Well I have to say this came as something of a surprise. Not normally fans of B&B as can't help the feeling you're in someone else's house - which you are of course but hotels are more impersonal & not owned or lived in by the receptionists (you know what I mean I'm sure!).
This was recommended by another B&B up the road which was full up as there was a stamp auction on in Ely so when I phoned I was fully expecting to be told Cathedral House was full up too but we were in luck & duly made our reservation.
The first thing which struck us when we arrived was how close it is to not only the Cathedral but also Oliver Cromwell's House & Ely Museum - couldn't be better situated. Next up was the character & setting which was magical, through the door in the wall & it's like stepping back in time with a beautiful garden full of mature trees & bushes & lovely garden ornaments.
The house itself was in the same vein, full of character, lovingly maintained & with lots of amazing old books, knick-knacks,ornaments,pictures etc etc. We were shown to our room by Jenny who was very friendly & not only was the room superb (along with a great en-suite) but we also had exclusive use of the hallway outside which led to a private sitting room. Wasn't expecting that & it was great to have so much space to ourselves.
In the morning we had an excellent breakfast, freshly cooked, & met Robin with whom we put the world to rights for a good hour & a half! Apparently they used to live in London & guess where - yep, exactly where we live now, small world!
Very sorry to leave but places to go, people to see - we will certainly be back & I can't recommend it highly enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Traditional English bed & breakfast in historic house two minutes from Ely's medieval cathedral.One luxury suite and a twin en suite decorated with an eclectic mix of furnishings. ... more less