The world needs more guest houses like Merrilee's. There are no actual "hostels" in Newport so William Gyles is the only real option for a backpacker wanting to stay in the area, even though it blew my usual budget, expecially since I'd opted to stay there on 4th July.
Merrilee is lovely and will provide all the information you may need on the area. She took us down to a privilged view area on the harbour to see the fireworks next to the yachts and encouraged everyone to mingle in a family kind of atmosphere.
The room was on the ground floor and consisted of 3 single beds with an en suite. All very clean and homely after the hostels I had been staying in.
While I loved staying there I can understand the last reviewer's comments. On my first afternoon there I went out alone and got talking to some locals. Merrilee had earlier said that herself and some others would be going out for something to eat at a certain time and invited me to tag along if I wanted. I didn't make it because I was busy chatting. The next day I felt a bit out of it and almost like a naughty schoolgirl for not having joined in.
When I said the world needs more guest houses like the William Gyles I meant it. Merrilee offers a home from home: clean, comfortable, with an abundance of local knowledge, and small enough for all the guests to get to know each other. That said, it has to be understood that some people wish to stick to their own agenda sometimes and not necessarily have every aspect of their trip organised for them. I'd been travelling on my own for 6 months by this time and had grown to love my independence.
I don't wish to end on a negative note, since overall this is a great place. Thanks, Merrilee, for your advice, hospitality and enthusiasm.
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