Stayed here overnight whilst on business just down the road. Val's warm welcome was matched by the comfort of my bedroom and its large well-equipped immaculaetly clean en-suite. The big walk-in shower was exceptonally good. Toiletries were all supplied with bath sheet, hand towel and face flannel all neatly laid out on the rail. The bedroom was well equpped with flatscreen TV and writing table and chair. I was able to plug my laptop in easliy and Val gave me the code for the free WiFi (it's in the handbook too) as she showed me around. You wouldn't want hot drink making facilities in your bedroom as a fantastic selection of teas and coffees are all laid out in the dining room and are available 24/7. I wanted somewhere to eat dinner and Val recommended the Sneyd Arms opposite for honest to goodness pub-grub. And it meant I could have a beer first of all and then a glass of red as it literally was a stone's throw away. Val wasn't exaggerating when she said it was popular with the locals - it was packed. Be warned -Tuesday night is curry night (2 curries for £6 inc naan and mango chutney) and that is really enticing for the Keele Uni undergrads. I went for rib-eye with the usual trimmings which was served quickly and very good - just how I asked for it to be cooked too. The pub was much quieter by the time I left and crossed the road back to The Old School. A coffee from the dining room which I took upstairs to my room, a bit of emailing and into a lovely comfortable bed. Woke up only when my alarm went off, showered, dressed and down to a fabulous breakfast which didn't want for anything. The choice was wide and varied from croissants and fresh fruit to full English and toast and marmalade. When I joined my colleagues for work that morning, some of them had paid £24 more than I had to stay in a chain-hotel with corridor doors opening and closing until the early hours. They now know where to stay next time. Check out Val's B&B - it really is "old-school" hospitality at its best.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Old School is an elegant Victorian school that has been carefully renovated to retain its original character whilst providing modern comforts. It is in the heart of the conservation area in Keele village, in which there are many other interesting Victorian buildings. There are two individually designed bedrooms for guests, one en-suite and one with a private bathroom. The village pub, The Sneyd Arms, is nearby and serves food all day. ... more less