If you want to stay somewhere with bags of character and a great sense of history, this might be the place for you. An exquisite building, now thought to date from the 1480s, rescued from a derelict state by the personable and friendly owner. We were in the Canterbury room, a family room, very comfortable with a lovely bathroom. The view down the road and of the cathedral towers was magical. Just bear in mind that you are overlooking a thoroughfare which would be noisy on a Saturday night, not from traffic, but revellers.
The stairs are pretty steep - it is an ancient rambling building, after all - I have MS, so my mobility isnt great, but it was worth the climb; just keep it in mind if you have mobility probs. and are thinking of booking one of the top floor rooms.There is a photo on the Sun Inn website so you can assess it.
A few things do still need tweaking- my recommendation would be to have the reception area staffed and the door open. At the moment, there is a notice by the door with a number to call to be let in - fine for a B&B, but calling it a hotel means that people do have certain expectations. As there is no informational signage outside, I doubt they get much passing trade, which is a shame.
It really could be marketed as an authentic medieval pilgrim hostelry - with a bit more polish to the reception area it would really have an amazing all round ambience.
We enjoyed our stay - what an amazing building.
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