The Bell at Skenfrith is an amazing hotel located in Skenfrith on the banks of Monnow River in Monmouthshire in Wales. Monmouthshire is about 8 miles towards north. It is a 17th century inn on the right of the Welsh border. This is the most stylish country hotel of Monmouthshire. Some rooms of this inn receive a view of the river or the green valley widely.
The Bell is known for its high-end gastronomy apart from its luxurious rooms. The hotel uses ingredients mostly from the kitchen garden that are purely organic. Fish is availed from the local market but the salt is from Wales. The owner of this hotel has built a cellar for which he has won some serious accolades. The awesome cellar has a wonderful counter, handmade in light Welsh oak by the efficient local craftsmen.
The bell is divided into two floors in which 11 rooms are spread widely. Furniture is Welsh and bought from a local antique shop. As soon as you enter the rooms, you will find homemade butter biscuits, fresh milk, a bottle of cognac already kept in your room. Its beds are an example of extreme luxury.
The plush rooms on the first floor provide vintage luxury to its guests. Heckham Peckham is the honeymoon suite that is greatly preferred by the couples. The bedroom views to the stone-arched bridge over the Monmow. However, the bathroom is in the mezzanine floor with a bath as well as a walk-in shower.
Families coming along with their children shall choose Barret’s Bane, in the attic under the eaves. It has a wide sitting area with DVD players for the children’s entertainment. You can view the sheep-grazed hills while bathing in the tub of your bathroom. Opposite to this room is the Coch-a-bon-ddu. It is very popular and has tub in the bathroom.
First floor of The Bell has fewer rooms including Whickham’s Fancy. It has a wide sitting area adjacent to its bedroom. The window of this room overlooks the Monnow River. Its bed is made of dark oak and beautifully designed to match with the room’s décor.
The hotel offers a smaller range of food as it is mostly organic and seasonal. However, it is very delicious and catered to all its guests. Each course of menu has six choices. Winter season is special when a variety of meat is served including, venison with celeriac and braised red cabbage, or breast of pheasant. Beef is collected from the local butcher, fish and seafood comes from Looe or Brixham in Cornwall.
Vegetarians also find their place here. Begin the day with fruit salad with natural yoghurt or cereals. Non-vegetarians can try smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, eggs Florentine, pancakes with maple syrup, kippers and black pudding. Each dish is lip smacking.
Families dropping here with their children get the best hospitality in terms of food. Special food is served to them along with high tea at 6:00 pm everyday. People who are staying at other hotels come to this place to fill their stomach.
Three 13th century castles are at a stone’s throw away, as visiting spots. One being Skenfrith castle, another is Grosmont and the third is White castle. These were the Norman stronghold at that time. Go for fishing by yourself, or hire a cycle or horse to see the place around during leisure. Pheasant and partridge shoots, or clay-pigeon shoot is very much practiced here, and the tourists can try it. A green golf course, is there where you can try at least one hand, or if you are a book lover then drop into the antique bookshop. You will love this place.