I stayed here with my wife, son, daughter in law. granddaughters, my daughter and her partner for a wedding at the Clearwell Castle venue. We each had different rooms. My wife and I were in the barn, my son and family in the byre and daughter in the attic. The reception was welcoming, warm, informative and friendly. The rooms were beautifully decorated, well-furnished, clean and cosy. The ensuites were fitted into the nooks and crannies cleverly and the luxury towels, soaps and dressing gowns gave you that “this a hotel that cares feel”. The dining room décor was homely. The meals were beautifully presented and very tasty: breakfast was without fault. I loved the use of local products for the meals. For a romantic weekend for 2 Tudor House would be without parallel. And the hotel did provide put up beds for our grandchildren at the drop of a hat and that was brilliant. Five stars, almost………….
We live in age of mobile communication. I didn’t have a signal (o2) from the moment I arrived until we left and were 5 miles away. Then there was connection to the internet – this apparently was fine apparently - expect if you were using an Apple device where the “we do get a lot of people with problems like this” is a poor response. A wedding venue in the middle of nowhere must mean a least one pre-venue evening meal for families gathering from afar. We were one such family and the meal we had was beautifully cooked, but the palaver trying to organise it with the hotel did not impress me. I am 66. If I am fed I am grateful. If you ask me to choose a year In advance I can do that, I probably can’t remember what I chose, but that is old age. The youngsters of today don’t do that. They turn up and want eat without the fuss of ordering in advance. Very few of them appreciate rich novel cuisine food. If I am honest the food was a bit too nice for us as a family. Bar food and snack meals for kids would have been fine – cause the meal is not the event it is the gathering.
This hotel is in the middle of nowhere and its thriving on the coat tails of a wedding venue that caters for 250 weddings a year. It is charging city prices - nowhere else to go and the price is what the market will bear – accepted! But 250 weddings a year is good repeat business and repeat problems should have been solved after the first or second occurance. So a hotel whose core trade is “wedding accommodation r us" has to get that bit right. And to my mind the hotel is not quite there yet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A former working farm lovingly converted into a stylish boutique hotel. Our 20 characterful room and suites feature roll top baths, monsoon showers, Nespresso coffee machines. Our award winning restaurant offers mouth-watering seasonal dishes and was described as a "Culinary Oasis" by Tatler Magazine. We have free superfast fibre-optic wifi throughout the hotel. The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley is a region rich in natural beauty and outdoor activities, castle, culture and heritage and world class food and drink. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tudor Farmhouse Clearwell
- Hotel Tudor Farmhouse
- Tudor Farmhouse Hotel Clearwell, Gloucestershire