The Bell at Skenfrith

Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
+44 (0)1600 750235
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A small, stylish inn lost in the country with beautiful rooms, excellent food, fine walking and a river passing directly outside


11 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

The position here is magical: an ancient stone bridge, a river snaking through the valley, glorious hills rising beyond, cows grazing in lush fields. It’s a perfect spot, not least because providence blessed it with this chic little inn. Inside, you find a locals’ bar for the odd game of rugby, sofas in front of a wood-burner in the sitting room, The Dog and Boot bar for dogs and walkers with muddy boots, then an airy restaurant for some very good food. In summer, doors fly open and life spills onto a stone terrace with views of hill and wood or beside the river Monnow – a fine spot for lunch in the sun. Elegant country-house bedrooms brim with light. Some are beamed, most are big, you’ll find padded bedheads, Farrow & Ball colours, perhaps a walnut bed or a claw-foot bath in your room. Those at the front have river views, those at the back look onto the hills, some have sofas, all have robes in excellent bathrooms. Seven circular walks start at the front door with maps to show you the way. Delicious food awaits your return, perhaps Welsh rarebit with a poached egg, braised beef brisket with dauphinoise potatoes, apple doughnuts with toffee sauce and mulled cider.


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Dog parlour and towels. Dog treats for well-behaved dogs.

Dogs £20 per dog per night. Max. 2.

Secure garden; circular walks from the door. Beware of sheep and cows.

Lunch from £5.95. Sunday lunch from £14.95. Dinner, 3 courses, around £38.


Nightly price
from £150
Singles £90. Dinner, B&B £190-£270 per person.
5 Doubles
From £150
3 Twin/doubles
From £150
3 Four-posters
From £195



Such a relaxing break with beautiful surroundings. Maria and her team work tirelessly to provide a tip top service. Bedrooms are immaculate and comfortable. Public areas very colourful and stylish. Food is very delicious - menus reflect wide range of great local produce.

Sharon, Cambridge

I didn’t stay overnight but I’ll definitely be back after a wonderful meal with family. We enjoyed drinks on the patio, looking out onto the well-kept garden and fields beyond before sitting down in the recently refurbished restaurant to enjoy a seasonal and locally sourced three course meal. Another great recommendation from Sawday’s!

Nicole, Bristol

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Paula Snow

  • The village of Skenfrith has its own Norman Castle and an historic medieval church St. Bridget's. The Bell is just outside the village on the banks of the River Monnow which provides great riverside walking and further upstream fantastic fishing.
  • The Bell has created 7 circular walks all of which start and finish at the inn. All have points of interest, maps and detailed instructions and drawings. The Dog and Boot Bar welcomes all dogs and owners with or without wellies. Dog parlour available.
  • Walking is a favourite pastime of many guests but cycling and open-top motoring are others. The roads are quiet and wind through some of the country's most beautiful scenery. There are many beautiful gardens to visit in this part of Wales
  • The Bell has a ghillie who can organise fishing trips in and around the area. Contact Reception for further details and how to apply for fishing licences. Monnow Events is close and great for stag and hen weekends with parties back at The Bell
  • There are so many places to visit nearby that it is impossible to name them all. We are within easy reach of Hereford Cathedral which houses the Mappa Mundi and a signed Magna Carta. There are Marches castles and abbeys and Hay-on-Wye is 40 mins away.
  • The Bell is the perfect place for an elegant wedding and blessings may be organised in the medieval church of St. Bridget's. We now have our own marquee set within our very pretty garden which provides the perfect backdrop for a special day and photos.