The Black Hole
We wanted to stay somewhere slightly out of the ordinary in Winchester, and The Black Hole immediately appealed to our love of all things quirky. An eccentric prison theme runs throughout the bed and breakfast, with the hallway walls papered in rap sheets and real prison doors in every room. The theme is largely understated though, giving each cell an undeniably cool but comfortable feel. Cell eight has stunning views over Winchester and is decorated with posters and gig ticket stubs, whilst cell ten is more spacious with a claw-foot bath and an adjoining cubby hole room that kids will adore. There’s a rooftop terrace with glorious views over the pretty city, making it an excellent place to enjoy an early evening drink. The whole venue has been lovingly and thoughtfully curated, so guests can look forward to unique accents in every room – our room featured an antique book repurposed into a bedside table.
The decor in the bright and airy breakfast room combines the charm of a country kitchen with The Black Hole’s inimitable prison-chic style. The magnificent breakfast we enjoyed was prepared on a gorgeous cream AGA and featured a top-notch, locally sourced cooked breakfast and freshly squeezed orange juice, as well as croissants still warm from the oven. As we departed, we agreed that we will most certainly be returning to The Black Hole.