We stayed just one night and arrived after dark, but had time until noon the next day. After we received a comprehensive intro and after settling down, we tried out the Lion & Lamb pub, also run by the proprietors Linda and Mike. Mike drove us to the pub and back at our convenience.
Upon our return we tried out the luxury bathroom and tub ("hot" is on the right side!!); ultimately, the quaintness of the place and the attention to detail made our stay endearing and now, back in Berlin-Germany, we still smile in remembrance of this remarkable experience.
The breakfast the next morning left no wish unfulfilled, yet the Nescafé does take some getting used to for a coffee-drinker from the continent (Nestle says it's "coffee", I beg to differ).
Linda even was so kind as to assist me in printing our boarding cards for AirBerlin -- wow, that's unusual treatment in these "modern" times.
Advice: With a B&B one has to plan ahead and make sure that one has ample time (!) to really appreciate all the amenities. As human resources and time are limited for the proprietors, a bit of patience on the side of the guest and willingness to adjust and cooperate is equally important to make the stay a pleasant one. If one is pressed for time, the Radisson Blu across from the airport may be a much better choice. The taxi trip from the airport to The White House is 8-9 GBP and takes no more than 10 minutes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The White House is a delightful 15th Century Grade II listed manor house set in one acre of attractive gardens providing a relaxing atmosphere for all. Having been awarded 4 Yellow Stars by the AA for its outstanding facilities and service and the prestigious Enjoy England Silver Award, The White House is also highly recommended by the English Tourist Board. Having been refurbished by Mike and Linda, The White House offers first class bed and breakfast accommodation in comfortable surroundings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The White House Takeley, United Kingdom