We stayed here for just one night (a Sunday night) whilst doing a car exchange in Southampton.
The food was extremely tasty, though the medium rare steak was almost well done but they exchanged immediately and the replacement was superb. All the staff (mostly Polish) whom we met were very friendly, helpful and polite in what is a quintessentially English country house & garden setting. We watched cricket on their own pitch and children played bowls in the foreground green. We sat at one of a number of nice outdoor tables overlooking the greens and surrounded by gorgeous trees and shrubs, warmed by amazing sunshine (which can't be booked in advance I hear!)
Our bargain £39 room was set as many others in what looks like stable blocks, all red brick, and they were quiet and well appointed with hair dryer, ironing equipment, teas & coffees and plenty of sockets. Our phones worked on their wifi network without hitch. Bed was comfortable and the bathroom was clean and characterful. There really was nothing to fault.
Negatives were minor really. We were quite disappointed that the bar sold NO nibbles of any sort, even crisps. It was sometimes hard to locate bar staff who were busy helping diners to the restaurant. I had to hunt for a barman twice, though he was very helpful when we found him :-)
The dining room, for breakfast at least, was like a sauna and only had one window open benefitting just one table of guests. I had to leave breakfast early as I couldn't breathe in the heat. Quality & quantity of breakfast menu was superb.
I wish there was an arrangement with a local taxi company to get a good deal on trips to Portsmouth or Southampton, as this place can't be just for guests going abroad who wouldn't need to visit the local cities, but that's quibbling as it's not the fault of the hotel in any way but it would be a guest benefit.
We would definitely stay there again and for £39 it was unbelievably amazing value.
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