Castle House Hotel
Castle House Hotel is a beautifully-restored Grade II listed Georgian townhouse just moments from the ancient Cathedral in the heart of historic Hereford.
“This boutique city hotel is ideal for intimate celebrations”
The Financial Times (Jan 2015) Recommended by the Hotel Guru as one of the best hotels in Herefordshire
Sitting beside Hereford’s old castle moat, Castle House is an elegant Regency Villa which was previously a pair of Georgian townhouses converted into the impressive hotel that stands today.
With the cathedral city of Hereford on the doorstep, visitors can take in the cultural delights of the city at a leisurely pace or otherwise take in the beautiful countryside of Herefordshire. With a wealth of events, festivals and museums taking place throughout the year, it’s clear to see why Castle House attracts so many guests from far and wide.
Castle House also hosts a range of their own events, from literary lunches to artist workshops, jazz dinners and fantastic foodie nights created by the talented Head Chef, Clare Nicholls.
Choose from 24 rooms and suites all individually decorated and with antique furnishings, including eight superb rooms and suites at No25, a townhouse just seconds from the main hotel.
The independently owned Castle House has won numerous accolades. Its dedicated staff are warm and welcoming, and what sets it apart is the close attention to detail – little touches everywhere to make sure your stay is unforgettable.
Food & Drink
Castle House is well-known throughout the region for its fine food and excellent wines, served in the Castle House Restaurant, with the emphasis on local ingredients. In fact, some produce on the menu originates from hotel owner David Watkins’ Ballingham Hall Farm.
Mouthwatering menus are conjured up by Head Chef Claire Nicholls, acknowledge as one of the best female chefs in the UK. The Castle Bar and Bistro is perfect for more informal and light lunches; on warmer days, sample the cuisine, as well as coffee and Hereford afternoon teas, from the peaceful Terrace which overlooks the castle moat. The ground floor Cavalier Suite is ideal for guests with mobility difficulties, with ramp access, grab rails, a walk-in shower and French windows opening directly onto the garden.
Ideal for stays when you have business in Hereford, relaxing breaks and family stays, Castle House is the perfect location for exploring Hereford’s magnificent Cathedral, the Mappa Mundi and Chain Library, the Forest of Dean, Brecons and the beautiful Wye Valley.
Castle House Hotel has 24 en-suite bedrooms and suites across the main house and Number 25 Townhouse.
All rooms and suites have a unique style, each one is individually named after local castles or historical figures, and each one includes those little touches which will make your stay unforgettable.
For a bed and breakfast stay, the rooms are classified as:
Double Rooms and Suites
Number 25 Townhouse
Standard Doubles and Suites
All prices are per room per night, include full English breakfast, VAT and service and are based on two people sharing, except singles.
Rates change depending on availability and the time of year.
Special offers are available throughout the year.
Meet the Chef
The Head Chef at the Castle House Hotel is Claire Nicholls, who has worked at the hotel for 11 years and served as the Head Chef for seven. Claire trained at Hereford Technical College and then at the highly acclaimed Birmingham College of Food.
After training, Claire moved to Hong Kong and gained a passion for Asian food which can be seen through her cooking today, however she is very much focused upon using locally sourced ingredients in her cooking, which includes produce from the hotel owner, David Watkins’ Ballingham Hall Farm. The Castle House Hotel has achieved two AA rosettes in the time Claire Nicholls has been Head Chef.
The exquisite gardens of Hereford’s Castle House Hotel are the perfect place for guests to sample a scrumptious afternoon tea, whilst the terrace of this beautifully-restored, Grade II listed Georgian townhouse overlooks the castle moat and is adorned with beautiful flowers, providing a tranquil space to enjoy the 2 AA Rosette menus.
Out & About
Only 5 minutes from Castle House Hotel is the magnificent Hereford Cathedral, which has been a place of worship for over 1200 years. To this day, three acts of worship take place daily. The award-winning Mappa Mundi and Chained Library Exhibition is open all year round, home to the spectacular medieval map of the world and outstanding treasure of the medieval world.
The Black and White Village Trail is a 40 mile route through some of the prettiest villages and most stunning scenery the country has to offer. Beginning and ending in the ancient town of Leominster, travel through a rich landscape of orchards and hop yards, wind in and out of sleepy market towns and take in the picturesque black and white villages along the way. Every village has its own character and charm, with a selection of tea-rooms, shops and pubs ready to welcome you into this beautiful area of quintessential rural England.
Alternatively, The Elgar Walk takes you on a gentle stroll through the delightful streets of Worcester that Edgar knew from childhood. With brief stops to admire each of the significant landmarks it should take you no more than 2 hours to complete. If the weather forecast doesn’t look too good then The Cider Museum makes for a fantastic afternoon activity, with interactive tours, cider-making festival and year-round events – it’s only a 10 minute walk away.
Recommended Local Attractions
- The Black & White Village Trail – on the doorstep!
- The Elgar Route – on the doorstep!
- Hereford Catherdral – 5 mins
- Hereford – 7 mins Worcester – 55 mins
All timings denote typical journey time by car, unless specified otherwise.
Castle Street, Hereford,
T 01432 356 321
Map & Directions
Please click the map below for directions.
By car – for sat nav use HR1 2NW
Hereford Railway Station – 15 mins
Shobdon Airport – 20 mins
Birmingham International Airport – 90 mins