We stopped at Sambrook Manor for one night of B&B to break up a longer journey. We stayed in a room in the main house, with a private bathroom that was not directly attached to our room. There is self-catering accommodation around the courtyard, which I believe is recently renovated, but we stayed in the old, main house rather than those recently renovated bits.
The location is fantastic, as are the views from the windows. Rolling countryside, a river, sheep in the fields, friendly/eccentric local pub (watch out for massive portions when ordering food) etc.
The welcome at Sambrook Manor was reserved rather than friendly (friendliness only appeared when we paid the bill and were heading out the door!), and woe betide anybody who enters the old house wearing their shoes (I don’t have an issue with everybody taking their shoes off, but the order was barked at both us and another, older, couple staying at the same time).
The room that we stayed in was adequate. It had a private bathroom, although accessed via a shared area – slightly inconvenient. The shower head was very low, which was awkward for me, and would be very awkward for anybody taller. The doors between the bedroom and bathroom were also low, with one head well and truly bumped during the night.
Despite the extremely, quiet location, sleep was hard to come by, as the old house was heated beyond a comfortable level for sleeping. Orders had been given not to attempt to adjust anything! This was something the other couple staying at the same time mentioned as well, whilst we were all sitting wrapped in extra layers of clothing trying to keep warm in the cold conservatory where breakfast was served the next morning. The cold was less of an issue as we could put extra layers on, but 3 out of 4 of us had slept badly due to the heat in the rooms, and none of us were overly happy about that.
Other than the location, the breakfast was the highlight. Fresh eggs, tomato, with bacon and sausages from Dave the butcher. Lots of flavour.
I couldn’t make up my mind about cleanliness. The room looked clean enough, but there was a slightly strange smell which led to me stripping the bed to make sure it was ok, and I never felt properly clean until I washed at our next destination. That may have just been the softness of the water, but combined with the odd smell I was glad to have only stayed one night. That might seem a bit harsh, but despite the good food and the ideal location, I really was happy to move on.
The self-catering accommodation around the courtyard presumably provides a better level of comfort, having presumably been converted recently (other reviewers certainly seem to like them, and I have looked jealously at the photographs, which look so much nicer than the room we had). So, please don’t let my comments put anybody off the self-catering accommodation. The main house is adequate for one night, the breakfast is very tasty, but the reception is a bit lacking, the ability to sleep dubious, and accessibility (for anybody with mobility issues) very suspect due to stairs, uneven floors/steps and low shower fitting. Now, if there was B&B accommodation in the bits around the courtyard, with the great breakfast in the main building...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast in lovely countryside surroundings. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sambrook Manor B&B Newport, Shropshire