Having read previous bad reviews we almost cancelled our stay here,but decided to go anyway with plans to leave if we couldent take it…..so much for bad reviews and I think it needs a break and an honest review based on what it is... a 3 star farmhouse hotel.
I have deliberately given it an “very good” rating,as we really coulden't find anything to complain about,and we stayed for 2 nights on a ridiculously cheap deal from Groupon which included afternoon tea on arrival,dinner with a bottle of wine and breakfast on both days.You get what you pay for.Some of the complaints Ive read on here are speaking as if its a 5 star hotel they are reviewing!! But its not...its a 3 star converted farmhouse,that perhaps has become a little faded over time,but so has quite a few so-called "manor houses" and "stately homes" we’ve stayed in,who have a much higher star rating,and are far more expensive.
We stayed on 17th and 18th May....We have a small yorkshire terrier dog and were happy to find that the hotel is dog friendly. Lets get started:
On arrival the afternoon tea was served with warm scones,fresh whipped cream,and strawberry jam.My wife had coffee,and the tea is served with another pot of boiling water as well. Delicious after a long drive,and when I asked for more tea,it wasnt a problem and served by Alex with fresh pots and cups.
The room was spacious(number 44) and although the decor was dated,(Laura Ashley type matching curtains and wallpaper)it was clean and spacious and the bed was comfy with crisp white sheets.TV was tiny though,but we didnt go there to watch tv,or stay in the room other than for sleeping.Lovely view too,with bunnies hopping around that the dog was intrigued with.
Booked for our included 3 course meal and wine and met another couple who were on their second night and dining again at the restaurant.They told us they had no complaints either,hence their dining a second night.
My wife had the chicken and I had the steak served piping hot with lots of veg.
The wine was a decent bottle of Australian red and we enjoyed all courses which,by the way, were also served by Alex,a very mannerly young chap.Again,I will stress,this is not a Gordon Ramsey or Jamie Oliver or any other famous restaurant,but I would describe the food and service as above average for what it was.(again I may say that I have recently sent my food back TWICE at a well known 5 star hotel and got food poisoning at another in the past) So all in all we were happy with what we got.Breakfast was very nice,with plenty of it,and our poached eggs were cooked just right..We didn’t spend much time in the hotel over the 2 days as we drove to Eastbourne for some lovely cliff walks and visited a nearby motor museum and wildfowl farm as there is quite a few thing to do in the area,but it rained a lot…
To summarise our stay:
All of the staff were very helpful and very friendly and eager to please.
Food was tasty and was served freshly cooked and hot for both breakfast and dinner.
The grounds are lovely and there is an outdoor swimming pool(wasn’t open while we were there) Pity it rained for the 2 days.
I agree there are parts of the hotel that could do with a makeover,but that is currently being done room by room as we could see.
If I had been sold a 5 star luxury break with gourmet dining and the finest of wines,I would be writing a bad review now….BUT I WASN’T
The service,the food,wine,accommodation were all way above what I expected,and I really don’t believe that some of the bad reviews here are justified considering the offer and the price!
As previously stated,I have stayed in musty damp 5 star stately homes with snooty staff and average food and paid 5 times the price...in fact I have spent more on dinner than this whole break cost for the 2 of us...come on people, get real.
Go there with an open mind and enjoy a break in a 3 star converted farmhouse with some original features….We will certainly go back.
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- Also Known As:
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