When I made the booking and the owner started by interrogating me on whether my husband or I smoked and then told me that checking-in hours were only from 4.30pm until 7.30pm "because we're entitled to a social life," I should have thanked him politely and put the 'phone down, shouldn't I?
Everything about Fell House feels stingy and begrudging. At £30pppn for a standard double room (no en-suite), it's not expensive, but the room was very small, the central heating only seemed to come on for an hour a day during what was an unseasonally cold weekend, the biscuits on the hospitality tray were stale, and breakfast was cheeseparing. We were not offered the advertised vegetarian option, or the advertised Fair Trade products, and the owners' demeanour was such that we hesitated to ask for soya milk with our breakfast.
The information booklet in the bedroom is written in a manner that suggests that people visit B&Bs with the express intention of stealing and destroying the owners' property and need to be warned that there will be consequences if they do so. There is even a sign on the bedroom wall telling guests to carry out their own rubbish rather than putting it in the bin. The last place I saw one of those was in a highland bothy.
Dogs aren't welcome, children aren't welcome, and boots (even clean ones) aren't welcome. We didn't feel welcome either.More
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