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“Perfection in Alton”

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St Mary's Hall Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 16 Alton B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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“Perfection in Alton”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Joan and Jack run a marvelous B&B in Alton, in the center of Jane Austen country. This lovely converted church features first class accommodations (with wonderful showers, heated towel racks, free wifi and beautiful decorations). Breakfast was a treat -- eggs from down the street and locally caught and prepared smoked salmon (along with other local items). Joan's passion for making her guests feel welcome is unparalleled. She was wonderful to converse with.

I was in the garden suite, which is located across from the main house with its own entrance. The suite was enormous, with a very comfortable bed, great lighting, an outstanding state-of-the-art shower, a frig, small sofa, comfy chair, and lovely decorations. The garden suite is a most relaxing and welcoming room.

I do hope to return to this area and hope to stay at this gracious establishment again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

My husband and I had a lovely time in this perfectly situated B & B. It's in the heart of everything in the area, yet still tucked away a bit, so that it's very quiet. Joan and Jack were delightful hosts who made sure we had everything we needed. Our room was comfortable and lovely. Breakfast was very good, with wonderful fresh berries and great conversation with Joan and other guests. This is a lovely get away spot. I wish we'd had a bit more time there, but other than that, it was perfect!

Room Tip: The Tower Room was lovely!
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

We stayed just one night here before a Champney's Spa break. We are two sisters on our annual get together without the family! So needed cosy comfort with time to chat.

This small and perfect spot was amazing in its attention to detail. From the booking process, the welcome, the linens, the breakfast, the cleanliness, basically there is nothing left to chance, we were totally cared for from taking of our cases from the boot until they were placed carefully back in.

Joan and jack were super, there with help and conversation when needed, but then our two ground floor rooms opened each onto the guest lounge and gave us privacy, patio, garden chairs, TV video etc, free water in the guest fridge. The rooms had good quality tea and coffee facility and even the mugs/cups were English tea garden style quality. All lovely.

It was a celebration evening for Joan, but during all her personal planning she found time to pop in with some nibbles and a glass of fizz to include us in the evening. In fact they were also at the recommended Montys restaurant in Alton on that evening. This also was a good eating out tip and we enjoyed a great meal with casual atmosphere.

It all suited us very well and we thought that we should have stayed on there, instead of going to the Spa!
Thank you from two very happy guests, we shall be coming back, and bring our other sister next time!!.

Room Tip: The first floor tower room and two ground floor rooms all take access from the guest lounge, so this...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: St Mary's Hall Bed and Breakfast
Address: 18 Albert Road | Butts Road, Alton GU34 1LP, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Alton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Alton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gold Winner at the 2011-14 Beautiful South Awards. As recommended in The Times, a beautifully converted church in a quiet town location with Jane Austen's House, restaurants, pubs and transport all within easy walking distance. All rooms refurbished to a very high standard. Plus a spacious guest lounge with satellite TV/DVD player, free WiFi and fridge. Four Star accredited, plus Visit England's Silver Award. We have welcomed visitors from across the UK and from 30+ countries around the world, who visit the local attractions or stay whilst on business. ... more   less 
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