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REVIEW: The Tudor Farmhouse, Gloucestershire

REVIEW: The Tudor Farmhouse, Gloucestershire

The epitome of country chic

How can one little village, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, boast so many reasons to visit?

You’ll find the quaint, attractive settlement of Clearwell in the South West of England, caressing the Welsh border, and within it, a handful of touristic gems.

These include the epic, cavernous Clearwell Caves, which have been featured in the BBC drama Doctor Who, and the ancient Puzzlewood, all rickety roots and jutting stone – think woods on steroids. The latter will be featured in the upcoming Star Wars film (and, according to local legend, also inspired J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth).

Meanwhile, the beautiful Tudor Farmhouse, a 13th century farm conversion, provides the perfect base for exploring the surrounding natural wonders – if you can tear yourself away from its homely charm, that is.

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Set on 14 acres of land, the property appears like a series of cottages connected by a beautifully manicured garden, and has the quiet, understated quality of appearing smaller from the outside than it actually is (following a recent refurb, it now has 20 rooms, but even at full capacity it never feels busy).

With its exposed brick, leaning walls and hanging beams, there’s a comforting sense of familiarity running through the Farmhouse. You can’t help but feel at ease here, whether relaxing in the lounge, with its vintage furniture and wood-burning stove, or settling down for the night in one of the stunning rooms, with their clean, muted country aesthetic, and beige, cream and grey colour palette. The silky soft sheets were of an excellent quality and the bathroom, with its fantastic standalone tub and heated floor, was truly opulent.

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The hotel restaurant is the best in the area, with a menu that puts a cosmopolitan twist on traditional country fare, plus a moderate price point (although we would’ve liked the portions to have been bigger). Take note: the chef Martin Adams is committed to sourcing as many of his ingredients from within a 20 miles radius as possible.

Although our tiny starter – lamb belly with pickled cucumber and curried kohlrabi remoulade – didn’t make quite the impact it should have, the Huntsman Farm slow cooked pork belly and shoulder was memorably succulent, and perfectly offset with zingy shallots and burnt apple puree. We also enjoyed a fabulous breakfast, complete with organic West Country sausages and bacon, eggs from the Farmhouse’s own on-site free range hens, and apple juice pressed in nearby Lydbrook.

Our final compliment is for the Tudor Farmhouse’s excellent website. After all, the hospitality industry is plagued with bad sites: they’re all either dated and amateur-looking, or overly dense with information and impossible to navigate. In this instance, the design is clear, crisp and easy to find your way around. The colourful photography is also appealing, and the whole look and feel is actually reflective of the Farmhouse’s country chic ethos.

www.tudorfarmhousehotel.co.ukwww.wyedeantourism.co.uk