My Mum and I have just stayed at The Old Rectory of St James and it was certainly a beautiful place. The hosts Adrian and Rosemary were such a lovely couple, very welcoming and nothing too much trouble. My Mum needed to have bottled water for all her drinks, so they put aside a separate kettle just for her. On arrival we were greeted with the offer of afternoon cream tea in their spacious sitting room. This consisted of homemade scones and cakes, homemade jams, cream and a choice of teas and coffee, all very tasty. We had the Fosbrook room, this is a self contained downstairs twin bedded room with ramp and all designed for wheelchair access. Although we didnt need the wheelchair access, It was handy to have our own door to the garden and be able to come and go as we pleased. The room itself was decorated in a very tasteful style, high quality bedding, furnishings, fresh flowers from the gardens, and all spotlessly clean. The tea/coffee making facilities were excellent, with china cups and saucers, teapot and with the lovely added touch of fresh grapes and homemade biscuits (even gluten free macaroons) and some chocs. Fresh milk was available on request. The television had a built in dvd player, so I was able to take a film along for Mum to watch on one of the evenings. The bathroom was large with a walk in shower, lovely thick towels, bathrobes and toiletries. The rest of the house was also very tastefully decorated with fresh flowers from the garden and again all very clean and fresh. The gardens were extensive and gave us some lovely shade from the sun (we were lucky on one of the days!!). It was lovely to meet the hens that would be laying the eggs for our breakfast and their two excitable (but well behaved!) dogs were a pleasure to meet as well. Breakfast was very relaxed, with a comprehensive range of things to tempt us. Fresh fruit, yoghurt, fruit juices and cereals, then a wonderful cooked breakfast to follow and toast (Rosemary's home made bread) and jams etc (again Rosemary's home made) were all available. Both Adrian and Rosemary were around to chat and make you feel very much at home. The proximity to both Telford and Ironbridge was a bonus, yet still offering a peaceful haven at the end of the day. My Mum commented that this was the best guesthouse she had ever stayed in. I would certainly recommend this guesthouse to anybody, as their facilities and accommodating nature cover any requirements you may have, and certainly the personal touches so much nicer than any hotel I have been to. Adrian and Rosemary are also custodian of the keys for St James church next door - no longer in use as a 'working' church, most definitely worth a look in. I will certainly look forward to a return visit!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ideal choice for Business and Pleasure. Rosemary and Adrian are delighted to welcome you to this period Georgian Guest House, set in a quiet oasis, within easy reach of the bustling centre of Telford, the footpaths over the Shropshire hills and historic Ironbridge. Originally the Rectory of St James' Church from the 17th century to about 1975, it now provides quality bed and breakfast accommodation, with charm and character, and that little bit extra. We delight in providing a welcoming atmosphere where the simple things are done well; a vase of freshly cut flowers in your room: Afternoon Tea to greet you on your arrival: a well cooked breakfast of locally produced ingredients with homemade bread and jams plus eggs from our own hens. ... more less
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- The Old Rectory Of St James Telford, England