Myself, my husband and two very good friends, recently decided to take a day trip to Calais. The original plan was to set of From Oldham where we live, at 2am in the morning and get the 8am ferry from Dover over to France.
Both boys thought this was a great idea, and expected us girls to fall in with there plans. After the initial excitement of the idea had worn off we began to think of the implications of doing as they wanted.
It would take us at least four and a half hours to travel down to Dover, then we had the one and a half hour ferry crossing over to France. After which the boys would be spending most of the day driving around Calais and Belgium, not a good idea we thought.
So what was the alternative? The only thing we could think of was an over night stop in Dover. All we needed to do was find someplace to spend the night, which would leave us all refreshed and ready to face the eagerly awaited trip.
After much searching on the internet we came across the Dover District Council web site, which offered a great deal of helpful information on Dover. This included info on Dover it self, places to go, things to do and where to stay etc.
After looking through the "where to stay" section which list's Hotels, B&B's, self catering accommodation etc. We decided to give the Longfield Guest House a call, hoping to make a booking, this we was able to do with out any problems.
On making the booking we were given very clear instructions on how to find the guest house, once we arrived in Dover.
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Now for some info on the Guest House.
Longfield Guest House is situated on Folkestone
Road, which is close to Dover Priory Railway Station and town centre, five minutes away from the ferry port and ten minutes away from the channel tunnel.
There is a security lit car park available, which is looked up at 11pm and also a lock up garage.
There are seven rooms to choose from, which consist of, single, double, twin and family rooms, some of which are en-suite. All rooms are spacious and include television
, washbasin, tea/coffee
making facilities, central heating
and plenty of storage space
We had booked two double rooms, which we found after entering to contain both a double and a single bed
. This pleased me greatly, has I claimed the single bed for myself. My husband did not think very much of this idea, but I was determined to get a good nights sleep. Along the corridor from our room, we found two good size bathrooms, which contained shower, washbasin and toilet. There was also a separate toilet and washroom.
After dropping our overnight bags
into the rooms, the boys thought it a good idea to find out where the nearest pub and chippy was located. The reason being that after all that driving, they were both ready for a cool drink and then some light refreshment. Maria the landlady gladly gave them the information that they needed and out we went. This much needed light refreshment consisted of a few pints followed by fish and chips
, light refreshment indeed...not. .
In the morning we were welcomed down to the dinning room
and offered the great British breakfast, this included eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans
and tomatoes. Which was accompanied by plenty of toast and marmalade and tea or coffee, after which we were ready to face the day.
Now For The Prices...
Room only is £15 - £20 per person.
Bed and breakfast is £17 - £22 per person.
Family rooms are available from £45
*** My Overall Opinion On The Longfield Guest House.
We found this guest house to be a very comfortable place to spend the night. There did not appear to be a lounge area, so if you were planning on staying for a few days you would have to spend time in your room.
The landlady Marie was very helpful, and did everything possible to ensure that we had everything that we needed.
Overall we spent a very pleasant night here, and I would recommend the Longfield to anybody planning a stop over in Dover.
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For more information on Dover and places to stay, take a look at the web site.