Hannah’s Bed and Breakfast in Winchester town centre is one of the most wonderful places I’ve ever stayed in. I know that’s a bold statement to make, but bear with me – I promise you’ll know what I mean once you’ve finished reading this post!
I also know that I don’t often write about accommodation here on my blog, because…
a) I mostly write about London and as I live here, there’s no need to pay for hotels, and
b) when I do travel somewhere for a longer time, I often don’t stay anywhere too special, as I end up spending most of my money on eating out. Although that said, I am spending a little bit more money on accommodation the older I get – not because I have more of it, but because I’m willing to sacrifice other things to be a bit more comfortable travelling.
Anyway, Hannah’s is a great choice for your Winchester staycation, and not least due to its perfect location. Situated bang in the middle of the historical city of Winchester, the B&B is nestled in the buzzy Parchment Street. It’s surrounded by lots of great independent shops and restaurants (I’ve already reviewed the amazing Piecaramba!) yet still retains its quiet, cosy feel because the house is located in a little secluded yard just off the main street.
There are three rooms in the B&B (we stayed in the lovely number 19), a beautiful and spacious lounge area (where breakfast and afternoon tea are also served) and the most atmospheric living room area with wall to ceiling bookcases, a fireplace and an honesty bar. Our schedule was pretty packed with lunch and dinner bookings but had we stayed another night, I would have definitely spent lots of time reading a book by the fire, with a lovely glass of wine in hand. In fact, this is pretty much what I plan on doing if (or when, I hope!) we go back…
Our room was just the most beautifully decorated space I’ve ever stayed in, from the massive and comfortable bed to the mezzanine (accessed via some little wooden stairs) which had a big bathtub and a skylight window. What I loved most, though, were the little touches here and there: the locally handmade chocolate on the pillow, the little Winchester guide written by Hannah herself and the handy “emergency box” containing things like a toothbrush or comb that you might have forgotten to bring with you. Those were the things that really made our stay memorable.
Our bathtub, complete with a fragrant bath bomb!
Our room cost £195 per night which is more than I would normally pay for a hotel stay but, honestly, for this kind of attention to detail, quality and luxury you would easily pay double in a fancy hotel. And I really don’t think you would ever get this kind of attentiveness from the host in a chain place!
Our room rate included homemade breakfast made by Hannah herself and an afternoon tea which was served right after check in and was seriously tasty. After we checked out, she also gave us a pair of homemade biscuits to take with us on the road, which I thought was an incredibly sweet gesture.
Hannah was such an amazing host, from welcoming us into her home upon arrival, through the tasty afternoon tea and breakfast and even letting us leave our bags after checkout whilst we wandered around the town centre before our train home.
I would 100 % recommend choosing Hannah’s B&B as your Winchester accommodation – I promise you won’t regret it. Personally, I can’t wait to visit again and get stuck on that sofa with a pile of books to choose from!
Some of Hannah’s homemade afternoon tea treats.
This beautiful piano was part of the lounge area and one of the first things you see walking in.
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