My solo trip to southern England was in mid January 2012, primarily to visit world class art museums in London without the crowds of summer tourists. I chose Sarum College B n B for the second half of my trip because it's only two miles south of Old Sarum (the original iron age Salisbury), about fifteen miles south of Stonehenge and, of course, to visit the cathedral.
Because it was off season and I was staying for five nights it was my pleasure to be assigned a wonderful large double room with a modern private bath and a beautiful bay window overlooking a courtyard with the cathedral spire in the background. Many of the single rooms appeared rather small with a twin bed. Some had private baths, others were in the renovation process for that upgrade.
The first snow storm of the season hit near the end of my stay, nearly bring the country to it's knees. I could walk to the nearby village but the trip to Stonehenge was definately out. Buses, taxis, trains and planes were subject to "travel disruptions", even with the "gritting lorries" out tending the roadways.
The college library computer was available to email my family back in the US, the TV room, coffee and hot water for tea and fresh fruit always available in the restaurant/cafeteria (which had very good food), and the friendly, accommodating staff helped make my two "snow days" enjoyable.
My small forays over slippery sidewalks afforded me the opportunity of shooting some spectacular photos of snow covered trees overhanging the River Avon and young people, who never seem to feel cold, building huge snowmen on the cathedral grounds.
The B n B at Sarum College offers an opportunity to stay in a rare special place, where the largest close in England encloses lovely, historic architecture in a quiet and restful setting where only steps beyond the close walls and gates is the interesting village of Salisbury.
My personal experience says it's worth the price...a great experience, even in a snowstorm. I highly recommend it and would definately stay there again but in warmer weather to walk along the River Avon to the Watermeadows that inspired the work of artists such as Constable and Turner. Andrea J
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Delighted you enjoyed your stay with us, Andrea. What a great overview of all the wonderful benefits of staying inside the Cathedral Close - a special and private atmosphere in the centre of Salisbury. We look forward to welcoming you again at a warmer time! best wishes, Christine
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