We spent four nights here in the Westcote Suite, and for most of that time we more or less had the place to ourselves. As hosts, Shona and Graham ( and Chocco the dog!! ) were exemplary in every respect; from greeting us at the door the moment we arrived, to giving us a lift to the local restaurant when it was raining, to waiting on us hand-and-foot virtually the whole time we were there. I can honestly say that they didn't put a foot wrong the whole time, right down to the smallest of details. In more than thirty years of staying in B & Bs of one sort and another, I've yet to come across one that would beat this; in fact, I've stayed in four- and five-star hotels that would struggle to compete, and I say that without exaggeration or hyperbolae. The room itself was excellent; very comfortable bed indeed, a spacious, clean, modern bathroom / shower area and more than ample room within the main bedroom to sit down and watch TV or just relax - although the adjacent conservatory was our home for much of the time!
In short, we really could not find fault in any respect. When considering where to stay in Bourton, I checked out a large number of B & Bs and virtually all of the hotels in the area, including both Chester House and Dial House. There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that we made the right choice. If you want to pay more than twice as much, it may be the case that Dial House would be an acceptable alternative, although personally I'd probably still go with Cranbourne House; in terms of value for money, from what I saw of it, even Dial House cannot hold a candle to this place. Certainly I don't imagine for a moment that the service would have even come close to being as personal or as attentive as Shona and Graham's was. If you're looking at Trip Advisor, you're probably doing exactly as I did when I first started looking for accommodation in Bourton : comparing one B & B with another, checking out facilities, prices etc. Cranbourne House isn't the cheapest you'll find; if it weren't for Dial House and even Chester House, I'd quote the old adage that you get what you pay for, but certainly in terms of VALUE for money, you won't beat Cranbourne House. Do yourself a favour and save yourself hours of checking out all the others - if Cranbourne House have the dates you want, book them while you still can!!
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