Arrived at Talton lodge,to no introductions,to be met by the owners tidying up after what appeared to be a large party from the weekend.Was shown very quickly the accomodation,kitchen facilities,communal areas and bathroom facilities. On the website it states that Olivia has a history in catering and would be happy to cook meals specifically.when we asked about the logistics of booking a meal,we were told that they'd had a really busy weekend and just wanted a night off,we weren't asking for a meal just asking about logistics.
On the website,it also states that breakfast provisions are supplied as part of your stay and are left for you in the morning.We never recieved anything,were unsure about where to find the provisions,so went down to the main house and had to get the provisions from the owners themselves.We were unsure about if provisions would last one day or all three,we were not told anymore details.Kayaking was mentioned briefly and never mentioned again.
We just felt like we were a burden for the length of our stay.We were the only people booked in the campsite for our stay and although nice to enjoy the facilities without lots of people,it was a little eerie.We seemed to get the impression that they had a busy upcoming weekend so wanted a quiet week.If that was the case,don't accept bookings.
The second morning,we still hadn't recieved any milk (this was meant to be included) so had to go to the house again,we got some milk and asked if the provisions were meant to last for the stay,to which we were told that it was meant to last for the length of the stay.This meant for each day of our holiday we had 1rasher of bacon,1sausage and 1egg,which when compared to a normal b&b is a bit minimal.
On the plus side,the tipis and yurts are fantastic,really well decorated and a different way of enjoying a camping trip!Facilities were really clean and the communal tipi was ace with fairy lights and an iPod dock.absolutely loved the experience,just a shame that we didn't really feel welcome.
It feels like it's a shame that the atmosphere wasn't great,it was just that we felt nothing was explained to us and we felt like we were harassing them.A good idea may well be to provide a welcome book in each tipi,introducing everyone who works there and explaining the different processes of your stay and how to book different things like meals,activities etc.
Really enjoyed the camping part but will possibly look at a different site next time. On the plus side everyone else we met on holiday were lovely and the locals in the bird in the hand (pub about 20min walk) were lovely and kept us in the pub very late!