For a start, my home isn't this spotlessly clean, I don't have an indoor heated swimming pool, and there's no lovely friendly Jennifer to make me a huge breakfast in the morning!
I stayed here for 5 nights in September 2011 as a lone female traveller while I attended a course at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. On the night of my arrival, just as I was starting to panic that I would never find my way through the confusing (to me) streets of Barnsley, I received a text from Jennifer as if by telepathy, asking if I needed help finding the Old Cali.
On arrival, I was given a huge, immaculate, and very comfortable bedroom. All the rooms in this house are large (especially the kitchen) as it was build to a bespoke design by Jennifer. Bathrooms are shared but again are always kept so clean they look brand new, and there are only 3 guest bedrooms sharing 2 bathrooms so I didn't find that a problem. I was moved to a different bedroom on the 4th day which gave me the opportunity to experience another smaller but equally warm, quiet and comfy room, luxurious bed, and another spotless, spacious bathroom which I seemed to have all to myself.
Breakfast was great, lots of fresh fruit and any combination of the usual Full English. Jennifer and her husband and children quickly started to feel like family and they treated me as such, even inviting me to join their family dinner on a couple of evenings.
This B&B does not have any sense of 'hotel' about it, it is simply a large, modern, warm, comfortable, family home that has been specifically and generously designed to accommodate guests as well as family.
I really enjoyed my stay here. It was great value for money, extraordinarily clean and comfortable, very quiet and restful, and lovely to be around such warm and welcoming people. It was also perfect for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, about a 5 minute drive away along country roads.
Oh, and did I mention there's a swimming pool? I'm so jealous!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old Cali is a family run bed and breakfast offering clean comfortable accommodation to the business and leisure traveller in the South Yorkshire town of Barnsley. The property is conveniently situated just a few minutes from junction 38 of the M1 Visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, nearby Wentworth Castle and Gardens or learn something of the town's industrial heritage at the Coal Mining Museum. An ideal base for away workers and people visiting friends and family. Facilities: Traditional locally sourced food; Indoor pool; Free high speed WiFi; Free off road parking. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Old Cali B&B Barnsley, South Yorkshire