I visited Salisbury primarily for the summer solstice at Stonehenge and was really pleased to find Sarum College. It's inside the wonderful semi-gated community that surrounds the cathedral - they give you a key to a little door in the huge wooden gates through the medieval walls for after-hours - and the spot really couldn't be more tranquil.
I opted for a cheaper standard room which was basic but spotless with a decent single bed, sink, chair, great desk and ample storage. The shared bathroom and toilet facilities were also spotless, if shabby. My Mac picked up the communal wifi no problem and swallows swooping around the quad at sunset were a fab watch from the window. The room was fine for what I wanted but if I was staying again I'd definitely pay that bit extra for one of the many newly refurbished en suites. The staff were also friendly and helpful, made me feel right at home.
I spent a lovely couple of hours wandering the lanes around the cathedral and museums, every house with beautiful front gardens and stunning architecture. Roses everywhere! There are couple of great pubs no more than 5 minutes walk from the walls - recommend the Chough, open late - and wheeling a bag from the train station was no problem, about 20mins, a bit along the river walk.More