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“Nice B&B but traffic noise spoiled our sleep” 3 of 5 stars
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Spire House
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   84 Exeter Street, Salisbury SP1 2SE, England   |  
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“Nice B&B but traffic noise spoiled our sleep”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

We stayed at Spire House for one night in mid-September. It seemed nice and central, had overwhelmingly good reviews, and was listed with Purple Roofs as being gay-friendly, which was encouraging.
It was fairly easy to find, though the street was extremely busy when we arrived. It was late afternoon, so there was a fair amount of traffic and students from a nearby school were streaming out, with parents trying to stop to pick up their children, which made parking tricky. However, we did manage to park almost opposite Spire House, and, once inside, we were warmly greeted by Lois, who gave us a parking permit which allowed us to leave the car where we had parked until the next morning, so that worked well. (Once the school rush was over, finding a parking spot would have been easy.)
We had booked a twin room and Lois had confirmed a twin, but she had assigned us a double. She said she could add a bed if necessary. This sounded like the additional bed might crowd the room and be less comfortable, so we declined the offer, but it made us feel slightly uncomfortable that our confirmed preference for sleeping arrangements had become a complication. Still, the double bed was plenty big enough, so it wasn’t really a problem.
The room was nice – large and cozy with a four-poster bed and amply furnished, like a room in someone’s house rather than a utilitarian hotel room. The bathroom was not at all cramped and everything was clean. The window overlooked the street, beyond which you could see the cathedral spire – a beautiful view at night when it’s lit up!
When we returned later in the evening, we found that even with light traffic in the street below, the noise was too disturbing to leave the window open. As it wasn’t an especially warm night, we didn’t think this would be a problem, though we would have preferred to leave the window open a little. Unfortunately, we didn’t sleep particularly well, even though we were tired. The traffic wasn’t heavy (it got much busier very early in the morning), but it sounded like it was going right through the room and we’re not used to that. The window was only single-pane glass and I think a double-glazed window would have made the room quieter.
Breakfast the next morning was ample and excellent.
Lois and John are charming and hospitable hosts. Lois made excellent suggestions as to where we could eat and obviously knows Salisbury inside out. The location is also excellent, as it is right in the heart of Salisbury and only a few minutes walk from the cathedral. It’s a very nice B&B, and we would have given it a higher rating except for the difficulty we had sleeping with the traffic noise. I’m sure we would have been much happier with a room at the back.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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spire, Owner at Spire House, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Hello from Spire House
Thanks for taking the time to write. To be honest I was frankly confused by your comments. The room you stayed in was our Triple (a 4 poster and a single bed) we do make the effort to disguise the appearance of the bed(rather too well in this case) so it looks like a sofa but it is a real bed.
Spire House is a building that is listed for its historic interest, we are not allowed to have Double glazing although I have installed some 'state of the art' acoustic glass.
I am sorry that your nights sleep was disturbed, I fear people imagine that Salisbury as a quiet place. It is in fact a vibrant City that attracts many visitors from across the world and as you saw from the local school children and their parents its also a busy place where people live and work.Spire House is right in the centre of the City, this enables our guests to walk to places of interest and not have to drive their cars. We are very proud of the city we live in and I hope that one day you might return and get to know us a little better.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Our room was comfortable, breakfast was great, and Lois was a wealth of information on where to go and what to see. Parking was a bit of a trick, but once we were checked in, Lois provided a pass and directions to a private car park a short walk away. The cathedral is right across the street, an easy walk. In fact, everything in town is an easy walk! Too bad our plans only included one night here!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Great welcome, great room. Lois and John could'nt have been more accomodating and friendly. Lovely room with quirky decor throughout the house! Breakfast was first class. All in all a fantastic stay, look forward to our return visit!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We very much enjoyed our stay. Great sized room, clean and with every thing you need. Great welcome and really nice service. Gave great ideas for a running route and places to eat.
Fantastic post stay service when realise to my embarracement had left my running thermal top there. They were so kind to get it back to me! Really went beyond the call. Great service and really enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

I stayed at Spire House with my parents for 2 nights in early October and we all agree that it it was an excellent place to stay. The room was decorated very nicely, and has a TV, coffeemaker, good bathroom and paperbacks (leave one, take one), which is a good idea. They also have a snack stand downstairs, with coffee and tea, biscuits and fruit, available all the time. The breakfast was delicious and very substantial. The location is across from Salisbury Cathedral and about 5 minutes from the center of town. We highly recommend this bed and breakfast to anyone who wants to visit Salisbury or Stonehenge. We took the Stonehenge Tour bus which is very handy.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

If you love spotted teapots, pictures by Raeburn, Picasso or Banksy, flowers on the breakfast table and a big bowl of fresh blueberries, blackberries, melon and grapes to greet you in the morning, then this is just the place for you. Lois and John and very welcoming and helpful and their house is full of lovely small touches to make you feel at home. A great place to escape.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back would be free of any traffic noise from the street.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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spire, Owner at Spire House, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
Thank you so much for this lovely review. It was a pleasure to look after you and I hope that one day John and I might see you again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

My cousin, daughter and I have just returned from a wedding in Salisbury. We stayed two nights at Spire House and Louis and John were the perfect hosts. My cousin had forgotten to mention my gluten free veggie diet when booking, but they pulled out all the stops to accommodate me (there is a large Tesco not far away, and we made a quick trip there for Gluten free bread). I neednt have worried as Lois had sourced some for me... Our room was top floor and at the back of the house overlooking their very pretty garden, and very peaceful. The only slight gripe (if i must have one) was that although we had a kettle in the room, the tea and coffee things were in the hall. There was every possible type of tea, coffee and chocolate (and biscuits) as well as fresh milk, but it would have been more convenient to have had a tea tray in the room with perhaps extras available in the hall... it was a bit of a hassle to go all the way down two flights of stairs to get everything each time we fancied a brew... i was also worried about spilling something on the way back up the narrow stairs. The house is absolutely spotless... and looks freshly decorated and Lois has a very distinct decorating style which works....i love the Bansky style stencil on the dining room wall of the maid sweeping the rubbish under the wallpaper! Unfortunately the house isnt big enough for a residents lounge, and the dining room doesnt have enough space for any comfy chairs, so we were confined to our room, but that didnt really matter. The breakfast menu is safe and not particularly adventurous but adequate for our needs. They made a bit thing about Lois' scrambled egg, and it was delicious, so that suited me.. The first day, i had at least a 1/4 lb of mushrooms to accompany it! There is a large bowl of fresh fruit salad which was lovely. Parking was down the road using a permit given to us by our hosts and it wasnt an inconvenience. If ever back in Salisbury, i will certainly return. A good nights sleep, welcoming hosts, spotlessly clean and well cooked breakfast. - great.

Room Tip: Room at the back are quieter. The stairs are steep so if climbing stairs is a problem, request a ro...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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spire, Owner at Spire House, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
Hello again. Thanks for this lovely review it means a great deal to us. Thought I would tell you that we are making a few changes here at Spire House. We have recently installed fridges in two of the rooms and will add fridges to the other bedrooms over the next few weeks. So no more trips downstairs for fresh milk. Also we have plans in the New Year to introduce a guests sitting room. I am sure you can understand how delighted we were to read your thoughts about these very things, we do try very hard to change with the times and expectations of visitors. John and I hope to meet you all again one day and you can sample the new and improved Spire House :)
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Address: 84 Exeter Street, Salisbury SP1 2SE, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Salisbury
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #9 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Salisbury
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Hotel Class:4 star — Spire House 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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