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Library House
Ranked #2 of 9 Ironbridge B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Nottingham
Level 6 Contributor
201 reviews
104 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 324 helpful votes
“Highly recommended”
Reviewed July 18, 2008

We spent 2 nights here in July 2008 and are already planning our next visit. The attitude of the owners can make or break a guest house and I think this is one of the reasons why the Library House gets such consistently excellent reviews. We stayed in the Milton room and it was lovely – the bed is huge and very comfy and the chaise longue is perfect for curling up with a book (see their website for pics – www.libraryhouse.com ). The walk in shower in the bathroom was also great, although we nicknamed it the ‘walk into’ shower as both of us collided with it during a night-time loo trip! We had tea and coffee in the guest lounge when we arrived and also had the option of having wine or beer there (at very reasonable prices). I was a bit worried about being disturbed by outside noise as the windows were single glazed, but Ironbridge is very quiet at night so this wasn’t a problem.

Like many others before us, we were persuaded into having a reservation made for us at Restaurant Severn for the Saturday night (www.restaurantseven.co.uk). The food and service were superb and we would definitely go back again. We also ate in a fantastic Indian restaurant called the Pondicherry (www.pondicherry-ironbridge.co.uk) which is based in the old police station. The breakfast at the Library House also didn’t disappoint – you fill in your order form the night before and then everything is cooked fresh when you come down to breakfast. Liz and her family are very sociable and will stop to talk to you when they are not busy rustling up something delicious for you.

The only very minor downside is parking as much of Ironbridge is covered by double yellow lines. We found that the car park on the opposite side of the bridge was the most convenient – when you arrive, one of you can wait with the car while the other walks over the bridge to get the parking pass from the Library House itself.

Ironbridge has plenty of attractions nearby to keep you busy – we visited some of the Gorge museums (www.ironbridge.org.uk) and also went on the Severn Valley Railway (check the timetables at www.svr.co.uk before you go). And in the Library House itself there’s always Fizz the dog who will kindly allow you to spend some time fussing her. The Library House and surrounding area are very much worthy off all of their 5 stars!

Stayed July 2008
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Chichester
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Reviewed July 17, 2008

I enjoyed a stay here several years ago, and so was delighted to see the excellent reviews for it under new ownership. We stayed for 2 nights in July, and everything said in these TA reviews is accurate and very fair - it IS a great little place! Decorations are in the best taste, and the whole place is full of character. There is much to recommend it that has already been said (eg. breakfast - our fresh fruit "starter" was fresh blueberries, strawberries etc, and a great choice of cooked items)...and I will not repeat, but lets add:

* it is about the same price as B&B elsewhere, but much much nicer = we stayed in the Lake District for the same price later in the week and it was NOWHERE near as good, on all counts.

* its location could hardly be better for Ironbridge - a few yards from the river and the Bridge, and an easy walk to a number of eating places.

* the rooms have loads of high quality bits and pieces, the beds are turned back each night, and have excellent linen - all rare in BandBs.

* there are some excellent eating places within a short walk - the SEVERN restauarnt is top quality, fairly priced, and we enjoyed an excellent meal there. And the Golden Ball pub is also very good, at a lower price range but excellent .

* Lizzie and the family are not only very pleasant, but she is very generous with "extras" - I would not like to commit her, but we had tea and cake one day, and a glass of wine the next, and she was not planning to charge for these (I made sure my tip did cover them - but what a generous gesture, and so rare in England!).

There were only two minor drawbacks - parking is tricky as there is nowhere ideally close, but even here Lizzie helped by allowing us to use HER garage (how many BandBs would do that?). And our room at the top was a touch small - but Lizzie warned us very clearly twice that it was, so it was our choice! In fact, we were very happy in it, and enjoyed the terrace and garden just outside a delightful place to have a glass of wine in the early evening. Not a problem, but if you had loads of luggage it might be a bit crowded (altho Lizzie would probably find a solution...).

So, we hugely enjoyed our stay (be warned that Blists Hill is being "developed" in 2008 and not currently quite as nice as I recall a few years back.. but still great!l

Frankly this is a place we would go back to time and time again without hesitation - in fact, we might even move in......

GO THERE - its great!!

  • Liked — Quality andf character
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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California
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35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2008

We recently had the good fortune to spend three nights at The Library House in Ironbridge. We were greeted upon arrival by Lizzie, the owner, who invited us to share a glass of wine with her in the beautiful old library, which is now a gracious lounge for use of the guests. This was just the beginning of one of the most memorable stays in any guest house we have visited. Our bedroom "The Eliot Room", and its en-suite bathroom, were spotlessly clean and beautifully furnished with all the extra touches one would normally expect to find in a five-star hotel.

Breakfast at The Library House is a treat! Lizzie is a baker of some renown in the town of Ironbridge, and many tasty treats awaited us in the morning.

In addition to helping us plan our days, Lizzie also gave us some wonderful recommendations for dinner, and even took the trouble to book a table for us at the local "Restaurant Severn"... which we can recommend without hesitation!

The Ironbridge Gorge area is full of interesting museums, lovely old villages, and the not-to-be-missed "Blists Hill Victorian Town" (try to visit on Wednesday morning when you can see red hot molten iron being poured in The Foundry).

The Library House is the perfect place to stay while enjoying all that this fascinating area has to offer.

  • Liked — Everything!
  • Disliked — Absolutely nothing!
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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edinburgh
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 9, 2008

We recently stayed at the Library House in Ironbridge, and thought the accomodation was superb - 5 star quality at 3 star prices.
This tastefullly restored small four bedroom bed and breakfast was spotless, with a huge comfortable bed and views across the gorge. The bathrooms were immaculate. Breakfast was delicious and thoughtfully prepared, served by the owners who were charming.
We will be back and have no hesitation in recommending this excellent establishment.

Stayed June 2008
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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2008

This is a really great place to stay. It is in the centre of Ironbridge which is a World Heritage Centre as defined by UNESCO.

The Library House is very tastefully decorated and the public rooms are spacious and well thought out. My wife and I stayed in the Elliot Room, which was light and airy, and had a nice view from the window. The bed was very large and comfortable.

We stayed one night at the Library House and nothing was too much trouble at all for the owner. She is a very welcoming host and does all she can to ensure that you feel well looked after. The breakfasts are excellent in quality and quantity.

All in all, I can recommend the Library House as a fabulous place to stay. Just one note, if you are looking for a party town, Ironbridge is NOT the place to go!

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 26, 2008

Just returned from three nights at this wonderful find.It is difficult to say much more than all the other splendid reviews of this little gem.Lizzie was the most delightful host ,her breakfasts were first class as were the bedrooms with huge beds.Her recommendation of the Restaurant Severn was a winner.

If you are considering spending some time in this lovely part of the world look no further. We hope to return. Thanks again Lizzie.

  • Liked — The Hospitality and Room
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Nelson,Lancs
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2008

Don't hesitate- book this fabulous place straight away. We arrived earlier than expected but the wonderful Lizzie took us straight up to our room and returned minutes later with a tray of tea and banana cake. This initial welcome set the tone for our too short stay with them- nothing seemed too much trouble

Breakfast reflected the high standards they have set themselves for everything else and is served anytime between 7.30 and 9.00 but they certainly didn't seem to be clock watching.

They are clearly very proud of their establishment and with good cause. The rooms are decorated and furnished to a standard higher than we've seen in most 5 star hotels- and we've been about quite a bit! Real coffee was available in the room and replenished everytime we went out.

It's just a few steps away from the Ironbridge itself and very well located for restaurants and bars etc- please seek advice from Lizzie about the best places to eat. The surrounding area is beautiful and full of interesting places to visit either a walk or short ride away.

I cannot praise this establishment, or it's proprietors enough and will be returning asap.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Leaving
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Library House
Address: 11 Severn Bank | Ironbridge, Ironbridge, Ironbridge Gorge TF8 7AN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Shropshire > Ironbridge Gorge > Ironbridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Ironbridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Library House is a beautifully restored and furnished Grade II Listed Georgian townhouse bed & breakfast business. It is situated in the heart of the historic town of Ironbridge, the home of the Industrial Revolution and itself a World Heritage Site. It is a short walk from the town's restaurants and bars; and equidistant from the town's seven museums. The Library House has four en-suite bedrooms, where possible decorated with antique furniture and artworks. The emphasis is on high quality service and levels of comfort, ensuring leisure and business travellers have a true "home from home" experience. ... more   less 

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