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The Old Vicarage
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

We stayed with Colin & Pauline for a night during a very wet midsummer C2C bike ride. They made us feel really at home rather than treating us just as another two customers. Another group had arrived just before us and some campers too but everything was well organised and our bikes were stored away, our wet stuff taken for drying and there was plenty of hot water for a shower. We were welcomed into the lounge and provided with a hot drink and the TV remote. Just like being at home. The evening meal was quite unusual but delicious and plenty of it as we sat and chatted together. Breakfast in the morning was tasty and filling and we were fueled up to be on our way. I'd stay here again if we did the C2C another time.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank peatk
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Reviewed 25 April 2012

The Old Vicarage is about food and good company. The evening meal we had there was a really special experience. The range and quality of the starter course was spectacular. The other courses were good. The house wine tasted pretty good too. Colin and Pauline joined our group and the conversation flowed well.

The breakfast was good, the bikes were locked up, the showers powerful,the house rambling, the local pub, about 700 yards away, was also good and welcoming. The room itself was quite basic with a rail for hanging clothes and no television. There was a TV downstairs but watching TV would have been rather a waste.

This is not the place to stay if you want staff who are seen but not heard, if your dietary requirements are specific - there is no evening meal choice, or if you want a standard Hotel experience.

However if you are prepared to enter into the spirit of things, and if you book the meal, this place provides a good, interesting and memorable experience.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank zyxwv879
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

I hope that this review conveys the positive experience my daughter and I had with the Lomas family at the Old Vicarage, Rookhope, and hopefully to give a perspective on the other reviews on this site.

I think that the main feature of our stay is that we were treated as 'guests', albeit paying guests, in a warm and friendly family home, and that in difficult experiences the family went above and beyond what a normal hotel owner would do to get us out of a tricky situation.

My daughter and I had a very, very challenging day cycling the C2C from Greystoke. The weather was atrocious - 25-30 mph headwinds, 5 degrees temperature, and then snow. We even had to pedal down some of the hills. By the time we got to Nenthead we were cold to the core, perspiration wet inside our waterproofs, and had had enough. There was no transport available in Nenthead and we phoned the Old Vicarage as a last resort, more in hope than expectation. After phoning around Colin Lomas phoned back and said that his son would drop the work he was doing in another village and make a special effort to come and get us. When he eventually delivered us to Rookhope he then got us indoors and sorted out our bikes himself. Pauline welcomed us into their beautiful family house, helped us get our wet weather gear off to be dried and got us up to the warm bedroom for some thawing out showers.
Our room was large, warm and airy. The en-suite was clean and tidy and had a very good shower. The tea and coffee was fine. There was no TV in the room .... which was okay with us.

After showering and changing we went downstairs and were shown into the family lounge with a blazing fire and left to watch TV. A short while later we were invited into the dining room where Colin had prepared a very good meal for us (excellent antpasti and enchilladas, and good house wine), and we talked to both of them as we ate.
After finishing the meal we looked again at the weather forecast for the next day and it was more of the same - heavy rain and snow all day and continuing very strong easterly winds. Neither my daughter or I wanted (or felt we could) do the last leg to Sunderland in those extreme conditions. We talked the very limited travel options through with Colin and in the end he rescheduled his next morning (which included a hospital appointment) and made special arrangements to drive me all the way back to our car. This was outstanding, and given the conditions that he had to drive though over the high hills the next day was just so appreciated. When I arrived back at the Old Vicarage to pickup the bikes he then cooked a very good breakfast. After which we said our heartfelt thanks, loaded up the bikes and drove off feeling that we had had a very good experience.



I'd like to try to venture an opinion as to why my perspective on the Old Vicarage might be different to the other two reviewers here, and which might guide you to decide whether or not this is a place you'd like to stay.
This is not a normal hotel-style establishment; it is more of family home where you are welcomed as a potential friend. Colin and Pauline are big characters, and have their style of doing things.... but that style includes a huge generosity of spirit and a desire to share and serve.

A stay at the Old Vicarage certainly came up trumps in the challenging situation we found ourselves in, however I also believe that it was a positive experience in terms of
- The intimate warmth and style of the house and room
- The friendliness and quality of the dining experience
- The interaction with the family in a guest house environment

Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
1  Thank travellingbigbear
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Reviewed 13 November 2011

We stayed here whilst completing the C2C. Our whole experience of staying at the Old Vicarage left us feeling royally ripped off.

For a start before we had even arrived there were numerous phone calls and emails from the proprietor, it seemed alot of hassle for what was essentially a one night stay with application forms and full payment being required SIX weeks, yes six weeks in advance!

The room we were given was very tired, the ensuite was a complete bodged job and we spent our time in the accomodation shivering. The basics of a b&b were missing such as a tv in the room (we were invitied to watch tv with the proprietor but with 40 years age difference we didn't think we were exactly going to have the same tastes!), lighting in the room was pathetic, and the coffee was disgusting (Nescafe will do!)

The breakfast was not good, i stay in b&b's often and have never had such a cheap and nasty meal put in front of me before. One of the girls with us was ill for the rest of the day.

As a side ,when we arrived we were gratefully allowed to use the proprietors hut to lock our bikes in, i was about to lock the door hut when the owner told me not to he would do it, when we came back at 10pm at night from the pub (we had gone to get some heat!) the hut was still lying wide open. I know we were not staying in a crime ridden city centre but i would like my property to be respected.

Room Tip: Avoid at all costs
  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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6  Thank scs07
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Reviewed 28 June 2011

Stayed for 1 night on Coast to Coast cycle, have stayed in much better places. Friendly hosts but the room was tired, dusty in places & bathroom could have been cleaner.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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