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Cross Keys Hotel

(19 Guest Reviews)

Guest Ratings

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Review Summary

  • Rooms 3.8
  • Value 4.1
  • Friendliness 4.5
  • Cleanliness 4.1
  • Facilities 3.7
  • Service 4.4
  • Location 4.5

Review Overall Rating

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Cross Keys Hotel Information

Description

The Cross Keys Hotel in Chatteris is a 16th Century Coaching Inn in a pleasant Fenland Town, set between the two cathedral cities of Ely and Peterborough. Surrounded by rich farmland, known as the Covent Garden of England. Chatteris is the Gateway to the Fens. During the Medieval period, the town was dominated by Chatteris Abbey, a small Benedictine nunnery dedicated to St Mary, built in 980 by Alfwen the niece of King Edgar and one of only eight nunneries mentioned in the Domesday Book. Throughout its existence, the abbey was comparatively poor compared to other foundations, due to a lack of royal patronage and a consequent lack of tithe estates. As a result, the abbey survived the first wave of closures during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, but was surrendered to the king's commissioners in 1538, by which time there were eleven nuns in residence. Later fires in 1706 and 1864 destroyed most medieval and Georgian architecture, and a large proportion of the town's listed buildings date from the Victorian period onwards. However, many of the pasture fields on the outskirts of the town have evidence of ridge and furrow farming practices, although these are under threat by current building proposals. To the north of the town runs the Forty Foot Drain, a large river also called Vermuyden's Drain, after the Dutch engineer whose name is associated with the fen drainage works of the middle of the 17th century. Several of the older buildings of the town show evidence of the Dutch architectural style. Chatteris is a market town and has possessed this designation since 1834, although an earlier market existed in the town, which was discontinued due to poor roads in 1808. A small market is still held every Friday. Following the Beeching Axe, Chatteris railway station, formerly on the St. Ives extension of the Great Eastern Railway was closed in March 1967. It is believed Samuel Pepys stayed here in September 1663, as did the wild man Oliver Reed.

David and Rebecca Leaning welcome everybody into their Hotel and Restaurant which they see as their home. Although the Cross Keys was named the most haunted in East Anglia in 1996 this does not phase the Leanings as they are used to having unusual activity from living in previous Grade II listed (and old) premises. Prior to purchasing the Cross Keys, their previous four years was spent transforming the White Hart Hotel in Calne into a successful business with constant organic growth making the hotel the known centre for community events and influencing town direction. The White Hart was the operational centre for entering The Guinness Book of World Records for the largest living nativity scene on ‘The Green’ (Dec 16), the introduction of St. George’s Day Medieval Fayre attracting 1000+ footfall each day, three annual and consecutive entries into CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide, a Five Food Hygiene Rating (2 independent inspections), the largest collection raised for the Poppy Appeal in three consecutive years and the salvation of the town’s Community Radio internet based radio station. A weekly Pub Quiz (Tuesday) raised several thousand pounds for local charities and good causes.

Cleaning and safety

  • Professionally cleaned
  • Disinfected daily
  • Disinfected between stays
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing
  • Staff protective clothing
  • Contactless check-in/out
  • Linens washed above 60°C/140°F
  • Mattress and pillow protectors
  • Common area doors left open
  • Outside air ventilation
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Socially distanced dining
  • Staggered time slots for dining
  • Sanitised tableware
  • Takeaway meals
  • Wrapped breakfast
  • Wrapped lunch
  • Wrapped dinner

Facilities

  • Baggage store
  • Bar
  • Free high speed internet
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Weddings & private parties
  • High speed internet
  • WiFi internet
  • Breakfast lounge
  • Ironing service
  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Breakfast in the room/unit

Parking

  • On-site parking
  • Free parking

Children's Facilities

  • Highchairs

Business Facilities

  • Business facilities
  • Meeting rooms
  • Conference & events

Dining

  • Continental breakfast
  • Cooked breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Free breakfast
  • English/Irish breakfast
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • To-go breakfast

Activities and Experiences

  • Animal watching
  • Archery
  • Bird watching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • River rafting
  • Skydiving
  • Tennis court - indoor
  • Tennis court - outdoor
  • Walking
  • Water activities
  • Family fun

Policies

  • Check in
    14:00 22:00
  • Check out
    11:00
  • Child Policy
    Children welcome
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Pets
    No pets
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties not allowed
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Accessibility

A ramp is available to access the bar and restaurant. Unfortunately there is no lift to access the first floor.

Directions

  • Road from Chatteris (1.0 miles)
    122 Bridge St Chatteris PE16 6RN Head south-east on Bridge St towards Medcalfe Way 0.3 mi Continue onto High St 0.2 mi At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Railway Ln 0.2 mi Turn left onto Station St Destination will be on the right 479 ft PE16 6BA

 
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