From start to finish my partner and I's stay at Tantara was utterly disappointing. We were the only guests at the hotel and yet they put us in a fairly grotty bedroom (clean but very small, caravan-feel, extremely basic). The weather was freezing (lots of snow) and yet the radiator in the room didn't work so we just had a free-standing heater- and there was no radiator in the bathroom. To be fair to the owners, they were friendly enough, and the breakfast was good, BUT, they seated us in the foyer for breakfast where their children were sat in pyjamas watching TV- hardly what we'd imagined for a romantic weekend away! And they didn't have all the options they claimed to offer on their menu. The whole experience had a very tired and apathetic feel about it- some of the previously opened packets of cheap caterer's jam in the breakfast basket had been left in, the dog begged at our table at breakfast, there was no food on offer in the evening and so we had to brave the terrible roads to find somewhere to eat (there were several inches of snow and the roads around Tantara aren't great at the best of times). I've noticed some reviewers seemed to like feeling "part of the family"--- I felt this was taken too far, especially expecting us to have breakfast in what felt more like the kids' play area. Tantara has the potential to be a lovely place, but from the impression we got, the owners seem to have given up on it a bit.
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