Previous reviewers have gloried over the sublime decor of this property, and I can only support those comments. It is indeed a beautiful property. The owners run their interior design business from the hotel, also their home, to the detriment of the hotel. On arrival, a little travel weary, the receptionist seemed unaware that there were guests coming (although only one other party). While helpful, she was unsure of herself, and we had to ask for information re internet etc (which didn't work) There was no visitor information evident. The foyer was really a shop with home decor items and price tags dominating the area. Rolls of fabric and swatches were also evident, and stayed there for the duration of our stay. In addition I did not appreciate their dog jumping all over the little space available, and myself as well. At breakfast, the dog settled itself between us at the table, waiting to be fed. After asking for it to be taken out whilst we were eating , it then returned twice more, so we gave up. We have stayed in many guesthouses where well behaved animals are part of the family, but this was entirely inappropriate.
The bedroom, whilst beautiful, was also really a shop in disguise, with price tags on many items. Tacky.
When we returned from dinner at around 10.00, the guest lounge was closed with lights off, a very different scenario from the many other places we have stayed.
Breakfast, while beautifully served, was sparse and lacking variety.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From gilt mirrors to Roberts radios, everything fits within this grandly classical 1770s home. The owners are gently-spoken interior designers who have created a sumptuous blend of historical renovation and well-placed modernism along with certain 60s-retro touches to avoid any sense that you are in a dead museum. The truly dazzling salon and 18th century dining room include original wall-paintings of Flemish-fantasy harbour scenes. Out the back, a neatly manicured parterre garden and fountain-pond leads to a photogenic 17th-century carriage house. ... more less
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