Celebrating all that’s great about British bed & breakfast establishments, National B&B Week is a fab time to find a friendly and unique place to stay in the UK.
We visited 5 Chapel Street in Cambridge, run by the lovely Christine Ulyyan. A Georgian townhouse in a quiet part of Chesterton, north of the city centre and close to the River Cam, this b&b is a haven of peace and tranquility. After a busy day making the most of everything Cambridge has to offer, what more could you need?
The style of the B&B is classically English, in keeping with the Georgian design, and we fell in love with our room, with its high ceilings and large sash windows. There is a choice of three good-size double bedrooms and we stayed in the delightfully airy and light bedroom one, the largest of Christine’s rooms with a superking-size bed (which can be converted into singles) and a spacious ensuite bathroom.
With its firm mattress and cosy duvet and pillows, it was a shame to have to leave the room at all! If you want one of the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had, this is the room for you. The bathroom has a large claw-footed bath with shower, great for a long soak after our day in the city. Christine provides little extras, such as a cute pot of homemade cookies on our arrival – and if we hadn’t been planning to eat out, a cream tea was offered!
Breakfast was served in the cosy dining room, where we chatted to the two other guests at the shared table. We chose from a huge selection of breakfast options, my partner going for the full English with Suffolk-reared sausages and local bacon; I chose the vegetarian breakfast which more than set me up for the day! Christine makes her own granola, the cheese scones couldn’t have been fresher and even the tomato ketchup was homemade.
5 Chapel Street is just a five-minute walk from the River Cam, and from here you can easily walk into the city centre – the car stayed put all weekend! Alternatively there are plenty of buses, it’s also close to the new Cambridge north train station.
Cambridge has so much to offer and its history as home to one of the most famous universities in the world is woven into the city’s fabric. To see the colleges, many of which are hundreds of years old, take a punt down the river Cam, or simply wander the streets, where you’ll discover colleges hidden in the most unexpected places.
We can heartily recommend the Mill Works restaurant for a fabulous casual dining experience. It’s located on the Mill Pond a short and picturesque walk from the centre – there is even a working water wheel inside the restaurant!
Our break was set up thanks to https://eviivo.com/