Orton Hall was an atmospheric delight with its imposing stone exterior and its high-ceilinged, wood-wainscoted, casement-windowed interior. The look and feel of the place was everything I'd hoped for.
We stayed in the Rochester Wing: 3rd floor, back left corner of the manor. It was quite large w/ 2 bedrooms & a bath connected by a long hall to the kitchen and large living area with 2 pop-out areas for dining. There was a door to close off the living area from the sleeping area so late-night TV viewing didn't disturb early-to-bedders.
Noise was never a problem. In fact, although we knew there were several other occupants of the manor during our stay, we never saw or heard anyone else during our 4-day stay. (It was actually beginning to creep us out a bit!)
The rooms were well-equipped with lots of reading material (although, yes, a bit dated), lots of videos (good selection), and a kitchen with everything you could possibly need and all the appliances in good working order.
The grounds were nice, and large enough for my husband & son to throw the baseball around while my daughter & I went exploring.
Now the downside: it was not very clean at all. I could understand the standing dust on the wainscoting and railings cus', realistically, the place is just too big to perform a thorough cleaning. However, the state of the kitchen floor and sink was inexcusable. The bathroom didn't look like it had been cleaned at all. The bathroom drinking glass was covered in toothpaste residue, and the glass shower door was completely obscured with dried soap and water stains and was "sealed" to the tub with masking tape. (Despite the tape fix, the door still leaked, creating a large puddle on the carpeted floor. There is no doubt in my mind that the carpet conceals an ever-growing area of dry rot.)
I'm torn in my overall rating. I loved the place so much, and yet was appalled at the lack of a good cleaning. Luckily, there was an abundant supply of cleaning products. I simply rolled up my sleeves and gave the kitchen & bath a thorough scrubbing before my family set foot in them. Should a guest have to do that? No, but it allowed me to enjoy the next 4 days there knowing I had.
I did let the owners know directly of the condition of the place so maybe improvements have been made since our stay.
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