Not many, if any, hotels are named after their owners, but then not many hoteliers are quite as much of a selling point as Hannah McIntyre. Not that she craves limelight – quite the opposite – but her youth (mid-twenties), warmth and enthusiasm do set the tone for her equally stunning guesthouse. Two things alone make it the current go-to address for this absorbing cathedral town, whether for visitors (she also serves afternoon teas to non-residents), bridal couples or honeymooners: it’s got wow factor and Hannah is committed to doing the finest possible job. In a former livery, then dancehall, a huge arched front door leads into a lofty, dramatic living space, complete with antique piano, sofas around a wood burner, bookshelves and honesty bar. The three exciting bedrooms have huge comfy beds and baths on mezzanines reached by almost vertical wooden steps. Hannah’s breakfasts are special and her B&B an unalloyed delight. Doubles from £185.
Name to Know: Hannah McIntyre, the 27- year-old friendly and welcoming owner, who does her utmost to ensure that her guests enjoy their stay down to the last detail.
See: Winchester Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, a must whilst staying at Hannah’s.
Eat: At Pi Woodfired, the best place for the perfect Friday night 20-inch pizzas.
Buy: Something from Toscannacio, the best Italian deli and wine shop in town. There’s also a little place to sit and have a glass or two.
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