We stayed for a weekend at the Old House Hotel after booking through Secret Escapes and getting a good deal. We were shown to room 6, which on reading other recent reviews regarding room 6, made my heart sink. However, it is a perfectly lovely little room, but it is probably their smallest so you can understand why they put all the people who are paying less into it. The bathroom was slightly on the chilly side due to the draughty windows, but it was also a chilly weekend and once the bath was filled with hot water you no longer noticed it was chilly. Big, white, fluffy towels and lovely toiletries in the bathroom, the bath also has a shower over. There was tea and coffee along with a bottle of mineral water, tv with plenty of channels and a hairdryer. The bed was lovely and comfy and we both had two good nights sleep, we weren't disturbed by the kitchen once, neither in the evening or the morning, in fact we slept until 8.50 on Sunday morning and nearly missed our breakfast slot!
We only ate one evening meal in the restaurant and it was delicious and they have a good choice of wine. The Hotel is lovely in the evening with lighted candles everywhere giving a real cosy feel, along with the leather sofas and comfy chairs.
The only real draw back is the very small car park, only allowing for 4 cars. We arrived at 7pm and the car park was already full so had to park in the square. This wasn't a real problem only that we had to go out before breakfast and buy a pay and display ticket on the Saturday morning, Sunday was free.
Lastly, after such a lovely meal in the evening I was looking forward to the breakfast and on reading other reviews had high expectations. However, the continental half of the breakfast was fine, but we were disappointed with the cooked breakfast. The sausages really weren't all that nice and had loads of hard bits in and the mushrooms were all dried and wrinkly, the bacon wasn't brilliant either. Wonder if they have changed supplier recently as other reviewers had said how nice the breakfast was?
Overall, we had a lovely stay at the Old House Hotel. We loved the old world charm, the crooked stairs and all the friendly staff, round down to the busy cleaners. We will be returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- B+B Wickham is a privately owned boutique bed and breakfast hotel, offering accommodation to our discerning guests in the historic village square of Wickham. We have 12 bedrooms, ranging from a single room to large suites. As well as stylish, comfortable bedrooms and delicious breakfasts, the property hosts La Bocca Restaurant and Bar. As well as drinking and dining, there is also a charming, intimate space for private dining, and the whole property is a great venue for weddings. The B+B concept is the brainchild of a group of like-minded professional hoteliers who have rewritten the rules, and created a new style of bed and breakfast hotel for the 21st century. ... more less
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