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Rhydspence Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Whitney-on-Wye
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 27, 2013

We stayed at this inn for 1 night in May 2013 for the Hay-On-Wye festival.

I was very disappointed with our reception - The Landlord was quite ignorant to the point of rudeness (<-- I've cut that from a paragraph to a sentence :P)

The building is gorgeous, and the room was very comfortable. It is a nice walk into Hay on Wye, but close enough for a taxi, if you need one.

Very hearty breakfast, with excellent locally sourced food and good service.

The landlord gave us more attention in the morning, and spared a few minutes to ask why he hadn't seen more of us. Perhaps he was just busy the night before ... or maybe we didn't spend enough in the bar.

Wouldn't go back for the price.

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We booked a late lunch and were greeted by a very helpful waitress who took our order immediately. We were seated in a very pleasant area with a lovely view of the garden. The food was delicious and nothing was too much trouble for the attentive staff. Will be recommending to others.

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Reviewed June 3, 2013

My partners grandparents booked a table at the Rhydspence for a family get together, the table was booked for 1.15pm and we were still waiting for our mains at 2.30pm. The starter I had was breaded brie and it was dry and looked as though it was cooked several times before I recieved it all of the other starter looked fine think I made a wrong choice, when the mains turned up the beef was very overcooked to the point where the owner came and apoligised with a bottle of wine as the butcher had given her tough beef! The staff seemed dis-jointed there didn't appear to be any system in place, they came and took two empty plates from the table before the whole table had finished and one waiter kept saying excellent and sticking his thumbs up it seems to me that they just don't know what they're doing service is so important and not that hard to get right.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank laura t
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

The Inn is under new management, they have been in for 11 months. The staff are all very welcoming and polite. Nothing is too much trouble. Paul and Gerry go out of their way to ensure their guests are well looked after but they respect their guests' privacy. Paul has a dry sense of humour and is willing to have a chat if that is what you want. Unlike a stay in a hotel you are made to feel included even by the locals who use the bar.
The bar is all you could expect from a building of such age, with a roaring fire, genuinely ancient oak beams and an excellent stock of spirits and a Hereford ale. Glorious!
The rooms are clean and well appointed with comforatble beds and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, the en suite does not have a separate shower but instead you have a good sized bath with a hand-held shower. Fluffy towels and complementary toiletries are provided.
The food, prepared by Geraldine the landlady, is home cooked and locally sourced. The only problem we had with the breakfasts was the amount, a 'full english' is likely to defeat most people except perhaps for a 14 year old with hollow legs! The bacon is local and took me back to my youth when bacon did not shrink, it was excellent. We had an excellent evening meal.
We stayed here when visiting the Hay Festival, it took only 7 minutes to drive to the Festival car park.
This has to be one of the most civilized and enjoyable stays we have had in a hotel or inn.
We hope to be able to stay next year, if you want a memorable stay in a stunning part of the country I believe you would find it very hard to improve on the Rhydspence Inn.

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3  Thank Anthony K
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

This old inn, set on the Welsh border, has a unique character that is well worth experiencing. Used it as a base for the Hay Festival, just 4 miles and 10 minutes away. Great to escape the Festival crowds at the end of the day and return for a meal in a quiet rural setting. Fine hospitality. Even got to chat with one of the Hay speakers who was staying there.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

A great location for Hay-on-Wye festivals, two long distance walking paths and some wonderful scenery. The rooms are large and spotlessly clean. When I arrived i was treated more like a guest of the family than a guest of a hotel. I was travelling on my own but conversation in the bar that evening was easy and natural with both locals and other guests. Good food, a day-satisfying breakfast and well kept beer.

Don't believe some of the nonsense in a few of the reviews this place is worth seeking out. Oh, and before you go ask the Landlord about the carved dragons. I won't spoil the story by telling it.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Thank DaveSnowden
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

From the time we arrived till the time we checked out we were given excellent service and a VERY warm welcome. This is an Old 14th century Inn, not a 'hotel' (that's why we chose it) and the new owners live upstairs. This is their house and Paul (the owner) likes to treat you as special house guests. He enjoys a laugh and a joke with his guests and the locals that visit the bar and restaurant in the evenings. On arrival we were given a 'tour' of the Inn and its grounds which are sat in a very beautiful part of the country.
Our room (6) was in the 'new' extension, spacious and the bed and pillows were very comfortable giving us a really good nights sleep. The bathroom was a really good size with big fluffy white towels and toiletries. Being an old Inn there was no shower, only a bath, but that gave me the chance to have a relaxing soak for a while, turned out to be quite a treat! They have added some lovely taps with a telephone style shower attachment so washing hair is not a problem.
The bar area has a roaring fire every evening...even in May it was quite chilly in the evenings, although we were very lucky to have had 4 days of glorious weather and drove around the Brecon Beacons/Elan Valley in my Beetle soft-top with the roof down!
We would return in the evening and chose to eat in the bar (they also have a restaurant). Geraldine (Paul's wife) runs the kitchen single handed and the menu is creative, varied and really good and surprising not overpriced. We are real foodies & I really can't understand a previous review that spoke about it being 'care home' food. It is all locally sourced & cooked fresh with home made sauces & puddings to die for.
The cooked breakfast's were probably one of the best we have had in a long time. You can virtually have anything in any quantity, just ask for your preferences! All cooked to order. I had 1 of everything and really struggled to finish it!
If you are ummmming and ahhhing ...Go! I will be surprised if you are disappointed. We will return!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank kath054
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Address: Brynafal Bridge Ct | Hay-on-wye, Whitney-on-Wye HR3 6EU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Herefordshire > Whitney-on-Wye
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Whitney-on-Wye
Price Range: $98 - $126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Rhydspence Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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