I was really excited about staying there after reading positive reviews. The car parking was secure and ample, the receptionist was (very) pretty and chatty and the whole atmosphere was really nice.
The room was well equipped and clean with really generous drink facilities along with nice shortbread and kendal mint cake. There were far to many signs on the walls of the room to make it feel homely, and mysteriously, a list of film classifications although no sign of how to get the films??
Had dinner in the lounge which was on the pricey side but was excellent and was served by a lovely lady who couldn't do enough. The bar was reasonably well stocked although I was irritated by the fact that it was dearer to buy wine by the bottle than by the glass.
Sadly, when I retired to my room, I did find the bed to be hopelessly uncomfortable and slept badly due to being so cold. Having given up trying to sleep at 4.30am, I decided to have a soak in the bath in an attempt to relax and warm up. As the two ceiling lights were really bright and not dimmable, I decided to put the lights above the washbasin on - except the switch wash broken.
Never mind - I thought, I Would just light the four candles in the holders around the bathroom - except every candle was burnt out in it's holder.
To be honest, by now, I couldn't wait to get out of this hotel as was just so cold and uncomfortable. Was served breakfast by a bloke who was dressed like a scaffolder which included uncooked poached eggs and anemic toast and coffee from the smallest cups in the world. When I checked out, the scaffolder who had served me my breakfast appeared at reception, dressed as a hotel employee and checked me out in the same disinterested way he had served me breakfast.
To be honest I was really disappointed as this place was the same price as a premier inn but really not a patch on the worst premier inn I've stayed in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are an elegant,traditional, independent family run hotel. Built in 1897 we have retained the Victorian character of the hotel, and the hotel is peppered with interesting antiques and curios alongside modern facilities such as free wifi broadband access and i-pod docking stations and DVD players in our Superior Rooms. We are a welcoming hotel with super friendly staff; ideal for families wanting a stay away from the town centre. We are set in private gardens and we beleive in valuing traditional service and the elegance of a bygone era, while offering the best in modern features. We represent an independent alternative to the cloned looks of a chain hotel by offering something unique and personal. Our restaurant is open Monday to Saturday and offers meals from £8.95 - including dishes such as local herdwick lamb and fell bred steak. Parking is on site, private and free of charge. ... more less
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