11. All in St Mary’s House extension, 6 with private garden, 2 suitable for disabled.
entrance hall, dining room, private dining and function rooms, civil wedding licence, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky, Freeview), 1-acre grounds.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B £170–£270. À la carte £28.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Ideally situated’ in a quiet pocket of the city, this ornate building has hosted entertainment for more than 260 years, from genteel balls and concerts to waxwork exhibitions and a cinema. More recently, a cookery school was added to ‘luxurious, comfortable’ accommodation. The ‘impressive restoration’ of the Regency mansion resulted in ‘fine interiors’ and a ‘gentle clash’ of patterns and styles, creating the feel of a contemporary country house in the city. Head down a modern extension to a whitewashed older house where ‘fruit, biscuits and umbrellas are freely available’. Bedrooms here are ‘tastefully put together’, each different as can be; some have a private garden with a parasol over patio seating. ‘My room was appealingly decorated: bold colours, woven mats, countryside prints, a collection of polished brass cooking moulds. All the mod cons were there (espresso machine, adjustable reading lamp, chilled milk); the bathroom was spotlessly clean.’ A short dinner menu is served till 8.30 pm. Breakfast on freshly squeezed juice, leaf tea, ‘very fine’ coffee by the cup; cooked dishes include an Arnold Bennett omelette (‘naughtily creamy, with first-rate smoked haddock’).
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