Byerley House looks so much like a residence I had to study the building carefully before knocking.
Inside, I found what felt like a family-run bed-and-breakfast, with delightfully creaky floors but all-modern amenities. No formal "office" that I could discern; the lady on duty seemed to be listening for guests to arrive, then she'd just put down whatever she was doing in the kitchen to check us in.
I found my room well above average in cleanliness and appointments. Small, as things tend to be in Europe and England; but adequate. Byerley House is set in a residential area, very quiet and low-key. I felt very much as if I were staying at the home of someone I'd known for a long time.
The lady of the house asked when I'd like breakfast, and honestly, I hadn't given it much thought. "Breakfast included" has gotten a bad name in the States because now that everyone offers it, it's become a lowest-bidder commodity. Read: cheap carbs and self-service.
So, the cooked-to-order eggs, ham, sausage, and potato I was handed at table reminded me of the old British custom of leaving a small amount of food on your plate so your host wouldn't think you'd been underserved. I blew that off and wolfed every morsel, then moved on to the cold cereal and more fresh fruit than I deserved to choose from. The French-press coffee left me feeling as if I were among the landed gentry. I checked out regretfully, ready to change plans, stay a while, and send for my family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Guests at Byerley House enjoy the use of a resident’s lounge with wide screen TV and a private dining room. All bedrooms are equipped with TV’s and En Suite bathrooms. Flexible check in / out, High speed Internet wifi access is also available throughout. Room rates include full English breakfast. Local restaurant discounts, Gallop tours and stable visits arranged. ... more less
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