Found this place on bookings.com, and was a little apprehensive at first as there are no reviews.... So thought I'd be the first as my stay was lovely.
This place is odd, large country house, huge boutique style rooms, Not your average B&B by any means. Basically this place is has been a wedding venue (with rooms available) for some time and, from reading those reviews, are pretty good at it. They have just started doing B&B for a week or two hence no reviews on here.
Anstey Hall is in my opinion unique, it looks like a boutique style country house hotel, and if it was, would probably charge 3 times the price, but it isn't. This is someone's home, and they treat you (in the nicest possible way) like a guest. This is what makes it unique and why I think it's such a lovely place. All members of the family and the few staff (this is a big place) were very welcoming, happy, and friendly.
My room was great, very spacious, lovely decor, beautiful antique furniture, large wet room with shower and his & her sinks, as well as all the other things you would expect in a hotel room, even a little fridge - it was all very clean and tidy, I couldn't really find any faults with it - Okay, i thought the multicoloured hanging rail was a bit out of place in the room at first, but this is where I forgot that it wasn't a 5 star hotel (its very easy to do here). It's someone's home and that rail is
there because they like it.
The rest of the house is filled with weird and wonderful items some in keeping with the style, and some not, it's all a little quirky at times, but again reminds you that it's not a hotel, its a home.
The bar was a great place to spend time in the evening, guests and family members coming and going, but always happy to spend time for a conversation, and the terrace was a nice place to sit and enjoy the evening.
Breakfast was a self service continental style buffet with cereals, bread, toaster, croissants etc, lots of fruit, fruit juice etc, lots of different teas and coffees, and yogurts, cheeses, meats, etc - there was pretty much everything you could possibly want and I'm probably not doing it the justice
it deserves but all really good quality from the Waitrose down the road.
In summary - This place is an absolute gem, I loved it and will definitely be going back there again not only for future business trips but also as the perfect base for a weekend in
Cambridge. Yes there were a few things I didn't like at first, but after spending time there and getting to know the family a bit - everything is exactly their taste and character and that's what makes it such a lovely place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our bed and breakfast acommodation features:- Huge bedrooms, some with four poster beds.- Beautiful antique furniture and a world class collection of Post Impressionist paintings all around you.- Bathrooms with massive roll-top baths or modern wet room showers.- Tea and coffee making in each room.- An honour bar with a well stocked collection of drinks.- Free wi-fi throughout.- Modern TVs in every room. ... more less
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