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1. Posted by kat2on (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

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Hello,
I am looking for a hotel or bed and breakfast to stay at with a fireplace in the guest-room, with just a fireplace in a private room or just a accessible fireplace period in london. I will be visiting london around christmas and would really love to be able to relax in front of a fireplace at night. Does anyone know of anywhere?

2. Posted by tg100 (Budding Member 12 posts) 6y

hi, wat sorta budget are you looking for per a night?

3. Posted by kat2on (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

well I'm searching for anywhere with a fireplace, the cheaper the better of course, but I am willing to pay more for the comfort of the fireplace.
thanks

4. Posted by alisonkf (Budding Member 24 posts) 6y

Dear kat2on,

If you are really serious, which I doubt, you are unlikely to find any bedroom where an open fire would be provided although there may be a fireplace in rooms in older buildings. Quite few public houses with rooms and country hotels wil have open fires in the bars and public rooms, which are lit in winter

Can you really envisage guest house or hotel proprietors paying staff to heave coal or wood to guest roms and pay for the extra cleaning caused by open fires, apart from the health and safety and fire regulations?

You could rent a country cottage, though, where a solid fuel or wood burning stoves may well be installed and heave the fuel yourself. Inquire from tourist offices for holiday lets.

Some youth hostels - the simple sort in remote places - have solid fuel fires still, though only in the Common Room. There are also bunk houses in riural settings. Inquire about the heating arrangements from the YHA. Sitting round a fire swapping travellers' tales can be a delightful experience. Alas, the YHA is hell bent on modernising everything - maybe driven by insurance and other regukations.

Are you just daft, or do you nourish a romantcally deluded vision of Olde Englande - or Scotland - or Wales? The last time I exprerienced a fire in the bedroom was as a child in the 1940's and that was a treat when I was ill.

Alisonkf.

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7274 posts) 6y

That's odd, Allison--we have tons of hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses, and the like with fireplaces here in Canada. And we even had electricity installed across the whole country a few years ago! I remember lugging over-priced bags of kindling and/or "smokeless" logs from the reception to our room. It's actually a big attraction to sit in front of a roaring fire. People seek out such accommodation on purpose.

I'd be very surprised if London didn't have accommodation with fireplaces somewhere. Unless, of course, there's a law against it.

[ Edit: Edited on May 21, 2008, at 5:32 AM by tway ]

6. Posted by SuzyandJoe (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y

Quoting kat2on

Hello,
I am looking for a hotel or bed and breakfast to stay at with a fireplace in the guest-room, with just a fireplace in a private room or just a accessible fireplace period in london. I will be visiting london around christmas and would really love to be able to relax in front of a fireplace at night. Does anyone know of anywhere?

If yours is a winter trip to London, then why not return from a long day to relax in front of the open fire.
The sitting room is yours to use as a place to relax. Use of the grand piano by arrangement. We encourage anyone with an urge to enjoy the ebony and ivory .

http://www.barclayhouselondon.com/02_rates_rooms.html

Hampstead is the arty place to go; here's a pub
http://www.pubs.com/pub_details.cfm?ID=197
but no rooms. Just google
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GFRC,GFRC:2007-01,GFRC:en&q=bb+hampstead
to find one!

7. Posted by Kiowa (Inactive 62 posts) 6y

Quoting alisonkf

Can you really envisage guest house or hotel proprietors paying staff to heave coal or wood to guest roms and pay for the extra cleaning caused by open fires, apart from the health and safety and fire regulations?

well you can find those hotels all over Europe - from North to South from East to West - and yes, they are paying staff to offer this service ;) right, sure most of these locations are no typical low budget places and talking about coal, health, safety and fire regulations - most of the fire places are under control of the staff, so the visitors are not allowed to start the fire places or so and some use gas. yep, some would say - that is not saver either - but hey, let me tell you - the only thing in life that´s save, is the death

8. Posted by Kiowa (Inactive 62 posts) 6y

delated

[ Edit: Edited on May 21, 2008, at 5:39 AM by Kiowa ]

9. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 6y

Hi, I just did a quick search in google using hostel / hotel / London / fireplace and a number of places came up.......

Hotel Meridana (30 pound per night
Radisson Hotel
Letwchworth Hall Hotel

The fireplaces are a very big pull in older victorian run hotels and bnbs , especially around the Christmas period. Your main problem may not be to find one but more to ensure you book it sooner rather then later for availability.

I'm sure if you were to put in different criteria you would find a hotel that suited your needs within your budget / location requirements......

10. Posted by alisonkf (Budding Member 24 posts) 6y

Dear Critics,

In my own defence, I did say that open fires in public rooms can be found in British hotels and guesthouses in winter, but kat2on did seem to specify an open fire in the BEDROOM, which I would swear is simply not on. Does she mean a public room when she says "the guest-room"?

I am also pretty sure that as open fires are now considered luxuries (see aforesaid extra staff expenses etc. in my previous post, they are more likely to be found in more expensive extablishments in London. There is virtually nowhere cheap to stay in London anyway, even youth hostels, now.

Gas flame effect fires are another matter completely, and are very popular, though again, not in bedrooms.

All guest houses and hotels have central heating installed in any case, something the British only took to around fifty years ago. I have been jolly cold in hotel and bed and breakfast bedrooms until the proprietor deems it a suitable hour to turn on the heating - or turn it off.

Alisonkf.