Just two hours from London, hugging the bottom of an English hill but near enough to Wales to pop over for lunch, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the English countryside and a bit of Wales. Just give yourself time to spend in the hotel too!
Tudor Farmhouse Family-Friendly Hotel Review
Each of the 20 beautifully appointed guest rooms has been very carefully designed so that you feel that you are stepping into a bedroom that you wish you could recreate at home.
The beds are welcoming, comfy and not overdressed, so you don’t have to fight through piles of unnecessary cushions and throws in order to get in. You just want to spend time in these rooms, and the Nespresso machine and the jar of homemade cookies will have you kicking off your shoes and sinking straight into the armchair.
Just outside the door there are acres of hotel gardens to explore: little courtyard versions made for reading the papers or enjoying afternoon tea, a kitchen garden to give you an idea of what might be on the menu later, and then a meadow where sheep, chickens, ducks and ponies wander about. The staff has even put together a scavenger hunt to help children look more carefully at the surroundings.
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For the restaurant menu, what can’t be sourced from the grounds is largely ordered from within a 20-mile radius of the property, and the chef creates magic with these fresh seasonal ingredients. To give you a taster: butter-roasted guinea fowl breast, slow-cooked thigh, smoked bacon, pearl barley, sweet heart cabbage, celeriac purée and portobello mushroom could be followed by peanut butter parfait, banana sorbet, peanut brittle, chocolate and banana crisp. The children’s menu is equally enticing.
The hotel itself is situated in the sleepy little village of Clearwell, in the beautiful Forest of Dean, which offers a host of activities for nature-loving outdoorsy types. Hire bikes from the forest rental shop Pedal A Bikeaway and take the circular family cycle trail through the forest, take a jog through the sculpture trail, go caving in the ancient iron mine at Clearwell Caves, take in the magic woodland of Puzzlewood or learn the art of surviving in the forest with Forest Bushcraft.
The Tudor Farmhouse Hotel staff will happily arrange a picnic to take out on your day trip or will direct you to a great pub for lunch. This is a property where the staff go out of their way to make every aspect of your stay enjoyable.
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Editor’s Note: Anna received a media rate in order to review the Tudor Farmhouse Hotel for Ciao Bambino. As always, our opinions are our own. Photos by Anna Tobin except where noted.