Where to stay in Plymouth
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Where to stay in Plymouth
Plymouth is a city with a huge number of options when it comes to finding the right hotel to accommodate your needs. This is especially the case if you don’t know the city well and have an inherent loathing of inner city one way systems that move at relentless speed in precisely the opposite direction to the road that you think you might need to be on in order to find the hidden entrance to your hotel.
I have done this, it isn’t enjoyable, it is even less enjoyable when my partner (who says I have the spatial awareness of a mole in daylight) is driving and I am navigating. He finds it amusing that I have to turn the map around so it is facing in the direction we are going in order to understand it. I find it less amusing that he flatly refuses to use the GPS because he is essentially a stubborn Welsh Luddite with a dislike bordering on the pathological of being told what to do by a mere machine. This does not make a journey to Devon the seamless foray into a new and exciting part of the world that Plymouths finest navigators would have achieved.
So, as chief accommodation organizer I have learned a few tricks when choosing accommodation, because let’s face it as the person who has been tasked with finding the Plymouth Hotel AS WELL as being the navigator there is a definite plus to choosing a hotel that is EASY to find and will not lead to the kind of circumnavigation of Plymouths one way system that would have had Francis Drake cringing into his ruffles and muttering tersely into the helm of the Golden Hind that women onboard were a bad omen.
My partner does terse and muttering very well, he does not object to ruffles so long as we don’t get TOO lost by me and he is provided with a very good aged steak, accompanied by fine ales and wines which I have discovered he is able to enjoy all the more following a prolonged stint in a power shower that has the strength and heat to beat his back ache into submission. He is a man of simple manly requirements (he says) I say he is a bit of a prima donna, but as the person with the ongoing love affair with free standing bath tubs, the perfect vodka martini and listed buildings I am probably in no place to judge, plus I do have a terrible habit of getting us lost, I am truly cursed with a sense of no direction.
So, I found Boringdon Hall online which was a good start and whilst letting the wow factor of this beautiful historical manor house and its entire amazing history sink in I happily read it described as just “Outside Plymouth”
Yes, Boringdon Hall happened to be a Grade 1 Listed Tudor Manor House set in 2 acres of old deer park and yes it also just happened to have an amazingly beautiful facade of stone and mullioned windows and towers and a sweeping driveway all the way up to its big old wooden door. But it also had ample spacious parking and would be EASY to find in the evening and would not encounter rush hour Plymouth traffic.
I shouted to the partner “It has a gallery restaurant above the grand hall that does the right sort of steaks accompanied by the right sort of sauces and ales!” He went “Hmmmm”
I continued “.....And beautiful palatial suites with contemporary bathrooms that have power showers darling!” I didn’t mention that it also had the sort of four poster oak bed and free standing bath tub that I would happily crawl over hot coals to dive into.
“Is it easy to get too?” came the all too familiar response, “I love you Cariad but I’m not driving round and round Plymouth in rush hour whilst you cry and turn the map upside down.”
“It won’t happen this time the hotel is outside of the city and it’s really easy to find.”
I heard a sigh, “Definitely a power shower and good steak though lovely?”
I looked again “Definitely the menu looks stunning, it’s online.”
He laughed “Are the directions online?”
I punched the website into my iPhone, “I have it all on my iPhone” I said snootily
“I’m still taking the map.” He said into my ear.
We did find Boringdon Hall Hotel straight away, we didn’t get stuck in any traffic and I didn’t need the map (triumph of the iPhone in the hands of a none Luddite)
My partner arrived in an unusually stress free state following my navigation, but still enjoyed the fact that the bathroom was as modern as our suite was deliciously, sumptuously Tudor, the ale and fine wines were as they should be and his perfectly cooked fillet steak was brought to him by a very friendly waitress who having a Welsh boyfriend was happy to ply him with as many extra bread rolls as he desired and listen to him extolling the virtues of Swansea being in the premiership.
As she went to find him another bread roll he rolled his wine around in his glass and smiled at me, “Nice place this Cariad.”
I looked at my perfect icy vodka martini with a twist and down into the huge stone fireplace that dominates the Great Hall and thought about the four poster bed.
“Isn’t it” I replied and smiled back.
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