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“Not luxury, adequate.”
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Flanesford Priory
London, United Kingdom
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“Not luxury, adequate.”
Reviewed 6 October 2012

We have just returned from a week at Flanesford Priory. These apartments are described as "luxury", however, they are not my idea of luxury. Yes the priory is an attractive old place tastefully divided into apartments, however, I would expect a luxury apartment to be equipped with a dishwasher, which it wasn't, and the kitchen to be far better equipped than it was. We are not well off enought to eat out every night and I expect basic equipment such as a grill pan to be available in the cooker so that I can prepare simple meals. All we had was a baking sheet, the proper grill pan that must have come with the cooker was absent, ony the detachable handle was evident! There were also only two saucepans and one tiny milk pan, we ended up going to buy a cheap saucepan in the local supermarket.

The bed was much too hard for us but we have learnt to travel to rentals in the UK with a memory foam mattress topper and this went some way to sorting it out.

There was no non slip mat to go in the bath when taking a shower, but, again, on a past stay in the UK we were forced to purchase one because of a slippery bath and this is now part of our kit!

The apartment was rather dark, but as the walls are about two foot thick and the windows the original gothic shape I do understand that it is not possible to add extra windows into a historic building but I did not like having the lights on whenever we were indoors during the day.

The heating was good and the temperature was very comfortable in the apartment, there is a wood burning stove which must make the sitting area very cozy in the depths of winter and there was a good quality television and DVD player provided. Yes, the partition walls were rather thin and noise travelled but as there were not many people staying this did not prove to be a problem but I can imagine when it is full that it could be annoying.

I was emailed and told before we arrived that the Manager was away on holiday so was not expecting reception to be manned, I was given telephone numbers should we have a problem.

The new rennovation - the Cider Press - looked lovely but it is rather too big for two people but I think that would be a better bet than one of the apartments in the main building.

Outside the Priory is very quietly situated near the river within walking distance of a couple of pubs. I doubt we will be returning.;

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

We returned today from our short break at Flanesford Priory, we were in the Kearne apartment which was excellent, everything we needed. The bed was too hard for us, but fortunately we had packed a memory foam overlay which sorted out our needs. We loved the Priory and the information pack was the best we have ever seen, especially the write up of the 700 year old Priory, an amazing building with 2 foot thick walls, we felt we had stepped back in time for a while, our American family
will adore it there. We would recommend the Priory to all who want a special holiday. Pat and Steve.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

We have just returned from a weekend celebrating our wedding at Flanesford Priory. We hired all the accommodation for our guests and each and every one commented how amazing the setting was. There is so much to do close by - so much so we dragged our guests canoeing the day after our wedding and made full use of the Cider Mill for a weekend BBQ. Kiera was so helpful and nothing was too much trouble, with lots of attention to detail - she even went into the Cider Mill whilst we were all at the church to change our welcome message to reflect our marriage.
There was lots of talk of booking the Priory in the future for our get togethers - with a trip in February planned so we can hopefully experience the Priory in the snow!!
Would definitely recommend these apartments and would 100% recommend others to explore this as a wedding venue! 10/10

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

We have just returned from 5 days away at Flanesford Priory, what a wonderful place to visit.

I would highly recommend staying in The Cyder Press, it has recently been renovated to a very high standard. All 3 rooms are en suite with TV. There is pleanty of room, the dining area is circular and has been made from the old cyder press with mood lighting.

The garden is well looked after and catches the sun all day, with tables and chairs provided.

If you are looking for a break with friends or family or just wanting to get away and enjoy the beautiful Countryside it is well worth a visit.

Room Tip: The Cyder Press, they have applied to have a 5* rating for this property which it very much deserves
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Flanesford, General Manager at Flanesford Priory, responded to this review, 31 July 2012
Thank you for your lovely review.

We are very glad you enjoyed your stay with us. You will definitely have to come back and stay in the Cider Press next time!
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Ilminster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

We had a 3 night stay in this lovely countryside location, we had the Priory apartment which was wonderful except for the bathroom, pity it wasn't up to the standard of the Castle apartment where our friends were staying. Would definately recommend the Priory for walking and shopping.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Bristol
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

Just back from 3 nights break - we were in the courtyard apartment; just fine although the bathroom particularly was looking tired and is ready for a refurb in my opinion.
We walked lots and it was a warm and cosy apartment we returned to. I would go back.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 December 2011

Flanesford Priory has been sympathetically converted into apartments and set in beautiful countryside. Whilst I wouldn't call it luxurious, it was certainly very comfortable, cosy, clean and provided everything one needed for a self-catering holiday. My one complaint was the lack of wall sockets near a mirror in which to plug a hairdryer.

There are plenty of pubs within walking distance. We had a super meal at the Mill Race on the Saturday night (advisable to book) which is about a 5 minute drive away in Walford.

We would certainly stay at the Flanesford Priory again.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Flanesford Priory
Address: Flanesford Priory | Goodrich, Ross-on-Wye HR9 6HZ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Herefordshire > Ross-on-Wye
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Ross-on-Wye
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Flanesford Priory a relaxing, rural retreat within the heart of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Luxury Self-Catering Apartments containing original stone features and high-beamed ceilings. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts with canoeing, biking and walking all on offer right on our doorstep. A picturesque wedding venue steeped in history with an experienced team happy to help you make your day individual and memorable. Our 5 star Cider Mill cottage is separate to the main building, containing the original Cider Press as a main focal point as the dining table you will be sure to relax in this home away from home. ... more   less 
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Flanesford Priory Apartments Hotel Ross-On-Wye
Flanesford Priory Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire

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