My sister brought me here as a surprise treat for a 'special' birthday, knowing that I was depressed about my age, stressed in my busy job, and knowing what peace I find walking around tranquil, spiritual places in my free time.
I can honestly say that I have never experienced a calmer place than this. From the moment I put down my bag and sank down onto the bed, a sense of relaxation came over me, and the trivial worries in my life seemed to lift from my shoulders. I'm not sure why; I think it was a combination of factors. The decor was simple, but high quality - white painted walls, furniture and white linen, with pale blue cushions and blankets. The aviary in the grounds provided a backdrop of birdsong. Everything was spotlessly clean, and the staff member who welcomed us was helpful without being in the least intrusive.
I was almost reluctant to leave to get some dinner, but the house is located very near thetown. There's a subway a few minutes away, but my sister and I were a little wary of using it in the evening - the helpful staff member directed us to the route under the roadbridge, which takes you straight into town, where an abundance of places to eat awaits you. Salisbury city is lovely, and the only reason we didn't stay out long, was because I was keen to return to the peace I felt at the guest house.
My bed was supremely comfortable, and I had a great night's sleep. I once read that, subconsciously, fears about intruders can affect one's ability to sleep well at home. I hadn't really believed that, but the Alabare is in a gated courtyard and for somewhere so near to the city and stunning cathedral, it feels remarkably 'away from it all'; and I am sure the fact that it was gated contributed to the sense of safety.
Only one word describes the breakfast - superb! A full English with all the trimmings - real tomatoes, all fresh, and no grease on the plate. I don't normally eat breakfast and worried that I wouldn't be able to manage it, but it was irresistable. The dining room is set out as several large tables, which encourages friendliness. My sister and I are naturally quite shy, so it was lovely to be able to talk to the couple who shared our table in a natural way, without feeling that we were pushing in. The sound of birdsong, with the sun streaming in through the windows, completed the relaxing experience.
I can't say enough in praise of this guest house. The facilities, though not en-suite, were superb and ample, the location was perfect and the atmosphere was truly special, magical in its sense of peace. I have stayed in many hotels and B&Bs through my work, and what made this house unique was the absence of busy-ness and bustle, the quietness of the place.
In future, I will close my eyes and imagine I'm lying back on that blue and white bed whenever I feel stressed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer a warm and friendly Christian home. All rooms have TV and tea/coffee making facilities.Wi-Fi internet access available for guests with their own laptops.Set well back from the road and within easy walking distance of the Cathedral and City Centre. Cyclists welcome. Private parking. ... more less
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