The Ancient Gate House Hotel Wells (England)
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The Ancient Gate House Hotel Wells (England) Reviews
The ancient gate Sep 28, 2013
We find this place by walking through the city centre and just check random hotel there.
From outside, it did not look like hotel at all, and the red brick building on the ground floor looks really old with age, small and mismatch with the first floor which has different style and colour. The building itself was squish in between other hotel. The hotel located next to the old gate house, which suit the hotel name well. It appears the hotel building was built in the twelfth century, right at the front of the huge cathedral. Plenty of luxury hotels, restaurants, and shops nearby.
There is busy restaurant at the ground floor of the hotel when we go inside – however no reception desk in the hotel, so we have to enquire the room in the restaurant.
The guy who attend the bar was very friendly, chatty, and helpful. He told us the price of the room which comes to £85 per night with breakfast – which serve at the sister hotel opposite, which call the old White Swan hotel.
He gives the key to the room to check before we decide to take the room. The room located on the first floor with a small, creaking, and narrow stairways and low ceiling. The building has a strange layout but the room itself quite spacious and it has the best view from the windows toward the cathedral at the back of the hotel building.
The room has an antique double bed with a couple of night stand next to it, antique mirror, an old fire place which has been replaced by radiator for central heating, and on top of it use for flat screen television, one sofa next to the old looking drawer and free tea and coffee with a kettle ready to use.
The bathroom definitely has been renovate to the modern standard with a bathtub. However we find it ridiculous, since no place to put the shower head on the wall and the whole floor get flooded when having shower since no door or shower curtain on it.
Since it was late at night, we had dinner at the hotel restaurant, unfortunately the food was quite average but pricey for what it is, which we find quite strange since the restaurant was full when we were there. I would not recommend the restaurant to dine in, however the hotel itself was interesting to stay for a night and part of the history.
The next day, we had breakfast at their sister hotel, the continental buffet breakfast and service was good. In addition, we also get hot food on the plate - sausage, bacon, omelette, tomato, mushrooms, red beans in tomato sauce and a piece of French bread – so I was happy with it and very full after that.
There is free parking available for hotel guest at the sister hotel which is much appreciate especially if you drive a car in this part of the town with narrow street and not much parking space.
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The hotel at the ancient gate Sep 28, 2013
The hotel is located next to the other two hotels in Wells so if you come to the city it is easy to find the hotel since they are all in the same street. The hotel is the smallest of the three hotels but it got the best location since it is located in the old gate house which is the entrance to the cathedral area. Hence the backside of the hotel faces right towards the cathedral.
The house which houses the hotel is from the twelfth century and this can be seen. The practical layout of a building which we are so accustomed to just doesn’t exist in this hotel. The stairway is narrow and the halls in the hotel go a bit up and down with a couple of steps put in here and there. So you need to take care not to bump your head into some low hanging beams or stumble on a step somewhere in the hotel when you move around. We were pretty fortunate to have a hotel on the first floor which faces directly to the cathedral with two pretty big windows. I think it is the room in the hotel with best view of all the rooms in the hotel.
The room is fairly big but the inside the room you can sure see it is an old hotel. The bathroom is definitely an afterthought when they realized modern guest demand a bathroom - so they stuck it in there under a stair leading up to the rooms above I assume.
Inside the room is a bed with a white metal frame which goes well along with the old fashioned white dresser at the end of the room. On the other end of the room is an old fireplace which isn’t used anymore - instead the fireplace is now home to the flat screen television they have decided to put into the hotel. The fireplace has been replaced by modern radiators so there is some central heating if you need it during the winter time.
The best thing about the room is waking up in the morning and drawing away the curtains so you can look out on the big grassy lawn which lead up to the big Wells Cathedral. It make sightseeing so much easier when you can do it from the comfort of your hotel room and not even having to go out the front door.
Breakfast is included in the room rate - but despite the fact there is a restaurant at the first floor there are no breakfast at the hotel itself. To get the breakfast you have to cross the street and go into the old White Swan hotel where you can get your breakfast. If you come in a car you can also park your car at the parking lot behind the White Swan hotel. You will appreciate the parking lot behind the hotel since the city doesn’t seem to have many options to park near to the center of the town.
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The Ancient Gate House Hotel Wells (England) Overview
The Ancient Guest House Hotel is a family run, 2 star, Grade II listed building set on Wells Cathedral Green, facing the cathedral’s beautiful West Front. It was built in the 15th Century and has been run by the same family for the last 35 years. Ideally located in the centre of Wells, we are a short stroll from Bishop’s Palace, the moat and Vicar’s Close, said to be the oldest inhabited street in Europe. We are also only 5-10 minutes drive from a number of walks on The Mendips. Clarks factory outlet village is just 1—15 minutes drive and we are also only 2 miles from Wookey Hole Caves and 9 miles from Cheddar Gorge. Our acclaimed bedrooms are all individually decorated whilst still featuring some of the more interesting historical features of the building. Modern necessities such as hairdryers, LCD televisions, tea/coffee making facilities, and telephone with modem come as standard in the rooms. There is Wi-Fi access in some rooms and all communal areas. The unique atmosphere at our guest house is complemented by our AA rosette award-winning Rugantino Restaurant specialising in authentic Italian cuisine. With its friendly staff and warm, cosy surroundings, the Rugantino Restaurant provides the ideal setting for that special meal. The restaurant also prepares traditional English table d'hote menus.
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