Granton House B&B Ross on Wye - We have been awarded Gold Star ratings and have been selected as one of "Britain's Best B and B's" by the AA
John and Liz Bloxham offer a very warm welcome at Granton House Bed and Breakfast. We are situated between Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire and are close to the Forest of Dean, Cotswolds and Welsh Borders. Our C17th home has a secluded, south west garden, nestling into the valley and looks onto a conservation orchard and Coppet Hill, a nature reserve, that is part of the Wye Valley Walk. The famous viewpoint at Symonds Yat is 2 miles away and can be seen from the bottom of our garden. Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, Gloucester, Bristol and Cardiff are less than an hour's drive away. We have private parking and secure lockup for bikes and fishing tackle and facilities to dry clothes for walkers.
We offer superior, comfortable en-suite accommodation in beautiful surroundings and serve delicious breakfasts with homemade muesli, preserves, bread and fresh local produce.
Granton House B&B is an ideal location for a holiday or short break, with plenty of activities available locally, e.g. forest trails, fishing, canoeing, horse riding or golf, and there are beautiful gardens to visit nearby as well as National Trust properties. The house is located approximately 40 minutes from the Chepstow, Hereford and Cheltenham racecourses. Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham airports are approximately an hour away with Heathrow airport being approximately two and a half hours away.
Our home probably dates from the late seventeenth century, when it may have been two cottages. Along the lane, leading southwards from the house is another very old dwelling called 'Whitehall'. This is probably the oldest building in Goodrich and stood on the ancient route to Monmouth. In 1388 the future King Henry IV travelled this route on his journey from Windsor and he crossed the river Wye on the ferry below Goodrich Castle. This was an important route between England and Wales. It was here that he learned from the ferryman of the birth of his son, the future King Henry V, in the castle at Monmouth.
Granton House was at one time the home of an eminent Victorian artist named Joshua Cristall and a plaque on the outside wall commemorates his life from 1768-1847. In 1996, a book entitled "Joshua Cristall - In Search of Arcadia" was published (Copies may be obtained from the village shop). Several collections by this artist are in the Tate, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds and in other private collections. At one time he was President of the Water-colour Society for the Royal Academy of Art. In the garden, just by the terrace, are the remains of an old cottage which he used as a studio during his residence in Granton House from 1822 to 1840. A reproduction painting of the garden and his studio can be seen in the guest lounge. Several of his paintings depict local life and scenes. We have a copy of 'The Fern Gatherer on Coppet Hill' on the stairway.
Granton House is situated in an area where there are plenty of walks beginning right outside the door, so there is no need to take your car. For the more energetic, canoeing, climbing, abseiling, tennis and riding are all available within a short distance, as are several good golf courses. There is both an excellent shop with a Post Office in the village of Goodrich, as well as two pubs, serving food and good cider and beer!
Road Distances and approximate driving times
London, Heathrow 120 miles 2 hours
London, Gatwick 163 miles 2 hours
Hereford 15.9 miles 21 minutes
Gloucester 23.8 miles 33 minutes
Cheltenham 31 miles 45 minutes
Malvern 27.5 miles 39 minutes
Worcester 39.8 miles 43 minutes
Cardiff 42 miles 55 minutes
Goodrich Castle, which is one of English Heritage's key attractions with a superb visitor centre that opened in 2007 is only about one mile away. There is a good audio tour to hire and there are several events throughout the year held at the castle including plays and reinactments of jousting etc!
Located high above the river Wye, Goodrich Castle was a medieval fortified palace which is open to visitors. Mostly, the castle is still intact.
Although unoccupied by the sixteenth century, Goodrich Castle was still able to withstand a major siege during the English Civil War. Built around 1150, the keep is the castle's oldest remaining section.
At five hundred feet above sea level, Yat Rock, above the villages of Symonds Yat East and West affords spectacular views of the river and its surrounding countryside. In the view from Yat Rock, pictured to the right, the village of Goodrich as well as Coppet Hill can be seen.
For bird watchers, Yat Rock is a popular place for sighting the Peregrine Falcon during the early summer months. The RSPB allow visitors to view the young chicks using their telescopes.
There are also many other places nearby from which the view of the Wye is particularly beautiful, especially if exploring on foot. The bluebell season is not to be missed.