I arrived in Corbridge on my 2nd day of walking Hadrian Wall.
On my arrival I found the owner were not in, but kindly had left an envelope with my name on with the keys and instructions.
I had booked a single and was told I had to share the bathroom which was on the landing.
What I had not been told was that the room was a box room and that the bathroom was at the opposite side of the house!
My room was very tiny and with my backpack on the floor I had to negotiate to reach the sink positioned between a wall and the end of my bed, and had to move it all together to get out of the door.
The bathroom turned out to be yes on the landing but totally the opposite side of my room. I had to pass 3 other bedrooms to arrive to it. when I entered I was in a room that was 3 times as big as my bedroom, had a bathtub in the middle - overlooked by a huge long window - and no shower!
My bedroom not only was tiny but was also overlooked by a huge window over the stairs/landing and the porch at the front door. basically there was no place I could be in my room with some privacy unless I closed the curtains (no nets) and switched on the light.
The owners of the B&B seem to be very organised in giving information about the village and order on what you can or cannot do in a large L-arch file.
You got the feeling hey wanted your money but did not want to see their guests.
Breakfast was at 8.30am, you could have it earlier but no option to have it later, and they wanted you out by 10am. (which is ok, but I can still be out by 10 and eat my breakfast at 9/9.30!!).
I woke up early and was tempted to leave asap as I felt there was a bad karma in the house.
I decided to stay and have breakfast (bad decision).
the dining room had several large tables and a tiny one for the single room, shuffled in a corner, between the door and another table.
My tea was brought in at the same time as other drinks by an elderly woman which only said 'good morning', did not welcome me or introduced herself.
then my poached egg and mushroom came with toasts. I was given 2 eggs - which I had not asked - and what I believe was 1 mushroom thinly sliced to look more than one and 1.5 slices of toasted bread! When I asked for more toasts the woman looked at me like I had 2 heads and I had to repeat my question twice more. eventually she brought me another slice of half burnt toast. I was never asked it I wanted more.
having asked the night before if I could have a yogurt for the cereals (I can't have too much milk) I was told there was no yogurt, so I had to supplement my breakfast with toasts and marmalade.
Fortunately another guest, very kindly offered me her toasts which she did not want.
Given the obvious reticence of our hosts to show themselves and welcome me, I left the balance payment for my room on the table, under the plastic number 3 (my room) and was sure that the old lady would see them immediately as she seemed to grab plates, glassed and so forth from my table as soon as they were empty, without a word to see if they were still needed.
I went to my room and left as soon as possible leaving the keys on the register in the hall and finishing to tie my boots outside this unfriendly place.
I started my day's walk and about 15' or so later, I got a phone call on my mobile. I answered it and a man - after ascertaining it was me - told me I had forgotten to pay for my room!
I told him I had left the balance on my table, prominently under my room number because I had not seen anyone of the house-owners. He did not apologise, but asked me to wait on the line while he went to check I was telling the truth! Shame on you!!!
It was clear the owners welcomed the money guests brings but don't welcome the guests!
- Also Known As:
- The Hayes Corbridge, Northumberland