We stayed on a Monday night on a secret escapes deal. On that basis the value was excellent, I would not have wanted to pay the full asking price. As we drove in we were greeted by David(?) who took control of the bags from the boot of the car, and was throughout our stay present and helpful with everything - he is a true asset.
We were upgraded from a Classic to a Deluxe room (Cedar), which was over in the carriage house. Checking in was simple, and we were taken to our room to settle in. The room was nicely done with a more modern influence in the colours and artwork, and was a tale of two halves. A huge grand bedroom, with bed tucked away to the side, and a freestanding bath sitting at one end with half height glass doors to separate it from the bedroom. So far so modern grand. But walled off in one corner was a tiny bathroom with toilet, shower and sink wedged in to a small space, and decorated in a very tired manner. Strange use of space we thought.
We went across to the main drawing room for our included cream tea, which had good quality scones and a great selection of teas, together with delicious biscuits. The room however could be so much better - none of the chairs or sofas matched with the heights of their assigned tables - the armchairs shared one very low, tiny side table making it hard to eat anything given the bending and reaching involved, and the larger tables by the windows (where we were sat), had a normal height table but very soft slouchy chairs. In the end both of us resorted to sitting on top of the scatter cushions, in turn on top of the seat cushions to be able to eat in comfort without the table almost being at nose height. The group of 4 Japanes tourists sitting on the sofas with a coffee table between them were also struggling with the height difference, and balancing various items from their full afternoon tea on their knees, perched on the edges of the sofas without dropping anything. For a cup of tea alone this room would be lovely (although I do think it could fit more furniture in to feel a little cosier, and rearranged a little to take better advantage of the space). However for a cream tea or afternoon tea, the height differential was just too much - perhaps it should be served in the restaurant if this is easier. I don't normally focus on these things, but it did stand out for me.
We ate dinner at the sister establishment across the road. Breakfast had a decent but not outstanding buffet (bottled pressed juices and generally good quality but not made on the site inclusions which generally elevate breakfast at these types of establishments. I ordered the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, whilst my partner had the kippers. My scrambled eggs were overcooked and rubbery, and the kipper was very bony - we understand they are not always filleted, but this specimen was noticeably difficult to eat. Although both our plates were far from empty, there was no question raised by the waitress when she cleared them.
It was a comfortable stay, but considering the other offerings in the near vicinity I am not sure we would rush back. Most of the points above are matters of personal taste however, and we would recommend this Manor to others.
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