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Cleaver Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 1 Appleshaw B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Best B and B in Hampshire”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

I would thoroughly recommend the B&B at Cleaver Cottages, in Appleshaw, Hampshire. A quite charming and peaceful hamlet with the warm and welcoming hosts Fin and Caroline attending to your every whim. The rooms are extremely comfortable, all with en suite bathrooms, and the breakfast delicious. Simply the best I have tried in Hampshire.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

Running a B&B can be a strange existence; if you're strictly in it for the money it's hard to make guests feel welcome. If you genuinely enjoy having strangers in your house for the cultural and social variety they offer (hopefully), as well as their money, then it shows in the welcome and level of attentiveness.

Although Cleaver Cottage is a charming old building and immaculately clean and reasonably comfortable and well appointed, we felt it was more of the former type of B&B than the latter. To be fair, the owners may have decided that discreet service is what suits most people, but for our part we like to chat to the owners and hear a bit about their lives and life in their area, even though in this case we knew the area pretty well, having lived near Andover for 15 years in previous lives.

We had arrived a bit early, so the heating was still off. As it was a cold day (Feb 1st 2013) and we'd been standing in a breezy marquee for a post-funeral wake, we badly wanted to get inside to somewhere warm. However it took some time for our appointed room - labelled the Tack Room - to warm up and when we awoke the next morning, again it took a while for any heat to make its presence felt - and we live in a draughty old former pub in Norfolk, so are used to a cold house; we even get ice on the *inside* of the windows when it's really freezing!

The owner was friendly enough, but after showing us to our room and giving us a little jug of fresh milk so we could make ourselves tea etc, we didn't see her again that day; the family seems to live at the opposite end of the house, so we were pretty much on our own.

Plus points: mains pressure shower and plenty of hot water, although it took an age to come through, which must be wasteful - a hot water circuit would be worth considering. My wife was craving a bath so she could warm up, but the en-suite facilities had no space for one. Not a big deal, just would have been a nice touch. Bed and duvet (polyester, not feather) comfortable, although mattress on the firm side; coffee and tea-making facility with an interesting selection of bag teas; wall-mounted TV; B&B 'where and how to' manual in a folder together with brochures etc. on local attractions; takes debit and credit cards. A useful second single bed for a child or adult took up one end of the L-shaped room. The large wardrobe was generous but probably unnecessary for short-term accommodation like a B&B and wasted a lot of space. If you're not going to provide a sitting room for guests, then the bedrooms need to do the job and ours didn't. Pleasant view over the road to open fields.

Minus points: unnecessarily tiny washbasin in the shower room; shower room extractor fan did its best to suck out what little heat there was in the bedroom (tough one to fix, admittedly - radiator working sooner and better would help, or maybe an electric one to fill in for when the main system is off); bedroom décor rather flat and dull, despite exposed timbers in wall - maybe a few more pictures and a bookcase/shelf with some books and magazines? No bedside table or lamp on one side of the double bed - solved by pinching same from beside the single bed; nowhere to sit - an armchair or sofa would have been preferable to the extra bed, as well as more surfaces on which to put toiletries etc.; quite a busy road right outside, despite rural location; breakfast offering fairly unimaginative and lacking in variety for what we thought was a premium offering at £75/night. Perhaps some fruit and yoghurts, for instance? Brown sauce (Daddies) bottle all but empty on arrival and not much left in ketchup bottle, ditto small jar of local honey.

I did ask for my fried egg to be well done (no obvious choice of boiled, poached or scrambled, according to a little menu blackboard) by which I meant I didn't want the white to be runny - perhaps I should have stated that - but the egg that arrived was like a comedy or trick fried egg made of rubber. Bacon and chipolatas tasty but a tad overcooked; not a very generous plateful to be honest, when it's the only meal the establishment is providing.

So, all-in-all an efficiently-run establishment but a wee bit soulless and hands-off. This and most other points can easily be fixed, apart from the location, which is by no means awful - double-glazed windows did help, but we like our bedroom window open at night - so we wouldn't want to deter people from coming to Cleaver Cottage by not recommending it, but would hope that our comments are taken in the spirit of constructive criticism in which they have been made.

If you're going to charge £75 per night for B&B with unavoidably limited facilities, which is on a par with rates at some hotels with more to offer, then you really need to be offering a first-class experience and we are sure Cleaver Cottage can rise to the challenge.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cleaver Cottage Bed & Breakfast

Property: Cleaver Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Address: 1 Cleaver Cottages near Andover | Andover, Appleshaw, Andover SP11 9AD, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Andover > Appleshaw
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Appleshaw
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Cleaver Cottage Bed & Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cleaver Cottage is a charming, friendly, family run bed and breakfast business in a rural location on the edge of the picturesque village of Appleshaw just 5 miles from both Andover and Tidworth and only a couple of miles from the A303 offering flexible accommodation with twin, double and family bedrooms available. Our cottage is centrally located for visiting historic places such as Salisbury and Winchester, both fine Cathedral cities, and just 20 minutes from Stonehenge and the charming town of Stockbridge. Thruxton racing circuit is also close by and we are within the Test Valley which is famous for its outstanding chalk stream fishing.The cottage dates back to the early eighteen hundreds and has a wealth of character including exposed beams and open fires. ... more   less 
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