I stayed there with a friend for three nights during the summer of 2012 and both of us loved it. We spent two nights in the Garden Room and one night in the Forest Room. Both were special and very nicely appointed, but the tucked away charm and interior colorfulness of the Forest Room, together with its more sedate Vctorian-Style bathroom with a unique character made it our favorite!
Innkeeper Dennis is a charmer, as well as a master cook, with impeccable attention to detail. There are always fresh flowers in the common area together with relaxing background music and plenty of good reads. Furnishings are impeccable and elegant throughout and every cabinet & shelf holds something interesting, be it a book, a snack or a movie to borrow and watch in your room.
On our last day, Barclay House had a lot of check-outs, leaving a lot of rooms vacant. Taking advantage of this, Dennis kindly offered to show me some of the other rooms, below is my impression of each:
Outside rooms (street level):
One regal four poster double bed set in a small sleeping area attached to the entrance “foyer” which is also the incredibly cozy tv room with a plush L-shaped sofa/day bed. All in a lively combination of yellow, red and white colours (mainly yellow) to compensate for the small windows and resulting lack of natural light. Vintage spacious bathroom with “clawfoot” bathtub, stand alone sink and plenty of flat surfaces behind it. The bathroom is in two tones, with the upper in green and the bottom in white.
Behind the Garden room. Its open Jacuzzi makes it the romance corner of choice. Colors are colder than the garden room though. Comes with one Japanese-style double bed tuked away in between two walls with the mattres directly on the ground, but elevated from the floor by two steps. Like Jacuzzi, and tucked away bed, but not the colors, lighting or general feel.
Top Floor Rooms:
One plush queen size bed in the main bedroom, which is in the middle of the rectangle which makes up the three thirds of this room. To the left of the bed, the last third of the room is the cozy, earthy coloured and homely TV room, minibar, closet room. The middle third is almost entirely taken up by the bed and two minimalistic night tables. The right third is a nicely sized bathroom, with ordinary “best-western” style bathtub/shower, but a classy general feel overall nonetheless.
This is definitely the room with the most nooks and crannies, having the bedroom, TV room, bath area and separate toilet room all branching off from a central, straight corridor. The large queen/king bed takes up almost all of the bed area, the TV room is nice and leads to a small balcony. The bath area is very luminous with and fair sized, whilst the idea of a separate toilet room si great to maintain the romantic feel in spite of dining on curry ensamble. Interesting room because of the many partitions, & the balcony looking out towards Barclay street, but not my favorite at all.
This is Dennis’s “crown jewel”; having the entire top floor/attic of Barclay House to itself, the Peak Suite is a distinguished room, not only because it is the most expensive one in the house, but because it sits atop the others and boasts a “single room” layout, meaning the queen bed, the lounge/daybed/ TV area, and the kitchenette are all within the same undivided rectangle. Skylight abounds, the bed is beautifully set on one side, with the bathroom next to the kitchenette occupying the other.
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