We stayed in a twin bed room on the first floor which was clean and very comfortable. The furniture was spare Scandinavian with warm woods, comfy mattresses, and nice sheets with blankets made from a special local wool. The light fixtures and the radio were mid-century modern. There is no TV in the room as the focus is on books (however, if you must watch TV there is one in the common room). All very neat and relaxing.
The bathroom was a wet room with fully accessible shower and toilet. We could hear the bells ringing in the church tower next door. This wasn’t disturbing with the windows closed but if you sleep with the windows open, it might be.
A satisfying continental breakfast was included in the price of the room. Additional hot dishes could be ordered for a slight additional charge.
We reserved and paid extra for the afternoon tea. Sandwiches, scones, and sweets were all delicious and the atmosphere delightful. A good value for the price (especially compared to a tea we had later in London at St. Pancras).
The Reading Room
Our hotel stay afforded us access to the library. No talking. It was one of the most quiet, restful, and immersive days of our trip. If you love books, or you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the world, I highly recommend a night at Gladstone’s Library.