I have just had my first night of a ten night stay at Giffard House and am very impressed so far. Currently I have been given an excellent rate and put in room 4, which is beautiful, a lovely view over St Catherine's Hill with the sound of the trickling fountain outside - thoroughly relaxing!
Giffard House has an excellent reputation, which so far I find it completely deserves! The House has a rich history and a comfortable sitting room, adorned with wonderful antiques. It offers great selection of books to borrow (from classics, through to travel books all the way to modern novelists) and a lovely garden and conservatory/bar. I'm looking forward to trying the House Red which is very reasonably priced at around £15 a bottle.
Overall the "Old Country House" feel is very soothing, all the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful and breakfast was delicious and served quickly. The Free Wifi is suitable and in room tea/coffee facilities are of a high quality. The large bone china cups-and-saucers are so adorable i'm looking up them up online for purchase. Molten Brown toiletries are generous, even a nail file included for the ladies!
The cleanliness here is impeccable and the owners very welcoming and friendly. The Hotel itself is very close to town - around a five minute walk (and I wear 5inch heels!) and I believe there is nothing that Winchester cannot offer visitors. Boutique shopping, independent restaurants and cafe's, and some of the best pubs around, serving classic British ales. I recommend The Bell Inn (a ten minute walk from Giffard House) or for a long stroll, The Black Boy is unmissable for ale-lovers.
The hotel is non-smoking, although the staff were very accommodating about me having a cigarette on the garden furniture. Children will love the parrot (who dances when you whistle!) and a very friendly dog.
All in all, those looking for a quality, value-for-money and personal experience, with all the comforts and conveniences of a quaint country hotel, should look no further than Giffard house.
- Also Known As:
- Giffard Hotel Winchester