Harry’s Bed & Breakfast, Cambridge

The location

The B&B’s website claims to be located within a ten minute walk from the city did seem a little bit excessive to us: we used a taxi to go to a restaurant on Trumpington Street and it felt like it would have taken a bit more than just ten minutes on foot. This can be a slight incovenience in a city like Cambridge, which is not exactly car-friendly. We were glad to find there was some free parking on the B&B’s driveway, although we had to squeeze in there.

Be also aware that the owners apparently do not live on the premises, which led to a misunderstanding with other guests while we were staying.

The bedroom

We were given a nice welcome and shown to a room on the ground floor. There was a small and very clean shower room, as well as a lavatory with a sink. Despite the covers, the bed was relatively comfortable. Combined with the fact that our room was rear-facing, it made for a good night. I wonder if the rooms upstairs are giving onto the road, which is quite busy. Ferret enjoyed the tea and coffee making facilities, which also came with biscuits while I was looking for the wifi (you probably have to ask for a code).

The breakfast

There is a very decent English breakfast on offer, with tea and tasty orange juice.

The price

At £95 a night (€120), this comes across as slightly expensive for a B&B. The popularity of Cambridge as a tourist destination, the cleanliness of the rooms and the nice breakfast make it acceptable.

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Hôtel La Chouette, Puligny-Montrachet

The location

This hotel was the first stop on the road to our holidays. Located in the home of legendary white wines, it is within reasonable distance of Beaune, where we attended a concert, and is a good base to explore the vineyards of Burgundy.

ImageBe aware that it is more a B&B than a hotel (as it says on the hotel’s website): we had to ring the bell quite a few times before being granted a rather frosty reception.

The room

The room itself is fairly spacious, a comfortable bed (no duvet though) and the quiet location ensure a good night’s sleep. There is an internet connection provided by cable, although you might find it difficult to access if you are using a VPN. The bathroom is equally large, though one might lament the lack of a proper shower cabin.

The breakfast

Replete with baroque singing and an excellent Japanese dinner, we woke up to a warmer welcome and an excellent breakfast. Breakfast is served in the large communal room downstairs and you will have to enjoy the company of other guests (all English-speaking in our case). Our hostess had prepared a very nice range of eggs, pastries, bread, jams, fruits and cooked fruits. Judging from the Nespresso machine, espresso coffee might be available, but you will have to ask.

The price

Not cheap, in the region of 140 euros including two breakfasts. From the number of foreign numberplates in the village, you are, however, paying a lot for the location.