The Black Hole B&B, Winchester, Hampshire: hotel review

This new 10-room B&B rises above its jokey prison theme and is actually a rather stylish bolthole – and the ‘cells’ are comfortable

“You’re in Cell Eight,” I’m told as I’m led up a narrow, winding staircase to the second floor. The key turns in the lock, the heavy wooden door creaks open, and I step into a smallish but perfectly formed room, with wrought iron bed and bedside locker, and sparkling bijou en suite. No padded walls or window bars.

This new 10-room place to stay on the eastern edge of Winchester calls itself the Black Hole B&B, but it’s not really a B&B in the traditional sense. It’s not part of someone’s house (no need to sneak in quietly if you get back late), but then there’s no bar or receptionist on call after hours either.

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