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We stayed at the Old Police House for the duration of our visit to Mere in autumn 2011.

Photograph of the Old Police House, Mere, Wiltshire, England   The Old Police House Bed and Breakfast is run by Gilly and Alan Gristwood. We arrived just before lunch and Gilly had already told us that she would be out but that her husband, Alan, would be there to greets us. He was and he did!

After a very friendly greeting Alan showed us our room just at the top of the stairs. Of their three bedrooms this one was the only one which was not ensuite but it did have a separate private bathroom just a few steps away. The bathroom was a nice size with a corner bath but no shower. I understand that the two ensuite rooms have showers but no bath. Amanda prefers a bath and I prefer a shower so on this occasion Amanda was the lucky one.

Our bedroom wasn't large but was of a reasonable size. There wasn't a lot of storage - a chest of drawers and some hanging space in a corner of the room closed off with a curtain. There was a small television but no remote control because it had, apparently, broken although one could work the television by using its built-in controls.

Once we had settled in Alan made Amanda some tea and some coffee for me which was very welcome after a drive of over three hours. We had that, plus a few things we'd brought with us for a snack lunch, in the guests' sitting area which included comfortable seating and a large television.The other half of the downstairs area, which was the full width of the house, had a table and chairs which was used for breakfast. There were plenty of wooden beams and the whole atmosphere was very pleasant. The decor everywhere was of a high standard and we didn't see anything that looked as though it needed re-decoration.

Each morning for breakfast there was a small table set out buffet style with fruit juice, fruit, cereal, yogurt and such and Gilly cooked the main breakfast to order. The food was excellent and we enjoyed our breakfasts very much.

There were a number of places at which one can get an evening meal in the town and we tried the George first because it was nearest. Our food turned out to be rather mediocre and we decided to find somewhere else for the other two nights. That, at Gilly's recommendation, turned out to be the Walnut Tree Inn which was very good indeed and we went there again on our third night. There is also an Indian restaurant in the town which we didn't try. Next time perhaps.

We would happily stay here again.

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