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Milford Hall Hotel, Salisbury, England

We stayed at Milford Hall Hotel for 3 nights when we took part in the Neolithic Marathon on May 6th, an epic trail run between the stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge. Before we go into details, here’s a short film that I made on arriving at the hotel. It’s not meant to be a glossy film showing the accommodation at it’s best, just an honest first impression on what the average visitor might encounter on arrival.

Location - The Milford Hall Hotel is at 206 Castle Street, Salisbury, a 30 minute very straightforward drive from the World Heritage site of Stonehenge, and a 15 minute walk from the equally impressive Salisbury Cathedral.

There’s ample free parking onsite, and several good restuarants within a 20 minute walk, although the hotel itself also has it’s own restuarant (more about that later). The area, in fact the whole city, seemed very safe – day and night – and friendly. It was also very quiet, considering the city link road is just 100 metres away (a railway embankment sits between hotel and road, muffling the traffic noise).

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Check In/Reception - Check in was efficient; my reservation was ready printed out and waiting. I just had to sign the card, give my telephone number and in return I got a room key card and a city map from the welcoming receptionist. She was, as all the staff were during my stay, very friendly and helpful, without being overly attentive.

The Room - My ground floor room was reached via a corridor; no steps were involved so it’d be fine for the disabled. There was a fluffy bear waiting for me as I entered the room, a rather amusing touch that I’m sure kids would love! (actually, I quite liked it as well).

The room was clean and the bed comfy; not too soft or firm. All the linen smelled fresh too.

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There was no minibar, fridge or safe (there was a sign saying valuables could be deposited at reception). On the plus side, there was a trouser press, an ironing board/iron, a portable heater and free Wi Fi, which I used often. It offered fast and uninterrupted service.

The telephone had it’s charges very clearly displayed; around £1 per minute for overseas calls and between 32p and 10p a minute for national, depending on the time of day.

The shower was always full of hot water; the dial on it changed the temperature quickly from a maximum of 40c (too hot for me) down to something cooler. There were plenty of toiletries, huge, plush towels, heated towel rail and soft dressing gowns.

The bath was average size, I just took showers though. The bathroom was overall very clean, I didn’t notice any tired grouting or ground in limescale build up on the taps (not that this matters that much, but it does indicate a very good standard of cleaning and maintenance).

The TV had the usual terrestrial channels, also a limited amount of Sky channels, including the Sports ones.

There was a little traffic noise during the day when I had the window open, I could have turned the air con on instead of having the window open but I like fresh air if I have the choice. At night though it was very quiet, even though I had the window open then too.

So all in all it was a very comfortable room. Not overly furnished but more than adequate for me and with a bed that offered a very good nights sleep.

The Restaurants - The Hotel room rate included a self service buffet breakfast on the weekend, where the full range of traditional English style was on offer in silver serving bowls. There was also a selection of cereals, fruit and pastry’s. Tea and coffee were brought to the table fresh, and a choice of 3 juices were available next to the fruit.

On a weekday the cold part of the buffet, the cereals, fruit and pastry, were still self service whilst the full English was freshly cooked for each individual. I guess this was because at the weekend there are lots of guests, whilst during the week this isn’t so. This was certainly true during my stay.

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The food was very tasty; not too greasy and I could tell that the ingredients were of a good standard. One bit of advice; whilst the weekend buffet is self service, if you want your eggs done another way (the standard offering is scrambled) the staff are happy to cook fresh for you.

I ate at the Hotel’s restaurant – Salisbury Seafood & Steak House – once and enjoyed it very much. My friend had the calves liver with Dijon mash and leeks, whilst I had burger, salad and chips. The food was excellent, and I can say without reservation that the chips were the best I’ve ever had. Crisp on the outside, fluffy inners, thick, steaming hot. And it was all very well priced; 2 mains plus a side salad came to under £30.

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In Summary - It’s hard to be anything but positive about Milford Hall Hotel. The location is superb, both for the city of Salisbury and the surroundings monuments of Stonehenge and Old Sarum, the car parking is plentiful and free, my room was comfy and quiet, the food tasty and well priced, and the staff are very friendly. All in all, I’d say that Milford Hall Hotel and it’s restaurant are a good bet.

For more information on Milford Hall, please click here www.milfordhallhotel.com

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