Originally an old coaching inn, the Unicorn is an attractive building situated on the bank of the River Trent in the quaint village of Gunthorpe. A few yards upstream a fine triple-arch stone bridge takes the B6097 over the river while a half mile downstream there is a weir and lock, all providing some decent photo opportunities.
Inside, the ground floor bar/restaurant section provides welcome relief from the winds that blow down the river and feels light and airy as it seems to go on for miles. From the moment we arrived to checking out time we were attended to by the most attentive, friendly and efficient staff. After being given security codes for the doors we were directed to our room on the first floor. We couldn't have chosen better - a large bed with super comfy mattress and an arctic-grade quilt, real wood furniture and a great view across the river. Like the ground floor, everything was spotlessly clean. OK, I admit to peeking on top of the tall wardrobe and that too was dusted and polished. A neat bathroom with shower cubicle, wall mounted TV with Freeview and the usual tea/coffee making facilities rounded everything off.
We ate in the restaurant downstairs that evening and again for breakfast the next morning. Food was well presented, perfectly cooked and piping hot. And all in immaculately decorated surroundings (check out the quirky chandelier in the breakfast area in particular).
Checkout time came too quickly for us, but The Unicorn has made it onto our list of places we must visit again. We have paid more than twice the cost of our stay at Gunthorpe and received a far less agreeable experience. 100% recommended!
Handy Hint - just before you reach the Hotel on the left there is a large sign directing traffic to the (free) public car park to the right, on the bank of the River Trent. Ignore that, proceed past the hotel and there is a narrow driveway running up the right hand side of the building to the (free) private car park to the rear of the hotel. Safer and more convenient!
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