Michael Taylor has been the proprietor of The Red Lion Hotel since 1982. Originally from Wigan, as a young lad Mike used to visit with his Father to fish the hotels stretch of the River Wye. He was mentored by The Red Lion's former landlord, 'Stocky'.
After 40 years as landlord of The Red Lion Hotel, Mike has made the decision to retire. The hotel is currently on the market with Sidney Phillips of Hereford. More information can be found by clicking here...
Bredwardine in Herefordshire, sits on the banks of the River Wye in the peaceful Wye Valley. The surrounding hills give wonderful panoramic views across the Golden Valley to the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons, and as far as the distant Malvern Hills.
Bredwardine Bridge dates back to the 1760's. It's impressive red brick structure is the link between Bredwardine and Brobury, and straddles the river Wye which flows on down stream to Hereford.
St Andrew's Church dates back to the Saxon period. The church boasts two medieval memorials, one refered to as 'The Bredwardine Giant', and tombs of two notable residents of the village.
Arthur's Stone sits on the hill over looking Bredwardine. A Neolithic tomb 5000+ years old. A legend dating back to before the 13th century says that King Arthur slew a giant at this spot.
Robert Francis Kilvert wrote of the area 'the lovely valley gleaming bright.... and the river blazed below the grey bridge with a sparkle of a million diamonds'.
The Red Lion Hotel is situated in the tiny hamlet of Bredwardine, which nestles on the banks of the River Wye just twelve miles from the cathedral city of Hereford and eight miles from the historic Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye. Built of red brick, its origins lie in the seventeenth century when it was used as a coaching inn. The lounge bears the name The Courtroom, as this is where the circuit judge of the day used to sit in judgement.
Our aim at the hotel is to provide you with a peaceful haven in the tranquil heart of England away from the hustle and bustle of work and every day life. Every effort has been made to combine this warm, congenial atmosphere with all the comforts and facilities of a modem day hotel. You will find that The Red Lion Hotel retains much of its olde worlde charm including low beams, wonky floors and traditional lead window panes.