Old House Inn isn’t like any airport accommodation you’ve ever stayed in. It’s cute, personal and homely. Technically I guess it isn’t an airport hotel, but it’s just a short ten minute car ride away so it’s definitely going to be my spot for future trips out of Gatwick (and I think it should be yours too).
You can choose to park at the nearby Cophall Parking Gatwick and take advantage of their shuttle service. You’ll even get a discount if you’re a guest of Old House Inn. If you don’t drive you can easily grab a taxi (bookable via Old House Inn). However, if you are driving I’d suggest leaving your car overnight at the hotel (for free), then in the morning drive the short ten minutes to Gatwick and leave your car at the onsite valet or premium parking. It only cost me £10 more than the long stay parking and meant that I could leave my car as close to the entrance as possible. Within one minute I was inside the airport. If you read my recent post about my travel evolution you’ll know this option scores a big thumbs up.
Old House Inn is completely adorable from the moment you set your eyes on it. Twinkly lights form a canopy over the rear pub garden and bluesy jazz music croons in the light breeze. You instantly feel like your holiday has begun. It started its life in the sixteenth century and has been many things over the years. Luckily it’s still retained all of its character despite being given a modern, hand-warming touch.
There’s no formal reception desk so to speak. You walk into the bar area and are instantly greeted by one of the lovely staff members. If you’re lucky you’ll get Tanya (I don’t have the best memory – I think that was her name!). She’s friendly and bubbly (but not in an annoying way). You’ll instantly warm to her.
There are only six rooms and I stayed in one of the upper rooms at the rear of the property. It’s accessed via the gardens up some timber stairs. It almost feels like a stylish holiday chalet. The room is completely different to the dim, stuffy and pokey rooms I’ve experienced at chain hotels at the airport. Coombers features a beautiful beam in the ceiling, two gorgeous panelled windows looking out onto greenery, not to mention the most fabulous bath tub you’ve ever seen. The reading tray, complete with candle and champagne flutes is the piece d’resistance.
The room is spacious, modern and homely. You’ll find cute touches like candles and quirky plant pots, as well as a basket of delicious treats. Let’s just say the chocolate chip shortbread disappeared pretty quickly. There’s a flat screen TV, decent WIFI, sweet scented toiletries that are bigger than some of the titchy ones you normally see, and well, lots more.
Back down in the bar and restaurant you can enjoy dinner. As it’s such an old building the ceilings are super low and the dining areas are disjointed. Rather than being annoying, it’s endearing. The snug area has a woodburning stove and one little nook has a private space with an arty rope light feature. Locals from the village come here to eat too, so book your table in advance. You’ll find things like burgers and roasts on the menu, as well as the most delicious risotto I’ve had in a while. Dressed in a creamy cheese sauce, it has a subtle citrus flavour that ensures it’s not too stodgy.
As you can probably guess, I’d definitely recommend a pre-airport stay at Old House Inn. Rooms at this gorgeous boutique are surprisingly affordable. You can find out rates and availability on their website.
And you can watch a room tour in my latest #TravelTrailer…
Big thanks to Old House Inn for hosting my stay. I’m sure I’ll see you again very soon.