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Porch House
Ranked #7 of 12 Bishops Castle B&B and Inns
Reviewed 4 October 2011

The only person with the same opinion as me reviewed the Clun appartment last June. We have just spent a week there. Lets start on a positive note , free wifi , clean sheets , powerful shower . As for the rest !! No door on the bathroom (the loo faces the bed -(there is a flimsy curtain) , grey, rough towels , stained bath mat, the toilet flush doesn't always work (when I mentioned it to Gill the reply was 'I know' ) and the shower head is almost impossible to stand under, nowhere to dry towels . The bedroom floor is so sloping the cover keeps sliding off the bed (yes I know its an old house - ever heard of chocks?) The kitchen is poorly equipped ( we were paynig for a self catering appartment) It had one steamer pan ,one milk pan ,one frying pan and a rusty roasting tin. The toaster was filthy. The pub across the road is very noisy , yes it closes at 11pm but the noise of its customers continues much longer -1.30 am one night . The bedroom is above the lower flat's kitchen , so if you are unlucky (as we were) you can be kept awake at night or woken early mornings .
The town itself is great with some really good pubs and restaurants , try lunch in The Castle's beer garden , also the Boar's Head -great reasonably priced food with a lovely landlord.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 August 2011

We made the Porch House our home for a week and stayed in the upstairs Clun self-catering apartment. The owners, John & Gill, made us feel more than welcome. Bishop's Castle is an old town and may not be as spashy as nearby Shrewsbury. In many ways, it feels like a step back in time to old rural England. Even better, it provides an excellent base for exploring the many places of interest in the surrounding area. In the week we were here, we visited Shrewsbury, Ledbury, Mitchell's Fold, Attingham Park mansion, Wroxeter Roman ruins, Ironbridge Gorge, Helen's Manor at Much Marcle, Eastnor Castle, Stokesay Castle, Ludlow Castle, Clun Castle, and Much Wenlock. Who could ask for more -- except more time? The Clun apartment has been fully refurbished with all modern conveniences, including a wood burning stove. The kitchen was fully equipped and clean. WiFi reception was great and there's ample parking in the back. The shower is small, but the pressure is good and the water is hot. We found the bed and pillows very comfortable. There are two flat screen TVs – one in the bedroom and one in the living room – with Freeview channels. And a DVD player too. There's a great view of the rolling Shropshire hills out of the side window. People are very friendly in Bishop's Castle and locals far outnumber tourists, at least when festivals are not on the calendar. The Ganges Indian food restaurant up the the street is very good and reasonably priced. There's a Coop just down the street that opens at 7am. We recommend the Tiger baguette. The building dates from 1564 with many original parts. John will happily give you a complete tour. The size and shape of the Clun apartment is a little quirky, but that's half the fun. There's live music at the pub across the street once or twice a week, but it stops at 11pm so it's not really a bother. The High Street itself is pretty quiet. The Porch House is a wonderful old Elizabethan building with lots of history and provides great value. We recommend it highly for a country getaway.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 December 2010

Excellent service and a very interesting place to stay.

We stayed in 'ludlow' for 3 nights and enjoyed it very much. We had no problems at all with noise and everything was as described.

The only issue was the shower which was difficult to get hot and the pressure wasn't great but there was plenty of hot water for a bath so not a major problem.

A lovely place stay and a wonderfully warm reception from very thoughtful hosts

  • Stayed: December 2010
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ShropshireOldfart, Owner at Porch House, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2011

Many thanks for your posting. We have taken on board your comment about the shower and have installed a pump so it is no longer a problem.

We are glad you enjoyed your stay.

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Reviewed 29 November 2010

A beautiful and historic house owned by people who are proud of the work they are doing to preserve it. The house tour from the owner was wonderful, make sure that you don't miss out. The room was warm on a night when the temperature went to -11 outside. A great breakfast with a fine view of the garden.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 June 2010

The most stunning and interesting BnB to spend a night in. A real treat all round and a privilege to be able to stay there courtesy of the attentive Lucas's.
History immerses you as deep as the bath of the Blue Room and reminds you of times past. All the comforts and little touches are there and the gallons of hot water were gratefully received by our hot walk-weary feet.
The excellent ales from Six Bells and food at The Three Tuns assisted our deep an peaceful sleep................aah!
BC is a gem in all respects and has echoes of a life lost in most of the UK. Hope it will never lose this..............a place to escape to, not from!
Breakfasts are especially good with the full range served in a lazy, relaxed style.
Thanks to our hosts.
The Shropshire Lads Walking tour................June 26th

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 June 2010

I stayed in the Clun (top) Self Catering apartment for a couple of days. Its a nice yet quirky space, that I imagine is very cosy in the winter as it has a wood burning fire.Not good if you are easily stirred by creaking floorboard or bumps in the night! It was fine for my needs but I think I would have been disappointed if I was staying there as a special treat or on holiday. The bedroom is straight opposite a very noisy pub which doesn't quieten down till late, and the clock tower chimes every fifteen minutes throughout the night. The kitchen facilities are very poor for this standard of accommodation. It wasn't particularly clean, perhaps because it hadn't been used for a while so dust had begun to collect and there were very few kitchen utensils and a dish brush that looked like it may have been as old as the building! The electrical facilities are fine. Oven, microwave, dishwasher etc but I'd recommend bringing your own cooking equipment if you are planning having a few meals here, just to make sure you have everything. The shower is a bit of a nightmare as it is positioned on the side of the narrowest part of the bath, so its a bit difficult to angle right and the boiler is very noisy. However the bath is fine and the hot water was very efficient. There isn't a door between the bathroom and the bedroom (just a curtain) so privacy isn't very high if you are bashful. The bedroom was very clean and the bed was a bit lumpy but fine.
The television only had four channels and didn't seem to have caught up with freeview yet. There was a DVD player.

Somehow all of this adds to the quirkiness of the experience of staying here and I had breakfast with some people who have been staying there every year since it opened so it is very popular, but I'm not sure I could have stayed there for any longer than a few nights. I've decided to stay somewhere else on my next trip. The location is great for immediate access to cafes and shops, but it is probably one of the noisier locations in Bishops Castle to stay. Generally BC is a very quiet place. I'd definitely recommend trying to get a rear facing bedroom if you do stay here. It really is a very unusual place to stay!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled on business
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ShropshireOldfart, Owner at Porch House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2010

Thanks for your review of our apartment; being an Elizabethan house it does make it an unusual place to stay and it has been creaking and groaning for over 400 years!

It is right in the town centre, great for easy access to pubs and restaurants but that can mean it is a little noisy until 11pm; 10.30pm on Sundays, when this guest was here. This is more than made up for by the fact that as the High Street is not the main route through the town it doesn’t suffer from noisy lorries and buses first thing in the morning.

You were staying as a B&B guest so we are a little surprised you were using the kitchen for cooking. It had not been used for a couple of days and we can assure you that all crockery and utensils are washed between each booking. All the surfaces are cleaned in antibacterial cleanser. The facilities provided are of 4 Star standard according to the tourism guidelines.

As for the TV, all our TV’s have digital receivers and freeview, unfortunately being in the country the transmitter won’t be upgraded until next year so no-one in Bishop’s Castle can get channel 5 or any of the newer channels.

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Reviewed 16 February 2010

we stayed for a week in the self catering Clun apartment with the open log fire and wooden floors. it is wonderfully comfortable yet seems to take you back to another time when england was slower and quieter
bishops castle is the same, set on a hill that would make you want to defend the castle at the top
the six bells at the bottom and the three tuns at the top both brew their own beers
you could have a pub crawl or a pub race, whichever suits you best, via several pubs between the two
good food at the tuns, we haven't tried the others
actually we spent most of the week walking the blue shropshire hills or offas dyke
have already booked for 2010, both the clun and the ludlow apartment with the open coal fire!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: 33-35 High Street, Bishops Castle SY9 5BE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Shropshire > Bishops Castle
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Ranked #7 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Bishops Castle
Price Range: £70 - £75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
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