I was in Stratford-upon-Avon for 5 nights in July 2012 for the World Shakespeare Festival. The first 3 nights I stayed in hotels; the last 2 nights at Twelfth Night Guesthouse. I wish I'd stayed here the whole time! Annie is so friendly and does everything possible to make your stay pleasant; James helped with my heavy bag/luggage up many flights of stairs. I got there early during breakfast the first day to drop off my luggage and she was polite and offered advice. She even will offer you free tickets to the 5 Shakespeare houses if you don't already have them (I did). I'm a picky vegetarian who doesn't eat eggs and she accommodated my dietary needs with concern and attention for breakfast on both mornings I was there. It was nice to be able to talk with the other guests during breakfast and get to know them. My double ensuite room on the top floor had an excellent view out the ceiling window and the bed was comfortable, the room cozy. Yes the shower room/bathroom was extremely small, but it served it's purpose. The sink is located in the bedroom rather than the bathroom. The only issue I had at all with the room and it was minor, was that I kept bumping my head on the slanted ceilings (so maybe top floor not the best for tall people?). The house is not far at all from the RSC theater and a pleasant walk from the main downtown streets and the river. I was also able to walk from here to the Stratford Greenway, where I rented a bike for the day. The front garden is beautiful and you can tell Annie puts a lot of effort and attention into keeping it looking nice. She and her husband were celebrating their anniversary while I was there and even then it did not detract from her level of service to the guests. Her daughters are also very polite and help when needed. She put fresh chocolates and bottled water in the room each day which was a nice touch and appreciated. The free WiFi worked well even on the top floor. The room rate was more than I paid at the MacDonald Alveston hotel near the RSC (which didn't include breakfast or WiFi), but less than I paid (much less) than at the White Swan hotel. Overall, a great little place to stay that feels like home.
One minor detail/negative, but just in my opinion: the second morning I was there, a cat was wandering around the breakfast room while we ate; I'm deathly allergic to cats and would recommend it be kept to the private living areas, and especially kept out of the guest rooms if not done so already. I didn't have any allergy problems while I was there though. Also, I'd recommend regular pillows over the feather ones, I had to use 3 pillows just to add up to the height of one regular pillow, but thankfully they'd put extra pillows in the closet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Somewhere special - once owned for almost a quarter of a century by the governors of the Royal Shakespeare Company, this beautifully refurbished Victorian Villa built in 1897 now provides nostalgic accommodation for the discerning. Situated in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon (only a 5-10 minute walk from the town centre and RSC theatres) it is ideally placed for your visit. Free parking and en-suite rooms available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Twelfth Night Guest House Hotel Stratford-Upon-Avon