Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Unlike any other hotel in which I have stayed.’ Founded as a school for girls in 1686, this unusual Grade I listed Georgian building houses England’s oldest active convent and quirky, good-value accommodation. It is managed by Lesley Baines. Enter through the ‘magnificent’ glass-roofed hall, then seek out the 18th-century domed chapel and the library full of antique Catholic texts. Newly redecorated, the spotless bedrooms have a ‘wickedly’ comfortable bed and access to a shared, fully equipped kitchen. Pick one to suit – there are many single rooms and two family rooms; some share a bathroom; street-facing rooms have air conditioning. Some rooms were redesigned in a restful palette, with a mosaic-tiled shower room, by Olga Polizzi (who owns Hotel Endsleigh, Milton Abbot, and Tresanton, St Mawes – see main entries). Breakfast, morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon tea are taken in the recently revamped café; for dinner in the evenings, many of the city’s restaurants and cafés are within walking distance. Do check out the living heritage centre, which includes a multimedia history of the convent. Sitting room, kitchen. Licensed café. Meeting rooms. Museum, shop. Chapel. Lift to 1st and 2nd floors. Free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview). No background music. Function facilities. ½-acre garden. 20 bedrooms (some suitable for disabled). Per room B&B single £42–£67, double £96–£120. Closed Sun, Easter, 18 Dec–18 Jan.
10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.