Castle House – Hereford, Herefordshire
This elegant Grade II-listed Georgian mansion is in an unrivalled location, owned and run by the Watkins, a Herefordshire farming family. The 24 bedrooms and suites are all stylish and individual, split between the main building and Number 25 Townhouse, where the eight striking rooms offer an array of treats, from a hospitality box filled with local produce to underfloor heating in the bathrooms. Light-filled public spaces include a smart sitting room and restaurant where French doors open onto an enchanting garden overlooking the old castle moat. Head chef Gabor Katona creates seasonal menus featuring locally-sourced and home-grown produce from the hotel’s Ballingham Hall farm. For light meals, cocktails and dinner, there’s the more informal Bar & Bistro (look out for local beers from Wye Valley Brewery) and, when the weather’s fine, the outdoor terrace. You absolutely mustn’t miss the famed afternoon tea either – the best in Hereford. This is a hotel that fits perfectly into its surroundings and ticks all the boxes. A new garden restaurant is also slated to open in late 2020.
Doubles from £115
+44 (0)1432 356321; castlehse.co.uk
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