A truely idyllic place in a sleepy picture postcard village. Had an overnight stay plus dinner and breakfast. On the plus side: very good food (raye with Jersey royals - apart from the slightly burnt butter: really yummieh!) and a tastefully furnished room (I think, it was no. 2, very close the kitchen).
However, there are some negative points, too: the bathroom was not clean (we could cope with no soap etc.) and the whole room plus bath was totally overheated. After complaining we were told by a young guy in charge, the heating would be turned down, but it stayed on during the rest of our stay. To open the windows meant: to be next to an outside customer, for tables and benches are hardly a meter away (means: can be noisy in summer!). To undress, you had to close all curtains and stay in what had developed into a sauna by the time. Normally, we do not accept such a situation and we would move out, but we were tired and hungry after a day of travelling....
We never got an excuse for that, only an explanation (problems with the heating, early in the season etc.) by a kind waitress next morning. We do not know, wether she communicated this to somebody. So we were more than surprised when she gave us (still warm!) Danish pastries we had not ordered and which were not on the menu - DE-LICIOUS! We understood it as a friendly gesture, and it is due to this gesture that this place gets 3 instead of 2 points.
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