Overview

This is an independent guest house, very close to Stansted Airport, which has views of the surrounding countryside.  The facilities are basic and it doesn’t have a star rating but it gets very good guest reviews, with most giving it at least 4 out of 5 (March 2010).

Address: Stansted Guest House, Parsonage Road, Takeley, Herts, CM22 6PT.
Phone: +44 (0)7775 943601

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Location

The Stansted Guest House is only half a mile from Stansted Airport, but it’s not under the flight path so you shouldn’t be disturbed by aircraft noise.  You can actually walk to the airport in 15 minutes if you feel like it.  The guest house is set in 3 acres of grounds in a rural area.  There’s a country pub a few minute’ drive away.

Parking

They’ve got a car park at the back of the hotel.  The first 2 days are free and each day after that is £5.  You’re welcome to leave your car there for the duration of your trip and you should reserve your long stay parking when you book your room.

Check-in/out and breakfast

You have to check in between 4 pm and 11.30 pm and check out in the morning by 10 am.  You can help yourself to the cold breakfast buffet from 6 am, which consists of toast, jams, cereal, juice and hot drinks.  This costs £3 per person.

Shuttle bus

Some room bookings have airport transfers included in the price.  The shuttle runs between 6 am and 10 am and 4 pm and 11 pm, every hour, on the hour.  If you don’t have transfers included, they’ll cost you £4 per room, per journey.  You have to pre book this and in this case, you won’t be able to catch any of the shuttles before 8 am.  If you prefer to walk to the airport you can do that in about 15 minutes.

Hotel facilities

There’s a breakfast room where you can make use of the free wireless internet connection up until 11 pm.  The Stansted Guest House is set in 3 acres of grounds with mature gardens where you can take a refreshing walk.  They don’t do meals here but there’s a country pub nearby where you can get a beer and something to eat.  It’s 15 minutes walk along an unlit country road, or you can get a taxi for about £6.  A couple of requests – no smoking in the guest house and no guests under 8 years old.

Guest rooms

All the bedrooms are en suite and you can choose a single, double, twin or family room (which has a double bed and 2 singles).  There are 10 rooms altogether; they all have showers and some have baths.  Each of them has a TV with digital channels.  You’ll find they have the stuff you need to make yourself a nice cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate.  There’s no smoking in the guest house and children have to be at least 8 years old.

Accessibility

The owners of the Stansted Guest House are planning to carry out improvement works in 2011 to add 2 accessible bedrooms to their facilities.  At present, however, the guest house is not adapted for disabled guests (May 2010).

Directions

Turn off the M11 Motorway at Junction 8 (don’t take the new airport sliproad), then head towards Takeley on the B1256.  After 2 and a half miles you will come to some traffic lights – turn left there.  Go along this road for 1 mile and when the road bends to the right you will see the Stansted Guest House on your left.  If you come to a small roundabout at the entrance to the airport, you’ve gone too far.

Airport views

The Stansted Guest House is very close to the airport but doesn’t have views of the runway.  For that you could try the Radisson SAS Stansted Airport.

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