The bottom line of any accommodation is that you get a comfortable bed, plenty of hot water and a decent breakfast. And this you get at The Old Stables - then much more.
This is as much like a hotel as you are likely to get whilst remaining a B&B. Julie is a very friendly host and has equipped her accommodation to a standard you might expect only in a good quality hotel than in a lowly B&B. For a lowly B&B this is not.
A very friendly greeting came with a good personal recommendation for where to have dinner that evening. We were shown the small kitchen with fridge, microwave, crockery and cutlery and so on and the visitor's lounge. Then to our room with a tea and coffee tray which would shame many more expensive hotels, and lots of little touches that aren't strictly necessary but lovely to have. Such as cotton buds and balls in the bathroom, soap in both a dispenser and bar form, a small bottle of complimentary mineral water, pack of cookies, multichannel TV not just the basics and so on; it all adds up to that bit of extra comfort.
The room was spotless, the bed was comfortable and the electric shower one of the best I've ever used of that type.
There were a couple of oddities. The biggest surprise was the plain glass in the bathroom windows. We were on the ground floor which meant you had to lower the window blind day and night and put on the light or folk passing outside your room would have been able to wave to you when you maybe least wanted to be on public view. And the other, also bathroom based, was the rather noisy plumbing - only water rushing through the pipes but a little strange until you got used to it.
But both of these quirks could be dismissed when you saw the spread available for breakfast. Only available until 8.30am (so no lie in in the mornings!) but an impressive variety of cereals, fresh fruit and yoghurt but an impressive help-yourself full English with all the trimmings (except black pudding!), real coffee, oceans of milk and seemingly unlimited brown and white toast. Very impressive and a good start to the day.
Not only have I no qualms about recommending you to stay there - we will be doing so again next time we are in the area.
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