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.;
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Flanesford Priory Apartments Hotel Ross-On-Wye
- Flanesford Priory Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire