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“Just what we needed”
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Emsley Guest House
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
“Just what we needed”
Reviewed 11 February 2014

My boyfriend and I spent a weekend in Stratford in order to get away from the hustle and bustle of London for a weekend. Had a lovely Friday / Saturday night stay at the Emsley. Location perfect - just round the corner from the train station and a short walk into town. The owners were welcoming and didn't mind that we needed to arrive outside of the normal check-in times due to our train arrival time. Very useful when describing where to go in Stratford - I'd never visited before so any information was welcome! Room was beautifully clean - bed extremely comfortable and very well stocked with teas and coffees! They'd even turned the lights and heating on in in our room in anticipation of our arrival. Breakfast was a delight - full English on Saturday morning meant we had to opt for one of the lighter options on the Sunday! We were so well accommodated in this lovely home which the owners, quite rightly, are very proud of. Just the weekend we needed to relax and recharge the batteries before returning to city life.

Room Tip: We stayed in the York - perfect for a young couple.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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emsley, Owner at Emsley Guest House, responded to this review, 12 February 2014
Hi Laura,
Thank you so much for the lovely review, we really appreciate it. We are pleased you had an enjoyable stay in Stratford and hope we have the pleasure of your company again at some future date. It was lovely to meet you both.
Best wishes,
Ray, Melanie & Hayley
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Leicester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
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Reviewed 9 February 2014 via mobile

First time my husband and I have stayed and we will be back. Pretty house just like a "Tardis" it goes on and up forever. Spotlessly clean real "Old School" care and attention. From the sparkling white table linen, with proper linen napkins, none of your paper ones here, to "comfy" bedrooms with lots of sockets-in the right places and thick towels and nice toiletries. Before we had got up to the room there was a fresh pot of tea waiting for us. This was as well as the tray of tea, coffee and chocolate drinks we could make ourselves, don't miss out on the home made biscuits, delicious, and waiting for us in the bedroom. It is the little touches that make " Emsley Guest House" a real gem. Now for breakfast superb, piping hot, and perfectly cooked. Proper scrambled eggs, not a slab of leather as often found in far more expensive establishments. A "Full English" as it should be. Home made bread, hand made to boot no machinery used and home made preserves and marmalade. I must add my husband is a coeliac with a severe gluten allergy to complicate the issue, he was catered for perfectly and we need not have taken his own supplies with us as we usually do. Nothing is too much trouble and as for the cost....more than fair. Thank you so very much.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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emsley, Owner at Emsley Guest House, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Thank you so much for the wonderful review, it has almost made me blush!! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and it was a real pleasure to have the time to talk to you both. Thank you also for highlighting about our gluten free options. More and more people are finding this helpful and we are always keen to learn more about the various products available, and will do our best to supply them. We hope to have the pleasure of your company again at some point in the future.
Best wishes,
Ray, Melanie & Hayley
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Worthing, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

My friend and I have stay at The Emsley several times now and it gets better and better. Mel,Ray and Haley have made tremendous changes and continue to do so.They are excellent hosts and have created a warm and friendly place to stay. The newly refurbished twin room we shared was a delight with all amenities for a really comfortable stay.I must .mention the very comfortable beds,lovely shower room and superb homemade biscuits.Mel is really passionate about her cooking and her homemade cakes,scones,jams and marmalade are delicious.
The breakfast is well cooked and with plenty of choice served in a delightful dining room.
The B&B is in easy walking distance of the town centre and the station. We would not stay anywhere else when coming to Stratford.

Room Tip: Twin room at rear of property is lovely and quiet for a good night's sleep.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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emsley, Owner at Emsley Guest House, responded to this review, 5 February 2014
Thank you Denise for the lovely review! It means so much to us when guests like yourself and Lesley come back to us year after year. It was a real pleasure to see you both again and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again in the not too distant future.
Best wishes,
Ray, Mel & Hayley
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

The Emsley is a lovely Bed and Breakfast conveniently located near the train station. I stayed with a friend for one night in October and had a very good experience. Delicious breakfast, clean and cozy room (Norfolk), friendly managers and quiet area.

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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emsley, Owner at Emsley Guest House, responded to this review, 10 January 2014
Thank you so much for making the effort to do a review for us, we really appreciate it. So glad you enjoyed your stay. It was a pleasure to meet you.
Kind regards,
Ray, Melanie & Hayley
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Rome, Italy
Level 4 Contributor
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

The Emseley Guest House is a lovely B&B, managed by a nice family who will warmly welcome you at your arrival and will take care of your comfort at any moment of your stay until your departure.
Our family bedroom was a very nice wide and comfortable room , very clean , finely furnished , equipped with a water boiler, where you can find tea, coffee, sugar, and delicious home made biscuits . Breakfast is a very pleasant moment in the beautiful living room at ground floor. Guests are kindly requested the day before to fill in a form ticking the choice among the great variety of food you can have for breakfast.
A lot of information is provided to you by the landlord at your arrival about the amenities, and regarding all possible tours, excursions, visits you can have in Stratford.
The guesthouse is 5 min walk to the rail station so that no taxi is needed to reach it.
The Emsley is also at max 10/15 min walk from any interesting site .
Stratford is a very small town at human dimensions so that you will not feel the need to rent a car.
Should we go back to Stratford again, we will certainly repeat the experience at the Emsley Guesthouse!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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emsley, Owner at Emsley Guest House, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
Thank you so much for the lovely review, it is much appreciated. We also thank you for your useful tips and comments for our future guests, especially about the train station and not needing a car to get around Stratford. There are so many things to see and do within the town and there are excellent bus services to the surrounding areas so guesst will not have time to get bored! Thanks again for your lovely comments.
Best wishes,
Ray, Melanie & Hayley
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Really nice hosts (thank you for all the great tips what to do and see in Stratford!), cosy atmosphere, very comfortable beds, delicious breakfast, clean and nice room (even though it would have been good to know that there is a dog in the house for an allergic person like me). Still all in all we enjoyed our stay at this B&B very much! Definite recommendation!

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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emsley, Owner at Emsley Guest House, responded to this review, 4 January 2014
Thank you for doing a review, it is much appreciated and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. Regarding the dog, we do not mention it because it is not normally an issue. The dog lives in the back of the house and is not permitted anywhere where guests may be. Sometimes guests ask to meet the dog and she is brought out into the hall to meet them but she has NEVER been upstairs into any guest rooms or allowed in the dining room. Thanks again for staying with us.
Kind regards,
Ray, Melanie & Hayley
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Burlington, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

We are so pleased with our stay at Emsley Guest House back in August. The room we booked was large enough to comfortably accommodate our family of four with plenty of space to spare. After being on the road for a number of days, I was thrilled to be able to relax in the tub in a private bathroom. Our host, Ray, was very friendly and made us feel right at home. I would recommend Emsley Guest House to anyone travelling to Stratford. I would definitely return.

Room Tip: If you are travelling with kids, ask for the Family Room. The beds are great! My kids loved the bunk...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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emsley, Owner at Emsley Guest House, responded to this review, 4 January 2014
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to do a review, it is really appreciated. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay - and the bath tub! So many Guest Houses rip out baths in preference for showers but we find a lot of guests really appreciate having the choice. Thanks again for staying with us.
Best wishes,
Ray, Melanie & Hayley
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Property: Emsley Guest House
Address: 4 Arden Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6PA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Warwickshire > Stratford-upon-Avon
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 88 B&Bs / Inns in Stratford-upon-Avon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Emsley Guest House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Emsley is a newly refurbished four star rated Victorian Town House Bed and Breakfast, centrally located, five minutes walk from town centre and Shakespeare's birthplace. We are also the closest B&B to the train station.All rooms are en suite, centrally heated, tastefully decorated with generous tea and coffee making facilities home made shortbread biscuits, LCD TV/DVD with Freeview, free WiFi and free parking. Spacious family rooms sleep up to five adults. Special diets catered for. ... more   less 
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