We stayed for one night in January and had booked a one bedroom cottage. The accommodation is not too far from the main road and is a bit confusing to find at first, the entrance sign shows as Archers Manor with smaller wording below saying Alanvale Cottages & Motor Inn.
The reception area is located in the manor house which is a little dark, the reception staff were efficient but not overly friendly. The cottages look really pleasant from the outsid. Even though they are not to far from the main road they are very peaceful and there is plenty of free parking.
Once we opened the door to the cottage we were very disappointed, it was not as we expected it to be. The walls were painted over brick in a very cold blue colour, the entrance carpet was stained and the furnishings didn't match - it seems to have been furnished with odd bits of furniture laying around. The sofa seats were covered with a fluffy throw and I didn't want to look underneath it to see if it was hiding anything. All windows have net curtains which are in serious need of a wash or replacement and the actual curtains have a very plastic feel to them. The cottage had an upstairs and downstairs.
The kitchen had a washing machine, tumble dryer, oven, stove & microwave - the facilities were very good and the washing machine was excellent however, the general cleaniness needs improving. There were cobwebs everywhere even in the cutlery drawer and a spider in the fridge! We had to evict a number of pretty large spiders from the cottage in all rooms. It seemed as if the cottage was cleaned a few weeks ago and no one had stayed in there for a while, hence all the cobwebs.
The bedroom furniture was old and had a small old TV with an internal aerial, we could not get as many channels in the bedroom as we could in the lounge. The remote control for the upstairs TV was filthy, we covered it with a plastic bag to use it! The bed was very comfortable and the linen very clean, there were spare pillows in the wardrobe. The shower screen in the bathroom was turning black around the edges and the cover on the toilet cistern was cracked.
There was quite a lot of dust throughout the cottage and clinging to the walls. Despite the lack of cleanliness we did get a good nights sleep as it was very quiet and at no time did we feel unsafe.
Wifi is available however, we didn't connect to it as it was chargeable.
Upon checkout no conversation was made by the receptionists, if they had have at least asked "how was your stay?" I would have told them.
Should the cottages go through a deep clean then I would definitely stay here again until such time I would choose an alternative.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- OLD TUDOR ELEGANCE with English charm best describes ALANVALE APARTMENTS AND MOTOR INN. Superbly located on the Archers Manor site, Newnham. Alanvale Apartments provide a turn of the century English experience while pampering the guests with amenities of today, such as dial up Internet access in each room, for both corporate and family use. At Alanvale Apartments you will find friendly staff, helpful management and an atmosphere that is second to none. Whilst at Alanvale Apartments you have a choice of staying in either a comfortable Motel suite with a tranquil rural aspect, or in one of our spacious 1, 2, bedroom self contained apartments. In a variety of configurations, all with full kitchen and laundry facilities. (Some have two bathrooms.) The buildings are set in the tranquil and elegant style of a Tudor village with its own village green. Located just a 5 minute drive, i.e. about 4 kilometers, from the city centre of Launceston, adjacent to the Maritime College and the University. Ideally situated for the Tamar Valley, Northern Tasmania and city tours, and to a number of spectacular attractions, including heritage sites such as The Grove, Franklin House, Entally House and Clarendon House, wineries, the lavender farm, Seahorse farm, Beaconsfield gold mine & Museum, Launceston’s Cataract Gorge, Low Head Pilot Station and many more. Other experiences available include forest appreciation and wildlife tours, with Tamar river cruises a must. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alanvale Apartments & Motor Inn Launceston, Tasmania