My husband and I have just spent four nights at this hotel and overall it was OK. The hotel is in a quiet location.
The large room we had overlooked the gardens to the side and had a four poster bed . The furnishings looked very grand and in keeping with the character of the house.
However, the mattress felt hard and lumpy and the pillows are painfully thin, so sleep was a bit elusive. The bed linen was fine, but the top cover has stains on it.
Overall the house looks like it needs some refurbishment as the decor looks tired and in need of some TLC.
The water pressure is very poor in this room and it takes a long time to fill the bath. No shower in the bathroom, but a hand held shower hose is attached to the bath taps. Given the poor water pressure and this arrangement, I could not wash my hair during our stay. I have to admit that it is waist length, so trying to wash it in the bath is not really suitable.
The room was clean enough, but not quite as the fluff and debris under the bed could clearly be seen .
The biscuits on the hospitality tray were nondescript economy variety. The one packet was opened on Friday and stayed on the tray with it's remaining biscuits still in it until Monday !
Food was very good, but the dinner menu is extremely limited. Breakfast is excellent apart from the the tea which was served lukewarm and the thin sliced toast made from non-descript bread.
Walking around the grounds, we did see some lovely gardens, but again, not quite there as the formal lawn at the back of the hotel seems to have an unfinished bit , possibly thoughts of a pond being created at some point. Such a pity that what appeared to have been at one time, formal walled gardens and kitchen gardens have been left unmanaged and are currently used to house several old baths and other debris.
The coach house has been ring-fenced at some time in the past as it is derelict and falling to pieces. I believe that there were plans to demolish this derelict building to replace it with a conference suite and bedrooms.
There had been a wedding in the marquee at some time before our arrival which had not been cleared away. Some of the chairs still had covers on them, others had not and others were just in heaps on the tables. Just a mess!
Given that this is a small hotel with few staff who must multi-task, the feeling of lack of concern for the general well being of the hotel is sad.
We were checked in by a very helpful lady who showed us to our room, brought a jug of fresh milk to the room for our tea, served us pre-dinner drinks at the bar, served our meal at the table and was there at breakfast the following day. This lady called Katy definitely multi-tasked and did it very well, always polite and smiling. She is a definite asset to the team there.
Would we stay there again ? Possibly yes, but the hotel owners/ managers should realise that they have some way to go to get it right and make it a very comfortable country hotel .
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