Three years of visiting the Royal George at Tintern
29/10/2017 John_Luxton, Liverpool
My visit this October marks the third anniversary of my mother and I staying at the Royal George Hotel for the first time. Since October 2014 I have stayed at the Royal George about eight times. It is... more
My visit this October marks the third anniversary of my mother and I staying at the Royal George Hotel for the first time. Since October 2014 I have stayed at the Royal George about eight times. It is a splendid hotel which I enjoy returning to again and again and have sampled in all seasons of the year.
The owners James and Sammie with their team of friendly staff go the extra mile to get to know their guests and remember their requirements from previous visits.
Since I last reviewed the Royal George the only change I have noted is the real ale. The Severn Vale Brewery Dursley Steam Bitter has now been replaced by Llandogo Trow Ale which is brewed about a mile or so up the road at Kingstone Brewery.
The lounge bar is cosy, boasts a log burning stove, oozes charm and makes you want to linger over more than one drink!
If like my mother and I you like your hotels to have a homely feel the Royal George fits the bill. I was surprised to read a recent negative review comment about the hotel being in a decorative time-warp. The present decoration suits the character, ambience and location of the building - modernisation would ruin it! The main stone building which houses the restaurant and reception is a historic listed building which is believed to date from the 17th Century when it was home to a local iron master. Later in the early 19th Century the building was converted into an Inn.
All bedrooms overlook the garden, a pleasant place to relax with a drink on a sunny day. Most of the rooms are at ground floor level with four upstairs balcony rooms. There is just one step up from ground level which makes the ground floor rooms accessible for those like my mother with reduced mobility. The hotel also has a ramp available to facilitate wheelchair access to a room if required. Rooms are comfortable, clean and well presented.
Across the River Angiddy which flows along the north side of the garden is a small holding which boasts a couple of cockerels. However, though we tend to sleep with the window open they have never bothered us and add to the rural charm of a stay at the Royal George. If you stay in the country you should expect rural noises so I am surprised at one or two negative comments about these.
Food in the Cottage Restaurant located in the main building remains excellent with the Iron Master’s Stove Grill being one of the best mixed grills I have had anywhere. On the wine list there are several local choices with wine from Tintern Parva Vineyard and Glyndwr sparkling wine. Compared to some hotels have stayed at the wines are competitively priced.
The hotel is well located for walks, Tintern Abbey is about 5 minutes walk from the hotel, with Tintern Old Station with its café and visitor centre around 1 mile away. For those travelling without a car the Chepstow to Monmouth bus stops right outside the hotel thus access by public transport is easy. The bus operates approximately every hour or so on weekdays, with reduced frequency at weekends. The Royal George is also located within a short drive of Chepstow Race Course - Home of the Welsh Grand National.
Overall the Royal George offers excellent value for money – particularly if staying on the DB&B rates.
Highly recommended and I look forward to my next visit in a couple of months. less
Egonwho, Owner at Best Western Royal George Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for taking your time to write such a fantastic review following your recent stay with us at the Royal George. We are delighted to read how much you and your mother enjoy your visits. Every member of staff is encouraged by your comments and descriptions. It is a pleasure to look after guests like you and we all look forward to welcoming you on your next visit for New Years Celebrations.
Keep Well and Have a Happy Christmas
(Don't forget your dancing shoes)
Samantha & James McMorrough MHCIMA