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Brooklands
Ranked #9 of 17 Arundel B&B and Inns
Reviewed 3 October 2011

We have just come back from a short stay at Brooklands Barn, we stayed in the little self catering part, which consisted of a very large bedroon, with two double beds loads of wardrobe and drawer space, a nice sized shower room, a full kitchen with oven, hob, dishwasher and fridge, a dinning area and large lounge area with a 3 seater setee, a 2 seater setee and a 2 seater sofa bed, and very large flat screen tv and dvd player, there is also a small tv in the bedroom.

Everything was nice and clean everything worked.

There is a wonderful heated indoor pool, with changing room and shower, just take your own towels with. Beautiful grounds to sit in and it's in a very peacful setting, yet only a few minutes drive into beautiful Arundel.

I noticed some comments of beds not being made, or bins emptied, well this is self catering, so you don't expect maid service, however I took wasing up liquid,dishwasher pills, J cloth, bleach ect, but it is all provided.

The property is split up into different types of accomadation, and you can take the whole of it I think it can sleep up to 12 people, and they will allow well behaved dogs.

There are lots of places to visit apart from coastal resorts National Trust properties, Amberley Museum is a must.

We will most definatly return.

Room Tip: The little self catering part can accomodate a family for a very a good value break
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 June 2011

This is a modern and stylish property that has been well looked after, and furnished to a high standard. I could not disagree more with a previous negative comment. My family and I expect and are happy to pay for a high standard and the accommodation achieved this. The needs of my disabled mother were well met, with extremely comfortable and high quality beds and living room furniture. The property layout is ideal for families or Couples. The walls are thicker than what you would experience in a hotel or a modern house so you are not woken up by the young family members in the morning or the late socialising in the evenings. Quality towels, bath products and electrical appliances were all above the normal standard of self catering accommodation. We had no concerns about cleanliness in or around the communal areas. The gardens were well maintained and we enjoyed the luxury of having the pool to ourselves on many occasions.
A beautiful property, in a beautiful setting, run by a friendly, helpful and welcoming family. We could not ask for more and have already recommended the property to friends and will definitely return.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank lamboyTelford
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Reviewed 26 May 2011

We were amazed to read a previous negative review on Brooklands Barn. We stayed here recently and could not praise the accommodatiion and location highly enough. The bedrooms were beautifully presented and the bathroom equipped to a high standard, there were lovely garden areas to sit in, which we enjoyed in the sunshine and on top of all this a very good sized indoor swimming pool which was kept at a comfortable temperature. Arundel is not only on your doorstep ( a 15 minute walk away) with all the history this lovely town offers, but there are also views of Arundel castle from the property. We stayed on a self catering basis and the apartment was spotless on our arrival, the owners were there if we needed them and that is all we required. I would highly recommend this property to anyone wanting a peaceful and luxurious break away.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank francis72
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Reviewed 10 May 2011

We stayed at Brooklands Barn for 3 nights and were very disappointed. During our stay, our bed was never made, the room wasn’t hoovered, the bin wasn’t emptied (despite being full and overflowing), the tea tray wasn’t replenished because we had our own tea bags and bottled water, the bathroom products weren’t replenished and worst of all, the bathroom and toilet were never cleaned. After 3 days it was disgusting and no cleaning products were left in the room so we couldn’t even clean the bathroom and toilet ourselves. On the evening of the 2nd day we went to the Co-op in Arundel especially to buy some costing £8 so we could clean it ourselves. Completely unacceptable, we were paying £100 a night. They did come into the room each day because they left clean cups (though one day they were baby cups and another day were chipped). The room shared an entrance door with the room next door and despite us locking the shared door, the other guests left it unlocked which comprised our security which was a particular worry as Ford Open Prison is up the road. They never told us about the shared entrance. Our room had just an indoor lock on it and all our things were inside. There was no breakfast which we didn’t realise. The walls are thin and we could hear everything going on in the room next door. We didn’t like having to pay as soon as we arrived. After being told to move our car as soon as we arrived, we were allocated a parking space by the owner in the courtyard near our room, but on the 2nd day, the owner’s husband told us other guests were arriving and to move our car to the car park behind the other block. The courtyard was full of his BMW’s which he could easily have moved to the other car park which was next to the back door of his house in order to make way for paying guests. The car park he wanted us to park in wasn’t near our room and it was pitch black at night because there was no lighting and he expected us to walk all the way back to our room in complete darkness. Instead we found a spot in the courtyard in between his two garages where we were not blocking anything. This obviously annoyed him because in the morning he opened one of each of his garage doors and rested them against our car. We had to move these doors away from our car to get it out. When we got home we saw our car was scratched on both sides where his garage doors had been leaning against our car. His sports car was in one of the garages but as only one door was open he wasn’t taking it out. He was working in the other garage with only one door open. We handed him the key as we were leaving and he looked at us like we were trespassers on his property. Do not even think about staying here.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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15  Thank Paul_Karen23
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Brooklandsbarn, Owner at Brooklands, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2013

The photos that were included in this review are very misleading.
We offer self catering accommodation and this does not include daily housekeeping or breakfast, which I made clear at the time of the booking.
Security has never been compromised, the bedrooms are all supplied with yale locks and the property is secured with gates.
We offer ample car parking to the rear of our property which we and all our guests use and their are security lights all around our property.
We are sorry that they were expecting hotel service. We pride ourselves in offering comfortable self catering accommodation in a peaceful and relaxing environment which we take pride in and want our guests to enjoy.

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Reviewed 3 July 2010

We spent a very pleasant week in No 11 Tamar Valley Lodges at Honicombe Manor. We found the lodge to be very comfortble clean and inviting. No11 has resently been refurbished with new bathrooms and furnishings. The lodge provides everything a family could need for a stay in the area. We used the site as a base for discovering the Tamar valley and Dartmoor which it is ideally situated for. Tavistock is a short drive away and supplies everthing you might need including an enclosed Market and plenty of restuarants. The Tamar Valley is beutiful and a great area to spend some time.

The owners dont subscribe to the onsite pool facilities instead they are members of the China Fleet Club at Saltash about 10 miles away from the site. This provides the geusts staying at No11 with reduced entry to the club. Our kids really enjoyed a day spent swimming and playing in the flumes. There are plenty of local attractions my wife particularly enjoyed the donkey sanctuary next door to Honicome a place to while away a few hours.

To sumarise an excellent location and excellent lodge, we have held a family get to gether in No10 owned by the same private owners in the past and experienced a simularly enjoyable stay. Highly recomended.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 June 2010

I stayed here with 12 friends (and a young baby) for 3 nights and I agree with other comments that the owners were 'in your face'. When we arrived we must have had a lecture for over 30 mins from one of the owners about what to do and not do (we have been staying in a cottage for 6 years and in the past we have only had a welcoming letter and hamper from the owner rather than a list of house rules! Infact the owner must have come into the cottage about 4 times in the first hour that we were all there!
Also the kitchen was disgusting as if it had never been cleaned - we had to ask for some cleaning products so that we could clean it before we cooked anything. Even the insides of the cupboards had a thick line of grime on them! We even found a dirty plate in the cupboard full of brown stains!! I am not sure what hygeine standards this kitchen would pass for it to be used as a B&B!
The size of the kitchen was actually disproportionately smaller compared to the rest of the house so be warned when trying to cook for a large group!
Also the owner had already filled 1 of the 2 fridges with her own food so we had to ask her to empty that fridge as 1 fridge was never going to adequate for 12 people!!
The whole place was not cleaned very well as there were cobwebs everywhere!
5 of the 6 rooms were a good size with en-suite (although 2 were in an out building), the last bedroom was tiny and could just about squeeze a double bed in it. Would not go back as there are much nicer cottages for the same price!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Betty070
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Brooklandsbarn, Owner at Brooklands, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2013

We are very sorry that you were disappointed. I would like to point out that at the time of your stay the guest accommodation was in a different part of the building than it is now. The current guest accommodation has two kitchens, one of which is brand new and the other is a modern very spacious white kitchen with modern Bosch appliances.
We endeavour to constantly maintain our property to a high standard to ensure that we offer the best we can for our valued guests.

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Reviewed 25 September 2009

We stayed here for 5 days. Our first room was, to us, very noisy. ( you could hear people stumbling about around you in the other rooms). After complaining about that we were given the first available free room, which was a much quieter room. There is also plenty of space outside your room to hang around. Good breakfast, full English if you like. Friendly staff. And, a real plus for some, a (heated) swimming pool. For those who do not want to swim, there's digital TV.
Situated near Arundel, (you can see the castle from the B&B) a lovely place to visit. Also close to Brighton and Amberly (Working Museum).

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Brooklands

Address: Brooklands Brooklands Priory Lane, Arundel BN18 0BG, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > West Sussex > Arun District > Arundel
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Arundel
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Brooklands is a 19 century barn conversion and we offer self catering accommodation with panoramic views of the Arun Valley and Arundel Castle. We have a private indoor heated swimming pool, with private gardens and parking with free wifi, quality linen and towels and Temple Spa toiletries are all provided, for an exclusive relaxing stay. ... more   less 
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Brooklands Arundel, West Sussex

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