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The Flackley Ash Country House Hotel
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

Having read a couple of very poor reviews (in amongst the majority of very good ones) we arrived at Flackley Ash with some trepidation.
Whoever used the descriptor of 'crap' should be publicly pilloried (and should learn to spell!!!)
Without exception the reception on arrival, our room, dinner and breakfast were very good indeed (we didn't try the pool etc. but all seemed very good there, too!)
Staff were absolutely marvellous and couldn't do more for us, dinner was inventive, often locally sourced and very well and promptly presented. Breakfast was excellent with only, understandingly, one supplement for smoked salmon.
Anyone who is not used to 'translating' very poor, sad, abusive Tripadvisor reviews, take notice from a well practiced traveller - ignore the offensive ones in amongst the good! The sad writers have obviously an 'axe to grind' and little intellect or taste.
We will go back to Flackley Ash and look forward to it!

Room Tip: Didn't try a room in older part but new extension is great.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank bigmutton
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

The main old part of the hotel is still attractive, but its really let down by mostly cheap uninspiring furniture which is poorly layed out. The dining area and lounges are spacious but they have little in them and there are great expanses of nothing, which doesn't lend much to the atmosphere. The conservatory is nice but again not enough is made of it, and the view of the ugly modern extension is not great. Most of the bedrooms are along a very narrow corridor with a lumpy uneven carpet which I tripped over.The kitchen is across this corridor so we kept on having near misses with the waiting staff carrying plates. Really bad design. There was a really grubby old rug at the entrance to the dining room.

We went on a '3 nights for the price of 2' offer, which gives you a 'gallery or house room'. Our room was of reasonable size, but it was quite dark as we only had a small window with a torn net curtain! Someone had made a bad attempt at sewing it! Really not acceptable.
The room was incredibly hot. We turned the radiator down to zero but it was still on! It was February but we had to have the window open all the time. When we complained about the heat the staff just smiled and said its an old building (the bedrooms are in a modern extension!) and if they don't have the heating on its too cold. This is ludicrous - guests should be able to choose the temperature of their bedroom. We didn't sleep well as it was just to hot.
The decor was a bit dated but not too bad. The furniture looked cheap and there was a very large brass plaque with the hotel name attached to each of the wooden bedsteads! Is this in case you forget where you are?! The beds were quite comfortable but the bed linen should be better quality. The walls were thin and we could clearly hear our neighbours.
The bathroom was of a good size but it looked very tired and the plastic bath looked quite dirty. It was probably clean but it was so old that the dirt was ingrained.

The main reason for us choosing this hotel was because it has a spa. The spa area again looks very dated with 1970's dark wooden panelling and no natural light. The only natural light came from the broken dirty air vent on the wall above the pool! The pool is a good size and looked clean. The hot tub was good. The steam room was a bit small and not very clean. The cold shower next to it was nothing more than an outside garden tap with a pipe and shower head! The sauna was very shoddy, with a broken handle that had been fixed with parcel tape! The thing that really lets down the spa is that its so badly laid out. The sauna, toilets, and showers are all in one small room off the pool area. But the lockers and changing rooms are in the corridor adjacent to the pool area!!!

We had dinner on the first night in the dining room without any atmosphere. Some classical music would have helped ease the deathly silence. The a la carte menu was quite pretentious so we opted for the bar menu. I had streak in pepper sauce with 'hand cut' chips. The steak was good but the chips were odd, soggy but undercooked! The breakfast buffet was a bit bland. The fresh fruit salad had tinned fruit mixed in. The orange and apple juices were not even concentrate but tasted like UHT! The cooked breakfast was good however. Nice sausages and delicious bacon. Mass produced pastries were bland.

The grounds of the hotel amounted to a small area of grass and a pot holed drive way and small car park. The garden bedrooms that appear in other peoples photos on Tripadvisor appear to have access to a completely different garden area to the rest of the hotel.

This hotel really seems as if its on its last legs. Its a shame as it could be so much better. The staff were generally friendly and polite but you get the feeling that their smiles are trying to hide the all too visible cracks in the hotel. Some of the young staff are more professional than the older staff. Not jaded yet?!

Room Tip: I wouldn't recommend it but if you do go, I'd suggest a room in the main old building or a garden room. The garden rooms appear to have access to a completely different garden area to the rest of the hotel.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Lotti12
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Reviewed 10 February 2014 via mobile

Really lovely staff and made our weekend fantastic. My main observations were that staff do not wear a uniform, they appear to just wear black and it's their own choice as to what they wear so there are varying levels if appearance. This also makes it hard to work out who are guests and who are staff. What really lets the hotel down is the food. It's presentation is great but it just doesn't taste how it looks. The food was simply flavourless. Ie as really looking forward to the menu as there is a great choice but ended up leaving half of it on the plate Big disappointment.

Overall I would go back but if hope the food would've been sorted by then. Great facilities

Stayed: February 2014
1  Thank Dazeyduke76
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Reviewed 4 February 2014 via mobile

The food it's more like hospital kind of food, no music and zero atmosphere.
Apparently the room it's sopossd to be superior but it just so ordinary.
The pool and the facilities they was all right, the staff is okay

Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
1  Thank nicolae Stefan m
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

Reception staff were pleasant, rooms and hotel in General is tired and dated. Room was comfy enough but bathroom tiles on floor were grubby and the bath was too.
When I sat down in the bar to review menus it took 20 minutes to be served a drink and have my order taken. When the food came it was ok. Breakfast was sloppy. Scrambled egg was the worst I've had!
It is a real shame as it could be a beautiful hotel with a few tweaks and a bit of a re vamp.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Salese
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