We stayed at Hyde Mill B&B for three nights in April 2011. I found the B&B on the Farm Stay website as we love staying in B&B’s in the countryside that are close to transport links yet secluded. Hyde Mill was no exception and at a 4 star establishment had everything one needed.
Hyde Mill is situated off a b road with a drive over a small bridge that spans a stream. The area is very picturesque and boasts a few grazing horses too. The room we stayed in was in a renovated stables block with about 6-8 little rooms in a courtyard where one could park the car safely.
On arrival after our 4 hour drive down from Liverpool and a stop off at Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire, we were met at the door by Katie. Katie was a much younger proprietor than we have had previously and happily left us to our own devices during our stay.
Katie showed us to our room, number two, which was modern, lovely and clean with a wet room and under floor heating. She told us when breakfast would be and bid us a nice evening. There were coffee and tea making facilities in the room with a flask of fresh milk topped up every day which was a nice touch as the UHT milk is vile!
The double bed was lovely and comfy and the linen was clean and fresh, there were lots of storage in the room for clothes and the room had a nice flat screen TV. The bathroom had lovely clean white towels and the room was controlled by a thermostat on the wall which you could control yourself.
Hyde Mill is centrally located for tourist spots in the Luton, greater London area. Only 30 minutes drive to Woburn Safari Park and Whipsnade Zoo and 25 minutes drive to Luton and Stevenage for eating out, we did not go hungry and with the B&B’s wonderful fast broadband internet free to guests, we could always look up Google-maps and see where places where.
Breakfast was in a clean, bright dinning room in the main house across the way from the stables, there was a continental breakfast for myself of cereal and fresh yoghurt and fruit if needed. David and I don’t eat a cooked breakfast and Katie was gracious enough to offer us tea and coffee every morning with no hesitation.
We spent most of our days out sightseeing and returned to our room with our bed nicely tidied, Katie probably thought we were insane coming back from our daily jaunts at the local zoos with different cuddly animal toys, making the room look more like a menagerie. Every evening we would quietly enjoy a nice glass of bucks fizz and a warm shower in our spacious room which felt more like a home from home.
From reading the guest book we are not the only ones who thoroughly enjoyed our time away at Hyde Mill, and would highly recommend the establishment to anyone staying in the area as a lovely place to relax and recharge oneself.
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