Booked into one of the cottages for a weeks stay. Didn’t receive the friendliest of welcomes and never felt especially welcome during our stay, although John was the friendlier of the two.
Parking is very tight and there are spaces for just 7 cars, despite having 8 guest rooms and 2 cottages, brochure information doesn’t emphasise how difficult parking can be and although they mention free parking at the front of the property it is very difficult to get a space.
The cottage was ok, but it felt as if only the absolute minimum had been provided to secure a four star rating, there were none of the extra nice thoughtful little touches that we have had in other places. The cottages was clean but dusty, towels were very thin and tiny, the double bed was also on the small side, possibly only a 4 foot bed although I didn’t measure it and the pillows had no life in them whatsoever!
There was a guest information guide which advised on various things including the no smoking rules (smoking is banned everywhere including the garden, we are very anti smoking but felt that not even allowing smoking in a small outside area was a bit over the top) and the Bramwood environmental policy (we do care about the environment but felt as if we were being preached to).
The cottages feel as if they are being run as a business, which of course they are but that’s not how you want to be made to feel when on holiday, overall I felt the owners were fussy and didn’t trust their guests to behave themselves.
It was a good base for exploring the area, but we never felt truly at home there and wouldn’t stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful Georgian Town House situated on a quiet side road just a minutes stroll to the centre of Pickering. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bramwood Guest House Pickering, Yorkshire