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“Small B&B But Friendly, Serving Good Food”

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Shelley Guest House
Ranked #29 of 36 Aberystwyth B&B and Inns
Calgary
1 review
“Small B&B But Friendly, Serving Good Food”
Reviewed December 15, 2011

My husband and I stayed here for 3 days in September. We had dinner each evening, and Julian - our host - prepared three wonderful meals. Since we were visiting from western Canada, we were keen to try local fare; we particularly enjoyed the lamb Julian prepared the second evening. No meal is complete without good company, and we enjoyed conversations with other guests each evening. It rained throughout our visit so we didn't have an opportunity to sip our wine on the back garden patio; in fine weather it would be pleasant.

Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Belper, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 20, 2011

The guest house is situated about a mile from the uni so was ideal for us visiting our son who is a student there. We loved the place from the moment we arrived. The breakfast was excellent, the rooms were basic but clean and had everything we needed for a short stay (perhaps some new mattresses would be a good idea as ours were a bit lumpy) We loved the lounge with its huge collection of books on a very diverse range of subjects and found the guest house cosy, friendly and a delight for our weekend break.
If you are looking for "Travel lodge" style facilities then this is probably not the place for you but if you enjoy quirky, friendly, unconventional accomadation then I would highly recomend it. We will definately stay there again!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Family room at the front of the house
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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birmingham
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2011

We stayed here in the beginning of September orginally booked for 2 nights. when we first got there we didnt believe that the front door to this guest house was actually the front door!! Julian was a very welcoming host, however when shown to our room we were staying in the room downstairs with the glass ceiling. I am terrified of spiders and i have never seen so many cobwebs in my life. There were holes in the ceiling where it leaked through during the night when it was raining, we even had to get a saucepan to catch the water from the rain. There were spiders everywhere, and even more cobwebs behind the paintings. the floor was clean and the beds where clean but it had not been thoroughly i dont think ever. the walls were thin and we could hear the man in the upstairs bedroom snoring.

overall this was not worth the money that we paid for and ended up having to book somewhere else for the second night we were there.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

Julian was a very welcoming host, and made us feel at home. The location is lovely - really close to the University, where we were dropping our daughter off. However parking was tricky and without Julian's help we might not have found the property. The big downside was that I thought we had booked a different room, and the white room we were in had such an uncomfortable mattress that I barely slept. You can also hear a lot of noise from the downstairs bedroom (& vice versa) - as separated by a window. I would happily come back again if I could sleep on a bed that you did not feel each metal spring through. I note that it was mentioned in a review a year ago that the mattresses could do with replacing - well this one definitely did now. We did have a long wait for the one shower, as the bathroom upstairs only has a bath, an over the bath shower would make a great improvement. Also - I'm not vain, but a mirror in the bathroom where you don't have to be over 6 ft to see in would be good - especially as there was no mirror in the bedroom.
The Cats were only ever seen out in the garden, so no trouble if you are wary of them.

Room Tip: The ground floor room has first bags on the shower & sauna - but you will be able to hear noises...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cambridge
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

The owner telephoned us before we left home to give us a new telephone number, in case we got lost trying to find his guesthouse in the dark. This was a nice touch. We did get lost, but eventually found it by ourselves.

I had booked a twin-bedded room at this guesthouse because of its proximity to Aberystwyth University where my grandson started as a fresher the next day, 23rd September. The room was sparsely, but adequately furnished for a one-night stay: a wardrobe between the beds which were pushed against the walls, and a table and chair near the partition wall with the adjoining bedroom. There was no covering on the squeaky floorboards, and through a generous gap in the floor the light fittings and light from the dining area below our room could be seen. The window above the head (no headboards) of one of the beds could only be operated by a very tall person or by one standing on the bed. An electric kettle, a tray with two cups, tea bags and instant coffee powder in a glass without a lid were provided, but no bedside lamp or a switch to turn off the light from one of the beds.There was a mirror above the radiator with towel rail.

Still, all this would not have been so bad had it not been for the beds. The mattresses were so old and worn out that I would be embarrassed to give them to charity. The beds were an odd pair: one appeared to have drawers underneath and the other one not. As I am in my 70s and a light and generally poor sleeper it was decided that I should have the marginally less unappealing bed. However, when my grandson sat down on the other one it made the most awful noises every time he moved a little. He suggested that I should take that bed after all, as I do not move much in the night whereas he does and the noisy bed would keep me awake. The mattress was so badly worn that the springs and the structure of the base could be felt through and dug into one. I folded the duvet over so that there were two layers of it for padding of the mattress, on which I lay, and I covered myself with my grandson's own duvet which we carried in the car for his time at university.

The occupants of all three rooms on our floor shared one bathroom which contained a wc, a very long bath, a smallish basin and a mirror that was fixed so high that I could only see the top of my head in it just above the blind part (I am 5'3"). The sounds from the bathroom, such as squeaky floorboards, water running, toilet flushing etc. carried through into our bedroom.

The owner cooked a delicious 3-course dinner (£20 per head), and the breakfast (included in the room price of £30 per head) was nicely presented. We did not have a cooked breakfast but the smell of fried or grilled bacon and sausages still clung to my pyjamas when I unpacked at home late the same day.

Julian, the owner, told us that his guesthouse had not been open for long and that he was intending to install a washbasin in each room. Perhaps he will also fill the gaps around the doorframes and holes in walls elsewhere and do something about the squeaking floorboards.

After leaving my grandson at the university I drove around to see what other guesthouses and B&B places were available. Approx. 5 miles from Aberystwyth, not far off the A44, I rang the doorbell of a very pleasant looking house that advertised B&B. The owner showed me the three bedrooms she has for lets. They were all beautifully appointed and very, very clean. The price quoted was £35 per room, not per person, including breakfast. I gave notice that I would book a room as soon as I knew the date of the end of my grandson's summer term 2012.

Room Tip: Perhaps the room with the glass ceiling recommended by Professorcouple that we did not get to see, b...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Oakham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

We came over for my sons graduation and really had a great time. Julian, the host was most helpful and did his best to make sure everything was perfect. We loved the views over the green lush countryside. The sauna was amazing after a busy day. We really feel that The Shelley Guest House offers an amazing experience which one does not get in a hotel. The service was brilliant. We loved all the interesting books which were on offer. The breakfast was incredibly tasty and we really feel that the host uses the best possible ingredients which makes a change to many of the hotels I have stayed in whereby the sausages are of poor quality. I really hope this guest house does well. it deserves to! I am sure we will be back one day. If only we lived nearer!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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College Station, Texas
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Reviewed July 14, 2011

My wife and I stayed two nights in late May in the room with the glass ceiling and had dinner both nights, courtesy of Chef Julian. The room was very open and airy and quite comfortable, with a private entrance to the shared shower, toilet and sauna room. It was a little rainy, but the sound of the rain on the glass above was relaxing. Other sounds (the walls are pretty thin) less so. Nonetheless we had an excellent sleep. If worried about other negative reviews concerning the cats, relax; Julian is very good about keeping them out of the way and they are rather lumpish. Overall Julian is an excellent host, keeping us informed about taxis and whatnot by texting and email, as well as being quite a good self-trained and creative cook. The dinner first courses (large fresh scallops one night, yum!) and desserts did not disappoint. We brought our own wine. With main courses of salmon in pastry the first night and lamb chops the second, both well-prepared, the food was a bargain. The English breakfasts were also very good. The rooms were very clean - we got to meet the Mrs. when we unexpectedly returned from walking to the University (about half a mile away, but the horse stables are right next door) and everyone was busy scrubbing floors. We were hosted at the Bellview for some other nights, but it was no more comfortable than the Shelley Guest House. It was actually easier to get to the University on foot from the Shelley Guest House than from the Bellview because you walk a little distance downhill instead of a considerable distance uphill. They were just switching over to a new internet provider when we were there, so can't comment on that.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Shelley Guest House
Address: Lluest, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth SY23 3AU, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Ceredigion > Aberystwyth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in Aberystwyth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Shelley Guest House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aberystwyth. We offer comfortable low cost accommodation within a modern and contemporary environment. The house has 3 bedrooms and all rooms are very different in style and appearance. We are very proud of our downstairs room which has a glazed ceiling whereby you can see stars from the bed at night. We also have a family room and a double room. We also have a sitting room with hundreds of interesting books and a television for guests to enjoy. The sauna is also very popular among our guests. We also have free Wi-Fi throughout the guest house. ... more   less 
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