We were traveling without a car, so planned on taking a taxi to Seymour House Bed & Breakfast in Chipping Campden after arriving by train at nearby Moreton in Marsh. Unfortunately, there were no taxis to be found at the station, an unusual occurrence according to locals.
We easily figured out which of the buses that stop at the far end of the train station parking lot would bring us to Chipping Campden. It wasn’t due to arrive for a while, so we walked a few blocks into Moreton, and found a great little sweet shop that also served coffee (more on Cacao Bean in another post).
Yes, a taxi would have been faster, but the bus ride was comfortable and a great way to see the countryside. Once we got to Chipping Campden, it was an easy walk to the B&B where innkeeper Sarah was expecting us.
This is an absolutely gorgeous bed and breakfast that also acts as family home for Sarah, Peter, their twin teen daughters and black lab. All together, the early 1700’s building is “U” shaped and includes a separate self catering “Coach House” available for rent toward the back of the property.
It looks like at some point in the building’s history, a large part of the central courtyard was enclosed with a vented glass ceiling and wall, creating a wonderful indoor-outdoor feel. Cold drinks at the patio table outside this room were perfect after a day of travel.
Sarah and her family actively support the arts. Many pieces by local artists are throughout the home and property.
We stayed in the first floor (second floor by American custom) Old Playroom with an en suite bathroom. The room can be set up with two twins or as we requested, with beds pushed together as a superking. The room overlooks the courtyard, has a fresh, airy feel and is very spacious.
Coffee and tea service, along with biscuits and fresh milk were delivered to our room daily.
Breakfast is served in a lovely, bright front room fronting High Street. It’s kept set for intimate dining as well as a sitting area in front of a fireplace. The word divine comes to mind when reflecting on this room’s decor. The fabrics are wonderful, beautifully coordinated and of fine quality.
A sideboard held juice, coffee, tea, bowls of granola and stewed fruit that varied day to day. Each morning we’d tell Sarah what we’d like in the way of eggs, toast, breakfast meats, etc. for a full English breakfast. Delicious!
After reading about all the finery and attention to detail at Seymour House, I’m going to bring things back down to earth a bit. We asked Sarah where the nearest launderette was because we wanted to wash a few things. She insisted on doing our laundry for us! Thank you, Sarah. That was above and beyond!
The kind of people you might find staying at Seymour House are like the couple who, after hearing we didn’t have a car, invited us to tour surrounding villages with them in their car for a day. They were fun, interesting and especially kind to invite us to tag along.
One afternoon we walked on one of the marked paths, from Chipping Campden to Broad Campden. It was fun following the map we’d picked up at the visitor’s center and colored markers along the way. We went down lanes, across farm fields affording great views, through “secret-ish” gates, and past a Quaker Meeting House built in 1663!
After staying for three wonderful nights, we’d gotten pretty comfortable at Seymour House. It was hard to make ourselves move on. We were able to reserve a taxi (recommended by Sarah) ahead of time for the trip back to Moreton in Marsh’s train station.