Tintern Abbey, dating to the 12th century, is considered one of the greatest monastic ruins of Wales. Located next to the village of Tintern and on the Welsh bank of the River Wye, the historic site has attracted visitors from around the world for centuries; poet Wordsworth and artist Turner found it a source of inspiration. If you’re looking to plan a visit to this romantic spot, here are some equally incredible hotels to use as a base, all bookable with Culture Trip.
This picture-perfect village inn is set in the heart of Tintern. This property serves as an ideal country retreat; many of the contemporary-styled rooms open out onto a manicured garden. There are also two exquisite suites for extended stays, which include fully-equipped kitchens, four-poster beds, and lounge spaces. The close attention to detail continues through to the ground-floor pub, where you’ll find comfy sofas, a cosy log burner and a hearty menu offering everything from tender cuts of Welsh lamb to ‘cod dogs’ – a fish equivalent of a hot dog.
Feel right at home at this cosy bed and breakfast, just a short walk from Chepstow Castle and Chepstow train station, and around 15 minutes by car from Tintern Abbey. The three-storey, 18th-century townhouse includes three comfortable bedrooms, with period features ranging from exposed red-brick walls to wood ceiling beams. The rooms are named ‘Gin’, ‘Rum’ and ‘Whiskey’, so there’s a tipple to suit all tastes. Guests have full use of the kitchen, lounge and rear courtyard, and breakfast service is available.
Elevate your Chepstow adventure with a stay at this refined, 14th-century manor home. The Marriott-operated property, set amid 400 acres (161.8ha) of parkland, makes you feel like you’re on the set of a period drama with roaring fires, rich fabrics and regal furnishings. The 148 rooms and suites have a modern feel, with a crisp cream colour scheme letting the leafy views do the talking. In terms of location, this hotel is around 10 minutes from Chepstow and 10 minutes more on to Tintern Abbey. After a day of exploring, return to your country retreat and unwind with a session at the spa and indoor pool.
Step back in time at this Tudor castle, which has played host to royalty and celebrities alike over the centuries; it was once the residence of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. The superbly-appointed ‘bedchambers’ promise to make you feel like a king or queen for the night with double-height ceilings, four-poster beds, and rich red-and-gold upholstery. One of the standout rooms is the ‘Catherine of Aragon Tower Suite’, which is set within its own turret and comes complete with an enormous bed, a dazzling chandelier and exposed stone walls so that you can feel the history. There are several dining rooms on the food front, serving up everything from afternoon tea to artfully presented tasting menus. This hotel is on the other side of the River Severn from Tintern Abbey, but just 30 minutes away by car; the views crossing the Severn Bridge are incredible.
Make this delightful family-run bed and breakfast your base to explore all the Forest of Dean has to offer, along with Tintern Abbey beyond. Built in the mid-19th century, the home now has six inviting guest rooms – two of which are dog-friendly – a large guest lounge, a breakfast room and forecourt parking. The breakfast here gets top marks, with a traditional cooked breakfast featuring local sausages and hand-cut bacon.
Lap up prime views of the River Wye from this attractive doll’s house-like Georgian property. Many of the nine rooms offer sweeping views of the waterway and the surrounding countryside from the original bay windows. From room ‘9’ you can also spy the 12th-century Wilton Castle. On the interior side of things, a refined, elegant style runs throughout. Communal areas include a well-stocked honesty bar, a dining room where hearty breakfasts are served, a lounge and a garden. Bridge House is located in the village of Wilton, around 45 minutes from Tintern Abbey.
Decked out with flower-filled hanging baskets, this cheerful property places you in the heart of the Wye Valley, just 15 minutes’ walk from Tintern Abbey. The family-run inn has eight comfortable ensuite bedrooms on the first floor, while downstairs, there is a cosy bar with open fires, reading snugs and a large dining room where fish and chips and homemade cheesecake are among the favourites. Outside, the sun-drenched outdoor terrace is a popular spot with locals and tourists alike.
This refined Victorian property places you close to the action but has a thoroughly peaceful feel, set amid sprawling grounds on the outskirts of the city. If you’re looking to travel to Tintern Abbey, it’s around 40 minutes by car. The smart manor-hotel has 14 individually styled bedrooms; all have extravagant beds worthy of a photo or two. The fine-dining restaurant boasts 2AA Rosettes – with the à la carte and tasting menus using seasonal British produce – and there is an extensive wine list worth dipping into.
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