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Looking forward to starting out on our mini adventure and packing has now started in earnest.....Our rucksacks are bulging already, where will we put the other half of our stuff? ha ha! Still loads to do and running out of time fast,some things never ...
Today was quite warm by UK standards and Derek and I had a pleasant walk along the canal in the morning before joining the Grimer family for a very tasty Sunday roast lunch. Rob and Fi then took us to Croome Park, an 18th century country house and estate where we enjoyed a walk through the house and grounds. Rob then dragged me out into the fields to go blackberry picking and Derek and I dropped in for a chat with Lesley's parents, Ray and Doreen, before supper and a chat with Rob and ...
... in about 1300 and the largest remaining example of such a map. We also visited the chained library where many ancient manuscripts also dating back to the 8th century are stored. Amazing to think that such documents still exist and the artwork in the books was beautiful. After a short walk around Hereford town we returned to the Harris home for supper and photos and then said our farewells and headed back to Rob for a quiet evening ...
The O'Sullivans prepared a cooked breakfast for Derek and then we set off for Tiberton, stopping at Stratford on Avon for a walk around the town. I tried to navigate our way to Rob across country and managed to lead us down a very narrow road to a dead end! Eventually we reached Tiberton just in time for lunch with Rob, Lesley Ann and Fiona. ...
... things to look forward to. Went into Cheltenham yesterday, I took a couple of hours out, it's been full on letting my creative juices flow into prepping menus and other word stuff. Superdry clothing was actually started in Cheltenham, Jimmy Cowan shops there all the time. So much cheaper than in NZ. Half the price. Went to Debenhams department store, and Primark. Cheap and cheerful. £6 shoes, and nothing wrong with them for while we're over here. £2 rain ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Green Dragon Hereford
We stayed here as part of a large group of friends, and were practically the only guests there. It was reminiscent of Fawlty Towers! It could be a lovely hotel if the owners put in a bit of TLC and spent a bit of money doing the rooms up, because its situation in Herefore near the Cathedral is excellent.
I found that the staff and managers do not seem to communicate with each other I was told three different stories of wether we got breakfast included in the price of the room we were a party of seven for the week end and the person that did pay for breakfast was only told when we were leaving after we had paid our bill The receptionist then told us in an indignant manner that we could have a slice of toast to which I replied we dont want toast I informed her that I would not be staying in the hotel again to which she replied that's fine I told her that she should not ever speak to clientel that way it is not very proffesional she was sent into the back by the porter and when she returned she did not even apologise the staff has no interest in the clientel and this is not a good reflection on the busisness one of the other parties has photos of the room she was staying in
Hereford is a fantastic Cathedral City. Compact, walkable with terrific black & white villages set all around (try visiting Eardisland, Eardisley, Weobley & Pembridge - all within a 30 minute drive of the city and step into living picture postcard Olde England). The city is the home of Bulmer cider and also the SAS regiment - but you won't really encounter either of these iconic institutions on your stay! The Green Dragon is situated in Broad Street, 2 minutes from Eign Gate and High Town - where all the main shops are located. You'll also find a great 3-storey black & white house in the middle of the shopping area - now an interesting museum. The Green Dragon is typical of the mid-victorian grand county hotel. A three storey building with an imposing fascade. The lobby is country-hotel plush with panelling, chandelliers, a restaurant, bar and tea room leading off. It's a sort of shabby-chic - comfortably appointed and characterful. The rooms are furnished in average quality reproduction hotel furniture - some could do with a refurb (occasional scuffed wallpaper & scratched furnishings). The plus points are the central location - 2 minutes from the Cathedral & it's Mappa Mundi, 2 minutes from the shops and surrounded by pubs, bars, restaurants etc. There's a Pizza Express just opposite, and Ask bar along the street and Starbucks, Costa Coffee and similar outlets dotted about nearby. The downside includes the incredible number of squeaky floorboards. The last time I stayed I had a small single room. Notwithstanding the modest proportions, I counted 7 squeaky floorboards between my bed and my bathroom ! By the sound of it everyone around me were counting their squeaky boards too ! Great midweek deals are available
I chose the Green Dragon because it marketed itself as the oldest hotel in town - and it was, but this extended to the grungy mastic around the bath and the stale-smelling shower curtain.
After enjoying excellent accommodation at Chester and Stratford, we arrived for the final weekend of our holiday at The Green Dragon. It was booked at a day's notice, so allowances were being made, but even so, the experience was very disappointing.
We stayed at the Green Dragon Hotel on the recommendation of the Hereford Tourist Information Centre. It was not far from the cathedral where we wished to attend services. The TIC called the hotel to make the reservation and provided much information, including our credit card number, much to our chagrin.
Good value for the money
We stayed at the Green Dragon in early March 2005. The room was a nice size and was clean. The building is interesting and historic, great atmosphere. But it is a bit worn with some fraying edges to the carpeting, etc. It was also fairly chilly in the room and there were no instructions on how to adjust the radiator. However we paid just 40 pounds for the night and were pleased overall. We would stay there again if the price was similar.
The Green Dragon was a good choice for us
On balance the Green Dragon was a good choice for us in Hereford. It is hard to find unless you are from Hereford - a good map on the web page would help. The location is excellent once you find it - steps away from the Cathedral, museums, High Street and all kinds of restaurants. The Green Dragon building is old and interesting with endearingly creaky floors; attentive staff steps forward to help; some parking is available and free for guests. Public spaces and rooms need some freshening up - the finishes are tired. Bathrooms are old but clean. They need modernizing... Breakfast is extra but is very good. This hotel deserves your consideration.
My wife and I booked a well deserved romantic break for a weekend away, after the birth of our 1st child, we especially booked the Green Dragon, because I remember the beautiful hotel, wood panel dining room, etc from a visit many years previous. When we arrived, there was a large function which took over the dining rooms, and the bars, we could not use these facilities, nor were we informed of this prior to our booking. We ate our meal in a small meeting room upstairs, the menu was limted due to the big function using most of the staff/kitchen resources, by the time the food arrived it was cold, due to the shortage of staff, and the journey from the kitchens. The staff were very apologetic. Our room was very old, and full of history, also full of dust, the radiators leaked, the carpet was damp, the room was cold, the windows cracked, the bath water when run, was brown in colour, and took an age to get warm, let alone hot. We left very dispappointed, but we at least had a rest from work and family. The hotel staff, were friendly and attentive as best they could be throughout, and kept apologising for the circumstances. We have not stayed in a Trust House Heritage Hotel since this experience.
Squeaky floorboards but not squeaky clean!
I stayed at the Green Dragon Hotel for 2 nights during April 2004. My room was nicely decorated. However the bathroom was quite grubby with a thick layer of dust all around the skirting boards. Also the windows in my room clearly hadn't been cleaned in months. Despite the grubbiness, I must admit that I quite enjoyed my stay. The public rooms were beautifully furnished and the dining room was like what you would expect to find in a stately home. Obviously this hotel has seen better days, but if you can find a good deal on the Internet (I paid just 80 GBP for a twin room for 2 nights) then I recommend that you give it a try.