You know you’re in for a treat when you arrive at your accommodation to a hot pot of tea and a slice of homemade lemon drizzle cake after a long afternoon of travelling! The Bloomsbury Experience sets the bar for a weekend in Yorkshire, providing the cosiest, comfiest and most appropriate backdrop for visiting this pretty city, and for Tiplr, really enriched our stay in York.
We arrived at night, and even from the road-side the magnificent Victorian townhouse imposed a characterful personality of the welcoming kind, in all it’s flood-lit, red-brick glory. Little details are noticeable immediately, from tasteful branding to Harvey, the adorable live-in Yorkie who greeted us on arrival. Whilst we rested and regrouped, with a little help from the tea and cake (of course) an immediate feeling of warmth from hosts Paul and Matt was followed with their recommendations of a host of bars and restaurants tailored to our taste. Their knowledge of the area is second-to-none and, what Tiplr loves is that they live the city as locals – no Tourist Information Centre trips needed!
The home from home welcome continued when we were shown to our (at risk of sounding cliché) warm, clean and tastefully decorated room, aptly named, Orchid. Crisp white sheets made for an undisturbed sleep and in fact, it would have been really hard to get out of bed if it wasn’t for the delicious aroma of freshly cooked breakfast coming from the staircase. We basically had a 3-course English breakfast (fruit, cereal, toast, eggs, bacon… you name it, The Bloomsbury has it). Let’s just say we didn’t need lunch! This place does quintessential British-ness the way I wish everywhere would…indulgence and luxury without the snobbery.
So we all know how easy it is to end up in a budget hotel of the chain variety on a mini city break, but don’t! The beautiful bolthole provided by The Bloomsbury is the reason that independent Guest Houses are so popular in the U.K. The only problem is, you’ll feel so at home you probably won’t want to leave your room to venture out and see the sights (which, conveniently are only a 10-15 minute walk away).
Sorry, York, we’re just going to rest-up in The Bloomsbury all afternoon instead… More tea please!
Booking Information & Photo Credits: The Bloomsbury Guesthouse