I stayed in this venue in August 2012. I have never written a review before, but now in October, months later, I am still bothered enough by my stay to want to write a review.
I can see why the other reviewers liked the fabric of the b and b. But look underneath the surface, and if you know anything basic about period features/ architecture or history, the way this building has been done up will really annoy you. There are very basic mistakes, like painting the old wooden timbers, which will not let the wood 'breathe' and it will cause untold damage to the internal structure. From the outside of building it looks like the original facade has been leveled over - again this will cause long-term damage to the building.
It really seems like a lot of it has been done on the 'cheap' - 'John Lewis cheap' admittedly - but it seems corners were cut, which is a shame for such a lovely building.
I also think the rooms were over priced. There was no bath in the room , which I would really expect at that price, and there was no cooked breakfast. The lack of cooked breakfast really annoyed me as the rooms at the back seemed large enough to accommodate a kitchen. However, the showers were large and walk-in and were of good standard.
Otherwise, the beds were a good size, the linen was of good quality and there was an iron and hairdryer provided in the room. The rooms could have done with more toiletries supplied as they were not renewed on the second day, and there was no one to be found to get more at the end of a long day.
In short, if you get angry/ upset by the period renovation failures I have mentioned above then this place is not for you. But if you want to stay in a venue that feels like John Lewis himself dressed the place then this is the B and B for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Contemporary accommodation in the heart of Bruton. Four ensuite bedrooms and a two bedroom suite all with Complimentary wifi, Hospitality tray, flat screen tv and dvd. Locally sourced buffet style breakfast. Relaxing lounge with coffee and tea available throughout the day. All with friendly and personal service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oak House Bruton, Somerset