For our purposes, this was a lovely hotel. The welcome was friendly and helpful, and our room at the top of the house was comfortable, nicely furnished and spotlessly clean. The beamed ceiling was low, and there was a warning not to bang your head on the low doorway, but that's not unusual in old buildings. Wifi worked fine; didn't try the TV. The bathroom had a half-size bath with shower over, there were plenty of fluffy towels, and nice environmentally-friendly toiletries. Only quibble about the room (and this might be just me) were those pilfer-proof coathangers (does ANYONE still take coathangers from hotel rooms?) which were even more awkward than usual as the wardrobe stored them back to front, rather than side to side. I'd seen on TripAdvisor that people complained about noise (we heard none, either from other guests or the street outside) and wooden stairs with no stair carpet (but then our room was at the top of the house so no one was tramping past).
The public areas, a cosy sitting room and pleasant light-filled dining room, were quiet. Breakfast started really well, with juice and a lovely selection of fresh fruit - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and melon. Tea, a cafetiere of decaffeinated coffee, and choice of brown or white toast all arrived promptly. Unfortunately the cooked breakfast let it down a bit - the bacon was so tough I couldn't eat it, and the fried eggs were cooked solid. But the field mushrooms were lovely. And butter, marmalade and jam came in little dishes, rather than disposable packaging.
The hotel is situated on Chipping Sodbury's main street, with private parking behind it. It is a short walk to plenty of pubs and restaurants to choose from for lunch or dinner. Just one proviso about finding the hotel: it is on Rounceval Street, but the main street in Chipping Sodbury rejoices in no less than five different street names over its length, and our satnav did not recognise Rounceval Street: when we arrived it thought we were on Horse Street.
We'd certainly stay there again. The following night we stayed in a nearby hotel: huge, rather grand, former stately home, with swimming pool, spa, facilities from A-Z (and room rates to match): I know which I preferred!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The house has a wealth of character with old oak beams, original fireplaces, and an oak staircase. There is also a bar and sitting room with cable TV, and a garden, for guests to enjoy. Bedrooms and the dining room are non-smoking. Our extensive breakfast each day is produced using fresh local produce. ... more less
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