Thrown out of our house by daughter having a birthday barbecue, we decided to stay in nearby Woburn. A search on the Internet showed that our first thought of staying at The Inn at Woburn would cost us £160 so that was a no go!
Longs Inn which used to be The Magpies (and probably The Magpie Georgian coaching inn - one of 16 coaching inns that this tittle town boasted in the 18/19 century before the railway took over) was a much cheaper but better option.
It's a small, genuine Georgian inn, now a pub/restaurant/ hotel in the main street. Our double room on second floor was quaint and creaky, but with en suite and flat screen telly. Coffee/tea and ironing board/iron and a view out over the Woburn roof tops and rather scary church top gargoyles.
The couple running it are slowly working through renovating the rooms and showed me pictures of a first floor room which looked very plush.
Breakfast was outstanding, one of the best Full English I've had -- good bacon and proper sausages a nod black pudding.
Service is friendly and homely ( in a nice way). If it wasn't just down the road, it would be a great weekend break and for anyone thinking of visiting Woburn which has much to offer I'd thoroughly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Longs Inn is a charming 17th-century Coaching Inn situated in the historic village of Woburn. We have 15 well appointed, individually designed bedrooms. Styled to enhance each rooms own character. Our Bar gives a traditional,cozy atmosphere where you can enjoy a drink in front of a log burning stove, whilst in summer the courtyard is great for drinks and alfresco dining. We use only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients in our menus. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Longs Hotel Woburn
- Magpies Hotel Woburn
- Longs Inn Hotel Woburn, Bedfordshire