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“Fantastic tipis,shame about the service....”
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Talton Lodge
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic tipis,shame about the service....”
Reviewed 1 July 2011

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!

  • Stayed June 2011
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livattaltonlodge, Owner at Talton Lodge, responded to this review, 17 July 2011
So sorry that a) you came on just about the only days this year when nobody else was around, really bad luck. I also regret that you were disappointed with the amount of sausages and bacon. I hope you enjoyed the garden strawberries I gave you as consolation. Most guests don't want a full English every morning. We do provide unlimited suppies off fresh ground coffee and tea for you to indulge in all day if you want though, as well as home made jam.

As to how to do things - just come and ask, we really enjoy taking to guests, honest. I am absolutely gutted you didn't ask about canoeing too as I love taking guests and it's really good fun.

We do have a file in all accommodation with instructions and some ideas of what to do and how. We will in future place it on the bed so you can't miss it when you arrive. It was on one of the tables in your tipi all along as it happens. Please give us another try perhaps with some friends to be sure you don't get too lonely. Did you use the free bikes I offered you BTW?
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Reviewed 9 December 2010

We held a big friends and family party at Talton Lodge this summer, and it was perfect in every way. The weather was stunning, but what really made it was the space and freedom that the hosts gave to us all. It's such a rarity to be given the run of such a beautiful setting - all our guests commmented on how brilliant it was. The tents looked amazing at night. We arranged for food in the evening, and it was just what we were after. The homemade ice-cream was a nice touch. We stayed in a bell-tent, and others stayed in the tipi which were nice and cosy.. So long as you don't mind a short walk to the loo, and a couple of rowdy roosters then I highly, highly recommend it.

PS. The kids LOVED going to visit the pigs. Didn't have the heart to tell them about the breakfast sausages...

  • Stayed June 2010
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Property: Talton Lodge
Address: Newbold on Stour, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 8UB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Warwickshire > Stratford-upon-Avon
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Ranked #5 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Stratford-upon-Avon
Number of rooms: 23

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