Booked at the last moment and managed to get the last room available.. the Windsor Room. (Funnily enough my husband and I were engaged at the real Windsor Castle in England so..!) This Inn was absolutely spotless. I cannot think of any other word to describe how immaculate this Inn was. The wooden staircases & finishings looked as though they were freshly oiled, the carpets were freshly vacuumed, the furniture and mantelpieces were shining and the gorgeous stained glass windows were glistening in the light... we arrived in the early evening and were greeted at the door to this amazingly beautiful old historic home. We were told we could have tea, cookies or even a sherry should we wish to. We were quite tired so went to our room where it was so surprisingly quaint! There were books to read, chocolates, and plenty of historical articles about the Inn; even a television if you like. The soaker tub was giant and everything was very comfortable and again, so so clean. The one and only somewhat negative comment we may have is that there wasn't air conditioning(which can be quite noisy some places) but it was rather warm & our window could not be opened, which I would probably prefer to AC anyways... They did provide another fan along with a ceiling fan but unfortunately the were quite powerful so made it cooler yes, but hard to sleep. It was a beautiful location with an amazing story behind it all, a newspaper baron and his wife had made this home(wait, another funny coincidence my husband and I both are in the newspaper industry too!). It has a coded front gate, which is a nice touch and made us feel secure in a place we don't know very well. Breakfast was served in the dining room and what a gorgeous dining room at that. We were served with proper china cups and saucers by a lovely gentleman who could not have had better manners. We enjoyed a fresh fruit bowl that was excellent and the coffee & tea was piping hot and always refilled. We were then given the most melt-in-your-mouth fresh baked croissant! It was like nothing you've ever eaten (and I've been to France!)! The last course was a half fresh bagel with whipped cream cheese and fresh salmon on top... absolutely scrumptious! We were sorry we had to leave right away and couldn't linger to enjoy exploring the Inn a little more.. but managed to take some pictures of the decor that is so cozy and welcoming. I would love to stay there in the winter sometime to experience the coziness of the antique fireplaces. It was a lovely stay and as I finish writing this I can see that I couldn't refrain from using the word 'absolutely'.. so that is my title "Absolutely best in service". You'll see! thank you for a lovely time, Amethyst Inn!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Truly Victorian Heritage InnAmethyst Inn is a fully-restored historic mansion dating from 1885. A few of our many features are 13 foot ceilings, period furniture and antiques. There are cosy fireplaces in most rooms. In the parlour we serve a full breakfast on antique crystal and china. To help you unwind there are jacuzzis in some of our rooms, and dont worry about your car: we have lots of secure, free parking on our property. ... more less