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“Excellent B&B ideally located for Offa's Dyke” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Old Hendre Farm

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Old Hendre Farm
Ranked #1 of 23 Monmouth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Crewe
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent B&B ideally located for Offa's Dyke”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2012

This B&B benefits from an ideal location for the Offa's Dyke Path and offers a very warm and friendly welcome to weary walkers. Breakfast (and by prior arrangement) our evening meal were both fine examples of home-cooking of generous portions. We arrived hot and exhausted and left feeling fully rested and revitalised for our next day of walking.

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Pas de Calais
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2012

Made to feel really welcome by Mrs Barrell. The lounge and dining room were large and beautifully furnished, as was our room.
Very quiet for a good night's sleep followed by the best breakfast we'd had all holiday.
A great position for enjoying the wonderful countryside.

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  • Stayed April 2012, 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Woking
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2012

This stay was the second time that I have had the pleasure of staying at Old Hendre Farm, and I'm delighted to say that it was just as excellent as my first visit.

After a long drive I was welcomed by the owner, Mrs Valerie Barrell with tea and cake which set the tone for my stay here. My bedroom with ensuite shower was spotlessly clean and the bed was well-made and comfortable. Valerie's excellent and hearty breakfasts were served in the dining room with beautiful veiws over the surrounding countryside; a perfect way to start a days work! Throughout my three day stay I was always made to feel very welcome by Mrs Barrell, and I know the other guests there felt the same. As someone who lives near a busy road in a large town, I really appreciated the tranquillity of the location of the farm, there was almost no traffic noise to speak of.

If you are looking for somewhere to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Monmouthshire countryside, coupled with some old-fashioned hospitality, then I would have no hesitation in recommending Old Hendre Farm.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Norfolk, UK
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44 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights because of the proximity to the Brecon Beacons, Usk and Wye valleys and the Forest of Dean. The location of the Old Hendry Farm was ideal for this purpose.

The greeting we received from Mrs Valerie Barrell was initially very warm and quickly developed into a genuine welcoming atmosphere throughout our stay, although she was never intrusive, just the right balance to make you feel comfortable. Tea and Welsh cakes were served as soon as we had settled into our bedroom and Val then helped us plan our first full day with several invaluable local tips.

Our bedroom (The Green Room) had lovely farmland views with cattle and sheep grazing. The room was very well decorated and comfortably furnished, including a help yourself tea-tray. The ensuite was modern and clean and bedlinen/towels were good quality, smelled fresh and were regularly changed. It was like home from home and we felt completely at ease throughout our stay.

Breakfast was served in the dining room at a table for all guests to share and was available at whatever time we chose. You helped yourself to various cereals, grapefruit, yogurts and fresh fruit whilst Val cooked a breakfast (which will set you up for the day!) to order complemented by toast with honey/marmalade to finish off. The pot of fresh coffee was delicious, better even than some of the well-known high-street specialty coffee-shops.

The guest lounge was enormous with seating for more than the number of farmhouse guests and Val often made a pot of tea upon our return for a rest here after a day out and about.

We met several couples at the farmhouse, some serious walkers and others like ourselves, leisure walkers and tourists. Business people lso stayed overnight ocassionally. All seemed to be experiencing the same satisfaction as ourselves which I think just added to the homely feel.

The farmhouse is ideal for Offa's Dyke walkers as the path is about 150m from the front door, but otherwise you will need a vehicle/bike to reach the farmhouse as it is approached by way of a single track road (with strategically located passing places for a couple of miles. I would recommend checking the route on Googel Maps or similar to familiarise yourself with the exact location, although the instructions on the farm website are very accurate.

We were a little confused after we had booked our stay here as the building is very modern for 'Old' Hendre Farm, whilst there is also a similarly named, but much older, farmhouse across the road, but thankfully we had booked the one we had intended.

The countryside around the farm is tranquill and beautiful to while away time watching the animals and birds going about their normal activities. We walked through the farm grounds at Val's invitation and the views were ever changing.

We would seriously recommend the Old Hendry Farmhouse to any potential guests and wish they could open a chain of similar establishments throughout the UK as we would probably try to visit them all!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2012

Old Hendre Farm is about a 7 minute drive from Monmouth, or 55 minute walk (2.9 miles via famous Offas Dyke path next to the B&B) made access to the town easy. Check a map carefully before heading to it by car as it is tricky to find being tucked away down a long single track lane. Sat nav really helps.

We stayed 3 nights, and everything was great. The house is relatively modern with recent landscaping, yet embellished inside with lots of home charms making our stay just like being at home. A very relaxing atmosphere.

We had prearranged an evening meal for the day we arrived, which was very good. (We ate the beef lasagne, followed by Apple pie and ice cream). The food quality, quantity, presentation and value for money was excellent. The breakfast spread was as good as you get at some of the big hotels. The 'english' was huge and tasty, with variations on the theme as desired. The children insisted on nothing other than bacon and hash browns (lots!). Cereals (all still fresh and crunchy- unlike some B&Bs) were available self serve, along with cold platter, yoghourts and fruit. The milk and fruit juices were cold and fresh. Insist on the home made marmalade- it really is good.

Being a family of two plus two, our main concern was the sleeping arrangement, as you never know exactly what to expect on arrival at a B&B. We had the Yellow and Blue rooms, which are next to each other. This was handy when it came to checking all was fine with the children. The big bonus of this place, is you can put the children to bed, just like at home and then go downstairs to watch TV in the lounge. I get the impression that this vast (40 by 30ft) room is generally only used by guests. I used my laptop to surf the web with their Wifi connection at the table one end, while at the other end was a big screen TV and 3 sofas. The lounge could easily cope with a group of 15 adults. There are TV's in the rooms however if you prefer your privacy.

Bed's were comfy, not being worn out or too hard. Bed linen was clean and fresh. Duvets were provided, although sheet/blankets were in the cupboards if required. Towels were like new and the bathrooms were in excellent order, being spotlessly clean. Mini soaps and gels/shampoo were provided. Carpets throughout were immaculate. There was an infinite source of hot water, and even though outside was freezing, inside the heating kept the place nice and warm.

There were biscuits provided to go with the in-room tea/coffee making setup, which mysteriously kept being replenished each day, even though the children kept eating them. A nice touch! In addition the host was exceptionally welcoming and provided the children with free access to an extravagent fruit bowl, everlasting chocolates in the lounge and OJ on demand, whilst we were plied with copious quanities of tea, coffee and creamed cakes. Mmmm.

Even though this B&B has the name 'farm' in it, there is a distinct lack of muck or manure smells. No cockerells crowing, although we did hear the occasional sheep going 'baa' and horses in distant paddocks. No dog barking noise either come to think of it. There is farm traffic going past the house, but all the time we were there, we only saw one tractor, and not a single car. It's a very quiet rural spot. Ask about all the chicken related adornments...

Would we return again? Absolutely.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Funchal, Portugal
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2011

My wife and I stayed here recently as a last minute holiday, and are we pleased that we did. We were very well looked after, tea and biscuits were ready for us minutes after we arrived. Our room looked out across the farm to the hills, a stunning view. Our room was very clean, the bedding and towels all had that wonderful just washed fresh smell which you don't even find in many very expensive hotels. Breakfast was freshly cooked both mornings and so good that we both cleaned our plates, and didn't need to eat all day whilst we were out. We had full use of the lounge to watch tv as we wanted. Valerie is a lovely, caring host, and nothing was too much trouble. If you are looking for a welcoming b & b in a beautiful, tranquil location, with fantastic service try here http://www.oldhendrefarm.co.uk/

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2011

Lovely b+b on a working farm and excellent value.
We were walking Offa's Dyke. Val greeted us with tea and cakes and then we had a beef casserole and choice of 3 bottles of red wine. All great value.
En suite room was clean and spacious.
Val is a lovely woman who really looked after us and told me everything I ever wanted to know about chicken farming !
I can not emphasize what good value + warm welcome we received here.
Recommended.

  • Stayed August 2011, 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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Property: Old Hendre Farm
Address: Wonastow, Monmouth NP25 4DJ, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > South Wales > Monmouthshire > Monmouth
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Ranked #1 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Monmouth
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Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Old Hendre Farm is situated in a quiet location on the Welsh Border just outside the lovely town of Monmouth. The modern farmhouse - set in its own half acre of garden - offers three rooms which are all en-suite. They have WIFI access, freeview television and a courtesy tray. A hearty breakfast is served using our own eggs and local produce. We cater for vegetarian, vegan and gluten -free diets - just let us know beforehand preferably when you make a booking. We provide off road and secure parking and for those wanting an activity holiday there is storage for trailers ,bikes, canoes and motorcycles. Offa's Dyke Path passes our doorstep and the Rolls of Monmouth Golf Course joins the farmland. The woodlands around us offer many tracks And bridlepaths for you to explore. We welcome walkers, birdwatchers, cyclists, canoeists golfers and horse riders. There are laundry and drying facilities for those in need. If you prefer a sight-seeing or more leisurely holiday we have much to offer in this area. We are within an hour travelling to Cardiff , Bristol , Bath, Hereford, Hay-on Wye, Abergavenny,. The Forest of Dean , The Wye Valley , The Black Mountains and The Brecon Beacons . Situated close to the borderland between England and Wales there is a rich heritage of Castles, fortifications and Abbeys. Monmouth our local town is famous for its unique 13th century Bridge gate and is teaming with History. If you come for an overnight stay - a short break or a longer holiday in this beautiful region - you will not be disappointed. ... more   less 
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