Have not used an English B&B for years so it was a little hard to rate. The following niggles are most probably outweighed by the positives.
Positives first. The location is extremely easy to get to from the M1 motorway – about 10 minutes. The house is reached by a drive and the surroundings feel very peaceful and reasonably private. The large long rectangular bedroom is a very decent size. It has all the usual furniture plus a comfortable sofa and two writing tables – nothing grand, but all in excellent condition. It is a light and airy room with good size windows on two walls making it nice and light. The décor is in very good condition and not in any way garish. The bath and bathroom are a good size, very clean, and all fittings/furnishings seem pretty new, and everything worked perfectly. There was fresh fruit in good condition and bottled water awaiting arrival in the bedroom. All in all homely enough.
The breakfast room is along the corridor past a smaller double bedroom which is perfectly furnished and big enough for a short stay. There is a small fridge thoughtfully containing fresh bread and milk and I think butter for any guest to use, and there is a useful microwave. So a useful alternative if you are not going out to dinner and have brought a little food. The guest rooms are separate from the rest of the house. Cooked English breakfast was generous, and perfect for usefully setting you up for quite a lot of hours. I particularly liked also getting a proper and fresh fruit salad. The landlords are friendly open and hospitable and obviously aim to make you comfortable. In the gently rolling and unspoilt and un-built up lovely countryside there are some very excellent walks. Several big towns are not far away. Market Harborough is a typical English market town with some attractive olde buildings.
Niggles second. I expected the bed to feel as though it had a pocket sprung mattress, but it did not have enough give. Our room’s bathroom is adjacent to the next double bedroom’ bathroom, and the noise of neighbours was not great but loud enough to notice. The bedside lights have very dark shades, the bulbs are dim, and so without some ‘arrangements’ reading is irritatingly impossible. The door just outside our bedroom leads to an outside staircase. On entering, this outside door is very difficult to shut without a large noise, which is not good when neighbours arrive much later. The locking arrangement really needs changing. The TV is a little small to watch in bed, but perhaps it could be moved closer. I do not know if Freeview is the norm in the UK but I missed that.
I enjoyed my visit and would probably go back again.
- Also Known As:
- The Old Rectory North Kilworth, Leicestershire