Hotel The Ancient Gatehouse

20 Sadler StWellsBA5 2SEUnited Kingdom
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About Hotel The Ancient Gatehouse

Housed in a 15th-century building near Wells Cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace, Hotel The Ancient Gatehouse offers bed and breakfast accommodation and free Wi-Fi.

There are nine letting rooms, each one boasting an en-suite bathroom, period features and Laura Ashley furnishings. Amenities include a TV and tea and coffee making facilities. Select rooms offer views of the cathedral and/or a four-poster bed.

Hotel The Ancient Gatehouse offers babysitting and dry cleaning/laundry facilities. The property is non-smoking. Paid parking is available nearby.

Breakfast and evening meals are served in the Rugantino Restaurant (evening meals at extra cost). Alternative dining spots in the area include the Bekynton Brasserie and the Good Earth.

The hotel lies less than a mile from Stoberry House and Gardens, two miles from the Wookey Hole Caves, six miles from Kilver Court Designer Shopping Village and 11 miles from Cheddar Gorge.


20 Sadler St, Wells, BA5 2SE, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44(1749)672029 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • Car park
  • Conference rooms
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel bar
  • Hotel safe
  • Laundry service
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing board
  • Kitchen / Kitchenette
  • Room safe
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

For children

  • Childcare / Babysitting

Positive Reviews

Quirky and comfortable rooms

Although feedback about the rooms at the Ancient Gatehouse is a little mixed, mainly due to some issues caused by the age of the property, the general consensus seems to be that guests find the rooms are quirky yet comfortable. Opt for a room with a view if you can - previous guests have been impressed.

Convenient location

Aside from the obvious appeal of staying so close to Wells Cathedral, guests appreciate the central location of this hotel. Reviews often highlight how the property is a stone's throw from the town centre and its shopping and dining options.

Friendly service

Guests tend to be impressed by the standard of service offered at the hotel, with many describing the staff as friendly and helpful. Feedback about the Ancient Gatehouse also indicates that you can expect to receive great service in the Rugantino Restaurant.

Negative Reviews

Lack of parking

A number of reviews indicate that guests find the parking situation a little frustrating. There doesn't appear to be any spaces outside the hotel itself. Most guests had to pay for parking in a nearby supermarket car park, with very few managing to find a space closer to the hotel.


Given the age of property, it should come as little surprise that you won't find a lift here. Instead, you'll find crooked and narrow staircases which, along with the lack of on-site parking, makes this hotel far than ideal for less mobile guests.

A little pricey for some guests

Several guests mention that they found the room rates at this hotel were a little on the pricey side. That said, they seem to be average for the area as those same guests comment that they found all of the hotel options in Wells were similarly priced.

Rating Overview

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7.9 /10
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7.9 out of 10 based on 144 reviews