I booked this hotel as I was attending a seminar in a nearby hotel that did not permit dogs.
This is a very picturesque hotel and venue however be warned, if you are driving towards there at night you may be directed to use a single track road by your sat nav!
The welcome was warm and although for some reason the receptionist appeared to be unaware that I was accompanied by a dog, this only required a change of room.
The room was of a reasonable size, furnished with a double bed, a good size flatscreen tv and suffiicient storage. The ensuite bathroom had was equpped with a good mains shower and soap, shampoo and bath gel.
The hospitlality tray was generous with both still and sparkling water, mugs and biscuits.
Although there were several cars in the car park, when I went down to dinner only two other diners were in the restaurant.
My starter of a game terrine (which was excellent and very filling) was accompanied by two rolls sliced, something I have not come across before.
The main, sea bass with mussels was delicious although the sauce might be a tad sweet for some.
I found the piped festive music extermely intrusive.
The bed was very comfortable and in the morning I could take my dog straight out for a good walk down a right of way.
When I went to breakfast, again I was alone in the restaurtant, although joined later by some other guests.
I found it puzzling to be located at a table very close to the kitchen when the room was empty and the tinny music from the radio in the kitchen was EXTREMELY annoying, exacerbated by yet MORE piped music from reception.
So much for a nice, quiet, relaxing breakfast!
The continental choices were reasonable and I asked for poached eggs on toast and these were PERFECTLY cooked. Orange juice was cheap and cheerful and the toast a little anaemic.
The decor is a little tired but still clean and smart.
My room was only £40 so good value for money, however the charge for a dog is a little steep £7.50 per night) and I would not pay this if staying more than one night.
Sort the music out and that was the only real gripe I had. A good base for exploring the surrounding area.
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