Reviews are meant to give others a good feel for whatever is being reviewed, and what you can perhaps expect to experience yourself, and this is what I've tried to do.
My wife and I have just spent 2 days in Salisbury, at the Cricket Field House, booked after reading the reviews on TA. Please bear in mind that we booked late and during the (very) high season. We booked via Booking.com, because I was unable to initially find a way of booking direct over the Net. It was more expensive than some 4* hotels we've stayed in - £243 for two nights B&B. I then discovered Cricket Field House's own booking form - and we could have got it for £198.
Booking.com only had a Twin but we booked and asked if the beds could be put together.
Within a short time an email arrived from Margaret (the lady of the house) saying that we could have a queen-sized double for the same price.
It seems that the family only provide the booking sites with a proportion of the rooms, hence that's all Booking.com had left.
The same sort of helpful service was available throughout our stay. Plenty of advice on where to eat, local amenities, travel guides, taxis etc. etc. and they were interested in where we had been etc.. All very friendly, to everyone.
Now to the hotel - or it is B&B?
The setting is superb and wonderfully English. Right next to cricket fields, close to woods and a lovely garden complete with duck pond, and ducks. Tyhe sound of birds etc. Only the traffic from the main road running past the place reminds you that you are not in the middle of nowhere.
Our Room (14) overlooked the garden and was about the size of a reasonable 3* hotel room - ample built-in wardrobe, large (Queen) bed, a two-seat settee bedside cabinets and shower/tollet.
It was however at the end of what I'll call an accommodation block (but built in character, not red brick upon brick etc. and might be original), that appears to be an extention running from the main building. This meant that one has to walk outside to the dining room, which is a conservatory attached to the house, a very pleasant, light and airy way to start the day with breakfast.
It's only about 20 yards and the first part of the walk is covered but the last 10 yards or so (20 if you use the disabled access ramp) if completely open.
I can imagine getting up and going out for breakfast in the middle of Winter. (However, I haven't seen a review of the place that mentions or complains about it so why worry?)
It's about a mile or from the town centre but we managed a nice little (slow) stroll through a quiet residential area that took us to the station in about 20 minutes, just 5 mins or so from the Cathedral.
The taxi fare is about £6 (£9 or more after 22:00), so it can be a bit expensive back and forth, although there is a bus stop and frequent service close by.
Breakfast is there with the best of them. I'd be surprised if anyone couldn't have something they wanted, and cooked how they liked. Very attentive service, local products where possible, and cooked there and then (and quickly) for you.
All-in-all 4* hotel prices for 3* hotel rooms, 5* B&B service and 5* surroundings.
Recommended. We would certainly look at Cricket Field House first if we ever go back to the area - and I mean first, before any of the hotel search engines :)
- Also Known As:
- Cricket Field Hotel
- Cricket Field Salisbury
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