believe that in any case the bathrooms are due for an imminent refit.

The dinner was excellent and they pride themselves on local sourcing of produce, which is evident from the menu. Breakfast was very good too, with the sausage (not always a favourite) being particularly delicious.

Throughout our short stay, nothing seemed too much trouble and we were made to feel very welcome and at home by Richard, Kelly and their staff (dogs included!).

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cheshirestargazer
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TheBlondeBird
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2009

I should firstly confess that I booked because my first choice of hotel (some distance away and complete with spa) was full. Sometimes fate gives you a lucky break.

It can be gard to surprise a jaded business traveller, used to the usual run of 4* hotels .... Orles Barn managed it!! This is a "love it or hate it" option. .... and I loved it.
If you want Travelodge style, go elsewhere because from the moment of arrival this experience is personal, raher than the slickly distant approach of most hotels. Small, with just 8 bedrooms, the owners describe it as "a restaurant with rooms", . . . but they do themselves a disservic, it is more a breath of fresh air in the trail of 'same old; establishments

Two well behaved friendly dogs offered welcome, swiftly followed by smoothly efficient owners Richard & Kelly. Within minutes I was installed in an upgraded room ("its not booked tonight so you may as well enjoy the extra space") and on my way back down for acuppa - offered, without prompting, as I checked in.

This is the point at which one discovers that the downstaiis is a home from home. A large light and airy dining area hides a small and intinate bar with comfy sofa's and an easy atmosphere..... and owners happy to chat, and tell you that the Barn is not only their business, but their home. One does indeed feel like a houseguest. Nothing is too much trouble and this hard working pair have a good instinct for when one may like to chat, and when they should leave you to it.

Dinner was excellent, and the newly awarded AA 4* restaurant status is deserved. The menu is relatively limited but well constructed with a strong element of local produce, and was perfectly executed (as was breakfast!).The winelist was acceptable (I settled for a Sancerre)

The bedrooms are clean, with simple decor and the beds wide and comfy.

Downsides? If one wished to be ultra picky ...it is close to the dual carriageway, but have to say I didn't hear any traffic noise once I was in the hotel. The bathrooms are in need of a revamp - but the plumbing functioned, the water was hot, and one is inclined to be forgiving on hearing that new bathrooms are due for installation this winter, after a two year programme of updating throughout.

Other than that ..... it is hard to find fault, and the only real difficulty is in deciding quite where Orles Barn fits, as it has neither the feel of a B&B, nor of a standard hotel. Quirky, quaint, and charming, with owners who bend over backwards to please .... this is definitely one that you should try!

(and if the owners should read this ...... I hope all goes well for January 15th!!)


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  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hagley
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2009

We arrived to a cup of tea whcih was just what we wanted and read the papers. Dinner was delicious and we managed three courses which is a rarity. We had one of the best night's sleep in a room with an oak beam and enormous bed. Breakfast suited my wife who had continental and I enjoyed a magnificent full English. We will definitely be coming back as we make this journey to see our grandchildren as often as we can.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WilliamHagley067
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Property: Orles Barn Hotel
Address: Wilton, Ross-on-Wye HR9 6AE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Herefordshire > Ross-on-Wye
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 14 Hotels in Ross-on-Wye
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Orles Barn Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Accomodation ideal for everything from a romantic weekend away to a bolt hole from business. Our Grill & Restaurant serves Modern British Local Food in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Orles Barn has links back to the 14th & 17th Centuries and the first floor rooms have exposed beams and character features. The south facing garden stretches over an acre and is ideal for wedding receptions. Enjoy Walking? Around the hoterl area are plenty of walks to hand. after you have finihsed you can relax in our cosy bar/lounge with a local drink or maybe just a fresh coffee. ... more   less 
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