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Kelston Guest House, Weymouth, Dorset

We managed to squeeze two days off last week so after doing some Internet searches decided to stay in Weymouth last Thursday.

My research turned up Kelston Guest House which had a 9.5 rating on Booking.com, double ensuite room, included breakfast, had parking available and was only 400m from the beach. We needed nothing else. Communications through the website and directly with owners were numerous and very thorough.

On our prearranged arrival time, we were a little early, we parked directly outside on faded double yellow lines while Karen checked us in.

After filling in a contact details form we unloaded, received keys, preordered breakfast and I drove off to park the car at the church just a few minutes walk away. A smooth operation.

The room, no.4, was rather compact but had everything we required. Ensuite, sink in room, fan, small TV, toiletries, towels, hairdryer, standard double bed, beverage tray, drinking water, full length mirror, USB sockets, free WiFi and good quality loo paper!!

The only problem we both had was hitting our legs on the wooden bottom end of the bed. I feel as if this comment is like I'm being a contestant on "Four in a Bed", but I don't mean to be picky. This minor issue was just that -- minor.

We were allocated table 4, obviously, for breakfast and also for use if we brought in takeaways, rather than eat them in our room. This was to avoid possible mess in rooms. The room literature also asks guests to report other mishaps, like spilt red wine on sheets, so that it could be dealt with immediately.

Guests are requested to observe a Quiet Time from 10pm to 7am. Some might say all this seems rather regimented but on the other hand it is fairer to say that guests are well informed, all the bases are covered and YOUR satisfactory stay is a priority of the hosts.

However, pity we couldn't get the binmen to observe Quiet Time! They were outside doing their job of transferring numerous empty bottles into their truck at 6:30am Friday morning. Nothing can be done about that.

If you like a softish bed, I'm OK with that, then no complaints about the mattress. However, I'm fussy about pillows. The thin one was too low for me and the fat one too high and small in length. The red wine, I didn't spill any on the sheets, did help a little so I got some sleep.

Choices from the Continental side of breakfast were good and you could also follow with the excellent Full English. For me the star of breakfast was the local sausage from a butcher in the town. It was one of the best sausages I have ever tasted after decades of travelling throughout the world!!

I think the Kelston Guest House deserves it's 9.5 rating. Much thought has gone into the product Karen and Martin deliver. Karen is an excellent hostess, unfortunately we didn't meet Martin, but we appreciated his artwork on the walls. Karen was very welcoming and knowledgeable about the local area.

Yes, we would stay again. It was value for money, but as advised, we would book directly for the best room rate.

01305 780692/ 07749 060523


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