This hotel is quirky, beautiful, comfortable and relaxing. It was lovely hearing the birds tweeting outside in the morning, and the small gardens are full of interesting things too. Our bathroom had seen better days ... toilet set didn't quite fit, flush a bit random ... and the absence of little 'usual' things like a bar of soap, moisturising cream and cotton wool pads in the bathroom, or tissues in the bedroom, were a little irritating. The baths in both of our rooms looked quite spectacular, but were pretty uncomfortable to use. Nothing hugely to worry about there, but just made things less comfortable than they might have been.
Our real disappointment though was the restaurant. We stayed and ate there for three nights - there really is nothing else of similar quality nearby - and so found the short menu quite boring, especially for our vegan. Even though we had told the hotel before that a vegan was coming, and the menu had a vegan option or two, there was no effort to replace the protein elements on the menu with vegan alternatives. I suspect that if we'd made a big deal of it in the restaurant, there might have been a response, but "our vegan" is reserved, and didn't make a fuss (which is why I had phoned up in advance in the first place). There was also very little fresh fruit (none at breakfast) and the menu was pretty meat and stodge heavy, although, for regular carnivores, there were some pretty tasty things on the menu. The breakfast 'pastry' selection was very limited - pain au chocolat one morning, and a strange bread on the other mornings. And there were none of the things for breakfast that you'd never make at home (eggs benedict for example) which are such a treat when someone else is cooking!
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