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“Beautiful views and helpful staff” 5 of 5 stars
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Sarum College
19 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EE, England   |  
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Ranked #28 of 52 Salisbury B&B and Inns
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“Beautiful views and helpful staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2009

A fabulous, unique location, right opposite the Cathedral. We only stayed one night but thoroughly recommend the place. Our room was clean, modern and had every amenity. Breakfast was excellent, with the eggs and bacon being freshly cooked rather than left around buffet style. As a light sleeper, I was a bit worried the bells would wake me up but they did not. In fact, it was wonderfully peaceful. We found the staff very helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2007

What a location - within the walls of Salisbury cathedral - a unique location!

Stayed here for the one night. Insitutional, so felt a little like a Youth Hostel - long empty corridors, cafeteria type food, basic accommodation, but what a view! Right onto the north side of the cathedral.

I had an ensuite room with an enormous bathroom (bath, shower, basin, loo). The bedroom was small but had hanging space and a table. The room was very quiet as there were offices on that floor which were empty in the evening. It has a kettle and tea/coffee.

There is a quiet chapel for those who enjoy a few minutes silence and a TV room with videos. Its a Christian establishment but that is not in your face at all. You can come and go as you please.

Downstairs is a common room with a drinks machine and a bar which is open on request. It seems a lot of conferences, both day and residential take place there so as a lone traveller you might feel out of place if its just you and a large group staying.

Its worth noting that the cathedral gates are locked at 1130pm so this accommodation is not suitable if you want to be out very late

  • Liked — Location, friendliness
  • Disliked — No TV in the room.
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2005

The accommodations may not be luxurious, but you couldn't want a better location for a visit to Salisbury. Sarum College was once a theological college. It is now an ecumenical college, but has accommodation facitilies that are available to the general public. The facilities look a little warn in spots, but are undergoing renovations and upgrading, including the installation of an elevator.

It is across the road from Salisbury Cathedral in the cathedral close. On-site parking. We had a large, comfortable room. Sink in room, but toilets, showers, tubs down the hall. (A few en suites are available.) Not too many in residence during our October 2005 stay, so never had to wait.

A very generous buffet hot & cold breakfast is included in the rate. Dinner (very good) available for an extra fee some nights. Very helpful staff. Was perfect for our 2-night stay.

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ColetteSalisbury, marketing and communications officer at Sarum College, responded to this review, June 16, 2008
We're delighted you enjoyed your stay and hope you will come again. Since your last visit, Sarum College has undergone many improvements:

1) lift project complete
2) complete renovation of five ensuite rooms with elegant, modern decor and stunning, uninterrupted views of Salisbury Cathedral
3) refurbishment of Hamilton and Burnet conference rooms

We look forward to welcoming you again.
Christine Nielsen-Craig
marketing and communications officer
Sarum College
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Address: 19 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Salisbury
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Ranked #28 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Salisbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sarum College, situated in Britain's most beautiful Close in Salisbury, offers a chance to stay in an historic location in comfortable and quiet surroundings. It has 40 en-suite rooms, some with stunning views of the Salisbury Cathedral and the rooftops of the Close. Rooms not used by students and conference guests are let for bed and breakfast. It is only a few minutes walk from the city centre, ten to the train station, 15 to the bus station. Direct trains to London, about an hour and 20 minutes. A unique and special place to stay. ... more   less 
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