Laurent sounds nice on the 'phone, and when I arrived, there's a warm greeting. The Bakehouse is in a quiet residential street 15 minutes walk from the town centre, and is completely tranquil.
My superior room upstairs has a king sized bed- incredibly comfortable and a nicely sized shower. Plenty of hanging and cupboard space, real coat hangers. Secure parking behind the property. Wifi is fast and free. The password is a great example of Laurent's sense of humour. You'll have to stay to find out.... Note that the standard rooms are a bit smaller and not all have ensuite bathrooms.
Laurent doesn't advertise, and he doesn't have to, because he has the secret of a great b&b: get the small details right. Here's my list - and I'm sure I've missed things out: Breakfast has good quality sausages and bacon; Laurent cooks for you in the large kitchen as you chat across the big table. The cupboards contain an iron, ironing board. Blackout blinds as well as curtains on the windows so if you like to sleep in you won't be woken by the light outside. Proper bottles of shampoo and shower gel instead of soppy sachets. A decent teapot that doesn't drip all over the place. Even your name on the napkin ring.
B&Bs don't come better than this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Previously a bakery in the early 1900s, The Bakehouse Guest House provides modern accommodation in Maidenhead's quiet residential area of St Marks. You will enjoy a small oasis of tranquillity only 15 minutes walk from both Maidenhead town centre and the railway station.Mainly catering for business people, The Bakehouse Bed and Breakfast is within a short commutable distance to Slough, Windsor, Bracknell and High Wycombe. It is also within easy reach of the popular tourist centres of Windsor, Henley on Thames, Cookham, Marlow and Ascot.Owned and managed by ex-hotelier Laurent Petas M.I.H., The Bakehouse concentrates on offering comfortable accommodation with quality pocket sprung beds, quality bathrooms with power showers and a cooked breakfast prepared healthily, making this guest house an ideal place to stay. ... more less
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