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Anstey Hall
Ranked #1 of 3 Trumpington B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Outstanding!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

Stayed here last night and the place is fabulous.

Stunning grounds and rooms. Very helpful staff quite simply one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in!

Excellent value for money too.

I simply couldn't recommend this hotel enough. You'd be mad to not stay here!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Market Rasen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

Spent 5 days on a course at the hotel.

Room was spacious and comfortable, the food was excellent and the staff really helpful. Drinks from the bar were a little pricy but that was maybe a good thing.

If this hotel had a pool I would be in heaven .

Will use again no doubt

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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UK
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93 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

Arrived late and stayed just a single night, but I had a warm welcome, escorted to my room, and was made to feel at home immediately. I loved the property, just being in a place with so much atmosphere and history, creaky stairs, wood paneled dining room, high ceilings...

I had a quiet room which was clean, well equipped and got a great night's sleep. Breakfast was a buffet with lots of high quality goods; including illy coffee and organic cereals. Certainly not left wanting after all that food!

Thank you for a very nice stay, I will be sure to recommend you to my colleagues in the area.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

We hadn't booked but were recommended by the local pub and so pleased they had! My first thoughts on arriving outside this beautiful english country home was that we couldnt possibly afford it but it was no more than a standard b&b (and half the price of the hotel we had in the centre of Cambridge). We were offered the choice of 2 rooms - both large and very pleasant - but we went for room 6 as it had the best view over the huge garden. It is difficult to explain why Anstey Hall feels so special - is it the fact there are no rules, no books/guides telling you where/what/when - you realise you are in somebodys home and feel like a country house guest; the ambiance is fab and the place is very quirky. We spoke to the owner, who was a really nice chap, and I asked if he was an art collector as there are so many pictures everywhere and he said they are all his family/ancestors! Breakfast was amazing; although we were told it was continental and you serve yourself (nobody around atall) there is the most amazing selection and includes a fridge full of meats/cheeses/smoked salmon/yoghourts and more; the largest selection of teas ever; cafetieres and fresh coffee; a microwave where you can cook eggs/bacon/beans; delicious fresh strawberries/blueberries/raspberries; loads of different breads/croissants/rolls/cakes and loads more. The village of Trumpington is just 2 miles from Cambridge and i had a lovely walk to the village of Grantchester (made famous by Rupert Brooke). There are great places to eat in both villages. If my ratings dont quite fit with my comments it is because we hardly saw a sole whilst we were there and ratings dont always reflect how the place feels. I cant wait to come back and already planning a big house party with friends.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014

If you love history and glamour and interesting conversations then you will love this hotel. The bridal suite which we stayed in was huge with the most amazing stone balcony with beautiful countryside views and yet you're minutes from civilisation although you feel miles away from it. Makes you stop and think. Thank you Tracey and John for being marvellous hosts.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hartley, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014

Let me start by saying that there is nothing not to like at Anstey Hall but it is a little odd. Smmary is 'great location for Cambridge but unmemorable accomodation'

During our two night stay we barely saw any hotel staff - not a problem for us as we are quite happy to fend for ourselves. We were in Room 6, described as a 'King Room' in our booking - presumably Richard III rather than Henry VIII as it was a small but adequate attic room - with a nice looking (but badly installed - anyone for post shower paddling?) wet room let down by a feeble electric shower. But not of the oppulence suggested by the web site - maybe we were expecting too much for £70 a night B&B near Cambridge? A quick glimpse of a second floor room on the way out looked more like what we had perhaps been expecting.

The breakfast arrangement is again a bit odd but again was fine if somewhat basic.

The overall impression is that Anstey Hall is being run on a shoestring and it is not clear to me what market they are aiming for - if they want to be a luxury brand as the website suggests then it needs a lot more in the way of finishing touches and quality. It would have been good to have some information in the room about the history of the Hall as well as the usual basic information about amentities and the area that is expected when staying at any hotel. The grandness of the past is very apparent but the reality is that it is hemmed in by modern development (including the hilariously named 'Trumpinton Meadows' - sounds lovely but is row upon row of Barratt boxes)- but to be fair, the view out of our window was quite pleasant, although a few carefully planted trees would rid the view of some eyesores.. There is quite a lot of traffic noise at all hours - not terrible, but ever present.

Overall there is nothing to say 'don't go to Anstey Hall' - but be prepared for a little quirkiness and lack of attention and you will have a decent if totally unmemorable stay - at least if you are in an attic room! A wedding was being set up as we left and I would suggest that this would make a very good wedding venue.

The location is great for visitng Cambridge - 2 minute walk to park and ride which takes 15 minutes to Cambridge. There is a Waitrose outside the front gate and the Wok and Grill Chinese around the corner is really good. Unfortunately The Lord Byron pub outside the gate is awful - looks great outside, the inside is like a working man's club and we did not get anything like a warm reception - one quick pint (albeit a goood one!) and we left. A close escape as we were going to stay here but changed to Anstey Hall at the last moment!

Thigs to do - a punt trip along the Cam in Cambridge looks expensive at £17.50 for an hour or so but is well worth it - you really see the universities and get a good talk from the guide. St Johns Chapel is a must (albeit £7.50 per head is taking the St Michael somewhat). Further afield The Wimbourne Estate is a good mix of country home and grounds with a working farm. However, Angelsey Priory is an absolute gem of an estate - the place to visit if you only have time for one day away from Cambridge.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Cambridge
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed stay. A personal welcome by the owner. Very helpful staff, and a lovely large room. Self service breakfast was very comprehensive. Easy transport into Cambridge, about 10 minutes on bus. We would definitely recommend the hotel.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Anstey Hall

Property: Anstey Hall
Address: Anstey Hall Maris Lane, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9LG, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cambridgeshire > Cambridge > Trumpington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Trumpington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Anstey Hall 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our bed and breakfast acommodation features:- Huge bedrooms, some with four poster beds.- Beautiful antique furniture and a world class collection of Post Impressionist paintings all around you.- Bathrooms with massive roll-top baths or modern wet room showers.- Tea and coffee making in each room.- An honour bar with a well stocked collection of drinks.- Free wi-fi throughout.- Modern TVs in every room. ... more   less 
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