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“Fantastic place to stay in Stratford!”
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Emsley Guest House
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“Fantastic place to stay in Stratford!”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

Ray, Melanie and Hayley make you feel like family plus the rooms are immaculate! They are so nicely appointed and very inviting! The full English breakfast is delicious, made-to-order and offers local, fresh foods. I must mention Melanie's homemade biscuits/cookies are scrumptious and are left in your room each day! Lovely stay!

  • Stayed July 2014
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emsley, Owner at Emsley Guest House, responded to this review, 26 July 2014
Thank you so much for the lovely review, and wonderful comments, it means so much to us. It was a real pleasure to meet you and your family and Ray had a great time talking to you all at breakfast. Anyway, thanks again, we really enjoyed your company.
Best wishes,
Ray, Melanie & Hayley
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Dudley, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

This is a great guest house and it is very conveniently located as it is a 5 minute walk to the train station. The town centre is a 10 minute walk and you can get to to all the points of interest easily.

Breakfast was superb and the service was friendly and attentive.

Rooms are great and have everything you need.

Overall, I would highly recommend this guest house. Lovely owners.

  • Stayed July 2014
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emsley, Owner at Emsley Guest House, responded to this review, 26 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to do a review for us, it is much appreciated. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and it was lovely to meet you both. Thanks again.
Best wishes,
Ray, Melanie & Hayley
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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

My mother and I have stayed in many B & B's over the years, both on trips together and with others. In our opinion Ray and Mel are up there at the top for comfort; cleanliness; hospitality and going the extra mile by offering gluten free options. Breakfast was delicious especially the scrambled eggs. We stayed in the Gloucester room which was converted from what must be a lovely King sized bed to comfortable twin beds. The position of the guest house is ideal for exploring Stratford and for visiting the RSC theatre. We intend to come back to see more shows in the future and will definitely stay at the Emsley.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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emsley, Owner at Emsley Guest House, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Hi Erika,
Thank you so much for the lovely review, we really appreciate it. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you both again in the not too distant future. It was a pleasure to meet you and your lovely mum.
Best wishes,
Ray, Melanie & Hayley
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Nashville, TN
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

We stayed for two nights at the Emsley Guest House and were very pleased with the rooms, the breakfast, and attentive owners. Ray, Melanie, and Hayley are very kind and did their best to make sure we were comfortable.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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emsley, Owner at Emsley Guest House, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Hi Angelina,
Thank you very much for taking the trouble to do a review for us. We are glad you enjoyed your stay in Stratford and I know Ray enjoyed talking to you over breakfast! It was a pleasure to meet you and thanks again for the lovely review.
Best wishes,
Ray, Melanie & Hayley
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

We stayed for two nights in the Emsleys' Gloucester room with a very comfortable King sized bed, room and bathroom both spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated. The armchairs and coffee table were a nice addition, also the room was at the back of the property and was pleasantly quiet. Upon arrival we were offered a pot of tea/coffee which was taken up to the room for us and provided with delicious homemade biscuits each day which was a lovely touch. Plenty of choice for breakfast including homemade jams, delicious cooked breakfast, cereals, fruit and yoghurt. The hosts Ray, Melanie and Hayley were all very friendly and helpful with advice and suggestions of where to visit in and around Stratford.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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emsley, Owner at Emsley Guest House, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Thank you so much for doing a review, we really appreciate it. We are pleased you had an enjoyable stay, and we are glad you enjoyed the biscuits! We like to provide home-made wherever possible and it is so nice when it is appreciated. Thanks again, and we hope to have the pleasure of your company again on some future occasion.
Best wishes,
Ray, Melanie & Hayley
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Florence, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2014

We've stayed in many places in our time and this is the best. Outstanding attention to detail without being overbearing. Position is brilliant, the hosts are very warm and friendly. Local produce used to make the home-made jam - outstanding breakfast (just how do they do those scrambled eggs?). Excellent local inside information. Very clean and safe. We'll come back next time in Stratford!.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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emsley, Owner at Emsley Guest House, responded to this review, 10 July 2014
Hi Sonja,
Thank you so much for the wonderful review! It is so nice to be appreciated and your comments are so kind. We are glad you enjoyed your stay, it was a pleasure to meet you both and I know Ray enjoyed chatting with you both over breakfast! Thanks again for taking the time to do a review and I hope we meet again one day.
Best wishes,
Ray, Melanie & Hayley
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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2014

We stayed here two nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house is an old Victorian style building that has been renovated to create a very pleasant breakfast room downstairs and a number of bedrooms upstairs. We stayed in the Gloucester room that was very clean and comfortable. The bed was a very comfotable king size and there was plenty of space in the room. The only issue we had was that the bathroom was a very tight fit which seemed strange given the overall space in the room. The host Ray and his wife Melanie were very friendly, charming and helpful with advice on surrounding attractions. Breakfasts were excellent with home made jams as well as very tasty sausage and bacon. Home made cookies were also left inthe room each day. Parking was in a public car park 50 metres away and a voucher was provided. The guesthouse is a ten minute walk to the centre of town and easy access to all the main attraction. The warmth of the welcome here made the Emsley a standout on our trip.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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emsley, Owner at Emsley Guest House, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to do a review, it is much appreciated. We are glad you had an enjoyable stay and we note your comments about the size of the bathroom. Unfortunately, when the room was refurbished last year there was no way to make the bathroom larger without major structural changes i.e. moving the window or the door, and of course the drains and water supply! However, we hope it did not spoil your stay. Thanks again.
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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