I am an international businessman accustomed to major hotel chains where the atmosphere is somewhat sanitized due to the numbers of guests who come and go and large staffs to maintain the premises. I am always anxious to leave and return to the comfort of my home in the US. This is my second stay at the Bull Inn at Barton Mills; a business trip to Mildenhall for two weeks. I have a demanding daily schedule and returning to the Bull Inn was a welcome relief as its warmth, character, and guest service provided me the closest feel to home that I have experienced in my travels. It was a pleasure to return to the Inn at night and on weekends to actually rest comfortably. The owners are hands-on who set the example for the staff and ensure the highest standards of guest service are maintained. The owners and staff are friendly, courteous, personable, well mannered and responsive. The atmosphere is very charming and homey. The food is fresh and well prepared with a diverse menu with changing specials. For those with interest in a pub, there is a very welcoming one at the Inn, in addition to its fine restaurant. In nice weather there is a courtyard where meals and drinks may be had. My rooms have been comfortable and well kept. I look forward to future stays. It is well worth a try if you are in the area and are looking for some 16th century character and owners/proprietors and staff who care about you and your stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bull Inn is not a B&B, it’s not hotel, but it is an award-winning boutique and quirky modern day coaching Inn, located near Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket in the picturesque county of Suffolk. The Inn and its dedicated owners simply radiate character, style and an eccentric passion, which is simply infectious to all those who visit. Think funky and fresh within an amazing 500 year old coaching inn. The owners have created 15 individually designed boutique bedrooms, a 1 AA Rosette Restaurant, cosy pub with great wines, real ales and an open log fire for those cold winter evenings. There is also a fantastic courtyard to while away many a summer's day with family and friends. Improvement and refurbishment never ends at The Bull, with the passionate owners always seeking and trying new, exciting and sometimes crazy ideas! The Bull has a whole wall of accolades to boast including "Best Small Hotel in Suffolk," "Best Freehouse in East Anglia" and "Best Sunday Lunch" to mention a few and the whole business simply oozes character and a unique charm created by the hands-on owners. The team work hard to host events throughout the year, from live music nights, murder mystery dinners, charity evenings, themed Christmas parties and lunches with Santa. This unique destination inn is located in the picturesque village of Barton Mills, just 2 miles from Mildenhall. Barton Mills is just on the edge of Thetford Forest with the towns of Bury St Edmunds, Ely, Cambridge and Newmarket all within a short drive. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Olde Bull Hotel Barton Mills