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All reviews tower room garden suite joan jack converted church chawton house fresh berries home from home old church large table wonderful hospitality on arrival hot water bottles cup of tea b and b could not have been more the main house full english
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

We have just come back from a trip to the south-east, visiting Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Winchester, and we chose St. Mary's Hall for a one-night stay before travelling to Winchester. What a gem of a place! We were welcomed very warmly by Jack, who helped us in with our bags and offered us a pot of tea. How nice! Then we were shown the breakfast choices and asked what time we would like breakfast. Amazing! None of this "breakfast is between 8.30 and 9" stuff that makes your heart sink - we could choose our time! Jack also booked us in for an evening meal at the local pub, The George, which was excellent. Our room, the Tower Room, was lovely, with a HUGE comfy bed and beautifully appointed en-suite with shower. Breakfast the next day was delicious with plenty of choice. It's the attention to detail that makes this b&b so special, plus the thoughtful and welcoming owners. I am not surprised that they have won so many awards. We would definitely stay here again.

Date of stay: May 2014
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1  Thank moandliz
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

A truly brilliant place, very interesting building with nice clean rooms. A very friendly welcome on arrival and Jack and Joan went beyond the call of duty to help. I was attending a wedding and had somehow managed to not pack my suit. With 50 minutes before the start of the service Joan suggested that I was the same size as Jack and that maybe they could help. Incredibly the size fit and incredibly generously Jack and Joan saved the day. To finish it off the breakfast in the morning was delicious. Even without the kind heroics this is a lovely B&B with nice clean rooms, comfy beds, plenty of character and with attentive hosts. In addition there were plenty of nice touches such as tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms, hot water bottles, robes, hairdryers etc. Will visit again and definitely recommend.

Date of stay: May 2014
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Thank Charlie L
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

This is the third time we have stayed with Joan and Jack, each time in the Garden Suite. We always ask for it, having been bowled over by its comfort on our first visit, but you have to book early to avoid disappointment. It boasts a huge and comfortable bed, lots of storage space, plenty of seating, a fridge, a wonderful bathroom with superb shower - and some of all the last minute little knick knacks one tends to forget like cotton buds, or bigger things like umbrellas and torches.
The Hall itself is an intriguing building and breakfast is served at one end of the owners large dining/sitting room, at a big table piled with all manner of fruit and jam, most if not all, homemade. Joan then adds to that a wonderful breakfast cooked to order - and/or you help yourself to fresh fruit salad, cereal, yoghurts and fruit juice.
Should you wish to eat in your room in the evening, there is an M&S with a large food section about eight minutes walk away, and then there's the George (about six minutes walk) or Monty's Bistro (about 12 minutes), which are both great places to eat out.

Room tip: Book early, this is a very popular place to stay.
Date of stay: April 2014
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Thank rosnorfolk
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Reviewed 24 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed for one night in the Garden Suite and everything was perfect. Very comfortable bed which is huge! Great bathroom with power shower. Nice white fluffy towels. Breakfast was delicious with good quality products. We will stay again when we return in the summer for more fun on the steam trains. I recommend the RAT (real ale train) if you like ale.

Date of stay: March 2014
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2  Thank TravellingSmithy
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

Stayed here for the night this last weekend as my partner was attending a writing course at the Jane Austen Centre, in Chawton.
I have no problem understanding why this b&b gets such good reviews....
Joan and Jack made us so welcome, their home is a real gem - a former catholic church hall converted to a very high standard, with excellent quality, quiet rooms, super clean, a large comfortable bed and a great shower.
We took J&J's recommendation to try a restaurant in Winchester on Friday evening, which is one of their favourites, a good choice!
Their breakfast was equally good with a great choice and most items locally sourced
We also liked that you can walk to Jane Austen's house easily from their home in about 10 minutes. I enjoyed sampling the delights of a 'steaming day' on the Watercress Line.
This is a place I would happily return to and will thoroughly recommend.

Room tip: Ask about the rooms, each has a different character
Date of stay: March 2014
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Thank grarus
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