A beautiful country house, elegantly furnished, which is a wonderful place to stay if you are looking for somewhere above average.
Having said that, our stay could have been improved in a few minor ways:
We arrived at 4pm and were greeted by a young (Polish?) girl, who hastily took us to our Garden Suite room, led us into the en-suite bathroom (why do people feel the need to do this? I feel sure we would have managed to find it by ourselves), pointed out where breakfast would be served than disappeared.
The room was elegantly furnished, with full tea and coffee facilities and mini fridge. If I was being picky, I could express surprise that they had used a standard chain-hotel type fixture for these facilities (fixed plastic tray into which the kettle sits to boil), although it was neatly hidden in a cupboard.
There is a television, yet for some reason it only received BBC1 which was a little frustrating.
The bathroom was very well appointed, with large bath and excellent shower. Fluffy bathrobes provided. And no, there is no door between this and the bedroom, but it is up three steps and the toilet is tucked right around the corner in an alcove so I really don't see this as an issue.
We headed into Broadway for early dinner at 7pm (in the car - it's a little too far to walk back in the dark as no pavements or street lamps), only to find that every restaurant was fully book so settled for a Tandoori which was our only option. Clearly that is not the B&B proprietor's fault, but for a £160+ a night establishment, one would expect extra touches such as providing details of dinner options in the village and advising booking a table.
However, the bed was extremely comfortable, with a luxuriously puffy duvet, and we both enjoyed a very good night's sleep.
It was just a pity that the girl who had let us in the day before had failed to tell the owner that we had actually arrived, so we had the disturbance of someone rattling our bedroom door at about 8am trying to get in whilst we were still in bed. We called out that we were there, at which point the gentleman apologised and walked off. This was then repeated about 10 minutes later as we were just out of the shower, this time by a woman who also apologised and beat a hasty retreat. It was a good job that we can locked the door from the inside otherwise they would have both walked straight in.
The owner was chatty and sincerely apologetic when we went down for breakfast, with a slightly upper class 'oh what a mix-up' tone, but again, when you are paying this amount of money for a room you do not expect such disturbances just because they can't organise the paid help properly.
Breakfast was served in the elegant dining room, with cereals, fruit, yoghurt etc laid out and a choice of cooked options. We were the only guests that night so plenty on offer.
Would recommend if you are happy to pay for superior, comfortable surroundings with a touch of upper class eccentricity, although we will probably be trying somewhere else on our next visit to this area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mill Hay is a magnificent Country House Bed and Breakfast nestled between the beautiful Cotswold town of Broadway and Snowshill village. The house and gardens combine pure English elegance with character and Cotswold charm. Mill Hay House offers you the ultimate hideaway in its luxurious accommodation in Cotswolds and still experience the best of the area. Ultimate privacy, elegant Queen Anne country living and roaring log fires in oak panelled reception rooms. Relax on teak steamers by the lake or stroll through the ancient rose gardens. The outside world seems a million miles away. Mill Hay will accepts no more than six guests on a bed and breakfast basis at anytime to ensure your well earned break is as private and exclusive as you deserve. ... more less
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