At Priory's door, I was immediately struck with a sense of "coming home."
For purposes of this review, I'm limiting my words to *extraordinary* elements (locale + distance + sights are also dynamic but not addressed).
In addition to observing absolute cleanliness (my traveling companion and I are both nurses after all), we later agreed to feeling an overwhelming sense of peace. Was it because Trish welcomed us with a warm embrace despite our early arrival? Was it the delicious aroma of incense permeating throughout the corridor? Was it due to a sense of a structure beautifully balanced in history and life in the present? Was it the endless rays of sun entering floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the 900 A.D. Kitchen Abby in the lilac living room which Trish and Seamus open to their guests?
One cannot be certain.
However, in reflecting upon our magical experience at the Priory (prompting sincere utterances vowing to "return soon!"), 3 gifts are certain to be welcome you:
2. depth of thoughtfulness.
1. Particularly because our accommodations following the Priory starkly contrasted such cleanliness, the extent to which Trish and Seamus keep their home free of dust, clutter, and dirt warrants emphasis. This is not to say one feels at all uneasy about entering the foyer with muddy galoshes (which we did!), creating crumbs from nibbles on toast within the open-spaced kitchen (done!), or stretching out on the soft, inviting couch (but of course!). However, a guest immediately senses the depth of Trish's care (who in her next life could be Florence Nightingale) by a quick glance inside her tidy, attended-to home. To nurses, who value efforts to maintain cleanliness (and yes, lessen bacteria!), the Priory instilled a rare trustworthiness and put us at highest levels of ease.
2. Even the smallest gestures by Seamus and Trish evidence thoughtfulness for their guests: an easy-to-use alarm clock, a bowl of homemade popcorn, brochures with Trish's favorite Glastonbury adventures, tins of biscuits as well as our favorite earl gray tea. Likewise, somehow both owners are perfectly attuned to making themselves available or scarce depending upon the individual's needs. For 2 travelers who vacillate between desiring solitary reflection as well as companionship and connection (but who may be reluctant to articulate this), Trish and Seamus were unlike any intuitive hosts we have encountered in our travels.
3. Every aspect of the 5 senses is mindfully attended to: from nutritional choices to sounds of chimes to light and selected wall color to restorative smells to vibrant textiles to warm temperatures in winter. Traveling may be physically challenging for some of us. The Priory's intensely healing vibrations cannot be understated (and alignment for 7 chakras, if you subscribe to this belief system). Tangible examples include a wide staircase with banisters, a plush mattress, an unrivaled bathtub boasting Trish's hand-selected array of bath oils, restful furniture to sink into for a nap, and the healthiest breakfast choices imaginable. Intangible examples were equal to medicinal practices and simply must be experienced to be believed.
Without question, we shall return to the Priory soon (though in the future will book more than 2 evenings!). We have already begun recommending the Priory to our dearest, most deserving friends and sending them along to Trish's global doorstep of love and light!
Kisses to Cupcake the Goldfish.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Priory House is run by Trish & Seamus Hopking. We moved to Priory House when it was first converted to a dwelling in 2008. Our first season of providing Bed & Breakfast was 2011. Priory House is half of the former St Louis Convent School, a school house built in 1926. We love the high windows and ceilings in this house - up to 12' high. They give a fantastic light and airy feeling in all the rooms. There is also a fabulous view out the front window across to the Abbey ruins - particularly the Abbott's Kitchen with its octagonal walls and roof. Glastonbury is a draw to seekers and tourists from around the world, with many events and conferences held here each year. We love meeting and sharing our home with people that have come to Glastonbury to find something special. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Priory House Glastonbury, Somerset