Venue & Rooms

Abbey Dore Court is a beautiful 18th Century Coaching Inn with a Victorian addition set in the idyllic Herefordshire countryside set beside the bank of the River Dore.This magnificent house sleeps 16 and is restored to an excellent standard so as to offer modern day convenience, whilst retaining its original character and period detail ready for you to enjoy.

South ElevationThe house is situated in rural Herefordshire yet conveniently located just 3 miles off the A465 (Hereford to Abergavenny road) at the southern end of the beautiful Golden Valley within easy reach of Hay-On-Wye, Hereford, Abergavenny, The picturesque Black Mountains and the rest of ‘the UK’s least spoiled county’.

This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a wonderful 18th Century Inn with a Victorian addition in its own grounds, which in turn is surrounded by the renowned 6 acre Abbey Dore Court Gardens. Set in the rural village of Abbey Dore, this spacious property simply oozes Victorian splendour, from the grandeur of the imposing entrance hall, to the magnificent drawing room (formerly the ballroom) with marble fireplace and imposing architraving, to the grand dining room and the welcoming morning room, all with an open fire or woodburner.

Abbey Dore Court dates back to 1837 when it was a Red Lion Inn and believed to have been the hospitality house of Dore Abbey, the Cistercian Abbey dating back to 1147. In 1861 Captain Thomas Freke Lewis purchased the house and added a Victorian Wing as well as Italian mosaic floors, moulded ceilings, a ballroom, a Jacobean staircase and a 1621 fireplace, all of which survive today. All rooms are upstairs, and most rooms in the house offer lovely views over the stunning gardens. Bed linen and towels provided.

Boasting a wealth of original features including moulded ceilings, marble floors and wood burners, the house has been furnished with a mix of new and antique. It has been superbly restored and lavishly decorated with convenience and comfort in mind. twin-2

We are able to offer just one single room: these are always in demand and will go fast, so don’t delay if you want to snatch one up.

If you are a single person booking a shared room, we will pair you up with someone else in the same position.

The en-suite rooms are not charged at extra so we offer these rooms on a first-come, first-served basis. However, don’t worry if you don’t get an ensuite: all the bathrooms are luxurious, are adjacent to the rooms, and are shared by no more than four people.  If you have any special requirements, please email

2017 Prices (per person) fourposter

Early Bird Prices 10% off until 1st May 2017.
Shared room for 2  (12 places available) – £675 (early bird £595)
Single room (1 place available) – £800 (no early bird rate)

If you want to secure your place at the reduced rate, you need only put down your £150 deposit (£10 admin fee applies). Please read the cancellation policy before you book. Go here to book.

Abbey Dore Court Gardens, adjacent to the house, is a beautiful, mature, six acre, plant-lovers’ garden run by Charis Ward with formal, wild and river areas set in the glorious Herefordshire countryside. Just over the river bridge is a further four acre meadow full of unusual trees. We have arranged free entry for our guests.

As you enter the garden there is a relatively new area with bamboos, trees and shrubs. Several borders add colour and interest. The walled garden has nine individual borders, divided by brick paths. Only bulbs mark where the orchard once was. This area now has a central path, with wirework arches leading to a sculpture with water. Two long borders, planted purple, gold, bluey green and silver take you to the River Dore and a wild garden full of trees, shrubs and bulbs. Over the river a 4 acre arboretum of young and unusual trees leads to a seat under two large sequoias. There are other seats throughout the garden where visitors are encouraged to sit and enjoy the peace of the garden. Alongside the garden is a small nursery specialising in herbaceous perennials.